Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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

  1. ksloane

    ksloane DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2006
    My daughter and I did this excursion on one of the NYC cruises and loved it. We made it a challenge. We did all 4 parks and Chef Mickey's in that one day! I'd never want to do that on a regular basis, but it was a fun challenge that we'll always remember.
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  3. Ccann

    Ccann Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2012
    Sounds like my kind of day... I am go go go... But my DH isn't so were cruising this year to let him relax... Lol... I ll be going to activity to activity. I don't know how to be still. But that's fun for me... Everyone is different...
  4. tweis

    tweis DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2012
  5. Holbrook

    Holbrook Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2013
    Great Thread for a newcomer! Thanks for all the great ideas!
  6. the.carter.5

    the.carter.5 Earning My Ears

    Mar 22, 2011
    Does anyone have any character secrets...maybe a time to see them when the lines aren't so long? a good place to stand for the fireworks?
  7. Beermam42

    Beermam42 Grit and bear it

    Oct 9, 2012
    Will be like Dream and Fantasy, will be done this summer on overhaul. No inline buffet. Stations. Magic Pariot Cay is also mentioned for complete over haul.
  8. threedisprincesses

    threedisprincesses Mouseketeer

    Sep 4, 2009
    I would also like to know this information!
    We are sailing on the may 4th fantasy.
    Any pool/water area tips would be great as well!
  9. TempusFugit

    TempusFugit Are you a fan of delicious flavor?

    Oct 5, 2011
    That would be outstanding. Never cared for Parrot Cay.
  10. Mickey3Boys

    Mickey3Boys Aarrgg mi mousies!!!

    Oct 21, 2007
    Learned SO many awesome things on this thread! Please note Disney confiscated my power strip that I packed in my bag. And we could never get the suction hooks to stay on the wall, but the clothesline with clothespins worked well!
  11. DizDragonfly

    DizDragonfly <font color=green>Oooh oooh! Can we take a poll? I

    Feb 3, 2008
    I think I remember reading that the power strip had to have a circuit breaker in it. If yours didn't, that could be the reason it was confiscated.
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  12. WonderTwinsMom

    WonderTwinsMom Earning My Ears

    Mar 24, 2013
    hi MHdisneyLo er. thx 4 the tips.

    Our family will be sailing on the Magic on May18 for the eastbound Transatlantic. while my hubby and I have cossed the Atlantic before west ound on ROyal and Azamara, this is our first Disney cruise with our 3-year old twins in tow. We welcome any of your suggestions on the following topics, since we haven't flown anywhere for a vacation with the tots:
    - travel tips
    - meeting the characters
    - having breakfast with characters
    - any must-do activites on-board

    by the way, we're based out of Vancouver, so any of you who may have general Vancouver or Alaska sailing (questions, I'll be happy to help. Please note we did our Alaska cruise on he Inside passage on Celebrity and Royal.

    Thanks in advance. Drop me a line if you and your famliy will be sailing on May 18 too. We just started counting down :)

  13. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

    Nov 13, 2012
    It doesn't have to be rushed at all. We had a great time on our Disney World day with that just hanging out at the Magic Kingdom and going on our favorite rides. I admire the people who hit two, three or even four parks but we just didn't have it in us. (Too many sea days and unlimited dining slowed us down!)

    If you're a a classic ship we found that a good place to stand was on deck 10 in the area overlooking the stage area. We could see the show and then watch the fireworks without being crushed by the crowd.
  14. Blw120

    Blw120 Earning My Ears

    Feb 12, 2013
    My Eyes are burning but I have read every Post. Thanks for all the great information. I am a first time sailor so this is all valuable information.
  15. jlbmd

    jlbmd Earning My Ears

    Feb 20, 2013
    Lots of good info, thanks everyone!!:)
  16. WonderTwinsMom

    WonderTwinsMom Earning My Ears

    Mar 24, 2013
    Coming from a new DCL cruiser, thanks so much for summarizing these valuable tips :)
  17. Joanna71985

    Joanna71985 <marquee><font color=green>Characters are my frien

    Feb 28, 2005
    For majority of the characters, the lines are not long at all. So just be there when they come out and you will be able to meet them (the times are listed in the Navigator). The exception is the princess gathering in the attrium- that one has HUGE lines. I would say be there at least 30 minutes before they come out if you don't want to wait forever (another exception might be Captain Jack on Pirate night).
  18. Patricia1

    Patricia1 Love everything Disney!

    May 6, 2005
    The white background pictures ate great. They are a casual comfortable setting, not formally posed. Pirate night is great if you are wearing costumes. If you have a little one, ask photographer to take a pix when child is jumping. They're great, I'm not a fan of the fake backgrounds, and have never bought one of those, but these I always buy, even after 10 cruises:).
  19. FrustratedDonald

    FrustratedDonald Earning My Ears

    Nov 6, 2008
    I agree with Patricia and then some. If you like the background pictures, and they will add to your fun, by all means, have a shoot with them. ALWAYS request a white or a neutral as well. Look at the result and go from there. If I am pleased with the photo, I will make sure I buy the neutral. You have nothing to loose by doing the shoot. I don't but if I don't like them. That isn't even a statement on the photographer's ability. You know what you want in your pictures, because you know the person and what expressions, etc. warm your heart.

    I do prefer the neutrals as well, but love pictures with characters in them and the reaction of the subject to the character. I would rather take my own shot if the ship with my subject(s) standing in front of it, so that I have the real ship there. There is an ideal spot for this on Castaway Cay and it is intentionally there. There are other places and angles as well that you can find on your own.

    If you are on an excusion on the Cay that involves a boat, you can get really great shots of the ship as you leave and come back, not to mention the view along the way.

    One other tip, and reason to dress up and shoot a neutral. The best photo(and cheapest)I have of my son was taken on a cruise. I didn't even buy his college graduation pictures because they were so bad (not to mention outrageously expensive), but still would have bitten the bullet and purchased them if they were good.

    We surprised him with a cruise for his graduation present because he absolutely loves cruising. On formal night he dressed in his nicest suit and we had a photo taken. We did this solely to remember the cruise. The photo came out so well, and is the best one ever taken of him as an adult, it is now his résumé photo.

    When the lady took his photo, we told her we were on the cruise as as a college graduation gift to him. She then said she was going to take some with his résumé in mind.

    For me to say that it is his best photo as adult, is a lot. I love photos and photography (show me your photos anytime, l never tire of them), I specialized in and taught black and white darkroom in college (favorites were retired people who couldn't even snapshot well, but loved photos and wanted to shoot a decent picture/they did by the end of the course because we shared a love of photography and had the motivation to work hard with someone clear and patient. I learn that way as well, so I picked up the skill from some very caring teachers.

    After college, I did professional children's photographer for a while, just to learn the skill, and shot thousands of photos.

    Thought of one other thing. For the cruises going to WDW, just I general for anyone going to EPCOT, if you want great photos, get a photo pass (they are free) and go to the place where they do the character shoots. Someone else can be more specific about the name and where it is, I'm sure.

    You can have them shoot their professional photos with all the characters, but there is also a cast member standing there by each one who will, on request, take a shot on your own camera so that all of you can be in the picture, or even just take a shot if the same pose that the professional did, so that you can have one on your own camera.

    In my experiences there, the cast members are retired people and take excellent photos and I have never had to show them how to use a particular camera.

    If you have a Disney rewards ViSA card, across the way, they have a room with specific times that it is open, that you can get a free photo pass picture. When we went to pick it up later, that happened to be the only one we wanted. There was absolutely no pressure to buy more. If you say that is all you want, that is it and you are treated as well as someone buying a bundle.

    I appreciate that aspect of it and will buy in the future when I want one of theirs. If there had been pressure at all, I would never go in again. They have it right.

    Thank you, Patricia for bringing this up. It triggered this input, which I thought might be helpful.
  20. tchrrx

    tchrrx <font color=red>Blame it on the plastic cow I ment

    Dec 6, 2005
    One thing we learned that DH was NOT happy about is that for the photos with backgrounds, you have to take your shoes off. My DH hates taking his shoes off. For me, trying to balance in the atrium while putting shoes on in a dress was not the easiest thing in the world.

    Yes, I know that taking photos is optional. However, we're the type that buys photopass on every WDW/DL trip, so we wanted all of our cruise photos also.
  21. dee slack

    dee slack DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2006

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