First time DCL and doing Eastern. Any Tips!!!

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  1. lindym

    lindym Mouseketeer

    Aug 30, 1999
    Going 7 night june 26. Just myself (MOM 46) and son (16). Any tips for us. We have late dining. Any tips about the cruise or ports would be appreciated.
  2. jrabbit

    jrabbit DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2002
    St. Maarten
    If you decide to go to Orient Beach - go on your own for 3 of you it will cost about 1/3 of DCL excursion price (but you don't get the lunch tossed in). Orient Beach is beautiful and the water / waves are perfect for playing in (not for toddlers/small children).

    A fun DCL excursion is the Golden Eagle Catamaran. Everyone thats done it has had a wonderful time. And when they return to port, they try their darnded to make the rest of us wish we were on that excursion. It's sailing, snorkeling, swimming and a beach party tossed into one excursion.

    St Thomas
    I'm one of the St. John's bigots. I would find an excursion that goes to St. John's and go snorkeling (some of the best in the world). There are good beaches on St. Thomas too. Next time I'm there I'm going up the tramway to the top of the island (if we have time after returning from St. John's)

    The Ship
    If this is your first cruise, I wouldn't miss the main shows in the theaters. We also enjoy the caberet shows that are between the dinner seatings (7:45 to 8:15). These are the family shows. The "adult" shows start between 10:15 and 10:30

    Don't expect to see your son a lot on the ship if he get along with other kids his age. He'll probably be spending a lot of time with new friends at the stack or hanging out around the ship. It's a pretty safe environment, but set some guidlines and consequences. The guidlines are for your peace of mind, the safety of your child and the enjoyment of your fellow guests (no knocking on other doors at 3am, no crank calls in the middle of the night, etc)

    If you come up with any specific questions, we're more than happy to help out with our opinions.
  3. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    Orient beach is "swimsuit optional." The nude men totally grossed out my teen, although there were very few of them. Teen's comment was that only the ugly, fat old men were nude....the younger crowd and everyone with a good body had clothes on.

    There is a family style beach near the ships.

    The teen programming was a major hit with our family, especially the "Gotcha" game. The counsellor (Cal (?)) was "a teen wanna-be" according to DD. We were with a great teen group, although I'm told there are some wild cruises too.....

    Eastern is our favorite. You do need to find out whether the ship will dock or tender as this makes a difference in where you are located in relatin to the beaches and shopping areas. If you tender, these are walking distance for adults and teens (under 10 minutes). I agree with doing excursions on your own--you'll save major $.
  4. herrbeeb

    herrbeeb Mouseketeer

    Apr 13, 2004
    hey lindym, we are on your cruise. me, dh, dd#1 (16), ds (14) and dd#2 (12 3/4).

    my best tip is relax and have fun. this is our 4th cruise on dcl so ask away.


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