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  1. Have you ever seen this happen ON DCL?  I agree that on Princess and some other lines, there are lots of bags around, hosts use them for supplies on their carts, etc.    The bags on DCL are much higher quality and come to your name with a personal tag on them.  We've also been on DCL cruises where we were asked to sign a form indicating that we had received the "return cruiser" gift.   They are not in excess numbers, left on host carts, etc., and I've never seen them be available to cabins that were not designated to receive them.  
    In fact, when we had one stolen as asked at Guest Services.  We could not even purchase a replacement.


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  2. I've been at MCO in time to make a 9:15 flight, but I'd never book that.  I actually had a 12:30 booked, but when we checked in the agent said we could make the earlier flight if we wished, and didn't charge us to change.  There have also been times when I've spent 2 hours in the security line at MCO.  You  MIGHT make the early flight if there is no accident on the highway or other reason for driving delay, if your transportation is ready to leave as soon as you hit the door, if the ship is cleared by Customs at the normal time, if there is no delay in the ship arriving at port, etc.  There are lots of things that can happen, and I've seen most of them on one cruise or another.  


    I would not chance a flight before 11.  It just isn't worth the stress.  If you do book earlier, consider in advance what your options will be if you don't make that  early flight.  

  3. 3 minutes ago, ed01106 said:

    Maybe, maybe not.  First thing I would check is if a DCL is sailing that day.  If not, no buses will be running.  But if the busses are going from the hotel to the port and they got room, they might be willing to sell you a seat.  Might not.  But wouldn’t hurt to ask.

    Perhaps....but then they'd have to get a taxi to the terminal where their ship is located.  Unless rental car prices have seriously increased, you can rent and pay gas and tolls for about the price of transfers for 2 people.  Several companies are located on or near WDW property and some will pick you up at the resort and take you to get the car.  Drop off is near the port and all the companies will shuttle you to your ship.  It is really a matter of what works best for each family.


  4. On 5/27/2019 at 7:24 PM, martinm said:

    Oh sure... make me do the math.. my upcoming cruise is 300 a night, almost exactly, per person! 

    Good thing I really like the restaurants and bars. My wife loves their spa... her spa bill rivals my bar bill. 

    Can't wait to try Princess this summer. I sail Carnival more than Disney.. Disney has better service but Carnival throws stuff at me if I'm spending anywhere near this..


    I don't know if the above poster will see this, but if  you own 100 shares of Carnival Corporation stock, and fax in the request, you'll get $100 OBC on a 7 night cruise (amounts vary on other lengths.)  The stock pays $2 per year dividend as well....and right now it is at the lowest price it has been in years.  There are things we like about each of the lines we've cruised.  DCL has better entertainment, but Princess prices are less than half of DCL, at least for the cruises we've chosen.  

  5. And if you are planning to purchase the stock, the price has dropped significantly in the last week or so.  We bought before our first Princess cruise and have enjoyed the benefit of OBC many times.  The stock is now lower than it was when we purchased about 5 years ago.  We've seen it as high as 70, and now as low as 46.

  6. THey've done all sorts of things that messed with the possibility of a B2B of the last European cruise and TA.  One year they rented out the entire ship to a company for the week before, and as above, have previously done dry dock right before the crossing.


    That said, we've done the B2Bs involving a TA, and it is AMAZING.

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  7. I totally agree with the above response.  The ONLY advantage to buying insurance thru DCL is that if the insurance company refuses to pay for some reason, a portion of the fare will be credited to the original booked cruiser for use on a future cruise (there is fine print on this!).  I would strongly recommend a TA who truly specializes on DCL (not one who has a Disney sign in their window because they did the on line training!)  Most of these give an on board credit or other "gift" as a "thanks for booking with us," and will give you great pointers about selecting cruises, booking, choosing insurance, etc.  


    The one time that insurance thru DCL may be less costly than private is when there are elderly people involved.  Most private insurances consider age as one of the pricing determinants....but typically give a "complimentary" child's policy with purchase of a parent or grandparent policy."  DCL considers only the cost of the cruise in figuring the cost of the insurance.

  8. We had transfers from SOME WDW resorts (those designated as "cruise resorts" at that time" in 1998 on the maiden voyage of the Magic.  They have existed continuously since then, but have expanded to all resorts.    But, as above, the poster is on a non-DCL cruise, so the DCL service won't help her.  Her best bet will be a private limo service or a rental car.

  9. 15 hours ago, cgolf1 said:

    After having done 12 Disney cruises, if they just raised the prices I might have been ok with it. But the reality for us is the product is now less than what we had when we first started sailing Disney, and we noticed the activities were never really updated including having the same trivia questions year to year. 


    So for us the value is no longer there, for newer cruisers that don’t know what it was like before will likely have a great time. The only trap I see for Disney, is that if their prices push luxury prices, they will have to step their game up, because that clientele has different expectations than I do (we did sail concierge twice on the Fantasy and didn’t make use of the hosts).

    Unfortunately, we've noticed a decline on several lines, along with "upsells" if you want what used to be the standard.  As you noted, DCL quality isn't what it used to be, but it is still better than many other lines!  I like DCL, but I can't justify paying two to three times what another line costs for a similar cruise.

  10. Thanks...Each line has things they do better than other lines.  My logic is to take advantage of what they do best.  For DCL, that's beautiful, well maintained ships with great entertainment. 


    We stuck to just DCL for many years, but started exploring other lines when their prices went up significantly.  What we found were other reasons, in addition to price,  to choose other lines. 


  11. I totally agree that it is worse on the newer ships than on the classics.  Most of my experience is on the Magic, and this particular element has not been good.  This is actually one of the reasons we've explored other lines after many years of "DCL only."  Now we are "DCL IF they can give us something worth the cost and the kid issues."  I like kids, but "adult only" areas should be just that. They shouldn't be "adult only except for ......."  



  12. The 18-20 club is spotty.  We've seen good groups where it was excellent and we've had cruises where my daughter was the only one who showed up on the first two nights.  There is a member of the cruise staff appointed to host the meets, and as above, they will arrange whatever activities the group wants--luncheons, game times, etc.  The key is to show up at the meet on the first night.

  13. We've done DCL with kids and as adults only.  My biggest "gripe" is that they enforce SOME adult only areas and not others.  Yes, adult dining (Palo and Remy), Serenity Bay, night club area after 9pm, and fitness center are enforced.  The Cove Cafe and areas around the Quiet Cove pool are not well enforced....I wish that they were.  I also wish there was an area of each dining room where families without children were seated.  Yes, they do have "adult only" tables, but they are scattered throughout the room.


    Sorry, but thru the years we've noticed a lot less supervision of children on board.  It is NOT ok to allow kids to run around the dining room.  They are a danger to themselves, servers, and other guests.  It is NOT ok to throw food.  (my adult daughter was issues a "free laundry" ticket when an urchin at a nearby table missed his intended target and got chocolate goo on her).  It is not OK for them to steal items from server's stations (or stateroom host carts)!  It is not ok to keep your screaming or crying child in the dining room, although I can see debate on this one.  Sorry--I removed my child from a shoreside restaurant at the age of 6 when she just would not "settle down" and was annoying other diners.  I asked the server to have our food packed "to go" when it came up, and took it and her home.  Funny, we never had another behavior issue in any restaurant! 


    Since these sorts of activities happen regularly in the dining rooms....I'd like to see a section for "adults only."

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  14. I'm really curious--do you know whether your TA actually contacted DCL and got that information or whether she was speaking off the "top of her head?"  I question it because what you were told is not the normal policy.


    DO enjoy your cruise .  Take precautions and don't worry.  However, as above, this is a reason that everyone should consider travel insurance.  Another point--my medical insurance specifically excludes any coverage outside the US.  People might want to check their policies.  I would not be happy to lose the cost of a cruise, but the cost of medical care should something happen on a cruise could be really awful!

  15. Prices just keep going up on DCL.  I was shocked to see a one week DCL cruise in Alaska at a "last minute" VGT rate costing almost exactly the same as I paid for 14 nights in a suite on another line in 2018.  True, we felt a moment of sadness while sitting in the specialty restaurant and saw the Wonder sail by as we enjoyed our "included" dinner.  Granted, we got a really good deal in 2018.  Yes, we like DCL better.....but not that much better!  I don't see rates coming down unless DCL finds that they can't fill their ships at the current rates.  As long as they are sailing full or nearly so, why lower prices?


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  16. I think the fuss is to be clear...only the Fantasy has Star Wars days at sea.  The Magic has Marvel day at sea and Marvel Academy (an area of the Oceaneer's Club that is present on the ship all the time.  It is a great place to visit during "open house" hours).


  17. You are correct that everyone needs proof of citizenship.  However, that is not required to be in the form of a passport (a certified birth certificate qualifies).  What I mean in my post was that there was no ADDITIONAL documentation required to take a minor who was not my child other than the "minor authorization form."  Someone above had posted that they required a passport, which is not correct.  The appropriate birth certificate worked fine for our friend.  She of course needed the standard documents--proof if ID and proof of citizenship.

  18. I have done DCL as a solo, but it was many years ago before the outrageous prices.  I chose an inside cabin to save money, knowing there were plenty of public spaces where I could enjoy the air.  Yes, a balcony is nicer, but the price is not.

    Yes, there will be kids everywhere.  IMHO, the one place that DCL has not performed as promised is the restriction of kids in adult only areas.  SOME areas, like the fitness center, are well controlled.  Other areas, like the adult pool and Cove Cafe area are not controlled, allowing children to walk/run/skate/scream their way thru with or without parents (this happens on ALL DCL ships), kids come into the adult area to "touch base" with mom, etc.


    Like you, I am not anti-kid.  But I can't go to the Oceaneer's Club; they shouldn't be able to come to the "adult" areas!  And I really didn't appreciate the one cruising thru on his "heelie" shoes (yes, they are against rules too), and slammed into me while I was sitting in a chair outside the Cove Cafe drinking hot tea.  He then skated off without so much as a "sorry."  Not cool!


    They do a good job of restricting in adult only restaurants and nightclubs after 9pm.

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