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Birnbaum's Disney Cruise Line 2012 [Paperback]

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Book Description

Sept. 27 2011 Birnbaum Guides
Birnbaum's Disney guides take to the high seas with this comprehensive look at the Disney Cruise Line and all the events, activities, and ports of call to sample aboard theWonderand theMagic. In "Before You Sail," receive advice on what to do and pack prior to your journey. Then get a deck-by-deck, cabin-by-cabin introduction to your vacation "home," as well as personal dining tips, from midday snacks to gourmet dinners. Find out the characters' favorite hangouts, and, for adults only-find out some of our little-known hideaways.
The guide also includes a chapter on Ports of Call to help you decide which tours and shore excursions to take, plus a fun-filled guide to activities for kids of all ages-tots and teens and in-betweens. Additionally, we'll show you where to massage your cares away, the best places to be after dark, how to celebrate in style whether you're just married or renewing your vows, marking a special birthday or anniversary, or just rejoicing, and the secrets to planning a successful family reunion.
Disney now has four cruise ships! This year's edition includes stem-to-stern coverage of theDisney Magic,theDisney Wonder,and theDisneyDream, including new dining selections, deck parties, and stage shows. Plus, theDisney Fantasyjoins Disney Cruise Line's fleet in 2012! Birnbaum has all the details on this majestic, Barcelona-based ship. With new ships come dozens of new ports. We'll provide handy pointers on these ports of call and the excursions offered at each of them. Come here for info to help you pick the ship and travel itinerary that works best for you. And as always, guests will find coverage of the methodically selected shore excursions deemed outstanding by Birnbaum editors.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Feb. 10 2012
By J. E. Bodi - Published on Amazon.com
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General info. that can be found on the internet with VERY minimal googling. Save your money for the cruise. Would not buy if I have gone to the bookstore instead of a .com address
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney Goes to Alaska? Feb. 22 2012
By Disney Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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You wouldn't know it from this book. While it is very helpful with general information about the ships, it is very Orlando/Los Angeles minded. If you are sailing out of Port Canaveral, it's an excellent guide book, but I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for information about Alaska. Everything in the book I've already read on the DCL Website.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview! Oct. 29 2011
By BusyMamaof2 - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book on the Disney Cruise Line. It has lots of helpful and fun information and is an easy read. I liked the light humor sprinkled in too. It takes you step by step throughout the process, from the information gathering stage until embarkation. The Birnbaum books have been part of my life since my Mother planned our very first WDW vacation and I am delighted to be able to use it as a reference for my own family vacation planning!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly worthless June 23 2012
By Aaron Klebanoff - Published on Amazon.com
We've purchased Birnbaum's guides in the past, and so I was amazed at how little added information was available. The book has side-bars and "hot tips" with information that you'd hope would be helpful. Most of it I had already read on the web, and what I hadn't seen was of little value.

For example, one "hot tip" points out that there's a "drink of the day" and that it is "often available at a special price". How about giving us a price range to expect? Castaway Cay is Disney's utopian private island, but this book provides only one small page that reads like an advertisement and tells you nothing new about it not described in any Disney brochure, and the remainder of the section describes Disney's excursions -- with the same level detail provided by Disney. How about telling us how long it takes to get off the ship? How about telling us a good way to carry passports, and if they're even needed to get off here? How about telling us if & where there are lockers and if so, are they readily available? Similarly for other ports of call, suggestions on what to expect from locals, how to deal with local transportation, timing, etc are all lacking.

On the ship information also reads like an advertisement and is sadly lacking. For example, Disney's wonderful shows are given in a theater that cannot possibly hold all of its guests. Is there advice on how early you must show up to get a good seat, and/or how often shows are given and when best to show up to make sure you don't miss a show that you were really hoping to see. Is there typically a wait for the Aquaduck, and if so, how long, and what time of day is best to miss lines, etc.

While I think Disney does a great job at entertaining, hence my interest in their cruises, I still think these types of questions are reasonable to ask and are not available in brochures, and a good guide would think to address them. This guide does not. So, if you're looking to read more of the same, you'll get the Disney's brochures repeated here. But if you're looking for practical information beyond a brochure, look elsewhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disney Cruise Planning Book Oct. 27 2011
By Travelbug34 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for planning a great Disney Cruise!! So much info on everything from planning to what to expect on the ship!!

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