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Old 06-20-2018, 08:15 PM   #1
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We are currently on a courtesy hold for a Feb cruise. The deposit is due tomorrow in order to confirm the reservation.

We havenít been on a cruise in years, have never even seen the Fantasy, and are in a vast state of confusion about the decisions that have to be made. We are thinking of an inside stateroom because we thought that we wouldnít spend a lot of time in the room. Since we donít have a lot of $$, it seemed like the way to go. Will we regret this? My daughter was adamantly against renting out any points because she has plans for them all. We are always borrowed, anyway, so that is not a good option for cutting costs.

The reservation specialist wasnít too familiar with booking for DVC members. We will be paying with cash but we were hoping to stay at AKL before and after the cruise. We thought that we could leave our car at AKL and take the bus to the port, but the reservation agent wasnít sure. I really donít want to pay for the bus and also for resort parking!

Is there anywhere to get better descriptions of the shore excursions? From what I have found, it is not clear to me what the activities will be and in what ways the excursions differ. Is there a charge for going ashore and just walking around and shopping? It looked like there might be a charge for riding ashore from the boat.

My daughter is a Star Wars fanatic, but she is a young adult. Will she enjoy the Star Wars day at sea, or will it be geared more to little kids?

I would appreciate any help before I must make a final decision and pay (or not pay) the deposit.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:40 PM   #2
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Definitely no charge for just walking around.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:44 PM   #3
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We have an Interior cabin booked for our WBTA on the Magic.

On the Fantasy you will have the virtual porthole so you aren't missing anything. I do think though, that the standard interior only have the one bathroom whereas the deluxe has the split bathroom, so shower and sink on one side and toilet and sink on the other.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:46 PM   #4
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[quote=ustasmom;1468751]On the Fantasy you will have the virtual porthole so you aren't missing anything.
Magical Porthole is very nice to have. I would not recommend Inside stateroom for Magic or Wonder, but on Fantasy and Dream, it is very do-able b/c of that cool feature.

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I do think though, that the standard interior only have the one bathroom whereas the deluxe has the split bathroom, so shower and sink on one side and toilet and sink on the other.
Correct. Standard staterooms typically do not have the split bath design. Depending on how used to sharing spaces you two are, it could be worth the extra ~$6 per person per day to do the Deluxe Inside Stateroom with the split bath.

The feedback I have received about Star Wars Day at Sea is that it is truly for all ages. We can't wait to do it.

Are you considering Western or Eastern Caribbean itinerary?
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:00 AM   #5
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I would not recommend Inside stateroom for Magic or Wonder.
For now we'll stick with the Deluxe Interior. My husband doesn't like to be cold so the Atlantic crossing may put this to the test. Right now it is $1200 per person extra for an OV. If I can upgrade at the port for a reasonable amount, I may consider it.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:30 AM   #6
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We did a star wars cruise last February. I would say most of the activities were geared for kids or at the very least were geared to all ages. The star wars activities are only held on one day (a sea day). There were special meet and greet opportunities (Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO and Darth Vader) that were ticketed. They had other characters roam the ship (including many from the cartoons that were not as recognizable). There was an all ages costume contest in the lobby. On the pool deck they played the TV shows and every 1/2 hour or so Daisy would come out and fight with some stormtroopers. The stormtroopers also walked around a bit. They also did a Summon the Force show which was a copy of the DHS show and geared towards kids. There was also a presentation by someone affiliated with Star Wars. The person on our ship was someone who was affiliated with making sure there was story continuity. I think other cruises had minor actors, costume people, voice actors etc. I believe there was also a star wars trivia contest at some point. At night there was also a star wars show with some fireworks.

If your daughter is a fanatic there will be things for her to do. A decent percentage of adults dress up in Star Wars garb (there will be plenty of star wars fanatics on the ship) and while the activities are definitely G-PG, and include kids, an adult wouldn't feel out of place for most activities.

As to getting off the ship- no charge (although port fees are built in the cruise price regardless of whether you get off or not). You are under no obligation to do a disney excursion and many people do not. To save cost, many may get off the ship and book a private excursion, head to a private beach for the day or walk around town. You didn't mention if it was a western or eastern itinerary. You'll find people have different opinions about self exploring certain ports by themselves.
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