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Cedricandsophie

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    Illinois
  • Interests
    Travel, movies
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. We are on the June 27 fantasy cruise and as of now the cruise hasn’t been cancelled. I did cancel our air on United because right now I can cancel and still get a credit. And if the cruise still goes I know I can get the air even cheaper.
  2. I too vote for late seating. The kids can go to the club after dinner. And before dinner you have the early show, a family game of some sort and then a much more leisurely dinner. My husband still loves the shows. I could care less, he goes with our adult disabled daughter and her friend, who we always bring. Sometimes I show up, sometimes I take my time getting ready and head to a bar for a drink, we meet up after the show. The girls often go to see characters and we head to the piano bar. or sometimes we all hit family karaoke or a game show. Then a leisurely dinner with our usually excellent servers and the girls may watch for characters while we go to the adult show or go dancing. When my grandkids were your kids ages we never saw them after dinner. They would get back to the room late or we would pick them up late, Now we are lucky that our adult daughter and her friend can be on their own and just meet us back in the room.
  3. You can order whatever you want. We often order two apps each and share an entree. To avoid too much food, I’d suggest considering sharing multiple apps, which tend to be more interesting than the entrees and an entree so they can try things but not get full and have entrees that go uneaten. The servers are happy to get more food if needed but it may take awhile if everyone already has their food.
  4. As a first timer it is likely that excursions and meet and greets may show full since platinum and gold members have been able to book many weeks ahead. If the meet and greets show full you likely book once you get onboard if you go to guest services quickly. The excursions that are likely to be full already are animal encounters like dolphin swims. Trips to beaches etc usually don’t book up, but there is probably a lot you could do on your own.
  5. My husband always brings a sport coat for formal night and for palo. If we are on a European cruise he brings a suit and a sport coat because Europeans tend to dress up more than Americans. But people wear what theY want. We like to dress up at night. Others just live in shorts and tshirts. .
  6. We just finished the lAtest TCM Cruise. Lots of fun. Cecily Tyson and Diane Ladd were intelligent and insightful. Mitzi Gaynor was sassy and still gorgeous. Lots of good movies, interviews and discussions. We are signed up for the 2020 cruise also.
  7. We have been on the fantasy many times in cabins all over the ship including on the same floor as the kids clubs. I’ve never had a problem anywhere with noise in the hall or above or below.
  8. The one time CC was cancelled for us there were lots of things to do. Movies, characters, trivia, etc. I’m guessing there was lots more to do for you too but you missed the activities. The app is updated all the time for new activities
  9. We have gone on all the TCM cruises and are going on the magic in Oct 2019 for the next one, we will sign up for 2020 too. The first two TCM cruises were on Celebrity, then they moved to Disney. There have been 7 TCM cruises in all. This year the stars include Cecily Tyson, Diane Ladd and Mitzi Gaynor, there are usually TCM hosts and historians too and musical acts. There is usually one fancy party where lots of people dress up in whatever theme is selected. They are wonderful fun. We have met many movie stars like Eva Marie saint, kim Novak, richard Dreyfus, Robert Wagner, Angie Dickenson, Diane lane, and so many others. And we are platinum on Disney so we obviously love the DCL line They are are very different than a reg Disney Cruise. Other than a glimpse of Mickey at the going away party, there are no characters. If there are children, and there are very few children on these cruises, the characters appear in the kids club. Remy and Palo are available for booking. the dining is the same, two seatings, your servers follow you from restaurant to restaurant. But the Disney theming is gone, for instance,no Rapunzel show on the Magic. The interviews are scheduled so that everyone regardless of dining time has a chance to see them. We always do late dining, so an interview with an actor might be at 630 one night, which we would go to, and then 8 pm the next time, so someone in early seating can go. The movies will will be shown at multiple times too. I will say the MDRs are sparsely populated. Lots of empty tables because either people are doing other things or don’t care about the dining experience which we love. On port days, there are typically not a lot of activities on board. Obviously we love the TCM cruises. And because we are regulars, we get to signup early. We haven’t missed one yet.
  10. We did the transatlantic from Dover Sept 2018. It was one of my favorite cruises ever. Great entertainment, cooking classes, lots of trivia sessions. Our weather happened to be excellent so we could sit outside. But even if chilly my husband and I would hang out in the Cove reading , either wrapped in a blanket outside or in the coffee shop. There are not very many kids though so he should either get lots of attention or maybe he will bored, probably hard to tell until you are there. Most of the activities seem to be adult oriented although there were family activities too. But there are movies every day and other kid oriented activities
  11. We took the upgrade offer to a penthouse on a cruise from Bali to Singapore a year ago. It was well worth it. The bathroom with walk in shower and separate tub was great. The walk in closet was heaven. The free ironing for clothes right out of the suitcase was wonderful. And our butler was very helpful. I loved it and would definitely do it again.
  12. I can’t speak to crystal river Cruise although my husband and I have been on several other crystal cruises. Out of 6 crystal cruises I might have seen 1 or 2 kids per cruise. It’s a very adult cruise line. I have been on a amawaterways Cruise...not Disney...but a Christmas market cruise last year. I can definitely say that amawaterways ships are very upper class and, beautiful. The cabins are well appointed and very clean. The food was fantastic. And the service was top notch. I would compare an AMA cruise very favorably with any crystal cruise.
  13. Any of the airports will work. Just depends on which has the most convenient flights. As for hotels you can go to any of the hotel booking sites to find hotels. Or ask your travel agent for recommendations. I’m guessing the only hotels with shuttles to and from airport are those right at airport. I can’t believe any would offer shuttle to port unless you stay at the precruise disney hotel. Then they would offer a transfer. The price will depend on what day of week, location, amenities etc. my husband are going to nyc in October and wanted to stay in theater district. We are staying at the Premier hotel with continental breakfast for about 325 a night. I thought that was pretty decent price. And we are flying in and out of LaGuardia. We will take a taxi to hotel. In PR you clear customs at pier to get your luggage. But there is still passport control at PR airport. And if you are flying from PR to the states you probably need to clear customs at your home airport.
  14. If you want to have your bags checked in for you by one of participating airlines your flight must be after 11 30. Yes you could make at 10 am flight but I personally wouldn’t chance it. As someone mentioned you would need to walk off ASAP. Have a private ride waiting. Get to airport without traffic no later than 830. If you have to check bags at airport you don’t know how long the line will be. Security at MCO can be long and slow. It would be too stressful for me. But good luck.
  15. 200 a person sounds like a great number but I can’t believe it can be done on a Disney trip. We are doing Norway and Iceland in July on Disney in an ocean view and that comes out to over 15000 for 4 or about 359 a person per night. Also we are looking st the Greek cruise in 2020 and that’s priced st about 18000.
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