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Old 02-02-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Talk me into taking our cruise

We have a 4 night Bahamas cruise booked for March 2014. We are a family of 4 with a kindergartener and an infant. Our only cruising experience was on an older carnival ship which we hated several years ago. We have always heard great things about Disney cruises so we made the splash and reserved one. We are now having second thoughts about it. We want to make sure we can enjoy the water on the beaches but it sounds like it will be too cold to swim. Please help sell us on not cancelling this trip. For about the same price we can do Disney World for a few more nights than the cruise. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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What was it about your previous cruise that you did not like? Some people just don't like to cruise.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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We have a 4 night Bahamas cruise booked for March 2014. We are a family of 4 with a kindergartener and an infant. Our only cruising experience was on an older carnival ship which we hated several years ago. We have always heard great things about Disney cruises so we made the splash and reserved one. We are now having second thoughts about it. We want to make sure we can enjoy the water on the beaches but it sounds like it will be too cold to swim. Please help sell us on not cancelling this trip. For about the same price we can do Disney World for a few more nights than the cruise. Thanks!
For the same price you can do WDW? Does that also include your meals and entertainment? And, how about kids' clubs? That's all included in your cruise price. The character interactions onboard are better (no looooooog lines), from what I've seen.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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Not sure where your from but the water at castaway should be comparatively warm and nice in march. A quick google check can show you the average temperatures weather wise and I think it always "seems" warmer. You wee interested enough to book, why not give it a try! If you hated it for some reason, Then you'll know, otherwise, you were interested enough to book so I bet you'll second guess if you back out as well!

To each his own, I never like the idea of "convincing" or "talking someone into" something like a relatively expensive vacation! IT'S FUN!!! You will enjoy!!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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Thank you for everyones feedback so far.

We live in the south and don't find the Florida beaches (Destin area) to be warm until June.

Our previous cruise was prekids around 6 years ago. While I don't remember the name of the ship, it was a carnival ship. It was so old that it didn't even have balcony rooms (unless you booked a suite). The boat seemed small, the pools were cold, and it didn't appear as though there was a lot of things to do on the boat.

Yes we can do WDW with the meal plan for about the same price (minus babysitting).

I guess the help is more deciding. We are doing a Disney trip. WDW is the safer trip because we know we would have fun but maybe the cruise would be better and a new experience.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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What kind of stateroom did you have before? I was just wondering if that was something you were worried about. We also have a family of 4 and at first I thought that we would have to book 2 staterooms. But the size of the rooms on Disney are much bigger. I don't know if that will affect your decision at all. But I hope you have a great vacation either way!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:45 PM   #7
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We just got back from The Dream. Even though it was chilly in Orlando, everyone in our party got in the water at Castaway Cay. It will definitely be warm enough in March.


Our kids had so much fun and are already planning the next. Go for it - create some amazing memories.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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We went last year in Feb. and had an awesome time. The water was warm for us to swim in. We are going on the March 30, 2014 out of Miami. I live in Indiana, so anything that isn't freezing feels warm to us. This year we will be taking a 15 year old (nephew) my daughter who will be 9, my son who will be 6 and our other daught who will be 18 months. This will be our 3rd cruise and we love it. We even do the inside staterooms and have a blast.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #9
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We have a 4 night Bahamas cruise booked for March 2014. We are a family of 4 with a kindergartener and an infant. Our only cruising experience was on an older carnival ship which we hated several years ago. We have always heard great things about Disney cruises so we made the splash and reserved one. We are now having second thoughts about it. We want to make sure we can enjoy the water on the beaches but it sounds like it will be too cold to swim. Please help sell us on not cancelling this trip. For about the same price we can do Disney World for a few more nights than the cruise. Thanks!
The only hesitation I would have is your baby. You will have to pay extra for the nursery if you want any adult time or break from the kids. Your other child would most likely love the kids' clubs.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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The only hesitation I would have is your baby. You will have to pay extra for the nursery if you want any adult time or break from the kids. Your other child would most likely love the kids' clubs.
At $6 an hour the nursery is a bargain. I would never be able to find a babysitter for that low a rate at home.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:58 PM   #11
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There's lots of rides at WDW that your kids can't go on til they're older. At least on a cruise your older child can have fun in the kids' club while your baby sleeps.

Also agree that $6 is a bargain for babysitting (unless you take grandma with you.)
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #12
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What about trying a September cruise? The water temps should be warmer, as its at the end of summer. The price should be comparable.
We love cruising, as do our children.
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