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Old 01-25-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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When a cruise is almost full...

How bad is it!?!

We knew by booking a Spring Break cruise that was a chance we were taking- and a full cruise is better than no cruise, right!? .

But, in all honesty, how bad is it!?
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How bad is it!?!

We knew by booking a Spring Break cruise that was a chance we were taking- and a full cruise is better than no cruise, right!? .

But, in all honesty, how bad is it!?
DCL does everything they can to sell all their rooms every cruise. If a cruise isn't doing well they'll have a kids sail free, Florida resident special, cast member special discounts, and *GT special pricing. So a full cruise really isn't that unusual.

On longer cruises during the school year there aren't as many kids, but most of the staterooms will have someone in them. Basically the only difference is the number of kids on board, and that's going to be a lot during spring break. However, DCL has lots of kid activities to keep most of them busy most of the time. Expect the dining rooms to be noisy. The kids' pools will be full, but the adult pools and other adult-only areas shouldn't be any more crowded than usual.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Nearly every cruise is "full" I frequently watch the cruises that I am booked on and see them as they fill up. The only time that I felt that crowded was on a two-night cruise out of LA. It was cheap and everyone was trying to squeeze as much in as possible during the short cruise. I've been on a KSF cruise as well and while I did notice an increase in kids, it was nothing like that two-night cruise.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone! I didn't realize almost every cruise is full when it sails out! I don't mind the kiddos--I have a 6 year old and 2 year old--so we'll only be adding to the noise!!

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I sailed at Christmas, and I don't think they could have fit one more person on the cruise.

It was fine. There were still empty tables at dinner, most of the excursions still had room to book even on board, the spa was still begging people to spend money there. The shows had a lot of people at them, but the top half of the auditorium was still available and the side. I think I just noticed that there were always more people around. More people in the stores, more in the bars, more by the pools. Just more.

On the other hand, I did a tour of the ship and there were 2 people other than my daughter and me. Went to a DVC presentation with about 15 (still didn't win!). Lots of room in all the classes we wanted.

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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I just got off of a full cruise on the Fantasy last Saturday. The only times it felt crowded were at the sailaway party and trying to get off the ship on the last day. I don't know where everyone was hiding the rest of the time
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There are so many activities on the ship and all at different places and times that the ship hardly seems crowded. We try to cruise special itineraries, MVs, also at holiday times and we have never had a terrible time. Think about it like this, the ships rooms can often accommodate more people than are actually booked. There are people cruising single, many cruising as a couple, but they still take up a stateroom. A cruise is never over booked like an airline or theme park for obvious safety reasons.
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Which Spring Break cruise are you going on? We're doing the March 25th on the Wonder for Spring Break. There's really nowhere to go at Spring Break that ISN'T crowded, so I'm not too worries about it.
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We're on the 3 night Bahamian Cruise, April 4th, on the Dream

We're doing WDW first--which I KNOW will be crowded--but we frequent the parks a lot, so we know what to expect! This is our first cruise so we're going in blind! Still super excited!!
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Hi Moore523, thanks for asking cuz we're on the same trip as you. I was on Wonder to Mexico last spring break but since my "kids" are grown, we hardly noticed the crowds, except for the sail away party and pirate night, which I don't think we get on the 3 nite cruise. Hope to see you there.
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