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Old 10-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Just took our first cruise ever to Alaska. I am now hooked and immediately booked a cruise out of Galveston next year.

I then decided that I wanted to wait until the 2014 schedule comes out and book a cruise where I can either spend a few days before or after the cruise at WDW.

Seeing as i'm a bit overwhelmed on this board...Can someone kindly point me in the right direction to the proper thread? Or can someone let me know the basics of doing a combined cruise like this?

My questions are pretty basic:

is there a discount for hotel to WDW if you are taking a cruise? Tickets?

How does the Transportation work? Airport to WDW to Cruiseline back to Airport or some semblance of this?

Sorry for all the questions.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

Just took our first cruise ever to Alaska. I am now hooked and immediately booked a cruise out of Galveston next year.

I then decided that I wanted to wait until the 2014 schedule comes out and book a cruise where I can either spend a few days before or after the cruise at WDW.

Seeing as i'm a bit overwhelmed on this board...Can someone kindly point me in the right direction to the proper thread? Or can someone let me know the basics of doing a combined cruise like this?

My questions are pretty basic:

is there a discount for hotel to WDW if you are taking a cruise? Tickets?

How does the Transportation work? Airport to WDW to Cruiseline back to Airport or some semblance of this?

Sorry for all the questions.
There are no land/sea combos anymore. It works out cheaper to book each part separately.

AFAIK, there's no discount at WDW because you've booked a cruise.

Magical Express is the shuttle service from MCO to WDW and back. It's free. From WDW to port and port to MCO, you would be looking into DCL transfers, those are $35 per person each way.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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You can arrange any combination of transportation that you wish. Magical Express is a free service between MCO and WDW. It includes luggage service. Unless you really like to drive yourself, there is no good reason to not use this.

To get to the port from WDW, you can take DCL transfers for $35 per person each way, hire a towncar/limo service, or do a one way car rental (rent from a spot near WDW, drop off at Cape Canaveral and take a complimentary shuttle to the port). Your choice.

One thought--we really prefer to do WDW before the cruise. First, the cruise is relaxing, WDW not nearly so much. Secondly, if the flight gets me in late or if they lose my luggage, I have days to deal with this. I'd much rather miss one day in the park than be late to the ship!

No, there are no discounts for doing a cruise and WDW stay, BUT you can get the best price you can find for each and take advantage of any "deals" for each. When they did the land/sea packages, you couldn't take advantage of land discounts! A good TA who knows what they are doing can put it together for you so it becomes a seamless package.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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We like to do the parks before and after the cruise, staying at different hotels. Partly because of family schedules, and partly because we get one more Disney "Fix" before going home after a cruise. It's hard to leave the ship and head home, but looking forward to another day or two at the parks helps ease us out of the cruise bubble and back to the "real" world of crowds and not-always-friendly guests.

Our grandson was accustomed to the all-inclusive meals on the ship and was shocked that we had to pay for everything at WDW.

Last year DH and I celebrated major milestones in our birthdays, and our anniversary, so we splurged and did WDW, cruised the Panama Canal, then Disneyland. Fun times.
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Hi everyone,

Just took our first cruise ever to Alaska. I am now hooked and immediately booked a cruise out of Galveston next year.

I then decided that I wanted to wait until the 2014 schedule comes out and book a cruise where I can either spend a few days before or after the cruise at WDW.

Seeing as i'm a bit overwhelmed on this board...Can someone kindly point me in the right direction to the proper thread? Or can someone let me know the basics of doing a combined cruise like this?

My questions are pretty basic:

is there a discount for hotel to WDW if you are taking a cruise? Tickets?

How does the Transportation work? Airport to WDW to Cruiseline back to Airport or some semblance of this?

Sorry for all the questions.
we did this in August; 7 day WC on the Fantasy then three nights at WDW....will probably do the same next year....

there are absolutely no discounts- i called to find out and even complained...we actually rented a car and chilled the day of disembarking (you may be tired; up late the final night and up early the next morning) then drove to WDW the next morning...stayed in Orlando and did a lot of laundry that day...

there are buses from the Cruiseline that go to the WDW hotel...we stayed at the Contemporary and saw the Cruiseline buses constantly pulling in and out...
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:58 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info everyone! Bummed there are no deals but that won't stop us from going.

Now just have to decide which cruise to change to as soon as the schedule comes out...and Let the DH decide whether he wants to do the cruise before or after.
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Thanks for the info everyone! Bummed there are no deals but that won't stop us from going.

Now just have to decide which cruise to change to as soon as the schedule comes out...and Let the DH decide whether he wants to do the cruise before or after.
There are no specific deals for cruising and a WDW visit - but you very well might find a good discount offered at WDW depending on when you go. There could be free dining and/or a room discount. I believe this is why they stopped doing the set land/sea combos, because it was so restrictive and people preferred to get other deals that weren't available with a land/sea. Good luck!
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i might be in the minority, but i much prefer WDW after the cruise It is just too hard to leave the ship without having something fun to look forward to. Enjoy!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
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i might be in the minority, but i much prefer WDW after the cruise It is just too hard to leave the ship without having something fun to look forward to. Enjoy!
ditto on this end....my main concern was we'd be to tired after the cruise to do WDW but it worked out great and after the seven day cruise and 4 days at WDW i was actually looking forward to getting home...
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ditto on this end....my main concern was we'd be to tired after the cruise to do WDW but it worked out great and after the seven day cruise and 4 days at WDW i was actually looking forward to getting home...
We did 6 nights at WDW then a 7 night cruise. Trust me, it works both ways! By the last day we were ready to be at home!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #13
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Our last combo cruise, we sandwiched the cruise in between WDW and Universal so it was happiness and fun all the way around. By the last night, we were ready to go home! Parks before or after, works either way.

We used Magical Express to WDW and then used a car service for 3 point pick up. It was very reasonable considering what we were needing.
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We are doing 2 days at Universal, then 7 day cruise, then 7 days at WDW next month. Should be lots of fun.
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We're doing WDW before the cruise so we can enjoy the parks and then "relax" (ha!) on board the ship. I'm really looking forward to it!

We also decided not to take DCL buses to the port as they arrive pretty late. We will, however, take them to MCO.
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