Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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  1. Bluestars

    Bluestars Smile and let the world wonder

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  3. k8smiles

    k8smiles Earning My Ears

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    So we shld bring our lanyards to keep our KTTW card on??
     
  4. Susiesark

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    If this is your second, or more, cruise you will get a lanyard when you check in .
     
  5. cflmom

    cflmom Earning My Ears

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    If it's your first cruise, then bring some, or you can buy them on board. If you have sailed with DCL before, you will receive some when you check in at the terminal.
     
  6. carrierae21

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    I ordered some on Etsy that have the kids names, cruise name and date of the cruise on them!
     
  7. flmom66

    flmom66 Earning My Ears

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    I have been researching this as well, as ds is an insulin-dependent diabetic (dx'd after we booked!) and I am a little nervous! Most advice I received said not to trust temperature sensitive meds in your fridge-they can freeze. The ship's medical clinic will keep them for you-their fridge is temp controlled. I plan on keeping our back-up meds in the clinic. Have you seen the frio pouches? They can keep meds cool for several days at a time-again, it would depend on the specifics of your med/length ofcruise. I sent an email last week with questions, and got a call the next day to discuss what I needed-very impressed! So don't hesitate to do the same! Happy cruising!
     
  8. k8smiles

    k8smiles Earning My Ears

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    Great! Thanks for the info. Next question....we are sailing from port can. I'm not planning to get passports for my children. Has anyone traveled without them? Run into any snags? Txs
     
  9. tigger309

    tigger309 Earning My Ears

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    My DW, DD 8, DS 5, and I have been on three cruise all without passports and haven't had any problems. As long as you return to the same port that you leave from it is called a closed loop cruise and you don't need a passport. The only time you would run into a problem is if you had to return to the US via a different mode of transportation other than the cruise ship or if the island that you are visiting would require a passport.
     
  10. Disney Dreams

    Disney Dreams Proudly afflicted with TDMA!

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    You can find LOTS of threads on this topic on the cruise board.

    Do you HAVE TO have them, legally? No, as long as you return with the ship.

    SHOULD you have them? Welcome to the great cruise debate. I, personally, would never travel out of the US without a passport. If you or your family members have an emergency that makes it such that you have to return without the ship for whatever reason, you are now in a foreign country without a passport. Getting back in the USA will require jumping through hoops, money, and time.

    So, if everything goes perfectly during your cruise, no, you do not need them. If there is an emergency back home and you need to leave the ship or if you or someone with you on the cruise needs medical attention in a city while on your cruise and you do not return to the ship, life gets much more complicated without passports. And of course, if you miss the ship.....

    it's a.personal decision. We would never travel to a foreign country without them.

    HTH,
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  11. KateMW

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    I would never leave this country without a passport...no matter what. What if something happens and you need to leave the ship before it returns to the States?
     
  12. EPCOTatNight

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    I have and had no problems. I will again in 3 days. I think that if you're concerned, then get one. A lot of people say IF this happens and IF that happens. There is always the possibility of something happening, but what is the probability? Some say that they wouldn't go without one yet fly on planes without a parachute. Obviously, that was a joke, but I don't see the need in not traveling because something that has a less than 1% chance of happening is "possible". It's also possible to be a victim of a murder, yet many walk around without a bulletproof vest or gun on their hip. I am NOT a big risk taker. I just don't see cruising without a passport as a big enough risk to be concerned about, especially on a 3 or 4 nighter. This not a debate or me trying to talk you out of getting one. IT IS JUST MY OPINION.
     
  13. ssnow32539

    ssnow32539 Earning My Ears

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    I fully agree with what Tigger said here. We did get passports after our second cruise, however, because we want to take an Alaskan and have to travel to Vancouver. It also makes checking in at the terminal and passing throught the customs line a little faster. All they have to do is swipe the passport through a reader.
     
  14. buglady11

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    Is this a perk for repeat cruisers? What is the benefit of a lanyard instead of your pocket?
     
  15. ksloane

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    Yes, it's a perk for repeat customers. For me the benefit is that I sometimes don't have pockets in my clothes.
     
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    will you share the sellers website on etsy for me. I would love to order.
     
  17. Susiesark

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    Sometimes you are walking round with just swimwear on, so the lanyard is more convenient. And I have found KTTW cards on the ground, probably fallen out of pockets.
     
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    Adding this as a subscription
     
  19. noriega

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    Where there any other give aways?
    How long was it?
    Is it a hard sell?
    What do we do with our 10 year old during this time?
    :confused3
     
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    Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.

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    Oh man, now I wish I had not opened this thread. We have always brought little airplane-sized bottles of rum for Rum and Diet Coke (from soda station) by the pool. Doggone it, I had no idea we were doing something illicit and now I am going to have a big ethical drama with myself deciding whether to carry on with our little tradition. Bummer.
     
  21. n5749w

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    I was wondering the same thing! Are kids allowed in?
     

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