First time DCL Questions: food, shoes and ports

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  1. jelliott04

    jelliott04 DIS Veteran

    May 25, 2008
    Hi all. First time DCL in less than two weeks! I have a few questions:

    Cruising Eastern Caribbean in less than two weeks!

    1) Do the menus change each week? IE, can I go to allears and see what we'll be having for dinner the Tuesday (for example) of our cruise?

    2) What shoes are appropriate for kids? Can they hang out in crocs all the time or are tennis shoes more appropriate? (talking kids clubs etc)

    4) How many formal nights are there? Is a nice dress ok instead of an actual formal gown?

    3) Pros and Cons to parking at the port or at an off site place.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. PrincessShmoo

    PrincessShmoo DIS veteran

    Feb 12, 2009
    You will have a different menu each night of the cruise. They are the same menu each week. Each MDR has it's own Signature menu (that's 3 nights). Pirate night menu (4), formal & semi-formal (5 & 6) and, either a Welcome Aboard, or Til We Meet Again menu (sorry, don't know which they do on the Eastern).

    Formal night (I think night 2) and semi-fomal (maybe night 6?)
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  4. sambycat

    sambycat DIS Veteran

    Mar 24, 2007
    enjoy your cruise! :goodvibes
  5. iloverags2

    iloverags2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2002
    Hope this helps!
  6. kristieboyd

    kristieboyd Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2011
    We've yet to cruise DCL, but I'm answering based on my research & plans for our upcoming Feb 11 cruise.

  7. 4407mark

    4407mark Walt's #1 Fan

    Aug 18, 2000
    OPs have pretty well answered your questions, just wanted to weigh in on the parking issue - have always parked at port and never had a problem. It is more expensive than off-site but for me it is really about the convenience - both when arriving to sail and preparing to depart. Enjoy your cruise!
  8. Yokelridesagain

    Yokelridesagain Mouseketeer

    Dec 7, 2011
    Be aware that you're not going to 'know' your dining rotation until you get on the boat (although you can request one) you won't literally know your menu on Tuesday until you get there unless Tuesday is one of the 'theme nights' where the food is the same in each dining room.
  9. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    There are 3 signature nights. On those nights you will eat the menu of that restaurant. You will not know which restaurant you will be in each night until you check in at the port. These menus are the same each week, you just don't know in advance when you will have each one.

    There are 4 theme nights.Again, they are the same each week. The pirate night menu is always the pirate night menu. Pirate night is the same night of the week on each Eastern cruise. Each of the main restaurants serves the same theme menu on those nights. can look at a recent Eastern schedule and know which night will be which theme and from there, what the menu will be.

    Parking--$6-7 off site, complimentary shuttle to the port. $15 per day at the port, no need for shuttle.

    One formal, one semi. Wear whatever you want.
  10. Spurr002

    Spurr002 Earning My Ears

    Dec 27, 2012
    Saturday - Port Canaveral -
    [Casual Night] Rotation Menu -
    show: The Fantasy Begins

    Sunday - At Sea -
    [Formal Night] Rotation Menu -
    show: Aladdin

    Monday - At Sea -
    [Casual Night] Rotation Menu -
    show: Wishes

    Tuesday - St. Thomas -
    [Pirate Night] Pirate Menu -
    show: Movie in WDT

    Wednesday - San Juan -
    [Casual Night] Princess Menu -
    show: Entertainer

    Thursday - At Sea -
    [Semi-Formal night] Captain's Gala Menu -
    show: Believe

    Friday - Castaway Cay -
    [Casual night] Till We Meet Again Menu -
    show: An Unforgettable Journey

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