May 19 - 24, 2014 San Diego to Vancouver

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  1. RweTHEREyet

    RweTHEREyet DIS Veteran

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    I agree with you on large group sizes, it becomes too expensive and takes too much time to deliver and too much room in the suitcase. I don't think any decisions have been made in our FE yet, but I know I will vote for smaller groups and those that wish to join all groups can do so.
     
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  3. RweTHEREyet

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    I don't think anyone is stressing, but sharing their thoughts, and I think the early joiners should pretty much share their expectations and then once the guidelines are determined, others will know what the deal is when they sign up.
     
  4. RweTHEREyet

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    I had read a couple of posts that said no more High Tea, but I haven't cruised since this supposedly happened, so I cannot confirm for sure. If anyone knows differently, please chime in.

    We are doing a B2B with Alaska being the second sailing, so I guess that means we will have a pirate night on the San Diego sailing and a Pixar night on the Alaska one.

    Do you guys think we will have a formal night on our 5-night sailing? I really don't want to have to pack much in the way of dress clothes. Guess I can skip the MDR, maybe that would be a room service or Topsiders night. I was not aware until recently that Topsiders is a sit-down service meal in the evening.
     
  5. kew423

    kew423 I'm sold

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    I've never been to San Fran and I want to see Alcatraz, Fisherman's Warf and China town. Can it all be done in one day? I'm completely fine with seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from afar!
     
  6. kew423

    kew423 I'm sold

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    I had it in my mind already that if it got over 15 cabins we would split it because over that is just too much.
     
  7. kew423

    kew423 I'm sold

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    Perhaps I should have explained what I envisioned happening with the FEs since I'm putting it together. I'm not going to stress out about it because it is fun.

    1. There will be a cut off date in April 2014.

    2. If more than 15 cabins participate I will split the list.

    3. I brought up the alcohol question because it was brought up on my last cruise. It's not my place to tell people what they can or can't put in the FEs. I wanted to put the info out there.
     
  8. RweTHEREyet

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    Well, we will sail under the Golden Gate when we arrive and leave San Fran, so you will have opportunities there-and that is going to be so cool. I definitely hope to be on deck to get some pictures when we arrive that morning.

    I think you can do all the other stuff in one day. Definitely buy your Alcatraz tickets on line ahead of time, they do sell out. Fishermans warf is very near to where we will dock. I don't remember how long Alcatraz takes, but I do remember that when you have seen enough, you can catch any boat back, not a specific time. I am fuzzy on the Chinatown distance, but I am betting you could include that with no time problems at all. We will have 13 1/2 hours in port, iirc, enough to get a lot done.

    Don't forget a ride on the cable cars as well. That is so fun.
     
  9. RweTHEREyet

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    This all sounds good to me. :goodvibes
     
  10. ludari

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    I believe you can definitely do Alcatraz and Fisherman's Warf in one day but it all depends on how long you want to spend at Alcatraz since it's a walking self guided tour. I am not sure if you will be able to squeeze in visiting China town as well.
     
  11. Kidlette

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    Hey all - I'm not going to quote everyone, just going to type some responses :thumbsup2

    High Tea:

    First - I also read that high tea was being cancelled. With that said, it kind of doesn't matter because it was only on 7 night or longer sailings anyway. Here's a blurb from the article I read though . . .

    "High Tea aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s four ships is about to high-tail it out of town.

    DCL has decided to ditch its High Tea offering in its high-end Palo restaurants, beginning this summer.

    High Tea has been offered on seven-night or longer cruises from 3-4 p.m. while the ship is at sea; traditional, herbal and flavored teas were featured, along with finger foods and desserts at an extra cost of $10 per person.

    The last High Teas in Palo will be served July 22 on the Disney Dream, August 10 on the Disney Magic and August 13 on both the Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.

    The elimination of High Tea will allow the line to beef up its already extremely popular brunch offerings in Palo.

    According to Jason Lasecki, DCL’s public relations director, "Palo brunch is one of the most popular dining events across the fleet.""

    FE's:

    Steve - I'm not stressing, promise ;) Just thinking out loud/expressing my opinion and deciding what I want to do. :) In the many, many Disney cruises I've done I've never heard of that, so it took me by surprise and it's just taken me a couple of days to process the thought. I suppose when all is said and done, I shouldn't care about other people's kids. If they are "naughty" enough to steal from FE's - and they DO - I know because we've had stuff taken out of ours before, then that's on the kids parents. Heaven forbid a teenager is diabetic and they drink the alcohol, but again, I suppose that's not my problem.

    With that said, kew - we will participate. :banana: I will email you our info shortly. Thank you for being patient while I thought things through.

    Shore Excursions:

    I went to SFO once as a kid and don't remember it. We visited family anyway - no activities. lol, Steve - we're relying on you and Amy to help us with this one! I've noticed no one has mentioned the Walt Disney Museum. Is no one going to that? I know I'd like to ride a cable car/see a cable car museum, and I've heard a walk around Fisherman's wharf is a must. Alcatraz sounds neat, but I'd rather do some whale watching or something. Steve - do you think you and Amy will want to tour the city, or do something on a boat? Are you guys still wanting to whale watch in Vancouver or Seattle after the cruise is over? We are DEFINITELY staying a day, probably 2 days in YVR/SEA to do some whale watching and sightseeing.

    Pirate Night, formal Night, and Schedule:

    I'll go back and find it and re-post it when I do, but I posted something a couple of months ago about the schedule for this. There WILL be a formal night and a pirate night on our cruise. Right now all 5 nights are basically the same so we can kind of figure it will be that same schedule - the Disney cruise line agent just said that it "could change" - so we're really just waiting for the official release of the info. She said it should be released between May and the end of June.

    Let me look for the current pattern/schedule and I'll re-pots it :thumbsup2
     
  12. Kidlette

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    Ok - here it is, the CURRENT schedule of nights on a 5 night sailing is:

    casual, formal, pirate, casual, casual

    Like I said, the cast member said this "could change" - but somehow I doubt it ;)
     
  13. kew423

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    We have only been on the three night so what is the "FORMAL" night? I mean, realistically .. it's not ties for the guys is it?
     
  14. RweTHEREyet

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    As far as the Disney Family Museum is concerned, I would love to do it, but my SIL is with me on this sailing and I don't think it would be at the top of her to-do list as she hasn't seen much of San Francisco as a tourist. From reading the excursion information, it sounded as if the museum would take a large portion of the day, and I think we would prefer doing several other things rather than one thing that would eat up most of the day. We haven't discussed it in detail though, so things could change for us.

    I would love to go to Sausilito myself, but that is another time-consuming excursion.

    I am hoping to buy a guide book that has a map of the city and maybe the cable car routes to plot out a city tour that would cover a lot of the highlights, but I haven't started looking for one yet. If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears. :listen:
     
  15. kew423

    kew423 I'm sold

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    My mother-in-law suggested renting a car for the day and seeing San Fran that way. Wonder if the cable cars would get us around just as well.
     
  16. Kidlette

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    It's really to each his own, but there are rules. For instance, no shorts, no bathing suits, etc. Some people will wear full formal attire (tux or suit and gowns or cocktail dresses) while others dress more business-like. Personally, I've always just worn slacks and a nice top and Ryan wears slacks and a button up shirt with a vest (no tie or jacket though). He actually bought a disney cast member vest and wears that :rotfl:
     
  17. RweTHEREyet

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    Well, you see some of everything on formal night--floor length gowns for ladies, cocktail dress, tea length, some of everything. I think it is supposed to be coat and tie for the guys, but I have to say we are very casual people and go as simple as can be. Some people use that night to get some nice family portraits done. My DH usually gets by with a L/S shirt and a sweater vest, no tie.

    If you ask on the main board cruise board about the dress code and if you say you have ever worn shorts or capris to the dining room the dress code nazis will be after you. I haven't worn shorts in the MDR, but my DH wears nice khaki shorts , and it doesn't bother me that he does.

    I am comfortable wearing a pair of dressy type capris and a sparkly top of some kind. By dressy, I mean a nicer fabric, not khaki, but crepe/silky like fabric. This is what I wear to Palo as well and have never felt out of place. Then again, I am short and capri on me is almost ankle length, so maybe they don't look like capris.

    For all the talk it stirs up, at the end of the day, unless you see something outrageous, you don't remember what everyone had on anyway.
     
  18. Calfan

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    Hi, everyone. A friend and I just booked this cruise when our families were aboard the Fantasy last week. It will be the second girls' cruise for CaliforniaGirl09 and myself. We did the 5-day from New York to Canada last September and had a blast. This one appeals to us because it is on the West Coast (where we live), and we are excited to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. We are both from the San Fransisco Bay Area, and I would be happy to try to answer any questions about things to do in the area. Looking forward to getting to know our fellow cruise travelers over the next year plus. I'd love to make some magnets for this cruise, so if anyone has come up with some magnet images they would be willing to share, that would be great.
     
  19. RweTHEREyet

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    Welcome aboard. Didn't you just love the Fantasy? I particularly loved the Satellite Falls area, :goodvibes It is great to have more brains to pick regarding San Francisco. What in the world are you two going to do with your day in port? I will get you added to the roster. pixiedust:
     
  20. Calfan

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    Yes, the Fantasy is a beatiful ship. So new and pristine. My kids loved the new things to do like the Aquaduck and the Midship Detective Agency. And the adults loved Remy. It was our first time on the Fantasy and also our first time in concierge, which was fabulous. It helped make the ship seem a little less crowded. That would really be our only complaint about the Fantasy. Even though it is bigger, it felt a lot more crowded than the Magic or the Wonder. But we had an amazing time.

    Good question on what CaliforniaGirl09 and I are going to do in San Francisco for the day! We might book a port adventure if one grabs us just to play tourist. Or maybe just go shopping in Union Square or walk around the Fisherman's Wharf area. We haven't really talked about it yet. I suppose we could also have our families come meet us for dinner or something, LOL.
     
  21. RweTHEREyet

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    Parking is very hard to find in San Fran, but if you were planning on riding around and not getting out anywhere to explore on foot, that might be an idea. But we did find that the cable cars got you to most of the touristy things, and they are an experience in themselves. You can buy a day pass, $13.00, but it isn't outrageous and that gives you unlimited times you can jump on and off. It is fun to watch the school kids with their backpacks using it for their transportation.

    Now that we have more people from that area on this sailing, I am sure they will have some great suggestions and recommendations.
     

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