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Old 12-19-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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First Disney Cruise - Dream June 2014! Any tips?

As you can see from my signature, we're Disnuts since 2002! We took our first family vacation then with our 5 year old daughter as the "All American drive from Illinois down to Florida" classic summer vacation.

And we loved it! So much that we went back to WDW again and again and again!

My wife and I had our honeymoon cruise on Royal Caribbean back in 1995. We have since cruised with our daughter on Carnival four times (Bahamas once and the Caribbean thrice) and on Norwegian once (to Alaska...amazing!).

We're rather experienced cruisers and we really enjoy being on the ship's top deck by the pool. We love to relax, swim, sun, read, and stare at the deep blue sea. We enjoy all the shipboard activities, we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board.

The price of the Disney cruises has been our biggest obstacle in the past. It was difficult to rationalize a 4 night Disney cruise over a 7 night Carnival cruise. We have really enjoyed Carnival and Norwegian and we're very laid back. We just go with the flow. We pretty much never have any drama in our lives. Almost nothing phases us.

We're super excited to go on the Dream because we are Disney-philes and we have saved up a little over $1700 on our Disney VISA Rewards card to help pay for this trip.

We've been to Nassau before so our plan is to pretty much just stay on the ship and enjoy what it has to offer while everyone else is (hopefully) off enjoying Nassau.

We're looking forward to the day at sea as well, but we're really thrilled to finally get to see Castaway Cay.

On our other cruises, we've always enjoyed the "beach breaks." Usually the least expensive excursions where we were taken by a small bus to a gorgeous beach. We love to snorkel (we could do this all day!) and we always bring a disposable underwater camera. We like to rent kayaks and just paddle in the water.

Yep, we're super excited about Castaway Cay! Sounds like it will be right up our alley and with the Disney characters and theming, my camera will use up lots of space on the memory card!

I've already printed out and laminated Mickey Captain ears for our stateroom door. We're on Deck 9, starboard, two rooms from the stern in #9666. We wanted to be near the top so we wouldn't have to take the elevator all the time to head up to the pool area. We don't get seasick and we had a stern room on Carnival that I loved once, but the prop/wake noise was a little bit loud when relaxing on the balcony.

So any tips, tricks, or "must do's" you can all tell us about as first time Disney cruisers looking to max out on our trip?

We're ready to hear from the Disboarders who have always been such a help in the past!

-Steve
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2014 - Disney Dream 4 Night Cruise /Port Orleans FQ
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2010 - Caribbean Beach Resort
2009 - Carnival cruise out of Tampa, but after, we drove to WDW and spent a full day at Magic Kingdom.
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2007 - Wife Earning her Masters Degree/No Vacation-
2006 - All Star Movies/Royal Pacific Resort (Universal)/Disney's Vero Beach
2005 - Port Orleans Riverside/Animal Kingdom Lodge/Disney's Vero Beach
2004 - Royal Pacific Resort (Universal)/Disney's Vero Beach
2003 - Coronado Springs Resort/Disney's Vero Beach
2002 - Caribbean Beach Resort
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