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Old 09-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #31
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I am really looking forward to our DCL cruise as we are big Disney nuts but you have to keep in mind that you are on a Disney Discussion Board and you will not here many people tell you it isn't worth it. And there are some who will tell you that only the worst classes of people will cruise Carnival.
Good point- but I talk Disney to just about everyone, and the opinions I was referring to were from people I met out and about. I have talked to 4 parents at my kids' new school who swear by DCL. I am anxious to try it out for myself but have concerns about cruising with DS who has autism.
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Good point- but I talk Disney to just about everyone, and the opinions I was referring to were from people I met out and about. I have talked to 4 parents at my kids' new school who swear by DCL. I am anxious to try it out for myself but have concerns about cruising with DS who has autism.
If your son and family are capable of having great experiences at WDW and Disneyland, then a DCL cruise would be similar. I have spent over thirty years working with students with autism as a speech therapist and would never discourage anyone from traveling with their child with autism. There are a lot of threads that address the food issues if that's one of your concerns. Many people bring pre-packaged foods onboard that are favored by their child. If you and your family love Disney and if the cruise fits in your budget, go for it!
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #33
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Good point, I never thought about the drinking either. DH and I are craft beer drinkers and our kids go to breweries and stuff so that does bother me. If people are being responsible about it I don't mind our kids being around it. However...I hadn't thought about how other people traveling without kids might be getting their party on! (Which, of course, is their right to do...just something for us to consider.)
We just got back from our first non-DCL cruise - 7 night NCL to Bermuda. Loved Bermuda. Happily go back in a second. Will try something else beyond NCL. Smoking on the top deck was problematic (DD 4 has had too many visits to the hospital with breathing issue). Like you I enjoy craft beer but drinking for drinking sake was a phase I grew out of after university. The kid's pool was full of parents sitting around with buckets, yes buckets, of beer (just doesn't seem appropriate in a kids area).

We went in not expecting DCL and our expectations were 'low' by our standards. Everything was okay, nothing (service, food, shows) wow'd us and left us wanting more. DCL? We have two cruises booked next year. What does that tell you? Would I do Carnival after trying NCL? No. Would I do NCL again? For the right itinerary and ship, maybe.

Now if Disney ever did Bermuda I don't care what premium they put on it, we will be there.
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If your son and family are capable of having great experiences at WDW and Disneyland, then a DCL cruise would be similar. I have spent over thirty years working with students with autism as a speech therapist and would never discourage anyone from traveling with their child with autism. There are a lot of threads that address the food issues if that's one of your concerns. Many people bring pre-packaged foods onboard that are favored by their child. If you and your family love Disney and if the cruise fits in your budget, go for it!
We travel a lot and Disney has been wonderful for us as a family. But there is always the backup of going home if he is not coping. That is my concern with a cruise. No backup plan... But we have decided that a Disney cruise is probably our best bet for success.

And thanks for your efforts at helping kids communicate with the world around them!
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Everyone has there opinions on style and lines of a ship.. almost all carnival line vessels are boxy, square biult bus looking, las vegas chrome and glass as others here have stated, I disagree with you.

As to the drunks, others have agreed there are drunks and alot of parting ...........other have not. I never said every ship on every cruise is a drunk party.......but my 2 criusres of getting woke up every night will drunks bouncing off the bulkheads and U tubes videos will back my statements.

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We travel a lot and Disney has been wonderful for us as a family. But there is always the backup of going home if he is not coping. That is my concern with a cruise. No backup plan... But we have decided that a Disney cruise is probably our best bet for success.

And thanks for your efforts at helping kids communicate with the world around them!
You're welcome! I would suggest getting the DVD planning guide and watching the online videos http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/. There are also a lot of YouTube videos of cabins etc that your son can watch so that your stateroom and the ship will "look" familiar to him! Have a great time planning and cruising!
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I think you are confusing Carnival with the Royal Caribbean ships:rotf l2:
NO I am not, but your point is taken, many cruise ships today are biult boxy and bus like to reduce biulding costs and increase the cabin count, so in a way your right to include some RCCL vessels if you wish.

But I fail to see the laughing part??

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:31 PM   #38
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I have cruised on Carnival, RCCL, NCL, Celebrity and Costa, and we are going on our first Disney cruise in Feb 2013. I booked early and feel I got a great price for President's Week! I've always wanted to try Disney! DH wanted to go on RCCL Allure or Oasis, but Disney was cheaper that week for a comparable cabin .

I agree with others who have said if you haven't cruised before, then Carnival should be fine. I recommend a newer ship for 7+ days as opposed to older ships with shorter itineraries. I have never experienced the party ship vibe that so many talk about on any cruise. We have gone with Carnival more often than other lines because of the value so we can cruise more often . Carnival ships are a bit Vegas in their design and shows, but we do enjoy the shows. We are not smokers and I cannot stand the smell, but have only found the casinos (on all other lines) to be smoky with NCL being the worst. It just depends on when you go and how many smokers are there. I'm not much of a gambler, but will be saving that $ since Disney doesn't have a casino. Also, if you have a Disney Visa, you can use your rewards towards the cost of the trip or towards your onboard account. I should have enough in rewards to use to pay off the onboard account by then! So all in all, our upcoming DCL cruise should cost less than other trips.

Also, Carnival's private island Half Moon Cay is absolutely beautiful!!
I have also cruised RCL and CCL. We have a Disney cruise(4 day inside) booked for April 2013, and then another on CCL in Aug 2013 (8 day s. Carib -balcony), which is 300 more. So Disney is a bit more expensive, I don't agree that its a floating drunk tank. You have to decide and see for yourself if Disney is worth it to you, just like I will after my cruise in April.

Oh and Half Moon Cay is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #39
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A great experience can be had on any cruise ship for any cruiseline. I have been on 6 Carnival, 5 RCCL with number 6 scheduled for next year, 4 Princess, 4 NCL, 2 Disney and one Celebrity. My cruises have ranged from a 3 night DCL cruise to several 14 night Princess cruises. My itineraries have included the Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and British Isles.

At no time do I compare any of the other cruiselines to Disney as to me I do Disney in order to have a Disney experience and not really for the itinerary. I like all the cruiselines for different reasons and the truth is there are pluses and minuses with all of them including Disney. The food to me is pretty much about the same on all of them. I truly love a Disney experience, but I can go on a couple of Carnival cruises for the price of a Disney cruise and since I like to cruise a lot, I'm more likely to go for the cheaper cruise. I rarely drink on a cruise and I sail Carnival. I honestly don't see any more drinking on a Carnival ship as I do other cruiselines.

A cruise is what you make of it. No two ships and no two cruise experiences will ever be the same, even on the same ship (variety/number of cruise activities, cruise staff, food, etc. all change). You can't judge a whole cruiseline by one ship and by one cruise experience. For me when I am looking up a ship online, I look to see how well-maintained it is as I've been on a few that weren't maintained and didn't care for them; I have been on a ship both when it was new and when it was old and loved it much more when it was new. I really like how when I'm on a Princess ship they are always cleaning/polishing it up. I love the beautiful RCCL Jewel of the Seas which I went on in April and it kind of made the DCL Magic which I went on in August look old. Btw, one of my favorite ships is the Carnival Glory, it is not gaudy or Las Vegas looking at all, and it is well-maintained. I've been on that ship twice to Canada and would say both times there was a nice group of passengers.

I've been cruising since I was 14 and my first ship I would still consider one of my favorite cruises (and one of the best food experiences I've had on any cruise), the NCL Starward which was under 20,000 tons. Cruising has changed a lot since then, some changes I've liked for the better and others not so much. But I don't think you can beat a cruise and so I will continue to keep on cruising regardless of the cruiseline.

If having a Disney experience when you travel is a must, then save for the Disney cruise. If having just a good cruise experience is all you want, then it can be found on any ship with any cruiseline. Figure out what you are most interested in (such as length of cruise, itinerary, cost, size of ship, "freestyle" vs. set time dining, ship features such as a skating rink, room size, age of ship, etc.), and then pick a cruise that seems to fit what you are looking for.

Have fun no matter what you choose.
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You're welcome! I would suggest getting the DVD planning guide and watching the online videos http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/. There are also a lot of YouTube videos of cabins etc that your son can watch so that your stateroom and the ship will "look" familiar to him! Have a great time planning and cruising!
Will do. Thanks!!
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Since most of the comparisons have been covered I'll just say this: we cruised CCL for our honeymoon 10 years ago and other than it being our honeymoon-WE HATED IT! Many of the reasons covered above. But we have now sailed DCL 5 times, with 2 upcoming planned and we would NEVER go on another cruise line! We love everything about Disney and would love to be able to do more!!
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A great experience can be had on any cruise ship for any cruiseline. I have been on 6 Carnival, 5 RCCL with number 6 scheduled for next year, 4 Princess, 4 NCL, 2 Disney and one Celebrity. My cruises have ranged from a 3 night DCL cruise to several 14 night Princess cruises. My itineraries have included the Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and British Isles.

At no time do I compare any of the other cruiselines to Disney as to me I do Disney in order to have a Disney experience and not really for the itinerary. I like all the cruiselines for different reasons and the truth is there are pluses and minuses with all of them including Disney. The food to me is pretty much about the same on all of them. I truly love a Disney experience, but I can go on a couple of Carnival cruises for the price of a Disney cruise and since I like to cruise a lot, I'm more likely to go for the cheaper cruise. I rarely drink on a cruise and I sail Carnival. I honestly don't see any more drinking on a Carnival ship as I do other cruiselines.

A cruise is what you make of it. No two ships and no two cruise experiences will ever be the same, even on the same ship (variety/number of cruise activities, cruise staff, food, etc. all change). You can't judge a whole cruiseline by one ship and by one cruise experience. For me when I am looking up a ship online, I look to see how well-maintained it is as I've been on a few that weren't maintained and didn't care for them; I have been on a ship both when it was new and when it was old and loved it much more when it was new. I really like how when I'm on a Princess ship they are always cleaning/polishing it up. I love the beautiful RCCL Jewel of the Seas which I went on in April and it kind of made the DCL Magic which I went on in August look old. Btw, one of my favorite ships is the Carnival Glory, it is not gaudy or Las Vegas looking at all, and it is well-maintained. I've been on that ship twice to Canada and would say both times there was a nice group of passengers.

I've been cruising since I was 14 and my first ship I would still consider one of my favorite cruises (and one of the best food experiences I've had on any cruise), the NCL Starward which was under 20,000 tons. Cruising has changed a lot since then, some changes I've liked for the better and others not so much. But I don't think you can beat a cruise and so I will continue to keep on cruising regardless of the cruiseline.

If having a Disney experience when you travel is a must, then save for the Disney cruise. If having just a good cruise experience is all you want, then it can be found on any ship with any cruiseline. Figure out what you are most interested in (such as length of cruise, itinerary, cost, size of ship, "freestyle" vs. set time dining, ship features such as a skating rink, room size, age of ship, etc.), and then pick a cruise that seems to fit what you are looking for.

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Disney is probably better if you have younger kids. Young kids love Disney Characters and the clubs and castmembers know and understand kids likes and dislikes. If you young child(ren) has a good time then the adults will.
Once they get older I think another cruise line is completely fine.

We have only been on Disney and plan to continue with Disney at least to our child is around 10. Neither my husband or I drink really and we do not smoke or care for casinos. So we may not chose to do other cruise lines because of us rather then our son. We like that Disney uses their casino space for a movie theatre and other family oriented areas.
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Regarding price, I have compared a few cruise lines and yes Disney is more, but it's not a LOT more which is what it looks like at first glance. The Disney site shows you the taxes and gov't fees in the price, most of the others don't. Also, the others have a lot of hidden fees like having to add on soda packages and such. When I priced it out, Carnival was still cheaper but not by huge figures. Royal Carribean was pretty close, maybe slightly under.

Carnival I completely decided not to use, partly for the party reputation (though I've read it's not that bad), but also...they are bugging me to death! lol I filled out a form for more info and they have been ringing my house twice a day despite me telling them no.

Royal Carribean looks good to me, but I've only really looked hard at the two biggest ships (which were more than Disney) and they look like shopping malls to me. I dunno, it just didn't call to me.

I plan to sail Disney at least twice, once on a smaller ship and once on a bigger. Aftr that, I will likely try Royal Carribean or something else and head to Europe. Unless the 2014 itenerary looks really good. 14 day cruises are too long for me.
Let's look at Miami, since the Wonder will be there in the late winter/early Spring, and since the Wonder is one of Disney's older ships and priced a bit cheaper than the Fantasy or Dream.

FIVE night on Carnival Destiny, departing 2/4/2013, for 4 in an interior cabin (I did not pick the cheapest sailing, either): $1209, taxes and fees INCLUDED.

FIVE night on the Disney Wonder, sailing on 2/2/2013. Same cabin of 4. $2,518.

That's a difference of $1309. The Carnival cruise is less than half as much. You sure do drink a lot of soda !!

OP-- We've sailed on Carnival 6 times (once with kids) and Royal 4 times (also once with kids). They were all great cruises. We do plan on trying Disney in 2014, just to say we've tried it, but other cruise lines are nothing to sneeze at. Will you have TWICE as much fun on Disney??!! Not sure. BTW-- In the same time frame, you can take an eight day Carnival cruise on the Breeze (also in Miami, but it is Carnival's newest ship with all the bells and whistles, and a lot less Vegasy than the others) for about $250 cheaper than the five day on the Wonder. $250 less, plus three more nights, newest ship. Hard to beat. --Katie
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We have not cruised on DCL, but we have cruised on CCL twice. We did not notice people drinking to excess. From what I understand DCL is not meant to be in the same category as CCl, NCL or even RCCL. they are meant to be in a class above them (and they are). Which is why they are that much more expensive.

The first time it was just my husband and I, and the 2nd we took our daughter who is 16. The activities and clubs for kids and teens are wonderful. My daughter made tons of friends that she still speaks to.

The first time we cruised we got a balcony stateroom, and we would never have anything else. That means that for our vacation dollar it will probably be CCL that we cruise with. Their fleet is much bigger than DCL which means they have more intineraries.

I would like to take a DCL cruise, but for the money they are asking we would have to not take a vacation for one and possibly two years to cruise the way we want to, and that just isn't something we are willing to do.

I ws more than happy with the service and the food so for my vacation dollar we will cruise on CCL.
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