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Old 04-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Thinking of trying a cruise

My wife and I have been talking about possibly cruising with Disney this fall. She is hesitant about it, but I think I have talked her into trying a small 3 day cruise. With that being said, October would be this window we could possibly set sail.

Is that a bad time to cruise, or is it hit or miss?

Is there any information or podcasts you could refer me to for first time cruisers?

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Old 04-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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I have cruised in oct and it was nice though extremely humid. U have a slight chance of hurricane weather but if ur at sea they go around. I would go minimum 4 day. 3 not long enough. The first night u are not on ship long.
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THEME PARKS
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Feel the Force VIP Package (Fireworks Dessert Party)
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Odyssey
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra
  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut
  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Starbucks
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road
  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
Resorts
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere
  • All Star Music
    • Intermission
  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko: The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa
  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors
  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's
  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina
  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters
  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge
  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo
  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's
  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack
  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge
  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory
  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club
  • Shades of Green
    • Garden Gallery
    • Evergreen's
    • Mangino's Bistro
  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill
  • Vero Beach
    • Bleachers Bar and Grill
    • Green Cabin Room
    • Shutters
    • Sonya's
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon
  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
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    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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The 3 day is a BLAST, a great way to go for those who aren't sure (even smarter is to tack on a Disney, Sea World or Universal day beforehand -disney parks my personal preference but I like sea world too.) If she doesn't completely enjoy it all, I wonder if she isn't from an alien planet?

Your water will be warmer than our April cruise was. The only concern is Hurricane season. Might be fine though. I'm sure DCL won't let you blow away. Another advantage is the 3 day doesn't go that far from land. In my case in April, I never felt much at all motion from the ocean. I think it's because close to FL and the Bahama islands, there isn't a lot of open ocean, so that could help too.

I hope you have as great a time as we did! In our first 3 hrs, we had all decided that we need to book one in the future that is longer. But if given only the 3 day option, I would board a 3 day again in a minute, it was that good.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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As far as information is concerned, have you ordered the DVD from DCL? It does a really good job of highlighting what is available to do, a little bit about the food, etc. Also the Dreams Unlimited Website has a lot of useful information. If you have any questions the DIS boards are a great place to ask. We are planning our first cruise at the moment, and everyone on these boards have just been so helpful. :D
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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I have cruised in oct and it was nice though extremely humid. U have a slight chance of hurricane weather but if ur at sea they go around. I would go minimum 4 day. 3 not long enough. The first night u are not on ship long.
4 night minimum (our 1st cruise was a 7 night & we were hooked), as noted above, a 3 night just goes by to quick, you're just barely unpacked & it's time to disembark. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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Yes, I would recommend ordering the free Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD.

We cruised a 7 night Western Caribbean last October & LOVED it! The weather was absolutely perfect! I did not find it to be humid at all.

Our first cruise was also a 3 night cruise & it was WAY too short so our most recent was of course a 7 night.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #7
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My DW and I first cruise was a DCL 3 days out of PC because we were not sure if we would like cruises. Turns out we were disappointed when it was over......wished we booked a 7 day-er. We absolute loved it and got hooked and now we try to go regularly that we know our DS loves them too.

I am not sure what the weather would be like in October, I guess it all depends on what ship and port you are going on.

I think a 3 day DCL would be great way to get your wife’s feet wet.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #8
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My first and only, so far, dis cruise was 7 nighter last October. Weather was perfect for us, but remember weather anytime of year is unpredictable. But again it was perfect mid October. I wanted to live on the ship so 7 days was way too short for me
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:34 PM   #9
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love October

We have done a December, October, August and February cruise. October was our favorite by far. You do run risk of Hurricane so I would get travel insurance but outside that the weather is great and ocean still warm enough to swim in.
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Another vote for a longer cruise than 3 night.
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Agree...do a 4-nighter instead so you'll have a full sea day to enjoy all the ship has to offer. We've only ever done one 3-nighter and it felt like as soon as we took the last item out of the suitcase, it was time to put it all back in & go home.
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3 nighter are "for the locals" or those of us that have cruised many times. Man, the three nights just fly by. We did a 4 night cruise in January followed by a 3 night cruise a week later. The 4 nights was "more fun" because we had more time to enjoy. The 3 night cruise was board, eat lunch, unpack, blink, pack up and leave.

Itinerary
Day 1 - 12 hrs)
Board between noon and 3
Lunch, safety drill, unpack, dinner
Evening activities

Day 2 - 16 hrs (28))
Wake Up, Breakfast and Port
Return to ship
Clean Up for Dinner / evening activites


If Three Night Cruise
Day 3 - 16 hrs (44 - 3 are getting ready to leave))
Wake up, Breakfast,
Castaway Cay
Return to ship
*Start Packing
Clean up for dinner
*Finish packing
Evening activities

Day 4 - 3 hrs (47))
If Main Seating - breakfast at 6:30am, late seating 8:00am
by 9am - off the ship


If 4 Night Cruise

Day 3 - 16 hrs (44))
Wake Up, Breakfast, Sea Day or Castaway Cay
Clean Up for Evening: Dinner Shows activities

Day 4 - 16 hrs (60 - 3 are getting ready to leave)) )
Wake Up, Breakfast, Sea Day or Castaway Cay
*Start Packing
Clean up for dinner
*Finish packing
Evening activities

Day 5 - 3 hrs (63))
If Main Seating - breakfast at 6:30am, late seating 8:00am
by 9am - off the ship

So by my calculation we get 63 hours of fun on an 4 night cruise vs 47 on a 3 night one. That's a lot of extra time to be pampered/relaxing on the ship vs being back home (or even at WDW)
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Agree...do a 4-nighter instead so you'll have a full sea day to enjoy all the ship has to offer. We've only ever done one 3-nighter and it felt like as soon as we took the last item out of the suitcase, it was time to put it all back in & go home.
Agreed. I just talked to my Mom, who in fairness, is slowing down a little bit. But even she said it was the first trip in years that she would turn around and do all over again! But for us the 3 Sea days and 1 Park day were a great mini trip. I would like to do a 4 day but if 3 was all I could do, I'd still be very happy with that! And I was! We all were. Don't want you to get the idea that 3 days is a waste, cuz its definite not. But with 1 sea day, it would have been a little bit more relaxing. Hoping for 4-5 next year...
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My wife and I have been talking about possibly cruising with Disney this fall. She is hesitant about it, but I think I have talked her into trying a small 3 day cruise. With that being said, October would be this window we could possibly set sail.

Is that a bad time to cruise, or is it hit or miss?

Is there any information or podcasts you could refer me to for first time cruisers?

Thanks
I agree with some of the others that a 3 day is a great way to experience a cruise just to see if it's something you like. My DH and I have cruised before (although not on DCL), but our two DSs never have, so we are taking our first DCL cruise in December for 3 nights. I figured this was enough time for our DSs to see how they liked cruising. Yes, a 4 day is a little better time wise since you have 1 full sea day, but my thinking is that if one or both of our boys don't really like it, that extra day (especially just being at sea) will feel like an eternity and might not make for a good time. We've never cruised in October so I can't help as far as weather.
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