Can You Help Me Out? Disney Dream Questions!!!

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Disney Dreamin’ 2011 is a reality, people! In two short months, we head south to embark on our first ever cruise on the Dream. Yes, we have a countdown calendar going but I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to give too much specifics online (paranoid, I guess). So I’m moving into overdrive on the details. Excursions? Check. Brand spanking new 9th edition Passporter DCL book? Check. But I still have questions, and I need the advice of my “oh so knowledgeable” friends who are cruising experts. So PLEASE post comments to any and all of my queries. I would SO appreciate it!!!!

1. Seriously, what time should I register for check-in? Any advantages beyond the obvious to “getting in early” besides being able to gawk at everything and take tons of photos of the ship uninterrupted? (Yes, I am dorky like that!)

2. To spa or not to spa? Sounds crazy to question it but the price is really blowing me away because all I can think is how many treatments I can get back home for the same money! I know, it’s the Dream, live a little, but deep down, I’m a frugal gal, and it’s hard to get past that budget-conscious self.

3. Ok, we’re doing a 3 day cruise so do we stay onboard at Nassau, go ashore part of the day, or dive in and do stuff all day in Nassau? I’ve heard mixed reviews of this port of call, and am leaning towards doing the pool and Aquaduck while the masses head for the shore. Thoughts?

4. What souvenirs do you like to pick up? Or what have you gotten home and thought-shoot, I wish I had gotten that! I know Disney Store online is now carrying some DCL items, but would love a heads up on what are your hot-ticket items!

5. Castaway Cay-stingray encounter: yes or no? (Kiddos are 10 and 6.) And if not, what DO you recommend?

6. Have any of you done second seating for dinner? If so, how did the whole “pick the kids up at 9PM so grownups can linger over dinner” thing work out for you?

Thanks, everyone!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stefanie
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:24:56

    I just wanted to check in and say hello…I’ve loved keeping up with your blog, Sherry, you are so eloquent; however, I cannot help you in the least because I’ve NEVER been on a cruise. I hope to change that sometime soon (with some type of Disney Cruise, of course). Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!


    • sherryboswell
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:33:30

      Stefanie-I actually went hunting several months ago to try and find you email but no luck! Imagine my excitement to see your comment. So yeah-we are back in touch!

      And thanks for the kind words-it’s nice to know people are out there actually looking at the blog!

      Chat with you later!



  2. Rebecca
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:27:28

    I have no experience with a Disney Cruise, but I do have a quick comment about souvenirs. Once after a trip to Disney, I thought “Oh shoot, I should’ve gotten that leather bound scrap book”. I found a phone number for Disney Merchandising (I think in the Passporter) and called. I found out you can place a phone order for any item at any Disney owned store through that number. The item I wanted turned out to be on sale and I actually saved $$.


    • sherryboswell
      Aug 19, 2011 @ 20:29:54

      Rebecca, I have used Disney Merchandise line before too! Great minds! Thanks for reading AND posting 😉


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