10) Don't try new foods
If you are a picky eater, a cruise is actually the perfect environment for you to try new things and step a bit out of your comfort zone. With food being included in the price of your cruise (other than specialty restaurants Palo and Remy and concession items), you can order anything from the menu and try it. If you don't like it, your wait staff will happily bring you something you will like. Also, if you REALLY like something (say, on steak and lobster night), order multiple of whatever you want.
9) Don't relax
There are always activities happening somewhere on board, from mixology classes to fitness classes, character meet and greets, games and activities, movies (first-run and Disney Classics shown on Funnel Vision) and more. Each evening, a Personal Navigator will be left in your stateroom outlining the activities available for the following day. If your speed is more pulling up a deck chair and enjoying a frosty vacation beverage, do it! It's YOUR vacation. Make it what you want it, but make it a point to go back home refreshed with memories of a relaxing vacation.
8) Don't see the stage shows before/after dinner
Each evening in the Walt Disney Theatre, broadway-caliber shows take place. If you choose early dinner seating, you'll have the opportunity to go to the show after dinner. If you choose late dinner seating, you'll go beforehand if you choose. Amazing casts of very talented crew members will sing, dance, and bring magic to life on stage with classics like The Golden Mickeys, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen. If you'd like to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or light snack, concession stands are right outside the theatre, or waitstaff will walk through prior to the show to get you what you need.
7) Don't Dress for Dinner
I get it. You're on vacation. The last thing you want to do is get dressed up for dinner. Well, let me tell you, there's something so special about getting ready to enjoy a beautiful meal in a beautiful restaurant that is something we truly look forward to. Clients of mine took their very first cruise in June of this year, and dressing for dinner made such an impression on their 12 year old son, he completely changed his wardrobe and hair to reflect a more polished, "fancy" look for every day on their return home. If you're planning on eating at Palo and/or Remy aboard the Disney ships, a little fanciness is required.
6) Don't pack sunscreen
As a true "ginger" red hair/extremely fair skin, I can spend a total of about 15 minutes in the sun before showing signs of pink. Caribbean sun is more intense, so by all means, pack sunscreen that works for you and remember to reapply often, even if it says waterproof. On our last cruise, we saw a fellow passenger that was the color of a maraschino cherry, and it was early in the cruise. I actually hurt for him.
5) Don't make reasonable requests
One of the best things about Disney is the culture of making magic happen for their guests. If you had a particularly delightful dessert and would like it again the following night, if they can make it happen, they will, even if it's not on the menu. I will caution you that this is not a license to take advantage of your wait staff or make life for your room steward impossible. Sail with the golden rule, and it will be a magical journey for all involved.
4) Don't take pictures
While you don't want to be "that" guest who is constantly shooting pictures and forgetting to be present in the moment, take pictures! Be creative and think of ways to make your vacation memories as fun to watch/review in 5 years as they are the moment you get home.
3) Don't try new things
One of the greatest parts of cruising is having to unpack once and getting to see new places every day. Plan an excursion for something you've never done before at least once on your trip! I will caution you that wandering around in many of the ports without some sort of excursion planned is not safe, so make sure you're mindful of safety, first and foremost. If you have specific questions about a port, the guest services desk onboard is very helpful and will provide tips and tricks to make your cruise a pleasant one.
2) Don't get to know your waitstaff
Disney is the only cruise line that features rotational dining. You'll be assigned a rotation of their dining rooms, and your table number will remain the same at each of them...and so will your wait staff. The crew is from all over the world, so taking time to get to know them, and allow them to get to know you, will make for a more fulfilling vacation. We have staff friends we made on a Disney cruise in 2009 that we're still in contact with!
1) Don't count on fun
There truly is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise. If you DON'T have fun, you're trying not to. From the night clubs and piano bars to onboard activities and spa treatments, enjoy yourself! That's what vacation is all about, right?
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