First Timer...Gathering Info...

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by kramerzoo, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. kramerzoo

    kramerzoo Mouseketeer

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    Hey all!
    So last night my husband came home and said that for our 10 anniversary this coming summer we could do WDW for 10 days....OMG!! Really!!! :banana:

    Well tonight he came home, and said that his co-workers (who are all Disney fanatics like me) told him that they would do a cruise over WDW!!! OMG! OMG!! I am not sure I have been asking for this one!! (can you see me doing cartwheels now...hehe)

    So I figured I would come here to ask the questions....
    We have never been on a cruise before....so I have no idea what to expect.
    My husband is Air Force...so I wonder if there is a discount?

    What exactly is included in the price we pay...meals, beverages, etc....what do extras do we have to pay for??

    If you could give me whatever info you can provide a first timer trying to plan this out would be totally helpful!!

    We just returned from WDW and went to MNSSHP and DISBoards helped me plan my most memorable vacation....so I know you all won't steer me wrong with planning this vacation.

    Thanks a million in advance!!!
     
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  3. boogabuzz

    boogabuzz DIS Veteran

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    You will love a DCL cruise. I agree with the coworkers. I will take a cruise over a resort stay any day!!

    They do offer Military discounts, but usually not until closer to sailing date, and it depends on how much availability the ship has. We just booked a last minute(6days prior) for Dream cruise this Sunday. It was $912.22 for 3 of us. Can't beat that!!
     
  4. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Military discounts are offered on some dates, but not all. It's sort of a matter of when you want to go.

    We like the parks but we LOVE the cruise. Basically, the cruise fare includes all your meals except adult only specialty restaurants, all "normal" beverages (but not alcohol, specialty coffees--like Starbucks, not smoothies.) Fountain serve sodas are free, but if you get them in a can from a bar, room service, or roaming pool server, you'll pay. All "regular" entertainment is included--shows, activities, etc. You'll pay extra for wine tastings, spa, bingo, and things like that.

    The only "necessary" extra expense over your cruise ticket is a tip of $12 per guest per night...so if you do a 7 night cruise, your standard tip will be $84 per person in your cabin. Beyond that, you can have a truly magical cruise and spend little or nothing, OR you can literally spend thousands.

    Things that cost include: spa, photos (but CMs will take them with your camera), shopping, port excursions, tips, sports simulators, wine, canned sodas, popcorn or bagged/boxed snacks at bars or outside movie theaters.

    Personal opinion--DO NOT do a 3 night cruise. It is way too short. Do at least 4 nights--more if you can afford it and are willing to skip the world.

    Of course, you can bring your own snacks from the pool deck area and not pay for movie snacks. You can get a coke from the beverage station and take it to the theater rather than buying a drink. You can take photos with your camera or buy them. I like to do a spa day at home in preparation for the cruise...at about 1/2 the cost of services on the ship.
     
  5. boogabuzz

    boogabuzz DIS Veteran

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    Oh...price includes meals. Soda is included in dining rooms as well as a soda station on pool deck. You will have to pay extra for tips, alcoholic beverages, port adventures, spa treatments, adult only dining(worth it) and certain activities on the ship. The gift shops are good for building up stateroom charges too...at least for me!
     
  6. boundfordisney

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    We love dcl , dh is ready willing and able to cruise anytime over the world once we took the first disney cruise in 2009! We still do a pre or post stay onsite as well but the cruise is a whole other experience!Even our 2 grandkids would rather do a disney cruise then the parks, they are 16 and 15 and will be coming with us on our cruise in march. I agree with the pp that a 3 night would be to short, we have only done the 7 night cruises and even that is to short !lol I say go for the 7 night if at all possible its worth every penny spent and even my hubby will agree with that and thats saying something! lol:thumbsup2
     
  7. Bonniec

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    I really liked the Passporter's Guide Book. You don't NEED to have it, but I found it very helpful when planning. I was pretty lost on these boards at first. The books are out of date when it comes to things like itineraries. For example, they are just now releasing 2012 when the year is almost over. But it does a great job at explaining how everything works. Now I understand what categories mean, what a double dip is, etc, etc. They also have a great budget sheet in there for working out what you will need.

    I'd recommend that to start with.

    Good luck! We will be going on our first cruise too. :yay: But of course I had to pick one a year out so it will be quite a wait. :guilty:
     
  8. gigi1313

    gigi1313 DIS Veteran

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    My best advice, from a first time cruiser this past spring, is read, read, read!!!! These boards are the best source of info you can find... read questions and answers... read trip reports... read cruise group threads... read it all! you will learn so much (and have copious quantities of dirty laundry, dirty dishes, and hungry kids surrounding you!) ;)

    Another piece of advice may be to get a disney specialist travel agent... they are worth their weight in on board credit!

    Welcome and enjoy!
     
  9. cruisecrasher

    cruisecrasher DIS Veteran

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    If you've never cruised before, I highly recommend the Passporter guide to the Disney Cruise Line
     
  10. "Cinder" Ella's Mom

    "Cinder" Ella's Mom DIS Veteran

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    You can also bring your own wine/alcohol on board with you (to be consumed on your stateroom) and that will save some money.
     
  11. TinksMomma

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    I just wanted to add that prior to my hubby's first cruise, he wanted nothing to do with it...he thought he'd be bored, sea sick, etc. After he cruised it's all he's talked about! He also would now rather do DCL vs. WDW:rotfl: Crazy guy:love:

    I would agree with everyone else...do a lot of research. Your cruise will include all food (except for specialty restaurants), taxes and fees. Alcohol, excursions, spa activities and gratuities aren't included (although gratuities are automatically charged to your stateroom). There is A LOT to choose from as far as staterooms and Disney does periodically offer Mlitary rates but they aren't always far in advance.
     
  12. Donna M

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    I'm of the opinion that 3 day cruises are great when a WDW trip is tacked on. :yay: We're heading down for our second 3 dayer this April.
     
  13. luv2cruisedisney

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    Pack like you feel you need to....

    take 1/2 of the clothes out and enjoy yourself :3dglasses
     
  14. 2CME911

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    Hope you have an awesome time on your first cruise. We all KNOW that you will!

    My only advise as someone who just did the first cruise thing last April is: do all the research and questions and preparing now, as much as you want...for some of us that's half the fun right there...but once you get on board, don't forget to really study the daily Navigators closely and pay attention to what's going on. The days will pass you by so quickly it's easy to miss stuff that you might have wanted to do.

    Oh yeah and don't forget to relax and have a great time!
     
  15. kramerzoo

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    Thanks for all the advice! I think I am gonna check out the book y'all recommended....


    One other question....do the ships have the PhotoPass offer?? It is just my husband and I....and I feel that the photo pass at the parks are the only way for us to get together shots...because I refuse to hand over my DSLR to a complete stranger.

    Thanks again for all the wonderful advice! I am super stoked!!
     
  16. Bonniec

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    Bleh, they do but they sure are pricey! I'll buy a couple pics but unless they offer me an unlimited CD like photopass has, I'll pass.

    You can always ask someone to take a pic for you. People ask me that all the time in the parks and I never mind.
     
  17. Ptwolfman

    Ptwolfman Mouseketeer from CA

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    Don't know if this was mentioned or not. Soda is free unless you have it delivered from room service. There are some prepackaged snacks that there is also a fee for.
    I keep hearing people recommend the ice cream Mickey bars and the cheese platter as well as the chocolate chip cookies! Have lots of fun
     
  18. 3Adevas

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    Your KTTW card serves like the photo pass @ WDW. It's not the same company but same type of thing-they take ur pics throughout the cruise and there is a gallery it's called Shutters you can go look at your albums:). It is pricey. Keep in mind cast members and other cruisers are usually always happy to snap a pic with your camera:)
     
  19. traveln4fun

    traveln4fun Earning My Ears

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    We just got off of our first cruise and absolutely loved every part of it. We are all going thru withdrawals.
    You can go and have a blast without spending any additional money. We bought the specialty drink at the going away party and added extra to our tip envelopes but aside from that, we didn't spend any extra. I travel with my daughter a lot and we decided not to do Disney's excursions. We knew our ports in plenty of time to do our own planning and we saw what we wanted and knew how to best get to our destinations and saved a lot of money doing it on our own.
    Just think of lounging by the pool, watching movies poolside or in the theatre, eating until you pop, doing origami :thumbsup2,getting your room cleaned twice a day, watching broadway type shows and best of all, no cell phones for one week. That was the best part of it, you forget everything you left behind and just enjoy your time together making memories.
    Have a great time.
     
  20. lovinmommy

    lovinmommy Earning My Ears

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    We just got off our first Disney cruise. It was absolutely amazing!!! We did the World for 2 days after and missed the ship the whole time. Even my 6 year old says he wants to do a longer cruise and skip Disney World next time!
     

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