New to Dcl with questions-Help!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by mrsoc, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. mrsoc

    mrsoc Earning My Ears

    Mar 22, 2013
    I am interested OK obsessed with going on the fantasy in Sept of 2014. Is the ship less booked because schools are back in session? Would you recommend the Disney ground transportation or renting a car?? I guess I'll have to shop around. My husband has a cpac machine for sleep apnea. Does the ship have distilled water? He needs to put in the machine every night. If they don't supply can I bring a gallon onto the ship?

    Thank you,
  2. p17blo

    p17blo DIS Veteran

    Jan 23, 2012
    With regards to distilled water you would be best contacting guest service to double check. I am sure you can take a gallon of water onboard yourself (and I would be tempted to as a back up). Most of the water onboard is treated and I think it is distilled anyway, but that machinery is sensitive so may not be good to risk it.

    I have travelled a couple of times 'off season' but there are still kids onboard - remember Disney is international and schools in different countries have holidays at different times.

    And I am convinced that everyone else will tell you to take the transfer, but I 100% whole heartedly advocate a hire car - Book with Hertz, drop it off at the Hertz terminal about 2 miles from the port and they have a shuttle to the port. It is so much cheaper than transfer (a day car hire for me is around $35 including insurance) and cheaper than parking ($130 ish for a week) and cheaper than the last time I checked transfer (I think $60 a person, not even sure if that is each way).

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  4. rocadonismom

    rocadonismom Mouseketeer

    Nov 5, 2002
    Yes- if you call Disney ahead of time, you can request that a gallon of distilled water be placed in your stateroom. We have done it before for my father who has a whole list of medical conditions.
  5. PWammy

    PWammy Mouseketeer

    Apr 3, 2013
    I'd price a private shuttle or car; I don't care for cruise shuttles from any cruiseline, but I also hate to drive on the highway; but I know lots of people who rent cars to the port, just seems like too much work for me. Private cars and shuttles can sometimes factor in a 20 or 30 minute stop for you if you need to pick something up on the way to the port. That really comes in handy for me, travelling with a child.
  6. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    We prefer the cruiseline transfers. Yes, they cost a bit more usually, but I hate driving in a strange city, or having to track down where my car service is at.
  7. Cats12

    Cats12 Mouseketeer

    Jan 17, 2013
    It's probably cheaper to rent a car, but sooo much easier to take the shuttle, especially if you're going to the airport on a major carrier. You put your bags outside your room the last night of the cruise and collect them in your home city airport (with onboard airline check in). Leave the ship and get on the next bus which drops you at your terminal. Does NOT get easier than that. So it depends on whether price or convenience is matters more to you. I've done both.
  8. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ It could end up curdled

    Feb 11, 2011
    The DCL transfer bus is $35. per person each way, so two people would be $140. round trip.

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