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Old August 3rd, 2006, 07:54 PM
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Default Never Cruised before, HELP!!!

HI!! I did get the Disney DVD and we sssooo want to go. Thinking of going in February. Lots of questions, I would appreciate all the advice I can get. My 8 year old son is afraid of getting "boat sick" which room is better?? inside low, or outside room?? Also, really want to do 2 excursions. Is this possible?? How much time do you have in Nassau?? Would love to do the Atlantis tour and the dolphin encounter (in the water one) Also, do you have to have "fancy" clothes?? Is it better to book yourself or through an agent. Sorry about all the questions, but I am very new at this, a little nervous but more excited. It will be me and my husband. 13 yr old daughter and 8 year old son. Thank you so much for the help!!!
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 08:14 PM
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Hello! Being that the ship is so large, you hardly feel the motion to get sick. Plus he is going to be so occupied with all the things going on the ship, I feel the "boat sickness" will not even occur. As far as what room is better to avoid feeling any access motion that may contribute to any motion sickness, I say book a room that is higher up. We were on the very bottom level of the boat, and could feel lots of swaying. (though it rocked me to sleep!) But, by the time you get to your cabin at night, you are sooooo exhausted, these things shouldn't really bother you much.

Nassau I think was like 10am to 5pm? You have to take a short drive to atlantis. We did the atlantis, it was neat and all. The areas they let you in are the casino and a walking tour of the aquarium. Really wasn't what I had expected. Atlantis was hyped up alot from different advertisements, in my opinion....I would never go back to atlantis to stay. But since your kids are a bit older (my daughter was 4) I would probably recommend the dolphins. They would get alot more out of that experience.

If this is your first cruise, you may want to go through at travel agent. They can give lots of tips on how to get ready for your cruise, and can sometimes search for discounts you didn't know existed.

There was nothing fancy about the disney cruise. We dressed up one night for what we thought was suppose to be formal night. Well, we were waaaaayy over dressed!!! I felt sooo uncomfortable in my fancy black dress and heals. oh well, got some nice pictures though! If you plan to dine at all in the boat's private restraunt, that is the only place you will need to dress up in. Otherwise, casual in the main restraunts.

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Old August 3rd, 2006, 08:34 PM
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I have a lot to tell you but I am getting ready to go on our 12 th DCL cruise on saturday and have company so will just give you a few highlights and will try to tell you more after the 12th when we return from the Magic.

First, just relax, DCL will take great care of you!!!
The Wonder is pretty casual as far as dressing for dinner goes.
No shorts or tank tops. Men: khakis and dockers are good.
women, slacks and nice top, dress or skirt and top are fine, what I would call church clothes. No real formal night on the Wonder. One restaurant is dressier than others so I take one nice dress for that and hubby takes one pair of slacks and one sress shirt, NO tie and he fits right in.
One night will be Pirate night. You can dress as a pirarte at dinner if you want.
They will give you a free pirate bandana during dinner to wear to the party if you want too. Most wear pirate t-shirts, bu ton the Magic they go all out with complete outfits and such. The party starts late at night and after music, dancing and a skit with characters they will have fireworks shot off the ship and then a buffet out on deck 9 next to where the party was. AWESOME party for all!!! Dont miss it.

I dont know how long the Dolphin excursion is, but I think it is about 5 hours so no time for Atlantis. You are there about 8 hours I beleive.
The tour at Atlantis moves very quickly but once you are done you can go back through at your own pace as much as you want as long as you leave your wrist band on to prove you paid for it, so if you do this dont be upset it goes so fast.
It is a very good tour, the decor is great!!! part inside and part outside. I think it took about 90 minutes, maybe less.

February os a good time because it is not too hot, but still very nice weather. Your teen will love the teens club. Make sure she or he goes to the open house the first day and then goes there that first evening because they will have get aquainted games to play. That really breaks the ice for them.
12 year old will love the clubs too.
In October the Wonder is due to go into drydock and they will make some changes. One is to add virtual reality area on deck 2 for the kids. I tis great. They have this on the Magic and I've checked it out with grandson who is 12.
Hopefully they will put up the jumbotron screen over the family pool for night movies and after the prirte party they will play the new pirates movie on deck. This is a great experience!!! They show stuff during the day on it too.
Best place to be on the ship is deck 2 or 3 midship. This area has the least amount of movement. If midship is full, then aft is your next best place to be. 2 is the best deck. If he is out of the cabin and feels queasy, go to the atrium to sit insid eor outside that is the least movement in the public areas.
There are lots of things for sea sickness without all the medicines too.

Even the non drowsiness formulas can make you drowsy. other things are wrist bands, they work with pressure points, green skinned apples, ginger tablets. Patches by prescription only, but some people have vision problems with them. Doctors will tell you kids have less problems because their inner ears are not fully developed yet. But 12 may be about developed. If your child takes meds for this, start before you get to the terminal and continue without interuption for best effect.

But tell your son that both DCL ships have awesome stabilizers!!! Plus the seas going to nassau are very calm. we went for the 8th time to Nassau in May and it was smooth sailing!!! Every time!!!

The feeling when the ship first starts to move will feel very weird for about an hour til you get use to it.
My gosh I have really gotton carried away here!!
I have so much packing to do, i will get back to you with somethings you wont find in abook or on a DVD that is fun for you to do.

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Old August 29th, 2006, 12:47 AM
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That is exactly how we got started with cruising - Disney mailed us a video. Be careful! That was 5 trips ago with a 6th already booked for next summer.

I wouldn't worry too much about sea sickness and the like. The ships are all stabalized and your son will be having too much fun to notice the rolling motion.

Have fun! Go for the 7 day trip if you can. The 3 and 4 day trips go by way too fast.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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Neither my 6 or 8 year old had problems getting sick. We were on deck 8 about 1/3rd the way back from the front. We were right below the spa on the Wonder. There was plenty to do. You can book it yourself at www.disneycruiseline.com or go to a travel agent. I booked it online and included the airfair. They then took care of transfering our luggage and the ride from the airport to the port. You can book it online and then go to your AAA office and they can take the reservation over and they will give you a ship board credit. We found out too late. She told me that they can't give a discount but even if they make the final payment, they can still give you the ship board credit.

At Nassau, AVOID ADLANTIS! We thought it would be cool but we were very dissapointed in it. The fish tank was nice but not worth the price or the time with other things to do. Take your kids to the dolphins. My wife and I agreed, we would rather have toured the island than have gone to Atlantis.

Think about spending at least one day on the ship. There is so much to do, you need at least one day to see the entire ship. We would put the kids in the child area every eve. and go get a drink and walk the top deck. It was nice being able to connect with my wife again. We took one night and went to Paleo's. Very nice restraunt but give yourself at least 3 hours for the dinner. MAKE THE TIME FOR THIS WITH YOU AND YOUR WIFE ONLY! No kids are allowed here. We made the reservations after the dinner, we took the kids to the dinner and we ate an appitiser only and then ate at Paleo. We did this on the last night on the ship. This was not a good idea because we had to have our bags packed and in the hall by 11PM so they could get ready to unload all luggage in the AM.

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Old October 25th, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Woody276
Think about spending at least one day on the ship. There is so much to do, you need at least one day to see the entire ship. We would put the kids in the child area every eve. and go get a drink and walk the top deck. It was nice being able to connect with my wife again. We took one night and went to Paleo's.
That is why sea days are great!
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