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Your First Day Aboard
Your First Day Aboard
At last! Are you excited? Many cruisers report feeling overwhelmed and even a little nervous on their first afternoon. The good news is that your first day aboard can be far more relaxing. The Disney Cruise Line web site (http://www.disneycruise.com) lets you make reservations for Palo, Remy, Senses Spa, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, character breakfast and meet-and-greet, Royal Court Royal Tea, "it’s a small world" childcare, and port adventure online—you can even preregister the kids for the Oceaneer Club and Lab. Reservations can be made online once your fare is paid in full; from 3 to 75 days in advance for first-time Disney cruisers, up to 90-120 days (depending on membership level) for Castaway Club members, and up to 120 days for guests in stateroom categories R, S, T and V. Look for the “My Disney Cruise” links on the web site. Note that online bookings are limited to one Palo and Remy reservation per meal type and no more than 8–10 hours per child in "it’s a small world" Nursery. Some Spa treatments (such as hair care and the Rainforest) are not listed. Additional reservations may be available after boarding.
To give you an idea of what to expect on your first afternoon onboard, we’ve made up a sample “touring plan.” You probably won’t want to do everything in our touring plan, and if you make reservations in advance whenever possible, you probably won’t have to. And remember that times/locations may differ. Modify it as needed and use the worksheet on page 191 to record your own plans!
When your boarding group is called—Smile for the photographer, walk the gangway, and board the ship. Go to the pool deck buffet (deck 9/11 aft) or Carioca’s/Tiana's Place/Enchanted Garden (deck 3/2 aft) for a buffet lunch. Relax and enjoy before activities pick up.
1:00 pm (or so)—Send one adult from your party for Palo and Remy reservations, if you didn’t reserve in advance (check your Personal Navigator for exact time and place).
1:00 pm (or so)—Send one adult to get spa bookings (including massages on Castaway Cay), if not done in advance. Send another person to your stateroom (usually ready at 1:00-1:30 pm). This is also the time to confirm any special requests you made (visit Guest Relations).
Tip: If you’ve got kids, they may be getting antsy by now. Let them explore your stateroom, or, if they’re old enough, introduce them to the pools and meet up with them later.
1:30 pm—Staterooms ready
1:30 pm—Go to "it’s a small world" Nursery (deck 5) for reservations.
1:30 pm—Send someone to the Port Adventures Desk (deck 3/5 midship) to fill out/drop off order forms, if not reserved in advance. (Decide which excursions you’d like in advance.)
Lunch—Take a deep breath and slow down. If you haven’t eaten or visited your stateroom yet, do so now. The buffets and snack bars typically close at 3:30 pm, so don’t miss it!
2:30 pm—Make dining assignment changes or special dietary requests, if needed.
2:45 pm—Take kids ages 3–12 to Oceaneer Club/Lab (deck 5 midship), if not preregistered.
3:15 pm—Return to your stateroom and get acquainted with it. If you’re in need of anything (extra pillows, bed safety rail, ice), request it from your stateroom host/hostess.
3:45 pm—Make sure everyone meets back in the room for the mandatory assembly drill.
4:00 pm—Go to your assembly station (see page 190).
4:15 or 4:30 pm—After returning to your room, go up to deck 9/11 midship and have fun at the sailaway deck party, and/or explore the ship until it is time to get ready for dinner or the evening’s show.
5:45/6:00 pm—Enjoy dinner (main seating) or the stage show at 6:15 pm (late seating).
6:00 pm—The kids, pre-teen, and teen program areas are now officially open. If you haven’t yet registered your children, do this now.
8:15 pm—Enjoy dinner (late seating) or the stage show at 8:30 pm (early seating).
Whew! What a day! Rest assured that it all gets much, much easier from this point forward.
Top Photo Slice: (℗ 45767) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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