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View Poll Results: WWYD, 14 nights of Disney or 20 nights of Med/Cruise?
14 nights of WDW/DCL Fantasy, nothing better than the Mouse! 11 18.97%
20 nights of Med cruise with Transatlantic - can't have enough sea days! 47 81.03%
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question WWYD - 14 night WDW/DCL trip or 20 night Med/WB Trans trip?

Ok, so I created a conundrum.

We booked the 7 night Fantasy trip last year for Dec 2013 to combine it with a WDW/Orlando visit to see the Christmas decorations/lights and checkout the new Fantasyland. So all total we're planning for 14 nights - at least 3 days in the WDW parks and 3 days Univ/SeaWorld/or something then the 7 night Fantasy. Our estimate for everything (transportation, lodging, meals, park tickets, cruise fare, etc) worked out to be about 143/pp/pn (just 2 of us, we're big kids )

But I stumbled on what I think is a cheap Western Mediterranean/WB Transatlantic cruise. It's 17 nights out of Rome ending in Miami and we'd add 2 days on the front to explore Rome. It hits 6 ports (Florence, Provence, Majorca, Barcelona, Madiera, & St Thomas) with 10 glorious sea days. I've been checking one-way airfares and hotels, etc and our estimate for everything (transportation, lodging, meals, shore excursions, cruise fare, on board spending, etc) works out to about $160-170/pp/pn. The cruise itself is dirt cheap, 81/pp/pn for a mid-ship Balcony after TA and cruiseline discounts.

So the conundrum is, what to do? Can't do both in 2013. Even if we wanted to spend the money, I don't get that many vacation days

Obviously the Med/WB trans is more money total but I was surprised by how small a jump it was over "budget" and get to see a whole new continent plus do a repo/trans cruise that we've wanted. Plus pushing back the WDW/DCL trip means Fantasyland would truly be finished as I wanted to see the Snow White mine car ride which has been pushed back to a 2014 release.

But, it'd be 3 years in between Disney trips as we'd probably push it back to Dec 2014 (really want to see the Christmas stuff and hubby would like to Florida when it's not scorching... he likes colder weather.) and I know you Disney/DCL fanatics will understand that con
And the Med would also be considered an early Anniversary trip so we wouldn't be doing anything really "fun" on the actual anniversary which we tentatively planned for an Alaska cruise 2014 - that would get pushed back a year to 2015. (omg, do I really plan trips 3 years in advance??... I guess I do, no wonder why hubby laughs at me)

So we don't know what to do, keep with the currently crafted plan of WDW/DCL in 2013 and anniversary Alaska cruise in 2014 and hope that prices stay reasonable for a Med or Repo cruise in 2015? Or grab the deal, say "Happy Anniversary" 6 months early, and suck it up until the Disney fix in 2014?

I've got both booked and just waiting for the 2014 itineraries come out to figure which to move/cancel. What would you guys do in this situation?
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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Do you have a passport? THAT would add to the cost!
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I voted for the DCL/WDW combo, just because the other option doesn't include Disney! And that Alaska 2014 cruise factors in greatly for me. Then again, we've only sailed DCL and really have no interest in cruising other lines. Christmas at WDW really is amazing, too.
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No brainer for me. Do the Med cruise. All I could see when you talked about that one was basically the "pros" and for the other one, you listed a lot of "cons"-one thing you wanted to see not being completed, etc. I'm all for taking good opportunities when they present themselves. You KNOW you can afford the more expensive cruise now. 2 years from now, you could have kids, had a job loss, etc. Carpe Diem.
The 7-night I am assuming you need a passport for as well, so that expense is a moot point.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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Being (originally) from Britain, I would pick the WDW/DCL trip. Christmas at WDW is amazing. Actually that holds true for any of the Disney parks.

However if you do the Med cruise option, you CAN see Rome in two days but you will be exhausted. Four days would probably be ideal. (And Florence! I would have cried if I'd only spent a day there!)
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No brainer for me. Do the Med cruise. All I could see when you talked about that one was basically the "pros" and for the other one, you listed a lot of "cons"-one thing you wanted to see not being completed, etc. I'm all for taking good opportunities when they present themselves. You KNOW you can afford the more expensive cruise now. 2 years from now, you could have kids, had a job loss, etc. Carpe Diem.
The 7-night I am assuming you need a passport for as well, so that expense is a moot point.
Not necessarily. If it's a closed loop cruise from PC, all that's "required" would be a CERTIFIED birth certificate and (for those 16 and over) a government issued photo ID.

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #7
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For me, it would be a no brainer. Mediterranean!! We did an Eastern Mediterrean (none Disney) and it was by far the BEST vacation we have ever been on. Rome is wonderful and spending a couple of extra days there is a must. The ports are different there, so much to experience. Nothing like it here in the America's. While we didnt do the transatlantic part, my vote would still be the same. BTW, we like Disney but is not a must for us.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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I got hung up on the 10 sea days. I assume that's not all at once. On port-intensive cruises we welcome the sea days between ports to relax and gear up for the next port. I realize the transatlantic is several consecutive days at sea but if the rest of it is interspersed with ports, that sounds great.

Meanwhile, how close to Christmas would the WDW trip be? The Christmas decorations are great, and of course the Disney ships have spectacular Christmas decor too, including snow falling in the atrium, but the parks are so very crowded during the holidaze. If it's early December, I'd opt for WDW and the Fantasy, but really either trip sounds like a win/win.

Let us know what you decide.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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Do you have a passport? THAT would add to the cost!
have passport, will travel only 1 stamp though from a business trip, our leisure trips have been cruises so no stamps but in the grand scheme of things since it's just the 2 of us it'd only be $270 if we had to get new which is <5% of the total cost. point taken though.

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I voted for the DCL/WDW combo, just because the other option doesn't include Disney! And that Alaska 2014 cruise factors in greatly for me. Then again, we've only sailed DCL and really have no interest in cruising other lines. Christmas at WDW really is amazing, too.
i know, i've heard great things and really wanted to see the Osborne lights. hubby would have the house lit up like the Griswalds if I'd let him. He loves Christmas decorations, so seeing all the different trees, and Gingerbread houses, and lights and everything has been a big draw. we were planning just a day to wander around all the resorts to check out the lobbies. so yeah, kinda like a kid that can't wait until christmas morning for presents, we've been bummed we didn't book it for this year even though intellectually we know it was better to do it 2013. which is really why it's even a debate between the two.

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No brainer for me. Do the Med cruise. All I could see when you talked about that one was basically the "pros" and for the other one, you listed a lot of "cons"-one thing you wanted to see not being completed, etc. I'm all for taking good opportunities when they present themselves. You KNOW you can afford the more expensive cruise now. 2 years from now, you could have kids, had a job loss, etc. Carpe Diem.
The 7-night I am assuming you need a passport for as well, so that expense is a moot point.
this is true, knock on wood, we have some stable jobs so shouldnt be an issue there. but you never know what will happen with houses, cars, and whatnot and if it all hits at once i think i'd be less upset to miss a Disney trip (although not by much) or an Alaska trip then missing a Med trip. good point.
the Fantasy sailings are closed loop cruises so no passport needed. but we had ours for business trips before that and have another 4 or 5 years until renewals.
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Being (originally) from Britain, I would pick the WDW/DCL trip. Christmas at WDW is amazing. Actually that holds true for any of the Disney parks.

However if you do the Med cruise option, you CAN see Rome in two days but you will be exhausted. Four days would probably be ideal. (And Florence! I would have cried if I'd only spent a day there!)
oh yeah, we don't imagine that we could see all of Rome in 2 days. we have intentions of doing the med again, hopefully on an eastern cruise out of rome so we can front load again. but i figure 2 days would give us a feel for the city so we could plan out better the next trip there. pretty much all the ports about the same, get a feel for it so we can decide if we want to plan a whole trip there, or take a multi-city land tour, or if just hitting it on another cruise is good enough.

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For me, it would be a no brainer. Mediterranean!! We did an Eastern Mediterrean (none Disney) and it was by far the BEST vacation we have ever been on. Rome is wonderful and spending a couple of extra days there is a must. The ports are different there, so much to experience. Nothing like it here in the America's. While we didnt do the transatlantic part, my vote would still be the same. BTW, we like Disney but is not a must for us.
definitely sways back to the Med trip now...

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I got hung up on the 10 sea days. I assume that's not all at once. On port-intensive cruises we welcome the sea days between ports to relax and gear up for the next port. I realize the transatlantic is several consecutive days at sea but if the rest of it is interspersed with ports, that sounds great.

Meanwhile, how close to Christmas would the WDW trip be? The Christmas decorations are great, and of course the Disney ships have spectacular Christmas decor too, including snow falling in the atrium, but the parks are so very crowded during the holidaze. If it's early December, I'd opt for WDW and the Fantasy, but really either trip sounds like a win/win.

Let us know what you decide.
10 sea days are spread a bit. should be 4 ports then 2 sea days, then 1 port, then 6 sea days, then 1 port again, and 2 more sea days then Miami docking. we just did a Bahamas cruise to try out a new line (NCL) since we've done Bahamas before. so we made our own "sea" days to see what it's like. we always felt a cruise was a moving hotel - a vehicle to see a bunch of places without the hassle. but after just hanging out on the ship without even the thought to get off was awesome. probably the most relaxing trip ever. which convinced hubby that he wanted to try a longer repo cruise for the extra sea days.

the Disney trip is the early Dec lull. we'd be at the parks 2nd week in Dec which we usually see cheaper room rates with special offers/free dining so that usually means a lower attendance. i'd drive myself crazy around the actual holiday - that's the beauty of no kids, no school schedules to work with so we usually go during the 'value' (and now named, 'fall') seasons to avoid the crowds
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[QUOTE="miztressuz"
But I stumbled on what I think is a cheap Western Mediterranean/WB Transatlantic cruise. It's 17 nights out of Rome ending in Miami and we'd add 2 days on the front to explore Rome. It hits 6 ports (Florence, Provence, Majorca, Barcelona, Madiera, & St Thomas) with 10 glorious sea days. I've been checking one-way airfares and hotels, etc and our estimate for everything (transportation, lodging, meals, shore excursions, cruise fare, on board spending, etc) works out to about $160-170/pp/pn. The cruise itself is dirt cheap, 81/pp/pn for a mid-ship Balcony after TA and cruiseline discounts.

So is the Med cruise on Disney? I can't tell from your post....TIA

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[QUOTE=penel3;46278058][QUOTE="miztressuz"
But I stumbled on what I think is a cheap Western Mediterranean/WB Transatlantic cruise. It's 17 nights out of Rome ending in Miami and we'd add 2 days on the front to explore Rome. It hits 6 ports (Florence, Provence, Majorca, Barcelona, Madiera, & St Thomas) with 10 glorious sea days. I've been checking one-way airfares and hotels, etc and our estimate for everything (transportation, lodging, meals, shore excursions, cruise fare, on board spending, etc) works out to about $160-170/pp/pn. The cruise itself is dirt cheap, 81/pp/pn for a mid-ship Balcony after TA and cruiseline discounts.

So is the Med cruise on Disney? I can't tell from your post....TIA

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No, the DCL Med cruises sail out of Barcelona.

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[QUOTE=penel3;46278058][QUOTE="miztressuz"
But I stumbled on what I think is a cheap Western Mediterranean/WB Transatlantic cruise. It's 17 nights out of Rome ending in Miami and we'd add 2 days on the front to explore Rome. It hits 6 ports (Florence, Provence, Majorca, Barcelona, Madiera, & St Thomas) with 10 glorious sea days. I've been checking one-way airfares and hotels, etc and our estimate for everything (transportation, lodging, meals, shore excursions, cruise fare, on board spending, etc) works out to about $160-170/pp/pn. The cruise itself is dirt cheap, 81/pp/pn for a mid-ship Balcony after TA and cruiseline discounts.

So is the Med cruise on Disney? I can't tell from your post....TIA

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Nope, not Disney There'd be no Disney involved with that one. DCL doesn't have a WB transatlantic listed yet. But in all honesty I don't think it'd be that cheap.
ETA, the Med/Transatlantic is a NCL. We just tried one of their smaller ships and we enjoyed ourselves so we're going to assume one of the larger ships should be similar.
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I had to vote for the Med cruise when you said you would "see a whole new continent"! I love Italy and combining with a transatlantic cruise sounds divine.
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I had to vote for the Med cruise when you said you would "see a whole new continent"! I love Italy and combining with a transatlantic cruise sounds divine.
yeah, we've only been to the Caribbean islands and London/suburbs - another island . i don't say the UK because we only saw London and the surrounding areas from separate business trips and that's not seeing the UK. we didn't even see the same parts as we weren't together. that's another dream trip, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England; maybe do the chunnel and see Paris on the way back... someday
otherwise we're very domestic travelers. so yeah a new continent would be neat
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