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    Re: What you should know before you take a Disney Cruise...

    I don't wear a watch, but on a cruise, I set my phone to manually keep time. The signals you get will mess you up and the cell towers may not project the same time as "ship time." Sometimes, it'll be really weird. Passing from Canada to southern Alaska, we once had all of our phones displaying a time that was 1:15 late, and a date that was several years ago. I kid you not.

    Other tips:

    Bring some large and small plastic baggies. They can be put to all sorts of uses. In extremely hot places (such as jungle excursions in Cozumel), if you get out of an air conditioned van or bus and take out your camera or camcorder, the cool hardware hits the hot wet air and it may draw in some heavy condensation that will be slow to evaporate. If your camera is inside a tightly seal baggie, wait five minutes for it to warm up, and when you take it out, you'll have no condensation. They are great to put your phone in if you go out on a jet ski, too.

    Bring singles and small bills for tipping the luggage handlers on the way on and off the boat.

    Be five to ten minutes late for all meals. Arriving early or on time usually just means standing in a long line. Arrive a little bit late and you'll be taken care of right away.

    On Disney ships, don't plan on gambling. There is none. Don't get too excited about the night life. It is pretty subdued. Do see the shows, even if you aren't normally into cruise ship shows. The Disney ones are vastly superior to other lines' shows.
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    Re: What you should know before you take a Disney Cruise...

    Quote Originally Posted by steamboatpete View Post
    Be five to ten minutes late for all meals. Arriving early or on time usually just means standing in a long line. Arrive a little bit late and you'll be taken care of right away.
    Great tip! I tend to be fashionably late to most things anyway!
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    Fight On! Beat the Huskers!

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    Re: What you should know before you take a Disney Cruise...

    I bring a pair of binoclars (spl?). The islands are mostly low laying....it helps big time!

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    Re: What you should know before you take a Disney Cruise...

    Don't forget about the gratuities.
    I have many clients/guests asking about gratuities. I personally prefer to prepay mine before sailing, and then add cash to any of the servers if they have given me great service. (Which they have always done!)

    Remember: These are "merely guidelines"

    Per cruise, suggested amount

    3 Night Cruise
    $36.00 per passenger

    4 Night Cruise
    $48.00 per passenger

    5 Night Cruise
    $60.00 per passenger

    7 Night Cruise
    $84.00 per passenger

    10 Night Cruise
    $120.00 per passenger

    15 Night Cruise
    $180.00 per passenger

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    Re: What you should know before you take a Disney Cruise...

    thats some good stuff to know. thank you.

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