Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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  1. cnktruitt

    cnktruitt Mouseketeer

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    Just another fyi......On our last Disney cruise my group sticker left a residue on my top. It never, ever came off and it did ruin the top. :laundy: It was a fluke and I don't expect that to happen again but I'll be applying future stickers to my lanyard.:rolleyes:
     
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  3. rosermama

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    Ok so I was reading other pages, I think I am up to 31 and someone was talking about how much they gained.

    Here is something they tell you if you attend the gym presentation on day 1, the average person gains 1-2lbs a day on a cruise.

    This was a huge shock to me...how could this happen. I tell you its the the abudance of food,

    Here is how I combated it:
    -I worked out before I left so my body was in full swing of burning.
    -I worked out twice with a trainer (it was considerably cheap compared to my gym).
    -I only took the stairs (which was pretty easy even with heels on)
    -I ran the 5K on CC, it only takes about 1 hr (of course I sent DH to get a good spot on the beach, cause he can blink and lose weight)

    I ended up losing 2lbs on the cruise and I ate everything possible, I was a food addict.
     
  4. rosermama

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    for those of you who like to decorate your door...

    I print my magnets on card stock paper and then stick my 13 year old to cut them out which she loves.

    I buy a roll of magnet tape at the hobby store and cut about an inch or a little less and stick it to the back.

    This is considerably cheaper than if you print your magnets on the printable magnet paper they sell and many people suggest. We have never had a problem with them falling off and after 3 cruises I still have magnet tape left. If someone steals ours off the door, I'm not to bothered as it didn't cost me much. I tend to keep a lot of them and recycle for the next cruise, I just keep them in a large manila envelope.
     
  5. rosermama

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    Sorry I am posting another one but as I read through the comments it sparks a light bulb for me...

    When we were on the Dream, one night we didn't like our table location (or our server) so we asked the head waiter if they could sit us in another section and they did.

    1st it depends on availablity, it is easy to sit you in a section when someone has reservations somewhere else. Also when you tell your waiter you are not dinning there the next night (for whatever reason) they notify the head waiter so they can make that table available for these reasons as well if someone missed thier meal.
     
  6. rosermama

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    FYI- They are getting really picky with the port times. No matter what time you show up, if your number doesn't corespond with the time your registered for online, the person who checks you in may switch your number. It happens more often than not...

    On the bright side, if you have issues in the port where you get a higher number then you should just talk to the check in person and they will help you out.
     
  7. rescuetink

    rescuetink DDC Member #428 A DCL Loving Family!! W

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    My DS had a swim shirt on and we put his sticker on it, it never has come completely off!! It was one of those stretching, sun block type shirts!! :santa:
     
  8. MickeyWatcher

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    Bump. Keep them coming!
     
  9. tokyodisneydad

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    Wooo 50 pages in 2 days...thanks guys and gals...great tips:thumbsup2

    I have a tip and story to explain why;) It has probably been said, but I want to emphasize the importance. If you are going to participate in the FE gift exchange on your cruise, make sure you go on the Cruise Meets boards and register with your group and the FE group.

    Back in August 2007 I took my first and so far only cruise. I had read about the fish extenders and gotten excited. However, I misunderstood the whole concept. While reading I just assumed that if you hung a FE and hung it outside your door that random people would bring small gifts on board and pop them into your FE. In turn I took load of small things from Japan to share also. Well first night my 2 DDs went around popping things like Japanese fans, Character chopsticks, Japanese snacks and Japan Disney pins into random FEs around the ship. There were far mor FEs than we had gifts, but we put stuff into atleast 50 FEs. Then we waited. Four nights and Five days passed and the only thing we ever got in our FE was the bill. The girls were disappointed. I just assumed that it was because we were at the end of the hall. Now 4 years later as I begin to research for my birthday cruise in 2013 I understand why.:rotfl2:

    Another tip for international travelers who don't speak English...you can pre request that one of your serving staff be able to speak your language. We had a wonderful server from Japan. In addition to her tip we took her a care package from home. Menus are also available in a variety of languages if you let them know before you go.

    See you on the Dream..Dec.29 2013...:woohoo:Say happy Birthday and put something in my FE:rolleyes1
     
  10. rescuetink

    rescuetink DDC Member #428 A DCL Loving Family!! W

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    Just reposting this!!! :surfweb:
     
  11. ladyemz

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    Subsciribing now :thumbsup2

    Great thread, thank you to everyone who has shared their secrets, this is going to make our first cruise and Disneymoon even more magical now!
     
  12. kid-at-heart

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    :bday: Happy Birthday!!! For this year, 2012, 2013... How wonderful to have a cruise for your birthday. I hope you plan to participate again in the FEs and this time receive many nice surprises.
     
  13. tokyodisneydad

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    Thanks and I definitely plan on the FE exchange...although I am worried about what gifts I can take, especially after seeing all the great ideas on the Homemade FE gift thread.:scared1:
     
  14. mimmi

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    I bought a few very cute Mickey coffee spoons in Narita last month, as well as tons of Disney stuff at the 100 Yen shop. Turns out that we won't do the FE exchange, so your advice about checking first was dead on.
    I think, especially for the kids, you have the best shopping opportunities of all, I could spend days in japanese shopping malls, oh wait, actually I do :rolleyes1.
     
  15. COASTIEandMATE

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    Could you please share the name of the guy in HAWAII who does the air brushing? We live in Hawaii and would love to have him do some for us!:hug:Karen and Ron
     
  16. suzanneaz

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    Another tip for FE is to find your group early as the groups set a cut off date around 6 weeks before the cruise. Since so many people make homemade items (which may be expensive and/or time consuming) they need to know how many to make. Once the group is formed and items are bought it isn't easy to add people so groups are strict about their cutoff. I hadn't seen mention of this on this post. I haven't looked through the FE post so I thought I would add it in case others come to this board first like me.
     
  17. rosermama

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    He is in the international marketplace kind of towards the back away from the main road down wakiki

    His website is Arainbowstuio.com

    He also does great henna tattoos

    When we saw met him this summer he was more than happy to help us out and says he send stuff out all the time
     
  18. NAB

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    Another tip is that if your machine takes distilled water they well provide this for you free of charge. Just call and it goes under Health request. They had a 4 litre bottle waiting in the room when we got there.
     
  19. poohj80

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    Just to fix a slight typo:

    http://www.arainbowstudio.com/

    Also, do you tell him what you were thinking of a design or does he come up with it on his own?
     
  20. rosermama

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    He will work with you on what you would like. Also he told us that if we have a picture in mind we can send it to him and he will try to make something close to it, depending how detailed the picture is you want.

    I have tried the iron on shirts many times but the iron ons don't last, they either peel off or wash off.

    On our next cruise we are going with air brush but a non-disney centered designed something simple.

    I can post some pictures of my shirts I have done, if someone can PM me and explain how to add pictures to my posts. THANKS
     
  21. mousetrip

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    Leaving for our first cruise in 34 days! I am loving these tips! Keep them coming! Maybe when we return I can add one of my own (though I doubt it with all you pros!)

    Jennifer in MO:flower3:
     

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