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Old 09-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #31
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We got back a couple of weeks ago from our first ever cruise....an amazing Disney cruise to Alaska! It truly was a perfect cruise. Beautiful ship which was always spotless, great castmembers, wonderful servers and cabin host. We enjoyed the food, rotational dining, our tablemates and the entertainment.

We want to go back to Alaska next year! I did book a future cruise onboard, however......... We can get a balcony cabin on Princess for nearly $600 cheaper than an OV cabin on DCL. We can also leave out of Seattle (driving distance for us) rather than Vancouver.

We are adults, so the kids club isn't a factor.

Has anyone done both DCL and Princess cruises recently? How much did you miss that "Disney magic" on Princess? How does the dining and entertainment compare?

Thanks for helping me make the decision.
The issue is that DCL is expensive to begin with, but they are rip off to Alaska. HAL, Princess etc are definitely cheaper. Their quality/service is the same or better than DCL. For adults, I wouldn't do DCL to Alaska. If you have kids, you might want to spend the extra $$.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:13 AM   #32
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We had 4 ports in 7 days, plus the glacier day. We were on Celebrity. While I had no kids in our group, I did make a point of talking to a mom who had 2 boys hopping in and out of the hot tub. She said that her kids LOVED the kid programming. It had a different theme each day. They had an inside pool with signs up indicating that due to the weather, kids would be allowed in this area between the hours of X and Y. Other times, it was an adult area.
yes, Celebrity and RCCL have the same itinerary for the south and northbound alaska cruises.
DD picked RCCL as it has a bit younger average age and she really wanted to try the Radiance of the seas (which gets rave reviews for amount of glass enclosed areas - very useful for viewing when in alaska). She loved everything about the Radiance - the ship, the crew, the service, the food, the activities, etc etc

the Radiance also has an indoor adult pool that has hours for children when in alaska.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #33
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The issue is that DCL is expensive to begin with, but they are rip off to Alaska. HAL, Princess etc are definitely cheaper. Their quality/service is the same or better than DCL. For adults, I wouldn't do DCL to Alaska. If you have kids, you might want to spend the extra $$.
It's funny how two people see one issue so differently. As an adult, we would cruise DCL again without kids in a heartbeat. We've only sailed RCCL and DCL in Alaska and much prefer DCL.

The best advice, try what you want, sail with who you please. This something you have to discover for yourself. Our experiences with 3 other cruise lines have delivered us directly into the lap of DCL
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #34
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It's funny how two people see one issue so differently. As an adult, we would cruise DCL again without kids in a heartbeat. We've only sailed RCCL and DCL in Alaska and much prefer DCL.

The best advice, try what you want, sail with who you please. This something you have to discover for yourself. Our experiences with 3 other cruise lines have delivered us directly into the lap of DCL
DCL doesn't have one way cruises in Alaska, so it's sort of like comparing apples and elephants...
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DCL doesn't have one way cruises in Alaska, so it's sort of like comparing apples and elephants...
I wasn't comparing the two
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Just to clarify, HAL and Princess are NOT the same company. They are separate cruiselines under the Carnival Corporation umbrella.

Having sailed both, I like both, but each has its pros and cons, and each offers different ships (obviously) with different amenities, menus, policies, and programming.
I believ Princess is under the Celebrity Corporation, not Carnival. To the OP, DS is an entertainer for Princess and I think he's going to be assigned to the Caribbean Princess in the Fall. Right now he's on the Golden. Having spent 2 summers on Alaskan Cruises, he'd strongly recommend Glaciar Bay. As he told me, "It's like being in the middle of a postcard."
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I believ Princess is under the Celebrity Corporation, not Carnival. To the OP, DS is an entertainer for Princess and I think he's going to be assigned to the Caribbean Princess in the Fall. Right now he's on the Golden. Having spent 2 summers on Alaskan Cruises, he'd strongly recommend Glaciar Bay. As he told me, "It's like being in the middle of a postcard."
Actually princess is not part of RCCL ( Royal Carribean cruise line )
RCCL is the parent company for Celebrity.
Princess cruises is part of Carnival plc group
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #38
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. . . To the OP, DS is an entertainer for Princess and I think he's going to be assigned to the Caribbean Princess in the Fall. Right now he's on the Golden.
If your DS was on the Golden Princess in February, we sailed with him to Hawaii.

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If your DS was on the Golden Princess in February, we sailed with him to Hawaii.

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Yes he was, so yes you did. He's in the ship's orchestra.
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Yes he was, so yes you did. He's in the ship's orchestra.
We were impressed by the Golden Princess Orchestra's talent -- especially their ability to meet and rehearse with a performer that day, and give excellent performances that evening.

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #41
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Actually princess is not part of RCCL ( Royal Carribean cruise line )
RCCL is the parent company for Celebrity.
Princess cruises is part of Carnival plc group
Yes, indeed. That's why we get OBC for owning Carnival Corporation stock on both HAL and Princess.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:07 PM   #42
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Struggling with this issue again myself. After reading all the boards, I was convinced I only wanted to do Princess land then cruise. Thank you, Nancy!

then we went on the Disney Fantasy last week. DD turned 13 on the ship, got to go to the Edge this last cruise, met kids from around the country and globe, had more freedom this trip and had a delightful time. (Last time we cruised she was 10 and I still had to check her in/out of The Lab.) You know, it goes from being all about the characters, etc, to her new friends that she meets. We saw her for breakfast and show/dinner each night and beyond that, she was always asking to run off with friends. Thank goodness for the wave phones.

So, we did a dummy booking and that'll save us 10%, plus 200 OBC, plus thinking of using Costco and getting a nice Costco card from them at end of next sailing. Now even my husband is saying that maybe Disney to Alaska is still the right choice for us because of DD. (and he's the kind who would really like to never do another DCL cruise - too many little kiddos for him)

Maybe we'll give it a try for summer 2014, then someday go back to Princess on our own and do a land/cruise.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #43
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I have cruised princess before and since cruising Disney I would not go back to princess.... I would be setting myself up for disappointment. Yes it would be ok but nothing compares to Disney....
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:23 PM   #44
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I am a Disney cheerleader through and through (especially when it comes to Disney Cruise Line). Having said that, Princess is an excellent cruise line as well. In fact, there are some aspects of Princess I like better than Disney; overall though, Disney wins hands down.

Some things Princess does better:
  • All staterooms have an open-air walk-in closet set off to the side of the entryway. Much better layout, easier to change, and no banging sliding doors!
  • The buffet is open every single day from 6 a.m. until midnight. Continental breakfast is served from 6 - 7 a.m.; full breakfast is served from 7 - 11:30 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; "light" snacks (light meaning soups, salads, baked potato bar, sandwiches, and the like) are served from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; and dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. - midnight.
  • International Cafe, which is a pastry counter (they serve pastries, sandwiches, and sweets), is open 24 hours.
  • MUTS (Movies Under the Stars) has "stadium" seating, meaning their are tiered levels above the pool deck with loungers. On top of that, servers come around during the movie with pizza slices, cookies, and milk. Plus the gratis popcorn is available as well.
  • Vegetarian options were much more plentiful on the Princess ship.

But of course, there are many more things done better by Disney:
  • Nothing beats Castaway Cay…I mean nothing! (And quite frankly, Princess Cays is the worst private beach/island I have encountered in all my cruising...it's pretty, but way too small for a large cruise ship and its passengers).
  • The entertainment is always top-notch on Disney. Granted there might be fewer choices, but the quality outweighs the quantity by far!
  • The bathrooms, split or not split. In fact there are no smaller showers in cruise ship staterooms than on Princess. Oy!
  • While it really is a draw on the service received on both cruise lines, there is something just a little more special about Disney's crew. Somewhere, somehow Disney has bottled the formula for keeping a happy crew! (At least they always appear happy!)
  • Atmosphere! Don't get me wrong…Princess ships are beautiful. But they are down right sedate. Nothing wrong with that if you are looking for something quiet and serene. But if you want a more lively atmosphere, Disney is the way to go.
  • Embarkation/Disembarkation. Disney wins this hands down over any other cruise line I have sailed.

It really is comparing apples to oranges, but both are good! It's just that people always like one better!
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #45
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We had cruise to Alaska twice, once with Holland America, once with Disney. Holland America stop at Sitka, and cruised Glacier Bay, a little bit of edge there over Disney.

But, Disney blew them out of the water on shipboard experience, food, entertainment, and total ambiance. Also I really enjoyed Tracy Arm. Loved them both, but I'm a Disney gal.
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