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#1
Newark, CA. USA
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This is the place to post your tips for enjoying a Disney Cruise Line Cruise.
Please keep it to tips only.

Let's start with member Momx4,Grandmax4's tips:

1. Early arrival gets an early boarding pass number.

2. The terminal opens 10 a.m.

3. Boarding starts around 11:30 to noon.

4. Keep a camera with you at ALL times, even in the terminal. characters will appear there for photos. There is an outdoor viewing area of the ship for photos.

5 Check in at kid's club table while waiting to board the ship. it saves you time on the ship.

6. Take a few ones. Some for room service tips and some to tip porters who take your bags at the termnal. $1 per bag is customary.

7. Take small bills for the islands. Many small shops don't have change.

8. If you're going to use your credit card on the islands, call your CC company first and tell them or you will have to wait on a phone call to OK all your purchases. This is a big hassle and can take 30 minutes or more.

9. Most shops who take credit cards require a $20 minimum purchase.

10 Take a camera to dinner each night, surprises happen all the time. You won't be alone. You will even see camcorders at dinner.

11. Arrive at all shows 20 minutes early for good seats.

12. Arrive at character meets 10 minutes early.

13 Princess meets arrive 15 minutes early.

14. On Castaway Cay if you want your photo taken with Captain Jack Sparrow, do NOT ride the tram to the beach area. It does NOT stop near him. You must walk in to the beach. The signs say 20 minute walk in it takes us 10 minutes. He will be along the way in the sand and the photos have the flying Dutchman behind you, great photo! Check the Navigator for times that he will be there.

15 There are characters along the way to the beach, it's OK to ride the tram for this. The lines are short and move quickly so it is a great opportunity to see characters without lines. Check the Navigator for times and places.

16 Characters also appear at the gazebo near Cookies BBQ on the island during the day.

17 The adult only beach has it's own area for lunch they often have steaks or lobster there as a special treat for the grown ups. But Cookies BBQ by family beach has more variety of other foods.

18 Dont miss the good-bye late the last night in the atrium. ALL of the characters will line up on the stairs and will pose for photos for you. This farwell party is really nice and fun.

19 Check for photos every day at shutters. Buy a package deal and save $$ if you don't buy enough photos for the package deal they will refund you the difference at the end of your cruise. If you buy a photo and then decide the next day you see one you want more, just bring back the one you bought and the receipt and tell them you want to exchange it and they will be happy to do this for you.

20. You can order warm chocolate chip cookies or Mickey ice cream bars from room service even though it is not on the menu. The warm cookies are available in the evenings only.
(Don't forget the milk for heaven's sake, there's an extra charge for it. Host Mick)

21. Bring 2 white pillowcases or a matte style picture frame in a zip lock baggie with water proof markers and leave at guest services desk and ask for it to be autographed and it will be returned to you the last night all signed by the characters. I also add a card with my name and room number on it just in case their card gets lost. I like to use dark colored markers, the light colors don't show up as well.

22. If you need to change dining times or make a Palos reservation go to Wave Bands club directly upon boarding to take care of this. The sooner you do it the better your chances of getting what you want.

23. If you have kids, leave a wake up call and then let them answer the phone. It will surprise them because Mickey will be on the phone telling them it is time to get up.

24 Afternoon matinees of the shows are great to see. They are the exact same show, they leave out nothing but it is less crowded and kids aren't as tired, plus it makes for a more leisurely evening. No need to rush to or from the shows due to your dinner time.

25. Pop is free in all restaurants and at the drink station on deck 9. But if you order it from waiter or buy it at a lounge or bar you will be charged for it plus a gratuity.

26. Stop by the drink station and grab a drink to take with you to the shows or movies instead of buying a can of pop there. If you want a snack, stop and grab pizza or hot dogs or fruit on deck 9 to take it with you. Again save money over buying a bunch of snacks for the kids.

27. At dinner kids can order from both the kid's or adult menus.

28. No need to book floats and bikes ahead of time for Castaway Cay. They have tons of them. Wait until you get there to make sure you're really going to need the floats or have time to ride the bikes before renting them. We always just walk up and do it at the beach.

29. If you want to do the banana boat ride or the ski-doo (eco tour) I would book them ahead of time. They do often have last minute openings so dont be afraid to ask when you arrive if you didn't book it and decided you'd like to do it.

30. If you rent bikes there are 2 nice trails just off the runway. The first one will have an observation tower. It has a great view of the island and ship. Bring your camera for this!! While up in the tower be sure and look around the base area of the tower. There are some whimsical things to see there too.

31. All the trails have ice cold water in big yellow barrels in wooden framed stands, so there's no need to carry your own unless you want to.

32. Find a cruise meets thread for your cruise and post there to get acquianted with others on your cruise.
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=451

I hope that this gives you some new information to help with your cruise

Mom x4,grandma x4
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Well Grandma just about sums it up pretty nicely. That's an awesome list!

A few more to add

--If you have already been on at least one Disney cruise, then when you check in you will be given a Castaway Club lanyard, your card is a different character than those on their first cruise AND you will have a Castaway Club gift waiting for you in your cabin. The kids receive gifts too.

--If you have a late flight out of Orlando after the cruise (6pm or later), then rent a car and spend the day at Sea World. It takes less time to explore than a Disney World park.

--Budget is the closest rental car company to the port and has a drop off at the airport.

--If you have young girls with you, bring princess costumes. Many little girls dress up on the ship.

--If you want the pool to yourself, head back early from Castaway Cay. From 12:30-2pm, most passengers will still be at the beach.

--If you have tots that aren't potty trained, the Wonder and Magic both have an infant/toddler splash area here...






--The Mickey Slide is for ages 4 - 14 and 38" - 64" in height





--The kids clubs do not take the kids to the Pirate Party. So if you have kids, you will have to sign them out and take them yourself. It's one party not to miss. This party will have fireworks.



--Another tip for kids. Although the kids club graduation is at an incovenient time (something like 5pm on a port day), don't miss it. It is a real tear jerker. The kids receive a graduation shirt and graduation hat. If you have main seating dinner, you will be out in time, no problem.

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Bedford, TX
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Joined Jun 2007
A few from our recent experience. . .

--Take refillable mugs with you for use at the drink station and on CC. In a pinch, the Castaway Club sports bottles work to keep your beverages dry in the event of a huge thundershower at CC!

--Bring a bottle carabiner clip or water bottle lanyard with you on excursions, along with a bottle of water!

-- If you want the ambiance of candles, pick up a couple of battery-operated candles. Michael's craft store (and I'm sure elsewhere, too) sells tealight-sized ones for $2.99 that operate off button batteries. All the ambiance, none of the flame!

-- Take a watch or clock that lights up. I thought I could live without knowing what time it was overnight. I was wrong.

--Check the on-board shops right when they open on embarkation night. I snagged a half-price hoodie that I just adore!

--If you want to fly standby on your way home, DO NOT USE on-board check in. TSA will not allow you to change your flight after you are checked in via that program. (Learned that the hard way .)

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If you are staying at a Port Canveral hotel the night before your cruise, Rusty's is a fun restaurant with reasonable prices and good food. If the weather is nice, sit outside. If you are on a Sunday Wonder sailing, have dinner around 4:30 on Saturday and you'll see the Magic leave the port and go right past you while you eat!
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#5
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UPDATE to my previous tip about Disney U Graduation - it has now been changed to FriendSHIP Rocks.

The kids get colored FriendSHIP Rocks t-shirts. The program is only for 3-10 year olds (11 and up did not participate)

Still has slideshow and appearance by Mickey & Minnie
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Your cruise is not over until you leave the ship. The final morning, why race to get off? You go when you want, so unless you have an early flight to catch, stay in your cabin, sleep (relatively) late, and relax. I head to the buffet, load up a tray and take it back for my family. We enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the balcony, no rush, and walk off when we're ready...or they toss us off. Howard
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#8
Green Bay Wisconsin
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If you like cheese, ask your waiter to have a cheese tray ready for you the next night at dinner. When you get to your table the next night a tray of various cheeses and crackers will be waiting. No extra charge.




No need to bring the big stroller from home thru the airport. Bring a cheap $10 umbrella stroller for going thru the airport.

After you get to the ship go to the purser’s office and check out a stroller. They will give you a pretty good 3 wheel stroller with large wheels that work well on uneven pavement like is found in most ports.

They charge a deposit but its 100% refunded upon bringing the stroller back to them after you leave the last island.
#9
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i would like to add for those who might use a refillable mug as suggested above. Be prepared for a crew member to ask you to pour the beverage into a clean unused cup and then pour into your mug.

They try to stop the passing of germ on board very seriously and if you drink from your mug, then press it to the dispenser to get your pop the germs can transfer to the machine, then the next person puts their cup there and bingo, germs are spread.


So to save being embarassed you might want to fill their new cup and pour into your mug. Some will correct you, others are too shy to do this but I can say they prefer you to do it this way.


We are getting some great tips here. If I can think of any thing else I will be sure and post it here

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5/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
10/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
1/2/05 Wonder 4 day room 5648
5/12/05 Wonder 3 day room 2560
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10/17/07 Magic Western room 5132
5/06 Wonder 3 day room 6634
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4/5/07 Wonder 3 day cruise room 6152
6/30/07 Western Carnival Cruise
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11/24/2012 Western Fantasy cruise, room 10654
1/31/2013 Dream Room 10108
2/28/13 Dream Cruise, Room 7032
5/27/2013 Enchantment of the Seas room 3018
2/7/14 Magic 3 day cruise, room 2056

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12/8/14 Enchantment 4 day cruise Room 7556
#10
Green Bay Wisconsin
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Palo’s secret…

The best times will book well before you ever board the ship. It may book completely before the ship’s horn toots “When you wish upon a star.”

To get a reservation on the date and time that works best for you I recommend you book your dinner in advance online.

This alternative adult only restaurant is simply in demand.

There is an additional fee of $15 per guest to dine at Palo’s.

You can make your reservation online by setting up a free account at http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/

#1) Your cruise must be paid in full to make the reservation.

#2) When you can make your reservation:
105 days prior to departure for Concierge Level Guests
90 days prior to departure for Castaway Club Members
75 days prior to departure for First-time Cruiser

#3) You will need your DISNEY confirmation number. If you booked thru a travel agent, you may need to have them give this to you. Your Disney confirmation number may be different then your agents confirmation number.
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I noticed in one of the posts someone said there's a charge for milk from room service. We have never been charged for milk from room service, along with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice and apple juice.


Take the time to enjoy some type of room service in your cabin or on your verandah. It's nice to have snack while getting dressed or eat breakfast while getting ready for the day. We usually have room service b'fast and order the All Hands on Deck cheese platter (although it can be hit or miss on the variety/quantity of cheeses/crackers), Mickey ice cream bars and cookies several times throughout our cruise. We keep $1's in the top drawer so they are handy to tip the room service delivery person.
#12
Jackson, MO
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Yes, you can order Mickey ice cream bars at dinner. My college son orders these instead of fancy desserts. It's so cute to see the face of the waiter when the college boy orders a Mickey bar.
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Could anyone post how much the laundry is? And if it takes quarters or dollars?
Also I know Castaway Cay has life jackets for kids, but does the boat have them too?

I have heard it's great to take a surge protector strip to plug in all your stuff.
And an over the door hanger is helpful (anyone know where to get a cheap one at?)
#14
Florida
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Originally posted by jenseib
Could anyone post how much the laundry is? And if it takes quarters or dollars?
Also I know Castaway Cay has life jackets for kids, but does the boat have them too?

I have heard it's great to take a surge protector strip to plug in all your stuff.
And an over the door hanger is helpful (anyone know where to get a cheap one at?)

I can answer a little bit of your questions.
Laundry takes quaters. They have a dollar bill changer in the laundry room. But be sure to have really flat un torn bills. They wont take it other wise.
If the machine is out of order or wont take your bills go to guest services and tell them it didnt work and they will sell you quarters. They have a machine for small boxes of deterdent and fabric softener too.
Iron is free. Sorry I dont know how much it costs to wash, I think it took $1.0 to get the dryer to work but I dont remember for how long.
I try to avoid the laundry on vacation

Door hanger, wal mart, k-mart have great prices.
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12/5/02 Wonder 4 day room 6626
5/1/03 Magic Eastern 7 day room 5624
12/13/03 Wonder 3 day room 7124
3/20/04 Magic Eastern Spring Break
room 7624
5/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
10/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
1/2/05 Wonder 4 day room 5648
5/12/05 Wonder 3 day room 2560
10/6/05 Wonder 3 day room 8092
10/17/07 Magic Western room 5132
5/06 Wonder 3 day room 6634
8/5/06 Magic Eastern room ?
11/25/06 Magic Eastern Banana Head Group
room 6636
4/5/07 Wonder 3 day cruise room 6152
6/30/07 Western Carnival Cruise
11/24/07 Magic Eastern Banana head reunion cruise room 7624
1/24/08 3 day Wonder room 6137
11/29/08 Western Magic room 6132
11/7/09 Eastern cruise room 5640
11/5/2011 Eastern cruise room #5629
11/24/2012 Western Fantasy cruise, room 10654
1/31/2013 Dream Room 10108
2/28/13 Dream Cruise, Room 7032
5/27/2013 Enchantment of the Seas room 3018
2/7/14 Magic 3 day cruise, room 2056

Upcoming cruises.

12/8/14 Enchantment 4 day cruise Room 7556
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Just returned from the Wonder 2 weeks ago....we did one load of laundry and each thing cost a dollar (soap, washer, dryer). I thought it was very reasonable (cheaper than at the Disney resorts). The only negative was that not all floors have a laundry room, so you may need a bag or something to carry your clothes in.

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Clermont Florida
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Joined Aug 2007
Heres a few before you board tips:

When you pack, put a few things into a small carry on or a backpack. Like a change of clothes in case of unexpected weather, or a bathing suit.Also put in what ever is valuable like jewelry, and paperwork, passports etc.
The backpack comes in handy for excursions etc.

When you are traveling to the port, heres a fun game to keep the kids occupied. After the speed limit change on the 528 where it splits to go to KSC or to the port, keep watching slightly to the left as you get closer to the port.When you climb one of the hills, you can see the ships in port.

Keep a camera handy, as you will never know who or what youll see. When we were on the 4 day in Sept, we almost got run over by Chip in Dale while we were waiting for an elevator before the ship left port. 2 minutes later, we shared a glass elevator with Minnie. There was no one else around.




Speaking of cameras, if you have a digital camera, back up your pictures often. I backup mine in 2 places daily. We had dinner with a family that had camera issues and they lost all of their pics for the previous month.Carry an extra card for your camera so if you do have an issue, you can swap cards without affecting your memories.

If you have a standard 35 mm film camera, make sure you take film with you. Shutters no longer carries film and no longer does onboard processing.One of the onboard stores still carries film, but I would not be surprised to see it gone in the future.

If you have a wireless laptop, and a regional provider, (like Verizon)be carefull of what connection you use. Disney has onboard wireless, and will charge you for the service.You will know if you get Disneys signal as it will pop up a page that will require you to choose a plan.

If you want to purchase a gift such as a sailaway pack, make sure you order prior to 48 hours before the ship sails.5oopm est for the 4 day that leaves on Sun. These are provided by an outside company and not Disney.(This is printed on the bottom of the order page, in really small print and easy to miss.) If you miss the deadline, print off the catalog page, and bring it with you to the terminal. Go to the back of the terminal to the gift shop in the snack shop, and show them what you want. If not go to Guest Services, onboard, before the ship leaves port,and you can order there also, as there are generally a few extras brought out to the ship.

This one I cannot stress enough.
READ THE NAVIGATOR AND READ IT OFTEN!
The Navigator, has everything that you need to know in it from arrival times to charachter meet and greets.
#17
Clermont Florida
992 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by olingirl
Do they do the graduation on the 4 night?

Can you bring a bottle of wine and/or champagne on board?

Any pros/cons of late seating with a 5 & 4 year old?

What deck do you embark on?

How early should we be at the port?

What do they do on Pirate's night at dinner?

Do they do the graduation on the 4 night?

As of September they did. I dont see that changing anytime in the near future.

Any pros/cons of late seating with a 5 & 4 year old?

Depends on the children. If they are used to a late dinner, no big deal.
Theres always different palces to get a snack if they cant wait till dinner.

Can you bring a bottle of wine and/or champagne on board?
As far as I know yes, but someone who has more knowledge in this area can answer.

What deck do you embark on?

Deck 3 midships

How early should we be at the port?

Depends on you. You can be there as early as 1000 and be one of the first on the ship. Or if you choose to be one of the last you can get there later. I beleive that the latest anyone can board is around 330ish. Keep in mind that if you board later, there will be some lines for the buffets for lunch. Or if you get there at 1000, you will have time to kill in the term. You can leave and come back, but if you go across the street to your car say, youll have to be rescreened.

1100 is not a bad time as you can get in, get checked in, and not have too much of a wait to board.

What do they do on Pirate's night at dinner?
They have a dinner themed after Pirates in the Carribean. With out spoiling it for you, its alot of fun and entertaining. If you or your children have pirates clothing, that would be the night to wear it.If not they supply bandanas for everyone.
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Ewa Beach, HI
57 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Great tips! A few things I would add:
  • Take a carry on bag and wear your bathing suite(weather permitting) so you can go swimming after your welcome lunch if you get there early. Don't forget the suncreen!
  • DO NOT book Dinner and Brunch at Palo's on the same day. The Brunch is so rich, tasty, rich and tasty that you will want a light dinner. Gotta eat the chicken parm. The Brunch is outstanding! The Dinner is also a winner!
  • Play Bingo. Uh, we made the mistake of not playing last cruise in June a person won $13k on the last day.
  • If you like ethnic foods like Indian, Filipino, Thai etc just ask your Head Server and he or she will recommend what is available. They will have it for you the next day for dinner if you like. My wife had a lovely dish of Indian curry with flat bread. Since the crew is mostly international they tend to have a chef in the kitchen from their country who will prepare something for them. They are more than happy to share and appreciate the fact that you appreciate their culture through food.
  • Inform your Head Server if you want to switch meal times due to an excursion. Since many people take excusions switching meal times on those days are easier.
  • Make sure you review your charges especially if you had any Spa treatments. It took me over 30 mins to settle a charge from the Spa on the last day. They charged a Spa treatment twice and couldn't get a hold of the Spa Manager to override the error. Terrible! Oh yes, if you are not interested in their sales pitch just tell them. If the person persists do not hesitate to speak with the Manager and or the service desk personnel on the ship.
  • Get to know your fellow cruisers, it makes for a fun time when you see them during the week to exchange sea stories. You Castaway Members make sure you befriend first time cruisers on what you know. You will see them with their heads spinning saying "WOW"!
See you in May!
#19
Green Bay Wisconsin
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Joined Oct 2008
Private and Free Tea party for the little princess and princesses at heart

Palo’s has Lunch, Dinner and a afternoon tea, all adults only.

But what about your little princess? She wants to have a tea party also!

Disney has this covered but you need to get to the guest service counter early your first day. The name of this keeps changing. It’s been the Tea with Wendy Darling, story time with Bell, and tea with Alice and The Mad Hatter.

Just get to the guest service counter and tell them you want tickets for the princess tea party. It’s free but you must have a ticket and it’s a small event so the tickets go fast.

It’s mostly a mother / daughter thing but that’s not a rule. Some Mothers / son’s, some fathers / daughters, some families.

It’s held on a sea day.

Bring your camera!

(note – I don’t know if this is offered on cruises shorter then 7 days)
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#20
Florida
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by sunandsail
Hi...this is the first time we have cruised. The tips are very helpful but have just one question:

In the Booklet we received from Disney, it is suggested that we check in on-line. Is this a lengthy process? It is also mentioned in that you "make a copy" and take it with you??

I haven't attempted this as yet but wondered if anyone can give me suggestions about this. I believe I have to insert my Reservation# and date of birth and then proceed?

We're truly looking forward to this cruise (key west, castaway, cozumel, grand caymans). On Disney Magic Cruise.

I understand some of the excursions are already filled up. Does this mean we cannot get on those particular excursions when we are on ship?

Thanks for the help!

Howdy, on line check in is really easy to do. Just have your reservation number and birthday and name and your all set. Yes you need to print it off, sign a couple of places and bring it with you. Or you can just fill out the documents you received in the mail about 10 to 14 days prior to the cruise and bring them with you. Either way will work just fine.

Usually there are still a few opening for excusrions, once you board go to the shore excursion desk on deck 3 atrium area as soon as they open. Your Navigator will be in your room and it will list the time for it to be open. The people at the shore excusrion desk can tell you if an excusrion is filled up or not and can book you.
Some people do cancel once their on the ship, so dont be afraid to check back even if they say its going to be filled.
But have a second choice in case it is filled.
Ones like swimming with the Dolphins are usually full and stay that way.

we just returned from a Western cruise about 6 weeks ago, it was great!!!
Be sure and look on the roll call thread here for your cruise date. Post there to get aquainted with others on your cruise. That is always a lot of fun. If you dont see your date, then start a thread yourself and others will join you.

I have done a ton of DCL cruises, just look at my signature, so if I can help with any questions please ask. If I dont know the answer someone else here will.
People are very friendly and helpful here.

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12/5/02 Wonder 4 day room 6626
5/1/03 Magic Eastern 7 day room 5624
12/13/03 Wonder 3 day room 7124
3/20/04 Magic Eastern Spring Break
room 7624
5/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
10/04 Wonder 3 day room ?
1/2/05 Wonder 4 day room 5648
5/12/05 Wonder 3 day room 2560
10/6/05 Wonder 3 day room 8092
10/17/07 Magic Western room 5132
5/06 Wonder 3 day room 6634
8/5/06 Magic Eastern room ?
11/25/06 Magic Eastern Banana Head Group
room 6636
4/5/07 Wonder 3 day cruise room 6152
6/30/07 Western Carnival Cruise
11/24/07 Magic Eastern Banana head reunion cruise room 7624
1/24/08 3 day Wonder room 6137
11/29/08 Western Magic room 6132
11/7/09 Eastern cruise room 5640
11/5/2011 Eastern cruise room #5629
11/24/2012 Western Fantasy cruise, room 10654
1/31/2013 Dream Room 10108
2/28/13 Dream Cruise, Room 7032
5/27/2013 Enchantment of the Seas room 3018
2/7/14 Magic 3 day cruise, room 2056

Upcoming cruises.

12/8/14 Enchantment 4 day cruise Room 7556