Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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  1. poohj80

    poohj80 Got Hunny?

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    There is a slot near the door where you are supposed to insert your KTTW card (or any magnetic card) to turn on power to room (lights, TV, etc). It is a power saving measure assuming you wouldn't leave your room card in your cabin when you leave and, therefore, can't leave all the lights on when not in cabin.
     
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  3. redman822

    redman822 Mouseketeer

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    Yes, to have your lights working or keep your Air conditionin running at the 'occupied' temperature you want, a card needs to be placed in a slot on the wall right inside your cabin door. Take out the card and the AC goes 'off' (not really off, just to a warmer temp) and the lights go off as well (after a short delay).
     
  4. casabloch

    casabloch Casabloch

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    so please be conscientious and do not leave the lights and other equipment on when not in room. It increases costs for all, not to mention the environmental impact.
     
  5. redman822

    redman822 Mouseketeer

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    We kept ours in the slot but not fully inserted (thereby turning everything off) unless we were in the room because we wanted to keep track of them by keeping them in our lanyards rather than in the slot.

    After the first day on the ship and forgetting the DDs keycard in the slot as we left the cabin, we kept them 'on us' at all times and used the hotel card from before our cruise.
     
  6. jetskigrl

    jetskigrl No mumbojumbo here

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    This is what we did as well. Since the outside door looks on the Dream are touch pads, rather than sliding the key card in, we didn't have to remove them from the lanyards to get in the room. So it was easier to just leave our KTTW cards in the lanyards and use a spare hotel key card for the lights.

    Instead of turning off light switches when we left the room, we just pulled the keycard out of the slot and left it there.
     
  7. Piglet2007

    Piglet2007 Earning My Ears

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    Love all the tips - especially helpful for a newbie like me :)
     
  8. rescuetink

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

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    I need to add this to the document!!! :thumbsup2
     
  9. pequele

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    what are FEs? Fish things? I'm confused....1st cruise on DCL booked for May 2013 and learning all I can in a year!!:cool1:
     
  10. acourtwdw

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    This was a quick list I made for a friend that was taking his family on their first Dream cruise (first cruise actually) in Feb 2012. It was him, his wife, their three kids (1,5, and 7) plus some extended family.


    The lights in the stateroom have this card thingy that you put your room key into for the lights to come on. However, you can use any card that has a magnetic strip, like a library card or a Kroger card. If you use your stateroom key in the lights and forget it, you could be locked out of your room. This will make more sense when you see it.

    Ride the Aqua Duck at night. Shorter lines, water feels warmer and you can see the lights on the tube.

    Make sure your family has early seating dinner. If not change that first thing once on board. Check your Navigator for dining changes location.

    Pack your swimsuits in your carryon. Your luggage will not be to your stateroom until late in the afternoon.

    Do the Shipboard Detective Game. It is very cool!

    Take a photo mat, markers and a bag of candy to Guest Services. Your photo mat will be returned to your stateroom with autographs from the characters. It is a great souvenir.

    Do your check in online. It will make your check in at the port faster and easier. In addition, only one member of the family (per stateroom) has to stand in line for check in. Just make sure that person has all the documents and passports. You will just need to gather for the “security photo.”

    Are your dining reservations linked with your other family members in different staterooms? If not, you will want to have this done, otherwise you may not up sitting with your extended family at dinner (unless that is not important.)

    Always carry your camera and autograph books and pens with you. You would be surprised at how many characters you will run into.

    Order coffee from room service before you turn in for the night. It is a great wakeup call and you do not have to schlep upstairs to get coffee while you are getting ready for the day. By the way, room service is free, so go ahead and indulge.

    Re-book your next Disney cruise onboard to get 10% off and $100 onboard credit.

    An over the door shoe organizer with clear pockets is a great way of keeping everything organized. You can find them at the dollar store usually.

    Your suitcases on the last night have to be outside your stateroom by 10pm (check your Navigator for the exact time.) Make sure that you have everything in your carry ons that you will need for the next morning. Otherwise, someone in your party may go home in their pajamas.

    See the shows if you can. They are cute and entertaining. Most people arrive about 30 minutes before show time but you do not have to. There are always good seats.

    You can make signs to decorate your stateroom door. Just make sure that you use magnets to attach the signs to the door.

    There is a hair dryer in the stateroom if you do not bring one with you. You have to plug it in at the outlet at the desk; otherwise, it will not work properly.

    Mickey Mouse ice cream bars are not listed on the menu but you can order them for dessert or from room service.

    Do not go to dinner early. You will just end up waiting in a long line. Wait until about 5 minutes after the time and just join the end of the line.

    If you are flying home after your cruise, use the airline check in option that Guest Services offers. It will save time at the airport. Note: Not all airlines participate in this.

    Purchases made at the shops onboard and Castaway Cay can be delivered to your stateroom.

    Do not miss the Sail Away or the Pirates in the Caribbean party. Good times!

    Walk or take the tram to far end of family beach on Castaway Cay. Great water activities there, it is a little quieter than the heart of the family beach, there is nice shopping and an excellent bar with terrific views.

    If you can find the time, rent bikes on Castaway Cay. The bike path takes you around the island and gives you the opportunity to check out the island from the observation tower.

    You can ship one box of stuff ahead of time to the port, like baby products to save room in your luggage.

    Regardless of what you may read, you can wear “business casual- Dockers/Polo shirts” to dinner and not be frowned upon or turned away.

    If your daughter is in to Princesses, purchase a princess dress before you leave home. The prices on the ship are crazy.

    People will dress up for Pirate Night. See above….

    Make sure DCL knows if your family is celebrating anything (birthday!) and you may get a surprise.

    If you want to do a 5k on Castaway Cay, there should be one. It is an easy run/walk and a great way to see the island and you may get a “medal” for your effort. Check your Navigator for information.

    Book brunch on your sea day if available and try for the first one of the day. It is an adult only meal but it is the best meal you will have during your vacation. Keep in mind that there is (was) a $15 service charge for this meal. If you cannot book it online before you leave, go to the area for Palo reservations/dining changes when you first board.

    The chest/coffee table opens for more storage. You can also store your luggage under the bed.

    The Rainforest Room at the Spa is heaven. A day pass is (was) $16 and worth it after a day at the beach.

    I do not drink coffee but I have heard that the regular coffee on the ship is horrible. If you want a “Starbucks” like drink, head to the Cove Café.
     
  11. Zeppelin

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  12. jiminwi38

    jiminwi38 Earning My Ears

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    I am very excited to read all the great tips. This will be my 5 th disney cruise will be sail on the Disney Fantasy OCt 27, 2012 it will be just 3 adults no kids this time around. any great tips for the adults

    :dance3:pixiedust:
     
  13. jiminwi38

    jiminwi38 Earning My Ears

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    I did see a post about Cpap and bipap machines and if we let them know they will have distalded water for us to use. What i cant find is the plugs are there plugs near the bed or do we also need to request extension coards. We are sailing Oct 27, 2012 on the Disney Fantasy. If anyone can help with this question that would be great. We are taking some ideas from the thread like the t****s for my grand kids what a great gift that will be for them when we get back
     
  14. redman822

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    I too have a CPAP and there are outlets right at the nightstands on both sides (on the Dream, which I presume would be the same on the Fantasy) - no extension cords needed. I can't comment on distilled water though as I don't use the humidifier.
     
  15. richmo

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    The last couple of posts reminded me of a tip I've used: Electrical outlets are not plentiful (at least not on the Wonder). If you have a bunch of stuff to plug in (i.e., camera chargers, MP3/iPods, eReaders/tablets etc.), its a good idea to bring along a power strip.
     
  16. richmo

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    On early dinner...note that the poster had young children. In this case, it makes sense. However, if your kids are older, go for late dinner. Advantages to late dinner: you're not nearly as rushed, in some cases port excursions may get you back too late for early dinner, there's fewer young children late, so its a little quieter and on many cruises, having an early dinner means a really early breakfast the last day.

    On rebooking the cruise onboard; it makes a lot of sense. There are times when the booking desk is pretty crowded. There are times when it won't be, so be patient...there's no need to get in a long line. Just check occasionally. Also keep in mind that while you'll be booking a specific cruise, you can change it after you get home.
     
  17. redman822

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    If I remember correctly (it's been over a year since my Dream cruise) there is one double outlet on either side of the bed and two double outlets on the desk. But out of all those in the cabin, three receptacles are used - one for the alarm clock, one for the wave phone and one for the TV...
     
  18. jpabst17216

    jpabst17216 Who's the brains in this outfit?

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    This may be a stupid question, but do the waiters prefer cash tips? I know most people in the service industry do, but my husband is not wanting to carry a roll of cash every day for tips. Is it worth the hassle, or does disney tax them on cash tips too (in tht case I won't bother). I'm sure there are cameras everywhere watching them...are they able to pocket their cash tips.
     
  19. Sparkie

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    You dont tip at the table at the time of the meal like you do at a regular resturant.

    Your tips are done at the end of the cruise. You will be given envelopes to put your tips in for the entire cruise. There are suggested amounts for each person not only your dining room staff but your stateroom host/hostess as well. The way it is currently working- the suggested amount for each team member is added to your stateroom account- you can go to guest services and either add or subtract based on your service experience. You will receive little slips of paper to put in the tip envelopes that you give your server on the last night of the cruise. You could also add cash to the envelope if you wanted to acknowledge someone for excellent service. I am not sure how the tax thing works but my guess is since most of the servers are not from the United States, it is not taxed.
     
  20. redman822

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    Well, you have the same waiters in the main dining rooms for the whole cruise (which is great because they really get to know your likes/dislikes) - you only tip them at the end of the cruise, not every day. As for the waiters/bartenders around the ship, you can sign the tips to them to your room. Back when we cruised last year we made tip envelopes for all the major positions (Cabin Steward, Server, Asst. Server, Dining Room Capt.) and tipped in cash appropriately. I have read elsewhere that since then DCL has moved those tips to room charges based on the 'standards' shown on their website. You have to go to guest services to modify them before you settle your account at the end of the cruise.

    As for tax purposes, I am not sure how it works, the ships are 'based' in Nassau, so I am pretty sure Bahamian tax laws apply, not USA's.
     
  21. jpabst17216

    jpabst17216 Who's the brains in this outfit?

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    I know your nightly waiters are tipped at the end, but I also like to tip my bartenders extra on top of the already included 15%. As much as we drink...it adds up! And even though they are from out of the country, do they pay taxes at home? Would they prefer cash instead of the room charge slip?
     

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