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Old 12-08-2012, 10:59 PM   #31
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For those who have sailed on Oasis or Allure, what are things you pay for on those ships that are included on Disney (such as soda)?
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:10 AM   #32
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I'd rather play on the Magic or the Wonder.
This is me, too, and not just because of price. But in-laws are insisting on Western Caribbean for the big family vacation, so Fantasy it is. :P

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:14 AM   #33
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I am both happy and grateful that this is my biggest problem at the moment lol!
I am loving this last part as I sip my coffee this morning!! Just very well put
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:48 AM   #34
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I am loving this last part as I sip my coffee this morning!! Just very well put
Thank you. I live in NY, very near one of the areas that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We personally were fine, as were our immediate friends and family thankfully. But counting our blessings and being grateful has become a new pastime.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:53 AM   #35
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #36
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For those who have sailed on Oasis or Allure, what are things you pay for on those ships that are included on Disney (such as soda)?
it's true that you pay for soda on RCI, while you get it for free at the soda dispensers on DCL.
However, my daughter - who initially wasn't going to buy the soda package on her Radiance of the Seas cruise - realized that she actually likes it better on RCI because the soda package permits you to order a soft drink in every bar - something that isn't true on DCL.
So no matter where she was on the Radiance, she could order her free soft drink. She found that to be really convenient and she preferred it.

as for other things - you can bring your own liquor on board DCL, you can't do that on RCI.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #37
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I am a Diamond with RCCL. We did the Allure last year and are about to do our first Disney ship on the Wonder. I am going in with no expectations. I hear amazing things about Disney and am very excited, but I so have to say there is nothing like the Oasis/Allure. They have things that just don't exist anywhere! While we frequent RCCL and Celebrity, the service, and food are always spotty, but on Allure, everything was consistently perfect. Everyone we know that has sailed on these two ships only get off with the most positive reviews. I thought the most amazing thing were the fact on a sold out sailing with 6000 passengers, the only crowd we ever saw was I. The royal promanade during a parade. Always room in pools and always deck chairs to be found.

With a 3 and 7 year old, we felt it is the perfect time for Disney Cruise. Again we only hear the best things about Disney, so I hope it hold up to its buzz. My 3 year old is obsessed with Mickey and this will be a total surprise to both kids. The only issue is, I just had a work commitment come up and our Christmas cruise may get pushed to spring.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #38
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We just went on the Allure in November and loved it. My kids are girls 16 & 14 and a 9 year old boy. We have done the Oasis as well as Freedom. While the kids loved RCC we are looking to book Dream for our next cruise. There is so much to do on the Allure/Oasis and the kids loved the boardwalk area, flowrider and ice skating. With that being said my girls are the ones pushing for DCL. They think the teen area is better on Disney. I believe the pools are better on RCC and while they are crowded, I feel it is not as crowded as Disney. The cost difference is what made me originally switch over to RCC, but you do still end up paying more. We did purchase the soda package. Food is good on both. We did not feel the need to do the specialty restaurants as the menu in main dining rooms was good.
We will most likely switch and do DCL this year because we have done the RCC for past 4 years and want to change it up a bit. But will definately do Oasis/Allure again!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:45 PM   #39
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it's true that you pay for soda on RCI, while you get it for free at the soda dispensers on DCL.
However, my daughter - who initially wasn't going to buy the soda package on her Radiance of the Seas cruise - realized that she actually likes it better on RCI because the soda package permits you to order a soft drink in every bar - something that isn't true on DCL.
So no matter where she was on the Radiance, she could order her free soft drink. She found that to be really convenient and she preferred it.

as for other things - you can bring your own liquor on board DCL, you can't do that on RCI.


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..
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:53 PM   #40
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Could someone comment or confirm that the kids clubs on RCCL close at lunch and dinner times and charge a fee for after 9-10pm.

I thought I read this somewhere and could make a big difference in your cost and enjoyment of your cruise(if you have kids)?

I know my DD just loves those clubs and would spend the whole cruise in there if we let her.

On the Hawaii they did a sleep over(her first night away from us) and she loved it and so did we!
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #41
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I went on the Allure this summer. They charge $6 hour per kid after 10pm. They are closed between 5-7 for dinner. The hours are always changing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #42
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Yes the kids programs do close for lunch and dinner, or you can pay for lunch, dinner, and/or extra hours (eg., after 10pm) when available. It felt quite disjointed as a result. My DS7 sailed on the EOTS when he was 4, the Oasis when he was 6, and the Magic this past summer (I know, what a blessed life, LOL). He preferred Disney (hands down), and he doesn't even like seeing any characters (I had to beg him to take photos with Mickey and Donald). He said that the kids programs on RCL felt "too much like school." Not sure I understand, but he wants to sail DCL only, for the time being... I loved the Oasis, especially as my husband and I are quite active -- the running track on the Oasis is amazing (0.5 miles per loop). I love the ice skating and roller blading (Explorer), and the zip lining and rock climbing wall. And my favorite eatery is the Park Cafe on the Oasis (no up charge). I tend not to eat red meat, but the roast beef sandwiches were omg incredible, as were the made to order salads. I don't drink soda, so that's not a big deal for me. I did love the classic beauty of the Magic. Good luck.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:41 PM   #43
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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!
We, too, wanted to complete the four with a sailing on the Fantasy in 2014. But not only is the price prohibitive, but the itineraries are 'been there, done that" more than once! If I could save $2,000 on a different ship, I'd go for it in a heartbeat. That is airfare and cruise expenses!
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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?
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #45
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I have been on both the Allure and the Oasis. They are both incredible. Totally worth it! You will have no regrets!
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