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Old 12-23-2012, 12:27 AM   #31
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I've cruised with both Carnival and RCCL with children. We enjoyed both lines while recognizing neither we're family oriented. We are not party people and most of the time had no problem avoiding those areas. While the shows weren't geared for kids we all enjoyed them. We also found enough to do on both lines for us as a family.

This time around I specifically chose DCL for a few reasons. I'm the only adult going and I wanted a total family atmosphere. While I don't mind relaxing with a good book while my kids are off having a good time in the clubs, I wanted them to never be bored. I also like that there seems to be a lot we can do together. I'll let you know in January if it works. The kids are almost 14, and I'm hoping I didn't miss the "Disney is still cool" stage.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:10 AM   #32
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I'm convinced it is the right cruise for us , I love Disney , it is my happy place , after seeing and reading all reviews , I think we will have to sail DCL for our first cruise , of course , being a mousejunkie , doesn't take much to convince me

the free drinks save us 200.00 immediately as my family are big soda drinkers on vacation , brings me to DCL only being about 500.00 more , and without the Ben & Jerry's or Jonny Rockets , we will be saving those cover charges as well , I think it makes sense for us , great ports , CC , a happy Disney planning Mom , what else is needed

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:17 AM   #33
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I'm convinced it is the right cruise for us , I love Disney , it is my happy place , after seeing and reading all reviews , I think we will have to sail DCL for our first cruise , of course , being a mousejunkie , doesn't take much to convince me

the free drinks save us 200.00 immediately as my family are big soda drinkers on vacation , brings me to DCL only being about 500.00 more , and without the Ben & Jerry's or Jonny Rockets , we will be saving those cover charges as well , I think it makes sense for us ,great ports , CC , a happy Disney planning Mom , what else is needed

thanks for all your input , it's always appreciated DIS rocks !!!!
There is no additional charge for soda - as long as it's from the drink station or a dining room. If you order it at a bar, from room service, or at the theater, you will be charged for it.

Which "great ports" are you referring to?
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:51 AM   #34
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I'm convinced it is the right cruise for us , I love Disney , it is my happy place , after seeing and reading all reviews , I think we will have to sail DCL for our first cruise , of course , being a mousejunkie , doesn't take much to convince me

the free drinks save us 200.00 immediately as my family are big soda drinkers on vacation , brings me to DCL only being about 500.00 more , and without the Ben & Jerry's or Jonny Rockets , we will be saving those cover charges as well , I think it makes sense for us , great ports , CC , a happy Disney planning Mom , what else is needed

thanks for all your input , it's always appreciated DIS rocks !!!!
Great ports? I'm a fan too, but c'mon.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:57 AM   #35
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Great ports? I'm a fan too, but c'mon.
DCL's 2013 Med cruises go to some great ports, but I'm sure that's not what the OP is considering for a January cruise!
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:23 AM   #36
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Great ports? I'm a fan too, but c'mon.
If she's a first time cruiser, she'll be thrilled to visit Castaway Cay (for that matter, I still am!)
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:48 AM   #37
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We sail Disney for the FREE SODA, FREE SOAP and SHAMPOO! The ships are nice too.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #38
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We sail Disney for the FREE SODA, FREE SOAP and SHAMPOO!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:52 AM   #39
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. . . When we wanted to see the ice skating show on Liberty, it began around 30 mins after the start of dinner so we had to miss our MDR meal that night to see the show. DCL offers 2 shows: one early for those with late dining, then a later show for those on early dining. No need to miss dinner just to see a show. The show was free but you had to go somewhere to get tickets in advance.
When we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas, the ice show was offered on different days and times. No need to miss dinner.

Also, free ticket reservations were available online weeks before sailing. Just reserve and print the confirmation at home.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #40
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I think the ports Disney visits are just fine.......the first time or two. I just wish they would give more incentive for people who like visiting new places to keep coming back without having to cross the ocean to get new ports!
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #41
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For us, it is the service, the ship, the food, and castaway cay. Oh, and the fireworks. We have sailed the Wonder twice.

We have also been on RC and Carnival, and still when we sit down to discuss a cruise, DCL tops the list.

Unfortunately for us, the cost of the cruise is a reality we must face.

We have also discovered we are smaller ship people. Having been on the Freedom of the Seas and Carnivals Ecstasy, we actually preferred the Ecstasy and hope to sail on her again someday.

Hope you enjoy your cruise.
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Great ports? I'm a fan too, but c'mon.
that was nice ....... I guess you've been on one too many to appreciate it , when you have never been to Cozumel , or Cayman , their great and beautiful , especially when we left the cold , icy streets of Montreal in January .... , but thanks for dropping by to poke fun , it's aways appreciated , as long as you had a good laugh I guess it's ok , Merry Christmas , I find the holidays a nice time to look around and appreciate what I have in my life and be grateful for it .
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that was nice ....... I guess you've been on one too many to appreciate it , when you have never been to Cozumel , or Cayman , their great and beautiful , especially when we left the cold , icy streets of Montreal in January .... , but thanks for dropping by to poke fun , it's aways appreciated , as long as you had a good laugh I guess it's ok , Merry Christmas , I find the holidays a nice time to look around and appreciate what I have in my life and be grateful for it .
What I meant is that the variety of ports are lacking.
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What I meant is that the variety of ports are lacking.
A non issue for me as I have never been to any of them , RCCL has some different ones , not ones I want to go to for now .
appreciate you clearing that up
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that was nice ....... I guess you've been on one too many to appreciate it , when you have never been to Cozumel , or Cayman , their great and beautiful , especially when we left the cold , icy streets of Montreal in January .... , but thanks for dropping by to poke fun , it's aways appreciated , as long as you had a good laugh I guess it's ok , Merry Christmas , I find the holidays a nice time to look around and appreciate what I have in my life and be grateful for it .
Cozumel and Cayman are beautiful ports, and of course Castaway Cay. Unfortunately the shortest cruises go to Nassau, and that's "one and done" as far as we're concerned.
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