Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by misseulalie, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Cruise

    Cruise <font color=blue>Wake up, your month is up!;)</fon

    Dec 3, 2001
    Have to agree with this one. I think the clock hands do technically have the little green glow-in-the-dark strips, but they're so small, there's no way to tell what time it is in the dark. I need an actual lit clock.

    And while you can get a wake up call, the phone ringing is just too jarring for me from a dead sleep. I much prefer a regular alarm clock.
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  3. myheartlivesatwdw

    myheartlivesatwdw Mouseketeer

    Oct 23, 2009
    :thumbsup2 That is a great idea!
  4. Bookwood

    Bookwood DIS Veteran

    Jan 18, 2010
    I don't know if there are any hidden Mickey fans out there but I found a DCL HIdden Mickey book in the Orlando Airport store last week and picked it up. This is the first time I've seen this book - which doesn't mean it hasn't been around forever.

    I plan to have it on the PC cruise if anyones intrested in borrowing it.
  5. tikimimi

    tikimimi Pixie - Sgt. at Arms of the Pancake Sisters

    Jan 5, 2008
    Mark the clock does have an alarm - it plays "When You Wish Upon a Star" in a pretty basic single tone alarm. We asked to have our clock "fixed" (new battery or something) on the 9/26 Wonder, but even after new batteries were installed, it didn't keep the time accurately. We brought a small travel alarm clock with glow hands, but I prefer one that is lit.
  6. believe79

    believe79 Mouseketeer

    Oct 2, 2008
  7. sharkbait

    sharkbait Earning My Ears

    Jun 1, 2003
    We're on the same cruise and all these ideas are great! Can't wait, we're counting the days.... my husband says we are fit to be tied.... meanwhile he is secretly more excited than the rest of us. We haven't been on the Magic since 2001. :rolleyes:
  8. MarkRG

    MarkRG DIS Veteran

    Mar 19, 2002
    Please note, the above posts where I'm being quoted, only refer to the Magic and Wonder. It seems the Dream has lit digital clocks with an Ipod dock. Hopefully the M&W will get this small but nice upgrade at some point.

    And I agree, I don't like the phone wakeups for this reason either.
  9. Camonkeygirl

    Camonkeygirl DIS Veteran

    Feb 9, 2011
    That is a great idea, as my DH is a photographer, and can take a nice photo

    That sounds good. I am actually getting my passport for my Sept. trip, so that will be my first stamps.

    I would love to know if they still do this. My DH is already asking about tours of the ship.

    Thank you for Bumping this thread. It gave me some wonderful ideas.
  10. Meskamooska

    Meskamooska Mouseketeer

    Jun 12, 2005
    Hi All!

    Here are a few things that I found helpful on our first cruise and will be doing again for our second...

    Remember to bring one dollar bills to tip the folks who deliver your room service orders. They are not part of the group included in your personal assigned team and if they are not tipped when they deliver the goods they get stiffed.

    And speaking of tips... I choose to pay my basic gratuities as early as possible. They can be paid when you pay for your reservation, any time up to three days prior to your departure through DCL (or via your TA) or at any time on the cruise through Guest Services. I pay them early because I consider the basic gratuities as part of the cost of the cruise and I believe I get even better (if that is possible) service. I happily add to the gratuities to recognize the exemplary service and also fill in guest comment cards as well.

    Be sure to tell your waitstaff if you will not be at dinner as they will try to serve the entire table at the same time. If you won't be at dinner (or if you are late you are inconveniencing everyone at your sitting.

    If you are a "foodie" be sure to tell your head waiter and ask for receipes as they will happily share.

    Bring your oldest clothes to wear on excursions - especially if you might get wet or messy and then throw them away. It will make additional room in your luggage and allow more room for souvenirs.

    Bring prepackaged snacks to enjoy during the onboard entertainment (packaged goodies can be expensive on the ship).

    Make sure there is contact info on your memory cards just in case you drop them. One easy thing to do is to take a picture of your name and address as your first picture just in case.

    Check with your cellphone company before your trip to find out if your phone will work in your ports of call and if you are going out oof the country make sure you know how to place a call if you need to.

    Order the fruit and cheese plate from room service before dinner. It makes a great appetizer and will keep well without refrigeration.

    Bring a couple of small flashlights (those inside cabins get pretty dark).

    Bring half as many clothes and twice as much money.

    If I think anything else I will happily share.

    Take care all, help lots of people and have a "Wonder"ful day!

  11. OlivesMom

    OlivesMom Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2008
    Excellent idea - I'm going to keep a photo of my contact info and the word "reward" in my cameras memory at all times. Always worried I'll misplace them! Thank You!!!
  12. Princess Sleepy

    Princess Sleepy DIS Veteran

    Oct 24, 2008
    A PP (from about 4 years ago) mentioned a treasure hunt on CC. Does anyone know anything about that?
  13. DynamicDisneyDuo

    DynamicDisneyDuo DIS Veteran

    Oct 14, 2009
    There is a galley tour offered, although recent reports seem to indicate it is becoming a hit or miss thing. Just have to wait until you're onboard.

    There are no bridge tours anymore except in very rare circumstances such as Make A Wish kids or naval officers of one sort or another. Even in those cases, it is not always guaranteed.

    I believe you are free to walk around the spa and look around, just not in any areas where someone might be getting a treatment.
  14. Wadekind

    Wadekind DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2009
    seconded. I have never seen this idea before.
  15. lexlaw69

    lexlaw69 Mouseketeer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Be careful about leaving your passports anywhere. If you are in port and for some reason you don't make it back to the ship you are looking at some major inconveniences, majoe expenses and missing a good deal of your cruise while emergency copies are made. Also, not sure how this might affect a VAT refund - I don't remember if you need to show your passport.
  16. penguinaddict

    penguinaddict Floating on an iceberg headed to Disneyland

    Aug 15, 2009
    Subscribing... thanks to all for the great tips!
  17. xandrhew

    xandrhew Earning My Ears

    Feb 10, 2011
    Anybody find any Disney Dream secrets yet?
  18. Billinaz

    Billinaz Waiting to spend time in our home away from home..

    Apr 21, 2003
    Bridge tours are still being done, you have to ask as soon as you get onboard. We arent affiliated with any of the mentioned groups, all we did was ask and we were given a date and time to show up for the tour.

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  19. momof2cutegirls

    momof2cutegirls DIS Veteran

    Apr 25, 2005
    Hoping to become a first-time cruiser in 2012...Subscribing!
  20. Disney Dreams

    Disney Dreams Proudly afflicted with TDMA!

    Mar 10, 2006
    We were actually told by several crew members on the Wonder NOT to take our passports in to port with us when we were in Nassau (which of course went contrary to everything we felt we should do).

    They explained that if we were to miss the ship, DCL has to get involved in our "situation" anyway and that they would retrieve our passports from our cabin safe (where we kept them) in the process of assisting us with getting either home or re-connected with the ship.

    I don't know anything else to add except that it was told to us by several different crew members and we did as instructed. And yes, I ALWAYS keep my passport on me anytime I travel anywhere abroad if not on a cruise, so it was contrary to my instinctual behavior.

    - Dreams
  21. debsters41

    debsters41 DIS Veteran

    Jun 1, 2007
    About the bridge tours, where would one ask as soon as arriving onboard? Guest services?

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