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Old 11-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #16
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Keishashadow, I was expecting there to be someone at the gangway, but no. The shopping guide was stationed inside the ship, near the elevators. Outside the ship, there was a photographer facing you as you exited, to take your pic with the crowd behind you, back to ship, then two more photographers on each side of the gangway, one where the gangway from the ship meets the gangway metal piece on land (and the ship steering wheel pic is taken there), the other directly when you step on the dock, with another ship something or other for picture taking. That was it. Five photographers, no one else.

Across the way from us, at the Disney Dream, there were two exits from the ship, and what I assume is an officer (all in white uniform) standing to the side of each gangplank. And the hand sanitizers, of course!

The newer ships may be different on Carnival than the older ones, the demographic of the people on the cruise and Carnival's offerings, I have not experienced a difference. Carnival aims to be a "Fun Ship". For those that perhaps like what Disney offers, but want to try something new, knowing the differences helps with the decision on which line to try. I just find the whole package of Carnival to be very different than Disney's, from corporate (as a travel agent, I have dealt with the corporate side, too), to activities, to emphasis on what is considered "fun stuff", to even just the little things.

Other than the friendly crew this time (which I am very happy for, and was very impressed by! ), in my 5 Carnival cruises, some things have always been the same. The family shows will have thongs and provocative dancing, smoke will be abundant, start time is only a suggestion, organization is void, I will never feel the life boat drill is as thorough as Disney's, and there will be a large group of people that have a different idea of fun than I do. There will also be great water features, interesting foods to try, and most importantly, time to be with my loved ones to enjoy each other's company.

I will still pay DCL's prices, because for my husband and I, it is worth it for what Disney offers. And I will still go on Carnival, because for the price, it is worth it, for what Carnival offers. I will just have a much smaller onboard bill!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:47 AM   #17
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I am really happy you started this thread! We want to do another DCL next year but was thinking of another cruise line for the savings. After reading all the posts, DH and I decided it is worth it for DCL! We went on our first ever cruise (DCL) three weeks ago and we loved the fact that it was a G rated family experience! Maybe when our kids are older we can look at other lines but right now the Disney experience suits us best. Now I am just keeping my fingers crossed that they offer another awesome special on the Galveston sailings next November!
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:03 PM   #18
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luvavacation i missed u were a TA. Local company i've dealt with always pushes CCL cruises over others. I finally inquired 'why' and was told they pay a much higher commission.Not the most enticing reason for a client to book.

I'd like to think it's a fluke and that all cruiselines normally have staff stationed near disembarkation points (vs the onboard security). Did u call or write corporate in Miami to discuss your concerns? I had a series of issues with a direct booked pricey excursion that almost caused us to miss the ship once out of belize. CCL apologized and offered a nice future OBC and % off future booking.

Don't get me wrong we l-o-v-e DCLand cruising in general. For us CCL is primarily about the itinerary sweetened, by DH's military rate, but we now strive to book the newer ships. OT sailing on our 1st RCCL sailing in January, curious as to how it'll fit our needs.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #19
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Have you seen disney current special offer for us military thru 12-31-12 sailings.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #20
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Have you seen disney current special offer for us military thru 12-31-12 sailings.
thanks, there are some well-deserved wonderful rates out there. Unfortunately, DCL doesn't consider DH military enough, not retired (but served active duty during vietnam for several years) so they exclude him. He qualifies for the rate on the other lines we've booked though: CCL, NCL & RCCL which is most appreciated.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:19 PM   #21
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Have you seen disney current special offer for us military thru 12-31-12 sailings.
These rates are amazing! I appreciate DCL offering them to the military.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:08 PM   #22
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My first DCL cruise will be in May and I am looking forward to being able to see the special attention everyone is talking about. I for one do enjoy the casino, we do not have one in my state and I do enjoy throwing a few pennies away. But, DCL has been on my bucket list and I am so looking forward to it.

I have cruised CCL, RCL, and Celebrity and I think each cruise has good points and bad points. I must say I have been on the one you mentioned 3 times in the last two years and I have always found the staff one of the best I have had. They were so kind and understanding and arranged for me to scatter my son's ashes at sea 2 years ago. I could not have been treated better.

Thanks for the review, I can't wait for my grandchildren and their parent's to be treated royally by the mouse. I am actually the more of a Disney fan than my daughter, and she is not near into cruising as I am. But, I can't wait to see the lights in my grandchildren eyes. And my grandson has been asking when he is going on another big boat. (Went to Alaska on CCL when 2).

Again, thanks for the reviewing you mentioned a lots of points I have been wondering about. I like CCL food so am I in trouble? My SIL is a Vegan and my daughter only gets chicken and fish.
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