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Old 01-24-2013, 01:54 PM   #31
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Thanks for all the replies! We are hoping to do a May cruise We have such a love for Disney! I am very excited. Any more tips on what is a must "do" on the new ship?
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #32
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I think it depends on whether you enjoy being around kids or are annoyed by the constant noise.

We sailed on HAL and there were very few children and we noticed immediately how much quieter everything was. The decks were quiet despite there being lots of people on deck and the dinning rooms were quieter than what we experienced on DCL.

On one of our HAL cruises I was talking with a guy who said he would never sail on DCL because there were so many kids running amok. He said he was a school teacher and wanted time away from kids on his vacation. Now for me, I love the 'family' atmosphere! Our kids are grown now but seeing a little girl all aflutter at seeing Belle brings back memories for me of when we sailed when our kids were at that age.

Lastly, I love DCL becasue of the quality, attention to detail and atmosphere. Maybe other lines have good quality and attention to detail or maybe they don't.....but no one provides the Disney atmosphere except Disney.
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I'm not a huge fan of kids even though I have two of my own. I don't surround ourselves with kids and I shy away from kid activities.

Having said that, we are huge fans of Disney. In fact, we think Disney does a great job of keeping kiddies occupied and out of our way

We don't have the same feeling on a couple of the other lines.

I am currently looking to cruise as adults only and I'm only shopping Disney.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #34
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We're heading out on a cruise in April with another couple without kids and we don't even need babysitters since our "kids" are now in their 20's.

Disney cruises are great without kids too!
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #35
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Wow, you guys are so informative! I love Disney loving people. What rooms are a must? We are looking at May 11 ocean view vs balcony.. Currently the vacation is totaling $4000 (with a short WDW stay) and we are both eeek! Is this typical and worth it? Is a couple hundred worth the balcony?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:45 PM   #36
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Wow, you guys are so informative! I love Disney loving people. What rooms are a must? We are looking at May 11 ocean view vs balcony.. Currently the vacation is totaling $4000 (with a short WDW stay) and we are both eeek! Is this typical and worth it? Is a couple hundred worth the balcony?
How much time do you think you'll spend on the balcony? some people like to read out there or enjoy an early cup of coffee or a late glass of wine. If you're going to be up early for an exercise class (shudder) or out late dancing, the balcony will probably be a waste of money that you could spend on something more useful.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #37
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Leaving in 2 days on the Magic. I'm single and have adult children who will not be cruising. Traveling with a friend for a "girls cruise". Our first Disney cruise but I think we'll enjoy it - even with lots of kids. We love Disney and are always impressed by the attention to detail that is a hallmark of Disney. If you are a Disney lover, have been to the parks, then you know there will be kids. As others have said, there will be plenty of "adults only" areas and activities, but also the fun watching kids' reactions to the "Magic" that is Disney.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #38
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We've done two cruises on the Magic without kids and quite enjoyed it. Both times we we're seated with other childless cruisers at dinner. About the only time I came into contact with kids was in the evenings and I found the vast majority of them to be well behaved.
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My hubs and I are celebrating our one year anniversary since the big Disney Fairytale wedding! Cannot believe that! We would like to do the Disney cruise, of course but are worried it will be mostly youngsters! Input please!
Assuming you are a fan of Disney. In that case, you shouldn't have any trouble enjoying yourself on a Disney cruise. There are a quite a few youngsters on Disney ships and not as many teens as you might find on a Royal Carribbean voyage, but that doesn't make it a problem. Some things to consider that we found different between the two lines when traveling as two adults.

1) Disney does their show/dinner differently. We were able to have late seating adn then see the show on Royal but on Disney, late seating means you see the show first. We like to do dinner first and we like to have late seating to give us more time to clean up and get ready after a day in port. Not a problem mind you, but just different.
2) There are several areas of the ship for adults only but there are also several areas that are kids only. For us, it made the ship seem a little smaller.
3) The smaller ships (Wonder and Magic) don't have as many clubs or nightlife as the larger ships (Fantasy and Dream). If you are a night owl, you may find your options limited. We found it difficult to find much to do after 10 if we didn't care for the house band on the Wonder.
4) May not be a big deal for you, but Disney has more restrictions on when food service is offered. On Royal there is something open all the time (at least until 2am) where you can actually get a meal. The hours on the buffet on Disney ships is shorter (in our experience) and there were times in the mid morning and late afternoon where it seemed everything was closed. You can always order room service of course.
5) There is no casino, which for many is not an issue at all. Not a big deal for me either, but it is something you should be aware of.

For a Disney fan, the above are probably not deal breakers and they won't be a problem at all if you go in knowing what to expect. Wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary aboard the Freedom of the Seas in June and followed that up with the Wonder in September. Both cruises were great, although I think we put the Freedom just a little higher on the list, and not just because of the destinations. That said, we plan to sail DCL again, just the two of us. We are Disney fans!
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Wow, you guys are so informative! I love Disney loving people. What rooms are a must? We are looking at May 11 ocean view vs balcony.. Currently the vacation is totaling $4000 (with a short WDW stay) and we are both eeek! Is this typical and worth it? Is a couple hundred worth the balcony?
Personally, I don't think the Balcony is not worth it unless you are doing Alaska or something like that. We book inside deluxe on DCL and standard inside on others and find it to be perfectly acceptable. Find the cheapest cabin, you won't likely spend much time in it anyway. You will get the same cruise experience as everyone else and spend a lot less.

There are some here who really love the balcony and I guess that is their choice. We have had one once and did really like it, but just can't justify the expense ordinarily.
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Wow, you guys are so informative! I love Disney loving people. What rooms are a must? We are looking at May 11 ocean view vs balcony.. Currently the vacation is totaling $4000 (with a short WDW stay) and we are both eeek! Is this typical and worth it? Is a couple hundred worth the balcony?
We prefer a balcony when we have small children who nap, so we don't feel trapped indoors. Without kids, I'd think an oceanview (for the natural light) or an inside (for rock bottom rate) would be fine. We honeymooned in an 11B and my only complaint was that it was difficult to tell time of day without that porthole. That said, whatever gets you on the ship should be what you take... up until the *GT rates were released for the WBPC, we were going to sail with napping kids in an inside on the Fantasy because that was the only way we could justify those inflated prices (other family members had picked the itinerary, and therefore the ship).

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We honeymooned in an 11B and my only complaint was that it was difficult to tell time of day without that porthole.
The one time I've been in an interior room, I found it helpful to turn the tv on to the live feed from the bridge.
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The one time I've been in an interior room, I found it helpful to turn the tv on to the live feed from the bridge.
I really don't want to have to turn on the TV to see daylight.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #44
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We have done six DCL cruises without kids on the Magic and Wonder. We haven't had a chance to cruise the Dream or Fantasy yet. We have had a fabulous time each and every cruise.

We always get a balcony because we do spend time out there. We usually eat breakfast out there each morning and then sometimes we take afternoon snoozes out there. We also like to get away from the crowds and have an adult beverage or two out there.
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I really don't want to have to turn on the TV to see daylight.
Hence why I've only done interior once!

...I really, really like having my morning coffee on the verandah. *sigh*
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