Please give us some good cruise advice

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  1. Californiakids

    Californiakids Earning My Ears

    Jun 5, 2004
    We'll be on our first ever cruise aboard the Magic on June 26th. (ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!!) Please give us some tips or just good advice that you brought back from your own experiences. This will really help us and other new cruisers. THANKS!

    :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat:
  2. Debbart

    Debbart Hooked!

    Oct 13, 2002
    The best advice I can give is to read the post on these boards...pull up searches on specific topics, look at the section that is stuck at the top of the thread with links to helpful posts and if you have questions that you can't find the answers to ask away!:earsboy:
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  4. ennisb

    ennisb DIS Veteran

    Oct 14, 2001
    Read the trip reports. Lot's of information and ideas just be reading what others have done. On our first cruise it seemed as if I had been on board many teams just by reading the board and reading the trip reports.

    have a great trip
  5. MarkRG

    MarkRG DIS Veteran

    Mar 19, 2002
    My best advice after 5 of them?

    Take your time, don't overplan- you won't get to do everything they offer anyhow. Pick 1 or two things a day that you have as do not miss items. Anything else, you get to it, great, but don't overwork yourselves.

    Enjoy your trip!
  6. Verandah Man

    Verandah Man I DREAM of a FANTASY that's full of MAGIC & WONDER DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2003
    If you wear glasses, have an extra pair with you, just in case!!!
  7. TheWog

    TheWog <font color=indigo>The Curse has been Reversed<br>

    Apr 1, 2004
    I was just going to say the same thing. Don't try to do everything. It will make you crazy. We gave up by Sunday and just relaxed. We had the time of our lives. Eat .. a lot .... spoil yourselves.. go to some of the shows.... explore some ports...... order room service (especially late at night) ..... smile with Mickey.... have fun and don't miss the Sail Away Party!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a great trip!:wave2: :teeth:
  8. jrabbit

    jrabbit DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2002
    First Cruis Tips:
    *Get to the port by 11am. Gives you time to look around the beautiful building, go outside and look at the ship (most of the time you are on the ship looking down, this way you get a good look at how huge it is), look at the model of the ship in the terminal and get your pictures with the Disney Characters.
    *Try items for dinners that you 've never had before - if you don't like it, they'll bring you something else
    *Go to the shows in the Walt Disney Theater
    *Go to the family shows between the dinner seating times
    *Go to the "adult" shows later in the evening
    *Walk around deck 4 at night with your significant other (but remember to use your room for the really mushy stuff;) )
    *Send yourself a postcard from every port (wish we had done this)
    *Take the stairs not the elevators - you will work off some of the food you've been eating and have more room for desserts
    *If on a 7 nighter - go to Palo for Brunch - it's wonderful
    *Check out the daily Personal Navigator for the days activities, note start time AND location
    *Don't stress the little stuff and if anything major goes wrong - try and go with the flow.
    *If you don't have the kids in tow - try and visit the adult beach on Castaway Cay for some quiet relaxation.
    *Remember - you can't do it all - you may have to make some tough decisions on what not to do (the easiest thing for me to skip is the movies because I can see them at home)
    *On a sea day when the ship is cruising at 20knts, into a stiff breaze, go up to deck 10 forward and walk in front of the wind screen that's protecting the basketball/sports court. Just be sure to hold onto any hats, glasses and small children (I can fly!). It always makes me laugh!

    Most of all - HAVE FUN
  9. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    Relax! Remember that you are on vacation and don't try to do it all. We're veterans of 10 cruises on the Magic....2 more booked.....

    Pick one or two things you really want to do each day. In between, just go with the flow.

    Insist that the kids do the kid programs at least for a few hours the first day or 2. We look at the kid navigator and pick 2 things they want to do in the program. This gives the parents some "alone" time. Usually, if kiddo spends a little time in programming in the first day or 2, she makes a friend and then WANTS to go back. Making a friend is the key.

    Order things you've always wanted to try....if you hate it, they'll gladly bring you something's all paid for already.

    RELAX!!!! ENJOY!!! Don't run yourself ragged.
  10. NYDisneyMom

    NYDisneyMom I need to have a vacation planned at all times...

    Feb 3, 2003
    Bring twice the amount of film you planned on and half the amount of clothes! :)
  11. tammy bell

    tammy bell Mouseketeer

    Sep 17, 2003
    Send your clothes out for pressing on the ship. I ironed everything before and packed like I always do but for some reason, this time everything in my garment bags were REALLY wrinkled. We sent it all out, had it back the next day and it only cost $18.00. Not a bad deal at all.
    If you are flying, consider packing a few things for everyone in each piece of luggage. Two pieces of my DSIL luggage did not make it on the boat from the airline so she had no clothes at all. My brother had all of his because the luggage with his clothes in it made it on. I'm sure it won't happen to you but from now on that is how I am going to pack.
    Just relax and enjoy everything, it goes by so quickly.:D
  12. ann-e-mator

    ann-e-mator Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life ha

    Jun 13, 2004
    Some tips... I don't think I saw this anywhere, but really helpful, although this may sound NOT pack clothes that fit just right when you go...they will be tight by the end of the week...pack clothes that you have room in, and don't worry, you can lose the inches when you get back home .... enjoy yourself on the cruise...!

    Also, I agree, try really hard to get to the adult beach at CC... it is well worth it... when we went last year, the adult beach was nearly empty, while the family beach was way crowded...

    Get to Palo's no matter what...well worth it... we opted for a 9:30 pm dinner there, and picked up a little something around six, to tide us over...

    Have fun...and book again before you leave... when I saw people doing this, I thought they were nuts... that was the first or second night of the the 3rd night I was thinking about it, and by the last day, we were already booked!!! for this year...we leave in about 5 weeks for our 2nd cruise...!

    Good luck...
  13. Californiakids

    Californiakids Earning My Ears

    Jun 5, 2004
    Great insider info. It's one thing to read a book, but to hear it from experienced cruisers is awesome. Thanks,and keep it coming.

    ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes::
  14. jlawall

    jlawall <font color=royalblue>Captain Lucky, the Great Pro

    Aug 19, 2002
    My best advice...have a great will no matter what!!!!
  15. DVC Mary

    DVC Mary <font color="#FF6666">I must have missed the lobst

    Sep 16, 2003
    I'm sailing June 26th too for our 1st cruise. I've been totally nervous. Thanks for all the tips. I really enjoy reading these & will keep looking for more.

    ::MickeyMo :boat:
  16. Mickeyhugger

    Mickeyhugger DIS Veteran

    Sep 6, 2003
    Do not miss the Palo brunch!:tongue:
  17. CM_Mom

    CM_Mom DIS Veteran

    Mar 15, 2004
    In St. Thomas, try to be on deck 9 or 10 and watch the Magic sail away from port. It's soooooo cool to watch her leave the other ships in port and to watch the beautiful islands go by.

    You'll see it elsewhere, but I wouldn't sail without my power strip, shoe hanger(to put toiletries in) and suction cup hooks. They were little things that made our cruise smoother.

    If you have any special occasions or wishes be sure to let your servers know. They really want you to have a MAGICal trip and they really do give "Excellent" service.

    If you have questions on board, ASK a crew member. We found everyone extremely helpful.
  18. ksjayhawks

    ksjayhawks DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2004
    Palo for brunch!!!
    Sit on deck 4 at night.
  19. NYDisneyMom

    NYDisneyMom I need to have a vacation planned at all times...

    Feb 3, 2003
    Oh, oh! Thought of another one!! Must order the All Hands on Deck cheese platter for an in-room snack!!
    A plate of cookies and milk for the kids at night -- along with either a SILVER carafe of hot water for tea or the SILVER carafe of coffee at night. They will still be piping hot in the morning. You must ask for the silver carafe though. The other carafes don't work as well. :)
  20. Crazy8

    Crazy8 Earning My Ears

    Apr 25, 2004
    to my first ever cruiser,
    ahhh i remember our 1st cruise... just about a month and a half ago. The best advice i can give to you is...

    1. RELAX!! ... i was just recovering from mono so i did plenty of this. Its so nice to be able to sit next to the pool and soak up the sun

    2. ENDULGE ... the food is spectacular!! try a bit of everything... dont say no!

    3. While on the islands... if you see it, and you like it!... BUY IT! you wont be back ... this is a vacation.. treat yourself

    4. Im going to go back on myselff... yes relax but also try and go to the ships activities. Theres sooooo much to do!! try something (and let me know how it is ;) )

    5. LAst but not least .... HAVE FUN!!!

    Smooth sailing!!! hope all goes well!!:wave:
  21. eye R.N.

    eye R.N. <font color=660000>Many TF's like pins ;-)</font><

    Feb 11, 2000
    Check out the old navigators at ***************** Get a feel for everything that is offered than pick a few things you want to try.

    If you have kids check out their navigators as well, mine were much happier having an idea of what would be on offer, then facing the unknown.

    Try the rainforest room

    Spend an hour or more if you don't have a veranda on deck 4 reading.

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