Midship Detective Agency Interactive Game.
This game is very similar to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game found at the park. From what Iíve read (on the internet so it must be true) this is actually the beta or 1.0 version of the game that eventually became Sorcerers but with limited features and a different story line overlay.
Even though this was a limited feature predecessor to Sorcerers in some ways I like it better. Not exactly sure I can effectively communicate why? Maybe itís just the simplicity of the game. I also think that since the ship was designed for the game it is better integrated into the infrastructure that at the Magic Kingdom where it was added afterwards.
The foundation of this game is ďenchanted artĒ scattered throughout the ship. Even w/o the game the ďenchanted artĒ is an excellent feature of the ships dťcor, something Disney should consider implementing at the resort hotels in Anaheim and Orlando. As I briefly referenced above the ship if elaborately decorated with photos and prints from the golden age of Disney. Hundreds of pieces of art work throughout the ship. However about 20 +/- of those works of art are enchanted, in that they come to life and play and animated clip when you walk by them. They are using some sort of super high resolution retina display technology in that when the art if stagnate you canít tell that it isnít paper or canvas. I donít know how they make a backlit LCD screen look like a front lit piece of art?
The screens used for the Magic Kingdom game arenít as good as the ones on the ship. But perhaps that has something to do with light level of the MK exterior game play compared to the Dreamís interior play?
If you are on the ship and have 30 to 45 minutes to kill (great rainy day activity), I strongly recommend this activity.
Perhaps this type of game is something they should implement at Hilton Head, Vero, Aulani, and any future off property resort?
Membership Has Its Privileges
The Welcome Aboard Ship Tour finished up a little before 2pm, which means we were able to get into our room now. We made a beeline to the room so that we could drop off our three carry-on bags. When we get to our room what do we find on our door? A DVC Welcome Home Member magnet and an invitation to the 2:30 Member Reception.
Itís amazing that they are able to cross reference the names of 4,000 passengers in 1,250 staterooms with the hundreds of thousands of names in the DVC member database. Who would have known Disney IT was that capable?
We quickly freshen up and head to the D Lounge for the reception. We check in for the reception and are immediately given 4 DVC baseball hats, a pleather padfolio, and a couple of coloring books. First they make sure we are on the list of invited guests and check us off, not by our name but by our stateroom number. As we enter the lounge they hand the kids flutes of sparkling cider, and the wife and I get flutes of Champagne. Our kids grab the first table they see, which is the closest to the entrance/exit and has an obstructed view of the stage (obstructed by a column). This proves to be an unfortunate location, because the guide is unable to see us when we raise our hands to answer the trivia questions, as a result we walk away w/o any of the trivia prizes. They raffled off quite a bit of cool junk Ė 2 beach shelters, several water bottles, and some other crap. I wanted one of the beach shelters. One family sitting front and center took home most of the stuff. The grand finale was a raffle for a $2K on-board credit. You had to be present to win, so those that walked out early were out of luck. There were less than 20 families in the room so the chances of wining we pretty good. The free Champagne and 1 in 20 chance at a $2,000 credit wand the hour sales pitch worth while. Unfortunately we didn't win. :(
Later when we get back to our room (before or after dinner, I donít remember) there is a small cardboard treasure chest on our bed. Itís another DVC gift. Inside the box are a couple of lanyards, membership referral cards, and a coupon for a LE Mickey Pin, that needs to be picked up at the DVC Desk on Deck 5.
DVC knows how to treat their members on the ship, too bad they donít give us this sort of treatment in Orlando, Vero, Hilton Head, Anaheim, or Ko Olina. Of course this is a small price for them to pay to have us as extensions of their sales team amongst the other 1,250 families (potential members) confined in close quarters with us on the ship.
Re: Critique of my first DCL Experience
I was only concerned about the free give-a-way to I didn’t pay too close attention to the sales pitch or offers. I vaguely remember a pitch for the need of home resort advantage at AKL for the Concierge Level rooms; the need of home resort advantage at Aulani, for what reason I don’t remember. He did mention that if Aulani is on your bucket list and you only intend to go once or twice that you should consider purchasing at least 114 points so that you can bank and borrow three years worth of points to get you that week in the 2-bedroom. Why the hell would I purchase a 50 contract on a timeshare I only intend on visiting once or twice in my life?
Than came the push for VGF. “Home resort advantage is required! We already sold x million points during the first two weeks of presales, and the fixed weeks are almost sold out, and the other remaining points may be gone before the 4pm muster drill, so act fast.” I’m exaggerating a little here, but you get the idea.
Needless to say we weren’t compelled to make any additional point purchases on this cruise.
Re: Membership Has Its Privileges
It’s now 3:30pm as we leave the DVC Reception, my wife who hasn’t eaten since early morning is starting to get punchy. The free Champagne didn’t help the situation. We race to Deck 11 to get her something to eat. But everything is shut down in preparation for the 4pm muster drill. Now things start to get ugly, the wife is not fun to be around when her blood sugar gets low.
Note for next trip.. skip the tour and go straight to the buffet.
Re: The Ship Gets Underway
I was lucky enough on one of my previous RCCL voyages to get to see a shuttle on the launch pad. Never again, unfortunately.
Originally Posted by PecosBill
If the boatís a rockiní donít come a knocking!
Although we had beautiful weather and calm seas, I was surprised at how much I felt this ship moving. This boat is so much bigger than the three RCCL Sovereign Class ships I sailed previously, yet I felt the motion here more than I remember it on the other ships. I would assume that the bigger ship would be more stable?
At times when I wasnít drinking, I felt inebriated as a result of the motion. Maybe I didnít notice the motion on the RCCL ships, because I was always inebriated, very inebriated!
As a result of the ships motion, I felt myself showing concern for the safety of the dancers during the evening shows. Though Iím sure they all have their sea legs, and donít even notice it.
The motion wasnít unbearable, but I though it was worth noting.
14 decks, 1,115ílength, 125í beam, 130,000-tons
RCCL Sovereign Class
12 decks, 880í length, 106í beam, 74,007-tons
Re: Critique of my first DCL Experience
I didn’t comment on our the food from the first night at Royal Palace. Let me just say it was excellent! The French Onion soup, excellent! The Tenderloin, excellent! The CrŤme brŻlťe, excellent!
The best meal of our trip!
Night 2: Animators Palate.
This a nice little Disney themed restaurant. Once everyone gets seated the art on the walls turn into ďportalsĒ to the sea. Our dinner entertainment is a combination of the silver fish from the Living Seas queue and the Turtle Talk from the Living Seas attraction. The story and theme were a little disjointed here. Based on what Iíve seen and read about Animators Palate (mostly from reviews from the Magic/Wonder), I was expecting the room to change colors, the wait staff to change costumes, something. I was expecting some kind of story and action relating to the art, color, and technique of animation. We start out in what appears to be an animators (traditional hand drawn animator) workstation based on art on the wall. But than suddenly the walls change and we are looking out into the sea. What does Turtle Talk with Crush have to do with the art, color, and technique of animation?
Just change the name of the restaurant to ďDinner with Nemo & FriendsĒ and things would be more cohesive and make more since.
Beyond the theme dinner was O.K. Just O.K. I couldnít find anything on the primary menu, so generic Sirloin Strip Steak that offer every night at all three restaurants. Itís what you would expect from a banquet hall or other mass produced dinner venue.
Night 3: Enchanted Garden.
For some reason, this was the wifeís least favorite location. Even before we sailed, she knew it would be. I donít know how or why? I actually liked it better than Animators.
The location of Deck 2 was a little dungeonesque. But better than Animators which was at the end of a long hall tucked along side aft elevators. There was actually a nice expansive lobby (albeit low ceilings) between the elevator lobby and the restaurant entrance. This restaurant also had the largest, nicest and most convenient (closest) bathrooms.
I kind of liked the dťcor, a cross between Main Streetís Plaza and the Crystal Palace. Except fort the simulated sunset, there was no story, or action here; but neither was there at Royal Palace. It was just a ice place to dine. The thing I liked best is was actually had a private table, at the other two locations we were so close to the adjacent, I felt as if we were dining with them. I assume the same isnít true for all the tables in this restaurant or the others, it was just the luck of the draw of where we were seated each night.
Loved my food. Second best meal of the trip. Started with some sort of lettuce wedge, it was great. Followed by the sea scallops, excellent! So good I ordered a second serving.