First time disney cruisers

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  1. StitchyPoo81

    StitchyPoo81 Cant get enough of DisneyWorld

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    I'm planning on booking our 4 day 3 night cruise on the disney dream in August 2014. I'm going over these boards and holy crap it's alt of info. I need help on what to do when I book this cruise.
    Do I make dinner ressies or do they make them for you?
    Do I need to make ressies for any activities ahead of time ?
    Is it cheaper to rent a car or to take the disney transportation from hotel to cruise then cruise to disney hotel ?
    I've been to Nassau before and I know my kids will love seeing the crystal blue water and the fishes swimming but do u think its worth it to take them to the blue lagoon to interact with the dolphins ?
    Do u think a travel agent will help me with any questions I have?
    I know there is a lot to do and most likely we will have to rebook another cruise I just want to make my 3 kids happy. Also is there stuff for a 17month and I'm guessing I would have to pay for him to go into the daycare because there are no clubs for him

    Any help or suggestions would be awesome. We know every tip and tricks for DisneyWorld just not the cruise
     
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  3. Weedy

    Weedy DIS Veteran

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    My answers will be in red



    Hope this helps. Ask away if you any more questions.
     
  4. PrincessShmoo

    PrincessShmoo DIS Veteran

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    My responses in red. Any other questions, just ask away.
     
  5. jrabbit

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    First of all BREATH!!!

    Remember most people on these boards are over planners (I want to use the word zealot, but don't want to offend anyone)

    Really at a minimum all you need to do is book your cruise, and show up with proper ID (passport is best), credit card (easiest form of payment), and clothes, toiletries and meds.

    Do I make dinner ressies or do they make them for you?
    ::MickeyMo Nope, you will be assigned a dinning rotation and time. If you want early dining (usually starts between 5:30 and 6:00 you need to request that at the time you book your cruise or modify it afterward. Second seating usually starts between 8:00 and 8:30). Regardless you will have a reserved seat for each member of your party at dinner.

    Do I need to make ressies for any activities ahead of time ?
    ::MickeyMo Only if you want to do a DCL shore excursion. The "popular" ones frequently sell out. I don't know what those ones are. You can book or cancel a shore excursion up to 3 days before sailing. You will not be charged for it until you board the ship. Once the 3 day before departure date arrive, any excursions you have pre booked are committed - there's no backing out. On Castaway Cay - do NOT pre book float mats / tubes. They have thousands of them and if you decide that you want one, you can walk up and rent one on the spot.

    Is it cheaper to rent a car or to take the disney transportation from hotel to cruise then cruise to disney hotel ?
    ::MickeyMo Depends upon how many people. With 3 kids, it probably would be worth avoiding the hassle and let DCL take you to the port and deal with your luggage.

    I've been to Nassau before and I know my kids will love seeing the crystal blue water and the fishes swimming but do u think its worth it to take them to the blue lagoon to interact with the dolphins ?
    ::MickeyMo I don't know - never did a dolphin excursion or visit the blue lagoon. Depending upon the ages of your kiddos, they might like staying onboard and playing in the pool(s) with much less crowds.

    Do u think a travel agent will help me with any questions I have?
    ::MickeyMo The Right One can be a help, most will not be much help. Better info here on the DIS!! (we are zealots remember::yes::

    I know there is a lot to do and most likely we will have to rebook another cruise I just want to make my 3 kids happy.
    ::MickeyMo All it costs you to book onboard is the "reduced" down payment. You don't even need to know when you want to take the next cruise - book a "phantom cruise" as far out as they will and then you can change it later!!

    Also is there stuff for a 17month and I'm guessing I would have to pay for him to go into the daycare because there are no clubs for him
    ::MickeyMo Yep, Flounder's Nursery is the place for the under 3years set and carries an hourly charge.

    Like I said above, don't sweat this, it's not that hard or complicated. For first timers it can seem overwhelming - especially when reading about all of the ressies people want to make and the "perfection" they are looking for / trying to create. The Magic of a Disney cruise is NOT a checklist / scavenger hunt, it is your first hand experience. It comes to you! You can help the process by having a good time and enjoying what you are doing - and NOT worrying about what you are not doing or missing. The Magic will find you!!

    Relax and Enjoy!!
     
  6. StitchyPoo81

    StitchyPoo81 Cant get enough of DisneyWorld

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    I was getting scared when I see all these posts about the DCL I don't want to miss all the great stuff but you guys just made me feel a lot better knowing its not really that complicated. I have a year to research. Thanks
     
  7. TinkGirl

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    Don 't let all this intimidate you. My sister's cruise was planned by a family member. Literally, all they did Was book a cc excursion and show up. They had a great time. She thinks I am funny with all my planning.
     
  8. SnowWhite2

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    My first suggestion would be to book a 4 night cruise. That extra sea day gives you time to check out the ship. Port days are go, go, go.

    Second, be sure to book another cruise on-board. The discounts are great and you can move the cruise date without penalty. The down payment is less and you get OBC (on board credit) to use as you wish.
     
  9. Rizzo1

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    About 4 years ago, we booked the dolphin excursion at the Blue Lagoon. What a good time that was! It was well worth the money. This is definitely an experience of a lifetime. I cannot remember for sure how much time was spent in the water with the dolphins, but it was a long time. Not too long, just enough.
    The ride on the ferry/boat over was beautiful, too. If you get a chance to take part in this excursion, I would not pass this up. As a matter of fact, we are planning a cruise next summer and this will be an excursion we are planning on taking. The island is pretty, as well.
    You can always google it and read about it, if you are interested.

    Enjoy it and have fun!! No matter what excursion you book, I am sure you will enjoy it.
     
  10. TwinPrincessMermaids

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    Yay Blue Lagoon. We played with sea lions. I've seen dolphins at lots of ports, never seen sea lions until Nassau. Its a great port with something for everyone.
     

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