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Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 06:56 PM
After MAJOR discussion, we've chosen to cancel our Disney Cruise and book a Carnival Cruise.

We just find it a little too expensive for us. :sad2:

Maybe some other time, DCL. :headache:

lmhall2000
10-19-2010, 07:04 PM
After MAJOR discussion, we've chosen to cancel our Disney Cruise and book a Carnival Cruise.

We just find it a little too expensive for us. :sad2:

Maybe some other time, DCL. :headache:


Are you only able to travel during peak times? We have sailed once on Disney and got an amazing deal...10 nights less than $571 pp and almost $200 OBC per person!! With 2 more VERY large ships coming out, there will undoubtedly be good deals...I hate to say it, but with today's economy, the number of foreclosures out there, the number of bankruptcies and credit worthiness dropping at tsunami rates....they will HAVE to make incredible deals available...I do think it will pick up, but honestly, I believe it will take 10 years to climb out of this fiasco our overleanding, over spending society has taken us...the advantages are things will cost a lot less, that means that Carnival will probably even have better deals...but if I can get a deal, I'd rather cruise Disney....hope you find one!
Tara

tink70
10-19-2010, 07:16 PM
Tara-
Just curious- when did you get that great deal, in my experience the price goes up the closer to sailing. Are you also a florida resident?
I am asking because I would LOVE to find one of those deals.

Marnie

lmhall2000
10-19-2010, 07:24 PM
Tara-
Just curious- when did you get that great deal, in my experience the price goes up the closer to sailing. Are you also a florida resident?
I am asking because I would LOVE to find one of those deals.

Marnie


I booked it 7 months before the cruise started...it was the Mediterranean cruise in May...they offered kids sail free, then they had a week where they allowed you to book kids sail free AND $999 per adult..so for two category 12 (which got pixie dusted up to cat 9) rooms with 7 people in them we got a deal, then we received more pixie dust b/c Disney gifted us with $100 pp OBC and we had OBC for transferring ressie to a travel agent and booking initially online with Disney...we even paid with our Disney Visa but they told us they would not honor that since we had all the others...

We also got Kids sail free for 7 night Mexican Riviera...I think we're paying $3300 for 7 on that one, still not bad!! Only $50 OBC but it's good! :)

I think the key is being able to travel in the low seasons, although the MR is during spring break and probably filling up, but then again they have all the negative press about Mexico to contend with....

Deals are there...and I feel there will be many more over the next 3 years.

I have been looking for 7 years for deals, no notable ones until last year, we had a family of five so I really didn't think we could travel inexpensively since we'd either need 2 rooms or cat 4 or higher....

Glad I came to this website!! :)
Tara

dursin
10-19-2010, 07:29 PM
After MAJOR discussion, we've chosen to cancel our Disney Cruise and book a Carnival Cruise.

We just find it a little too expensive for us. :sad2:

Maybe some other time, DCL. :headache:
I hope the Fascination is better than the Sensation was. After 4 DCL cruises, we gave that one a try and for a change, were actually happy when the trip was over. Due to some issues, Carnival gave us a 15% off coupon on a future cruise...which will likely just be thrown away.

Just remember..."You get what you pay for"

tink70
10-19-2010, 07:36 PM
I so agree about carnival. We took a carnival cruise for our honeymoon years ago before I was a disney nut. I would not go again. Disney is pricey but the quality is usually exceptional.

I wont forget our first disney cruise, we got off the elevator and the music was the water song that the little girl sings in the jungle book. My hubby looked at me and said "good thing we like disney" and my DD proceeded to sing the song for a while after that. We still remark on that. I think it wont matter what cruise you go on ifyou are not a big disney fan.

Back to second post- I guess the deals are there I just never seem to find them.:sad2: Lucky you!

dursin
10-19-2010, 07:39 PM
I've heard Carnival can be ok...and even quite good if you book the 7+ day cruises. The 'Fantasy class' ships they use on the 3/4 trips are garbage and should be sunk somewhere to make an artificial reef. :)

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 07:46 PM
I've currently only been on one cruise, with Carnival, and thought they were great -- but I also have no other cruise line to compare it to.

mousejunkie98
10-19-2010, 07:49 PM
The thing about cheaper lines, not only is the service not as good, but they nickel and dime you so much that you lose your savings. A big one is beverages - if you plan to drink anything other than tap water or tea, you can end up with a bill over $100 per person. Want a steak? Pay up!

We ended up paying so much less on our DCL cruise than our NCL cruise because of just that, so be careful.

NancyIL
10-19-2010, 07:55 PM
After MAJOR discussion, we've chosen to cancel our Disney Cruise and book a Carnival Cruise.

We just find it a little too expensive for us. :sad2:

Maybe some other time, DCL. :headache:

I understand that a 7-night cruise on Fantasy costs more than a 4-night cruise, but do you have to cancel the Dream?

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 07:56 PM
A way to deal with the paying for sodas and drinks on Carnival is your allowed to bring your own onboard.

m&m's mom
10-19-2010, 08:05 PM
I think you will be just fine. A lot of people forget there are a whole lot of nice ships out there that are not DCL and loe and behold- people love them!! ;)
Don't be disappointed and look forward to how much fun it will be. Just keep an eye on DCL cause maybe the prices will come down and you can choose if it is worth it.
Good Luck!

KingRichard
10-19-2010, 08:11 PM
A way to deal with the paying for sodas and drinks on Carnival is your allowed to bring your own onboard.

I thought I read that they will not allow that at all.

One of the reasons why I gave in(easy) when the wife said DCL. DCL allows you to bring anything you like.

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 08:17 PM
I'm pretty sure Carnival let's you...that's what I did in March! :eek:

Angelhalo
10-19-2010, 08:23 PM
I hope the Fascination is better than the Sensation was. After 4 DCL cruises, we gave that one a try and for a change, were actually happy when the trip was over. Due to some issues, Carnival gave us a 15% off coupon on a future cruise...which will likely just be thrown away.

Just remember..."You get what you pay for"

Ditto! We sailed a 7 nighter on the Splendor which I believe was Carnival's newest ship at the time and it pretty much sucked compared to Disney. I'd have to be hurt up for a cruise to try Carnival again any time soon. I know some people love Carnival but it just wasn't for us.

quentina
10-19-2010, 08:33 PM
I've currently only been on one cruise, with Carnival, and thought they were great -- but I also have no other cruise line to compare it to.

I've done Carnival, RC and Disney. Personally, the boats are all similar, food was cold on every buffet, bingo, shows etc....they are all the same. RC offered the best "service" from the waiters, room stewards etc. Carnival's kids club was amazing. Disney has the mouse.

I would do Carnival again in a heartbeat. Some of the deals on them are amazing!

I did just book another Disney however; that is because my 13 year old expressed that he liked it better that the others. I figure, there only young once....it's about them now, not me.

I am a big believer in attitude. You can have a good time or a bad time, we control that. Truly the dumpster view at VWL is still better that the view from my office :)

quentina
10-19-2010, 08:35 PM
I thought I read that they will not allow that at all.

One of the reasons why I gave in(easy) when the wife said DCL. DCL allows you to bring anything you like.

You can take it. People were carrying 12 packs of soda, beer, water on with them. I bought 1 soda card for $35.00 (I believe)...not sure that we got our $$$ worth for it.

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 08:39 PM
I've done Carnival, RC and Disney. Personally, the boats are all similar, food was cold on every buffet, bingo, shows etc....they are all the same. RC offered the best "service" from the waiters, room stewards etc. Carnival's kids club was amazing. Disney has the mouse.

I would do Carnival again in a heartbeat. Some of the deals on them are amazing!

Really? Cold? Weird, that's not how it's suppose to be, is it? :confused3

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 08:41 PM
You can take it. People were carrying 12 packs of soda, beer, water on with them. I bought 1 soda card for $35.00 (I believe)...not sure that we got our $$$ worth for it.

Prices for drinks on Carnival are high...that's how they get'ya.

I'd rather bring an extra bag filled with soda's, beer for my dad, grenedine (I like my shirley temples! ;)) etc.

The prices for photos on Carnival are high, too!

floydfamily4
10-19-2010, 08:49 PM
I took a 3 night this summer on Carnival and it was good. My kids (twins 5) really enjoyed it and even though it was an older ship it was good. Not great but good. I would definately travel Carnival again (on a newer, bigger ship) and definately would travel Royal Caribbean on the newer ships. Go in with the right attitude and enjoy a vacation you can afford.:thumbsup2

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 08:53 PM
I think the ports of call for the ship is Cozumel, Nassau and Half Moon Cay (Private Island)...doesn't look nearly as exciting as CC though! :)

quentina
10-19-2010, 08:54 PM
Really? Cold? Weird, that's not how it's suppose to be, is it? :confused3

Probably not...but it was, on all 3...or....maybe it starts out warm and buy the time I get to my table, it's cold :confused3

It's just a part of the cruise buffet's that I accept. It doesn't ruin my trip or discourage me from cruising again!

Curtis McCrea
10-19-2010, 08:56 PM
Probably not...but it was, on all 3...or....maybe it starts out warm and buy the time I get to my table, it's cold :confused3

It's just a part of the cruise buffet's that I accept. It doesn't ruin my trip or discourage me from cruising again!

The food in the buffet for my cruise in March was kept under heaters above it's container.

Mickeyhugger
10-19-2010, 09:03 PM
Our family has sailed almost as many Carnival cruises as we've sailed Disney. Disney is our all time favorite, but Carnival is a close second. The Conquest class ships are the way to sail.:) The prices are great too if DCL is out of your price range for your sail dates. We thought the food in the main dining room was a little better than DCL's (though Palo is a little better than the Carnival steakhouses.) I think you will still have a great time!:banana:

DW2010
10-19-2010, 09:39 PM
I'm having serious doubts about booking the Fantasy for 6/2/12. It's just about $1500 more than the Carnival Dream sailing 12/11. Yes, I know that December cruises are less than June, but Fantasy doesn't have pricing out for 12/12. Plus our DD starts Kindergarten in the fall of 2012 so we won't want to take her out of school. I mean $1500 is A LOT of money. Not to mention that we could even get a Balcony on the Carnival for almost $1100 less than the least expensive stateroom on the Fantasy. Is Disney worth this much more. FWIW, our D will be 5 when we sail.

DW2010
10-19-2010, 09:40 PM
I think the ports of call for the ship is Cozumel, Nassau and Half Moon Cay (Private Island)...doesn't look nearly as exciting as CC though! :)

The Carnival itinerary I'm looking at goes to Roatan which looks very nice. I badly want to go to CC, though.

Angelhalo
10-19-2010, 09:47 PM
We enter every cruise with a positive attitude. We were troopers on our Carnival Splendor cruise. All the great attitude in the world just doesn't always make up for poor quality. Our Carnival cruise was better than staying at home and going to work, but you definitely get what you pay for, and thankfully we've been able to get some great deals on DCL :goodvibes

StJohnfamily
10-19-2010, 09:54 PM
After MAJOR discussion, we've chosen to cancel our Disney Cruise and book a Carnival Cruise.

We just find it a little too expensive for us. :sad2:

Maybe some other time, DCL. :headache:

We made this mistake last February to join some friends. I would have to say that the ship itself was beautiful. The service SUCKED!!!! They nickeled and dimed us to death. The amount we saved on the front sure got sucked into the paying to get off the ship. They add your gratuties right onto to your ship board credit. They charge for the kids club after 9:00, which when you have late seating meant every night for our daughter to have fun with other kids rather than hang with us at dinner. They also charge for craft/fun things to do in the kids club. The drinks were very watered down and when asked for more an additional shot in the drink, the cost was $15 per drink!! I can say we will never cruise with them again.:sad2:

Silly Little Pixie
10-19-2010, 09:56 PM
There are deals to be had from time to time on DCL. In March we got cat 12 rooms for $699 pp, 7 night Western! :banana: And pixie dusted up to a cat 9... although truthfully, we really wanted to see if we'd be "happy" with an inside room!

And we got a great deal on KSF for this March's spring break MR cruise.

tigger2on
10-19-2010, 10:00 PM
Sorry to hear you had to cancel...:sad2:
Hopefully you will be able to try Disney one day!
My advice is to watch for the "special offers". They had 25% off for Canadians recently.

Tower
10-19-2010, 10:25 PM
I hope the Fascination is better than the Sensation was. After 4 DCL cruises, we gave that one a try and for a change, were actually happy when the trip was over.
Just remember..."You get what you pay for"We were on the Fascination twice over the years. The first one was a 4-night to Key West and Cozumel with a day at sea. They really encouraged a lot of drinking in order to be the 'fun ship'. I don't like spending time around a lot of drunks and we were happy to get off the ship.
Years later, with 3 kids in tow (6, 4 and 6 months) we found a price on the Fascination we could not turn down. It was a 3 night with one day in Nassau. Completely different experience!! Love it! The kids cried when they found out they had to leave the ship the next day.
So, now we've sailed the Disney Magic last December and we're doing the Carnival Dream this December. We'll gauge it on a few comparitive features, one being the parents' experiences, the excursions and finally, 'Did the kids like it as much as Disney'? When we get back at Christmas, I'll do a trip report and go from there.
BTW, I'm still addicted to DCL so our 2011 Magic cruise is being moved to 2012. Moved, but not cancelled :)

Evan&Kimberly
10-19-2010, 10:32 PM
I have to admit that DCL is expensive but we have such a great time! I am booked on the Dream for next year but I know for 2012 I will not do the Fantasy, I think that I can get get a better deal on RCCL's Oasis or Allure of the seas, I will know more tomorrow when DCL releases prices for 2012. I will tell you that if you jump cruise lines I would not jump to Carnival,and if you do PLEASE dont do Carnival smaller ships:scared1:

DW2010
10-19-2010, 10:39 PM
I have to admit that DCL is expensive but we have such a great time! I am booked on the Dream for next year but I know for 2012 I will not do the Fantasy, I think that I can get get a better deal on RCCL's Oasis or Allure of the seas, I will know more tomorrow when DCL releases prices for 2012. I will tell you that if you jump cruise lines I would not jump to Carnival,and if you do PLEASE dont do Carnival smaller ships:scared1:

We really want to stick with Disney. We can definitely afford the Dream for 4 nights, but would love to go on the Fantasy for 7 nights. I wouldn't mind trying the Oasis, but we are planning on driving to PC and I don't think we'd want to drive to Fort Lauderdale. That would be a long drive. If we didn't flying becomes an extra expense. Someone tell me what to do. I'm about to just give up...lol.

Evan&Kimberly
10-19-2010, 11:13 PM
We really want to stick with Disney. We can definitely afford the Dream for 4 nights, but would love to go on the Fantasy for 7 nights. I wouldn't mind trying the Oasis, but we are planning on driving to PC and I don't think we'd want to drive to Fort Lauderdale. That would be a long drive. If we didn't flying becomes an extra expense. Someone tell me what to do. I'm about to just give up...lol.

I am in the same boat, driving all the way down to FLL. I will have a year and a half to monitor flights for me and my 5yr old son so that we can get the best price. Evan loves DCL but I think he will enjoy seeing the Dream Work Characters on RCCL Mega Ships. I have done some price comparisons and actually most of Disney’s Magic sailings are more expensive than the Oasis:eek:. I hope that RCCL will consider moving the Oasis or the ALLURE of the Seas to Port Canaveral? I hope that RCCL realizes that many families are willing to jump DCL to try another cruise line that is comparable and less expensive. For me I will continue to sail Disney but I can’t help but want to sail on the BIGGEST Ships in the world and they belong to RCCL which is a great cruise line! I heard that the Oasis will be on the Discovery Channel
(I think) on Oct 24th I think the show will be called extreme cruise ships. I will have to let my son see this ship so that I can get him syked up for the Allure of the seas 2012, because whenever I show him another ship from another cruise line he says mommy that’s not Mickey’s Ship:laughing:

Page4
10-20-2010, 07:36 AM
I think DCL prices will start coming down. This thread is evidence that the supply and demand is shifting a little. The OP is a Disney fan but has made a choice concerning budget. I'm sure the OP is not alone.

btw, to the OP, hope you have a good time on your cruise! Let us know how it was.

DW2010
10-20-2010, 07:45 AM
I am in the same boat, driving all the way down to FLL. I will have a year and a half to monitor flights for me and my 5yr old son so that we can get the best price. Evan loves DCL but I think he will enjoy seeing the Dream Work Characters on RCCL Mega Ships. I have done some price comparisons and actually most of Disney’s Magic sailings are more expensive than the Oasis:eek:. I hope that RCCL will consider moving the Oasis or the ALLURE of the Seas to Port Canaveral? I hope that RCCL realizes that many families are willing to jump DCL to try another cruise line that is comparable and less expensive. For me I will continue to sail Disney but I can’t help but want to sail on the BIGGEST Ships in the world and they belong to RCCL which is a great cruise line! I heard that the Oasis will be on the Discovery Channel
(I think) on Oct 24th I think the show will be called extreme cruise ships. I will have to let my son see this ship so that I can get him syked up for the Allure of the seas 2012, because whenever I show him another ship from another cruise line he says mommy that’s not Mickey’s Ship:laughing:

We are highly considering the Dream for 1/3/12 as it's a double dip and $1852. That's $400 more than we were quoted for a 4 night in December 2011, but we're given an extra day and another day to spend at CC which I hear is great. It's $1K less than the Fantasy would be for 6/2/10. We just can't do the Fantasy. Technically we could drive to Fort Lauderdale to try RCI's Oasis or Allure as we're in the panhandle but the drive to Disney World last month was about all DD could take :).

jerelle
10-20-2010, 07:48 AM
Hi there. We cruised Carnival Glory in Feb this year. We too were told how easy it was to "sneak" alcohol aboard. We were allowed our one bottle of wine pp which we put in our carry ons. Against my better judgement, we also put 2 bottles of booze in our luggage. They were found and confiscated. (and we felt so foolish-at our age doing this, right?!)Now, we did get them back at the end of the cruise. Likewise any alcohol brought back onto the ship from port is confiscated until the end of the cruise. My advice, since you sound like you'd like the :"extras" ;) is to put them into your carry ons. Our carry ons were never checked, let alone x-rayed. A fellow cruiser aboard told us Carnival is really cracking down hard on alcohol being brought on board and even has the technology to find "rum runners" and such. They really do have the best pricing and they depend on alcohol and gambling to make up the difference. All that aside, we had a nice time. We did enjoy RC a little more, but your vacation is what you make it. I see you are from Ottawa-me too. Did you check out the 25% per fare off the Jan and Feb 2011 cruises. This is why we chose Disney. (plus I'm a bit of a Disney freak and it's been a long time dream to sail DCL)Our cruise fare was EVEN pricing with Carnival's sail to St Thomas/St Maarten at the same time of year. :yay:

Just a thought. :hippie:

KingRichard
10-20-2010, 08:25 AM
Isn't one of the reasons DCL cost more is the rooms are much bigger?

When I was comparing prices it was hard to ignore how much is was to upgrade to something even close in size.

With 5 of us, size does matter. lol

MelissaE1
10-20-2010, 09:26 AM
I have to admit that DCL is expensive but we have such a great time! I am booked on the Dream for next year but I know for 2012 I will not do the Fantasy, I think that I can get get a better deal on RCCL's Oasis or Allure of the seas, I will know more tomorrow when DCL releases prices for 2012.:scared1:

DS asked for a Disney cruise for his HS graduation and I booked the Fantasy for June 2012, category 4A for DH, myself, DS18 and DD13 for $5,091.40 total (includes about $450ish discount for rebooking onboard).

We will be taking our kids on Oasis of the Seas in a couple of weeks, their first non-Disney cruise. Just in case he decided he like the RCCL megaships better at his age :eek: I priced Allure of the Seas for the same week. For a D1 cabin that's more than 60 sq ft. smaller it would be $6,189 total.

I know that there are cheaper options than DCL, but at the moment, Oasis class ships don't appear to be one of them. :)

KSDisneyDad
10-20-2010, 09:39 AM
We really want to stick with Disney. We can definitely afford the Dream for 4 nights, but would love to go on the Fantasy for 7 nights. I wouldn't mind trying the Oasis, but we are planning on driving to PC and I don't think we'd want to drive to Fort Lauderdale. That would be a long drive. If we didn't flying becomes an extra expense. Someone tell me what to do. I'm about to just give up...lol.

Have you priced out the Oasis?

I priced it for the same exact date as the Disney Fantasy. It's also nearly the same itinerary (St. Maarten & St. Thomas). The only difference is that the Fantasy visits Castaway Cay and the Oasis visits Nassau (yuck!!). The Oasis was actually $1,100 MORE than Disney!!

To the OP: I've never cruised another line, but I'm sure you'll have a great time. Perhaps sometime you can do a shorter cruise on Disney. We've done 4, 7 and 15 nights. We love the longer cruises, but if shorter is all we could do, we'd do them as they are great.

KSDisneyDad
10-20-2010, 09:42 AM
I am in the same boat, driving all the way down to FLL. I will have a year and a half to monitor flights for me and my 5yr old son so that we can get the best price. Evan loves DCL but I think he will enjoy seeing the Dream Work Characters on RCCL Mega Ships. I have done some price comparisons and actually most of Disney’s Magic sailings are more expensive than the Oasis:eek:. I hope that RCCL will consider moving the Oasis or the ALLURE of the Seas to Port Canaveral? I hope that RCCL realizes that many families are willing to jump DCL to try another cruise line that is comparable and less expensive. For me I will continue to sail Disney but I can’t help but want to sail on the BIGGEST Ships in the world and they belong to RCCL which is a great cruise line! I heard that the Oasis will be on the Discovery Channel
(I think) on Oct 24th I think the show will be called extreme cruise ships. I will have to let my son see this ship so that I can get him syked up for the Allure of the seas 2012, because whenever I show him another ship from another cruise line he says mommy that’s not Mickey’s Ship:laughing:


What dates did you compare? Disney can often be less than the Oasis if you book far enough in advance. We've priced it out 3 separate times (summer 2010, spring 2011 and summer 2012) and each time, Disney was less expensive than the Oasis.

DW2010
10-20-2010, 09:45 AM
Have you priced out the Oasis?

I priced it for the same exact date as the Disney Fantasy. It's also nearly the same itinerary (St. Maarten & St. Thomas). The only difference is that the Fantasy visits Castaway Cay and the Oasis visits Nassau (yuck!!). The Oasis was actually $1,100 MORE than Disney!!

To the OP: I've never cruised another line, but I'm sure you'll have a great time. Perhaps sometime you can do a shorter cruise on Disney. We've done 4, 7 and 15 nights. We love the longer cruises, but if shorter is all we could do, we'd do them as they are great.

We can't really consider the Oasis because of it being in Fort Lauderdale. We'll be making the 5 hour drive to PC to board. Right now we have a reservation for a 5 night double dip 1/3/12 on the Dream ;). Very excited but am just worried about weather. Dh and I went on a honeymoon cruise to the Eastern Caribbean in December 2005 and the weather was awesome. Should I expect the same for CC?

NancyIL
10-20-2010, 10:29 AM
I think DCL prices will start coming down. This thread is evidence that the supply and demand is shifting a little. The OP is a Disney fan but has made a choice concerning budget. I'm sure the OP is not alone.

btw, to the OP, hope you have a good time on your cruise! Let us know how it was.

Curtis and family have never cruised on Disney, and had the Dream booked for 2011. Curtis - I think you have given up too soon! DON'T cancel the Dream...yet!

ILoveDisney&Cruising
10-20-2010, 11:11 AM
Prior to DCL, we sailed twice on Carnival.

For us, Carnival was too much of a "party boat". LOTS of 20-somethings drinking & partying.

Plus, we skipped the evening shows 1/2 of the time, due to their very "NON family friendly", risque nature. Think Vegas showgirls and the like. Our tablemates said they left in the middle of a show one evening because their daughter asked "why don't those people have any clothes on?"

I haven't really price shopped, so can't comment on that, but for us, we much prefer the family-friendliness of DCL, and not having to shield our little ones (or teens!) eyes. :rotfl:

kaseyC
10-20-2010, 11:17 AM
Isn't one of the reasons DCL cost more is the rooms are much bigger?

When I was comparing prices it was hard to ignore how much is was to upgrade to something even close in size.

With 5 of us, size does matter. lol

With the Magic and Wonder that was true. No longer with the Dream and Fantasy, the cabins are smaller and about the same as the other mass market cruise lines.

nenner1
10-20-2010, 12:58 PM
I am in the same boat, driving all the way down to FLL. I will have a year and a half to monitor flights for me and my 5yr old son so that we can get the best price. Evan loves DCL but I think he will enjoy seeing the Dream Work Characters on RCCL Mega Ships. I have done some price comparisons and actually most of Disney’s Magic sailings are more expensive than the Oasis:eek:. I hope that RCCL will consider moving the Oasis or the ALLURE of the Seas to Port Canaveral? I hope that RCCL realizes that many families are willing to jump DCL to try another cruise line that is comparable and less expensive. For me I will continue to sail Disney but I can’t help but want to sail on the BIGGEST Ships in the world and they belong to RCCL which is a great cruise line! I heard that the Oasis will be on the Discovery Channel
(I think) on Oct 24th I think the show will be called extreme cruise ships. I will have to let my son see this ship so that I can get him syked up for the Allure of the seas 2012, because whenever I show him another ship from another cruise line he says mommy that’s not Mickey’s Ship:laughing:

Oasis and Allure are staying in Port Everglades for the time being. They spent many millions to upgrade that terminal there to make it big enough for the large crowds that those ships hold.

RCCL prices on Freedom and Oasis class are extremely similar to Disney's. We only cruise off season (Sept/Oct/Jan) but our Allure 9/18/11 cruise booked earlier this year is cheaper than our Halloween Magic cruise booked 2 years out. Both are for 5 ppl 2 adults, 3 kids, one balcony (cat 6 Magic, Cat D2 Allure) and one inside (Cat 11 Magic, Cat L Allure). Allure was just around $4800. Very reasonable. (LOL to us). :thumbsup2

Also Freedom class and up will have Dreamworks characters, events and shows starting next year. I know, it's not Mickey but... ;)

Disneynut25
10-20-2010, 01:32 PM
There are THOUSANDS of people that cruise with Carnival everyday who absolutely love that cruise line. You should take a look at other cruise message boards and read some of the trip reports from people with small children. Some actually LOVE cruising with Carnival. They rave about the service, food, rooms, towel animals, ect just like you see posted on this message board. Do what's best for your family. I have cruise and RCL and DCL (I have never been on Carnival) and both lines excel at different things. I'll tell you this, you know how you always read people saying how when they are on a DCL ship and pull up next to a Carnival or RCL ship and always feel sorry for the people on the other ship. They say things like most of the people on the other ships wish that they were on a DCL ship. Well when I cruised with RCL on my honeymoon we were docked next to a DCL ship and all you could here from the people around us (including myself) was how you couldn't pay them to get on one of the Disney ships with all those screaming kids running around. My point is "to each his own". What works best for your family might not be someone elses cup of tea. Remember that you are posting on a Disney message board. Do your research to see what is best for you and your family.

KingRichard
10-20-2010, 01:36 PM
There are THOUSANDS of people that cruise with Carnival everyday who absolutely love that cruise line. You should take a look at other cruise message boards and read some of the trip reports from people with small children. Some actually LOVE cruising with Carnival. They rave about the service, food, rooms, towel animals, ect just like you see posted on this message board. Do what's best for your family. I have cruise and RCL and DCL (I have never been on Carnival) and both lines excel at different things. I'll tell you this, you know how you always read people saying how when they are on a DCL ship and pull up next to a Carnival or RCL ship and always feel sorry for the people on the other ship. They say things like most of the people on the other ships wish that they were on a DCL ship. Well when I cruised with RCL on my honeymoon we were docked next to a DCL ship and all you could here from the people around us (including myself) was how you couldn't pay them to get on one of the Disney ships with all those screaming kids running around. My point is "to each his own". What works best for your family might not be someone elses cup of tea. Remember that you are posting on a Disney message board. Do your research to see what is best for you and your family.

All those screaming kids running around?

At first I thought you were talking about all the college students getting drunk and seasick for the first time.

NancyIL
10-20-2010, 01:54 PM
There are THOUSANDS of people that cruise with Carnival everyday who absolutely love that cruise line. You should take a look at other cruise message boards and read some of the trip reports from people with small children. Some actually LOVE cruising with Carnival. They rave about the service, food, rooms, towel animals, ect just like you see posted on this message board. Do what's best for your family. I have cruise and RCL and DCL (I have never been on Carnival) and both lines excel at different things. I'll tell you this, you know how you always read people saying how when they are on a DCL ship and pull up next to a Carnival or RCL ship and always feel sorry for the people on the other ship. They say things like most of the people on the other ships wish that they were on a DCL ship. Well when I cruised with RCL on my honeymoon we were docked next to a DCL ship and all you could here from the people around us (including myself) was how you couldn't pay them to get on one of the Disney ships with all those screaming kids running around. My point is "to each his own". What works best for your family might not be someone elses cup of tea. Remember that you are posting on a Disney message board. Do your research to see what is best for you and your family.

Last December I dropped off my Avis rental car in Cape Canaveral and took their shuttle to the port for my Disney cruise. The driver was commenting on the 3 ships in port: Carnival, RCI, and DCL. He referred to Disney as "daycare on the water"! :rotfl2: You're right - not everyone looks longingly at a Disney ship.

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 01:58 PM
Funny, we are going with rcl, my parents keep wishing they were going with disney again cause EVERYBODY on the ship tells them disney is the best, I kept saying, yes but, on rcl everybody on there will tell you rcl is the best.

Disneynut25
10-20-2010, 02:07 PM
All those screaming kids running around?

At first I thought you were talking about all the college students getting drunk and seasick for the first time.

No, I was talking about the annoying tweens playing elevator tag while their parents toasted the town in Palo, or the 2 year old sreaming his head off during dinner because mommie and daddy kept him running all day with Mickey and didnt take time to let little Timmy take a nap that day, no actually I was talking about the group of drunken 20 something year olds making out in the Quiet Cove Pool, no it was the drunken guy throwing up on himself sitting in a pool of his own urine while his wife and daughter looked around Key West for him.....

LIKE I SAID.... to each his own....The screaming kids running around is the perception that someone might have who had never cruised with DCL. I had the same perception before I cruised with DCL. After I took my first DCL cruise, not so much. The ship was not over run with screaming kids but it most certainly had it's fair share. On the other hand all the examples of bad behavior that I posted above were very true. You find drunks on all ships, INCLUDING Disney. I really felt sorry the woman looking for her husband only to find him sitting in a corner a few yards away from the ship. I was embarrassed for him and her.

GraffFam
10-20-2010, 02:09 PM
All I'm going to say is, You get what you pay for!!! Try to enjoy your carnival cruise, and I will definitely enjoy my DISNEY CRUISE.

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 02:12 PM
No, I was talking about the annoying tweens playing elevator tag while their parents toasted the town in Palo, or the 2 year old sreaming his head off during dinner because mommie and daddy kept him running all day with Mickey and didnt take time to let little Timmy take a nap that day, no actually I was talking about the group of drunken 20 something year olds making out in the Quiet Cove Pool, no it was the drunken guy throwing up on him self sitting in a pool of his own urine while his wife and daughter looked around Key West for him.....

LIKE I SAID.... to each his own....The screaming kids running around is the perception that someone might have who had never cruised with DCL. I had the same perception before I cruised with DCL. After I took my first DCL cruise, not so much. The ship was not over run with screaming kids but it most certainly had it's fair share. On the other hand all the examples of bad behavior that I posted above were very true. You find drunks on all ships. INCLUDING Disney. I really felt sorry the woman looking for her husband only to find him sitting in a corner a few yards away from the ship. I was embarrassed for him and her.
Making out? not sure I know exactly what you mean by that:confused3
I hope its not what I think....
Thankfully after 3 cruises Ive never seen anyhthing like that on a disney ship.
In fact, I dont think I ever seen anybody drunk.tipsy maybe but not so drunk that you would notice.

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 02:16 PM
All I'm going to say is, You get what you pay for!!! Try to enjoy your carnival cruise, and I will definitely enjoy my DISNEY CRUISE.
We had a carnival ship docked next to us, I have to say it didnt look good, but looks can be decieving. We also had the indy of the seas docked next to us. KAWOOOL cant wait to try it.
I enjoy any time away with family and no work no matter where or when, I work away from home doing nights and weekends so anywhere is good
It has to be pretty miserable before I dont enjoy something.

Its all about the right frame of mind.

floydfamily4
10-20-2010, 02:58 PM
We made this mistake last February to join some friends. I would have to say that the ship itself was beautiful. The service SUCKED!!!! They nickeled and dimed us to death. The amount we saved on the front sure got sucked into the paying to get off the ship. They add your gratuties right onto to your ship board credit. They charge for the kids club after 9:00, which when you have late seating meant every night for our daughter to have fun with other kids rather than hang with us at dinner. They also charge for craft/fun things to do in the kids club. The drinks were very watered down and when asked for more an additional shot in the drink, the cost was $15 per drink!! I can say we will never cruise with them again.:sad2:


I did not find this to be true. The kids club was open until almost 11p at no extra charge. My kids came home with a t-shirt, puppet, and canvas bag at no extra cost. I found the service completely acceptable. I don't drink much but bought the 4 drink card and the 1 drink I had I literally had it all day because it was so strong! I am sure DCL is fabulous but I think the other cruise lines don't get a fair review sometimes. JMO.

Page4
10-20-2010, 02:59 PM
It's funny how we compare cruise lines and have strong opinions of what's best. I actually used to look down on cruising until recently. I considered it the mini-van of vacations...if that makes any sense. I still do a little bit but, I have little kids now and hiking through the hills of Jamaica just won't fit the bill any more. Opinions change as life changes...at least it does for me.

Otimon
10-20-2010, 03:15 PM
Don't give up your Dream, Curtis.

We are 3 adults who will take our 16th Disney cruise next March on the Dream. One would assume kids run amuck on the Disney but that's not the case at all!

Give it a chance and you just may find yourself booking another Disney. Their private island, Castaway Cay, is in a class by itself. No other cruise line's private island compares to it.

Best wishes,

Linda

NancyIL
10-20-2010, 03:18 PM
It's funny how we compare cruise lines and have strong opinions of what's best. I actually used to look down on cruising until recently. I considered it the mini-van of vacations...if that makes any sense. I still do a little bit but, I have little kids now and hiking through the hills of Jamaica just won't fit the bill any more. Opinions change as life changes...at least it does for me.

Rather than looking down on cruising, it used to be something that only the retired and/or wealthy did! Cruising is a great way to get a taste of a number of destinations - especially when they are located in multiple countries. Other places are better visited on a land trip, or at least a combination of land + sea. Sometimes I think I have gotten too caught up in travel via cruise ship, and need to slow down a bit and take more land trips.

Getting back to Curtis's post...I haven't cruised on Carnival, but he and his family have. I'm sure they'll have a great time on whatever ship they choose.

BealsRwe
10-20-2010, 03:27 PM
We have cruised on DCL a lot, and we have cruised on the Carnival Fascination. The good thing is if you don't have a lot of experience with cruising, Carnival Fascination will probably be fine. I was not a fan of all the smoking (one entire side of the ship). We enjoyed ourselves, but knew it was a bargain cruise when we booked it. The food was ok-but I prefer our local bar & grill as the selection onboard was not huge. We got an incredible deal. The rooms were adequate, although I love the split bath we get on DCL. The 80's show was fun. We didn't spend much time in the casino, and the drinks were more expensive than with DCL. We did each take 1 bottle of wine on (all Carnival would allow), but happy I can take on whatever I want with DCL. All in all, we will pay the extra to cruise with DCL, unless we are taking a bonus cruise for the year, then I book cheap, and know that going in so I lower my expectations.

toontoy
10-20-2010, 03:29 PM
Our family has sailed almost as many Carnival cruises as we've sailed Disney. Disney is our all time favorite, but Carnival is a close second. The Conquest class ships are the way to sail.:) The prices are great too if DCL is out of your price range for your sail dates. We thought the food in the main dining room was a little better than DCL's (though Palo is a little better than the Carnival steakhouses.) I think you will still have a great time!:banana:

we are on a conquest cruise in january out of galveston. Any hints you would like to share. I have been on both disney ships and rccl once. I am wondering about it as my wife is a bit leary but for the price it was great, 600 for a balcony for the week of the 16th, was very great.

pperfectmom
10-20-2010, 03:29 PM
It's funny how we compare cruise lines and have strong opinions of what's best. I actually used to look down on cruising until recently. I considered it the mini-van of vacations...if that makes any sense. I still do a little bit but, I have little kids now and hiking through the hills of Jamaica just won't fit the bill any more. Opinions change as life changes...at least it does for me.

I know what you mean. I remember seeing a bunch of cruise ships in port in Ocho Rios and was horrified by them. I vowed then and there to never set foot on one.:rolleyes1 My how times change after having kids.:rotfl2: I still haven't set foot on one but am desperately trying to.

Curtis McCrea
10-20-2010, 03:49 PM
A few moments ago, we called DCL and cancelled. Refund can take up to 15 Days.

Page4
10-20-2010, 03:56 PM
I know what you mean. I remember seeing a bunch of cruise ships in port in Ocho Rios and was horrified by them. I vowed then and there to never set foot on one.:rolleyes1 My how times change after having kids.:rotfl2: I still haven't set foot on one but am desperately trying to.

:rotfl2:That's funny. I remember seeing ships while in Ocho Rios too and thinking the same thing. I joked about cruisers buying Chinese made Jamaican souvenirs. Now I love mini-vans and can appreciate the safe touristy areas...lol.

Page4
10-20-2010, 03:59 PM
A few moments ago, we called DCL and cancelled. Refund can take up to 15 Days.

I saw the Fascination leaving Saturday (I live in Jacksonville). I was on the Dames Point bridge on my way to Epcot...lol. They sure looked like they were having fun!

Curtis McCrea
10-20-2010, 04:24 PM
I think the Fantasy class are the only Carnival ships that look like ships, and not floating cities. :)