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MintJulep
01-06-2010, 08:13 AM
My husband and I are really considering doing either a seven day cruise to the Western Caribbean or a 3 day cruise plus some time in Disney World.

I was just wondering what all is included with your cruise package? I know that all of your meals and soft drinks are included, but what about the different activities you do at the ports of call and the spa treatments?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks so much!!!! pirate:

crafty91
01-06-2010, 08:38 AM
If you have been to Disney World already I'd definitely do the 7 night! 3 night is just a cruel tease! :) At the ports everything is on your dime and you sign up for whatever excursions you want, though if you stay on board the entertainment is still included in your cruise cost. The spa is sadly a separate cost also but well worth it. There is plenty to do on board that is covered by your cruise cost, shows and entertainment everywhere. Great kids pools and one adult only pool for relaxing, great drinks of the day, movies on the GIANT jumbo tv by the pool, movies in the theatre, movie releases if you're lucky to be on board during a Disney release. I could go on but I'll let other DIS'ers weigh in!

Bottom line you WILL in enjoy the cruise! I was a little sketchy before I went the first time, now we are headed on our 4 th cruise in a little more than a year!

Raven9 Studios
01-06-2010, 09:16 AM
just wanted to add Castaway Cay everything is free there too...well not alcohol so GREAT port

KSandbergFL
01-06-2010, 09:20 AM
My husband and I are really considering doing either a seven day cruise to the Western Caribbean or a 3 day cruise plus some time in Disney World.


Do a 4 day cruise, and spend a few days at WDW.

Edd
01-06-2010, 09:31 AM
You might consider the other two cruise lines that travel out of Port Canaveral, as well as Disney. You can find transportation to the other cruise lines from Disney. For two adults the Disney cruise could offer you a false feeling of a cruising vacation. Disney appeals to families with kids and so many good things are kids orientated. The production shows are actual Disney stories and do not provide the dancing entertainment most proffessional shows provide.

The other cruise lines have the casinos and the much better prepared lounges and getaways. There are lounges for older people and the yuppies. Personally I think the food is prepared for kids on the Disney ship as you get potatoes and pancakes shaped as MM and entries that just portray Disney.

There are many kids on the Disney ships. The area for them is small and they tend to spill over into the adult area. Not much but they are there. The Disney ship is small by standards now and actually crowded. 2800 passengers on a 75,000 ton ship compared to one RCLL ship 4100 passengers on a 154,000 ton ship. There are now ships twice and more the size of the Disney ships and you can find a 7 day cruise for about 1/2 as much as you would pay for a Disney cruise.

The Magic and the Wonder are beautiful ships, but so are many of the others. The RCLL I cruised on has a full basketball court, flow-rider which you either surf or boogie board in the water and a rock wall to climb. Disney's private island is nice, but is completely flat. I visited RCCL's private island, Labadee, a few weeks ago and it was beautiful (see the link to some pictures taken at Labadee). Nestled in a bay or cove at the foot of some very tall hills and old ruins it was really beautiful to walk around and sight-see. Also rode the flight line, which is a zip line starting 500 feet up in the mountains, running 2600 feet over the beach to the landing at the beach. What an awesome experience. 45 to 50 mph down the line. The childrens playground was really nice but you had to buy the time for them to enjoy it. The beach, open to everyone, was beautiful.

All the excursions from all the shiops are the same. Some impressive, some not but always crowded. The shopping in the towns is okay. If you like to shop be sure to go to the shopping shows on all ships that give you an idea on where to go. When you get off the boat you will meet 20 million Cheap Charlies who want to take you everywhere in their taxis.

Most of the fun and enjoyment will be on the ship. On the RCLL the Royal Promenade was host to the Dancing in the Street - 70's style, dancing in the street party and the Sea Circus parade (there are some pictures from the parade on the link also. I think children and adults would enjoy that parade as it was really beautiful). The Royal promenade is the length of 1 1/2 football fiels and about 12 yards wide, the width of a small street. There is also ice skating and an ice skating show on the ship RCLL. So pick the ship you think will provide you with the most entertainment for your cruise money.

For families check out the water area for kids. It is twice as big as the Disney area and completely outclasses what Disney has to offer on its ships.

Here are some pictures of my recent cruise!

http://ekorgan2.com/freedom_of_the_seas.htm

MintJulep
01-07-2010, 08:18 AM
Thank you all so much for all of your advice! It is going to be something that both the DH and I are going to have to talk about, but your advice and info really helped! :goodvibes

TheWog
01-07-2010, 08:28 AM
Many beaches are free or have a nominal fee to enter. On Grand Cayman if you go to Seven Mile Beach you can use the beach for free, but need to pay for a taxi $4-5 pp each way, if you want to rent a chair you need to pay, food, drinks, etc. things like that. If you go to Sea Grape, Courtyard and such you can use facilities (rest rooms/outdoor shower) for nothing and they have food and drinks and chair rentals. There are also water sports rentals i.e. jet skis, parasailing, etc.

Cozumel you would need a taxi to get you to a beach as well. Then you can use the amenities for a fee. Paradise Beach is one I can think of off the top of my head. Castaway Cay you can use chairs and transportation all inclusive as well as food and non alcoholic drinks, but many of the activities will cost you. Boat rentals, snorkeling (unless you bring your own), jet ski adventures, parasailing, banana boat, etc. If you just go ashore at the ports and check out the local area you don't usually have to pay anything, but if you want to explore farther onto an island you will need at least taxi fare and some times a tour fare. Stingray City is supposed to be great on GC and will also provide snorkeling and using a local operator will save you money over a cruise ship sponsored excursion.