Monday, June 16, 2014

4 Tips when taking a @DisneyCruise

The family and I went on a Disney cruise May 31-June 7 and that means it's time to start sharing the photos.  They won't necessarily be in trip order, though.  Just so you know, we traveled on the Fantasy down to St. Thomas/St. Maarten and of course to Castaway Cay.

One change for new cruisers to be aware of.. they're pre-charging gratuity now.  You can pay the gratuity for the servers & host/ess before you embark or at the end, but you will pay it.  All services also have gratuity added automatically now too.  So be careful if you want to add a tip that you're already paying gratuity first.

Also, there are "theme" nights/dinners.  It would be nice if they included it in your itinerary so that you had it in writing, but they didn't, so we weren't as prepared as we would have liked.  There was a pirate themed night (easy enough to work out), a formal night (the boys had nada but jeans and tees), and a semi-formal night.  Now, they won't make you skip your dinner if you aren't dressed appropriately, so you don't have to worry that much, but it still would have been nice to have been better prepared.

If you're a DVC member, you can swing by the DVC desk on board during "at sea" evenings and pick up a DVC freebie.  It may be something like a print or a pin, but it's worth checking out.  If you go to the shopping talk (for finding out about port shopping) you can get cards to get freebies in port or discounts. 

You may know that you can shop duty/tax free in many ports.  Did you also know that Customs counts loose gems (diamonds/emeralds/etc) as rocks?  So you don't have to pay customs fees on them.  If they're mounted, you may have customs fees to pay.

So, now I've shared some of the smaller tips I learned.  Enjoy your cruise and expect to spend lots of money. :)

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