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Old 05-27-2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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Definitely echo the comments that you cannot do everything. You are on vacation, go with the flow and enjoy the moment!
Bring cash, especially some small bills, for making small purchases in port and tipping room service. Carefully consider everything else people tell you is "essential", I've never used an over the door organizer, highlighter or other things people say are critical to cruising in 4 cruises!
Don't set your heart on doing any one thing. Don't count on your 5yo loving the kids club so you can go to Palo etc...it might not happen. Do go with the idea that it will be a great trip, and you'll have a wonderful time.
Definitely book a dummy cruise on board if you like the experience, it saves you some money if you take another DCL cruise in the next 5 years.
Do your research on the ports of call, often DCL excursions are overpriced versions of things you can book on your own for less. I say often because some places have exclusivity contracts with the cruiselines, but most don't. Don't let them scare you into onky taking DCL excursiond because they tell you that they will hold the ship for you if you are late, because sometimes they won't. They may get you to the next port, but it won't be on the ship . Plus the private contractors know the cruise customers talk and frequent late returns will result in loss of business. Some ports are easy to do it yourself, others you should take DCL excursions.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:59 PM   #17
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my best tip is that in the desk in your room you will find morning room service order forms that you fill out the night before and schedule a delivery time for the following morning. I loved waking up 10 minutes before the food arrived, quick shower and then out on the verandah for my morning coffee.



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Old 05-28-2013, 04:35 AM   #18
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Make sure everyone has watches! As a person who depends on my cell phone as my watch I discovered the hard way that it was hard to keep track of time without it. Hard, if not impossible, to find clocks aboard as well..bring a watch, you will be glad you did.

Bring several highlighters to go over the Navagator with and if you see something you want to do Highlight it, maybe a different color for each person, because there is a LOT of stuff to do and it will save you having to re-read the Navagator and "trying to find where I saw that thing..."
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:44 AM   #19
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My best advice would be to bring your DD to the kids club on the first day. Be prepared to go in with her and spend an hour engaging with her in activities.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:49 AM   #20
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Whoops, hit send before I was done.

If she enjoys the club, she'll want to go back. If she makes a friend there or befriends her dinner mate and goes with him/her, even better.

If she gets a good vibe right off the bat, she'll be fine with you planning something for adults and having her go. You'll have lots of together time on your cruise and this way you can also enjoy something designed especially for adults!
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:16 AM   #21
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1. Don't sweat the small stuff!
2. Take lots of pictures.

Oops, that was 2.
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I like to stay up late and watch TV, I did'nt found until last night that you can watch a lot of movies that are not on the regular channels, so exlore your remote control to. And if you miss any show, you can watch it on the tv also.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:35 AM   #23
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Be mindful of what you pack. After my first cruise I realized I packed way too much clothing.
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A lot of great suggestions from the "pros". Thanks! Taking the 1st cruise next year.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:27 PM   #25
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if you like cheese or fruit, request a plate at your first dinner. they will bring one for your table and SHOULD ask if you want one every night. The cheese goes really well with the bread! ummmmm.

Request warm chocolate chip cookies and milk from room service at least once. Give them up to an hour to deliver.

Sleep in one sea day and then hit the PALO brunch. Worth the $20 per person.

Hit the balcony at least 1 hour a day.

Lock all of you valuables in the ssafe at the start of the cruise. All you need is your KTTW card. And a few dollar bills if you want room service.

Enjoy looking at this websight everyday until your cruise.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:55 PM   #26
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We are at the early stages of planning for a Feb, 2014 cruise on the Fantasy.

There will be myself, my 5yo DD and Nana.

What is your best tip for us? None of us has ever stepped foot on a cruise ship and we're super excited!! (Well....except for the 5yo since it will be a surprise that I tell her about in January so that she doesn't drive us crazy. )

We are Disney vetrans and visit WDW a couple of times each year but cruising is new to all of us. What better way to be introduced than on a Disney cruise!

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#1: Just like DisneyWorld, you cannot do everything, so don't even try. Enjoy and relish what you do experience!

#2, and this is a big one: Treat your servers with respect; like people, not servants. They will pick up on that quickly and your dining experience will be truly magical. I guarantee it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:05 PM   #27
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Make sure everyone has watches! As a person who depends on my cell phone as my watch I discovered the hard way that it was hard to keep track of time without it. Hard, if not impossible, to find clocks aboard as well..bring a watch, you will be glad you did.

Bring several highlighters to go over the Navagator with and if you see something you want to do Highlight it, maybe a different color for each person, because there is a LOT of stuff to do and it will save you having to re-read the Navagator and "trying to find where I saw that thing..."
Just told my husband yesturday that we need to make sure we have a watch our next cruise. I also use my phone so see what time it is and have it off our entire cruise. I could never find a clock on the ship.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #28
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get a cruise guide book (a passporter’s guide is great) and do not read boards and stuff too much. IMHO it is overwhelming and better for that repeat cruise.

book another cruise onboard.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:23 PM   #29
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We are at the early stages of planning for a Feb, 2014 cruise on the Fantasy.

There will be myself, my 5yo DD and Nana.

What is your best tip for us? None of us has ever stepped foot on a cruise ship and we're super excited!! (Well....except for the 5yo since it will be a surprise that I tell her about in January so that she doesn't drive us crazy. )

We are Disney vetrans and visit WDW a couple of times each year but cruising is new to all of us. What better way to be introduced than on a Disney cruise!

TIA!
We are booked for the Fantasy on February 15th Western Caribbean. It will be our second cruise. The best advise I can give is to continue to read these threads. They really helped me prepare for our first cruise on the Wonder and they are continuing to help as I plan our second cruise; first time on the Fantasy.

Just like going to WDW, you can't do it all. So relax and enjoy your trip.

The only other strange piece of information I can offer is that even though we had two connecting rooms; I was shocked at how small the cabins really are. Perhaps I had this feeling because we are DVC members and the villas are generally a good size but I was really caught off guard. That said, I quickly got use to it and it did not hamper my enjoyment of our trip.

Cruising is really a wonderful way vacation!
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:29 PM   #30
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We are booked for the Fantasy on February 15th Western Caribbean. It will be our second cruise. The best advise I can give is to continue to read these threads. They really helped me prepare for our first cruise on the Wonder and they are continuing to help as I plan our second cruise; first time on the Fantasy.

Just like going to WDW, you can't do it all. So relax and enjoy your trip.

The only other strange piece of information I can offer is that even though we had two connecting rooms; I was shocked at how small the cabins really are. Perhaps I had this feeling because we are DVC members and the villas are generally a good size but I was really caught off guard. That said, I quickly got use to it and it did not hamper my enjoyment of our trip.

Cruising is really a wonderful way vacation!
Just a note here. The room on the DCL ships are the largest in the cruise industry for comparable rooms. Most other cruiselines have much smaller rooms, including many that only sleep 2.
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