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Old 04-24-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Hello this is my first post on the disney cruise line forum. My family and I want to go on a disney cruise because we have heard som much about them and have never been on one. We have a family of 5 and don't care what ship we go on really. We would be looking at a cruise for next year 2014 in either April or July. One of the big things we want is the best price on whatever cruise we go on. We are from Wisconsin so we would have to fly to where ever the ship departs from which is not a problem. We would like a cruise between 4-7 days long. Any advice? What ship would be best? What month would be better April or July? What type of cruise is the best? Where and when can you get the best bargain? Thanks

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Hello this is my first post on the disney cruise line forum. My family and I want to go on a disney cruise because we have heard som much about them and have never been on one. We have a family of 5 and don't care what ship we go on really. We would be looking at a cruise for next year 2014 in either April or July. One of the big things we want is the best price on whatever cruise we go on. We are from Wisconsin so we would have to fly to where ever the ship departs from which is not a problem. We would like a cruise between 4-7 days long. Any advice? What ship would be best? What month would be better April or July? What type of cruise is the best? Where and when can you get the best bargain? Thanks

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April would be a great time for the caribbean, especially when you're tired of a Wisconsin winter. If you choose July, I'd go to Alaska.

Disney cruises are not known to be bargains, especially when the kids are on school breaks.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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A couple of things to consider. You have 5 people traveling. Would you need one room or would 2 (either connecting or near each other) work. If you really think you need one room, there may be more options for you on the newer ships. On the classic ships, you have to go to near the top tiers of rooms to put 5 people in a single stateroom. On the classics, most people find it is easier/cheaper to do two staterooms than a stateroom for 5. (Plus you get two bathrooms, two TV's etc. which is great if there are tweens/teens involved.)

April would tend to be less expensive than July, unless the week you are looking at is directly before or after Easter. Usually any time schools are out, the price tends to be much higher. 2014 sailings have been open for a few months. Prices for summer sailings tend to continually go up so the earlier you can book, the less it might cost you. But don't count on finding a "cheap" summer sailing!
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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April would probably be better price-wise than July (as kids are still in school) except for any cruises that are during Easter/Spring Break (which is April 20th in 2014). Any time the kids are out of school, prices jump - and can be even higher during breaks than over the summer as there's a lot more demand for those few cruises.

Summer in the Caribbean isn't bad with the breezes off the water, but it's going to be hot. Fortunately, there are a lot of beaches! We haven't done Alaska yet, but my research shows it can have temps from the 50s (or chillier at night) to the 80s depending on the area, weather, month, etc.

Your best option would probably be to contact a DCL cruise specialist travel agency and have them price out the different options for the weeks your're looking for. DCL's site's not as easy to compare cruises of different types for the same week (lots of various searches to do it). But some of the other online booking agencies and a lot of the Disney Travel agents would be able to do this kind of search for you.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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I think you may find a 7 day to be harder to fit into the budget. If budget isn't an option, then go for the 7 day! If it is, you will still have a totally awesome time like on the Dream for a 4 day (and those rooms can sleep 5 depending on the room?) We only were able to do a 3 day (for several reasons) but it was an unbelievable cruise. All 3 days blew my expectations, so don't be afraid to cruise a less day if that's what you can do. My own personal experience says that I would rather do less Disney days than cruise another 7 day on Carnival. And that says a lot! If you want to take on a day at Disneyworld to go with your 4-5 or whatever day cruise, it's a great way to extend the vacation without having to buy a full 7 day cruise. (Assuming you go out of Port Canaveral, which I really like because it's a quiet pretty port and easy to check in and out thru.)

It's such a great family vacation. I absolutely love looking over and over again at my photos! We went in April also and the weather was just right there in terms of if it was cooler, I might not enjoy myself as much. The temperature was ideal, like 82, not soo hot like it would be in July. The cruise fare could possibly be cheaper and the air fare might be too (my twinkie got Seattle to Orlando and Pensacola to Seattle for $380 including tax. We thought that was good!) in April. Just have to check for those spring breaks. As it turned out, the week we went happened to be Atlanta's spring break but before or after other area's spring breaks, so those are all over the place now which may help for travelling (unlike xmas break which is pretty much that standard time).

I would like to plan a 4+ day next April. Hope it works out for you and your family!
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:51 PM   #6
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April would probably be better price-wise than July (as kids are still in school) except for any cruises that are during Easter/Spring Break (which is April 20th in 2014). Any time the kids are out of school, prices jump - and can be even higher during breaks than over the summer as there's a lot more demand for those few cruises.

Summer in the Caribbean isn't bad with the breezes off the water, but it's going to be hot. Fortunately, there are a lot of beaches! We haven't done Alaska yet, but my research shows it can have temps from the 50s (or chillier at night) to the 80s depending on the area, weather, month, etc.

Your best option would probably be to contact a DCL cruise specialist travel agency and have them price out the different options for the weeks your're looking for. DCL's site's not as easy to compare cruises of different types for the same week (lots of various searches to do it). But some of the other online booking agencies and a lot of the Disney Travel agents would be able to do this kind of search for you.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Book as long a cruise as you can afford. Honestly length would matter more to me than almost any other factor for a first cruise IMO. We've done 2 5 nighters. The first one was awesome on the Dream. The 2nd on the Wonder was equally awesome but seemed so much shorter. We have a 7 night on the Fantasy booked next year that I'm really looking forward to.

DCL is the best family vacation we've ever done. And we've also done Caribbean all-inclusives(and I mean all inclusive, not sort of inclusive) that we love. But for all out family fun, DCL wins hands down. I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever you book.

If by chance you book the Wonder ask for Carlo(Italy) to be your server. Great guy and awesome service.
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We are also a family of 5 I'm a ta and always book our own personal cruises for April or May. Cost wise it is generally a much better option than the Summer months, but you still have the benefit of beautiful weather The ages of your children might play a part in your decision to do one room or split into 2. We personally do not spend much time in the room at all, really we are there only to sleep so one cabin is fine for us (my 3 are all tweens) We love all of the ships, classic and new alike. Each has some really wonderful aspects. The kids really enjoy the tween clubs and aquaduck on the newer ships, but if your kids are younger, all the ships have fun kids clubs
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