August 10, 2013 Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy

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How should we split the FE?

  1. Split the FE list in half (2 groups 22 - 26 staterooms)

  2. Stick to the idea of a headcount (3 groups (14/15 staterroms)

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  1. AussieBeth

    AussieBeth Earning My Ears

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    Congrats on your first Disney cruise ;)
    I'll try to help you out here. I'm assuming that your staying at a WDW resort before the cruise?

    You should get some yellow Magical express luggage tags if you are staying at a WDW resort hotel. If you place those on before your bags before you check them in then the magical express people will collect them in Orlando for you and take them to your hotel. If you didn't get these tags or if you are not staying at a WDW hotel then you will have to collect your own bags and carry them around to the magical express yourself.

    The magical express will pick you up at a pre determined time from your hotel if your staying at WDW. WDW resorts will drop off some extra luggage tags along with a letter telling you to place your packed bags outside the door by a certain time and then you just meet the bus or the bus rep later in the day.

    If your not staying at WDW then you will have to find out from your travel agent what time your booked on the magical express for and take your luggage with you back to the airport to board the bus.

    Once your on the bus you won't see your bags again until you get to your stateroom onboard ship. Your check in on the ship will be determined by what time your magical express bus gets you there. usually it's just after 12pm on the day you set sail. You will be checked in as you arrive.

    If you have cruised with Disney before then you are automatically a castaway club member. Castaway club membership has 3 levels - silver, gold & platinum. The number of cruises that you have done determines your club status. The higher your status the earlier you can check in to reserve excursions. As this is your first cruise you will have to wait until the 27th to reserve anything.

    You should be able to search shore tours (excursions) via the disney cruise website. price ranges from about $30pp to $500pp depending on the type of activity. You can choose to do a couple or none while your away. You can also contact some companies directly for a price when you get to your destination or book privately through them before you go but i've never done that.

    The disney fantasy has 3 set restaurants for dinner that you rotate through for the duration of the cruise. Some of these are open for lunch along with the buffet at Cabannas. There are 2 specialty resturaunts on board that cost a little bit extra. These you have to reserve if you want to eat there. These places usually book out by platinum & gold castaway club members but on the day you board the ship ask a crew member where to go for reservations and they can usually get you in. Last time we had to go to Royal Court and we got 2 palo brunches.

    Onboard credit is an amount of money that you have in your account to charge purchases while onboard. The only things you pay for are candy, specialty coffee, alcoholic beverages, soda pop if you get it at the bar otherwise it's free from the self serve machines & anything in the gift shops. You can use it to pay for DCL shore excursions too. You have the option to pre pay for some onboard credit by calling DCL or you can add a credit card to your room and it will be charged at the end of the cruise for everything you have spent. There is no cash on board the disney ships and you just charge everything to your room using your room key card. You can opt to make your kids cards non chargeable so they can't run up a big bill. this just means you have to approve of anything they buy.

    Your travel agent can sometimes offer some to you as a perk of booking. Not all travel agents are able to do this though. It usually varies from $50 - $200 per cabin.

    You can as long as it's unopened and you can carry it onboard.

    I can't help you much here but i'm 31 and my husband is 32 and we have a 2 year old but we're always on the look out for a new friend :)
     
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  3. dizneeat

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    I updated your information! :goodvibes

    :welcome:
    How exciting to go from the Caribbean to Alaska! :thumbsup2
    I added you to the list of cruisers and the FE list. I have a problem with uploading the detailled list at the moment, but will do so as soon as I can. :goodvibes


    Heather, AussieBeth answered all your questions. There are just a few things I would like to add.

    Excursions: You can look up the excursions they are offering at the DCL site. If you cannot find them right away, put port adventures into the search on their site. There is LOTS to choose from.

    Reservations:
    Once your booking window opens (75 days from sail date) you can make your reservations online.
    There are only two restaurants (and a few bars and cafes) where you have to pay an upcharge. The two restaurants are adult only and have a dress code.
    There is Palo - an Italian restaurant. They offer dinner and brunch and both are an upcharge of 20$ per person.
    Then there is Remy - a French restaurant. The upcharge for dinner is 75$ per person and there is a wine pairing for an additional charge.
    The Champagne Lunch at Remy is an upcharge of $50 and it includes the champagne.
    While dinner is offered every night, brunch and lunch are only offered at sea days.

    Onboard credit:
    Onboard credit refers to a certain amount of money your TA might put into your account (some do offer this, not every TA does) OR if you book your next cruise while on board they will give you a 10% discount on the cruise AND an onboard credit! I think it is $100 for cruises under 7 nights and $200 for 7 nights and up. This money in your "account" is referred to as your onboard credit.
    Guess I won't be much help about the charging privileges as I do not think they do cards with a certain amount on it. What about giving the kids a gift card, so they have their own spending money?

    Bringing alcohol on board is NO problem as long as the bottles are unopened and you carry them on.

    As for age - I am WAY past your age group, but if you have any more questions, just ask! :goodvibes
     
  4. Embraer

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    I've heard that the 7 Seas Lagoon cruise is pretty cool and comes with a pirate theme. For another time for us, I think our toddler would freak if he saw Capt Hook!

    I'll listen out for some European voices under the bridge the week before, we'll be in the parks from Monday and intend to catch Illuminations a couple of times if we can
     
  5. Embraer

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    I wouldn't sweat it with the availability at 75 days unless there's a huge rush in the next 10, there appeared to be plenty of different time slots available when I booked and a quick look just now shows Dinner availability at both restaurants with Brunch having limited availability at both - and that's just for the Sunday
     
  6. dizneeat

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    That's the Pirates and Pals fireworks cruise that has the pirate theme, complete with a meet up with Captain Hook and Peter Pan. :thumbsup2

    But that is not the one we are doing - I am renting a pontoon boat for the evening, complete with driver and they drive all over Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon, filling you in on history and behind the scenes info. There are drinks and snacks on board and you can have up to 10 guests. They position themselves in front of the railway station for the fireworks and the premium cruises (the ones for up to ten people) even pipe in the sound. It's awesome! We invited some friends to come with us in February and we had a blast. It was one of the most memorable evenings! :goodvibes
    We have some friends from NY coming in in August and they have been going through some rough patches lately - so this will be our treat for them. ;)
     
  7. heatherpenni

    heatherpenni Earning My Ears

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    Wow everyone! Thanks so much for your answers and your continued help and support.

    Unfortunately I am NOT staying at WDW resort! We are staying at the bohemian hotel in Orlando, less than a km away from the airport. It was the closest one that was available to me. So I'll just have to pick up my luggage and take it back with me the next day.

    These gift cards that someone mentioned? Where can I find them because that sounds like a great idea for the kids instead of giving them charging privileges. My eldest daughter has taken after myself, her mother, with her shopping addiction and the ability to spend money on the ship kind of scares me a little.

    Also, would anyone happen to know what stateroom 9648 looks like or where it is located? Good area? Bad area? I've gathers its at the back of the ship and there are elevators and stairs near by, but is there anything else I should know about my room?
     
  8. yellowrosedtxn

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    Hi Beth! So glad you are going on the cruise with us!

    And I am glad that you all answered Heather's questions as I am LITERALLY in the same boat (or ship) as this is my first trip so I had a lot of the same questions. I do have another question, for the magical express, how much does it cost from the airport to the ship? Where do you go to look for that information? I inquired about a town car and got quoted 220.00 round trip from the airport to the ship. The good thing about them was after we get off the ship, we wanted to go to DTD before heading to the airport. He said it was no problem and we could put our luggage at the hotel that the town car works for and they did this all the time. I thought that was pretty cool. But is that about the "going rate"? We have five people that are going to be headed for the cruise. I will also be in Florida for a week, and found it cheaper to rent a car that I return to the airport rather than returning it at the port.

    I hope I haven't confused you with this. Thank you for your help in advance.
     
  9. Zeppelin

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    ha...we are in room 9060...
     
  10. dizneeat

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    I mentioned the gift cards. Regular Disney gift cards.

    Your best bet will be to call DCL and ask if they accept gift cards in the shops. I have just done a quick google search and come up with conflicting answers. :confused3
     
  11. heatherpenni

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    Can I find these gift cards in Ontario?
     
  12. dizneeat

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    I didn't realize you were from Canada. Not sure if you could buy them there, but I am SURE the gift shops at MCO do carry them. :thumbsup2
     
  13. heatherpenni

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    Awesome! I'll have to call DCL and see if that's sufficient currency for the children to use in the kids clubs. From what I understand from their website is that they can be used to pay off some of the bill or buy merchandise aboard at the shops. I'm not sure if they can use it in the kids clubs or towards whatever they can do in there but definitely something I would like to know
     
  14. AussieBeth

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    Were going to have so much fun on this cruise. You all sound like awesome people to me :) I made so many good friends on our last Fantasy cruise that we have all rebooked together for new years 2014/15. It's all part of the Disney magic.

    Town car rates vary a fair bit but as there is a lot of you travelling it's a good way to go. The magical express is $35 pp each way so $70 per person round trip. For your group of 5 that would be $350 bucks so town car is cheaper.

    You can rent a car for around $30 a day and i believe budget have a rent a car spot at the port so you can do 2 one way drives if your interested in going solo. Then you can leave your luggage in the car while to shop at DTD. look out for coupons if your going to hire a car too.
     
  15. AussieBeth

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    The last time i cruised on the Fantasy i had room 9638 and i can't say enough good about it. Being at the AFT of the ship you have the elevator that opens directly into cabanas so sneaking up for a coffee and a tray of pastries for breakfast in bed is easy. It's also the elevator that takes you directly to animators pallet and the night clubs ;)

    It's on the starboard side of the ship so you get an awesome view of Castaway Cay when we get there. It has a nice Queen bed with a curtain to close off the kids sleeping area and a balcony. There is room under the bed for storage and you get the bath and toilet separate.

    The only thing with the rear of the ship is that you may feel the movement a bi more than if you were in the middle but i only had one night (as we sailed around a storm) where i felt it and you may get a bit of noise outside your room as your closer to the elevators and stairs than i was.

    I hope that helps.
     
  16. gilliland1997

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    Hey does anyone know anything about collecting charms at some of the stores in st. Martin. I'm always looking for fun gifts for my dd and I had heard that if you go to certain stores they will give you free charms.
     
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  18. heatherpenni

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    Thank you very much! This helps greatly... All information is helping very much. It's making me that much more exited!!!
     
  19. yellowrosedtxn

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    I will look into that. As renting a car would be a LOT cheaper than doing the town car. And we wouldn't "need" it for anything more than transport to and from each destination. Well, other than the last day and we want to go to DTD. Thanks!

    I would like to know more about this as well. It would be fun to do this for my girls and myself as well to go on my charm bracelet! What a neat idea!
     
  20. englishrose47

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    Just checkin' in !!!
     
  21. Embraer

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    Well here's one more thing that's exciting my 5year old - Planes - it comes out on the 9th August :)
     

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