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Old 11-26-2012, 09:36 PM   #16
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I just did my first cruise, a 4 day. I'd originally thought of a 6 or 7 day Christmas cruise, but wasn't sure we'd like cruising. The 4 day was really perfect. My 16 year old tried out the teen club but didn't really like it. The day at CC was wonderful and we liked doing the sea day.

But now we are immediately going on a 7 day for Christmas. It was a last minute decision, and only because there are FL resident rates. My other daughter didn't go on the last one and regrets it, so now we are off again. I'm not sure this will be perfect as I'm not as interested in the shore excursions (she is), I just want to go to the beach! Second daughter is not so Disney crazy and is worried she won't like the shows or activities, but I think she will if she tries to like them.

To the OP, I think a 4 day would be perfect, especially since your non-potty trained child will not be allowed to be check into the club/lab. I think you'll still find tons to do, but you'll be together a lot. Castaway Cay is a great day. Not too much walking, don't have to tote food to the beach, bathrooms close. I just loved it.

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:11 AM   #17
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Sea days are much more relaxing than port days. That said we did our first cruise as a 3day and just stayed on in Nassau for our own sea day.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:54 AM   #18
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We did a four night on our first cruise and I'm glad we did. My daughter was sick the whole time and all I had was Dramamine. She slept and missed so much. If you have anyone in your party who may get sick, I'd suggest the patch. It causes less drowsiness. Also I would recommend the 4 day over the 3. You need that one day at sea to really enjoy the ship. Good luck!
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:09 AM   #19
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We did a four night on our first cruise and I'm glad we did. My daughter was sick the whole time and all I had was Dramamine. She slept and missed so much. If you have anyone in your party who may get sick, I'd suggest the patch. It causes less drowsiness. Also I would recommend the 4 day over the 3. You need that one day at sea to really enjoy the ship. Good luck!
isn't there stuff you could buy on the ship? This is my concern, but when I was told you could buy on the ship, I figured I wouldn't bring anything.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:34 AM   #20
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Thanks! This is awesome information. We're still comparing...probably leaning more towards the 4 day for the experience, but maybe the 3 day with the cost and the knowledge that if we have fun, we're booking a bounceback while we're on board.

I appreciate the input from the other special needs moms too. DS has a rare chromosome abnormality and is very social and fun, but mostly non-verbal (apraxia). We've been told by our travel agent and by other special needs parents that he would be allowed in the kids club with pull ups on, but we'd have to come and change him ourselves if he needs it (I know that might be subject to change while we're on the ship). I'm totally fine with that, but worry that once we come down, he won't want to stay. Then again, he's very cuddly and social and if he makes a special friend CM, he might not want to leave...it could go either way!

I think if we do the 3 day we might stay on board the ship while it's at Nassau, that way we get more of a chance to explore it. Our DD, who will be 8, is incredibly excited for cruising, so I hope we love it!
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Then again, he's very cuddly and social and if he makes a special friend CM, he might not want to leave...it could go either way!
That is definitely a possibility! It seemed like half the time we came to pick up our five-year-old in the Club this fall he was playing a board game one-on-one with one of the CMs. They really are terrific.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #22
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If it was just you and another adult, I would say try the 4 night cruise. Although, you probably would fit in the category that most of us fit in...you would see that it is too short. With that said, in your situation and reading what others have said about special needs, I would say do the 7 night cruise. It sounds like your child may need the time to adjust. Whatever you choose, I hope you and your family have a great time!!!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:19 PM   #23
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I agree with everyone else --- in your circumstances, a 3 - 4 day would be a great way to see if you like cruising. My hubby and I did that years ago just to see if we would like it. When we had kids ,we said we would definitely do a 7 day. This will be our 2nd 7 day DCL cruise, and the kids are so excited.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:15 AM   #24
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There is nothing wrong with a 3 day cruise. You can see if you like it and always try to go back if you do. $1200 is a lot for just one more day ($300 pp)! You could do a couple days at WDW. As for the party atmosphere, that is mostly what people say about Carnival, etc. Have fun with whatever you decide!
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We did a 4-night, since it was our first cruise - and we were going with our two children (a 9 month old and a 9 year old.). We opted for the shorter cruise, kind of to test the waters for our first cruise. We had a blast and are ready to bump to a 7-night next time. The 4-night taught us a lot about how to pack for a 7-night cruise. As a first cruise wth young children, the 4-night was a great choice.
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