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Old 07-17-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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Disney Cruise Questions From Someone Who's Considering Booking a DCL Vacation

Hi everyone,

While we are big time WDW veterans, we have never been on a Disney Cruise before. On the surface, we think it's a great idea--to go on a 4 or 5 night cruise.

Here are my questions, though:

1) My first thought is that a cruise sounds great, but a DISNEY cruise will be chock full of little kids. With so many kids on the boat, is the cruise full of screaming, crying, and just more noise than usual? I just have this image of kids in Mickey ears yelling and racing each other from one end of the deck to the other

2) My second concern is that there just won't be enough to do. Disney is #1 in entertainment, but after a couple night's on the boat, does it get boring? Do you ever get the feeling that you've seen everything? With Disney World, there are countless rides, parades, restaurants, and theme parks. The Cruise is just...one single ship.

3) My other question is...because everyone is on the ship together, is it hard to do things you want because everyone else is doing them too? Do restaurants fill up quicker, are spas more crowded, is the pool always packed, etc?

I'm sure I'll have more questions, but wanted to get people's thoughts on these three for now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:04 PM   #2
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I'll answer the first one...we have four kids. However, my husband and I just sailed DCL to the Med by ourselves. There are adult only areas of the ship, and DCL is very good about keeping kids out of them. There is plenty to do, and when there are days at sea, there are adult only activities like tours, martini tastings, ect. You can do as much or as little as you want!

You may want to consider a balcony if you want some extra private time.

Yes, there are a lot of kids...but they are cute kids! And if you like WDW, the characters and the kids' excitement won't bother you. You can choose not to be in those areas.

I'm surprising my husband with a quick 3 night in October, just the two of us Yes, the kids will be mad, but they've been on several too!
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:11 PM   #3
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I have to agree that there are plenty of places to get away from the kids, and everytime we went by the adult pool it was quiet and not crowded at all. Lots to do, new shows every day, so you won't get tired of seeing the same things. We didn't find crowds to be an issue much at all. I was quite shocked at times, thinking, where is everyone??? :D
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:32 PM   #4
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Hi everyone,

While we are big time WDW veterans, we have never been on a Disney Cruise before. On the surface, we think it's a great idea--to go on a 4 or 5 night cruise.

Here are my questions, though:

1) My first thought is that a cruise sounds great, but a DISNEY cruise will be chock full of little kids. With so many kids on the boat, is the cruise full of screaming, crying, and just more noise than usual? I just have this image of kids in Mickey ears yelling and racing each other from one end of the deck to the other Nothing on DCL could be further from this scenario. It just doesn't happen this way. We've sailed twice (7 nights and 5 nights), both times we had an amazingly wonderful experience. Disney knows how to disperse the crowds.

2) My second concern is that there just won't be enough to do. Disney is #1 in entertainment, but after a couple night's on the boat, does it get boring? Do you ever get the feeling that you've seen everything? With Disney World, there are countless rides, parades, restaurants, and theme parks. The Cruise is just...one single ship. Have you checked the daily Navigators here under the DCL FAQs section? The Navigators will tell you what is happening each and every day of your cruise. If anything, we feel we have to go back in order to see/do all the things we've missed so far. There are tons of daily activities onboard the ships, not to mention the port excursions. There is simply too many too many things to enumerate here; but as a for instance, on our recent 5 night cruise the Walt Disney Theater had the following nightly shows: Night 1: The Golden Mickeys; Night 2: Once Upon a Song; Night 3: Toy Story 3 in 3D; Night 4: Toy Story, The Musical; Night 5: Disney Dreams. Each of those were shown twice each night. In addition, the Buena Vista Theater had several movies throughout the day. We saw Prince of Persia one night. There are also nightclubs, bar/lounges, 4 pools on board (one adults only), kids clubs and activities for all ages, character meet/greets, etc, etc, etc. As I said, people get dispersed.

3) My other question is...because everyone is on the ship together, is it hard to do things you want because everyone else is doing them too? Do restaurants fill up quicker, are spas more crowded, is the pool always packed, etc? No. As I explained above there are way too many activities scheduled/planned throughout the day to hold enough interest for everyone. As far as the restaurants go, you need not worry. Everyone gets rotated throughout the cruise. You keep the same servers with you from restaurant to restaurant. Each night of thecruise you'll get to experience Animator's Palate, Parrot Cay, and Triton's on the Wonder or Lumiere's on the Magic. DCL will give you the dining rotation upon embarkation so you don't have to think about where to go, you'll have that info. right in front of you. There won't be a situation where the restaurant is too full and you have to wait an hour to be seated. In addition, there are several other dining venues. For instance, Topsiders (on Magic) or Beach Blanket Buffet (on Wonder), are buffet styled family restaurants on Deck 9 (where the pools are located). There are also some quick service places on deck 9 for pizza, hamburger, etc. and there is always room service too. And let's not forget Palo, the adults only restaurant which is simply put a DCL Must Do.

I'm sure I'll have more questions, but wanted to get people's thoughts on these three for now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:40 PM   #5
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Take a peek at some of the trip reports (more than one, becuase everyone has different experiences). The will also give you a feel for what the cruise experience is like.

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Old 07-17-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. And Pearly, just to clarify, what do you mean when you say "you keep the same servers" when you go from one restaurant to the next? Are you referring to waiters?
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Thanks everyone. And Pearly, just to clarify, what do you mean when you say "you keep the same servers" when you go from one restaurant to the next? Are you referring to waiters?
^^^ Yes, the wait staff stays with you in the main dining restaurants throughout the dining rotation the entire cruise. That would be your Head Server, Dining Room Server, and Assistant Server (those are their titles ). Those 3 people will follow you from Animator's Palate to Parrot Cay to Triton's or Lumiere's each night. They will get to know your preferences almost immediately.
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We always used to go to WDW, now we cruise twice a year -- never with children. Our friends think we are crazy, why would two adults go on a ship that caters to kids. Well, two reasons: 1) they may cater to kids but that doesn't mean they don't cater to adults too; 2) they cater to the kids so well and keep them so busy, you don't really see most of the kids. I remember on one of our first cruises, we were leaving final bingo in the theater and the kids club graduation was already gathering for their big final show. We walked past lines and lines of kids. I turned to my sister and said "Have all these kids been on the ship all week???" Hadn't realized how many kids were really there because they spend so much time in kids club activities.

We enjoy cruising because you can be as busy or relaxed as you want. As the PP's said, look over the navigators to see the type of activities that are offered. I think you'll find that there is certainly enough to keep you busy for a 4 or 5 night cruise. Keep in mind for 2011, the Dream will be doing those shorter sailings and we don't even know all of the great new things that will be offered there but there might be a line for the AquaDuck!
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