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Old 02-27-2013, 06:51 AM   #31
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Just remember there is more -- a lot more -- to the realm of cruising than just DCL and RCI. Those who think DCL (or RCI) is the pinnacle would enjoy a revelation if they sampled the dining on Celebrity, experienced the level of service on Cunard or savored the live music entertainment on Princess.
I have heard that Celebrity had fabulous food.

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OP: I read your post with interest, having recently sailed myself on both the Liberty of the Seas and Disney Fantasy. While I had a very positive experience on the Liberty, I respect that your experience was different. As they say, YMMV.


It sounds like you are on your way to reaching Crown & Anchor Club "Diamond" status (75 nights onboard). Good for you!

You said RCI does not allow BYOB. That's correct. But once you reach the Diamond level, that becomes a non-issue since Diamond members can attend each evening the private Diamond Lounge which has an open bar. When I was on the Liberty, the Diamond Lounge had a full open bar (soft drinks, beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks, martinis, scotch, and much more), waitstaff, hot and cold appetizers (from buffalo chicken wings to chocolate covered strawberries), and live music (different performers rotated nightly). It's too bad DCL didn't do something like this for it's Platinum members.

While my DW and my favorite cruise line is DCL, we like to mix it up. In a 12-month period, we will have sailed DCL, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, HAL and NCL. And, like children, none of them is perfect, each has it's strength, and we love them all.

I choose my cruises by itinerary first, and price second. As for prices, we sailed on the Liberty in a balcony cabin for one half of what we paid to sail on the Fantasy in an ocean view on a per person/per night basis.

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We did have a great time, just a few differences from our other RC cruises. We just reached Diamond with this cruise so next time we will see you in the lounge!

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Love other perspectives. I happen to like the shows on the Freedom better than what they had on the Wonder but DW sailed the Dream in January and thought those shows were better than on the Wonder too. Royal uses live orchestra for their shows and to me, that sets them apart in a good way. Both have some of the best talent you can find for a cruise ship and neither require thir cast to perform crew duties.
The live music on RC is excellent!!! We love it!
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OP: I read your post with interest, having recently sailed myself on both the Liberty of the Seas and Disney Fantasy. While I had a very positive experience on the Liberty, I respect that your experience was different. As they say, YMMV.


It sounds like you are on your way to reaching Crown & Anchor Club "Diamond" status (75 nights onboard). Good for you!

You said RCI does not allow BYOB. That's correct. But once you reach the Diamond level, that becomes a non-issue since Diamond members can attend each evening the private Diamond Lounge which has an open bar. When I was on the Liberty, the Diamond Lounge had a full open bar (soft drinks, beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks, martinis, scotch, and much more), waitstaff, hot and cold appetizers (from buffalo chicken wings to chocolate covered strawberries), and live music (different performers rotated nightly). It's too bad DCL didn't do something like this for it's Platinum members.

While my DW and my favorite cruise line is DCL, we like to mix it up. In a 12-month period, we will have sailed DCL, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, HAL and NCL. And, like children, none of them is perfect, each has it's strength, and we love them all.

I choose my cruises by itinerary first, and price second. As for prices, we sailed on the Liberty in a balcony cabin for one half of what we paid to sail on the Fantasy in an ocean view on a per person/per night basis.

YMMV

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:57 AM   #33
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We have cruised RC allure of the seas with our 5 year old last year and loved it!!! This will be our first disney cruise with both our kids.. Can't wait until September.. Fantasy here we come!!!
You are going to love it, have a great time!
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I have heard that Celebrity had fabulous food.

We did have a great time, just a few differences from our other RC cruises. We just reached Diamond with this cruise so next time we will see you in the lounge!

The live music on RC is excellent!!! We love it!
Another nice thing about being Diamond on Royal Caribbean is that you get Elite status on Celebrity. As far as smoking goes, Celebrity has one of the strictest policies of any cruise line. It's pretty much confined to the outdoor decks on the port side of the ship, and there is no smoking on verandas or in the casino.
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Another nice thing about being Diamond on Royal Caribbean is that you get Elite status on Celebrity. As far as smoking goes, Celebrity has one of the strictest policies of any cruise line. It's pretty much confined to the outdoor decks on the port side of the ship, and there is no smoking on verandas or in the casino.
Wow - I did not know that about the Elite status on Celebrity! Very interesting, we have Celebrity on our radar for our next cruise (without kids, we already have our next kid cruise booked on DCL), we have heard so many good things about them! Thanks for the tip!

We tried Princess and it was just an ok experience, we prefer RC over Princess. But as others have mentioned, you can't base your opinions on just one experience, if that was the case I would have a rough time getting back on DCL - we sailed through hurricane Sandy on our last 2 days and it wasn't fun - but that is ANOTHER topic and that thread got REALLY ugly, so suffice to say, we still had a great cruise despite the weather!
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Another nice thing about being Diamond on Royal Caribbean is that you get Elite status on Celebrity. . .
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Wow - I did not know that about the Elite status on Celebrity! Very interesting, we have Celebrity on our radar for our next cruise . . .
Wait, there's more. If you have a RCI "placeholder" onboard booking, you can apply it to a Celebrity cruise to get a SBC.

So on your FIRST Celebrity cruise, you can can get a SBC for OBB, have Elite status with access to the Elite Lounge in the morning (free specialty coffees, such as expresso), nightly Elite Lounge (free drinks), free dry cleaning (1 item), free garment pressing (2 items), free 90-minute internet package, invitation to the Senior Officer's Cocktail Party, invitation to the Elegant Tea Service event, and more.

YMMV

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This is a great informative positive thread, thank you! DH and I have been on 3 cruises with DCL and we just love it so much! We are thinking of RCI or Celebrity but I MUST experience the Fantasy first lol!! I am loving hearing all of the opinions!
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Classic vs New - I think it has to do with which one you did first.

We did the Dream first and then the Wonder. And all preferred the Dream. By a close margin, but still preferred the newer. And everyone knows that the staff in the Dream are not the best as it's often used for training.

The staff we had at the Dream was all under a year experience with DCL. But at the wonder, they all had 5+ years..

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Classic vs New - I think it has to do with which one you did first.
It definitely varies. I rank them :

1.) Magic
2.) Fantasy
3.) Wonder
4.) Dream

So for me, we did the Wonder twice, then the Magic twice, then the Dream, then the Fantasy twice.

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Wait, there's more. If you have a RCI "placeholder" onboard booking, you can apply it to a Celebrity cruise to get a SBC.

So on your FIRST Celebrity cruise, you can can get a SBC for OBB, have Elite status with access to the Elite Lounge in the morning (free specialty coffees, such as expresso), nightly Elite Lounge (free drinks), free dry cleaning (1 item), free garment pressing (2 items), free 90-minute internet package, invitation to the Senior Officer's Cocktail Party, invitation to the Elegant Tea Service event, and more.

YMMV

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LOL - but wait there is more - sounds like an infomercial! But with real benefits! That is so awesome! My DH will be all over the internet and free pressing! Thanks!
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It definitely varies. I rank them :

1.) Magic
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3.) Wonder
4.) Dream

So for me, we did the Wonder twice, then the Magic twice, then the Dream, then the Fantasy twice.

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This discussion has made me ponder what the comparison is amongst the DCL ships, as far as the Dis fans are concerned. Having only the Fantasy as my benchmark with DCL, and being booked on the Fantasy for our next DCL cruise, I wonder now after reading some of the feedback about the Dream if perhaps the classic ships would be a better choice in the future if trying something different within DCL. As someone that enjoys the big ships that are 'newer', does anyone have any feedback about how I might react to the Wonder or Magic? I can get over not having the Aquaduck (even though we ALL loved it!). Just curious about the feedback from those that have sailed both the classic and new Disney ships. Thanks! This is all making me want to book another one! Not happening!
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You said RCI does not allow BYOB. That's correct.
I was just reading on cruisecritic (b/c we got off the 3 night Dream yearning to get back to RCCL (though wishing we could bring our assistant waiter and one of the concierge staff with us, LOL) and now I'm looking up everything I've missed since our honeymoon cruise on Radiance) that you are now allowed 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on RCCL. Better than it was before! And just right (if a bit generous) for me, since I'm the only one in the family that drinks anything boozey.



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It's a good question, and one I had, too. We tried to add oomph to our first Disney cruise, since it was so short, by adding concierge and, of course, now can't imagine being on a different Disney ship and/or without concierge. We knew it would happen but hoped it wouldn't. Silly us. The 3 night was just way too short, and 4 isn't that much longer, but there's just no other choice with the Dream. (and, of course, no choice in our wallet to do a 7 day concierge, LOL)
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This discussion has made me ponder what the comparison is amongst the DCL ships, as far as the Dis fans are concerned. Having only the Fantasy as my benchmark with DCL, and being booked on the Fantasy for our next DCL cruise, I wonder now after reading some of the feedback about the Dream if perhaps the classic ships would be a better choice in the future if trying something different within DCL. As someone that enjoys the big ships that are 'newer', does anyone have any feedback about how I might react to the Wonder or Magic? I can get over not having the Aquaduck (even though we ALL loved it!). Just curious about the feedback from those that have sailed both the classic and new Disney ships. Thanks! This is all making me want to book another one! Not happening!
For me the smaller ships are more cozy. I feel I can find my way around easier (not taking into account I've been on the Wonder so much- I was on the Dream for a B2B and on the 6th day was still getting lost). I like that there are less people in general, less people at the buffet, less people at the soda stations. I love the way the Cove is set up on the Wonder. The smaller ships are my home away from home.

Now as for the topic of other lines, DH and I have only ever sailed on Disney and are having a hard time switching brands. For example... when the new itineraries came out a few weeks ago, the Fantasy itinerary that had a stop in Jamaica caught my eye. After our OB discount, it will come to around $2250 (after tax) for our sailing for an oceanview. I checked into RCCL, and they had a 7-day that was a comparable itinerary on Freedom of the Seas for $2310 (after tax) for an oceanview. So it was comparable pricing... but then I started to think about that $200 OBC Disney would give us. The free sodas that DCL gives us. And Castaway Cay. I've even been trying to pay attention to last minute deals on RCCL, and what seems like a good deal ends up being the same as I pay for DCL. (And I want to add that I have NOTHING against RCCL- in fact I look forward to sailing on them one day... if you can ever pry me away from Mickey Mouse). But I just can't justify us going on another line at the moment.

Now we've been looking at a 14-day exotic southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity for our 15th anniversary, and that is mainly because of the different itinerary. I told DH long ago that variety in itineraries would be what made us try another line from DCL, but I guess DCL read my mind and that's why they started these new ports and itineraries . I don't remember what my point was LOL.

Besides that I <3 me some DCL .

(PS- I see you guys talking about perks on RCCL and Celebrity. If you go on Celebrity first, do you get any perks on RCCL? I am reading the posts, but I only know DCL language so the RCCL-Celebrity language is a little Greek to me ).
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45 days until I see what another cruise line is like. It feels weird, only sailed DCL so far and so familiar with the ships, policies, atmosphere, vibe.

The ship I'm going on will be getting a $30 million dry dock refurbish right before I sail her and I hope that helps. Going in with very low expectations for the ship itself.
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45 days until I see what another cruise line is like. It feels weird, only sailed DCL so far and so familiar with the ships, policies, atmosphere, vibe.

The ship I'm going on will be getting a $30 million dry dock refurbish right before I sail her and I hope that helps. Going in with very low expectations for the ship itself.
What RCCL ship?
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