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Old 01-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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B2B Dream or 7 night Fantasy, what would you do?

I need help deciding between these cruises. We have never been on either ship. We have two staterooms for our family of 4 on both itineraries. Here are my pros and cons.
1. 7 nt fantasy is technically cheaper by about $350 if you factor in our OBB discount which we don't get on the 3&4 night Dream cruises because I booked using the DRM code which offered a lower OBC not combinable with other discounts.
2. 7 Nt fantasy has better ports imho, Caribbean. Dream has bahamas.
3. B2B Dream would stop twice at castaway cay. Pro for me, con for hubby. Though, we've already been to all the ports anyway.
4. Con? Does disembark/embark day seem like a wasted day? I've never done a b2b on the same ship.
5. Pro: doing the b2b gives us 2 cruises towards platinum. We are currently gold, taken 6 cruises already.
6. On fantasy, booked in inside cabins.
On dream, 4 nt component also inside gty but 3 night booked in nav. verandah. This would be our first trip in a verandah room!
7. If we did the dream we could hope for an upgrade to the same room but I highly doubt we would get it. Which means we would have to pack and move rooms mid way through the trip.
8. On the same note, on the dream b2b, having an inside gives us the porthole feature I've heard so much about and a Verandah which we would love!
Btw our kids will be 17 & 12 at time of sailing
Did I miss anything?
What would you choose?
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I would pick the 7 night Fantasy. The Fantasy is awesome. The 7 night gives you access to more shows, more menus, and you avoid the turn around wasted day. Even if you spend very little time doing the turn around check out/in, the rest of the cruise will still have that first day chaos.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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I would go with the 7-night Fantasy. No repeat of shows.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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I also vote for the Fantasy, the longer the better is always my choice. Oh, and the inside rooms on the Fantasy also have the virtual portholes.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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I also vote for the 7 night. The main "pro" for the B2B is the 2 CC days. The 7 night will have more at-sea days (2 vs 1) and there's likely to be some different activities offered on the 2nd day. Personally, I would see the debark/embark day as a "lost" day since there really isn't much DCL programming then. But 7 nights is 7 nights so you probably can't go wrong with either.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #6
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7 night Fantasy, hands down.

No losing a day in transit back to PC, no shows repeating, no ports of call repeating, more programming for adults and kids alike, better theming in the adult areas on the Fantasy, Satellite falls.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #7
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I would take the 7 day. We went on a B2B last January on the Dream.

Pros:
Castaway Cay 2x.
Duty Free 2x.
Counts as 2 cruises

Cons:
Meals repeat
Shows repeat.


On Disembarkation day on B2B, they had us meet in a specific area ( there wasn't many of us, I would say 15), we were quickly checked in, and then were able to wait in the Concierge room for about an hour. We were then allowed back on the ship. You have the ship to yourself. We must have went on the aquaduck 5 times each ( even got my 78 year old parents on it) before everyone else started to arrive. The 4 day was great. The 3 day seemed to be rushed. We wanted to experience the Dream, but I don't think we would do it again. Go for the 7 night! you'll be glad you did.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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Fantasy. No repeat of shows or menus and no double stop in the Bahamas.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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We went with B2B for our sept/oct trip later this year. I am looking forward to repeating ports, shows and meals. This means I can do them the first time and then skip them and do something else on the second go round. And by something else I most likely mean lounging on the pool deck while people are in port, napping during the show so I can catch some late night entertainment, and maybe eating at Palo or even Cabanas instead of MDR without feeling like I'm missing something.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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No brainer for me--7 night. And I've done a 4/3 B2B as well as many 7 nighters.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #11
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Here's a slightly different spin on options. We are sailing on a 3 night Dream cruise in a magical porthole stateroom in January 2014. We will disembark for a day and night at WDW to be followed by a 4 night cruise on a newly refurbished Magic in an upgraded stateroom. We are receiving OBC for both cruises. We were originally booked for a 7 night Fantasy, but opted for this idea instead. Really looking forward to a special Disney experience this way!
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #12
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Here's a slightly different spin on options. We are sailing on a 3 night Dream cruise in a magical porthole stateroom in January 2014. We will disembark for a day and night at WDW to be followed by a 4 night cruise on a newly refurbished Magic in an upgraded stateroom. We are receiving OBC for both cruises. We were originally booked for a 7 night Fantasy, but opted for this idea instead. Really looking forward to a special Disney experience this way!

Now there is an interesting alternative. I have been kicking around the idea of a B2B as well, sometime in 2014-ish. But having the fears of being 'bored' with repeat dinners and repeat shows. I like the idea of 2 different ships, with a WDW day inbetween
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:21 PM   #13
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Thank you all for your responses! I also forgot to mention we have a 7 nt fantasy booked for late summer 2014. So I would need to change that one if we were to do the fantasy this year. I like the idea of wdw pre post or inbetween but that just adds more packing/ unpacking!
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:40 PM   #14
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Our last cruise was a 4/3 B2B on the Dream. I wouldn't do it again. I felt like the disembark day was a hassle, not really a "wasted day", just not a lot to do. And you have to do the muster drill again! The biggest thing I noticed was the atmosphere. The 7 day is so much more relaxing; people tend to be rushed to try all of the experiences that the new boat has to offer on the shorter cruises. The rushed feeling was most obvious on the 3 night. I really love the sea days and you can feel the difference in losing one of those days doing a B2B. I honestly can't imagine changing rooms mid trip- we kept our same rooms- that would be an absolute deal breaker for me as I had to pack and unpack! Glad we tried it, but we are looking forward to our 7 night on the Fantasy!
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7 days. I have a hard time crossing the gulf stream. I wouldnt want to do that twice in one week.

The longer cruises are more relaxing.
and no repeat menus, and wider menu choics.
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