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Just found out today my family is planning a 3 day Cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream then 2 days at WDW in October for my mom's 50th birthday. I'm 16 and my brother's 19 but you're never too old for Disney

 

Really excited, but can anyone let me know the best things to do on the Dream? Like I've been researching but I want to know the best places to eat and all that.

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Just found out today my family is planning a 3 day Cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream then 2 days at WDW in October for my mom's 50th birthday. I'm 16 and my brother's 19 but you're never too old for Disney

 

Really excited, but can anyone let me know the best things to do on the Dream? Like I've been researching but I want to know the best places to eat and all that.

Well, since I've been on a total of 5 Disney cruises with my family (and I've sailed on all four ships), there is just so much to do.

 

Is this your first time on a Disney cruise? As far as food (not sure if you read up on this yet), but Disney offers a unique thing called "rotational dining", where during dinner, you, your servers, and other tables will rotate to a different restaurant each night (of the three main dining rooms, which on the Dream are Animator's Palate, Enchanted Garden, and Royal Palace). Each restaurant has different theming and menus. They're all good in my opinion! There's also the Cabanas, which is the ship's main buffet, containing numerous food options. We usually eat there for breakfast and lunch most days. You do have the option to eat there for dinner if interested. The food is one of the best parts of the cruise! Also be sure to check out "Flo's Cafe" for some quick food and pizza outside on Deck 11. Deck 11 is also home to "Vanellope's Sweets and Treats".

 

There are so many activities to do on board. Be sure to check out Vibe, which is the teen club on the ship. Since you mentioned your brother being 19 years old, have him check out the "1820 Society", for those who are from 18 to 20 years old. Although they don't have a designated "club", they are allowed into the adult areas but just can't drink. They can't be allowed into the teen spaces, though.

 

Honestly it's so hard to describe everything. You have character appearances around the ship, various movies, and don't forget about the incredible shows and entertainment!! Nothing compares to the entertainment onboard a Disney cruise.

Oh, and you'll love Pirate Night!

 

Hope this was enough info to give! As I mentioned before, there's is just too much to discuss really. You all will love the ship!

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I just posted a trip report of a cruise I took in February on the RCCL Brilliance -- it was a concert cruise, essentially a floating four-day music festival. Definitely not the standard cruise experience! A link for those who are interested:

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1795596#p1795596

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Amazing show yesterday for the start of "The Bridge" sail race between St-Nazaire and New-York.

"The Bridge" is a race in honor of American soldiers who came in St-Nazaire in 1917 June.

 

The A380 fly over Queen Mary 2 during the start and we can see Symphony of the Seas under construction :

 

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This was actually a really interesting watch...

 

 

It's like a REALLY early on Royal Caribbean "Oasis Class" ships.

 

Incredible concept...but the contract with fincantieri is confirmed ? Sorry I have not understand all the video , my english isn't very good.

Another futurist ship concept (this one is confirmed for MSC in 2022 but no details at this time) :

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYiWf9VV-OI

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So thought I would share my excitement!!

 

My partner and I finally booked our "wedding" cruise!! And I say "wedding" because apparently since the cruise ship is registered in the Bahamas, and the Bahamas doesn't recognize same sex marriages we technically couldn't get married at sea. We could only get married while the ship was docked in a US port. BORING!!! So instead, we are doing a "same sex symbolic ceremony" (Still a wedding to us!) The ceremony will take place in the North Star on-board Anthem of The Seas during a sea day... Some where between Haiti, and the US!

 

Super excited for this!! (And we kept it practical, and just went for a ocean-view stateroom with a large balcony!)

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Save on Disney Cruises by buying discounted gift cards at wholesale clubs like Sam's. For those that book a great deal of time out. Get a Discover IT and Chase Freedom at watch for 5X back quarters at wholesale clubs and make the discount larger.

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I wanted to share something a bit different with you

 

I am currently in school studying to become a ship officer. Because of this I recently travelled to Kristiansund, Norway, to attend a course in "Crowd and crisis management and human behavior" which is a course that is mandatory if you are going to work on a passenger vessel.

 

Since it was way cheaper than flying i travelled with "Hurtigruten", which is a Cruise/Ferry and transport service on the coast of Norway. With their route starting in Bergen in the south and going all the way north to "Kirkenes". A round trip takes 11 days! That is how long our country is.

 

I only travelled from Bergen to Kristiansund and back though which takes about 21 hours. On the way up to Kristiansund the ship sailed into the beautiful "Geirangerfjord" with it`s spectacular mountains. Se if you can spot Millennium Force on one of the photos to show the sheer scale of these mountains

 

The ships i sailed with was "Vesterålen" on the way up (I have no photos of this ship, sorry,) And the recently renovated "Kong Harald" on my way home.

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This is the ship i sailed with on my way home

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This is the check in desk on board the ship

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A little seating area by the gangway

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I booked an inside cabin, guess who got upgraded to an arctic superior cabin!

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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A long arcade that goes nearly the full length of the ship

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The main dining room is at the end

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This is the only photo I have of the main dining room. Breakfast was fantastic!

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This is the Café, fantastic food here as well!

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Cafè

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The A la carte restaurant

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You can order king crab and they will cook it for you :)

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Wine cabinets

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They have a little store where you can buy clothes souvenirs and Hurtigruten merchandise :)

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I love this wrap-around promenade deck!

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This is the panorama-lounge that is directly above the bridge

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There is also a bar in this lounge which have about 15 different types of beer!

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Love this fake fireplace

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Directly behind the panorama-lounge is a Café which sells coffee, ice-cream and baked goods

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This café also have panorama-windows

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All the way aft on deck there are two hot tubs, there is also a gym and a sauna.

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We stopped in the city of "Ålesund". This is a very unique city, in 1904 nearly the entire city burned to the ground. Because of this almost all the buildings in Ålesund is built in the "Art-Nouveau" style.

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This is the Geirangerfjord

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To show you the scale of these mountains i edited millennium force into this photo. This is about as big it would look next to the mountain

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This is "Åkneset". This mountain-side have a big crack in it that is expanding about 10 centimeters every year! One day the mountain will fall apart and create a 70 meter tall tsunami-wave and destroy most of the houses inside the fjord. In 2015 a movie about this came out, It is called "The wave" and it`s really good!

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The small village "Geiranger"

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This is the Romsdal-alps, it`s a mountain-range that consists of 87 mountaintops!

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Thank you for reading

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Here is the entire route

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Great report!

 

Love that Wave movie!

 

I actually know a couple of people who were considering that full journey as a 'cruise' of sorts. The ship looks nicer than what I would have expected.

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Great report!

 

Love that Wave movie!

 

I actually know a couple of people who were considering that full journey as a 'cruise' of sorts. The ship looks nicer than what I would have expected.

Thank you!

 

They should definitely consider a trip, beautiful scenery, good food and great staff!

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I feel that the chances of someone else being selected are against this guy...

 

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But yeah, the ship looks great! I've only been on one trip with Hurtigruten, and that was on a class trip to Aalesund about 10 years ago. On the way up we were sailing with the old M/S Lofoten from 1964, which was really cool. You could feel it in the whole ship when they fired up the engines. It's the oldest ship in their fleet, and it's still sailing.

 

 

On the return trip to Bergen we had one of the newer ships, but I cannot really remember much of that. Mainly because I was drunk most of the time...

 

 

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I was just looking at their website and I see that they have a map where you can see where all their ships are at any given time. That's really cool!

https://www.hurtigruten.no/kart/?shipCode=LO

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But yeah, the ship looks great! I've only been on one trip with Hurtigruten, and that was on a class trip to Aalesund about 10 years ago. On the way up we were sailing with the old M/S Lofoten from 1964, which was really cool. You could feel it in the whole ship when they fired up the engines. It's the oldest ship in their fleet, and it's still sailing.

 

 

If i remember correctly M/S Lofoten`s diesel engine has the most running hours in the world, over 300 000 hours i think it was, I also read somewhere that M/S Lofoten have travelled a distance that equals over 9 trips to the moon and back!

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^That would be correct, I did a quick check and found several articles from 2015 when the engine reached 300,000 running hours. 4,000,000 nautical miles, equaling to 9,6 times to the moon and back, or 185 times around the equator.

 

Link to article with several video clips as well.

https://sysla.no/maritim/den-lengstgaende-dieselmotoren-i-verden/

 

Since the trip I went on was with an engineering class, we had a guided tour of the engine room. That was a really cool experience, with so many visible moving parts.

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There are cruise ships that are headed to the Path of Totality for the eclipse today! Why didn't we think to do an Eclipse Cruise!

 

'Cause everybody was freeking out about the mid-August Coaster News too much, to think about doing it.

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I know Hurricane Irma is barreling towards the Caribbean, and Allure of the Seas is the only ship that has an altered itinerary at this point. Been watching the storm closely as one of my employees is sailing out of Miami on Empress of the Seas next Monday.

 

Royal Caribbean's Current Update

 

ITINERARY UPDATES

 

Hurricane Irma Update

 

September 4, 2017 at 12 noon (next update at 7 pm)

 

There is currently no impact to the ships in our fleet due to Hurricane Irma. Given the westerly track of the storm, Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet is closely tracking its’ progress. We will continue to provide twice daily updates with any changes that may impact future sailings. For more frequent updates, please follow our meteorologist on Twitter @JamesVanFleet or visit the Royal Caribbean Facebook page.

 

Royal Caribbean International

September 1 at 12:24pm · New York, NY ·

UPDATE Sept 3rd, 7:00pm

Allure of the Seas 9/3: Hurricane Irma has recently developed in the Caribbean and is tracking west as a Category 2 hurricane. Given the storm's location and for everyone's comfort and safety, it is necessary to alter Allure's Eastern Caribbean itinerary to a Western Caribbean one. We know this change may be disappointing, and we are truly sorry. Pre-booked shore excursions will be refunded to your original form of payment while onboard, and more detailed information can be found on royalcaribbean.com.

All other sailings: no other itineraries are impacted at this time.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 1-800-256-6649.

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It's not a cruise ship, but this is the best thread for it and the building method is the same. Currently dock mounting the shaft alley unit of the largest container ship ever to be built in the US. It's also one of the heaviest pieces we have ever picked up here at the yard weighing in at 710 MTON.

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN ITINERARY UPDATES

 

September 5, 2017 at NOON EDT (next update today at 6 PM EDT)

 

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path and its potential impact to our current and upcoming sailings. Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, is closely tracking the storm’s progress, and the current forecast is as follows:

 

Hurricane Irma is a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds around the center at 180 mph and is currently located about 225 miles east of Antigua. The storm continues its westerly track at 14 mph. While it is difficult to predict the path of the storm outside of 72 hours, it is likely that Irma will impact Florida at some point this weekend.

 

In an effort to give you advance notice of any changes while also taking into account the most accurate forecast information, we will be providing updates on any impacted sailings no later than 2 days in advance of departure. Based on that timeline, we will provide you additional information on Friday departures as part of our 6 pm update today.

 

The following sailings are departing as scheduled:

 

Adventure of the Seas: September 9 Southern Caribbean cruise

 

Grandeur of the Seas: September 7 New England/Canada cruise

 

Liberty of the Seas: September 10 Western Caribbean cruise

 

Serenade of the Seas: September 10 New England/Canada cruise

 

Vision of the Seas: September 7 New England/Canada cruise

 

 

The following sailings are currently being evaluated and we will provide our next update at 6 PM EDT:

 

Allure of the Seas: September 10 Western Caribbean cruise

 

Anthem of the Seas: September 9 Bermuda cruise

 

Empress of the Seas: September 9 Cuba cruise

 

Enchantment of the Seas: September 8 Bahamas cruise

 

Harmony of the Seas: September 9 Eastern Caribbean cruise

 

Majesty of the Seas: September 8 Bahamas cruise

 

Oasis of the Seas: September 10 Eastern Caribbean cruise

 

For all guests currently sailing with us, the Captain and team onboard will be providing you specific updates at noon and 6 pm daily, and of course will update you immediately if anything changes.

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ITINERARY UPDATES

 

September 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM EDT (next update tomorrow at noon EDT)

 

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path and its potential impact to our current and upcoming sailings. Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet, is closely tracking the storm’s progress, and the current forecast is as follows:

 

Hurricane Irma is a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds around the center at 185 mph and is currently located about 210 miles east of Antigua. The storm continues its westerly track at 15 mph. While it is difficult to predict the path of the storm at this time, it is likely that Irma will impact Florida at some point this weekend.

 

In an effort to give you advance notice of any changes while also taking into account the most accurate forecast information, we will be providing updates on any impacted sailings no later than 2 days in advance of departure.

 

 

The following sailings are departing as scheduled:

 

Adventure of the Seas: September 9 Southern Caribbean cruise

 

Grandeur of the Seas: September 7 New England/Canada cruise

 

Liberty of the Seas: September 10 Western Caribbean cruise

 

Serenade of the Seas: September 10 New England/Canada cruise

 

Vision of the Seas: September 7 New England/Canada cruise

 

The following sailings are canceled:

 

Enchantment of the Seas: September 8 Bahamas cruise

 

Majesty of the Seas: September 8 Bahamas cruise

 

We are very sorry for the impact this storm has had on your vacation and please know that we made the decision with the safety and comfort of our guests and crew in mind. The cruise fare and fees will be 100% refunded to the original form of payment, and we are also offering a 25% future cruise credit, based on the cruise fare, if a new cruise is booked in the next 30 days. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-256-6649.

 

The following sailings are currently being evaluated and we will provide our next update at noon EDT tomorrow:

 

Allure of the Seas: September 10 Western Caribbean cruise

 

Anthem of the Seas: September 9 Bermuda cruise

 

Empress of the Seas: September 9 Cuba cruise

 

Harmony of the Seas: September 9 Eastern Caribbean cruise

 

Oasis of the Seas: September 10 Eastern Caribbean cruise

 

For all guests currently sailing with us, the Captain and team onboard will be providing you specific updates at 1 pm and 615 pm daily, and of course will update you immediately if anything changes.

 

Should we need to make additional itinerary changes or cancel an additional sailing to avoid the storm, we will reach out to guests directly, as well as update our website and social media feeds immediately. Please know that the safety and comfort of our guests are our top priority and we will continue to provide regular updates throughout the week.

 

For more frequent updates, please follow our meteorologist on Twitter @JamesVanFleet or visit the Royal Caribbean Facebook page.

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