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I suspect you have been reading about high speed...
I suspect you have been reading about high speed systems on other cruise lines. DCL's system was upgraded several years ago and has far faster internet than many of the lines that are advertising...
One comment on the above. If at all possible,...
One comment on the above. If at all possible, I'd start with at least a 4 night cruise. A 3 night cruise is really only 2 1/2 days long; yes, I know the ship schedules all the most popular...
This makes a lot more sense, and my guess is that...
This makes a lot more sense, and my guess is that DCL took the position that you'd gotten some use out of the cabana (even though I don't agree with not refunding it for the day). We encountered...
DCL does a lot of things very well. On the other...
DCL does a lot of things very well. On the other hand, each time we've cruised a different line, we have found something that that line does the best of all we've tried.

There are some things...
What happens is that concierge guests essentially...
What happens is that concierge guests essentially pre-book cabanas thru the shoreside concierge. They aren't booked in advance, but the order is ready to go and entered into the computer as soon as...
San Juan is the worst port and worst airport...
San Juan is the worst port and worst airport we've ever used. At one point the airport was rated as the worst in the US for luggage theft and 60 minutes did an undercover investigation there. I've...
We also have done many February cruises as it is...
We also have done many February cruises as it is a birthday month for our family. The weather is variable. We had one cruise where the crew told us it was the first decent week since...
They are often sold out before platinum CCs can...
They are often sold out before platinum CCs can book (pre-ordered by concierge guests). However, people do book them and then release them. All you can do is to keep checking on line, and then ask...
And that isn't the Fantasy, which he wants. ...
And that isn't the Fantasy, which he wants.

Every Alaska cruise that I know of has some sort of enrichment program. The problem is that you don't know how good they will be till you are on the...
If Alaska is a possibility, I wouldn't even think...
If Alaska is a possibility, I wouldn't even think about DCL. I have a reservation in a suite on another line for less than I would have to pay for an inside room on DCL. Besides, you go to Alaska...
If your luggage hasn't arrived by 5pm, you need...
If your luggage hasn't arrived by 5pm, you need to be contacting Guest Services. Normally there is no problem, but their goal is to have all luggage delivered before 5pm. That is also sail away...
You specified that you wanted the "big" ship,...
You specified that you wanted the "big" ship, which would be the Fantasy for a 7 night cruise. I just looked at SEPTEMBER rates (low season, usually a little cheaper). The best I could find was...
This sort of thing is far too common for my...
This sort of thing is far too common for my liking.
And it doesn't matter that the kids were quiet. The point is that they should have been in a "family" area, not an area signed as being "for...
Interesting....and slightly different from what I...
Interesting....and slightly different from what I was told by a DCL officer. He did mention the testing, but said that when possible, they used purchased water as that was the least costly. He...
Absolutely both are used. And DCL is very...
Absolutely both are used. And DCL is very "picky" as to where they purchase water. But they do purchase where they can because it costs less to purchase than to purify sea water.
This is one of those highly disputed areas. ...
This is one of those highly disputed areas. Originally, as noted above, a portion of the upcharge was shared among all the Palo workers as a gratuity. DCL continues to post that gratuity is "your...
I don't think I understand your post. The water...
I don't think I understand your post. The water on the ship most of the time is purchased from municipal supplies in the US (at Port Canaveral). That is cheaper than doing the purification on the...
We used Shoretrips.com which was recommended by...
We used Shoretrips.com which was recommended by our TA. Their prices in Alaska were very good. I priced them in Europe and Japan and found them to be very expensive in those ports. They use...
We did all of our excursions in Alaska privately...
We did all of our excursions in Alaska privately and saved significantly. In addition, we had far smaller groups than the cruise lines provide.

Whale watching in Juneau (which was combined with a...
I suppose things could have changed. I never...
I suppose things could have changed. I never understood why it was available at late seating only. But I haven't done main (early) seating in ages, so if it has been added there, I could easily...
Dine and Play is available only at the late...
Dine and Play is available only at the late seating. Many parents excuse themselves and take their offspring to the programming between courses during early (main) seating.

In general, there are...
The general trend is that dates are released...
The general trend is that dates are released 15-18 months before the sailing dates. Reality is that the dates will be released when DCL is ready, meaning that all port contracts are signed. There...
Hmmm....has this changed? It used to be that...
Hmmm....has this changed? It used to be that there were white Donald keys for first timers and blue/gray Goofy keys for repeat cruisers, as well as the gold keys for concierge level.

Other than...
They have a version of anytime dining. It is in...
They have a version of anytime dining. It is in Cabanas. It is "cruise casual" and you can be seated any time during the hours it is open. They will serve a selection of items from the main menus,...
There is no such thing as a silver KTTW card. ...
There is no such thing as a silver KTTW card. She will get a silver lanyard for her card though.

Everyone earns "status" on DCL from their very first cruise. There is no age restriction to CC...