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TCM Classic Cruise, December, 2013


Ken & Rose
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My wife & I just returned from our first TCM cruise and we had a fantastic time, posing for pictures with Robert Wagner, Alex Trabek, Robert Osborne and attending all of the conversations and trivia. So sorry to see it end. At the beginning of each movie/conversation, there was a 60 second video clip with movies that were being shown on the cruise, with a great sound track. Is this available to download? We would watch it over and over again. Thank you.

 

Edited by: tribefan on Dec 14, 2013 12:56 PM

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This was my first cruise as well, and I had been worried that the. cruise would be too Disney. I was pleasantly surprised. They had some of my favorite movies and quests.

 

The crew really pampered us and I couldn't have been happier. I too wish they had not scheduled movies during dinner hour because it was a difficult decision since the restaurants were awesome.

 

I do wish the next cruise wasn't scheduled in October. That's hurricane season and it doesn't give me enough time to raise the money. I'd sure like to go again, but we'll have to see.

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Compared to the previous cruises, I felt the Disney ship was more favorable for watching films and conducting interviews. The Walt Disney Theatre was huge and the smaller theater was pretty big. The Poolside screenings were well done. Most of the interviews conducted in the smaller lounge rooms were standing-room only but at least you had a second chance to go to them. I did miss the casino. I liked the double-bathrooms in each stateroom.

Hopefully on the next cruise they'll fix the dining problems. Assigned dining times don't work well on this kind of cruise. The freestyle dining on the other two was much better. An all-day buffet would help too.

Maybe next time they could include the option of seeing one of the Disney Broadway-style live shows. I hear they are very good.

Overall I thought they did a good job. And thank you TCM for the open bar at the Farewell Party.

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You thought the venues were large enough? I thought all of them too small with uncomfortable seats, but I admit I didn't go into the Buena Vista theater, just all the others. Also, I felt that it wasn't very "friendly " to those with mobility problems. I don't know what you mean about a double bathroom. Mine was tiny as was my cabin. I couldn't get to one side of my bed without crawling across the bed. I agree that the dining situation was better on Celebrity. I ate alone every night except one. Did you notice there were no clocks anywhere in the public areas of the ship except one by the adult pool? I don't wear a watch so I never knew what time it was except when I was in my cabin. I never knew where any of the public restrooms were either. The best thing about this cruise was more access to the celebrities. I met just about everyone except Jane Powell, but I did miss both of Eddie Muller's presentations because of the crowded room the first time and conflict with dinner the second time.

 

I went on all three cruises but I don't know if I'll go again if it's a Disney cruise ship. I was miserable most of the time.

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If you have mobility problems I don't think you would like the Buena Vista Theatre. You could sit at the top entrance area, but it has stadium seating with stairs. Actually, anyone with mobility problems might have trouble at all the large theaters on both ships that have steps.

I Iiked both large theaters on the Disney ship because they were like real movie theaters. And they also had a large built-in outdoor screen on the pool deck. The large theater on Celebrity was very attractive but had uncomfortable seats. And the Celebrity Cinema was small.

I never looked around for a clock because my phone has a clock.

I wish I had been able to see a Broadway-style live show like they have on all the other Disney cruises.

I've never been able to meet any of the big stars! Usually they would come out on stage from a side entrance and later go back in and disappear. I did see them going to the elevator after the Sailaway Party but there were many people around them.

My cabin had one half bath with a sink and bathtub/shower and another half bath with a sink and toilet. My mistake, I thought all the rooms had that.

Sorry you didn't like this cruise as much as the previous ones. I thought it was a lot like the other two. I bet it would make a world of difference if they had freestyle dining. You could then eat anytime you wanted to and meet new people at every meal. I didn't eat at any of the restaurants other than the buffet (which closed early) because I didn't want to miss any programs. Maybe they should also have more singles get togethers.

 

Edited by: tcmfilmfan on Dec 27, 2013 8:18 AM

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I had a wonderful 48 hours on the cruise. Only 48 hours because at that point I developed a severe stomach ache, which the ship's doctor diagnosed as some sort of infection that he didn't have the facilities to diagnose more specifically, so on his advice I cut short the cruise and was escorted to the emergency room at Doctor's Hospital in Nassau. From there I flew home for the removal of my gall bladder. What an inglorious end to my very first cruise, which I was so much anticipating. But the staff was wonderful to me, and I can't think them enough. They even located my luggage which had gone astray, and I found it in my statroom as I was leaving to go to the hospital. So thanks TCM and Disney for takiing good care of me at a very stressful time. Richard Davis

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