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Old 02-11-2013, 07:13 PM   #76
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What is the rent a princess? Saw that and was wondering.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:37 PM   #77
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Not trying to be snooty, but can someone tell me the big draw of CC for someone that is not landlocked? I do not expect most beaches to rival ours, but if there is something special I should know about, I am always open. I love the beach and the water. Just won't be "wowed" by the prospect of snorkeling with some fish (since I can do that 365 days a year).

Right now we are planning to do the paddle boats and trikes. The boys are too young for wave runners.
you are definately spoiled!! So, if the island itself isn't a draw (beautiful) you could consider the wave runners - they take you out to a sandbar about a mile from anywhere to explore. The path is beautiful - most likely you have the same (or better) flowers at home.

The beaches are nice - I didn't see a lot of beaches while in Hawaii - so I can't compare. The sand is white and soft (I guess most of it is in that locale - in NJ it is much coarser and rough to walk on). The are lots of things to photograph, and the buildings are interesting - make note of the names - all of them are people who work for DCL!


If you choose to stay on the ship - well...lots to do! Movies, kids clubs, spa stuff etc...they keep the activities going for those who are sun-shy or just prefer to not go on the island.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:44 PM   #78
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Hi, looking forward to traveling on my first Disney cruise. This isn't my first cruise by any means, or my first Disney adventure. My daughter WVU Runner has set me up for all the exciting events. I am not the best with the computer so now she is teaching me how to use the Disboards. So we will see how it goes. Looking forward to cruising with everyone.
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My mother-in-law will also be joining for her first Disney cruise, and joining us for walking
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #79
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Did anyone book thru Disney for Air back home? I was worried that you don't find out what airline till right before the cruise. Has anyone done this cruise and used Disney air before?
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:06 PM   #80
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I was younger when I went to Hawaii but I wasn't really that impressed. That is not meant to be ugly. It was way crowded. My little girl wants to go to Hawaii and it's not way up there for me. I do want to see Aulani but other then that can think of lots of other places I would rather go.

Oh I forgot to mention I hate the beach and I LOVE CC. I guess it's more that everything is right there and it's not that crowded. A friend said it's like WDW at the beach. I really would have liked to have done some of the cruises out of Galveston but wish they had started the shorter ones earlier and offered more options for CC. That would have sold me for sure!
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Not trying to be snooty, but can someone tell me the big draw of CC for someone that is not landlocked? I do not expect most beaches to rival ours, but if there is something special I should know about, I am always open. I love the beach and the water. Just won't be "wowed" by the prospect of snorkeling with some fish (since I can do that 365 days a year).

Right now we are planning to do the paddle boats and trikes. The boys are too young for wave runners.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #81
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We used Disney Air in 2011 on the same cruise & they used Delta. We found out our flight info about 75 days prior. We had only one connection in Atlanta, they did a wonderful job!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #82
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Did your airfare include the fees for luggage or did you have to pay that separately. Are you using them again? They told me a much lower notice...I can't remember but they said if I didn't like it, I could pay $75 per person and find something else.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #83
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What is the rent a princess? Saw that and was wondering.
All the children are invited to a Prince and Princess tea usually during the longer cruises. (We are assuming one will occur on EBTA like previous transatlantic cruises, and there has been no cost in the past.). They are each able to bring 2 adults, in which they receive two tickets for after requesting them ... PER child. The only way an adult may attend is to escort a child. On previous cruises there were several adults that wanted to go to the tea, so people asked to "borrow" a child that might have room for another adult to escort them.

Say a couple had 2 children, each child being able to bring 2 adults, so that is 4 adults allowed but only 2 parents on the cruise... so the parents would let 2 other adults join them. It was so fun and those interested got to spend a little time with the pretty Princesses and Princes. Admission is by ticket only, and the parents would need to give the tickets to the "fairy godmothers" prior to entering. It was held in Lumiere's on a sea day.

The coordinator of this event basically keeps a chart of who is planning on obtaining tickets (parents of children onboard) and who will take their leftover tickets (adults traveling without young children).

We did this - and our "rent a fairy godmothers" gave our girls cute gifts that day. It was so sweet!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #84
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We ARE planning on doing this cruise but haven't paid in full yet. We may be moving so we have been trying to wait till we hear but I think I could do that one. We only have one dd so unless dh didn't want to go, we wouldn't have an extra ticket.
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All the children are invited to a Prince and Princess tea usually during the longer cruises. (We are assuming one will occur on EBTA like previous transatlantic cruises, and there has been no cost in the past.). They are each able to bring 2 adults, in which they receive two tickets for after requesting them ... PER child. The only way an adult may attend is to escort a child. On previous cruises there were several adults that wanted to go to the tea, so people asked to "borrow" a child that might have room for another adult to escort them.

Say a couple had 2 children, each child being able to bring 2 adults, so that is 4 adults allowed but only 2 parents on the cruise... so the parents would let 2 other adults join them. It was so fun and those interested got to spend a little time with the pretty Princesses and Princes. Admission is by ticket only, and the parents would need to give the tickets to the "fairy godmothers" prior to entering. It was held in Lumiere's on a sea day.

The coordinator of this event basically keeps a chart of who is planning on obtaining tickets (parents of children onboard) and who will take their leftover tickets (adults traveling without young children).

We did this - and our "rent a fairy godmothers" gave our girls cute gifts that day. It was so sweet!
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All the children are invited to a Prince and Princess tea usually during the longer cruises. (We are assuming one will occur on EBTA like previous transatlantic cruises, and there has been no cost in the past.).
What's the max age for the child?
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Did your airfare include the fees for luggage or did you have to pay that separately. Are you using them again? They told me a much lower notice...I can't remember but they said if I didn't like it, I could pay $75 per person and find something else.
Yes we had to pay luggage fees. You can pay a deviation fee but we can't fly direct to STL anyway. I thought they did a great job with the flights.
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I doubt my DD will even want to go to the princess tea. If you don't have to have the child with you, we'll probably have 2 adult tickets & 1 child someone can use.
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I don't know - mine were aged 5 and 15 months and both received tickets last time. I tried searching but have not come across an age
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Thanks! Lots of event organizers behind the scenes putting stuff together. Team effort!
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You deserve a lot of the credit Mandy, it was a great idea!
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Just seen we're onto the new thread - hooray!!

I've noticed I'm the only singleton on the palo brunch I've signed up to, so please can everyone else that day talk to me! Have never done palo before precisely because I'm on my own, so now slightly paranoid!

Today I've started on my fish extender gifts which has really got me excited about the cruise.

Wednesday I am DEFINITELY starting my diet - I need to get pancake day out of the way tomorrow, then thats it!
I quoted this and was going to tell you to sit by me, I'm chatty. But then then I saw Henrietta mentions switching with us, so I'm guessing you're in the other seating.

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I didn't even realize that you were the only singleton on the first brunch. I just filled the slots as the PMs came in. I believe Mandy's MIL is in your group as well. I don't want you to feel uncomfortable, I will change places with you or I could also PM Kirbo and see if she and her DH would like to move to the first group and then move you to the second group. Let me know if you want to change, I'm sure we can arrange something.
I'll do whatever anyone wants. We're easy and both groups look like loads of fun.

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Hi, looking forward to traveling on my first Disney cruise. This isn't my first cruise by any means, or my first Disney adventure. My daughter WVU Runner has set me up for all the exciting events. I am not the best with the computer so now she is teaching me how to use the Disboards. So we will see how it goes. Looking forward to cruising with everyone.

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Yay! My parents are also onboard (but not part of the DIS), so it's glad to see more grandparents joining!
My folks (who are divorced from one another) and my aunt and uncle will be joining us for the second leg of our trip, the Med. Really looking forward to that

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Did anyone book thru Disney for Air back home? I was worried that you don't find out what airline till right before the cruise. Has anyone done this cruise and used Disney air before?
We booked Disney Air and I am trying to be about the whole thing. We have no experience with them for airfare.

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We used Disney Air in 2011 on the same cruise & they used Delta. We found out our flight info about 75 days prior. We had only one connection in Atlanta, they did a wonderful job!
Good to hear
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For those of you who do yearly (or more often) dermatologist appointments for skin cancer checks -- let me suggest that if you are due before the cruise, schedule it at least a month prior to leaving for Galveston.

I went back on Friday just for a mole that bothered me (my normal appts are Dec and May). Figured it was just clothes rubbing it. I learned today the biopsy showed it was pre-melanoma so I am returning to get wider margins cut. That means stitches (about 3 inches) for two weeks in my shoulder. So from figuring your checkup, waiting for any biopsy results, then scheduling a follow-up if a biopsy comes back funky... just thought I would throw that out there for planning purposes. I had another one of these last spring right before our trip to the USVI - literally had stitches removed the day before our flight out. This time my stitches will come out 2 weeks before we leave for Costa Rica.

I am very thankful it was not full melanoma like hubby has had, and thankful it can just be cut out by catching it early. My regular 6-month appt is in early May, and after this impromptu visit, it made me rethink that early May appointment's scheduling.

And for those of you not doing yearly dermatology checkups (and monthly self skin exams), please consider it. It might just save your life! And pack your sunscreen, wide brim hat, etc for this fabulous cruise!!
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