Podcast Cruise 5.0 - Official Thread

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  1. NancyIL

    NancyIL DIS Veteran

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    The only time I stayed on the ship rather than go into town was on my 4th visit to Nassau. I like visiting ports (even Mexico!), and have enjoyed Cozumel (ship tour to San Gervasio Mayan ruins - with plans to go to Tulum on the Magic) and Grand Cayman (Stingray and Island tour with Native Way Watersports: http://www.nativewaywatersports.com/). I have read Jamaica has its safety issues, so I would tour there with a group (ship tour or private) and not wander on your own.

    Check out the Caribbean Ports of Call forums on Cruise Critic for help with each port: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=587
     
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  3. wdwscout

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    We were on Podcast Cruise 4.0 which was also a Western Caribbean- and our first Western Caribbean as well.

    Some people did stay on the ship- but I think most did get off- if even only to shop right in the port area. And many people who have cruised to these ports many times enjoy the ship better than the ports.

    We got off at every stop. 2 of the locations ton PCC 5.0 will be the same- Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We did not want to spend an hour on a bus (each way) going to the ruins, but we did want to say we were in Mexico and have some sort of experience in each port. We did the DCL excursions in Grand Cayman and Cozumel because we had never been to these places before and felt safer being in Disney's hands than exploring on our own.

    In Cozumel, we did a Disney Cruise Line excursion called "Tequila and Tacos" - it was not too expensive and included lunch. And it did not take all day. We still had time to enjoy the ship. We enjoyed it so much, we would consider repeating this (or something similar) if we can get a group together this time.

    In Grand Cayman- we did another DCL excursion- the "Grand Cayman Island Tour". It took us to the Cayman Turtle Farm, the town of Hell, and a ride-through tour of Georgetown. It was fun, not too expensive and only about 3 hours long. So we were able to participate in a fun DIS activity (Bunco) in the morning before our excursion.

    One of the things that makes it hard (for me) to plan excursions, is that John & I love to attend as many of the DIS events as we can. We enjoy the company of our fellow DISers and the activities are always lots of fun. Often we do not find out about these events until much closer to cruise time. So even though I can be an uber-planner, I have to give that up for a Podcast Cruise if I want more of the DIS experiences.

    Another thing- is that more and more many of the DIS events are planned by our fellow cruisers and not the Team. We have had wine tastings, cocktail classes, Bunco, Bingo and more.TONS of fun, and we usually find a way to raise a little money for Give Kids the World while we are doing it. :goodvibes

    So, read up of the available options in each port and pick a few you think you might like. Then wait and watch the boards here to see what else is being planned!

    John & I do not want to cruise any other way than with hundreds of our closest friends! :cool1:
     
  4. willie28

    willie28 Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much, NancyIL and wdwscout, for the suggestions!!
     
  5. zulemara

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  6. DSNYDREAMER

    DSNYDREAMER Cruising with Unlimited Dreams for all

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    Today is the last day we will know what the pricing is for this cruise. The price freeze will expire at the end of today, after that we don't know what will happen with the pricing it is out of our hands. We don't know if it will increase right away or take a few days...we also don't know if only some categories will change or all of them will.

    In order to get in on the pricing listed in the link, you will need to submit your quote request by 4pm EST today, Monday September 23rd!
     
  7. Malia78

    Malia78 Flotsam and Jetsam

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    One more addition to Deck 2, #2105
    Malia78 (Karilynn) and as yet to be finalized traveling companion (though will likely be mom)

    Long time DIS lingerer, but have not really posted much. :wave2:

    This will be cruise #4 for me and looking forward to the reimagined Magic (2 Fantasy and 1 Wonder).
     
  8. Lindaland

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    I got so excited that I finally booked, I forgot to add what stateroom I am in so I can be added to the list!! :rotfl2:

    I (Linda) will be rocking stateroom 7130!! :cool1:

    Now I just have to think of some really cool designs for my door! So excited! :woohoo:
     
  9. WDW Crawl

    WDW Crawl Living In A Secret Unused Disney Attraction

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    Got a quote today for my wife and I after a couple of discussions about this cruise. Before I put the deposit down, I wondered if anyone could spell out the cancellation policy with this cruise in terms of refunds.

    If we have to cancel before the total amount is due, is it a full refund?

    I've googled and found some things but I want to be sure I understand. This might be our second cruise, our first is in Feb 2014. :)
     
  10. Roryh22

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    Could you add me to the list of staterooms :thumbsup2.

    Rory in stateroom 2511.
     
  11. wdwscout

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    Be sure to email Tracey (traceyh@dreamsunlimitedtravel.com) and she will answer. She is your (our) travel agent! :)
     
  12. WDW Crawl

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    Please add us to the attendee / stateroom list

    Tyler & wife Mallory room 6635

    It looks like this will be our second Disney cruise, with the first being early next year.

    Very excited and looking forward to the special events and plans. When the sign ups start rolling out, we absolutely want to do a taste testing or two!
     
  13. denversees4me

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    Booking today ! Someone tell me all of the cool things i get to experience on a podcast cruise ? This will be my 7th dcl cruise :-) it will be me and my best friend and my guide dog dodger ( yes im blind ) i also would like to get in on the fe ! Is there a facebook page yet ? Or is that. A no no since its a podcast cruise ? Thanks all ! :cool1:
     
  14. denversees4me

    denversees4me Mouseketeer

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    Forgot to add we are in stateroom 6647
    Cari guide dog dodger and best friend julie:thumbsup2
     
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    denversees4me Mouseketeer

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    Oops ! 6147 not 6647 -again we are in 6147!
     
  16. wdwscout

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    Welcome aboard Cari and Dodger! And Julie too!

    So, since this is your 7th DCL cruise- you already know about what to expect on the ship.
    So- what's different about a DIS Podcast Cruise? Sharing it with a few hundred of your new best friends!!

    Each Podcast Cruise has been a little different than the one before it- but there are a few things that always seem to happen.
    1) There will (almost certainly) be a live podcast recording at some point during the cruise.
    2) There will likely be a "special guest" joining us on board. We have had Disney Legends, Imagineers and Artists: Jodi Benson, Marty Sklaar, Bob Gurr, Charlie Ridgway, Jody Daly & Kevin Kidney and more that I can't even remember right now.
    3) Over the course of the past few podcast cruises- more and more DISers have planed events- such as Bingo, Bunco, wine and cocktail tastings, and more. It's all up to the imaginations of the DISers on each cruise. And in the process- we tend to find a way to make a little money for Give Kids the World!

    You mention the Fish Extender- and I am certain that will be a part of this cruise as well. Plus, being in December- there's often some door decorating going on for the holiday season.

    Most of these things will start to take shape close to the cruise date. Likely next late spring- early summer.
    The official events might not be finalized until fall 2014- because DCL doesn't confirm which spaces our group can use until pretty close to the cruise date.

    Also-- this cruise falls on Pete's 50th birthday!! And he promises a fun party where we can all celebrate with him!

    Pretty much all the events will be planned here on the boards- within the Podcast Cruise Subheading. Sometimes there is a facebook group formed- but most of the action happens here.

    I look forward to meeting you all! :woohoo:
     
  17. Lee Disney

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    We are in state room 8042. Yippeee! :cool1:
    Lisa, John and Justin (17)
     
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  19. Disneygrl36

    Disneygrl36 Happy DVC member!!!!

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    We are in too.
    Melanie & Eric
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  20. Hpyhiker

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    Darrel (Dad), Jo (Mom), Brenda (Daughter), Anita (Daughter)....all adults
    Stateroom 7566 PC1.0 veteran
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  21. jacstangler

    jacstangler The Grey Mouse

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    John and Christy will be in room 2608 on 2nd deck.

    can't wait to see everyone.

    John
     

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