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Old 01-15-2013, 03:06 PM   #151
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But Nancy, you failed to mention that those rooms dropped to about 1/3 of that about 60 days prior to sailing.

What one finds as a "reasonable" is a matter of how much money you have to spend.

The DCL Baltic cruise was our most expensive vacation ever...and worth every penny!
And what you are failing to acknowledge is that dropping the price to what some consider reasonable 60 days prior to cruising doesn't allow most people to get reasonable airfare, time off work, board the pets, etc.

You pointed out to someone, I think it was yesterday, that their posts were 90% anti-Disney. Has it occurred to you that you not only swing the opposite direction but sometimes (as in this thread) feel the need to "correct" anyone who doesn't think Disney is the best? The OP asked, admittedly over a year ago, which cruise line was first and if we preferred Disney exclusively. Others are entitled to their opinions, too.

FYI, I liked Half Moon Cay far more than Castaway. Different strokes....

OP.....Carnival was first, Celebrity second then came RCI and DCL. I liked Celebrity the best but any day on any cruise is better than a day at school or work!

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #152
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The DCL Baltic cruise was our most expensive vacation ever...and worth every penny!
We loved ours toooooooo and I'm not even freaked that they gave some rooms away cheap
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #153
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And what you are failing to acknowledge is that dropping the price to what some consider reasonable 60 days prior to cruising doesn't allow most people to get reasonable airfare, time off work, board the pets, etc.

You pointed out to someone, I think it was yesterday, that their posts were 90% anti-Disney. Has it occurred to you that you not only swing the opposite direction but sometimes (as in this thread) feel the need to "correct" anyone who doesn't think Disney is the best? The OP asked, admittedly over a year ago, which cruise line was first and if we preferred Disney exclusively. Others are entitled to their opinions, too.

FYI, I liked Half Moon Cay far more than Castaway. Different strokes....

OP.....Carnival was first, Celebrity second then came RCI and DCL. I liked Celebrity the best but any day on any cruise is better than a day at school or work!

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We are certainly all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. I was simply pointing out that the price came down prior to sailing. That's a fact, not an opinion. "60 days not being enought time for people to get airfare, get off work" is an opinion.

I will continue to correct things that are factually wrong. I will also continue to offer my opinion of DCL. Cheers.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #154
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We loved ours toooooooo and I'm not even freaked that they gave some rooms away cheap

I remember doing the math after they dropped the prices and figuring out that we could move from a delux family verandah room to 2 inside cabins, pay the 'cancelation fee' and still save like $7k.....but we really wanted the verandah! So I quite looking at prices after that.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:29 PM   #155
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We took advantage of that price drop and were so grateful that it was available. We couldn't have done it without it!

We love DCL - particularly with the kids. I started cruising when I was 11 years old. I don't even remember the name of the cruiseline, but they are no longer in business. My DH and I did a Norwegian cruise for our honeymoon - it was lovely. A couple years later, we did a Renaissance cruise in Greece that was FABULOUS!!!! Unfortunately, they aren't in business anymore either - and they were adult-only cruises, so wouldn't work for us now. Then we took Holland-America to Alaska - again, very good!

Since we've had kids though, we've only done DCL. Potentially, we'd consider another line in a few years when the kids are older, but right now we trust DCL, the kids LOVE the clubs, and there are still a couple itineraries we haven't done (Fingers crossed for the Med in 2014!)

But if I was going just with DH, I think I'd probably choose a more traditional line with lots of formal atmosphere. But that's just me. With the kids, we'll be sticking with DCL.

Everyone has their own preferences. If you love Disney, you'll love DCL! But that doesn't mean you won't also like another line.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:30 PM   #156
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We've only cruised on the Disney Wonder; 4 times and looking forward to next year's cruise from Vancouver to LA.

We like the how we're treated by the crew. We like being to get our own coffee, tea or soft drinks

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:47 PM   #157
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But Nancy, you failed to mention that those rooms dropped to about 1/3 of that about 60 days prior to sailing.

What one finds as a "reasonable" is a matter of how much money you have to spend.

The DCL Baltic cruise was our most expensive vacation ever...and worth every penny!
Mike, you failed to mention that DCL's prices stayed high for ~18 months before they dropped on Cat 12 gty cabins on the first 2 (of 4) Baltic cruises. The new price was a bit less than half of what the lowest inside price had been. The lower price was good, but the price drop came way too late for many to change their plans. I had already made my summer 2010 vacation plans by the summer of 2009. My 2 daughters and I spent 3 nights each in Paris and London, then sailed from Southampton on a wonderful 12-night Princess British Isles cruise. It was my most expensive vacation to date, and worth every penny. However, there is no way I would've booked DCL's Baltic cruise for the 3 of us at DCL's initial prices.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:07 PM   #158
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Our first cruise was on our honeymoon on RCCL. Im glad we went on that one first, because we'd been really been disappointed if we'd been on a Disney Cruise then switched to RCCL!!

NOT that it was bad, but not nearly the service and attention you get from Disney, but the cabin was soooooooo small, and the ship was old and worn.

I do wish Disney had a casino with slots though, but understand why they don't because they are more family oriented. But man, I can just see putting in a quarter and three Tinkerbells coming up!!

A funny thing about our RCCL cruise, my DH and I were chosen to play the Honeymoon game one night (we were the most newly married), it was so much fun being on stage and playing the game. Anyway me and DH won, and got a nice gift package with RCCL paraphernalia and a bottle of champagne.

What we DIDN'T KNOW, was the whole thing was televised and was shown over and over on the cabin's TVs. We must have heard a hundred times during the cruise "Oh, you are the newlywed couple we saw on TV last night!", it was funny, we felt like celebrities. They also gave us a DVD of it, so it's a great memory.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #159
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We've done 1 RCCL, 2 Princess, and one Celebrity. We loved them all. We've wanted to do Disney for a LONG time, but our kids are still really little, so up until now - for the money - we went with the others. Plus, the other cruise lines - at the time we booked - had more better port offerings. Disney is definitely the most expensive of them all, but we are finally doing it and I am SO excited!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #160
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We are certainly all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. I was simply pointing out that the price came down prior to sailing. That's a fact, not an opinion. "60 days not being enought time for people to get airfare, get off work" is an opinion.

I will continue to correct things that are factually wrong. I will also continue to offer my opinion of DCL. Cheers.
Nancy was not factually wrong about the initial prices on the Baltic cruise. Plus, you misquoted me. I said "most" people. That is a FACT, not an opinion. MOST people cannot plan and book trips in other parts of the world in fewer than 60 days. Sure, some can. MOST can't.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a capitalist at heart and I'm all for DCL charging as much as they can get people to pay. However, just because some people are willing to pay it, doesn't mean everyone has to like them the most.

You're welcome to your opinion, as is everyone else. We just don't all happen to agree.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:49 PM   #161
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I'd love to be blown away by DCL. We are a family that loves to cruise, and finding another line that highly appeals to us would be great. I just can't imagine that they'll be so superior that we'd want to sail exclusively with them in the future.
I'm going to be obnoxious and quote my own post, since this thread is getting discussion again.

We absolutely loved our first cruise on DCL. So much that my family unanimously voted to cancel our planned two week Mediterranean cruise we had booked on another line in favor of a week on DCL to the Bahamas. (To be fair, we were already dreading the flight to Europe with a toddler, and wondering if there would be enough to do for her on the trip, and we just did a two week Med cruise a couple of years ago.) I've posted my comments on other threads, but I'll sum some of them up here.

Celebrity has better food, on the whole, than DCL. The MDR has better and more consistent food, and Qsine remains our favorite specialty restaurant on any ship, on any line, that we've tried. (Haven't tried Remy, however.) We found DCL's food to be about on par with RCCL's. However, in the Royal Suite, we could order from Palo whenever they were serving, which made the dining experience on DCL superior to our overall dining experience on any other cruise we've taken. My DM has stated that she now prefers DCL to all other lines, as long as she can get the Royal Suite... and she won't sail with them if she can't get one. The food made that big a difference to her, which still makes me laugh when I think about it, because DH and I are the foodies in the family.

We found the service on DCL to be by far the best we've had on any line. I'm pretty sure this was in part because it was DCL, and in part because we were in the Walt Suite. We thought the concierge perks on RCCL were superior to DCL, except for the aforementioned ability to order Palo most nights. On RCCL, you get reserved seating at shows for concierge level, and you can get priority disembarkation from the ship, with your concierge escorting you off the boat. So the RCCL perks were better, but honestly, our DCL Concierge was so wonderful and took care of so many details for us, that we ended up preferring the overall concierge experience on DCL.

People bring up cost as a major negative for DCL, and I have to agree. We did two cruises in 2012, both in concierge level suites, one on RCCL and one on DCL, both leaving from Galveston and going to the Caribbean for 1 week. DCL was twice the cost of RCCL. We loved our cruise with RCCL; we had a great time. We simply had an even better time with DCL. The extra money almost seems to pay for the extra staff, who make the magic happen. It was worth it.

For us, hands down, DCL was better with our kids. Our 7 year old DS pronounced it, "the best vacation ever... so far!" This is a child who has traveled extensively with us; he's been on 5 cruises on 3 lines, he goes to WDW regularly as we're DVC members, and he's been to Europe and across the US. He loves to travel almost as much as we do, and he thought the disney cruise was the best vacation we've ever done. There was so much we could do as a family on the trip, often even with the toddler. We're a very close knit family, and we love spending time together, so he doesn't generally spend a lot of time in kids' clubs. We loved all the open house times, so we could all be there together.

For us, what it has come down to is that while the kids are still young, DCL has become our preferred line. I'm sure we'll go back to RCCL and X eventually, because we enjoyed them, too. But for now, we'll check DCL first, when we're looking for a cruise to take.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #162
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. . . People bring up cost as a major negative for DCL, and I have to agree. We did two cruises in 2012, both in concierge level suites, one on RCCL and one on DCL, both leaving from Galveston and going to the Caribbean for 1 week. DCL was twice the cost of RCCL. We loved our cruise with RCCL; we had a great time. We simply had an even better time with DCL.
I agree with you about pricing.

We've sailed in Europe on Royal Caribbean for as little as one third the cost of DCL for a nearly identical itinerary.

YMMV.

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Old 01-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #163
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Started with DCL

We started with DCL 6 years ago and have stuck with DCL for 8 cruises, 2 more booked. We have talked about trying another cruise line. There are so many things we love about Disney--cleanliness, service, attention to detail, no casinos--that we think we wouldn't like others quite as well. Disney costs more, but so far we find room in our budget for it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:06 PM   #164
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So many opinions!!! That's probably why there are so many different kinds of cruises! Each person has their own particular likes and dislikes. We have sailed Disney, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, NCL, one line that is now defunct and have been on a European River Cruise. Loved every one of them! Cruising is just the greatest vacation, IMHO!! Each cruise has plusses and minuses. Disney is my favorite of course, but I would not turn down any of them. The worst day on a cruise is better than the best day at work!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #165
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We first cruised DCL/Wonder as part of a land/sea package back in 2000, then did RCCL (3 day --- old ship and everything about it was just horrible). Went back to DCL 2001, and told hubby once we had kids and the youngest was 3 (the age where you can check them into Oceaneer's Club) then we would do a DCL Cruise again. Just got off the kids' 2nd DCL Cruise and it was the best vacation they ever had (out of their mouths).

I know DCL is super expensive, but I only get inside stateroom for the 4 of us (especially since my kids are young) and we're on a budget. We just booked this morning a DCL Alaska cruise for 2014 --- I won't do another cruiseline especially since the kids are young. I feel like I'm getting a 5 star resort on our budget --- the ships are beautiful (inside & out), entertainment is fun, food can be ok to great (depending on the ship and restaurant), and service is top notch.

I personally don't like to go to Disneyland...I hate crowds, the food, the prices, etc. But going on DCL is a whole other experience in itself and it's a vacation that I get to enjoy (no cooking, no cleaning, and someone gets to wait on me for a change).

We just got off the Fantasy last weekend with 36 of our friends and family, and some have gone on HAL, Princess, and Crystal and said that DCL had a beautiful ship and top notch service compared to those lines.
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