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Old 05-11-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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My family and I recently returned from a easter cruise aboard the disney dream. As soon as we arrived home we started planning our next cruise. We were going to do the June 2nd 2012 cruise aboard the Fantasy but i have been shopping around and realized just how pricey DCL really is lol. Money isnt a problem at all but i'm the type that likes to get the most for my money. I came across RCCL and like the different "attractions" they have on their ships. On the next cruise we take it will be me, my husband, and our daughter(14) bringing along her friend.My question is to someone that has experienced both that can compare the two. To me its not worth saving the money is the two girls will be miserable the whole time. I want everyone to have a amazing time. Looking forward to feedback from all the amazing people on this board.
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Hi,
My family and I recently returned from a easter cruise aboard the disney dream. As soon as we arrived home we started planning our next cruise. We were going to do the June 2nd 2012 cruise aboard the Fantasy but i have been shopping around and realized just how pricey DCL really is lol. Money isnt a problem at all but i'm the type that likes to get the most for my money. I came across RCCL and like the different "attractions" they have on their ships. On the next cruise we take it will be me, my husband, and our daughter(14) bringing along her friend.My question is to someone that has experienced both that can compare the two. To me its not worth saving the money is the two girls will be miserable the whole time. I want everyone to have a amazing time. Looking forward to feedback from all the amazing people on this board.
Both DCL and RCCL offer plenty of teen activities... They both have the teen dance club and a teens-only lounge to hang out in... I think also, both lines have the 9-hole putt-putt courses on board...

Where RCCL excels is in their sports type amenities... If my memory serves, all RCCL ships have a rock climbing wall, the Voyager class ships add an ice skating rink (real ice, not the vinyl sheets covered in slick chemicals that Norwegian used to have) to the mix, the Freedom class ships offer all this and add the Flowrider (surfing and bodyboarding simulator) and the Oasis class adds a second rock wall, a second Flowrider, a carousel on the Boardwalk, and a top deck zipline...

Disney has the Aqua-Duck and their unique decor... They also offer complimentary soda... On RCCL ships, you have to buy a soda package ($6 per day per adult or $4 per day per child under 18) or pay per soda.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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We've done both:

2 Disney (Eastern and Western Caribbean on Magic)

2 RCCL cruises (1 7-day Med, 1 7-day Caribbean)

They are both wonderful vacations and you will have a fantastic time either way.

If you want "DISNEY", then there is nothing like a Disney cruise, with Disney theming, Disney movies, Disney music and Disney characters. If you just want a cruise experience, then RCCL is a perfect alternative.
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I personally prefer Disney to RCCL....RCCL was good don't get me wrong, but I just love Disney and their theme shows. My sister on the other hand prefers RCCL because Disney does not have a casino. Also on RCCL there is a charge for soda, on DCL there isn't. It's all a matter of preference.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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We've done DCL, CCL and RCCL.

IMHO, Disney is the best as far as:

Palo (and they offer a brunch, which is not available on CCL and RCCL)

Customer service

Characters (even as adults, it adds so much to our enjoyment..who doesn't love Mickey?)

Castaway Cay (haven't been to RCCL's island, but have been to CCL's.)

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Deck Parties (RCCL's were lame compared to DCL's)

Pirate night..worth the price difference..you'd have to see it to believe it.

Food..we thought it was MUCH better on DCL, our RCCL food in the MDR..I won't even go there..

To each his own though. We sailed RCCL twice, that was enough for us. Disney also offers 10% off to rebook, and a $200.00 room credit (or higher) per room, depending on your status.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:09 PM   #7
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We are Diamond Members on RCCL (10+) and Silver on Disney (our July trip will be our second). We cruise often (also on other lines) and our teens love RCCL. They have been cruising since 2 and 6 and they are now 17 and 13.

They have cruised alone and with friends. I cannot say enough good things about the clubs. They have wonderful councelors and my kids always wanted to be there. They don't use the ice skating or always rock climb but I can tell you they could care less about a pirate party and not into the Disney theatre shows (they don't go to the shows on other lines either).
My 17 dd doesn't want to kiss Mickey and my ds-13 is now too cool for Buzz
I am sure the clubs mirror each other in some activities but I know on RCCL they do a good job with grouping the ages. Something I see as sometimes a concern on these boards for DCL.
My kids have never once complained about going on a cruise and in fact last year my dd wanted to take one with her friends instead of a Sweet 16 party. The day is full with activities.

For the adults, my dh and I personally like all the clubs, pubs and the Promanade. Comedy shows are great, the piano bar is absolutely wonderful and the food is what it is, nothing great, nothing bad. The Speciality Restaurants are wonderful. Servers, service and workers on the RCCL ships are always pleasant and go out of their way to make your vacation special. My dh goes to the casino a little bit each night and has fun with that too.

RCCL has some great ports and ports that DCL does not do. They, too, also have their own Islands where only their cruise docks.
You can get OBC depending on whom you book with or when you are on board and book another cruise, even with a dummy date, you get OBC, just like DCL.

We are sailing on the 5 night Double Dipper Dream cruise in July using our points that my mother purchased for us along with my sister and her family that my mother is taking (along with their 3 little boys that I am sure will have a blast) so that is why we are going on DCL instead of another line.

There are many DCL cheerleaders on here and they love the brand and I am positive we will have a great time along with the kids, but like others love DCL, we love RCCL and also the prices are MUCH better. And, I can assure you, your dd will NOT be miserable on a RCCL ship. They are geared towards families.

You will never know until you try it and with two teens, there is no way they will not have a great time. We tried a different cruiseline last year for my dd's Sweet 16 since she was taking friends and we needed to keep the cost down. We had a Fantastic time, the kids had a blast and my dd still says it's one of her best cruises. We visited different ports and had a blast!
Worse case, you go, have an ok time and know you can only cruise Disney. It's a vacation and have fun!

If you want to find out more about RCCL, go to cruisecritic.com and go to the RCCL message boards. CC is like the disboards for cruising.
We are sailing RCCLs Oasis of the Seas next July for my dd's HS graduation and my ds's graduation. I know, for them, they rather be on RCCL than with DCL They do enjoy the parks but for cruising with kids, I love RCCL.
Have a great time planning your next trip!
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:52 PM   #8
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If you compare the Disney Fantasy to the new RCCL ships Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, you'll find they are closer in price. But Disney sails from Port Canaveral and the two new RCCL ships go out of Ft. Lauderdale.
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For us, everything on DCL is just more magical than RCCL. There were some priceless moments on DCL that just won't happen elsewhere. But we enjoyed all of our cruises and happy with what we paid and what we got in all cases.

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:29 PM   #10
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Oasis wasn't worth it....

I literally just walked off the Oasis on Saturday. I was on the Western itinerary. The Oasis is basically a gigantic suburban shopping mall that's floating. If you are a teenager who is active and likes sport activities then RCCL has the perfect ship. However, I found their kids' pool area wanting. Not even a basic slide. There's nothing nautical about the ship. They went out of their way to bring the land to sea instead of helping their guests meet the ocean. DCL may seem like it costs more on the outset, but the rooms are larger, soda is included, and the main themed restaurants are included. On the Oasis, I found the food better in the casual buffet than at the main dinner. When it comes to private destinations--RCCL did a bad thing with Labadee, Haiti. Castaway Cay is outstanding.

I want to address the port thing. Oasis went to their private "peninsula" that RCCL fenced off from Haiti: Labadee. The beaches were not clean, the Haitians are all over asking for tips for everything and their market there is VERY aggressive. One lady working there told me to watch my money from pickpockets. There were ladies in the bathrooms expecting tips for handing out paper towels which reminds me of many places I've been but it does not speak of a resort or private getaway. Really unfortunate because the area is stunning. Second stop is RCCL's port of Falmouth. Go read about Falmouth on cruise critic. It's not remotely done and Falmouth in 10 years may have tourists walking around but not right now. Falmouth is an hour from all the places you want to go so RCCL found another way to grab your money--excursions. DCL parks at more convenient ports in Jamaica. 3rd stop was Cozumel except we were on the furthest pier out--because Oasis is too big for most ports.

Oasis:
Positives-lots of sports activities; amazing shows; nice adult area
Negatives-most restaurants for fee ($20-35 a head); soda is $8/day for package; cupcakes are $2.50, ice cream is a la carte (there's a theme here); 6000 guests/ 2500 crew on board; limited port stops because of size; their private peninsula is Labadee, Haiti; shops line their main promenade (looks like my local mall AND they have $10 sales and everything--with fake trees!!); no grand staircase; inside is covered in laminate and chrome; service really lacking in main dining; Oasis's spa was just not right. It had no water views from any room and their thermal areas were just lackluster.

DCL
Positives: huge cabins; split bathrooms; dining rotation through main restaurants where you keep your server; many drink options are free; a slide; nautical; beautiful, classical ships; Disney whimsy and touches; service!!!!; Port Canaveral!!!; Castaway Cay; BETTER SPA and nicer spa rooms; way better "kids" areas; a movie theater (no separate movie theater on Oasis/ Allure); Disney shows
Negatives: No climbing wall? no ice skating rink to pack pants for? Ok, I'll miss the flow riders.

My $.35 (I wrote a lot, I figured it's more than $.02! ha!)
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:23 PM   #12
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I literally just walked off the Oasis on Saturday. I was on the Western itinerary. The Oasis is basically a gigantic suburban shopping mall that's floating. If you are a teenager who is active and likes sport activities then RCCL has the perfect ship. However, I found their kids' pool area wanting. Not even a basic slide. There's nothing nautical about the ship. They went out of their way to bring the land to sea instead of helping their guests meet the ocean. DCL may seem like it costs more on the outset, but the rooms are larger, soda is included, and the main themed restaurants are included. On the Oasis, I found the food better in the casual buffet than at the main dinner. When it comes to private destinations--RCCL did a bad thing with Labadee, Haiti. Castaway Cay is outstanding.

I want to address the port thing. Oasis went to their private "peninsula" that RCCL fenced off from Haiti: Labadee. The beaches were not clean, the Haitians are all over asking for tips for everything and their market there is VERY aggressive. One lady working there told me to watch my money from pickpockets. There were ladies in the bathrooms expecting tips for handing out paper towels which reminds me of many places I've been but it does not speak of a resort or private getaway. Really unfortunate because the area is stunning. Second stop is RCCL's port of Falmouth. Go read about Falmouth on cruise critic. It's not remotely done and Falmouth in 10 years may have tourists walking around but not right now. Falmouth is an hour from all the places you want to go so RCCL found another way to grab your money--excursions. DCL parks at more convenient ports in Jamaica. 3rd stop was Cozumel except we were on the furthest pier out--because Oasis is too big for most ports.

Oasis:
Positives-lots of sports activities; amazing shows; nice adult area
Negatives-most restaurants for fee ($20-35 a head); soda is $8/day for package; cupcakes are $2.50, ice cream is a la carte (there's a theme here); 6000 guests/ 2500 crew on board; limited port stops because of size; their private peninsula is Labadee, Haiti; shops line their main promenade (looks like my local mall AND they have $10 sales and everything--with fake trees!!); no grand staircase; inside is covered in laminate and chrome; service really lacking in main dining; Oasis's spa was just not right. It had no water views from any room and their thermal areas were just lackluster.

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Positives: huge cabins; split bathrooms; dining rotation through main restaurants where you keep your server; many drink options are free; a slide; nautical; beautiful, classical ships; Disney whimsy and touches; service!!!!; Port Canaveral!!!; Castaway Cay; BETTER SPA and nicer spa rooms; way better "kids" areas; a movie theater (no separate movie theater on Oasis/ Allure); Disney shows
Negatives: No climbing wall? no ice skating rink to pack pants for? Ok, I'll miss the flow riders.

My $.35 (I wrote a lot, I figured it's more than $.02! ha!)
I understand what you are saying but do you think it is a fair assessment to compare Oasis and Dream? Perhaps Explorer vs. Dream or perhaps Serenade vs. Dream. I do not think Oasis vs. Dream is fair, it is in a class all it's own "Oasis". The other ships I mentioned do not have many of the themed paying restaurants and does not have the Cupcake Shop. I've been on Labadee many times and as you say it is fenced off from the Haitians. I am sad to learn they are not using the fencing to keep out pickpockets and locals. I'll have to get back on CC to read more about that from others. I find that upsetting. The itinerary you picked had Foulmouth but not all RCCL ships or Oasis always go there.

To each his own, thank goodness or the world would be such a boring place.
But, I hope that many that love DCL and have always tried DCL would venture out a little and try other lines. There is something to love on all of them.
Sorry you didn't have a great time on the ship. I cannot wait. We booked the vacation for the ship this time, not ports so I am very much looking forward to it.
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Thanks for the review, farfalla818. Those huge RCCL ships don't seem like they'd be my thing. I'm not interested in a floating shopping mall.

Our favorite cruise ever was 5 days on a schooner in Maine, so I'm probably not the typical large ship customer.
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My family and I recently returned from a easter cruise aboard the disney dream. As soon as we arrived home we started planning our next cruise. We were going to do the June 2nd 2012 cruise aboard the Fantasy but i have been shopping around and realized just how pricey DCL really is lol. Money isnt a problem at all but i'm the type that likes to get the most for my money. I came across RCCL and like the different "attractions" they have on their ships. On the next cruise we take it will be me, my husband, and our daughter(14) bringing along her friend.My question is to someone that has experienced both that can compare the two. To me its not worth saving the money is the two girls will be miserable the whole time. I want everyone to have a amazing time. Looking forward to feedback from all the amazing people on this board.
We have given RCCL 2 chances and both times found the food quality in the dining room and the buffet to be sub standard at best thank goodness there was a Johnny Rockettes on board, the ice skating rink is very small and is hardly ever open, the rock wall was fun the first few times but had limited times that it was open. We found the adult comedy shows offensive( no need to contently drop the f bomb to be funny) Disney does a much better job when it comes to the family shows. The over all service from the employees on Disney far exceeds Rccl's ( RCCL's employees just do not seem to care about their jobs) Our Daughter said that the teen club was the pits and that Disney does a great job in organizing activities for the teens ( she also loves Carnivals teen club)
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We have given RCCL 2 chances and both times found the food quality in the dining room and the buffet to be sub standard at best thank goodness there was a Johnny Rockettes on board, the ice skating rink is very small and is hardly ever open, the rock wall was fun the first few times but had limited times that it was open. We found the adult comedy shows offensive( no need to contently drop the f bomb to be funny) Disney does a much better job when it comes to the family shows. The over all service from the employees on Disney far exceeds Rccl's ( RCCL's employees just do not seem to care about their jobs)
Kinda how we felt when we were on the RCCL Freedom. And yes, two thumbs up for Johnny Rockets!
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