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Old 06-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Questions for veterans from newbie

We are going on our first ever cruise on the DCL Dream Dec 15-19 out of Port Canaveral. My husband & I are taking a short cruise for our anniversary to test the waters of cruising before we take our whole family. I have some questions for you veterans!

I've been reading on here about the Concierge level. We are not going to book now but thought we might check for an upgrade when we check in at the Port. I read that they discount the upgrade. Does any know the approximate upgrade cost @ port? We would try to upgrade to the Con. Fam. OV w/ Verandah.

Also, if we upgrade to Concierge are we setting ourselves up for future cruises to only want to do concierge from now on? Being your first cruise would you just do a regular room (currently booked on a Cat 5E w/ verandah)?? We are quiet/boring people, who like to avoid the crowds, so the concierge lounge & sunning deck is appealing to us. Not sure we'd upgrade with our boys- probably only on trips for the two of us.

We are going to stay on the ship on Nassau day. Want to take advantage of the quieter ship. Are we missing out on anything by not getting off?

We are going to try to get reservations at Palo's. Since we are doing an adult only trip we thought we might also try to get reservations at Remy's as well. I'd love to hear from veterans if Remy's is worth the $75 per person? Or would you spend that $150 @ the spa?

The goal of our trip - learning about "cruising" and also want to relax - do as little as possible. Thank so much for your help!!
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If you do upgrade to concierge, you will have a better chance of getting the reservations at Palo & Remy.
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I have not eaten at Remy yet. I would like to try it for the experience but I've looked over the menu and it just doesn't do anything for me. I LOVE Palo. I would do Palo dinner and brunch and spend the remainder in the spa

As far as concierge, I would love to experience it one day. I hate to spoil myself to bad yet though. It sounds just wonderful. I'm just not so sure the cost factor is worth it to me. Maybe we will be able to snag a good deal on a port upgrade.
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If you do upgrade to concierge, you will have a better chance of getting the reservations at Palo & Remy.
So it's hard to get reservations at both w/out an upgrade?
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I have not eaten at Remy yet. I would like to try it for the experience but I've looked over the menu and it just doesn't do anything for me. I LOVE Palo. I would do Palo dinner and brunch and spend the remainder in the spa

As far as concierge, I would love to experience it one day. I hate to spoil myself to bad yet though. It sounds just wonderful. I'm just not so sure the cost factor is worth it to me. Maybe we will be able to snag a good deal on a port upgrade.
I was looking @ Remy's menu and I thought there were things I would like to try but DH is less of an adventurous eater. That's why I want to know opinions of others before spending the extra money. Spa time is actually looking better & better.
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So it's hard to get reservations at both w/out an upgrade?
Yes, for first time cruisers on a 3 or 4 night cruise the number of available slots are less so by the time your booking window opens most are usually filled. They do keep some for onboard booking. Brunch is really what we enjoy the most at Palo and there is only one sea day on the 4-night, so that is really difficult to get. IDK how Remy goes, but I would expect the same experience.
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Yes, for first time cruisers on a 3 or 4 night cruise the number of available slots are less so by the time your booking window opens most are usually filled. They do keep some for onboard booking. Brunch is really what we enjoy the most at Palo and there is only one sea day on the 4-night, so that is really difficult to get. IDK how Remy goes, but I would expect the same experience.
Thanks- for the info. So there is a brunch on the 4 night? Guess I just assumed it was for longer night cruises. That's good to know. Will it help us that we are cruising at a "sorta" slow time to get ressies? Thanks for your help.
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I was looking @ Remy's menu and I thought there were things I would like to try but DH is less of an adventurous eater. That's why I want to know opinions of others before spending the extra money. Spa time is actually looking better & better.
I am not an adventurous eater at all but I really enjoyed my dinner at Remy. There were enough "normal" things for me to choose and my husband got to have the more interesting foods. : )
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I have never hard problem getting a reservation for palo but I have always booked super early and never went till I was silver now I'm creeping closer platinum it gets easier as gold. I have never had concierge but will on our next two cruises as for Nassau beside Atlantis there's not much to that island. I would stay on the boat. Heck I stay when we are on castaway with exception of this time we booked concierge to get a cabana on castaway but you have to book those as soon concierge booking is available.
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So it's hard to get reservations at both w/out an upgrade?
We are first time cruisers for this Sunday 4-night, but I have a reservation at Remy on the night and time I wanted and a Palo brunch on the sea day as well, so it's not hopeless! ;-):-)
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I am not an adventurous eater at all but I really enjoyed my dinner at Remy. There were enough "normal" things for me to choose and my husband got to have the more interesting foods. : )
Thanks that is great to know that you were able to enjoy your dinner. I'll let DH know.
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I have never hard problem getting a reservation for palo but I have always booked super early and never went till I was silver now I'm creeping closer platinum it gets easier as gold. I have never had concierge but will on our next two cruises as for Nassau beside Atlantis there's not much to that island. I would stay on the boat. Heck I stay when we are on castaway with exception of this time we booked concierge to get a cabana on castaway but you have to book those as soon concierge booking is available.
I think the main reason we are staying on the boat on Nassau day is because we want to explore the ship & enjoy it being a little quieter. Might get off next time when our boys are with us. They would love to snorkel and/or swim with dolphins. They have also seen the commercials for Atlantis and think it looks pretty awesome.

We will get off at Castaway Cay & hang out in the adult area. Looking forward to that day.

Still not sure about Concierge. I KNOW we would love it!! Just trying to decide if we should just do the room we have (ocean view w/ veranda) and just experience the ship & cruising for the first time? Then on a future adults only trip, upgrade to Concierge? Have something to look forward to instead of feeling we have to have Concierge all the time?
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We are first time cruisers for this Sunday 4-night, but I have a reservation at Remy on the night and time I wanted and a Palo brunch on the sea day as well, so it's not hopeless! ;-):-)
Thanks for letting me know! Did you do anything special to get your reservations? Or did you just book on the first day available to book? Just now hearing that on the four day there is the option for Palo's for brunch. Now I have to decide if we want to do Palo's for dinner or brunch. What made you choose brunch or dinner?

Have a wonderful time on your cruise!! I would love to read a cruise report when you get back! It would be great to read a first timers report.
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Thanks for letting me know! Did you do anything special to get your reservations? Or did you just book on the first day available to book? Just now hearing that on the four day there is the option for Palo's for brunch. Now I have to decide if we want to do Palo's for dinner or brunch. What made you choose brunch or dinner?

Have a wonderful time on your cruise!! I would love to read a cruise report when you get back! It would be great to read a first timers report.
Didn't have to do anything special at all! Just went in when booking opened, and did it. I didn't even have to use Firefox or anything like that lol (I've read about this somewhere in these threads when I was getting all worried like you about booking). Yeah! They definitely have Palo brunch. I really wanted to try both, so I booked a Remy dinner for my husband and me because it sounds like something intimate and special for me and hubby to do. And a Palo brunch for him, me and my mom, for a more casual feel. I also read reports that Palo brunch is great!
Thanks! Will let you guys know about the experience! I subscribed to this thread so I could let you know for sure!
Will try to do a trip report when we get back
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In November 2010 we upgraded at the port to concierge (on the Magic 7-night Western from a category six to a one-bedroom suite, the upgrade cost was $1550). Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to cruise in concierge again one day...but it has not spoiled regular stateroom cruising for us. I have since sailed in both a verandah stateroom and an inside stateroom since and have not missed the concierge benefits at all.

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