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rutgers1 01-27-2013 12:03 AM

Closest ship to a Disney ship for those on a tight budget this year?
 
Just wondering if anyone found a ship that is CLOSE to a Disney experience for the kids, but at a significant discount from what you'd pay for Disney.

We sailed the Disney Dream and the Carnival Conquest over the past few years, and we loved both. But admittedly the Conquest wasn't comparable to Disney if you looked at it with a microscope. We still had a blast, and the excursions were awesome.

ILUVALASKA 01-27-2013 12:58 AM

Disney is the industry leader for kid's cruises, so you are asking a lot from another line. Once we grew out of Disney, we transitioned to RCI and HAL. We were nervous at first, but we just went with the flow and had a blast. My son wasn't as in to the kids'stuff by this point, so the cruises were still fun for all of us. RCI is better for kids; HAL attracts an older crowd. We pay a fraction on other lines than what we paid on Disney, therefore we can cruise more often! THe ports are still the same.

cyclenut 01-27-2013 01:33 AM

Royal Caribbean has some great options. They include Dreamworks characters, nice kids clubs and lots to do on board. Shows are top notch but not as appealing to the youngest. They are family friendly and include live orchestra (big difference to me) and the show themes are good but are just geared older in general.

My comments pertain to Freedom class and Oasis class. I don't know about the smaller ships. All of those Freedom and larger are actually larger than the Dream and have a lot to offer.

mikelan6 01-27-2013 04:31 AM

I would also highly recommend Royal Caribbean Cruise lines for you. We had a blast and we went in November 2011.

cruisinwithmaandpa 01-27-2013 06:21 AM

We are loyal to Royal. We actually like Majesty of the Seas the best and its itinerary. We have sailed CCL, NCL, and DCL, but prefer RCL. Royal has introduced a new menu. My DH likes that he can get escargot every night.

melaniejh1016 01-27-2013 06:42 AM

Royal carribbean liberty, freedom, oasis, and allure are probably the closest you'll come.

BlakeandMaddysMomma 01-27-2013 07:25 AM

How does Princess cruise lines compare?

Tonka's Skipper 01-27-2013 07:59 AM

I agree with PP, RCL is the palce to look.

I will not permit anyone in my family to sail carnival due to my concerns with safety.

AKK

cleophus12 01-27-2013 08:14 AM

Another vote for rccl.

horizons1983 01-27-2013 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by BlakeandMaddysMomma (Post 47320860)
How does Princess cruise lines compare?

I'm trying Princess for the first time in January (new ship...Royal Princess) and am very excited. From what I've seen so far planning for Princess while the quality of service, food and ship seem very Disney it seems a little light on kids areas and activities, so not sure what impact that might have for the kids.

I've tried RCCL and CCL and though I liked some things neither was as great as Disney, especially when it came to Children's programs/spaces. As I think someone said earlier if you go RCCL (which is probably closest to Disney) get the NEWEST ship possible as their attention to kids is really only evident on the last two classes of ships. On Jewel of the Seas they had very little just for kids and that ship was build in 2004.

tvguy 01-27-2013 09:16 AM

HAL. The passengers are only older during non-peak times. Summer, the ships have a lot of young people and kids. I suspect Disney cruisers are a whole lot more willing to take their children out of school for a vacation than HAL cruisers with kids.

MinnieMommy2381 01-27-2013 09:20 AM

Royal Caribbean Oasis and NCL Epic
 
Both have great prices on their cruises and some people say that the Epic is giving Disney a run for their money. I've read several reviews where the travelers prefer the Epic better

luv2sleep 01-27-2013 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tvguy
HAL. The passengers are only older during non-peak times. Summer, the ships have a lot of young people and kids. I suspect Disney cruisers are a whole lot more willing to take their children out of school for a vacation than HAL cruisers with kids.

During peak time is HAL comparable to RCI's newer ships (referring to a pp's post) in terms kids?

jdb in AZ 01-27-2013 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by luv2sleep (Post 47321901)
During peak time is HAL comparable to RCI's newer ships (referring to a pp's post) in terms kids?

HAL doesn't have the rock-climbing wall, ice rink, zip line, flow-rider, or other stuff that attracts kids like RCI.

We're also fans of RCI, and their sister Celebrity.

Princess -- stick with their newer ships. Some of their older ships really show their age, but you could say that of most cruise lines.

The itinerary can have a big impact on the number of kids on board. They'd rather go where the beach activities are, instead of Alaska, tho we never ran out of things to do there.

stsomewhere 01-27-2013 09:57 AM

If we are not sailing DCL, we look for new ports. We sailed on HAL last April during Easter. Only 40passengers under 18 old. My kids has a good time. they were able to bond with the other kids their age. My daughter was 11. She has 8 kids in her age group. My son was 14 and had 12 kids his age.

They said they would go again. Got fabulous last minute deal. 11 night southern with 8 port. All four of us was $1800.

We are booked on NCL for Christmas/nye. We are on a 10 night southern. It is a few hundred dollars cheaper t han the 4 and 5 night Disney cruises during the same time.

We are sailing on Disney over easter.8 night to Bahamas.


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