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Old 12-07-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Would we regret Oasis or Allure instead of Fantasy?

We are Disney people through and through! We've done the Wonder, Magic, and Dream and were anxious to complete our Disney crusing experience with the Fantasy. I have the end of May 2014 on hold, but can do the RC Oasis or Allure for over $2000 cheaper the same week!!! Would we regret it? What would we miss that we were used to on a Disney ship? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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We cruised on the Oasis last Spring Break and loved it. However, it's not geared towards the kids as much as Disney, but it still good for families. Word of warning, due to the size of the ship you have to make reservations for everything including shows...

Due to the high pricing just released we will be sailing the Oasis Spring Break of 2014. Now worries Disney, you still have me for next week and Spring Break 2013...
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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I haven't been on either, but I think that most people absolutely love it. I only know diehard Disney fans that have cruised on them and everyone that I've talked to loved their experiences. I am anxious to travel on one of those ships.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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I haven't sailed on those other 2 ships but saw them in ports & they are ginormous! Really ginormous! Personally, I'd never want to sail on a ship that big...I wasn't sure if I'd like the Disney Dream as much as the Magic & Wonder but I do & like you, want to sail on the Fantasy to complete the unofficial "grand slam".

You choose what is best for your family! Unfortunately the Fantasy's prices will only go up! So I made the decision to sail on the Fantasy in Spring 2014.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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I haven't sailed on those other 2 ships but saw them in ports & they are ginormous! Really ginormous! Personally, I'd never want to sail on a ship that big...I wasn't sure if I'd like the Disney Dream as much as the Magic & Wonder but I do & like you, want to sail on the Fantasy to complete the unofficial "grand slam".

You choose what is best for your family! Unfortunately the Fantasy's prices will only go up! So I made the decision to sail on the Fantasy in Spring 2014.
I felt that there was no real difference between the Oasis and the Dream. (Well, the service a dinner was a lot better on the Oasis )

After the Dream I walked away going "I paid a premium for that"? (There wore off when it took HOURS to get dinner because of incompetent service, the adult pool area resembled a kiddie pool on other ships etc...)

Not sure I will give the Disney "big" ships another try.

(Plus RCCL knows that Nassau is not the ONLY port worth going to LOL!)
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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correction - RCI just changed its policy as of this week - you can now bring wine on board with you....i just saw the posts on cruise critic about the change in policy..
1 bottle per adult. They're rolling out an all-inclusive daily drink option too, don't think we could do it justice.

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Looking at May 2014 prices for the 3 of us for a outside veranda of same size(DCL is a little bigger) I only see a $200-400 price difference?

$200-400 DCl gets my pic for sure!

The veranda's on DCL are only $300 more then a inside! Seems strange to pick a inside that is 50% smaller and no veranda for around $300?
I've priced several Dream cruises where the inside cabins were more expensive than the OVs. Not sure if it still is so, but the virtual porthole was wildly popular when the ship was new...we thought it (on an adult only tirip) charming.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #7
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I should have mentioned we have 3 girls 16, 14, and 12 and a boy, 8. We love swimming, the kid teen clubs, and the shows. And of course the eating! How will all that compare?
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #8
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RCCL vs. DCL

If you can swing it, now knowing you're kids' ages and how much fun there is on a Disney ship, I'd say sail on the Disney Fantasy.

But that is a huge price difference and quite the consideration! $2,000 on a 7 night cruise = and additional $286 per day.

You can always sail on Royal Caribbean now and sail with Disney later.
DCL will be there for you when you're ready. I'd have a really hard time with that price difference. You could spend time at WDW before or after the cruise with that amount of money.

My DH really wants to try the new RCCL ships.. they look awesome!

Do you have a "dummy" booking with Disney to transfer and therefore would save you 10%? Do you have family members who could give you Disney dollars for Christmas? What is the majority of your family saying?

Good luck and have fun sailing on either cruise line!
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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I too was going to suggest you find the Shrek VS Mickey post and read it. It is very detailed.

I have read several reviews of the RCCL ships and everyone seems to love them. I plan to give it a try when it fits in our vacation planning. We are doing DCl one more time while all the grand kids are of the age to go to the club but then we fully intend to try the Allure. I think with the ages of your kids they will love it! They have a zipline, flowrider and the water show, I suspect your teenagers will love it so much they never want to go back to DCL.

The biggest difference I see is that you have to plan ahead and get reservations for shows and dinner at specialty restaurants. That may drive me crazy but I plan to give it a whirl!
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #10
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Given the ages of your children, I think your family would really enjoy those ships. For the cost savings I'd definitely give one of them a try! RCI has great opportunities for kids, even if they aren't as child-centered as the Disney cruises. It is a good choice for families.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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I should have mentioned we have 3 girls 16, 14, and 12 and a boy, 8. We love swimming, the kid teen clubs, and the shows. And of course the eating! How will all that compare?
Teen club on RCCL and especially the Oasis and Allure are very nice. I like that they split the teens into 12-14 and 15-17 as I feel that is a more even split for those ages

Pools on Disney are one of the reasons we are looking at RCCL for our next cruise. Picture 10 kids in the pool and it being crowded. The pools on RCCL are much larger and there are more of them plus the 16 year old can join you in the solarium area (adult area if accompanied by a parent). The adult area on these ships is huge.

as previously mentioned on these larger ships you do have to reserve everything, even the shows. If you want to experience RCCL on a ship closer in size to the Fantasy and Dream I would suggest the Freedom of the Seas

by the way I am a platinum castaway club member on DCL and have sailed all of their four ships multiple times. For a $2000 difference and the pools I would go with RCCL
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #12
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There is a really good trip report from a DISer, nenner, who did a "Shrek vsMickey" TR that was very helpful for us in comparing the Fantasy/Dream and the Allure/Oasis. I think her family's final determination was to alternate years between the two cruise lines. But as pp, every family is different.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #13
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There is a really good trip report from a DISer, nenner, who did a "Shrek vsMickey" TR that was very helpful for us in comparing the Fantasy/Dream and the Allure/Oasis. I think her family's final determination was to alternate years between the two cruise lines. But as pp, every family is different.
That is a good compromise & if the location of the port isn't an issue, then maybe a good choice for the OP. When we lived in Fla, ports were everywhere. From NC, I tend not to look at Ft Laud or Miami anymore due to travel time & cost. Happy cruising everyone!
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I am wrestling with the same thing. The price difference will essentially pay for our airfare and excursions.
I have a few friends that cruised RCCL and loved it, but they had never been on Disney so they can't compare the 2 for me.
One of the main reasons I am still leaning toward DCL is that we have been on the Fantasy on a sold out cruise before, so we kind of know how to handle it, we know the layout, schedule, etc. RCCL will be a whole different thing, which as gigantic as those ships are, I don't think I'd want to try for the first time during the crowded Easter break.
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I am wrestling with the same thing. The price difference will essentially pay for our airfare and excursions.
I have a few friends that cruised RCCL and loved it, but they had never been on Disney so they can't compare the 2 for me.
One of the main reasons I am still leaning toward DCL is that we have been on the Fantasy on a sold out cruise before, so we kind of know how to handle it, we know the layout, schedule, etc. RCCL will be a whole different thing, which as gigantic as those ships are, I don't think I'd want to try for the first time during the crowded Easter break.
I suggest you also find the shrek vs Mickey trip report. Apparently these gigantic ships don't seem any more crowded. This report was the most detailed on I have ever read.
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