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  1. On 3/29/2020 at 8:53 AM, Empathy4You said:

    We are booked on a Scenic River cruise scheduled to depart in July with the Oberammergua plsy as part of it.  We hope to reschedule the same cruise in 2022.  I've sent an email asking for clarification regarding this from Scenic, but have not received an answer as of today.

    Our cruise and land trip to Oberammergau was scheduled on Tauck for August. Their email asked us not to contact them as they are going in order of scheduled trips to contact their guests and provide rebooking or cancellation information. The Passion Play was to begin in May so those customers will be contacted before our late August sailing group. Perhaps Scenic has the same strategy. 

  2. Honestly it's a bit of a relief to have it off the table completely. Every day I've been wondering if it would be a go or not. A few weeks ago it seemed a little silly to think that September travel to Europe might not happen for us but obviously things are changing quickly and we will hope to book in 2 years. 

  3. We were booked on a Tauck Amsterdam to Basel cruise that included a side trip to Oberammergau. Just saw the news about the play. We will definitely cancel the cruise as well. Hope to reschedule in two years. Had hopes that with a September trip we could wait and see but now the decision has been made for us. 

  4. Thanks to all for advice. Yes, I wanted a different river than the Rhine since we are doing that this year. Some of the lines mentioned I had not heard of so that will help my search. And I definitely want to be able to dock in Paris and have no allegiance to Viking or any other line so I'm open to exploring options.

  5. Which cruise lines travel in France? I was hoping for Crystal but didn't see any itineraries for France in 2021. Viking does but wondering what other cruise lines offer France? We are going from Amsterdam to Basel this summer on Tauck so we'd like to try a different country and possibly different cruise line next year.

  6. My booking window opens 9/13/20 for a 4-night cruise on Wonder. So I assume that means midnight on 9/12...first minute of 9/13 EST? 


    What things should I book first and what things can I come back and enter later? (such as passport #s, etc.) I'll be checking in for 6 people so I don't want to waste time entering information that I could come back later in the day to enter.


    We are only interested in character meets (kids will be 6 and 8 )and getting the earliest boarding time possible. No character breakfast on this short cruise and we don't want tastings or Palo. We might be interested in an excursion in Cozumel on our only port day or we may book that on our own elsewhere TBD. 

  7. Ok thanks for info. I was doing a present booking for 2020 since that's the furthest out the calendar goes. I did not see an option for a family suite. In fact, on the initial page when I enter the number of people going, the website doesn't allow for more than 2 adults and two children, unless I missed something. Would I have to call to book for 5? 


    I know it's way early but with the cost of the cruise and excursions I want to be prepared for how much to budget and also be familiar with ship layout so I can get the cabins we want. Assume booking opens about 18 months in advance? Is it posted on this forum?

  8. We are doing very early planning for a multi-generational cruise (or cruise tour) to Alaska in 2022. We haven't 100% decided on Princess - considering RCL as well. 


    We will need 3 cabins.

    Cabin 1: 2 adults

    Cabin 2: 2 adults + 2 kids ages 8 and 9

    Cabin 3: 2 adults + 3 kids ages 3,5 and 9


    As I look at deck plans for the Princess Royal, the mini-suite says maximum is 4 guests. Is it possible to put the third child in cabin 3 on the reservation for cabin 1? But then move that child to the cabins with their parents (if we bring a toddler air mattress). We'd rather not do this. Are there any cabins at all that sleep 5? DCL has cabins that sleep 5 but their cruises are RT and we prefer one-way. 

  9. 54 minutes ago, Shmoo here said:

    If you do a search for "Personal-Navigators-Wonder-4N-Western-Day-3-Cozumel", you'll find past navigators.  You can look and see what sorts of activities were available on past cruises.  Chances are the offerings will be similar.


    Usually, yes, some characters are available.  One dining room is open, as well as Cabanas, and quick serve locations poolside.  They have movies, and craft activities.


    Sorry, can't give you a link....

    Thanks - very helpful!

  10. We will be on a 4-night cruise in November 2020 with two sea days and one port day at Cozumel. My husband and I have been to Cozumel before and are ok staying on the ship. My son and family - kids ages 7 and 8 - may want to go to a beach - either on their own or with a Port Adventure. 


    If they decide to stay on the ship, are characters available? Dining room open? I know we can get food somewhere. Anything else child-oriented that would make the ship even more enjoyable while others are on excursions? 

  11. On 7/15/2019 at 7:53 AM, mommb said:

    As Shmoo describes above, if you are sailing with children ages 3-12, you can do most of the check-in (including listing people who are authorized to pick up your child, and the password they must use to do so) online before your cruise begins. Then, either while waiting in the terminal before boarding or by going to an open house onboard the ship, you will need to verify that information and pick up a wrist band for each child. Throughout the cruise, at any time during operating hours, you can bring your children to the Oceaneer's Club or Lab and sign them in. (If one of the spaces is having an Open House, you will need to either stay with your children in that space or bring them to the other space for secured programming.)


    If you were able to book a cruise with a party that includes children, then there is enough space to register them for the Club/Lab -- when the number of age 3-12 children who will be onboard reaches a certain capacity, Disney Cruise Line won't book any more parties with children in that age group.


    There is a very slim possibility that at a particular time, the Club or Lab will be at capacity, meaning the number of children currently in the space is the maximum permitted given the number of staff in the space and DCL's required staff ratios. If this happens, you won't be able to drop off a child until another child leaves, which will probably be within a few minutes. I never saw this happen during 9 cruises with kids in the 3-12 age group, and have not heard of it happening at all in the past 4 years.


    I booked a cruise for my husband and myself in one cabin and for my son and wife and children (ages 7 and 8 in a connecting cabin.) I am taking care of doing the online check in for both cabins (I have them both linked in my account). 


    So it looks like I can enter all of the pertinent information during online check-in, including listing all 4 adults as people who can pick up. Then the kids can go when the parents choose? I just didn't want to have to decide 75 days in advance which days or times the kids might go to the club. Thanks.

  12. 21 hours ago, gometros said:

    Not that it matters, but I can't believe DCL didn't extend the deadline considering the inability for somebody to make the deposit on time due to their own technical issues. 

     My thoughts exactly. If it had mattered I would have pursued this with them. But sadly I'm pretty familiar with Disney technical issues:(

  13. Thank you - I am not regretting that I let the concierge cabins go before the deposit was due. Actually DCL let them go for me - the website was down and phone lines closed the night the deposit was due so I couldn't have completed my deposit even if I'd wanted to LOL.  It must have been a sign! 


    I was able to find two family verandah cabins that connect midship so now no worries if the balcony divider can be opened or not. The connecting rooms will work better for our situation. And yes, I must have had RCCL on the brain when I said Coco Cay! 

    On 7/10/2019 at 11:26 AM, cantgetin said:

    Personal opinion--NO WAY would I pay for concierge given your situation.  
    Um....NO DCL cruise goes to Coco Cay. 



  14. On 7/10/2019 at 6:07 PM, ed01106 said:

    OTOH, if the a connecting balcony is make or break on you booking those staterooms...accurate information matters, but if that was the case you would have researched this before booking.


    Not necessarily...when I see rooms that I think will work for us, I often book even if I don't have all the questions answered yet. Then I as I gather more information with the helpful people here and elsewhere, I can keep or change my booking. The cruise is still 16 months out so I'm still gathering info, but wanted a reservation in place as it's over Thanksgiving and is filling pretty quickly:) 

  15. I have 2 cabins on hold for a 4-night cruise over Thanksgiving 2020 on Wonder. I chose the "entry level" concierge cabins which are the same size as family verandah cabins from what I have read. 


    I have read numerous blogs and opinions as to the "value" of concierge perks. I know only we can decide if it's "worth it" but before my 24-hour hold expires at midnight, I wanted to be sure I have the facts to make my decision.


    This cruise does not go to Coco Cay so no help needed in securing a cabana. The only port is Cozumel and we will plan our own outing. We are not likely to eat at a specialty restaurant, preferring main dining with the kids.


    Of course the included drinks are handy, but no way will 4 adults drink enough to offset the upcharge. And it concerns me that the concierge lounge is two decks up from deck 8 where all the concierge cabins are. How often are we likely to go up there just for a better cup of coffee?


    The biggest plus I had read about was getting early access to make reservations for character meets (as well as character visits in the lounge). But if I am prompt can't I make my own character meet reservations online? Or maybe I misunderstood something. Is there a special breakfast with characters that the concierge staff could reserve for me that I can't do on my own if non-concierge? I know there is also some pampering...first in line to board and disembark. But we are looking at a $3000 difference for the two cabins between concierge and non-concierge so I might rather enjoy an additional vacation somewhere for that $3000!


    I am really good at getting online exactly when needed to make dining and Fast Pass reservations at WDW so I' trying to wrap my mind around needing or having the luxury of someone doing this for me.


    Help clarify if you can - thanks! The clock is ticking LOL!

  16. 9 hours ago, luv-my-kids said:

    Quick question......I called Holland direct and received two different answers. We booked the Nieuw Statendam room 7107 balcony room. I know the balcony is larger. I can see from the deck plan it's true. Well another agent said the room was also a bit larger than a regular balcony room. Was wonder if anyone can confirm.  The 1st agent said the room was NOT larger. Not sure who to believe.     Thanks!


    We are booked in NS 7107 for a cruise departing August 4. We booked that verandah cabin specifically for the larger balcony. I don't believe the cabin in larger than other V cabins but I'll know for sure in less than month:) Our group is doing a cabin crawl so we'll get to see some verandah cabins with the standard size balcony. I can let you know after we get back. 


  17. 4 hours ago, Shmoo here said:

    Well, first, verandah dividers are not removable.  They can be opened.  Well, some of them can be opened.  The wall that separates the verandahs may, or may not, have a hinged partition on the forward part.  

    Disney Wonder room 6120


    Thanks for the picture. Yes, I meant to say opened - we had a similar set-up on a RCCL cruise. I guess I'll have to call to see if these two cabins have the hinged partition. But can I trust the answer I receive? I haven't had good luck with accurate or consistent information from CMs related to WDW questions. Maybe the cruise line is better in this area. 

  18. I have been on tropical cruises to the Caribbean and Panama Canal and always bring along "summery" clothing (such as sundresses, Tommy Bahama prints, etc.) for sea days, excursions and dinners. But wondering if that is typical when the early August cruise is to colder climates (Norway, Iceland). I know I'll need layers and jacket and pants for excursions rather than summer clothing.  But what about on the ship? Is it typical to see "summery" women's attire? I know I can wear whatever I'm comfortable with...just trying to get some ideas for packing - thanks. 

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