For the First Time Cruisers -Ask your questions here

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  1. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    I know you are all very excited and anxious about PCC 2.0.

    I know on my first cruise I wanted to know everything now LOL. I thought I would open this thread up to questions you may have that we can start to answer for you while Tracy is vacating (I see you peeking in here miss Tracy ;) ).

    Since many of us have cruised more than once and since so many just got off the Wonder , we can't answer questions specific to hotels, airfare, etc. and the PCC but maybe we can help you with other questions.

    So ask away...
     
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  3. BeamsofLight

    BeamsofLight <font color=darkorchid>One of the 'They' in 'They

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    Okay ... I have one that I thought of last night while listening to the Podcast Cruise Primer series again.

    On other lines with one main dining room you (mainly) have assigned seating, right? So, you find your table and go back there every night if you're doing the MDR dining thing.

    And I know Disney Cruises have their rotating dining setup, where you move to a different dining room each night (or with some repetition depending on the length of the cruise). How do you know where you're supposed to sit in the different dining rooms? Do they have a 'seater'? Do you have the same tablemates while you move around? Or can you go from being at a 4-top one night to an 8-top the next?

    For the record I'm aware this is likely a stupid question, but looking at pictures of the dining rooms, I couldn't figure it out and now I'm all curious. :blush:
     
  4. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    First there are no stupid questions... DCL is a complicated machine and can get confusing...

    When you get your KTTWC (Cabin key) you will find your table assignment number printed on that card. You will have the same table number assigned each night. So when you arrive you just tell the greeter you are at table #60 say and they will show you where #60 is in that dining room. You will always be assigned the same table mates for the length of the cruise. It doesn't mean they will be at each meal but they will be assigned to the same table

    Hope that answered your question.
     
  5. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

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    Loving this thread!!!!!!


    Awesome idea.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    Thanks Kevin - Least I can do is try and answer some questions..
     
  7. CDolacki2003

    CDolacki2003 DIS Veteran

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    Is breakfast and lunch done at certain times or assigned seating? My DH is a breakfastaholic, I could be satisfied with just a cup a joe.
     
  8. Lease

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    Would we be required to get a category 4 stateroom for our party of 5 even though 3 members of the party will be under 2 years old?
     
  9. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    No assigned times and no assigned seating. There are several places you can eat, including room service (remember it is free). We sometimes will eat on deck, sometimes in our room and sometimes in a dining room, just depends on the mood we are in at the time.
     
  10. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    This I don't know... Someone from Dreams (hint hint) should know this answer better than I
     
  11. wildfan1473

    wildfan1473 DIS Veteran

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    I don't have any questions (at the moment, anyway :) ), but I wanted to echo what Kevin said - this is a great idea!
     
  12. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    Why am I not surprised that the first two questions on this thread refer to food??? Not cruise etiquette, not cruise safety or staterooms but food...

    :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

    I love it here
     
  13. jen3003

    jen3003 Wishing my home was Cinderella's Castle but for no

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    Thanks Kelly for starting this thread. I am one of those first time cruisers and I'm sure I will think of many questions before we set sail.
    Just hope nobody will get sick of me before that. LOL
     
  14. CinderellasSister

    CinderellasSister DIS Veteran

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    Ok, I have one. And thanks for starting this thread. I have a feeling I'm going to spend a lot of time here. :surfweb:

    Anyway, when I did the form for the quote, it asked about transfers. Could someone please fill me in if I need them? I'm thinking we're going to stay in Disney a few nights before the cruise. Can I just take the DCL magical express, or do I have to set up something special? And how do we get back to the airport after the cruise?

    Oh, and one more thing... what's a better dining time? I'm thinking of the early one because of the kids, but will we miss more events because of that? Would the later time be best?
     
  15. disneym2m

    disneym2m I am only allowed to visit WDW once every 5 years.

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    Another dining question..... it is all about the food, right...:lmao:


    If you have friends going on the cruise at the same time...can you request dining together? Or does DCL pick your dining guests for you???? What happens if you don't get along with the new people you are having dinner with????


    IS THERE CAKE....OR PIE????? (Just had to throw that one in). :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
     
  16. Renysmom

    Renysmom <font color=darkorchid>Just wondering what is goin

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    Yes you can request to be seated together. Just let Tracy know when you do your reservations and she will be able to make note of it in the DCL reservations.

    I have heard that you can request a change if you don't get along but I've also read that it is very rare for that to happen...

    As for cake and pie, there is BOTH :thumbsup2
     
  17. Minnie Rose

    Minnie Rose Mouseketeer

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    thank you for this thread. It's a fantastic idea!
    I am a first time cruiser hopeful (my husband told me "give me some days to think about it - it's a budget thing), and I have lots of questions. One is: with a 3 years old child should I choose an early dinner or a late one? I know it depends on the child's habits and family, but I was wondering if you could express the pros and cons of both for families with young children. What are your experiences reccommending?
    Thanks :)

    (my first question is about food - you are so right!)
     
  18. cm387

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    there are 6 of us so does anybody have any info on connecting rooms?? Are they on specific decks or specific catagories?
     
  19. bigmoonmullen

    bigmoonmullen <font color=green>Disney Adventurer<br><font color

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    Hi Kelly:

    This was nice of you to start this thread. I'm know I'll follow this thread and probably will be asking a few questions too.

    Like... money aside.... Assuming that we want a Veranda room what category room would you recommend and why?

    Category 4, 5 or 6.

    Thanks again Kelly!!!! :thumbsup2

    Mark
     
  20. OhBother

    OhBother Earning My Ears

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    Hello everyone. The 2010 podcast cruise will be the first cruise for my wife and I. I feel like I know so much from listening to past podcasts over the years and reading stuff online, but there are a couple of issues that I am not 100% familiar with and thought I would use this forum to get some clarification on. First, we live in Auburndale, just down the road from Disney. We are capable of driving to the port if we have to but are we eligible to take the cruise line bus even if we dont' happen to stay on property at that time?? Are we able to drive from Auburndale to Disney and catch the bus to the port or will we be on our own. I'm not clear on that point. My second question, regards paying for the cruise. I understand the deposit part but does the rest of the balance have to be paid all in one lump sum or can you make small payments towards the balance a little bit at a time. I'm not clear on those points. Any help would truly be appreciated. Thanks!!
     
  21. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

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    Hi folks...

    Posting this from my iPhone....

    Will answer as many questions as I can when I get home. Give me an hour.

    :)

    Kevin
     

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