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Old 03-26-2013, 12:55 AM   #16
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Yes, there is a difference in Disney ships. The Magic and Wonder are smaller, more intimate ships. Nighttime entertainment isn't that much different, but the larger, newer, ships (Fantasy and Dream) have the Aquaduck and the Midship Detective Agency and bigger kids clubs. All around, more bells and whistles, BUT, also more crowds. My guess is you will love any of the ships, but your kids would probably like the bigger ones better because of all the cool new stuff. Your kids are older than mine, and unfortunately I can't speak to any difference between the older kids clubs on the new ships vs. the old.

Dream only does 3-4 night cruises, which I haven't been on because I prefer longer cruises. Fantasy is beautiful, but so is the Wonder and the Magic. To me they seemed less crowded, but the Fantasy wasn't OVER crowded.

The Animator's Palate on the Magic and Wonder slowly change from black and white to color, but the AP on the Fantasy is pretty cool also and has some very innovative things going on.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by PrincessShmoo View Post
The Dream & Fantasy (the 2 newest DCL ships) both sail out of Port Canaveral.

The Magic will be in Miami until May when she goes to the Med for the summer. Then she will be in San Juan, PR until Oct when she returns to Miami.

The Wonder will be in Galveston until May when she goes to Alaska for the summer. She will then go to Port Canaveral for the end of the year.
In you are speaking of 2013, the Magic is in Galveston until May when she goes to the Med. The Wonder is now in Miami.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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Any Disney cruise on any ship is great we have sailed all 4. Our favorite is the Magic. We love the more intimate feel and consider the service more detailed and pointed than on the larger ships.
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Our choice to date has been sailing concierge on the smaller ships (Magic and Wonder). It is more afordable being that we prefer a suite with a seperate bedroom. On the larger ships that choice is significantly more expensive. Although, it appears they offer the free wine and a separate concierge lounge area. To date, our preference has been the smaller crowds (on castaway cay) and intimacy of the smaller ships. .
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Disney - broadway level shows. Indoor and outdoor movies. Great shows. Fun for kids and adults. Great stuff. Plenty of daily activities to do.

Carnival - More blue collar. Adult comedy was ok. But the other shows .... Some were ok..... And I'll say it, the rest of the shows sucked... What wasn't ok, sucked. I thought the dancers came from high schools that didn't make the drill
team. It sucked. It was the suckiess thing that ever sucked. Activities did seem rather redundant. It still sucked....

Winner - what do you think? If you can handle a ship without a casino, it's obvious.
Agree totally with your food and dining rotation, Disney far superior to Carnival and even Royal Caribbean based on our New Year's Eve cruise. But the Entertainment, Carnival does not have entertainment, what they do should just not happen. RCL, walked out of 3 shows until learned not to go, the only event worth seeing was the ice show.

The only time we will consider another line now is to go where DCL does not, South Pacific and South America.
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