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Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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

  1. richmo

    richmo DIS Veteran

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    I brought some of this up way back in page somewhere of this post, but the last morning is a big advantage to the late dining folks.

    If you have early dining throughout the cruise, your assigned breakfast on the last day is really early, as mentioned in some of the earlier posts. If you have late dining, its much more reasonable.

    The other thing that hasn't been mentioned a lot is that if you have early breakfast that day, you eat, then you're supposed to take yourself and all your stuff to some common area (like the bars, etc.) and wait for your character tag to get called so you can disembark. This can take awhile and when you do get called, it takes awhile to leave and get thru customs, etc.

    Now, if you have the later seating, by the time you finish eating, virtually all the character luggage tags have already been called, there's no hanging around in the bars and the wait time to get off the ship, easier to find your luggage and the wait to get thru customs is generally greatly reduced. Its much more leisurely and less of herding cattle.

    A few points, though:
    - If you need to get off the ship early and have late dining, you'll have to skip your breakfast assignment and go to the buffet or room service, etc.
    - I certainly wouldn't let the last morning dictate choosing early or late dining for the entire cruise, but it is a nice perk of late dining.
    - And, of course, whichever dining you pick, you always have the option of going to the buffet. If I remember correctly, the disembarkation sheet you'll get the last night doesn't talk about the buffet opening for breakfast, but it is.
    - Some always ask if, having early dining throughout the cruise, if you can go to the late dining breakfast the last day. The answer is no, you shouldn't. You still go to the same table and have the same server that last morning. At the late breakfast, that table is for whoever has it for late dining. If you can't make the early breakfast, go to the buffet.
    - Whatever option you choose, they'd really like you out of your stateroom by the time the late dining breakfast starts (around 8:15 or so), so they can get going on getting the rooms ready for the next cruise. Once you leave your stateroom, you can take your time eating your breakfast and leave around 9 or so with little traffic.
     
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  3. Southern Sailaway

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    Do you know what we were supposed to do in concierge? We had the good fortune to be able to order room service breakfast on the last morning, so we had a relaxing breakfast in our suite. However, we weren't sure what we were expected to do afterwards. We ended up hanging out on our balcony until our shuttle driver arrived to pick us up (around 8:30 or so, I think). I saw our steward in the hall just before we left and he didn't give any indication he was anxious for us to clear out, but I did notice that everyone in the rooms around us was already gone.
     
  4. richmo

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    I have no idea about that. I would think 8:30 is OK, but they definitely don't want you hanging around. Everything about the last morning is very business-like. All the CMs are still polite, but their main focus that morning is getting you off the ship pretty much as quickly as they can. Disembarkation/embarkation day for all the cast onboard is their busiest day by far and its only fair to give them as much opportunity to get their jobs done. As painful as it is leaving the ship, appreciate how good the ship is when you embark. Think of your vacation/cruise ending when you go to sleep that last night.
     
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  6. poohj80

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    This is how it works on the Dream and Fantasy since the terminal cannot accommodate everyone's luggage at the same time. On the Magic and Wonder, you just get off whenever you are ready.
     
  7. richmo

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    Maybe things have changed. When I was on the Wonder last summer (and the summer before), they displayed luggage character tags on the tv monitors in the lounges indicating when you could leave...
     
  8. poohj80

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    Sorry, I was speaking specifically about Port Canaveral. In Vancouver for the Alaska cruises last year, tags were used to determine what time we got of the Wonder. Have no idea how it will work in Seattle this year.
     
  9. Susiesark

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    I have been on the Wonder twice in the past year, both out of LA, and they have called the characters name on the luggage tags so you'll be released in smaller groups, although there were always long lines to disembark and get through customs.
     
  10. linco711

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    love this thread:goodvibes
     
  11. ginnenern

    ginnenern Earning My Ears

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    Great info. Thanks
     
  12. lindylou2_2002

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    in THe Med for the last 2 years we have always had early dining but on the last morning both times we have also been given late Breakfast. Is this not what happens state side then :( We are doing our 1st cruise out of new york in august and hate the idea of getting up really early on our last day as we dont fly home until the afternoon and was sort of banking on not getting off until at least 8.30 after late breakfast.
     
  13. jbernatz

    jbernatz Earning My Ears

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    Great tips, cant wait to use many of them!
     
  14. jbernatz

    jbernatz Earning My Ears

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    Yes, thank you!!
     
  15. acourtwdw

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    If you want a later breakfast time, then go to the buffet instead of your assigned bfast spot. That is what we do. Also the service feels rushed in the MDRs on the last morning and is not relaxing to me.
     
  16. thrillfan

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    My dd 17, took a mat for a 5x7 (the mat is a 8x10) on our Dream cruise and we got a picture mailer from the post office and put it in our carry on and in our carry of bag. When we got it out in the car it was fine. Thats how i do all my pictures :thumbsup2
     
  17. KashasMom

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    Great thread! Thanks for all the tips.
     
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  19. cameyer85

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    Read someplace recently a comment about bring some sort of magnetic card to keep lights/ac on in the room? Can someone explain that? Dream cruise June 6-10 2012...anyone else? Thanks. :confused3
     
  20. redman822

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    It can be any card - even an old keycard from a hotel you visited years ago. Just make sure it's something you don't mind losing because sometime they are removed/misplaced by your cabin steward when they service your cabin because they are supposed to use theirs while they are working on your cabin.
     
  21. McNabrat

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    What do you do with this old key card? How does it help to keep lights or a/c on?
     

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