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Old 03-07-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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We love DCL. But, we sail other lines.

For $4000, we would be sailing on Princess. It could cover private excursions that your daughter would enjoy.

I thought that my kids 13 and 11 would be bored on a HAL cruise last year. The kids clubs did not compare to DCl but they liked it.

There were only 30 kids on the 10 night sailing. They found kids their age and hung out,even when the clubs were closed.

They told me that they enjoyed having a smaller group because they got to be great friends with other kids and staff.

The thing about sailing other lines is you can not compare them to DCL. ( maybe when you get home) Just enjoy the memories you are making .
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:23 AM   #17
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I will add Princess does not allow smoking on balconies like DCL currently, if that is a consideration.
Non-smokers here so it's actually a plus.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:26 AM   #18
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I would lean toward sticking with DCL, mainly because of your DD. If it was me in your situation, knowing how much my DD LOVED the kids clubs on DCL (which I can relate to...our kids are huge fans, too), I would hate for her to risk going on the Princess cruise with the same expectation or hopes regarding the kids clubs and then find out that they're not even close. For me, dealing with a potentially miserable daughter would really put a damper on the cruise. Now, maybe your daughter is more resilient than any of mine are. And if (in your situation) I could find good information about the kids activities on the Princess, I might feel more comfortable giving them a try. But since you're not really finding much about what to expect on Princess and your DD has such high expectations based on experience with DCL, I think I would stick with DCL. (If it was just you and DH, I would totally try Princess, as the cost and the itinerary sound a bit better to me and my past experience with them (pre-kids) was good.). Good luck!
Her disappointment is one of the major factors. We asked her and she just said flat out No, she wants to go on Disney. She is resilent so she would come around to the Princess cruise but I am worried about her experience while on the ship.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:28 AM   #19
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The thing about sailing other lines is you can not compare them to DCL. ( maybe when you get home) Just enjoy the memories you are making .
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #20
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Princess vs.DCL

We have gone on both. THese are the bid differences from my perspective.
1 Same "category" rooms are smaller on princess.
2 Shows in the evening are frequently not family friendly.
3 There is a casino on Princess, and they use that a s a form of entertainment.

That said, we did like Princess and elected to go on it again when we went to ALaska. But I have to say, my first choice is DCL.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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We have gone on both. THese are the bid differences from my perspective.
1 Same "category" rooms are smaller on princess.
2 Shows in the evening are frequently not family friendly.
3 There is a casino on Princess, and they use that a s a form of entertainment.

That said, we did like Princess and elected to go on it again when we went to ALaska. But I have to say, my first choice is DCL.
Were there any children in your sailing? If so, how old and did they enjoy the cruise?

Also, Im sure kids are not allowed in the casino. Is there a special entry to keep kids out?

I read that the shows are not family friendly-where there other things to do besides the shows in the evening? movie theatre? games?
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We defintely hope that she will go on more excursions with us. She will be almost 7 on the cruise, August 3rd is her birthday. But she tends to act older and is taller so can pass for a 9-10 year old.
With that being said, I realize she will have very little interest looking at 3000 year old artificats, musuem, etc with us. So she will probably want to stay on the ship.

I think the programs/child care on Princess would be as good and as trustworthy as that on Disney. They'd have to be trustworthy or we definitely would have heard otherwise....via media or stories of lawsuits.
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The way I see it.....$4000 is a LOT of money....that's airfare and then some.

I think other than not seeing Mickey and the other characters on a Princess ship, the ONLY difference is the cost.

If you have the money to toss, then go with Disney.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #24
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Here's a link to the search I did on cruise critic....putting in the search box "kids clubs". Maybe this will help.


http://boards.cruisecritic.com/searc...rchid=37790223
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I think the programs/child care on Princess would be as good and as trustworthy as that on Disney. They'd have to be trustworthy or we definitely would have heard otherwise....via media or stories of lawsuits.
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The way I see it.....$4000 is a LOT of money....that's airfare and then some.

I think other than not seeing Mickey and the other characters on a Princess ship, the ONLY difference is the cost.

If you have the money to toss, then go with Disney.
We could afford it but it seems like overboard to do so. Ideally, we were hoping the price of DCL would go down. When I asked this of the DCL cruise agent, she laughed and told me "DCL prices go up, not down." Which I have to say, is probably not the best message for DCL to promote.

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Here's a link to the search I did on cruise critic....putting in the search box "kids clubs". Maybe this will help.


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That page returned a 'sorry No results found' I will try the search function again.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #26
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We could afford it but it seems like overboard to do so. Ideally, we were hoping the price of DCL would go down. When I asked this of the DCL cruise agent, she laughed and told me "DCL prices go up, not down." Which I have to say, is probably not the best message for DCL to promote.



That page returned a 'sorry No results found' I will try the search function again.
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Sorry about that!!! If you go to their discussion boards and click on Disney Cruise Line, they have a search function that's basically the same as the one here.
A lot of times, you'll find that the people who answer "Disney" questions over there are members here, also.

Sad to say, except for "Resident Rates" it is true, DCL's prices do go up, not down.

And I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but I thought of something else.....for the $4000 you'd save on another line, you could hire a nanny or take a friend or relative along to watch your daughter if she didn't want to go on excursions with you.
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And I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but I thought of something else.....for the $4000 you'd save on another line, you could hire a nanny or take a friend or relative along to watch your daughter if she didn't want to go on excursions with you.
LOL it's very true.

Of course there is no guarantee she will have fun on DCL either. We were fustrated on the Fantasy because she hated the Kids club, said the counselors were mean to her, and that the new computer stuff was boring. I thought maybe it was the FANTASY but maybe she is getting older and doesn't need the same stuff as before.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:28 PM   #28
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. . . 3 There is a casino on Princess, and they use that a s a form of entertainment.
Last month, we sailed 14 nights on Princess. True, there was a casino onboard. Since I don't gamble, I did not spend any time in the casino other than walking through it as a shortcut. Princess promoted the casino far less than the way other cruise lines promote bingo.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:29 PM   #29
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Sorry about that!!! If you go to their discussion boards and click on Disney Cruise Line, they have a search function that's basically the same as the one here.
A lot of times, you'll find that the people who answer "Disney" questions over there are members here, also.

Sad to say, except for "Resident Rates" it is true, DCL's prices do go up, not down.

And I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but I thought of something else.....for the $4000 you'd save on another line, you could hire a nanny or take a friend or relative along to watch your daughter if she didn't want to go on excursions with you.
Someone mentioned the nanny. I have one. Not only would you have to pay for her roundtrip airfare, she'd need her own stateroom paid at least at the single supplement rate, then you'd have to pay her for her time. Even though she'd be getting room and board they don't work for free. That would add up to more than $4K easily. Just wanted to point that out because its been mentioned a couple of times. As a single parent this is actually something I've thought of. I'd definitey do it if there was no airfare and the cabin rate was pretty cheap though.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #30
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While I have not cruised on Princess, my dad and stepmom are the equivalent of Platnum on Princess. They cruise on Princess at least once a year. They love it. They have have been on the Ruby and have told us it is a beautiful and fabulous ship. And Princess does have great airfare for their guests. Dad has said several times that he doesn't know how Princess does it, but the airfare is hundreds to thousands less than he could get on his own. That is not the case with Disney.

However, one of the reason my stepmom loves Princess is because "there aren't many kids." They will not cruise Disney with us because they don't want to be around "all those kids". (Yes, I have tried to tell them that there are adult areas and they don't have to be around kids, but it falls on deaf ears.) According to them, Princess does not cater to kids, and the kids activities are limited so there are limited kids on board. The cabins on Princess are smaller. When I showed my dad a picture of our oceanview cabin on the Dream last year, he literally exclaimed "That's your cabin? Its so big!"

$4000 is alot of money, at least to me. Is DCL worth $4000 more? That depends on you. I think the DCL cabins get smaller each day I am in them , so I would be very claustrophobic in a smaller cabin. On DCL, kids can be kids, on Princess that might not be the case. The good news is my stepmom will not be on your cruise.

Whatever you choose you will have a great time. Good luck with the decision!
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