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232271
07-14-2005, 03:54 PM
I really want to take another disney cruise, but my husband thinks RCCL would be just as good and it would save us $2000 or more.

Please tell me what you think? I have a 13 and 10 year old and they loved being able to walk around the ship freely. I am afraid with the casinos you might find more singles (with different attitueds) then families and that seems less safe ?

Any advice is appreciated, so I can tell my husband what others have experienced or feel,too. :wave2:

staceymerrill
07-14-2005, 04:32 PM
This is a highly personal decision...

That stated, given the ages of your children, I would opt for RCCL to save $2k.....BTW,was this for a Voyager Class ship?

232271
07-14-2005, 04:36 PM
This is a highly personal decision...

That stated, given the ages of your children, I would opt for RCCL to save $2k.....BTW,was this for a Voyager Class ship?

no it would out of galveston- Rhapsody of the Seas (vision family?), therefore saving airfare, the price of the cruise is
DCL cat. 10 $5070
vs.
RCCL Outside w/balcony $4653 (only 195 sq. ft though)

staceymerrill
07-14-2005, 04:40 PM
In that case....

Splurge for the extra $2k....IMO, the only ships that come close to DCL in terms of amenities, entertainment, and programming are the newer Voyager Class , especially Nav and Mariner.....

Can you get a discounted airfare for 4 from Southwest Airlines to MCO?

NCRedding
07-14-2005, 04:42 PM
I prefered DCL to RCCL Radiance of the Seas, in part because some of the usual activities for kids/teens weren't doable (too cold to swim or play mini-golf--this was to Alaska). I thought the food was mediocre compared to DCL and the adult activites were very limited if you don't gamble or bingo. As the cruise wore on, we saw lots more "bands" of kids hanging out, yelling and cussing. The adult areas were not kept adult on RCCL.

We have just returned from an NCL cruise, and actually liked it much better than RCCL, and (DARE I SAY IT) almost as much as Disney.

I have heard that the Voyager class ships do have a ton of things to do on them.

Mickeyhugger
07-14-2005, 04:49 PM
I know DCL is worth the extra 2k, but realistically, it's not always easy convince a DW or DH to spend that much more. (Not speaking from experience, DH and I prefer DCL over others.) However, not everyone who sails DCL is that gung-ho as many of us are.

I'd still say go for RCCL, and maybe your DH will see then, that DCL is better. :teeth: You'll most likely still have a great time! It's STILL a cruise, and with the ages your boys are, they might like it very well. :earsgirl:

232271
07-14-2005, 04:50 PM
In that case....

Splurge for the extra $2k....IMO, the only ships that come close to DCL in terms of amenities, entertainment, and programming are the newer Voyager Class , especially Nav and Mariner.....

Can you get a discounted airfare for 4 from Southwest Airlines to MCO?

we live in dallas fort worth area, and they do not fly to mco from Southwest here! bummer!

Mickeyhugger
07-14-2005, 06:16 PM
we live in dallas fort worth area, and they do not fly to mco from Southwest here! bummer!

Hey neighbor! We live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area too. It's ironic that you're thinking of Rhapsody of the Seas, as I was researching the same last night. The airfare to Florida alone + the cost of a cruise adds up fast. The Rhapsody looks like a great ship! :earsgirl:

ImMarcik
07-14-2005, 06:27 PM
I live very close to Galveston and in the future when my DD is older we may try Rhapsody of the Sea as well. But, I wonder if we will get bored easily. My DH does not like to go to casino's although he did show interest in bingo.

mickey2000
07-14-2005, 07:11 PM
There is life after Disney IMO! Save yourself some money while enjoying new ports. My first two cruises were Disney. My last 6 were other lines and enjoyed them all. Princess, RCCL & NCL all GREAT!! pirate:
Canada , Alaska, Hawaii, etc...... :cool1:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/diz/PoA190505_14.jpg

got2gp
07-14-2005, 07:58 PM
We have now sailed on RCCL and DCL and can compare the two, but keep in mind it is a very personal thing. DS was 10 on RCCL and 12 on DCL, he enjoyed both overall, but... at the end of the week on RCCL he was getting bored and was ready to go home, not so on DCL. He liked both the food and the activities better on DCL. He especially loved the lab. For dd, 16, it was more of a toss up, but she loves Disney and that put it over the top for her.

Personally I give the nod to Disney also. Both lines have nice ships, they both attract families and have plenty to do. Disney has, IMO, better food and service, great shows, and nicer cabins. Is it worth an extra $2000? :confused3 For us, not every time, but we will be back. Whatever you decide to do, it's still a cruise.

prymsu
07-14-2005, 08:45 PM
My family has been on Disney twice, Carnival several times, Orient once and RCCL six times now. My son is twelve and he really enjoys the kids clubs on RCCL more than on any other cruise line. That being said, I believe it is because the kids clubs don't have the huge number of kids in them. I would say go for it and save the extra bucks. heck for 2K saved you could almost have enough for another cruise!

minniecarousel
07-14-2005, 09:03 PM
Mickey2000!! You just posted a picture of my next vacation! We're sailing on the NCL Pride of America on 7/23!! I think our cabin will be slightly smaller than our Wonder & Magic cabins (all are outside/balcony rooms.) I don't plan on spending much time in the cabin - hey! Hawaii will be beckoning!
This will be our first non-DCL cruise. We really thought we'd book a West Coast DCL this summer, but we like the idea of the Hawaii island-hopping!

mousebrat
07-14-2005, 10:08 PM
On the Southwest deal - we live in Amarillo and also suffer from LUV syndrome. We were able to book DING! fares for $76 each way from Amarillo to Orlando by way of Albuquerque. You may be able to drive to Austin or catch a DING! fare to Austin and then book airfare from AUS to MCO separately. You can find fares as cheap as mid-$30s each way to Austin.

Just a thought. Hopefully the deal with Love Field will be resolved soon...

Jsme
07-15-2005, 01:19 PM
Interesting thread.
I have one question. Which RCCL ship from a Florida port is a good one to cruise on?

AspiringCindy
07-15-2005, 02:18 PM
While we love RCCL...we opted this time for DCL! Our DDs are 12,11, & 4 and only chose DCL over RCCL because of our youngest child! If I were you, I wouldn't hesitate to cruise on RCCL. They have great ships, good programs for the kids, excellent food and awesome shows! With saving $2000...it seems like a no brainer! The only drawback, the cabins are smaller on RCCL!(but this may not be so with the brand new ships)

westjones
07-15-2005, 02:30 PM
I must admit, I would REALLY love to try the new Freedom of the Seas when it starts up next year. They have the dates open through spring break 2007, and I mentioned it to DH, but he likes the 4 night cruises better.

But that Freedom of the Seas sounds like it is going to be really something (although they are being somewhat secretive about it all). This one sails out of Miami.

If there was a Voyager class ship out of PC that would do a 4 night cruise, we would consider trying it. DH really doesn't want to do the 7 night again.

If it isn't a Voyager class ship, I would rather just stick with DCL.

I haven't been on a RCCL, so the others may be great. The Voyager class are the only ones that have caught my interest, and in particular, the new Freedom of the Seas (which is going to be more expensive based on the pricing online at http://www.rccl.com -- it was mentioned that you don't really get a discount booking a RCCL through a TA, so these prices are probably what you are going to pay).

DJ

kaseyC
07-15-2005, 03:21 PM
I must admit, I would REALLY love to try the new Freedom of the Seas when it starts up next year. They have the dates open through spring break 2007, and I mentioned it to DH, but he likes the 4 night cruises better.

But that Freedom of the Seas sounds like it is going to be really something (although they are being somewhat secretive about it all). This one sails out of Miami.

DJ

The Freedom of the Seas looks really cool. My eldest DD is in awe of the water park on board.

We are also considering trying it in 2007. I have gotten a few quotes for March of 2007, we would need one of the Royal Family Suites and there are only 4 of them. I was very surprised because quotes were very reasonable considering it is a 2 bedroom suite w/ concierge service. The price was comparable to a Cat. 3 on the Magic.

my3kids
07-15-2005, 05:13 PM
no it would out of galveston- Rhapsody of the Seas (vision family?), therefore saving airfare, the price of the cruise is
DCL cat. 10 $5070
vs.
RCCL Outside w/balcony $4653 (only 195 sq. ft though)

RCI doesn't add the verandah sq. footage to the size like DCL does. Add maybe 40 sq ft. to the 195.

tezb
07-15-2005, 05:41 PM
We just recently booked on Freedom of the Seas for next June...3rd sailing so VERY new! We have done 3 DCL cruises and one RCCL w/ the mariner last summer. We like DCL but now prefer RCCL for our family's needs in cruising. We have 3 older teen boys so the change was a good one. As for the casinos and there being more single people...it doesn't really matter. There were plenty of families/parents in the casinos I thought and the casino doesn't necessarily mean it's a scary place. Just a lot of people having fun and spending money...!! I didn't feel the ship was any less safe than DCL...many more families on RCCL than you would find on the party ship like Carnival.

kaseyC
07-15-2005, 05:51 PM
We just recently booked on Freedom of the Seas for next June...3rd sailing so VERY new! We have done 3 DCL cruises and one RCCL w/ the mariner last summer. We like DCL but now prefer RCCL for our family's needs in cruising. We have 3 older teen boys so the change was a good one. As for the casinos and there being more single people...it doesn't really matter. There were plenty of families/parents in the casinos I thought and the casino doesn't necessarily mean it's a scary place. Just a lot of people having fun and spending money...!! I didn't feel the ship was any less safe than DCL...many more families on RCCL than you would find on the party ship like Carnival.

Wow! It looks like you will be among the first to sail Freedom of the Seas. You will have to let us know how it is. It looks to be an amazing ship. I think it is great how they haved added many options for larger families especially the inside and promenade cabins for larger families.

HIHO...HIHO
07-15-2005, 06:22 PM
The Freedom of the Seas looks really cool. My eldest DD is in awe of the water park on board.

We are also considering trying it in 2007. I have gotten a few quotes for March of 2007, we would need one of the Royal Family Suites and there are only 4 of them. I was very surprised because quotes were very reasonable considering it is a 2 bedroom suite w/ concierge service. The price was comparable to a Cat. 3 on the Magic.
My DD8 would like the water park also...how did you find out it is on the ship? I have not been able to find out much info on what is on the ship.

kaseyC
07-15-2005, 06:46 PM
My DD8 would like the water park also...how did you find out it is on the ship? I have not been able to find out much info on what is on the ship.

They have a interactive website. Here is the link below:

http://www.freedomoftheseas.com/?sid=7

westjones
07-16-2005, 10:55 AM
Does anyone know how much of a down payment you need to put down per person for a stateroom on Freedom of the Seas?

I am seriously thinking of trying it in 2007, but I know nothing about this cruiseline. We know Disney very well (after 6 cruises).

DJ

Jsme
07-16-2005, 11:34 AM
WOW...makes one think about it doesn't it? I might show this to DH and see if he would consider this in 2007.

Does anyone know how much a of a deposit is required?

my3kids
07-16-2005, 11:50 AM
RCI deposit is $250 for 7 nights, $400 for 9 nights. :)

mickey2000
07-16-2005, 11:55 AM
Cool looking ship with great prices. I will be on the phone Monday! I have cruised with them before and my family was very happy! Thanks! :banana:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/diz/PoA190505_14.jpg

Minnie&Mickey
07-16-2005, 01:24 PM
They have a interactive website. Here is the link below:

http://www.freedomoftheseas.com/?sid=7
Wow! That was really cool! It looks like a great ship! I even started doing a little bit of pricing for July & Dec. 2006. I would love to be able to get a room with a verandah for my husband and I, and a Promenade view room for my two daughters across the hall. I am amazed that almost all of the upper categories for the maiden voyage are already sold out.

westjones
07-16-2005, 01:29 PM
You can get pricing for this cruise at:

http://www.rccl.com

DJ

tezb
07-16-2005, 02:02 PM
Wow! That was really cool! It looks like a great ship! I even started doing a little bit of pricing for July & Dec. 2006. I would love to be able to get a room with a verandah for my husband and I, and a Promenade view room for my two daughters across the hall. I am amazed that almost all of the upper categories for the maiden voyage are already sold out.

We did this on the Mariner...our room had a verandah and our boys had the PR room. This room was so cool..you can actually see the parade and people shopping at all hrs down below. I wished we had it! This time on the Freedom will will get a regular Interior Stateroom for them as all 3 will be together and the PR rooms will only allow 2 people. I need to cut back to afford the Freedom....so we don't care about the room BUT we will still have a verandah. When I booked w/ them they told me the Freedom is 200.pp more than the Mariner since it is so new. Why wait, you can call RCCL anytime...they are open weekends too!

kaseyC
07-16-2005, 07:42 PM
You can get pricing for this cruise at:

http://www.rccl.com

DJ

I just wanted to add that you will need to call RCCL or contact a TA to get a quote if you have more than 4 in your family. Their online booking only allows up to 4.

We have a DCL cruise booked for Dec. 2006 -in a midship Cat 3 - so I do not want to give that up. Also my two youngest DDs have not sailed Disney yet so I want them to have that experience. I am pretty sure that we will probably be booking the Freedom for 2007 unless DCL adds a "not to be missed' itinerary.

logan1_2000
07-16-2005, 08:58 PM
One poster mentioned the fact that he wished RCCL had a Voyager class ship for a 4 nighter. The fact is that they don't, and the Wonder just might be the finest ship sailing 4 night cruises. I am receptive to anyone who can offer alternatives. In fact, one of the next nicest is one that I am going on in February, the newly stretched and rejuvenated Enchantment of the Seas. The Enchantment is a sister-Vision class of the Rhapsody that was mentioned, both launched in '97 (and already RCCL stretched and added features to the Enchantment).We are doing this 4 nighter w/ friends whose schedule and some logistical issues just dont fit Disney's schedules (and we don't want to go to the Bahamas).

I often price out Voyager class ships, and sometimes it offers enough of a lower price to raise my eyebrows. Someday. till then, have two more cruises booked, and won't be for a while that i will have the chance to do another after the double-dip in oct. '06.

my3kids
07-17-2005, 06:54 AM
Our cruise this summer on RCCL isn't on a Voyager ship but one of the Vision class. Funny, these are the ships that are talked about as the "old" ships on Royal Caribbean message boards, but they are the same ages as the Magic and Wonder....about the same size also.

As I mentioned, when comparing room sizes though, keep in mind RCCL listes the verandah as a seperate figure and DCL lists the room size including the verandah space. As someone else mentioned the website won't give you a clue that a lot of rooms hold 5 people. The suites will all hold 5 with the addition of a roll a way bed which they are happy to provide. (probably not the Jr. Suite, although I never asked so not sure) They also have Family Suites with 2 bed rooms and 2 bathrooms, a living area and balcony. We origionally were booked in one of those suites for less than the cost of 2 interior rooms on Disney for the same week. Their owners, grand, royal suites will all hold 5 though...you just have to call the company or your TA to book them if you have more than 4.

mickey2000
07-17-2005, 02:56 PM
Our cruise this summer on RCCL isn't on a Voyager ship but one of the Vision class. Funny, these are the ships that are talked about as the "old" ships on Royal Caribbean message boards, but they are the same ages as the Magic and Wonder....about the same size also.
Thats because the Magic & Wonder are also old ships (in ship years, almost like dogs) even though people don't think so...... I must agree with some when they say that they are showing thier age and its time for a new ship ;) !

HIHO...HIHO
07-17-2005, 08:52 PM
Wow...freedom is the way we will go in 2007! Cannot wait! DCL is great, but they cannot top all of the activities onboard!

Mjasp
07-17-2005, 09:09 PM
I say try RCCL, After 2 Disney Magic cruises, we are trying Costa Cruise Line. Last week they had a one day sale and kids sail free and a 3 category upgrade, so we got a verandah cabin for our family of 4 during Presidents week for a total of $1,800, the same friends who cruised with us on DCL will be sailing with us in February. For that price I am SURE we will have a great time, different shows and now my kids are getting older (14 and 10) it is time for a change, and if we don't like it we can always go back to DCL, but like a previous poster said "there is life after Disney"

Enjoy

Jsme
07-17-2005, 10:04 PM
I say try RCCL, After 2 Disney Magic cruises, we are trying Costa Cruise Line. Last week they had a one day sale and kids sail free and a 3 category upgrade, so we got a verandah cabin for our family of 4 during Presidents week for a total of $1,800, the same friends who cruised with us on DCL will be sailing with us in February. For that price I am SURE we will have a great time, different shows and now my kids are getting older (14 and 10) it is time for a change, and if we don't like it we can always go back to DCL, but like a previous poster said "there is life after Disney"

Enjoy


That is a great deal. $1800 for 4 people and three are consider adults. WOW

ksjayhawks
07-17-2005, 10:17 PM
We have cruised both dcl and rccl. We went on Mariner of the Seas this spring. My ds12 liked the tween/teen club real well. the kids clubs are grouped together and a floor down from sports court and mini golf and inline skate and rock climbing. It isn't far from the promenade and the all night cafe where they would go to get pizza and cookies, etc.

Everyone alwyas worries so much about the casino and all the bars,but to tell the truth you hardly know they are there. You really don't end up in the casino unless you want to go there or are shortcutting to get to a show area. The bars are low key and not down a dark passage like on dcl. Bingo received more announcements and promos than the casino did!

I didn't notice thatmuch difference in our room size, but we are hardly ever there except to change clothes and sleep. I thought there was more storage in the bath and over the vanity.

I would go for a rccl at least once. Go with the attitude that it is not dcl and that you are there to have a good time and you will! We are ready to go on rccl again next year.

DareTooDream
07-18-2005, 12:08 AM
Mjasp, how were you notified of Costa's one day sale? Did you happen upon it, or do you subscribe to some sort of notification?
Sherry

Firegoalie23
07-18-2005, 12:58 AM
there are 5 day Voyager class sailing out of cape liberty. I am also booked on the freedom of the seas for 10/15/06 and we have a D1 aft balcony. Can't wait. :banana:

Mjasp
07-18-2005, 05:51 AM
Mjasp, how were you notified of Costa's one day sale? Did you happen upon it, or do you subscribe to some sort of notification?
Sherry

Sherry...I got an email from Cruise 411, I subscribe to all travel websites LOL
Although I booked with Costa directly. I was speaking with a rep at Costa and she said the reply was so good they may repeat it in August.

JSME...On Costa cruise Lines you are considered a child if you are 17 or under, just like they are in real life LOL

Jsme
07-22-2005, 10:03 PM
I must admit, I would REALLY love to try the new Freedom of the Seas when it starts up next year. They have the dates open through spring break 2007, and I mentioned it to DH, but he likes the 4 night cruises better.

But that Freedom of the Seas sounds like it is going to be really something (although they are being somewhat secretive about it all). This one sails out of Miami.

If there was a Voyager class ship out of PC that would do a 4 night cruise, we would consider trying it. DH really doesn't want to do the 7 night again.

If it isn't a Voyager class ship, I would rather just stick with DCL.

I haven't been on a RCCL, so the others may be great. The Voyager class are the only ones that have caught my interest, and in particular, the new Freedom of the Seas (which is going to be more expensive based on the pricing online at http://www.rccl.com -- it was mentioned that you don't really get a discount booking a RCCL through a TA, so these prices are probably what you are going to pay).

DJ

I just wanted to bump this up with a question about the Freedom.

We are seriously thinking about cruising on her next year. I know RCCL doe snot allow TA's to sale the cruise for a lower price than what they can on their sites. Does anyone know of a good TA that has any onboard credits or incentives to book with them on the Freedom?

Mjasp
07-22-2005, 10:15 PM
I just wanted to bump this up with a question about the Freedom.

We are seriously thinking about cruising on her next year. I know RCCL doe snot allow TA's to sale the cruise for a lower price than what they can on their sites. Does anyone know of a good TA that has any onboard credits or incentives to book with them on the Freedom?

I also would like to know about the benefit of transferring my Costa ressie to a TA, they wouldn't be able to beat the price, got a one day sale with a 3 category upgrade and kids sail free and I already have an onboard credit of $100, so is there any incentive???

MaryKatesMom
07-23-2005, 06:41 AM
We're scheduled to go on the Navigator of the Seas on Saturday, only because the Magic is on the West Coast.

I was over on Cruisecritics RCCL message board and made the mistake of posting two questions about the kids club. One was asking about alternate dining for kids, (DCL will feed them during dinner hour while RCCL closes between 5-7 :sad2: ). Within two minutes I got nasty "You shouldn't be taking kids on the cruise" posts. The whole thread degenerated into a "bad kids in the dining room" thread. :rolleyes2

After that I just hung back and lurked. Some poor woman asked if there was an age limit for the pools because her kids are less than 2 yrs old and potty trained. :scared1: :scared1: The thread is still running at 6 pages and not one nice thing was said. :sad2:

Every post that asked a question about kids got that response. So without even stepping on the ship I don't feel that welcome. :sad1: People who have never taken their kids cruising are just trolling for kids posts to make nasty comments.

I'll post next month and let you know how it goes. Maybe it won't be so bad, RCCL is $3K cheaper for the week we want to go next year.

MaryKatesMom
07-23-2005, 06:43 AM
I also would like to know about the benefit of transferring my Costa ressie to a TA, they wouldn't be able to beat the price, got a one day sale with a 3 category upgrade and kids sail free and I already have an onboard credit of $100, so is there any incentive???

We booked through www.cruisequick.com. They had a Mastercard giftcard incentive. You can do an online quote.

Mickeyhugger
07-23-2005, 08:27 AM
I was over on Cruisecritics RCCL message board and made the mistake of posting two questions about the kids club. One was asking about alternate dining for kids, (DCL will feed them during dinner hour while RCCL closes between 5-7 :sad2: ). Within two minutes I got nasty "You shouldn't be taking kids on the cruise" posts. The whole thread degenerated into a "bad kids in the dining room" thread. :rolleyes2

:scared1: :scared1: The thread is still running at 6 pages and not one nice thing was said. :sad2:


I'll post next month and let you know how it goes. Maybe it won't be so bad, RCCL is $3K cheaper for the week we want to go next year.


Sorry, I disagree. I visit the RCCL boards frequently (we're booked on them as well,) and I read that thread. No where was it stated that 'you shouldn't be taking kids on a cruise. In fact, it stated, 'why take them on a cruise at all if you're not going to dine with them.' It wasn't anti-child.

Others responded w/dining alternatives, (Johnny Rockets, room service, etc.)

I did read part of the potty-trained twins thread and just rolled my eyes. Those posters are LOOKING for a mud-slinging debate, and I think that thread should be closed. :earsgirl:

MaryKatesMom
07-23-2005, 09:14 AM
No where was it stated that 'you shouldn't be taking kids on a cruise. In fact, it stated, 'why take them on a cruise at all if you're not going to dine with them.' It wasn't anti-child.


We'll have to disagree here because the correct quote was: "Why not leave the kids at home and then you can really enjoy your cruise?" and then in another post "Just wondered why you're bringing them and don't want to see them. " Which of course I wasn't asking about, just the dinner hour.

Not helpful posts IMHO. :hug:

my3kids
07-23-2005, 10:40 AM
That Royal Caribbean board is a group of kid haters, isn't it?? But I have to believe that is a minority of cruisers. Maybe those folks just frequent boards looking for a fight. It kids were not welcome, we wouldn't see them featured on commercials, they wouldn't have invested in this aclaimed Adventure Ocean program, people wouldn't come back with great reviews of family vacations. They have a lot greater variety of rooms for families than does Disney. I think you'll have a great time....really, how many adults will actually make nasty comments to kids and parents in person. Just because they are nasty online, I'm counting on them not being nasty in person. We sail in just a few weeks. :)

NCRedding
07-23-2005, 11:13 AM
MaryKatesMom: I agree with most of what you say about the posters on cruisecritic. I don't know if you every got an answer, but if not, on our Radiance cruise, there were a couple of nights when the kids clubs ate together--you had to sign up in advance. Also, on the Radiance, if DD wanted to go to the club during our dinner time, we took her to eat in the Windjammer buffet, or the Seaview Cafe. There are options

Enjoy your trip, thankfully, most of the people who sail RCCL don't appear to be like a "hardcore" RCCL fan on cruise critic.

westjones
07-23-2005, 11:56 AM
On RCCL, are there places to get quick food, like at the burger and pizza places on deck 9 on the DCL?

I know I read they didn't have food by the pool, but is there a place somewhere like these? Do you pay extra for the food there? I remember reading Johney Rockets costs extra, and doesn't the ice cream place cost extra?

One of the reasons we are concerned about going on a RCCL is because we get the impression that is cost less up front, but then onboard you have to pay extra for a lot of things.

How about room service? If there an extra charge for that? For Soda?

Thanks!
DJ

my3kids
07-23-2005, 12:54 PM
westjones: There are food places and a free ice cream place in the Solarium area of ships. No charge for any of that. :) Johnny Rockets has a $3.95 ( I think) cover charge for whatever you want to eat while there. There is also an ice cream shop which does carry a charge, but the other one is free.

Soda is never free, but their soda card is more reasonable for kids than Disney's used to be.

More extensive room service menu...you can have a full hot breakfast in your room any day, regardless of level of room. You can also have a full dinner in your cabin from the restaurant menu if you want to dine alone. There is no charge for any of that, other than tip, just like DCL. :)

westjones
07-23-2005, 04:15 PM
westjones: There are food places and a free ice cream place in the Solarium area of ships. No charge for any of that. :) Johnny Rockets has a $3.95 ( I think) cover charge for whatever you want to eat while there. There is also an ice cream shop which does carry a charge, but the other one is free.

Soda is never free, but their soda card is more reasonable for kids than Disney's used to be.

More extensive room service menu...you can have a full hot breakfast in your room any day, regardless of level of room. You can also have a full dinner in your cabin from the restaurant menu if you want to dine alone. There is no charge for any of that, other than tip, just like DCL. :)


Thanks! That sounds great! WOW! I was under the impression I would have to pay for food through out the day except for dinner.

Thanks for clearing things up for me!
DJ

JSCTRico4
07-23-2005, 07:02 PM
MaryKatesMom, can you tell me the site for the board you were looking at. We are doing an RCCL next may, and I would like to check it out. Sorry they were mean to you.... I always say.... WHATEVER!

lookingforward
07-23-2005, 07:14 PM
We have sailed on RCCL several times and enjoyed the Voyager class ships. The Cruisecritic forum can turn hostile sometimes....I think there are just a few trouble makers who are constantly looking for a fight and have several screen names to remain undetected. I LOVE my kids more than life itself but I still like to enjoy an adult meal every now and again! I once had a babysitter tell me off because I dropped off my son on one of my days off. After she yelled at my "horrible choices" I fired her before I told her that I was on the way to get an MRI. Good parenting is knowing when you need a break and encouraging independence, in my humble opinion. People can judge so easily.
The new Freedom looks amazing. I had heard rumor that they were going to have a bowling alley on one of their ships. But I could not figure out how you could bowl when the ship was rocking. (on second thought..that might actually HELP my bowling score : :rotfl2:

cruisnfamily
07-23-2005, 08:29 PM
Can I chime in on the comparison?

We've done DCL 3, 4 and 7 day cruises and tried RCCL Mariner 7 day over this past Thanksgiving. We did have a good time BUT I really, really missed DCL.

The food on DCL was much better. We went to the buffet a few nights because we just didn't like the atmosphere of the dining room or the food. I can honestly say we never went to the buffet during dinner on Disney. The room service onRCCL was horrid. There aren't really any "quick eats" places on RCCL that are convenient. As a matter of fact everything seemed inconvenient on the Mariner.

And the staff absolutely DO NOT give the same service as on DCL. Of course there were a few staff members who were great but we found most folks couldn't answer simple questions(like the hours for an activity or something) nor did they care that they couldn't answer it or try to get the right answer.

We MUCH preferred the nighttime entertainment(for both kids and adults) on DCL. There was never anything we wanted to do on RCCL and always several things we wanted to do on DCL.

The kids were much happier in the DCL kids clubs. I must say DD12 enjoyed the teen program on RCCL however she has not yet experienced DCL's teen program.

The hours for everything were so complicated too. The kids club kept opening and closing every time you turned around it was time to drop off or pick up. Things like the rock wall and ice skating were only open for an hour at a time several times a day and of course it was never at a convenient time for us.

We found we didn't use any of the big extras like the golf, roller skating, and rock wall. We actually worked hard to try and do these things at a time when they were open just because we thought we should do them but it just wasnt' meant to be.

Anyhow.....did we have a good time? Yes! But from now on, it's DCL for our family.

tezb
07-23-2005, 10:30 PM
We have sailed on RCCL several times and enjoyed the Voyager class ships. The Cruisecritic forum can turn hostile sometimes....I think there are just a few trouble makers who are constantly looking for a fight and have several screen names to remain undetected. I LOVE my kids more than life itself but I still like to enjoy an adult meal every now and again! I once had a babysitter tell me off because I dropped off my son on one of my days off. After she yelled at my "horrible choices" I fired her before I told her that I was on the way to get an MRI. Good parenting is knowing when you need a break and encouraging independence, in my humble opinion. People can judge so easily.
The new Freedom looks amazing. I had heard rumor that they were going to have a bowling alley on one of their ships. But I could not figure out how you could bowl when the ship was rocking. (on second thought..that might actually HELP my bowling score : :rotfl2:

I heard the same rumor about the bowling on the Cruise Critic board. They actually were saying that the bowling could be set up by the same company who has the pool table on another cruise ship (not sure which one) so that it is balanced and not affected by the ship motion. Sorry, I don't know the correct terminology for this balancing act. They are being very hush hush about things on the Freedom. Revealing more in August. When I booked, the reservationist did tell me that they are having jacuzzis overlooking the ocean in an enclosed glass..which you can see on the interactive site. Flat screen TV's will also be overhead...and in the staterooms. I also heard there might be a Pool Table...not sure how true it is though. I'm sure the ship will be amazing!

Jsme
08-26-2005, 10:15 AM
Anyone else want to comment?

my3kids
08-26-2005, 10:28 AM
We're back from our RCI cruise. They compared favorably, with each line "winning" in some areas. Service and friendliness, we give to Royal Caribbean. Cabin size goes to Disney, although the cabins were very similar on both. Artwork onboard goes to Royal Caribbean....unbelievable works all over the ship. Food...about equal, I'd say. RCI seemed to have more choices on the children's menu each night at dinner, and an additional course choice for adults. Pool area....I liked the size of RCI's better since it was a lot larger, but I like the fresh water in Disney's best. Hours for children's activities goes to Disney, actual program to RCI. Fast food goes to Disney because RCI had no chicken fingers....go figure??? RCI did have great hot dogs though. :dog2: Cabin bathrooms go to Disney, even though Iw as not a fan of the split bath. So, I liked RCI's single bathroom setup better, but Disney's decor in the bathroom was much better.

I'm sure there are a lot of things I could compare.....If you have a specific question, let me know. :)

jennat
08-26-2005, 10:32 AM
This is my experience. Your mileage my vary!
I love RCCL. I have taken one Disney, 2 RCCL, 1 Princess and now, in 3 weeks another Disney :cool1: . DIsney certainly has things, hands down, over RCCL but RCCL's ships are fabulous. I guess I am talking about the Voyager class ships. Johnny Rockets is great to have "normal" food on board. There is soooo much to do and everything feels "alive" I think this is because of all the BIG areas. Others may hate this....I LOVE IT! I haven't taken my kids on RCCL but I know the brokenup hours would bug me. Not because I want my kids gone all the time, but because I don't want to watch my clock. Also, I would rather be with them when we can be having fun together instead of at a 2 hour meal where I am constantly having to tell them to get out from under the table ;) :rotfl2: I'm exagerating but You know what I mean. I like that Disney let's you choose when to be with your kids and vice versa. I doubt my kids would say I choose to eat in that fancy dining room and eat escargot..can I mom, huh?
I will be interested to see how I feel after this trip. The only time I have done Disney was my first cruise (where expectations are aligned), 3 days after 9/11 (ship half full), and for 4 days. The RCCLs I knew what to expect and was sooo excited :banana: and no kids. I didn't notice a lot of out of pocket....free soft serve, pay for Haagan Daus, if you got a pop in a glass (as opposed to a can) at dinner our servers didn't charge us (may have been just them), we went before Johnny Rockets charged but i would gladly pay. Also, keep in mind it is a lot cheaper. Another cost will be paying for childcare after 10pm if you need it.
My feeling now....
Disney, rocks in the
kids dept
Castaway Cays
staterooms
rotating dining rooms
RCCL hands down
the ships/activities
Princess BITES (I know I know...a lot of people love it and I will try again, but I have NEVER had such rude, awfull service (rolling eyes when you ask for a coke instead of "drink", etc), EVER! It was after (days) Hurricane Jeanne NOT that that is an excuse, for our weather was wonderful, but I understand it could be an explanation. Left a really bad taste in my mouth.)

TheWog
08-26-2005, 10:37 AM
Anyone else want to comment?

Sure, why not. I have sailed the Magic 7 night Eastern -St. Maarten, St. Thomas, CC and Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas 5 night Western - Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman.

The ships were very similar in size and age. We had vernadah cabins on both ships. Rooms were of similar size with Disney being slightly larger. We only had the two of us on RCI vs. 3 (including DS6) on the Magic so they felt very similar in size. Food was about equal. I enjoyed some things more on each ship. I'm not completely picky or gourmet so everything seemed to suit me fine. There was a late night chicken sandwich on the EOS that I wouldn't have fed to my dog though. Horrible.

Service is the biggest difference I found. Disney was always right there up on you smiling and asking whether you were having fun and almost too much at some points. When we first boarded the Enchantment we decided that it was different and thought it wasn't as good. As the week progressed we decided that it was just different. RCI was always around and ready to help you with any need or want, they just weren't in your face about it. If they saw you looking around aimlessly they would come over to see if they could help or the drink guy on deck would ask you if you needed one, but didn't hound, but if he saw your glass getting empty would come by and see if you wanted a refill. That type of stuff. So personally we liked the RCI service for our type of relaxing vacation we were looking to have. Disney service was great and we were certianly more active having our son with us so that worked out well too.

I am not sure if that made any sense, but they were both great experiences for us, just different.

Both ships were beautiful, but again just different. We are considering another DCL cruise in Jan 07, but are also looking at the Mariner. So we'll see.

Frankiesmom
08-26-2005, 07:51 PM
Having done 5 RCCL cruises and only 1 DCL cruise-they both have great things about them! RCCL is great when DH and I take the kids but don't plan on spending a lot of time with them :earboy2: DCL was wonderful-we took our 4 yr.old for special mommy/daddy/frankie time-we had such a wonderful time that we are going for a land/sea week in Jan.-our whole extended family is joining us. Both lines are great they are just different! :)