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madisonsmom
01-06-2006, 11:37 PM
First I know that I will probably get some flack for not being totally enthralled with our cruise experience as I know there are ALOT of DCL fanatics out there. But everyone has diffierent experiences, expectations and ideas about what they want from their vacation. And I will back this up by saying I was born and raised in Orlando, grew up with Disney in my back yard and LOVE everything Disney. I have also been in the hospitality/restaurant industry for over 12 years and know what it means to eat at fine(5 *)restaurants and have incredible service.

We were VERY excited to take our 12/18/05 - 4 night cruise. It was our 1 cruise ever and we knew we wanted it to be Disney incase we weren't "cruisers" at least we would find out by doing it the fun way; I mean how can anything Disney not be fun? Well, we found out we are not "cruisers" and atleast we now know. My DH and I have stayed at all-inclusive resorts(AIR) and are not strangers to paying a good dollar for a good vacation to be catered too. We would rather save our $$ for a year or 2 and go on a great vacation then on several not so exciting ones, and have no problem paying for great food and great service while we are at home. We had heard from so many friends, family, and websites/message boards how incredible cruises are, but to us they do not compare(all around) to being at a resort.

The Cast Members were all very friendly and did a good job(well except one, a room service attendant, wish I could remember his name but he was from a slavic/east. european country, tall, short blondish hair and very rude) . I can't say that any went above and beyond what you would expect for basic good service, except for our assistant server Evandro who was excellent at keeping the kids entertained during lengthy(2hrs.+) dinners. Other than that we didn't have anyone stick out as doing a GREAT job.

The Food was ok, nothing above a basic restaurant, seafood is better than Red Lobster(as I would expect it to be) but definitely NOT 4 or 5 star food. Maybe a 3 at best, and that is pushing it, we had 2 good nights(AP and PC) and 2 not so good nights(T and AP){Yes we had 2 nights at AP but different experiences on each night which we thought was bizarre). We did make it to Palo's for brunch, of course you have to pay extra for and that is the type of food we were expecting for at least dinner every night if not at every meal. I would recm'd that you eat there as much as possible if you want EXCELLENT food. This is the type of food that we were expecting at our regular meals since it was most comparable to the food you would get at an AIR(and it definitely would not cost extra at one). For the walk up restaurants by the pool the veggie burgers were horrible but the fries were great! We had breakfast in the room every morning and that was enjoyable, so can't comment on breakfast in the restaurants. Lunch was ok, not much variety and food was pretty bland. We ate at Parrot Cay 1st day, BBB one day and by the pool 2 days.

We do not regret taking the cruise, our DD5 had the most incredible time with her 3 other friends that were on the boat too and we made some good memories, but we will not go on another cruise. The weather was crappy, our 1 day at CC it rained, so our only day at a beach was ruined, roll of the dice, but when you are on a cruise you are at the mercy of the schedule and don't have a second chance, per se, for another beach day. We did have one nice day at port in Nassau, we opted to stay on the boat and utilze the empty pool which was relaxing, but if we would have had access/knowledge to the upcoming weather we would have gone to a beach there instead of waiting until we went to CC. Unfotunately no weather channel on the TV in the room for the days ahead. With the crappy weather brought rough seas, so 2 of the nights we sat there and watched the curtains swaying during the shows , the shutters during dinner clinking around, and walking into walls when I hadn't had any cocktails yet, LOL!!! :goodvibes Another reason why I didn't think it was worth the $$. Guess I am just not a good gambler and would rather keep my feet on a sandy beach where if I wake up feeling like I have a hangover I atleast had the cocktails and good times to back it up and not a rocking boat that made me that way :rotfl: !! Even some experienced cruisers that travelled with us had problems with seasickness and said it was the worst they have ever had it, and they have been on over 4+ cruises. Although none of us vomitted, :eek: I definitely kept a headache and upset stomach for much of the time(except when we were docked in port of course!) Oh well, too bad we can't predict the weather when it comes to vacations, heehee!

We were expecting it to be a little more relaxing than it turned out to be. We didn't expect the character greetings to be so time restrained and structured. On the DVD and brochures it shows them strolling around the boat, which definitely didn't happen, and when they were they were going to a destination and didn't stop to say hi, you would get a quick wave. There was alot going on, almost too much, especially in the evening. It would have been nice to have some afternoon dance parties or family karoake so the younger kids could enjoy that and the parents would have more down time in the evening after the late seating for dinner. It was rushed going from the show, to dinner and then going to dance, pirate night, etc for a little while before getting our DD in bed which was usually around 11ish because we wouldn't get out of dinner till 10 every night, our service was slow at dinner. Don't know if it had to do with our group size(14 all together), but being a server, I know I can get a group that size out in under 2 hours without them feeling rushed. Especially when there are four 5yr olds and an 18 mo old at the table. We had alot of lag time at the table where empty plates sat in front of us for quite awhile. Our only down time was in the morning and that was because we had breakfast sent to the room. Otherwise it was hard to find a "quiet" place on the boat. I was surprised at the location of the adult only pool because there were constantly kids being loud running by to goto the Goofy and Mickey pools. Not all that relaxing...only went there once because of that.

Things that we loved and enjoyed was being able to come in so much contact with the characters, which would never happen at any of the parks. The family activities, such as family karoake, dance parties, pirate night, sail away party at Goofy pool and the shows. My DD5 still talks about doing all those things and would not have that experience anywhere else, not even at WDW. So that I will always hold dear to my heart. But is it worth $3,000.00 again? For us who can only do a big trip like that every 2 to 3 years, not really. If we had a large wealth of cash to dole into at anytime, then yeah, of course! I would rather give her a new and different memory to put in her dreams at night.

When all is said and done and with what you pay for to go on the DCL cruise PLUS what you spend on board and you are paying $3000.00 for 4 nights; I was expecting that INCREDIBLE service and food and have several people stick out and be memorable like we have had when we have paid MUCH LESS for MORE nights at all-inclusive resorts and had food and service that we still talk about(even from different and multiple trips) and now dream about because we haven't been able to find anything as good. We think you definitely get more for your money at an AIR, especially if you are a drinker, which we are and enjoy excursions and sports, which we do.

Overall, am I glad that we went, yes. Is there a little bit of me that is disappointed? definitely. Do I regret it, no. Will I do it again? not unless someone else is paying, lol! Did I make good family memories? definitely. But I think from now on we will keep our feet on land, in the sand, placed on the ever so slightly moving earth and off of the rocky boat that leaves you feeling yucky on a vacation that we worked really hard to save up for and relied on being able to have a feel good, fun time with some RnR time too.

Looks like next time we see the mouse it will be at WDW... Hopefully sooner than later! :earboy2:

jeast
01-07-2006, 03:22 AM
thanks for posting! It's important to get differing opinions.

WDWLVR
01-07-2006, 07:38 AM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us. Cruising definately isn't for everyone. We enjoy it as do many others but it is good for those who haven't cruised to see the other side of the coin as well.

I'm glad you got some wonderful memories out of it and at least you can say now that it isn't your cup of tea.

clovely
01-07-2006, 08:02 AM
Thanks for taking the time to post all of that. We're planning our first cruise in March and I have really never wanted to go on a cruise for a lot of the reasons you listed. My cousin and his wife went on a cruise recently, after having spent their honeymoon at an AIR, they hated it! They hated the rough seas and felt nickeled and dimed to death. If it was just me and dh, we would be wanting to drink and have more fun, and I really don't think a regular cruise would be fun for us at all - at least not after our last two trips to AIR's which really is the only way to vacation as far as I'm concerned!

My kids are the perfect ages for this - 5 and 6. And, ironically as you said, someone else is paying for this one! It was my dad's Christmas gift to us. We are very excited but I for one (I hope dh) am going with an entirely different set of expectations than when dh and I went to AIRs. This will be something our kids will never forget. But the next family vacation we take, when we're doling out the cash, will be to Beaches, I'm sure.

But I can see that while I'm planning and looking at these boards, I am getting really really excited myself. Thanks for the reality check. All the things you listed I would kinda expect on a cruise (v. AIR) but in the excitement I need to keep my own expectations in check and remember this is THEIR vacation and will be a lot different than the ones dh and I take that are just for us.

KKB
01-07-2006, 09:17 AM
We had friends go to an AIR last spring and had a rotten experience(food and weather issues)...so ya never know.

I have many similar experiences to you. We cruised Princess last year as a couple, and found Disney to not be worth the extra 30% for adults. Certainly the only way to go for kids.

Cruising was VERY relaxing when we took it on Princess...something about the kid factor, the Disney factor and the 26 family members, and some illness, eliminated the relaxation factor!

Palo WAS wonderful, and the other food is average to good--to be expected when you serve hundreds virtually all at once.

I do want to take a Disney cruise again, say in 5 years, when youngest can be independent, and WITHOUT entire family. I think it will be more relaxing!

You may enjoy a cruise more w/o the kids...but there are a few that are not cruising buffs. I will say, though, that if this had been my first cruise, I don't think I would be all that excited about doing it again! But after our first one, I am hooked--just more as a couple for now!

Kris

madisonsmom
01-07-2006, 10:18 AM
Yes, we definitely wanted it to be a true family vacation and the focus was mainly on what our DD5 wanted to do since our regular everday lives are work-filled {and focused on what the adults need to do} and not able to have as much family time(with DH, DD and me) together as we would want. For this it was great, because we could do all the things that DD5 wanted and really enjoy it through her eyes and wonder~no pun intended, lol~ She didn't want to be in the kids club as much as we thought she would which didn't leave much RnR for us adults.

Maybe if DD5 was older, or we had more cruises under our belt and didn't feel like we needed to go see a show, or make it to an event that was going on, then it would have been more relaxing and enjoyable; which is what I was expecting a little more of.

Thanks for the supportive replies, that is what is great about the DIS! :flower3:

Muushka
01-07-2006, 10:29 AM
I appreciate your honesty with your cruise experience. I hope this thread stays nice and friendly!

I agree with your assessment 100%. We have done 2 DCL cruises (in fact we could have waved at one another on Dec 22 because we boarded that day).

The first cruise (weather/sea conditions) was very much like yours. I remember thinking that we paid all this money to be tortured?? And ours was a 7 day! I did NOT want to do another cruise for fear that we would have a repeat disaster. But I kept coming to the boards and reading about how great the cruises were and I just wanted to 'conquer' the cruise fear that I (actually we, husband also) had.

So this past year I noticed that the Wonder was doing a 4 day that included the weekend (unusual). We own DVC and points are so high on the weekend and we did NOT want to do another 7 day and a 3-day seemed so short (and no brunch at Palo!). So we went ahead and booked it.

I have to tell you, I was so nervous about the cruise. But I also have to tell you that we had an awesome cruise. I am soooooo glad we did it. I can finally say "I didn't want to get off the ship"!!!

Unfortunately I suffered (and still to an extent) the vertigo that some experience after getting off a cruise. Last cruise (the 7 day 30 foot wave one) I had vertigo for 3 weeks following the cruise. I am just now (13 or so days after the cruise) beginning to get my "land legs". It is for that reason that we probably won't be cruisers (unless I can find some cure for this!).

I just wanted to let you know that yes, there is a chance of a good cruise after a 'bad cruise'!

lmok
01-07-2006, 10:33 AM
Ok, i feel dumb for asking but what is Air"s ? :confused3

Lisa
:earsgirl: ::MinnieMo ::MinnieMo

eblack0409
01-07-2006, 10:37 AM
It is definately true that cruising isn't for everyone...I am a cruiser.....DH has never been on a cruise and I am taking him next year for Valentine's Day on a Disney Cruise....I figure, if he doesn't like the cruise, at least he'll be surrounded by Disney....I am also giving him 2 days at the parks when we get off the ship, that way if he doesn't like the cruise, at least he will have 2 days at the parks.....and I know he'll LOVE that!

madisonsmom
01-07-2006, 10:41 AM
Imok....All-Inclusive Resorts...where you pay one price and EVERYTHING is included, all food, tips, drinks, activities(such as golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, sunset cruise, etc), and some excursions.

Muushka...That is encouraging because that is how we felt too about paying all this $$ to be left feeling so yucky. Luckily it didn't take us quite as long to start feeling better, but it did take us about 2 days. Our DD5 got didn't get sick till we got back on land. She never complained on the boat, but after we were on land for about 30 minutes she let it all go! :crazy2: Think she was still moving but the ground wasn't, lol!

Maybe after some time goes by we might change our minds, but this is our intial thoughts after coming off of the boat.

lmok
01-07-2006, 11:13 AM
Wow, I guess we were lucky enough not to get sick. The first time we went it was in August and then we are going again in June. I think I like this AIR idea though. Maybe on the cruise it depends when you go? I will be checking into the AIR!!! :cool1:

Lisa
:earsgirl: ::MinnieMo ::MinnieMo

miatamel
01-07-2006, 02:12 PM
Can some of you that posted about wonderful experiences at AIR tell me where they were? I would love to do one because I hate worrying about wear to eat 3x a day on vacation (and I DO NOT want to cook on vacation!) so I love the thought of an AIR. That is why I did a Disney cruise in November and we LOVED it but DH wanted something a bit more relaxing next time. I looked up different places before booking DCL last year but I never really could find a place I was sure about that would suit us and two children, 2 & 4. Anyway, I would love to know where it was y'all enjoyed so much, if you don't mind, so I can check them out!

clovely
01-07-2006, 02:57 PM
Can some of you that posted about wonderful experiences at AIR tell me where they were? I would love to do one because I hate worrying about wear to eat 3x a day on vacation (and I DO NOT want to cook on vacation!) so I love the thought of an AIR. That is why I did a Disney cruise in November and we LOVED it but DH wanted something a bit more relaxing next time. I looked up different places before booking DCL last year but I never really could find a place I was sure about that would suit us and two children, 2 & 4. Anyway, I would love to know where it was y'all enjoyed so much, if you don't mind, so I can check them out!

Dh and I have done Sandals twice - Nassau, Bahamas and Whitehouse, Jamaica. Both trips were amazing! We love Sandals and would love to go to all of them. We're planning to take the kids to Beaches too.

Tarabra
01-07-2006, 03:56 PM
Sorry to hear about your experience. I really do hope you give it another chance. The cooler weather and rough seas really can be a downer. We've done 5 DCL, usually go in Apr. or May, and 1 RCCL. The RCCL was in Jan. and what a bummer with rough seas and not being able to be out on the deck in the sunshine. It really makes a difference. The weather is always amazing when we go, and the rates have usually dropped after spring break. You probably did feel rushed on the 4 day trying to get everything accomplished. The 7 days are so relaxing. As far as dinner is concerned. Yea, we usually don't get out until 10:15 w/ the late seating, but I guess we just utilized the time to get to know our tablemates and hear of their cruising experiences. This year, we will have an 18 month old w/ us, so I'm sure our tune will change as her patience level does. As far as the food, I guess I never really expected 5 star food. A lot of it is an aquired taste, but I like to try different things. And as someone mentioned, I think they do a pretty good job of serving all those people. I know someone who went and was disappointed by the food too because they are just meat and potatoes people. So, to me, the food is better than most, to others, it's not so good. Not really a big deciding factor in our decision to cruise. Breakfast is my favorite part of the day. Not just the eating, but the total amazement of going to bed and waking up in a gorgeous tropical place. The best is St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Too bad you didn't experience sitting out on the deck enjoying it. Maybe you had a verandah. We've never gotten room service, so I don't know how that compares, but I love to try everything they have and wouldn't miss breakfast for the world.

So, don't give up hope on the DCL. We've done 5 without kids, I'm NOT a Disney Fanatic, and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.

pppiglet
01-07-2006, 09:42 PM
Your trip report is great. You told the truth about your experience. Although we had a great time on our first DCL cruise, it wasn't all I thought it was going to be after spending a year reading all about it on this board. I guess I hyped myself out about it because everyone was saying such great things about the service and such and when we got to go finally I was kinda let down a bit. But.....we did book another on board and we know what to expect for next time. I won't be let down. The verandah was great and was one of the highlights for us. Meeting the other Disers was also the best so I highly recommend the meets board! So I really appreciate when people tell their honest opinions.

madisonsmom
01-07-2006, 10:43 PM
Can some of you that posted about wonderful experiences at AIR tell me where they were? I would love to do one because I hate worrying about wear to eat 3x a day on vacation (and I DO NOT want to cook on vacation!) so I love the thought of an AIR. That is why I did a Disney cruise in November and we LOVED it but DH wanted something a bit more relaxing next time. I looked up different places before booking DCL last year but I never really could find a place I was sure about that would suit us and two children, 2 & 4. Anyway, I would love to know where it was y'all enjoyed so much, if you don't mind, so I can check them out!


We went to Couples Resort in Jamaica twice. They are an adults only resort. We are checking into Beaches(which is owned by Sandals) and FDR Resorts which is also in Jamaica. Both are all-inclusive, and I have heard good things about them both. Trip advisor is a good place to get some varying opinions on it. I think one of those 2 family resorts will be our next pick, unless something new opens up in the next year or so. Good Luck on the search...there are lots of options out there.

Also, over on the Budget Board there is a thread about various family AIR located in different places in the carribean, might be a good place to hear about others experiences too.

vacationaddict
01-07-2006, 10:57 PM
Madisonsmom- What AIRs have you done before??

vacationaddict
01-07-2006, 10:58 PM
oops someone asked at the same time!

madisonsmom
01-07-2006, 11:06 PM
As far as the food, I guess I never really expected 5 star food. A lot of it is an aquired taste, but I like to try different things. And as someone mentioned, I think they do a pretty good job of serving all those people. I know someone who went and was disappointed by the food too because they are just meat and potatoes people. So, to me, the food is better than most, to others, it's not so good. Not really a big deciding factor in our decision to cruise. Too bad you didn't experience sitting out on the deck enjoying it. Maybe you had a verandah.
So, don't give up hope on the DCL. We've done 5 without kids, I'm NOT a Disney Fanatic, and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world.

Thanks Tarabra for the encouragement! I definitely love food, not a picky eater, unlike DH who is definitely a meat and potatoes guy. I guess just from seeing so many things on this board about how wonderful the food is and the service is we had higher expectations than maybe we should have. But I guess it has to be kept in perspective because what one person may consider incredible food another may definitely not. Being someone in the restaurant industry and working for fine restaurants I appreciate great food. And having eaten at some of the restaurant at WDW I was expecting better food and service. But all in all, we didn't starve then service was fine(not great) just not worth the money in my opinion.

Definitely wish we would have had the verandah to enjoy, but we were in a cat.9 with a beautiful view from an incredible window and ate breakfast in the room while gazing out at the water. Definitely a good way to wake up! The fresh salt air would have been even better :sunny:

tinkerbellmagic
01-07-2006, 11:26 PM
Thanks for your honest report. I love DCL, but I have to agree with you about the food.

On our 2003 cruise, out of seven dinners, one dinner was excellent, five dinners were very good, and one dinner was not very good.

I was expecting much of the same for our 2005 cruise, but was surprised when out of seven dinners, one of the dinners was excellent and six of them were not very good. But I should add that my teenage daughter had all the vegetarian and meatless pasta selections and enjoyed all of them.

Topsiders food has been described on this board as marginal, which I think is pretty accurate. The desserts are pretty good throughout the ship... no complaints there. :teeth:

Tink

maminnie
01-08-2006, 09:08 AM
Madisonsmom:

Thanks for your great report and honest feelings.

I too took a four night in April a number of years ago as my first cruise and have to say at first I did not like it all. By the fourth day I had actually gone from "I definitely am not the cruise type" to, when can we go again." (I too am a big beach person.) We then took a seven night eastern a few years later in April and absolutely loved it. The seas were rough the first few days but thank goodness we were mid-ship and no one got seasick to any great degree. It was a wonderful second experience in every way.

I now have another seven night eastern planned for February with a large group of friends and have to tell you I am really nervous about the different negative things I have read on the boards; rough seas in February, the possibility of missing CC due to bad seas, bad weather in general, average to below average food and service by dining room staff and room stewarts, etc. I have to say when I read the boards in preparation for my last seven night trip, I did not read quite as many negative comments regarding food and service that I have been reading as I prepare for this trip. I have to say I am very intimidated that this trip may not meet up to my expectations but I am going to try to be very positive. We obviously knew the weather was going to be much more risky in February than April.

This trip is costing us so much more than our last seven night so hopefully it will be a good one and worth the money. If not it will definitely be our last DCL cruise. We'll keep our fingers crossed especially since I recommended that a number of my friends and their families go with us this time!!! Hopefully in the end they will all be glad they listened to me and spent all that money!!!

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy future trips at the beach. I know how your feel; there is nothing like a relaxing day on a beautiful beach in a beautiful place followed by good food and drink!

maminnie

KKB
01-08-2006, 02:55 PM
Our friends did RUI in Cancun...should have stuck w/ Sandals or Couples. I don't think their trip was any cheaper than those, but they weren't impressed.

My thoughts on cruise food...considering the number of meals served, I have felt that the food is pretty good. I had roughy/crab one night that tasted old. I traded for a terrific seafood pasta dish. MIL felt her roughy was excellent--maybe I just had a bad piece. I felt desserts were never that great. Now, I am more of an appetizer person & I always enjoyed those. Palo was always excellent, but it is all made to order, so I would expect it to be better.(and I am salvating thinking of that chocolate souffle--yes, me the non-dessert person!) Actually I felt that Topsiders was quite good for breakfast. I would run up and pile 2 plates w/ Mickey waffles, bacon, hash brown patties, fresh fruit, and chocolate croissants, take it back to the room & everyone was thrilled. I did try the seafood lunch, and was not overly impressed. Desserts again seemed institutional (what I might find in a cafeteria). I would have liked smaller portions in the dining room. One nice thing on Princess was nice small portions so you could eat 5 courses and be comfortably full. I was fairly full after appetizer & soup or salad! Maybe one reason dessert never impressed me much.

Happy cruising or AIRing, everyone!
Kris

madisonsmom
01-08-2006, 04:15 PM
Our friends did RUI in Cancun...should have stuck w/ Sandals or Couples. I don't think their trip was any cheaper than those, but they weren't impressed.

My thoughts on cruise food...considering the number of meals served, I have felt that the food is pretty good. I had roughy/crab one night that tasted old. I traded for a terrific seafood pasta dish. MIL felt her roughy was excellent--maybe I just had a bad piece. I felt desserts were never that great. Now, I am more of an appetizer person & I always enjoyed those. Palo was always excellent, but it is all made to order, so I would expect it to be better.(and I am salvating thinking of that chocolate souffle--yes, me the non-dessert person!) Actually I felt that Topsiders was quite good for breakfast. I would run up and pile 2 plates w/ Mickey waffles, bacon, hash brown patties, fresh fruit, and chocolate croissants, take it back to the room & everyone was thrilled. I did try the seafood lunch, and was not overly impressed. Desserts again seemed institutional (what I might find in a cafeteria). I would have liked smaller portions in the dining room. One nice thing on Princess was nice small portions so you could eat 5 courses and be comfortably full. I was fairly full after appetizer & soup or salad! Maybe one reason dessert never impressed me much.

Happy cruising or AIRing, everyone!
Kris

KKB....I have heard mixed things about Mexico as well, but mainly had to do with service/hospitality rather than food, hotel and excursions. Friends of ours that have also been to Couples in Jamaica decided to goto one of the "Palace" resorts in Mexico and said that they wouldn't ever go back, they would rather goto where they know they would be catered to more(because that is their ideal vacation..mine is great food ;) along with some friendly service)

I guess my problem with the food on the boat is that I ASSumed that since I have been to resorts where they are cooking meals and have buffets to also serve hundreds of people at one time that it would be more similar to that. But you know what they say about assumming things ::yes:: Guess I should have just set me expectations a little lower, but it is hard to do when you don't know anything about the cruise except what you read here on the DIS and then you see all these people on the DIS talking about how wonderful the food is... oh well...live and learn...and if we would ever go back atleast we now know :earsgirl:

Muushka
01-08-2006, 05:35 PM
Funny thing about the food on the cruise. I remember when I returned after our first cruise almost 2 years ago that I was not impressed with the food. And I posted as such. In fact, we enjoyed Pluto's more than most nights in the dinning rooms (except Palo, of course!).

I think people tend to go overboard ( :rotfl2: sorry about the pun) when they like something. Like lobster burgers for example. I thought they were going to be wonderful after reading these boards. Come to find out that there are a larger % of people that don't like them than you would be led to believe when reading these boards.

So, we still wanted to do another DCL cruise even though we knew the food would not be all that great. And it met my (under) expectations this past Dec. And I was prepared for that because I did not go on the cruise to just eat! But we also knew that we would be able to secure 2 awesome meals at Palo, and a few great chicken fingers at Plutos. And to my surprise, I snagged some great baby back ribs and crab-dip appetizer at AP for dinner on our first night. I was a happy girl. :flower:

num1tigerfan
01-08-2006, 08:57 PM
Ok, i feel dumb for asking but what is Air"s ? :confused3

Lisa
:earsgirl: ::MinnieMo ::MinnieMo

All inclusive resorts, which is going to a resort with all meals, drinks, alcohol, and activities included.

fauna57
01-10-2006, 10:54 PM
Thanks, everyone for sharing your experiences, I've been lurking nervously. DH and I have only been on 1 cruise before...Celebrity..and OMG, everything was amazing!!! 5 star food and service, fabulous excursions, etc. We have no little kids, only a 17yo DD, but we are doing a family reunion cruise and because my sis has little ones, it's Disney or nothing. I'm a little worried, Celebrity spoiled us, just like the ads we were treated famously. Can anyone share tips for almost-DINK's to best enjoy this cruise?

Cass
01-10-2006, 11:07 PM
Thanks for your honest review of the Disney Cruise. Cruising is an acquired taste, dinners must have felt so long for the little ones at the table, they must have been exhausted.

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
01-11-2006, 02:07 AM
Can some of you that posted about wonderful experiences at AIR tell me where they were? I would love to do one because I hate worrying about wear to eat 3x a day on vacation (and I DO NOT want to cook on vacation!) so I love the thought of an AIR. That is why I did a Disney cruise in November and we LOVED it but DH wanted something a bit more relaxing next time. I looked up different places before booking DCL last year but I never really could find a place I was sure about that would suit us and two children, 2 & 4. Anyway, I would love to know where it was y'all enjoyed so much, if you don't mind, so I can check them out!

We've only been to Cancun and Jamaica AIR's and both were great- but our last was Jamaica and our next will be Jamaica.. if that tells you anything. LOL I vote Jamaica... I'd go there once a month if I could. LOL

Miss Eeyore
01-11-2006, 04:50 AM
Sandals, huh.......I have often thought about an all-inclusive, but they used to have such a reputation for being for "swingers" which we definitely are not. I was afraid of paying a lot of money to find ourselves uncomfortable with oour surroundings.

I think I know the solution! Disney should start an all=inclusive somewhere warm, away from the Florida hustle and bustle........offering all the touches of Disney magic without the rolling seas.

......if only I had any influence with the Big Cheese.

madisonsmom
01-11-2006, 03:00 PM
Sandals, huh.......I have often thought about an all-inclusive, but they used to have such a reputation for being for "swingers" which we definitely are not. I was afraid of paying a lot of money to find ourselves uncomfortable with oour surroundings.

I think I know the solution! Disney should start an all=inclusive somewhere warm, away from the Florida hustle and bustle........offering all the touches of Disney magic without the rolling seas.

......if only I had any influence with the Big Cheese.

I would definitely do a Disney AI! We love doing excursions, eating good food and having a glass of wine(or 2, okay 3 :rotfl2: ) with dinner. I know they have the resorts in HH and VB, we might try those in the meantime, even though they are not AI. It was nice having the Disney themed things/characters on the boat for DD5 without doing a park.

clovely
01-11-2006, 07:29 PM
Sandals, huh.......I have often thought about an all-inclusive, but they used to have such a reputation for being for "swingers" which we definitely are not. I was afraid of paying a lot of money to find ourselves uncomfortable with oour surroundings.

I think I know the solution! Disney should start an all=inclusive somewhere warm, away from the Florida hustle and bustle........offering all the touches of Disney magic without the rolling seas.

......if only I had any influence with the Big Cheese.

There are AIRs that cater big-time to the "anything goes" crowd - NOT Sandals (we've been to two). Honestly, the second time we went with some friends kinda looking to party more than we did the first time and we realized there really wasn't much of a nightlife or party scene. Everyone's on their honeymoon and in their room by 9:00!!!!