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Old 12-22-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Dissers , why cruise DLC ?

I am trying to make up my mind on which line to cruise , I am a longtime Disney fan , but my kids are getting tired of the Disney Parks
They will be 12 & 14 by the time we cruise next January .
I have looked extensively at DLC , CCL and RCCL . Disney is always much more expensive , I am worried about service on CCL and I do not like the RCCL ports.
I am so confused , thoughts ?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:06 AM   #2
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DCL has many included perks that aren't on the other lines (ex: sodas on deck)
Here's an article on the best cruise lines for the money-
http://travel.usnews.com/features/Be...for_the_Money/
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"Disney's cruise rates may be slightly higher than other well-known cruise lines, but you get what you pay for. These ships cater to family members of all ages: Parents can still enjoy excellent cuisine, relaxing spa treatments, and swanky nightlife, while kids ham it up with Mickey, splash around on the water slides, and sing along to their favorite songs in the Walt Disney Theatre. Cabins on Disney Cruise Line ships are larger than average and can accommodate up to five people, eliminating the need to reserve multiple rooms. And because Disney cruises the globe—stopping in the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Europe—you can discover the world as a family.
According to Hotwire.com, Disney Cruise Line prices are dropping, primarily as a result of the Concordia incident.
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The rates include everything from meals and snacks to all on-board activities and entertainment. However, you will have to pay extra for on-land activities, spa services, and Internet usage."
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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Decor, clientèle, service, aggressive hospitality.
Well, on the Fantasy.
We struggled too. We couldn't be more satisfied with our decision to sail the Fantasy. Now the desire to sail others is even more difficult.
Good Luck

ETA; My tween loved Edge fwiw.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
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I cruise with Disney for the overall beauty of the ship, the larger cabin size, and most importantly the service. It is far superior to any of the other major cruise lines. We are 2 adults, no kids and STILL consider Disney our first choice.

There is a reason why Condé Nast Traveler voted the Disney Cruise Line one of its top picks...and by there way Carnival, RCCL, Celebrity, Princess or any of the other 'mainstream' cruise lines were NOT on the list.

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:43 AM   #5
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I cruise with Disney for the overall beauty of the ship, the larger cabin size, and most importantly the service. It is far superior to any of the other major cruise lines.
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Yep!!! That is why we cruise Disney as well. We have tried one other cruise line years ago and hated it!! We said we would never cruise again it as that bad. But then we tried Disney Cruise Line and wow what a difference!! There is really no comparison!!

My husband and I are taking a cruise for our anniversary (without the kids) and we will be cruising with Disney
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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We like the pretty much all inclusive feel to it, the service, the excellent child care, the characters, room quality, Castaway Cay. Also when you are comparing ships make sure you are comparing as close as you can. Don't compare the Dream/Fantasy to one of the older RCCL ships for example. When we have priced out Allure/Oasis cruises they come out to be close to the Disney price. But it also depends you have some adolescents so one of the other lines may have the activities you want (rock wall, flow rider,etc) especially if your kids are tired of the Disney theme at this time. We have small children so Disney is definitely better for us now. With only 4 ships and some of the ships repeating itineraries there is not a lot of port variety but if this is your first cruise then most ports should be new to you.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #7
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well , they are not relly sick of the theme , more the parks as we have done them a lot . My daughter loved the videos of CC and my son is an avid fireworks fan , so I am sure he will love that and the aqua duck .
How strict are the kids clubs with the ages ? I am sure they will want to stay together at first , can they both register for both clubs ?
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:04 AM   #8
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well , they are not relly sick of the theme , more the parks as we have done them a lot . My daughter loved the videos of CC and my son is an avid fireworks fan , so I am sure he will love that and the aqua duck .
How strict are the kids clubs with the ages ? I am sure they will want to stay together at first , can they both register for both clubs ?
No, they cannot both register for both areas. The Edge is for 11-14s, so they will both fit in there with no problem. If the older one wants to be in the Vibe (14-17) or the younger in the Lab (3-12), DCL typically allows one move if the first program is not working out.

It is almost impossible to compare "apples to apples" on cruise lines. DCL's cabins are a LOT bigger (about 1/3 more compared to other recent cruises we've done). In the past, you had to move up to a junior suite on RCCL to have the same space as a standard cabin on DCL. That isn't a big deal for 2 people, but it might be for a family of 4. A soda card on another line was $50 + automatic tip...not a big deal. However, my daughter felt as if they were rationing her at sit down meals--the refills weren't coming on a regular basis as they do on DCL. NO problem with walking to an outlet and getting one though. Some lines charge for kid programming or for programming/child care after a certain hour. Others have much restricted hours.

Because each line does things differently, it is really hard to compare fairly. However, unless you are getting a "deal" on DCL like Kids free or a restricted rate, it does cost more. The question you have to answer is whether the appearance, service, space, family atmosphere, programming, sodas, etc. are worth the extra cost in your situation.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:09 AM   #9
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We have priced other cruise lines and while DCL starts higher, they end up lower:
Room Service is included (some cruise lines charge extra for this, we have seen a per visit charge to paying the same as you would in a fancy hotel)
Soft Drinks are included (most cruise lines offer a drink package, but it's expensive and soft drinks aren't even included with dinner on many lines anymore)
Mixed non-alcoholic drinks are cheaper than other cruise lines (we don't drink, but I am told their alcoholic drinks are cheaper too).
No charges for amenities like soap, shampoo, etc. (Some cruise lines are charging for this as well)
We don't have any kids yet, but they don't charge for the kids clubs (Most other lines do)
Disney only has 1-2 restaurants with an up charge (Sone other lines have an upcharge for all but 2 or 3, on average other lines have 5 with an upcharge)
There is no charge for any of the entertainment (Some lines have shows that cost about as much as a broadway play and some charge for thier movies)
Disney has a lower cost for thier suggested gratuities than many other lines, I am assuming the pay thier staff differently than the other lines.
Disney allows you to bring your own drinks on board, both Alcholic and non-Alcholic, something most other lines do not allow or limit.

So, when looking at the other lines, be sure to consider all of those factors when looking at the real cost. It is amazing how fast the nickel and diming adds up on the other lines.

Then factor in that it better matches our preferences because there is no Casino, all rooms are non-smoking, they have more entertainment, there's Disney Characters around the ship.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #10
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The only comment that I'd take exception to is the one about standard tips--we were on another line this summer that had lower standard tips than DCL (total was $11.25 per day per guest vs. $12 on DCL). Granted, not much difference, but still lower.

And I'm sure there are lines with higher tip levels although I've not personally experienced them.

For us, the entertainment is a huge factor--MUCH better on DCL. Some other lines have much of their "entertainment" revolving around the casino! I hadn't appreciated this before.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #11
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For us it's because we love Disney service, characters, theming and quality.

We also don't drink, nor gamble, so this is great for us, as it means we don't have to worry about these issues on other parts of the ship.

We also like the family centred entertainment available - our kids can see all of the main shows.

We also love how accommodating Disney is as we have dietary restrictions for several of us.

Also like the larger size cabins too!

Despite all of this, Disney cruises are very expensive. Our 2014 cruise that we just booked higher than the identical cruise we just sailed in August on the Fantasy. Compared to my sister's Carnival cruise on a brand new ship, with a similar size room and itinerary, it's like $2 500 more than she paid, for pretty much the exact same week as well.

You really have to do the work to determine what is worth it for your family. We have a threshhold limit, and despite all of the above, we won't go over that amount, as no cruise is worth it at that point. We don't drink soda, nor eat in the adult only restaurants, nor drink alcohol, so we really don't spend anything extra on our cruises, so these also aren't determing factors for us either.

Best of luck! My kids loved the cruise on the Fantasy in August, and don't want to sail on any other ship. We've been on Norwegian and Disney Wonder, but the Fantasy really was a fabulous fit for our family's needs!

Happy sailing, Tiger

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:02 AM   #12
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I am trying to make up my mind on which line to cruise , I am a longtime Disney fan , but my kids are getting tired of the Disney Parks
They will be 12 & 14 by the time we cruise next January .
I have looked extensively at DLC , CCL and RCCL . Disney is always much more expensive , I am worried about service on CCL and I do not like the RCCL ports.
I am so confused , thoughts ?
Bolded and highlighted is not always true. While DCL is usually more expensive, GT rates and cruising during less busy times brings the cost down significantly. So, if you're flexible, DCL can be cheaper than others.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:43 AM   #13
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Bolded and highlighted is not always true. While DCL is usually more expensive, GT rates and cruising during less busy times brings the cost down significantly. So, if you're flexible, DCL can be cheaper than others.
I agree. Some people have argued this with me (I don't know why, as I'm speaking to my own personal experience), but for the cruises *I* am searching for, I can find last-minute *GT and Fl resident rates that beat RCL when you break it down in terms of room type/size. If the Freedom of the Seas were cheaper when I wanted to sail, you better believe my 8yo would never forgive me if we didn't book it . She's dying to try the rock wall.

Granted, if you aren't able to plan last minute (or aren't a FL resident), you may need to be diligent in checking prices. And it may just be easier to pay more to book in advance. We sail exclusively in the "off" season, which is when we do all vacations. So ymmv. But do try DCL if you are able to find a price point that works for you!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #14
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We have priced other cruise lines and while DCL starts higher, they end up lower:

. . . No charges for amenities like soap, shampoo, etc. (Some cruise lines are charging for this as well)
Wow! Which cruise lines charge for soap and shampoo?

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #15
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I agree. Some people have argued this with me (I don't know why, as I'm speaking to my own personal experience), but for the cruises *I* am searching for, I can find last-minute *GT and Fl resident rates that beat RCL when you break it down in terms of room type/size. If the Freedom of the Seas were cheaper when I wanted to sail, you better believe my 8yo would never forgive me if we didn't book it . She's dying to try the rock wall.

Granted, if you aren't able to plan last minute (or aren't a FL resident), you may need to be diligent in checking prices. And it may just be easier to pay more to book in advance. We sail exclusively in the "off" season, which is when we do all vacations. So ymmv. But do try DCL if you are able to find a price point that works for you!
That is exactly how we travel also. We go to Walt Disney World in January and early December. We also take advantage of free dining. This Jan., we're going on a cruise. We got a great GT rate.
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