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kstetser

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About kstetser

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    NJ
  • Interests
    music/theatre, hiking, gormet food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean, Eastern Canada

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  1. Are you on the Fantasy Eastern at the end of June? If yes, we are on that cruise also. I wish it were 11-nights, but they are not doing the southern in Summer 2020 unfortunately. It should be a great cruise, even if shorter than I would like!
  2. I think you are just looking at very different demographics. We sail DCL now because we enjoy the service and the quality and we have a child. She will be in college soon and eventually out on her own. At that time, we will definitely try the luxury cruise lines you listed. But those are not lines that younger people with children would typically cruise. We love DCL, so I think it's likely that my husband and I will still sail (and maybe bring our daughter/family along) in the future. But we do want to try other lines.
  3. More DCL cruising is always better than less, IMO!! I agree with the suggestions above. See if an on-board booking would be cheaper, Silver status will get you a slight edge on booking port adventures and on-board activities and you can just get the lay of the land with DCL and with the Dream class ships.
  4. How difficult to rent a car and get to Rum Point? How are the driving conditions?
  5. Take a look at the MDR menus and see which one you like the least. I think you will want to do Animator's Palette night and Pirate night with your son. (You can request your dining rotation - it's not guaranteed, but they usually can accommodate you). Other than those 2 nights, I'd pick Remy for the night you least like what's being served in MDR.
  6. We were on the 11-night Southern in 2018 and it was our favorite cruise ever. I agree with the high percentage of Gold and Platinum members (we are Platinum and we try to be friendly and helpful to everyone). It does make it hard for Silver and new cruisers to get some of the more desired reservations/port adventures. I think Palo brunch sold out during Gold and also some of the princess things (which we don't do). They do hold back some reservations for on-board booking. I still wanted a longer cruise after 11 days! I love the Fantasy but I understand your comment about the Magic/Wonder being more intimate. We like to cruise the Magic to Canada out of NYC. Satellite Falls, Remy, Meridian and Oh La La are favorites for us, so we tend to stick with the Fantasy otherwise. Thanks for the review - I think it was very balanced and didn't come across as negative at all.
  7. I had no idea this was even a "thing" on DCL - sounds very interesting! (We next sail the Fantasy on Christmas this year!)
  8. Looking for recommendations for a good beach location in Grand Cayman? We will be there Christmas Eve day. loungers/umbrella to rent bathroom food/booze to buy Hopefully not hellishly crowded and calm enough to swim. Thanks!
  9. kstetser

    Wine Near Port

    We plan to take the bus or a taxi to Eagle Beach for the Day, so I assume we can stop on the way home and hit up a store.
  10. Looking for recommendations for a wine store near the port. We can bring two bottles per adult back on board and I want to be prepared to stock up if necessary. We sail on Saturday!!
  11. Looking for recommendations for a wine store near the port. We can bring two bottles per adult back on board and I want to be prepared to stock up if necessary. We sail on Saturday!!
  12. kstetser

    Wine Near Port

    Looking for recommendations for a wine store near the port. We can bring two bottles per adult back on board and I want to be prepared to stock up if necessary. We sail on Saturday!!
  13. You will be boarding the day we disembark (11-night Southern). I agree with Moki's Mommy, don't overdo it. It's a short cruise, enjoy yourselves and don't try to do "everything". I second staying on the ship in Nassau. It's not a great port and you can really enjoy the ship that day with it being a bit less crowded. If your kids really want to swim, I recommend hitting up the pool early on embarkation day and early in the morning on other days (it turns into a festering stew of humanity later on the first day and on sea days). Take your kids to see the Kids Club when you get onboard (after lunch) so they can get a feel for it. Our daughter started sailing DCL when she was 5 (she turns 14 next week) and she loved it. It gave my husband and I time to enjoy the adult only areas of the ship (spa, adult pool, adult dining and lounges). See at least one of the shows (all of them if your kids really love that kind of thing). Eat a lot of ice cream, order room service, try the drink of the day. Do the Mid-ship detective agency with your kids (a scavenger hunt onboard to solve a mystery). You will LOVE It! Kathi
  14. We will be in port next month on an 11-night Southern. For Martinique, we are thinking it will be our quiet day and are hoping to find a nice restaurant within walking distance of the port. We like upscale food but really anything fresh and authentic would be great, casual or formal. Any suggestions? Thanks! Kathi
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