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  1. The night before disembarkation, you will have a note in your cabin describing procedures to B2B passengers. In the past (in Port Canaveral), if you are keeping the same cabin, you'll leave all non-essentials in your cabin and meet in a lounge. At "last call" to leave the ship (around 9:30), all the B2B passengers will disembark, go through customs, and immediately head right back into the check-in area. You will be the first people in the terminal. You'll wait in the concierge area. After the all clear is given (wait varies), you'll exit the concierge area through a side door and re-board the ship. If in the same cabin, you can go straight to your room, but the ship will not come back to life until general boarding begins. My family has done two B2B cruises. Both were in Port Canaveral. If you're keeping the same cabin, I'd suggest going straight to your cabin and keeping low profile. It's a great morning to enjoy the stateroom entertainment system or get a nap. The ship staff is busy getting everything ready and the public areas (pools) are closed. Maybe others have better ideas on how to spend this time.
  2. If you do not like a menu, you can always order anything from any other rotational dining room (from appetizer to dessert). I do agree that the AP menu is not great, but you are not actually stuck with the AP menu. Just ask your server.
  3. Poolside might be a bit loose of a description. It's a restaurant just off the pool You can get food inside and then take it to the pool (or eat in the restaurant or eat on a deck off the back of the ship). There are also quick service restaurants that truly are poolside - stand at a counter and order/pickup food. The buffet requires you to wear shoes and a coverup, but wearing a swimsuit and barefoot is fine for the quick service spots. The buffet is very convenient to the pool. During lunch, my wife and I will be back and forth from the pool to the buffet several times as someone wants dessert, more mac and cheese, or another whatever.
  4. There will be turnover in the Palo reservations. Keep checking to maximize your chances of finding an opening (as Beth already said). I am also in the minority on Palo... I am not a fan, mostly because I don't have a big appreciation for finer food. Meals at Palo take a while, and I'd rather spend my time doing something else. If I had to pick Palo brunch or dinner, I'd probably go with brunch. I am a big fan of the MDR for dinner (more about the experience, less about the food). Palo brunch doesn't pull you from the MDR for dinner. The poolside buffet is great in my opinion. They do have shrimp and crab legs (stone crab?) every day. The shrimp is my daily lunch staple on ship. They also have a carving station that my wife likes. Of course, kid favorites like french fries and mac and cheese flow freely as well.
  5. Is this a sincere question or a social commentary? If you feel that there is something wrong with society and parents/Disney don't enforce rules for kids, then you should probably think twice about going on a Disney ship that's going to have high proportion of kids and parents. Disney does (at least sometimes) enforce ages in adult-only areas. When my family (younger kids) did a back-to-back, we got a notice in the cabin that we could get refreshments in Quiet Cove before general boarding on the port day. Since there isn't a whole lot to do before the ship opens up completely, we went to Quiet Cove. We weren't running amok. We were sitting on lounge chairs. Regardless, we were in an adult-only area. A CM promptly told us (nicely) that the area was adult-only. I would have argued about the note, but, let's be honest, we really weren't that hungry since Disney had already fed us that morning.
  6. If one plans on doing Palo or Remy one night, then the dining rotation might be of more interest.
  7. We're quite a bit off topic from the thread title, but I'll jump in. Behavior problems occur on all cruises. They are the outcome of being on a cruise ship with a lot of different people. This issue (poor behavior) seems to come up regularly here - lack of parenting in the MDR, how people dress in different restaurants, noise outside the staterooms, reserving deck chairs, etc. MDR problems are maybe more aggravating because tables are assigned. You cannot easily get away from the problem. Regardless, when you go on "your" cruise, it's actually the cruise of thousands of people. Behavior will vary. Personally, my family has been on more than our fair share of Disney cruises. For the number of kids on board, I think behavior in the MDR is very good, and maybe the servers deserve a lot of credit for engaging kids well and mitigating problems. I can't speak for everyone else's experiences, but the reports of bad behavior in the MDR on this board overstate the problems that I've observed.
  8. Super interesting. The Magic and Wonder are listed at 171.5 ft, but maybe that's too close for comfort. The Dream and Fantasy are 216 ft. Back when the bridge was built, I doubt anybody anticipated that cruise ships would be so tall.
  9. If the new ships (fueled by LNG) are all out of Florida ports for the foreseeable future, then that leaves the existing ships to work other parts of the globe. In some discussions, speculation has drifted to how the new ships might have features (e.g., a casino) that have greater appeal for a global audience. With the new ships being in Florida, any new features will need to come through renovation of the existing fleet. Disney has expanded its resorts in Orlando to the point that some think a 5th park is on the horizon. Maybe Disney sees DCL as its 5th park. Expanding transit plans between Orlando and Miami make a Miami-based ship a better fit into the Disney landscape.
  10. Nice pics. Very helpful. I'll share one thing about the murphy bed. My family of 5 did the deluxe family stateroom a while ago. It was definitely roomy. The only issue we encountered was the murphy bed. When it is pulled out the wall, it drops right in front of the sliding glass door to the balcony. There isn't a lot of room to walk around it. Basically, once the bed is down, it's hard to do much of anything in the cabin. Of course, if you don't plan on using the murphy bed, it's a non-issue. If there's a lesson here, it's that the cruise industry (and lodging in general) still wrestles with handling groups of 5.
  11. The tunnel and Dodge Island are fine. Navigating Miami is the hard part. One issue is that Miami is a big city with commensurate traffic. At the time most disembark, you're going right into the teeth of morning rush hour. I don't want to be a complete whiner, but the frequent tolls make being an out-of-state driver (no SunPass) that much less enjoyable.
  12. Here's a recent review of local Park and Cruise options in Miami. My family has been out of Miami twice. Once we stayed in Miami near the airport. The airport is about 10 miles west of the terminal. We planned on doing the Park and Cruise option, but we ended up parking at the terminal to facilitate getting on the road early for our return home. The second time out of Miami, we stayed overnight in Fort Pierce (cheaper) and then drove into Miami, parked again at the terminal, and got on the ship. I will say that the traffic in Miami to/from the terminal is kind of a mess. It's a mess coming in, going out, and navigating the island terminal - at least I thought it was an adventure. We by far prefer cruising out of Port Canaveral, but the Magic is a great ship.
  13. It's up to you. If you spend a lot of time on the veranda, then you'll likely miss it. My family normally sails with an inside cabin, and it's fine for us. We figure if we want to be outside, we can go up on deck by the pool or on the promenade. In our very few times with a veranda, I did enjoy watching the goings on in port from the cabin. On the Magic you'll find that the entertainment system doesn't do "on demand" TV. There are stations dedicated to playing different types of movies. For example, there is a Pixar channel, a classic animation channel, etc. The movies play on their own schedule. You can't watch half of Wall-E and come back later to finish it off. My kids don't really care as they'll watch anything (start, middle, end) on TV. For me, it's nice to control what's on TV when kicking back in the cabin. (This might have changed with the Magic's most recent dry dock.)
  14. If you're plan is to avoid the crowds, that schedule will work (as long as the weather behaves). You could even leave the ship earlier.
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