Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by emeraldluvsbama, Feb 5, 2013.
Ah, the kids clubs.
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If you didn't get Palo brunch ressies online then one person go straight there right when you get on the ship. They usually hold some for onboard bookings. Then one person go book tastings because that can only be done onboard. Meet up at Cabanas and let the buffet begin!!
Where can you find out about tastings and where do you book them? My understanding is they are not online ahead of time - is it all at guest services? Is it a madhouse that first afternoon?
Depending on the time we board the plan is: lunch, book Palo,check room and swim
I was going to ask the same thing!!!! Please tell me all about the tastings!!!
Another person from Memphis!
So, you go directly to Palo to make a reservation? I thought I read somewhere that you go to one of the clubs. Makes more sense to go to Palo though.
Wait in the long line at guest services (since you walk right by there) to book tastings. They book up very quickly!!!
Then grab some lunch and let the kids hit the pool. This is what we did on our first cruise on the Wonder, the kids were 8 and 5. Worked out really well!
Quick question... Our next cruise is on the Fantasy, I know we want lunch from Cabanas. Can we take our lunch out to the pool area?
I just got Palo brunch ressies online. Woo hoo!
We eat a later breakfast at the hotel so we can skip lunch and go straight to the pool. The boys have been first in the pool for 3 cruises and have it all to themselves for about a 1/2 hour. Then they go on the auqaduck as soon as it opens. As the pool gets crowded they are done at the pool and ready for lunch at one of the quick service areas around the pool. Then it's off to the stateroom when they are ready.
They love the pool time and pictures of being the only people in the pool or in to pool area.
I'll mostly sit back and relax in the sun!
We usually do lunch and then take some photos of the ship areas while there are not as many people and a lot of the places are still empty.
Then we sit by the pool and relax.
Here's what DH and I did (no kids):
We didn't do any tastings when we went on our first cruise in September but everyone is right, the time from getting on board to the muster drill goes quick. We had a #6 boarding number so we were on by noon. We ate lunch, went and switched our Palo reservation to a different night, (when I booked online it was all that was left and it wasn't the night I wanted, Andrew on the Wonder switched it for us with no problems.) Then we did the spa open house and entered the raffle. By that time it was time for our DIS meet-up. After the muster drill we made a run for deck 10 for the sail away party.
Looking back I know I had to take care of business but I wish I would have parked myself by quiet cove with a pina colada and just chilled out. Since it was our first cruise we wanted to experience a lot of what Disney had to offer us and it took us about 3 days to realize we would wear ourselves out on going to one event after another and that we just had to choose 2-3 things a day that appealed to us.
These are great tips! We embark this Sunday, the 10th, on our first cruise ever on the DREAM. We are going with another family, and our daughters are 6 and 7.
What are the "tastings"? This is the first time that I've heard about this.
Feeling overwhelmed and excited!
They offer tasting sessions for : Wine, Beer, Champagne, Tequila/Margarita, Cognac, Chocolate... I'm sure I'm forgetting some. $15-30 per person, bookable at Guest Services once you get onboard.
Thanks you! I am guessing that the children can go to the Oceaneer's Club/Lab while the parents enjoy this?
Indeed! (If FULLY potty-independent.)
Not sure if they do them on the regular cruises, but there was one on the EBPC and I'm hoping they do it again on the WBPC!
not sure if your cruise has a 'Tea with......' but if it does, you need to go to GS to get a reservation.
If you are taking a photo mat or pillowcase to sign, take that to GS as soon as poss.
Again, not sure if all cruises offer this, but a tour around the ship is usually on the first afternoon.
We go eat, then pool, have a celebratory drink and relax!
Definitely pack swimsuits into a carry on, change in your room then head to the pools. This is where I differ with conventional wisdom, I say pass on the aqua duck, for now. We tried to ride it the first day ( early boarding around 130, at the duck around 2) and the wait was long, about 20 minutes. We had an excursion in the afternoon in Nassau, so we had the whole morning and could ride the duck at will, literally one to two minute waits and its generally warmer there anywhere. I think we rode it 5 times in 20 minutes.
It seemed that the lineup for the duck was never longer than when we first boarded.
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