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Old 04-11-2013, 11:26 AM   #46
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We did a land-cruise on the Island Princess in 2011 with our daughters, then 11 and 13. While there were not a lot of children around, they entertained themselves quite well putting puzzles together or playing board games in the card room. We've done Princess for the Panama Canal as well as Alaska. We were on the Disney Fantasy in summer 2012. The younger child loved the Edge, the older one didn't want to go to the teen club. We really like Princess -- the girls were fussed over by the staff and fellow passengers. We like Disney, too -- enjoy the shows and the ambience. Princess felt a lot less "busy."
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #47
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We just booked the Wonder to Alaska, for summer, 2014, so exciting. We looked at Princess, but with our 13 year old dd who just had a great time on The Fantasy, we decided to stick with Disney for now.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:27 PM   #48
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Thanks for making it difficult

Funny to see this thread. We did our first cruise on Disney Magic last month and are bitten by the cruise bug. So we are trying to make it happen again next spring break. While looking at pricing there is a Princess cruise that is $3000 less than the Disney cruise we were looking at for same number or days and similar but different stops. We love Disney, but is it worth that much extra cash? More importantly will my kids have that much less fun? And will Princess be that accepting of my kids just roaming the ship? With 5 of us and needing two rooms it adds up. Tough decision.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #49
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Funny to see this thread. We did our first cruise on Disney Magic last month and are bitten by the cruise bug. So we are trying to make it happen again next spring break. While looking at pricing there is a Princess cruise that is $3000 less than the Disney cruise we were looking at for same number or days and similar but different stops. We love Disney, but is it worth that much extra cash? More importantly will my kids have that much less fun? And will Princess be that accepting of my kids just roaming the ship? With 5 of us and needing two rooms it adds up. Tough decision.
I think you should consider the costs, I know I did. When you did The Magic last month, did you do a future cruise booking for the 10% savings and OBC?

For us, that savings alone is what makes our Wonder Alaska cruise comparable to others. I did compare same type of cabin and itinerary with RCCL, it was only about $400 cheaper, not enough to make me switch from Disney. I also looked at Princess and I believe they were about $800 more.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #50
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OP here. I've appreciated reading everyone's thoughts and opinions. We are just back from another fantastic DCL cruise, this one to the Bahamas!

I'd like to go back to Alaska in either 2014 or 2015 and I am seriously considering trying Princess or HAL, though, for a few reasons: Lower cost, easy 4 hour drive for us to Seattle rather than driving 8+ hours to Vancouver (especially with the I-5 bridge out), we've done the shows and activities on the classics, many of them several times now and it would be interesting to see what other lines offer. I'd also like to see Glacier Bay.

My boss is currently on his first ever cruise - on HAL to Alaska. Can't wait until he gets back to hear his thoughts and opinions!
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You won't be disappointed in Princess. We are in our 50s with children 13 and 16. The girls loved Princess, enjoyed the other passengers and the staff. We never felt like we were on a cruise with "old people" although it was not as hustle and bustle as Disney. We flew to Fairbanks, then took a bus to Denali, a train to Talkeetna and another train to the ship. Three more stops along the coast and disembarked in Vancouver. It's a slower pace, lots of scenery.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:06 PM   #52
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Yes, indeed. That's why we get OBC for owning Carnival Corporation stock on both HAL and Princess.
So Carnival has Holland AND Princess? Two more reasons to stick with DCL...

I have heard that Celebrity is on par with DCL?
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So Carnival has Holland AND Princess? Two more reasons to stick with DCL...

I have heard that Celebrity is on par with DCL?
Carnival also owns Cunard and Seabourne, among others. That's definitely NOT a reason for me to avoid a cruise on HAL or Princess, and I have a future cruise booking on each of them.

I have enjoyed 2 Celebrity cruises, and I'm looking forward to another in January. Many people who have sailed both DCL and Celebrity would say the food is better on Celebrity.
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OP here. I've appreciated reading everyone's thoughts and opinions. We are just back from another fantastic DCL cruise, this one to the Bahamas!

I'd like to go back to Alaska in either 2014 or 2015 and I am seriously considering trying Princess or HAL, though, for a few reasons: Lower cost, easy 4 hour drive for us to Seattle rather than driving 8+ hours to Vancouver (especially with the I-5 bridge out), we've done the shows and activities on the classics, many of them several times now and it would be interesting to see what other lines offer. I'd also like to see Glacier Bay.

My boss is currently on his first ever cruise - on HAL to Alaska. Can't wait until he gets back to hear his thoughts and opinions!
I'm not trying to hijack your post, but Glacier Bay, or rather the town of Guatavus is my home. LMK if you have any questions about the area.
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