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Old 11-08-2012, 02:43 PM   #946
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We love NCL and did a cruise with them out of New Orleans last March. I just love their Freestyle cruising and not having to dress up for dinner.
We did Hawaii, which has a lot of negative reviews because of it being mostly an American crew. We LOVED it. We did 1 specialty restaurant, but after trying the regular MDR too, we skipped the rest of the specialties because the dining rooms and buffet had every thing we wanted and more (chocolate fountain every night!). We didn't feel like we were nickel and dimed at all. Such a good deal.

Freestyle was so relaxing to us too. It was definitely our style of cruise. If I 'have' to do assigned dinner times, and have to deal with feeling rushed to get ready for dinner, I pick DCL. I need the Disney magical touch.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:22 PM   #947
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For those of you whom have traveled other cruise lines (with children...mine are 12 and 7) and are not planning to rebook on DCL. Which line do you prefer next after DCL?
Royal Caribbean is our favorite. DCL has more for kids but I consider RCL very similar in quality. The Flow Rider, mini golf, etc. gives plenty for older kids to do on Freedom and Oasis Class ships.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #948
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Mevans,

How old are your kids? DH and I did RCL before having kids and we loved them. We just took our 5 and 6 yr olds on the Fantasy this year and they loved it. I'm debating if we should do the Fantasy again in 2014 or try RCL's Allure of the Seas. Do you think Allure of the Seas would be entertaining enough for the kids??
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Well I think it is costing them business. I have been waiting around for months to see what cruises are available in January 2014. RCI and Princess have had their 2014 cruises out for months. Well I got tired of waiting for DCL, so started looking at the RCI cruises and found the exact cruise I'd like to take on the Independence of the Seas. I haven't booked it yet, thinking I would give DCL a chance to see what they have but because of the delay I found the RCI cruise and am 90% sure we will book it.
I'll be aboard in about two months in a great extended aft balcony.

Interesting the talk re DCL delaying schedules to try and cut down on walking reservations. I wonder what % of guests actually do it? The fervent fans here know how it works but doubt it's common knowledge.

I'm thinking many people may book other cruises to have something on paper. Once the new schedule is released some may cancel/rebook if they're still able to switch other variables around (airfare, vacation weeks, etc.) but coming out late of the gate could certainly backfire on DCL...maybe that'll lead to lower rates if the ships aren't booking
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:27 AM   #950
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:18 AM   #951
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I have not gone on a DCL cruse yet. I've been trying, but it just santos worked out. With the new 10% deposit, I priced out a 2013 cruise and based on some comments her priced out RCI. $800 cheaper!!! I had no idea. I'm tempted, but we are Disney nuts, and just don't want to be disappointed.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:20 AM   #952
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Any predictions for classic ship destinations in the summer of 2014? How likely do you think Disney will go back to the Med and Alaska? Are those selling well enough for them to consider that?
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Any predictions for classic ship destinations in the summer of 2014? How likely do you think Disney will go back to the Med and Alaska? Are those selling well enough for them to consider that?
This is what we are waiting on. Had our hearts set on Alaska 2014. Now trying to decide if we should do it with DCL in 2013 or another line in 2014.
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This thread is a monster (meaning very long)...so let's please keep it on track with predictions of the 2014 dates only.

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This thread is a monster (meaning very long)...so let's please keep it on track with predictions of the 2014 dates only.

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My question was about 2014. Is there another thread I should have posted on instead? If so, I will. Thanks!
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This thread is a monster (meaning very long)...so let's please keep it on track with predictions of the 2014 dates only.

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Any predictions for classic ship destinations in the summer of 2014? How likely do you think Disney will go back to the Med and Alaska? Are those selling well enough for them to consider that?
I'm hoping they send Magic back to NYC summer of 2014. It would make a nice family Christmas gift if they come out with the dates November or December.
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I'm hoping they send Magic back to NYC summer of 2014. It would make a nice family Christmas gift if they come out with the dates November or December.
Me too ... our March 2013 Fantasy cruise is 99% not happening (unless miracle airfare comes out before December 24) ... and a cruise out of NYC would be much more convenient for us.

A Hawaii cruise without a lot of sea days would also be awesome (though, from what I've read, not very likely).

Whatever the case, I really hope they release 2014 before Christmas ... I would like to avoid the hassle of moving the March cruise to a dummy date in Dec. 2013 until 2014 comes out. (I've already had to move the original booking twice ... when we booked onboard, 2013 wasn't out yet, then we opted to go for the 7 night Fantasy over a 4 night Dream.)
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Me too ... our March 2013 Fantasy cruise is 99% not happening (unless miracle airfare comes out before December 24) ... and a cruise out of NYC would be much more convenient for us.

A Hawaii cruise without a lot of sea days would also be awesome (though, from what I've read, not very likely).

Whatever the case, I really hope they release 2014 before Christmas ... I would like to avoid the hassle of moving the March cruise to a dummy date in Dec. 2013 until 2014 comes out. (I've already had to move the original booking twice ... when we booked onboard, 2013 wasn't out yet, then we opted to go for the 7 night Fantasy over a 4 night Dream.)
Well, it's difficult to do the Hawaii cruise without a lot of sea days. It takes 4 days to get there from the west coast. Not much they can do about that. I, too and hoping for Hawaii again, more Alaska, and maybe an occasional Pacific Coastal thrown in.

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Well, it's difficult to do the Hawaii cruise without a lot of sea days. It takes 4 days to get there from the west coast. Not much they can do about that. I, too and hoping for Hawaii again, more Alaska, and maybe an occasional Pacific Coastal thrown in.

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