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Old 09-29-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
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A different kind of back to back

My family loves both Disney and Carnival so we thought about doing a one week Carnival Western followed by a one week Eastern on Disney both out of Port Canaveral. Has any one done back to back cruises on different cruise lines? If so what did you do to get from one terminal to the other and also what to do to kill time before the other cruise port opens?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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We did this last yr but we did disney first then 1 day off and then carnival well big mistake because as much as we tried to NOT compare the 2 it was just too hard not too and now my wife doesn't want to go back to carnival I don't blame her based on her experience, at the mdr the server kept messing up on her order or forgetting her order completely only on the final night (tip night) did he get it right

Also the kids activities just don't compare even your kids will be comparing it the whole time

BUT any cruise is a good cruise it's just based on what you make of it
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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BUT any cruise is a good cruise it's just based on what you make of it
I know that you are trying to come across reasonable and not a complainer and you seem like friendly people, as many cruisers are! But personally I get a bit tired of hearing this and "any cruise is better than work or laundry." Because as long as you are a reasonable person, the vacation company, not you, is responsible for providing a good product and cruise experience for the money you spent with them. No where else would it be up to you to make up for a bad meal or defective product. You just would probably not go back or return it if you could. Myself, I won't go back on CCL either. In fact, I made the mistake of thinking I was probably burned out on cruising altogether but then we ended up on a 3 day DCL five weeks after our unfriendly CCL Dream and now I plain have an obsession!

What bothers me I guess about the "a cruise is what you make it" excuse is that implies that if you don't have a good trip, it's your attitude or something and you should just be happy anyway, you are on a cruise right? Wrong. Just because you are on vacation, just like any hotel or resort or vacation company, if the service is very poor (yours and ours was and clearly, that isn't us just being complainers or our fault) etc. than the company needs to do better to earn our vacation dollar.

There ARE options out there. CCL used to deliver a fun cruise with good happy servers or I wouldn't have gold with them. But I won't go back and I don't apologize for their bad business decisions (dropping from two personalized servers to many tables with three disorganized impersonal confused servers. Not their fault, CCLs fault.) That's just one example. Their failure is NOT "what I make of it" and it isn't nice people like you's (sorry grammar?) fault either!
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My family loves both Disney and Carnival so we thought about doing a one week Carnival Western followed by a one week Eastern on Disney both out of Port Canaveral. Has any one done back to back cruises on different cruise lines? If so what did you do to get from one terminal to the other and also what to do to kill time before the other cruise port opens?
Im thinking that you are going out of Port Canavera? If so, I cant think of any shuttle service that goes from terminal to terminal, so you would have to take a taxi with all of your luggage. At Port Canaveral, at the new terminal, theres supposed to be a snack bar either in the terminal itself or the lower level of the parking garage. I want to say its terminal 9 but cant swear to it until I get home to look.
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If it fits in your plans, I'd rent a car and maybe do the Kennedy Space Centre or hit the beach.

I think you'll have at least a couple of hours between getting off of one ship and getting onto the next.

With the rental car you can cancel up to the last minute so if customs slows down disembarkation on Carnival where you could head straight to the DCL terminal (by cab would be my suggestion since you'll have luggage) you could cancel the rental car without cost.

Remember to buy your duty free liquor on Carnival to enjoy on your DCL cruise .

And if your Western Caribbean on Carnival goes to Roatan (Mahagany Beach), I highly recommend getting a Cabana there. The beach area is private by the cabanas and it is a little slice of paradise.

And if you've not been on the Dream - try the pasta bar for lunch the first day (it's empty then but by the end of the cruise, people have "found" it and are lining up).

And if it's your thing - Superstar Kareoke! You get to sing with a live band and it's exilerating!

Ooh, plus, the brunch on sea days (it's included in your fare - try the diablo chicken or the mac n cheese with jerk chicken - both are so good); And of course - churros for dessert . And don't forget tea on sea days (they had a good amount of choices and it too is included in your cruise fare at no additional charge).


As you can probably tell, I too am a fan of both Carnival and DCL. Both lines have their pluses (and their minuses) and both can offer a very good cruise.
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Im thinking that you are going out of Port Canavera? If so, I cant think of any shuttle service that goes from terminal to terminal, so you would have to take a taxi with all of your luggage. At Port Canaveral, at the new terminal, theres supposed to be a snack bar either in the terminal itself or the lower level of the parking garage. I want to say its terminal 9 but cant swear to it until I get home to look.
I don't know if it applies or not, but in our case, the Radisson partportcanaveral did drop offs from several ports. Wonder if they are traveling with a car...

If they used the Radisson, they might have to wait for people going back to the car park, but they could wait a few stops *like a bus stop* and then end up at the other cruise terminal afterward...
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My family loves both Disney and Carnival so we thought about doing a one week Carnival Western followed by a one week Eastern on Disney both out of Port Canaveral. Has any one done back to back cruises on different cruise lines? If so what did you do to get from one terminal to the other and also what to do to kill time before the other cruise port opens?
We have done this and this was our experience:
May of last year, we sailed on Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas followed by a cruise on Disney Magic. We drove to Port Canaveral and stayed the night before the first cruise at Country Inn and Suites using their park and cruise package. We worked it out with the hotel to use their shuttle service back to the hotel after the first cruise and then take a later shuttle back to the port for the Disney cruise. There was an additional charge involved, but it worked for us. We were able to reload our carryon luggage with some soft drinks and wine as well as leave some souvenirs from the first cruise in the car.

Our plan B (if we hadn't worked out the extra roundtrip shuttle service with the hotel) would have been to pre-arrange a taxi pickup after the Monarch cruise to take us to get more soda/wine and then back to the port. I never had to get far enough into this plan to learn what the cost would have been for this.

It would have been easier if we had parked at the port obviously, but the money we saved using the hotel's park and cruise package was worth it for us.

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We have done this and this was our experience:
May of last year, we sailed on Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas followed by a cruise on Disney Magic. We drove to Port Canaveral and stayed the night before the first cruise at Country Inn and Suites using their park and cruise package. We worked it out with the hotel to use their shuttle service back to the hotel after the first cruise and then take a later shuttle back to the port for the Disney cruise. There was an additional charge involved, but it worked for us. We were able to reload our carryon luggage with some soft drinks and wine as well as leave some souvenirs from the first cruise in the car.

Our plan B (if we hadn't worked out the extra roundtrip shuttle service with the hotel) would have been to pre-arrange a taxi pickup after the Monarch cruise to take us to get more soda/wine and then back to the port. I never had to get far enough into this plan to learn what the cost would have been for this.

It would have been easier if we had parked at the port obviously, but the money we saved using the hotel's park and cruise package was worth it for us.


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Old 10-02-2013, 01:37 AM   #9
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We have done this and this was our experience:
May of last year, we sailed on Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas followed by a cruise on Disney Magic. We drove to Port Canaveral and stayed the night before the first cruise at Country Inn and Suites using their park and cruise package. We worked it out with the hotel to use their shuttle service back to the hotel after the first cruise and then take a later shuttle back to the port for the Disney cruise. There was an additional charge involved, but it worked for us. We were able to reload our carryon luggage with some soft drinks and wine as well as leave some souvenirs from the first cruise in the car.

Our plan B (if we hadn't worked out the extra roundtrip shuttle service with the hotel) would have been to pre-arrange a taxi pickup after the Monarch cruise to take us to get more soda/wine and then back to the port. I never had to get far enough into this plan to learn what the cost would have been for this.

It would have been easier if we had parked at the port obviously, but the money we saved using the hotel's park and cruise package was worth it for us.


Sounds like the best idea

Thanks for all the input
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