Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Doing Business Onboard

Doing Business Onboard

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We know, we know ... “work” is a four-letter word on a cruise. If you can avoid your work entirely on the cruise, we heartily recommend it! Alas, we know better than anyone that sometimes your business doesn’t take a vacation just because you do. If you need to keep up with work while you’re cruising, here are our tried-and-true tips:

Phone Calls—You have four options when making phone calls: use Disney’s ship-to-shore phone system (the phone in your stateroom) for $6.95/minute, use your cellular phone in your stateroom (see page 157), use your cell phone when in port or sailing past islands with cell roaming service, or use a pay phone in port (most cruise terminals have pay phones available). Your stateroom phone system is detailed on page 153. If you opt to bring a cell phone, call your wireless provider to inquire about international roaming.

Laptop Computers and Mobile Devices—We always bring along our laptops and/or iPads, and now that we can easily connect to the Internet with it via wireless access onboard (both in public areas and in our stateroom), doing business is much easier. Typically, we use the laptop or iPad to download photos and videos from our digital cameras and to upload reports and images to passporter.com, but on one cruise we did some printing (with a portable printer hooked up to our laptop) and faxing through Guest Services. Be sure to bring all necessary cables!

Internet Access—We’ve devoted two full pages to Internet Access starting on page 210

Faxes—You can send and receive faxes from the Guest Services desk (deck 3 midship). Cost is the same as ship-to-shore phone calls—$6.95/minute. We faxed several sheets during a 4-night cruise and found that each page takes about one minute to fax, though fax transmission time does depend on the density of the page.

Copies—The Guest Services desk is also the place to have copies made.

Meeting Space—All Disney ships have public spaces and a/v equipment that may be rented. Visit http://www.disneymeetings.com to submit a Request for Proposal.

Tip: If your work is portable, take it outside to one of the patio tables behind Cabanas (deck 9/11 aft), or somewhere near the Quiet Cove pool.

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Joining the Ship’s Crew

Ever thought of working on a Disney ship? If you are at least 21 years old, there are job opportunities. From what we understand, it takes a huge time commitment (you typically sign a six-month contract and work about 70–80 hours a week) and it’s difficult to be away from home for the long stretches required. On the flip side, Disney does offer several perks, such as crew-only areas (including a beach on Castaway Cay and an onboard pool), free theme park admission, and so on. If you’d like to learn more, call the job line at 407-566-SHIP or visit http://www.dcljobs.com.

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Top Photo Slice: Checking the Connect at Sea app while onboard (℗ 53523) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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