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sandee
01-03-2003, 09:08 AM
I'm trying another cruise line in 2 wks. (hey, I'll be back with my "True Love" ..the Wonder..in March!). the "other" cruise line is RCCL....couldn't resist the low price. I'd like to PM someone with a question about RCCL. If you've ever sailed with them pls. let me know. Also would like to know if DCL has cracked down on bringing sodas aboard. Keep hearing conflicting info. Anyone take sodas aboard in the last couple weeks?

kajohn
01-03-2003, 09:15 AM
Please feel free to pm me and I can answer any of your questions.

4crusinransiers
01-03-2003, 10:15 AM
In my opinion, the food is better in RCCL.

Hopkins
01-03-2003, 10:23 AM
Let us know what you thought about the cruise. There are places DCL just doesn't go, yet. I bet it doesn't have that "magical" feeling.

Have fun!
Tina

Cheryl-Lynne
01-03-2003, 10:41 AM
My bother-in-law went on the RCCL. He had a good time, but would like to try Disney, maybe that is because I keep going on about it! Some differences are: the pool water on RCCL is sea water, the captain talks ALOT over the speaker (about how many knots they are going etc.), and it seems to be more crowded. I think you will have a wonderful holiday with lots of yummy food, and entertainment.

thebecka
01-03-2003, 12:03 PM
I enjoyed RCCL - we went on the Voyager two years ago and are looking at possibly going on the Navigator at the end of this year. I prefer the service on DCL and the food as well. I enjoyed the size of the ship and the activities (casino!!) DD enjoyed kid camp cause there were fewer kids on our cruise and she also liked the parades on board. DCL by far has the better shows and a more entertaining staff.

alexandrew
01-03-2003, 01:11 PM
we are seriously contemplating canceling our scheduled 7 day DCL cruise in Oct. for 7 day RCCL Navigator...we heard the ship, amenities, and kids programs are incredible...They have a Johnny Rockets onboard, free for guests(except milkshakes), as well as a res. only Italian restaurant and steakhouse.I also heard they have $millions in eclectic artwork, as well as the usual Voyager class stuff everyone knows about....

these are some compelling reasons to try this ship...

As a DCL loyalist however, I sincerely hope they get busy designing a new ship ...

taswira
01-03-2003, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by sandee
Also would like to know if DCL has cracked down on bringing sodas aboard. Keep hearing conflicting info. Anyone take sodas aboard in the last couple weeks?
The current information booklet issued with the documents says no soda or snacks in coolers, no open snack containers of any kind, and no beverage containers at all in luggage. HOWEVER . . .

Some people manage to carry on soda and some have even managed to check it as luggage. Those porters who take your luggage at the terminal do NOT work for DCL, so maybe they don't care. As for taking it as carry-on, it all depends on whether the particular officials you encounter choose to enforce the rule. I bet if you called DCL directly several times and spoke with a different CM each time, asking if you could bring soda, you might get a variety of answers!

If you are set on taking soda or even a cooler, go ahead. If they refuse it at the port, at least it won't come as a surprise, because it is already in black and white for all guests. The reason everyone keeps asking if it is okay is because DCL is not consistent in enforcing their own rules.

sandee
01-03-2003, 02:42 PM
If DCL would carry my brand of cola I wouldn't have to carry sodas on board. Then again, maybe I would. I know I have seen posters comment on "why carry sodas onto a cruise that cost so much $$, what a few $'s more", but it really irks me that there's a charge for soda. I know this is common practice for all cruise lines, but DCL isn't most cruise lines. If they at least offered soda at lunch I'd feel a little better about it.

thebecka
01-03-2003, 03:03 PM
As someone who loves and has traveled both cruiselines I wouldn't cancel a DCL but I would book a RCCL in addition. :bounce:

JLSE50
01-03-2003, 04:31 PM
SANDEE--DCL offered soda at lunch and dinner every cruise we took. I bet we could have gotten it for breakfast if we had asked.

We took RCCL MAJESTY for a four day cruise. Could not go to their island as the water was too rough for the tender boats. We did not feel the waves on the ship and remember thinking that if they had a pier like Castaway Cay, we could have checked out their island. Instead we had a day at sea. The ship seems smaller than the MAGIC. The room was smaller than the MAGIC. They were not willing to meet our dietary requests--and all we wanted was to NOT have the potatoe on the plate. My door-key-charge-card was printed upside down. The lady at registration said it would be no problem. The fellow who took the photo for the ID portion of the card said it would be a problem and I should go talk to the Pursor. That fellow acted put-out and as if it was my fault.
On a scale of 1-10 we give the MAJESTY a 7 and the MAGIC a 10.

Jan :earsgirl:

cathy59
01-03-2003, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by JLSE50
On a scale of 1-10 we give the MAJESTY a 7 and the MAGIC a 10.

We sailed on the Majesty in 94 (before Majesty Cruise Line was bought out by RCCL) and on the Sovereign of the Seas in 99.

The Majesty is such a small ship it isn't hardly fair to compare them. I preferred the Sovereign, but I have to say that after our RCCL cruise, I never thought I'd sail with anyone else. The food and entertainment were fabulous, as was their own private island Coco Cay.

We are looking forward to our Disney Cruise so we can compare!

JLSE50
01-03-2003, 04:57 PM
Cathy: I hope you love it half as much as we do. We think the entertainment on the MAGIC was FAR better than what we saw on the MAJESTY.

Jan :earsgirl:

cathy59
01-03-2003, 05:00 PM
Jan - I hope so!

As I recall, on the Majesty, the dancers couldn't do a full lift unless they wanted their partner's head to hit the ceiling! LOL.

Thanks!

RellingTwin
01-03-2003, 05:11 PM
Yes, you can get soda at (sit down) breakfast. I do not drink coffee, I get my cafine fix from Diet Coke!I odered it in Parrot Cay with breakfast. No problems!
I also carried on a 12 pack of soda and beer with a luggage cart, and packed a soft sided cooler in my luggage, also no problem!

4crusinransiers
01-03-2003, 05:42 PM
When we book our next cruise it will be with RCCL, not that we did not like our 7 day magic, its just that we can save a TON of money by going with RCCL, we enjoy the food and my very mature 10 and 12 year olds felt the clubs on the magic were to babyish for them.....we would like to try a different line next time with the boys.

4crusinransiers
01-03-2003, 05:49 PM
When we book our next cruise it will be with RCCL, not that we did not like our 7 day magic, its just that we can save a TON of money by going with RCCL, we enjoy the food and my very mature 10 and 12 year olds felt the clubs on the magic were to babyish for them.....we would like to try a different line next time with the boys.

tstobb
01-03-2003, 05:56 PM
I have not yet been on RCCL but posed this question on another board & responses were pretty much the same - RCCLs big ships that cruise the 7 days (Voyager class) are fantastic BUT their older , smaller ships that run the 3 & 4 day cruises are beginning to show their age and don't compare with the Wonder (cabin size, shows, etc.).

onemichelle
01-04-2003, 03:26 AM
I wasn't trying to get around any Disney rules (never thought about it actually) but when we sailed in October, I ordered a gift basket from Shirley at the Perfect Gift and I had her include two six packs of soda.
Kudos to Shirley and her team-they even got me a swim noodle for my dd3 and managed to get it wrapped up nicely with the Mickey bag of other stuff!

sandee
01-04-2003, 09:13 AM
I didn't know sodas were avail. at lunch and breakfast time. I love to eat out on deck so I've never had a sit down lunch or breakfast on any of my cruises. I know soda isn't an option at the buffet meals. I wonder why not?

alexandrew
01-04-2003, 09:33 AM
Thebecka:

I wish I could do both cruises this year...unfortunately, we travel off peak value season and can't take my DS out of school for 2 weeks...

mac_tlc
01-04-2003, 12:37 PM
We have sailed on the Magic twice, (almost three times on 11/30) , but would book on RCCl on the "Voyager" class ships i a minute. They are spectacular. Other than the shows and a slight deduct for the kids areas, we think they equal or exceed DCL. The Promenade area is wonderful, as are the rooms overlooking it...

I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to "stray" from your "true love" .. at least as far as cruising is concerned !!!


mac_tlc

sandee
01-04-2003, 01:23 PM
This trip was just too cheap to pass up - we'll be on Monarch of the Sea. I have read a lot of pros and cons about this ship, but the price for 5 days was soooo low! Hey, it is going to have to be pretty darn bad before I'm disappointed because I have very low expectations to begin with. My idea of gourmet dining is apple jelly instead of grape on my peanut butter sandwiches so I won't be fussy about food. I don't want to do any excursions, I've loved every show/ act I've seen on DCL and some of them were pretty bad according to others I was with. As long as RCCL provides me and my DD (adult) with 3 hots and a cot ( and a chair on deck in the sun) I will be a happy camper. Just looking for a little R&R to tide me over until our 4 nite Wonder cruise in March.

MNmom
01-05-2003, 01:27 AM
I am also straying from my true love.....!! Only to keep my TRUE love happy.

We are saling on the Voyager with another couple in Feb. There is a part of me that is kind of sad that we won't be on the Magic. I know that the service on the Voyager could never live up to that of DCL, but I do hope the entertainment and food are comparable.

Do not fret!! When I was on the Wonder in October (99$ cruise) I booked the Magic- Western for our family for 1/18/04!! Now I just have to tell DH, DD10, DD6 and DS3 that we are going on the Magic again!!!

Happy Cruisin' MNmom:jester:

Buschfan
01-05-2003, 04:34 AM
We sailed on the Majesty in 94 (before Majesty Cruise Line was bought out by RCCL) and on the Sovereign of the Seas in 99.

Just to clarify a previous post above. The Majesty you are speaking of is now the Norwegian Majesty. NCL bought Majesty Cruise Line and their one ship in 1997. She was stretched in 1999, but is still a smaller ship. The Majesty of the Seas (which is almost double the size) was built specifically for RCCL.

Norwegian Majesty sawed in half. I love this picture!

http://www.cruiseletter.com/summer-99/norwegian.jpg

Before and after pics

http://www.worldwidevacations.com/cruises/norweg/graphic/cno105.jpg

http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/reviewfiles/nclmajes.jpg

alexandrew
01-05-2003, 09:29 AM
after 3 DCL 7-day cruises, the experience has become a little too predictable....same menus (although I am pleased they changed the PC menu) and same entertainment (Michael Harrison, Mouseketeer, Morty, et al)....we love DCL but wish they would shake things up a little, given the number of repeat guests...

cathy59
01-05-2003, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Buschfan
The Majesty you are speaking of is now the Norwegian Majesty.

Thanks for the info! That's especially interesting since RCCL gave me credit for sailing that Majesty toward their "Crown and Anchor Society!" Extra perk! Yippee!

Loved the pics!!!

thebecka
01-05-2003, 02:31 PM
Glad t hear you got a Crown and Anchor discount! Happy Sailing!!

lookingforward
01-05-2003, 03:04 PM
I sailed on the Voyager and LOVED it. We are taking the Legend in Alaska this summer. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me anytime. Have a great vacation!

S. C.
01-05-2003, 05:31 PM
Do not fret!! When I was on the Wonder in October (99$ cruise) I booked the Magic- Western for our family for 1/18/04!! Now I just have to tell DH, DD10, DD6 and DS3 that we are going on the Magic again!!!

Happy Cruisin' MNmom


WOW! How do you get a $99 cruise? we are getting ready to book our first disney cruise, have sailed 2 times on carnival. 4 days on fantasy & 7 days on destiny. This will be our GS's first cruise.

alexandrew
01-05-2003, 06:56 PM
The $99 cruise was an extra special, limited time offer for cruisers that sailed in January '02. Those lucky few were given the opportunity to book a 3 night sailing for last fall for $99....

sandee
01-06-2003, 05:50 AM
do all cruise lines keep the same shows year after year on their ships? I love DCL, but am excited about seeing new menus and new shows on this upcoming RCCL cruise. I was thinking how on our last cruise on the Wonder I barely had to glance at a menu - I knew them by heart. I knew everything that was going to happen in the shows, I even knew everything that would happen at the deck parties,etc. It was all great and I have never seen any ships as beautiful as the Magic and the Wonder, but I would love to see some more changes. I was thinking about booking our next 7 nite Magic trip while aboard the Wonder in March, but may decide to try something new instead. hmmm, big decisions........

Buschfan
01-06-2003, 06:22 AM
Major lines rotate shows among different ships in their fleet. The chances of seeing the same one again is not that great. The smaller the fleet, the less variety. DCL not being viable enough to expand beyond its current duo does not help in the variety department.

JLSE50
01-16-2003, 08:59 PM
BUSHFAN: I sent you an e-mail asking what ship was pictured at the bottom of your post and then discovered that different posts have different pictures, so the one I mean is the one above my post here.
It looks familiar but is not the MAJESTY that was stretched that you showed us pictures of on page 2.
Thanks,
Jan :earsgirl:

mac_tlc
01-17-2003, 07:05 AM
JLSE50,

Lokks like the Norway to me, currently sailing with Norwegian Cruise Lines out of Miami...

mac_tlc

sandee
01-17-2003, 07:43 AM
Have you ever cruised on it? Thanks!

markmyboy
01-17-2003, 08:33 AM
The key is to have realistic expectations!!

We did not do RCCL...(but will be this fall!!) we went on Carnival Pride...I had researched & knew what to expect, so I was not at all dissappointed (rather impressed actually!!) But my husband was comparing to DCL at every turn. And...well ...Carnival (in my opinion) does not come close in the overall "feel" of a disney cruise. (though I hear RCCL comes closer!)

We want to cruise with Disney again, but have done all of their itineraries.... We are also waiting anxiously for news of a new ship!!

We love cruising & it is the perfect relaxing vacation for us to take with our two young kids ( 4 yrs. & 9 mos.) Our goal is to try all the major lines before the kids are tired of vacationing with us!! We are off to a decent start....Though Disney was probably not the best line to start out with!! We have certainly been spoiled!!

Enjoy your TWO upcoming cruises!! Sounds to me like you will have a great time!!

sandee
01-17-2003, 10:04 AM
I'd sail on anything! LOL! Seriously, the colder it gets, the less picky I'm being about this RCCL ship. If they serve canned beans for dinner and hand me a hammock to sleep in, I'm still going to be away from the cold for a few days. It was when I heard our weatherman say it was colder in the Delaware Valley Wednesday then it was in some parts of Alaska, that the light finally went on in my brain - anything is better then cold wet socks, having to pile on half my wardrobe to get warm and trying to dodge the trashcans that the wind keeps blowing at me at 3:30 a.m. when I'm heading to my car for work. Cozumel here I come. LOL!

mac_tlc
01-17-2003, 11:27 AM
sandee,

We have not sailed on the Norway. It is an older ship, and from what I have heard, will "feel" like one, but that's not to say you would not enjoy it. It does have some incredible pricing available at times.

markmyboy is right .. be realistic...

BTW .. forecast wind chill in CT tonight is about -20 .... so anything that floats sound greaat !!

mac_tlc

outahere
01-17-2003, 12:55 PM
I have sailed on the Norway 3 times, but the latest was several years ago, so my impressions are from that last cruise.

It is a very nice ship, but it is older. However, that may be a good thing..... there are still items on the ship from when it was the SS France. The statues in the International lounge are huge and absolutely beautiful. They have a very nice small piano lounge. The food was good and the staff pleasant and helpful. The cabins are smaller than on DCL, even the "junior suite" we had on the last cruise was not any bigger than a Cat 5 on DCL.
Unless they have done some remodeling, there wasn't much space in the room they use for their kid's program. I have never sailed on her with children, so I can't vouch for their kid's program.
I think the ship is probably better suited to adults.

I have some very good memories of my trips on the Norway and would consider going again.

alexandrew
01-17-2003, 01:30 PM
that is going to preclude us from going on the RCCL Navigator this year is no nursery for our little guy, 20 mos. RCCL only has in-stateroom one-on-one babysitting...call me overly cautious, but the thought of leaving him alone with a complete stranger is not appealing to me....

looks like DCL again for us!!!

JLSE50
01-17-2003, 09:46 PM
As Sandee said: If they serve canned beans for dinner and hand me a hammock to sleep in, I'm still going to be away from the cold for a few days. RIGHT ON :Pinkbounc

As mac_tlc said .... so anything that floats sound greaat !! AS LONG AS IT IS NOT AN ICEBERG :) !!

Wherever you go, enjoy your cruises! An in the meantime do whatever you need to do to reminisce and dream about them.

I use my Disney MAGIC mug daily, wear a necklace that is made from the key chain charms of Mickey, Minnie and the ship, earrings my DH bought me on the first DCL cruise we went on and a pin he bought me this year. I have some photos from the cruises in a small album in my waist pack which is from Fort Wilderness and that I use daily.

Jan :earsgirl: