Top 10 Things i learned on our Disney Cruise

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  1. Scotty69

    Scotty69 DIS Veteran

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    If you are a beer drinker make sure you purchace the presail beer special before you leave. I did not do this and I had one heck of a bar bill at the end of our cruise. I won't make that mistake again
     
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  3. glassslipper2004

    glassslipper2004 DIS Veteran

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    And be sure to put your sunscreen in your checked luggage (not carry-on) both on the way there and the way home! We've had it thrown out by security in the past when we forgot that one. I actually got a small sunscreen container to use one day when I knew we wouldn't have easy access to our checked luggage.
     
  4. delta0413

    delta0413 Cruise Junkie

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    These are good. I'd like to add a couple that we've learned:

    1. Take the time to get to know some of the cast members. Most are thrilled to open up. Since it's such a mulit-cultural crew, ask questions about their home countries. Most are eager for the opportunity to talk about their home countries.

    2. (Learned by reading these boards) We bring small celophane bags and a large bag of 'Fun Size' candy bars. I spend a few minutes when we get to the room filling the bags with candy and a couple of $1.00 bills. I use these to tip for room service. Most servers light up when you hand them the bag. I've learned by experience to hand them the bag with the dollar bills facing them so they can see that they are getting the tip AND candy.
     
  5. Angelhalo

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    Very true about the hairdryers! They are horrid. My hairdryer at home is 1875 watts and it still takes me at least 15-20 minutes to dry my hair. If I tried to dry it with their hairdryer, it would probably take me an hour.

    To the PP who doesn't understand why people bother drying their hair on the cruise.....there are lots of photos being taken and I would like to be able to look back at them and actually look nice instead of looking like a big fluff-head! LOL! If I blow dry mine and use Moroccan oil the wind and humidity don't mess it up at all :goodvibes
     
  6. cquick

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    Christmas was only so-so. The "Christmas" menu wasn't very good, They just don't "get" American food on the ship. Horrible mush cornbread dressing, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no "regular" vegetbles.

    Absolutely NO figgy pudding.......
     
  7. cquick

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    Your ideas are great!
     
  8. KENNYBOT

    KENNYBOT Earning My Ears

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    It seems to me you don't get much value for your points towards a cruise. I did the math and it came out to a value of 6 or 7 dollars. Am I crazy or is that correct?
     
  9. KENNYBOT

    KENNYBOT Earning My Ears

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    I want to try the cruise and have two kids under 12. Thing is my wife and I hate always being around little kids that are not ours. Anyone else feel that way. Needless to say we're not teachers. Our kids are fairly well behaved and we hate being around bratty kids. Would you recomment we avaoid the Disney Cruise?
     
  10. MouseLovinMom

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    The single most important thing we've learned about cruising (and traveling in general) is to go with a good attitude and an open mind. Things can and do go wrong but we don't let it spoil our vacation. We've had a few Murphy's Law moments on our DCL cruises, but always end up having an amazing time.
     
  11. Robin"D"

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    Another TIP:
    you can bring you own on board and DCL allows it!!!
    THX DCL

    Robin & Angel "D"
     
  12. ibouncetoo

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    Truthfully, on 7 cruises I've run into more bratty adults than bratty kids. Now I have seen tired, overwhelmed, and excited kids...but I usually feel (and behave) that way myself while doing anything Disney.

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  13. cruisindisney

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    My DH made a new rule on our first DCL cruise, There is no Complaining on a Disney Cruise.

    We had the rudest and most annoying people at the table near us that made our wait staff's jobs excruciating. The fact is that their behavior is the reason that they had problems, not the staff. Their complaining almost made our cruise experience bad, but once we figured out what was going on we sat back and let our staff take care of the problem people and then we ended up getting the BEST service because we told them to take their time and we would be fine. It's vacation, time to relax.
     
  14. ashman

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    Cruise tip in general not just DCL, when heading out for a day in the sun (especially at Castaway Cay), lather the troops up in your stateroom before heading off the ship. You may have to re-apply later, but your kids will love you for letting them hit the water ASAP. It is murder on kids to get sun screen applied whilst they look longingly at the water.

    Also in the sun screen department, the spray stuff is useless on the beach, too windy.
     
  15. Meredisney

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    I agree. We do our FE gifts on the first night of the cruise. It gives us a chance to explore the ship!

    My tips to add to the list:

    1. You can carry your own wine & alcohol on board. Disney is one of the only cruiselines that allow this! Make sure you bring a wine opener. They will charge a corkage fee in the dining room. Also, you cannot carry open alcohol off the ship and unopened alcohol counts against your customs limit so plan on drinking what you bring.

    2. Highlighters are a must for us! We use them to highlight the activities in the Navigator that we'd like to participate in.

    3. Bring a sweater or jacket with you...even in the heat of the summer. Some areas of the ship like the theaters are kept cool, and it can be cool and windy on deck in the evening.

    4. Ladies, if you plan on wearing your hair down, bring a clip or poneytail holder for when you go out on the deck. Again, it gets very windy and you hair will be all over the place.

    5. Purchase the Tropical Rainforest Pass. It entitles you to use the Tropical Rainforest in the Vista Spa throughout your cruise. The Tropical Rainforest has two steams rooms, one large sauna room, two aromatic showers, and heated tile loungers that are heavenly! i believe the pass is only $10-$15 a day. It's a bargin!
     
  16. Pooh667

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    I have learned that sipping ice cream sodas while watching a Disney movie on the outdoor big screen is very relaxing!!! We do this several times during our cruises.
     
  17. ladypirate

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    @Susan - yes, sipping on any drink outside under the stars is well worth it even if it's your sports team sucking it up or watching Cinderella.
     
  18. glassslipper2004

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    Kennybot - If you don't like being around other people's kids, you probably shouldn't do a cruise at all. The ship is big but of course not that big -- there are always kids around. Unless you are going to put your own kids in the kids' clubs all the time and spend your time in the adult only areas, you may well be unhappy.
     
  19. glassslipper2004

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    Pohh667 - Where did you get the ice cream sodas? Did you just mix soda from the self-serve soda area with the soft serve ice cream? It's a wonderful idea!

    Anyone know if they have root beer at the self serve soda area?

    This gives me another idea - how about coffee mixed with vanilla ice cream? Mmmn.
     
  20. Pooh667

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    We just mixed the soft serve ice cream with soda from the self serve machine. So simple but, so relaxing.:goodvibes
     
  21. Beachmum

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    I feel the same way much of the time. (Oops. Now those that know I'm going to be on their cruise will avoid me. :-) )

    That said, I've found that travelling when most kids are in school is a great way to meet people who have lovely children.

    For example, last year we were at a nice resort in Puerto Vallarta and only met really great families with children the same age as ours (currently five and seven). I seriously can't remember even one family where the children were brats. Perhaps it's just been good luck on out part...:love:
     

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