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First time Disney cruisers (family trip) on Fantasy upcoming Jan 23, 2021.

I've been on other cruises (hopefully they show up in my signature).

I'm fairly certain I've searched before posting, but sometimes my keyword skills aren't the best, plus some of stickies seemed a bit outdated/old (2014/2015), so wasn't sure if they still applied.

 

OK here goes:

 

1)  If I read correctly there's no drink packages available, it's basically Pay as you go?  Which is fine, I don't think we've ever ordered a package before.  I did find some online menu/drink prices, so they're within reason.  I see that there's 2 for 1 happy hour for that Cove area.

 

2) For those that drink beer, there's a refillable beer mug (you can exchange for a token? and carry that around instead)?

 

3)  WiFi is included/free for 50mb/day?  (Wasn't sure on this one).  Are there additional packages/faster speeds you can buy?  (Ironically the Wifi on our least fav. cruise--MSC --was very good and we  had the "highest" package).  Carnival's WiFi (highest package) was very good as well (WiFi calling on T-Mobile worked fine on both lines).  However, not sure if disney blocks T-Mobile Wifi stuff (ie, on planes, depending on their provider, the wifi texting may be blocked so you have to rely on iMessage for iPhone to iPhone or What'sApp).

 

4)  all rooms have 2 Wave phones for texting/calling each other? if you don't want to use your cell phone?

 

5)  There's 2 adults-only pool areas on Fantasy?  How crowded do these get (ie, do I need to get up at 6:00 and be a CHOG?)  Biggest issue we had on all cruises except our last Carnival one (we paid extra for the Havana area and now we're spoiled) was pool/hot tub/chair availability.

 

6)  Castaway Cay - sounds like we can reserve/purchase/rent Cabanas if we want them?  Is there a window upon which this booking can take place?  (ie X days before sailing, etc.)?

 

7)  Last (for now), this always causes a big poop-storm, but I like to stir up things (LOL):  There's HDMI connections/ports on the in-room TV's?  (I think I only found old confirmation from like 2016 on the disboards, so wasn't sure if it still applied).  If one is adventurous to try to watch some previously downloaded content/shows (some of us are old--haha) and go to "bed" and like to watch a show or two before falling to sleep.  I know, I know, the "why are you watching TV on a cruise, blah blah".  haha.

 

Thanks in advance!!!

 

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59 minutes ago, mjonis said:

First time Disney cruisers (family trip) on Fantasy upcoming Jan 23, 2021.

I've been on other cruises (hopefully they show up in my signature).

I'm fairly certain I've searched before posting, but sometimes my keyword skills aren't the best, plus some of stickies seemed a bit outdated/old (2014/2015), so wasn't sure if they still applied.

 

OK here goes:

 

1)  If I read correctly there's no drink packages available, it's basically Pay as you go?  Which is fine, I don't think we've ever ordered a package before.  I did find some online menu/drink prices, so they're within reason.  I see that there's 2 for 1 happy hour for that Cove area.

Yes, unlike other cruise lines, there are no drink packages, except for the wine or beer packages.

 

2) For those that drink beer, there's a refillable beer mug (you can exchange for a token? and carry that around instead)?

Yes.

 

3)  WiFi is included/free for 50mb/day?  (Wasn't sure on this one).  If you sign up on embarkation day, you can get 50mb free (one time).  Are there additional packages/faster speeds you can buy?  (Ironically the Wifi on our least fav. cruise--MSC --was very good and we  had the "highest" package).  Carnival's WiFi (highest package) was very good as well (WiFi calling on T-Mobile worked fine on both lines).  However, not sure if disney blocks T-Mobile Wifi stuff (ie, on planes, depending on their provider, the wifi texting may be blocked so you have to rely on iMessage for iPhone to iPhone or What'sApp). 

There are other packages available:

 

Pay As You Go 25¢ per MB
Small Package 100 MB $19 19¢ per MB
Medium Package 300 MB $39 13¢ per MB
Large Package 1000 MB $89 9¢ per MB

 

4)  all rooms have 2 Wave phones for texting/calling each other? if you don't want to use your cell phone?

Yes.  Be aware that the phones do not ring/buzz when texting.  They only vibrate, and the lag time from sender to receiver can be longer than "normal"

 

5)  There's 2 adults-only pool areas on Fantasy?  How crowded do these get (ie, do I need to get up at 6:00 and be a CHOG?)  Biggest issue we had on all cruises except our last Carnival one (we paid extra for the Havana area and now we're spoiled) was pool/hot tub/chair availability.

Just like other cruise lines there can be lounge chair hogs, but we've not had any real issues with finding a chair.  Just be flexible about how close you want to be to the pool/whirlpool.

 

6)  Castaway Cay - sounds like we can reserve/purchase/rent Cabanas if we want them?  Is there a window upon which this booking can take place?  (ie X days before sailing, etc.)?

As first time DCL cruisers your activity booking window opens 75 days out from the cruise.  Be aware there are an extremely small number of cabanas, and often are snapped up by the higher loyalty guests onboard.

 

7)  Last (for now), this always causes a big poop-storm, but I like to stir up things (LOL):  There's HDMI connections/ports on the in-room TV's?  (I think I only found old confirmation from like 2016 on the disboards, so wasn't sure if it still applied).  If one is adventurous to try to watch some previously downloaded content/shows (some of us are old--haha) and go to "bed" and like to watch a show or two before falling to sleep.  I know, I know, the "why are you watching TV on a cruise, blah blah".  haha.

In the past DCL has asked that you not connect personal devices to the TVs. I'm not sure if that's still the requirement or not.  I'll also point out that DCL does have in-demand channels with lots of choices.

Thanks in advance!!!

 

My answers in red.

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Thank you for the info/confirmations.

 

In the event we can't score a Cabana, I think I read that there's some umbrellas or something you can use by a diff. area.  I plan on trying some of the snorkeling, so I'll have to look up where that's actually located.  Plus of course, lounging in the sun and having adult beverages.

 

LOL!

 

Off to research Castay Cay some more.

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4 minutes ago, mjonis said:

Thank you for the info/confirmations.

 

In the event we can't score a Cabana, I think I read that there's some umbrellas or something you can use by a diff. area.  I plan on trying some of the snorkeling, so I'll have to look up where that's actually located.  Plus of course, lounging in the sun and having adult beverages.

 

LOL!

 

Off to research Castay Cay some more.

There's tons of umbrellas on the family beach, as well as many on Serenity Bay beach.  Family beach:

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Serenity Bay

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Again, many thanks!!!!

I'm sure as long as the weather is nice, (not that Disney or anyone else can control that), and nobody gets sick, we'll have a great time.  Typically we're freezing our butts off in NY that time of year, so sun and beaches/snorkeling and adult beverages and I'm happy. 

 

🙂

 

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Shmoo, as usual was thorough in her response, but I just wanted to add to items for clarification. (Shmoo, correct me if I'm wrong on the first point.) There are not two adult pools, but a pool on deck 11 forward and above it, on deck twelve, an area called Satellite Falls, which I wouldn't really cal a pool in the way that you can swim in it. We were on the Fantasy last month, on a cruise that had a larger proportion of adults to children and had no problems on sea days getting lounges in the Cove Pool area. Plus there are a few clam shells and chairs and tables scattered around the area. 

 

As far as Cabanas on Serenity Bay goes, there are only four on Serenity Bay, so they are in huge demand. The one way to get around the first-time cruiser issue is if you happen to be sailing in concierge. Concierge guests get to put in their requests first, and tend to scarf up all the cabanas on a busy cruise before even platinum cruisers get a chance. And if there are none available at your booking window, you can always go  tio guest services when you first board and get put on a waiting list. Sometimes miracles do happen.

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1 hour ago, gometros said:

There are not two adult pools, but a pool on deck 11 forward and above it, on deck twelve, an area called Satellite Falls, which I wouldn't really cal a pool in the way that you can swim in it.

Correct.  The pool is on deck 11.  But it's not really much of one you can swim in, especially on sea days

 

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Satellite Falls, more of a soaking pool

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So if I'm reading correctly, there's like two sets of Cabanas on Castaway Cay?

Serenity Bay for adults only (and I think someone said there's only 4 of them)

and

Castaway Cay/Family Beach which has 20 Cabanas?

 

I found this site useful.

https://dclprepschool.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-castaway-cay-cabanas/

 

Not getting our hopes up, but there's far worse things if we don't get one, LOL!  It sounds like your stuff is safe on the beach if you decide to leave it by your chair to go into the water, but you never know.

 

 

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2 hours ago, mjonis said:

So if I'm reading correctly, there's like two sets of Cabanas on Castaway Cay?

Serenity Bay for adults only (and I think someone said there's only 4 of them)

and

Castaway Cay/Family Beach which has 20 Cabanas?

 

I found this site useful.

https://dclprepschool.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-castaway-cay-cabanas/

 

Not getting our hopes up, but there's far worse things if we don't get one, LOL!  It sounds like your stuff is safe on the beach if you decide to leave it by your chair to go into the water, but you never know.

 

 

Family beach cabanas

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Serenity Bay cabanas

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You're never getting a cabana unless you're platinum concierge, so don't worry about it. On the bright side, we've never had a problem finding someplace with shade to sit.

 

To be specific about the beer mug thing, it lets you get a 20oz for the price of a 15oz. At the end, you can take it home as a souvenir. And thus far, nobody's had a problem bringing it back and getting the deals if they did another cruise. There's a drink of the day, which is cold and fruity and $6.50. There's a bunch of woo about getting more if you buy a souvenir cup, but Disney has never said this was the case and you'd think they would. The drinks are mixed on demand, so my guess is if any particular glass is larger or smaller, you get more or less fruit juice and the same amount of alcohol. 

 

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15 hours ago, numtini said:

You're never getting a cabana unless you're platinum concierge, so don't worry about it. On the bright side, we've never had a problem finding someplace with shade to sit.

 

 

That's not entirely the case. We're platinum (there is no levels in concierge. If your're concierge, it doesn't matter whether you're a first-timer or sailed 50 times) and we've been ale to procure a cabana every cruise except our most recent this past October. And Shade was at a premium, at least on Serenity Bay, due to the beach erosion from Dorian. By the time we hit Serenity Bay at around 10am, every umbrella was taken.

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Numtini, not to hijack your post, but have you brought your mug back on subsequent cruises?  I assumed that when the bartender runs your KTTW card to pay for the beer, he or she would get a notice that you hadn't bought the mug on that cruise.  I'd love to try bringing one back though.

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No I've just read nearly endless appoints of people doing so. Same for the popcorn buckets. I'm sure it's not intended, but it seems to be accepted by the line. 

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On 12/8/2019 at 7:18 PM, numtini said:

You're never getting a cabana unless you're platinum concierge, so don't worry about it. On the bright side, we've never had a problem finding someplace with shade to sit.

 

To be specific about the beer mug thing, it lets you get a 20oz for the price of a 15oz. At the end, you can take it home as a souvenir. And thus far, nobody's had a problem bringing it back and getting the deals if they did another cruise. There's a drink of the day, which is cold and fruity and $6.50. There's a bunch of woo about getting more if you buy a souvenir cup, but Disney has never said this was the case and you'd think they would. The drinks are mixed on demand, so my guess is if any particular glass is larger or smaller, you get more or less fruit juice and the same amount of alcohol. 

Thank you very much!  We'll hold a small chance that we get a cabana, but otherwise, will scope out a spot for the umbrellas.  I'm sure it will be fine.

 

Do they have people that come around (even at the umbrellas) to offer/sell you drinks?

 

I'd forgotten about the Drink of the Day, thanks for that!

 

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I've never been solicited for a drink on Castaway. I know there are people going around, but they're not nearly as common as on the ship or perhaps they just have more ground to cover. It's a pretty short way to the bar shack though. 

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