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Old 06-25-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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First Timer Questions...

So, I have some questions...

As a first time Disney Cruiser what is the best time to schedule our PAT? We are very excited to get on the ship, but don't want to have a long wait time with a 4 yo and a 5 yo.

Also, I have read a lot about the Rainforest Room, but am still not really sure what it all is. Please explain more :-)

If we sign our children up for the clubs and they decide they do not want to go can we remove the bands? I don't want for them to have to wear them the entire cruise when they are not comfortable going to the clubs.

Another club question, during the open times are just parents and children allowed into the clubs or will grandparents, etc be allowed also? Or maybe the open times are a everyone welcome (with kids, without kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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So, I have some questions...

As a first time Disney Cruiser what is the best time to schedule our PAT? We are very excited to get on the ship, but don't want to have a long wait time with a 4 yo and a 5 yo.

Also, I have read a lot about the Rainforest Room, but am still not really sure what it all is. Please explain more :-)

If we sign our children up for the clubs and they decide they do not want to go can we remove the bands? I don't want for them to have to wear them the entire cruise when they are not comfortable going to the clubs.

Another club question, during the open times are just parents and children allowed into the clubs or will grandparents, etc be allowed also? Or maybe the open times are a everyone welcome (with kids, without kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)

Thanks in advance!
For quickest boarding, I'd suggest getting a PAT of 12:30-1:00. That's generally after the boarding has begun, the crowd is thinner in the terminal, and open boarding may have already started. Since your actual boarding number is based on your PAT, you may have a higher number, but, with open boarding, anyone can board regardless of their actual boarding number. And, it's before the busses start arriving from WDW with more people.

You can remove the bands when the kids aren't in the club, and they will just put them on again, when they return there. Be aware there are charges for lost bands

Open House in the Club/Lab is for all ages (family, friends, whatever).
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Awesome, thank you!

Also, what all will we need to do our online check in? I want to be prepared and not be running around trying to find something I may need.
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Awesome, thank you!

Also, what all will we need to do our online check in? I want to be prepared and not be running around trying to find something I may need.
Full names, birthdates, passport #s, credit card info, pre & post cruise travel info. For kids club registration, you'll need a "safe word" to register for pickup.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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Great, thanks so much for your help! Now the dreaded wait till it is time to check in!
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #6
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So, I have some questions...

Also, I have read a lot about the Rainforest Room, but am still not really sure what it all is. Please explain more :-)!
We will be first timers too- also curious about the Rainforest Room!
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:17 PM   #7
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Another question (I could probably think up these all day long!)...

I've read somewhere on the board about cooking demonstrations on the ship, however I did not see any on the recent navigators I looked at. I may have overlooked them as there is SO MUCH to do on the ships. Anyone know anything about these?
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The rainforest room is a spa that offers different types of relaxing showers, hot tubs, sauna, steam room, and chairs you can relax in. The cost is around $15 per day, or you can get weekly passes. Here is a short video showing what it looks like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNL-inZJp4E
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #9
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I've read somewhere on the board about cooking demonstrations on the ship, however I did not see any on the recent navigators I looked at. I may have overlooked them as there is SO MUCH to do on the ships. Anyone know anything about these?
There is an entertainment series for Teens (I believe) called "Anyone can Cook" that has cooking demonstrations. I think it depends on the length of your cruise as well.

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Another question (I could probably think up these all day long!)...
Keep `em coming! I've read answers to questions I hadn't even thought of because other people were thoughtful enough to ask.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #10
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So, I have some questions...

As a first time Disney Cruiser what is the best time to schedule our PAT? We are very excited to get on the ship, but don't want to have a long wait time with a 4 yo and a 5 yo. our PAT was for 11:30. We arrived at 12.we walked right on. No wait.

Also, I have read a lot about the Rainforest Room, but am still not really sure what it all is. Please explain more :-)heated tile loungers,saunas,aromatherapy showers, hot tubs, etc. you can buy a day pass online for $16 or a weekly pass. Sometimes onboard they run specials on the weekly in addition to other treatments.

If we sign our children up for the clubs and they decide they do not want to go can we remove the bands? I don't want for them to have to wear them the entire cruise when they are not comfortable going to the clubs. you can always have the bands removed. They will just put a new band on if the child wants to go back to the club.

Another club question, during the open times are just parents and children allowed into the clubs or will grandparents, etc be allowed also? Or maybe the open times are a everyone welcome (with kids, without kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)everyone is welcome in open house!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #11
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If we sign our children up for the clubs and they decide they do not want to go can we remove the bands? I don't want for them to have to wear them the entire cruise when they are not comfortable going to the clubs.
One thing I forgot to mention but was a discussion I saw about a week ago; apparently they ENCOURAGE you to remove the band when they're not in the club so you don't lose the little sensor thing. This wasn't my experience but multiple people said the CM's told them to do this and they'll simply give you another plastic strap next time you show up to the club.

There is a $50 charge if you lose the little sensor jigger so you don't want that falling off in the ocean while swimming!
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:19 PM   #12
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How does it work with the 2 and under play area? I know that there is a fee but do you have to know the exact times that you want to bring your child during the day? Can you pay for all day and be able to take them and pick them up any time you want? I hope I am making myself clear...lol

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How does it work with the 2 and under play area? I know that there is a fee but do you have to know the exact times that you want to bring your child during the day? Can you pay for all day and be able to take them and pick them up any time you want? I hope I am making myself clear...lol

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For the nursery you must make a reservation. You will be limited to a maximum number of hours pre-cruise. I think for a 7 night cruise it's maybe 18 hours. Once onboard you can book additional hours, if there are any available. This is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to book some time.

The cost for the nursery is $6.00 per hour.
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How does it work with the 2 and under play area? I know that there is a fee but do you have to know the exact times that you want to bring your child during the day? Can you pay for all day and be able to take them and pick them up any time you want? I hope I am making myself clear...lol

Thanks in advance!
You'll need to reserve times for the nursery. Depending on length of cruise, you can schedule something like 10 hours in advance, and more time may be available once the cruise gets underway - just ask. It's really not a "drop in anytime" kind of service like the Club/Lab as they can only have X number of little ones there at any given time to maintain their small staff ratios and more direct hands-on interactions.

Enjoy your cruise!
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:55 PM   #15
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I don't recall any cooking demonstrations for adults on any of my cruises...Magic, Wonder and Fantasy.

Kids club-to help your kids enjoy and love the club I would go to the open house that first day with them and grandparents/anyone can go. For their first time going to the club by themselves I would choose an club/lab activity with them before hand then take them and pick them up at the scheduled time. Hopefully they will see what a wonderful kids place this is and choose to keep going. Every evening my son and I choose kids club activities he wants to do the next day in the club or lab. On average my son is in the club about 4 hours a day.

Hope this helps!
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