Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #16
DIS Veteran
MagicMe's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Outside Philly, PA
Posts: 4,202

The vacation is to spend time with your family. Where you do that is your choice. I know lots if cruisers that prefer RCL and some that have cruised Carnival. My preference is DCL but their 2014 summer prices are ridiculous!! My sisters can only cruise summer (school and teaching) and really wanted to do a 7-day but have had to scale back to a 4-day. I'm lucky that I can cruise off season.
Disney Dream/AKL - JUL14; Disney Fantasy - SEP12; Disney Dream/OKW - OCT11; Disney Wonder - Alaska AUG11; Disney Magic WBTA - Sep10; Disney Magic - Sep08; WL - Dec07-MVMCP; OKW - Oct/Nov06-MNSSHP; Disney Wonder - Aug06; OKW - Sept05; Disneyland - Jun04; Offsite - Dec03-MVMCP; Poly - Aug02; POR/Wonder - Aug00; POR - Jul99; And many more...

MagicMe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
artemis908's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 601

Have you considered any of the other cruise lines? I have found Royal Caribbean to be in the middle of the cruise ship spectrum when you balance experience with cost. Their ships have a lot of "wow" factors, some of which even surpass DCL. Even the smaller ships are really impressive (ie. not Oasis or Allure). You might benefit from checking out some cruise specific boards (I frequent Cruise Critic a lot). You'll get lots of different opinions from different people, there are lots of "cheerleaders" for every cruise line, including Carnival.
artemis908 is offline   Reply With Quote
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 03-09-2013, 08:09 PM   #18
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 203

I think RCCL Freedom class ships are our sweet spot. For us, with a little one, we want a tub and would need a suite to get one on any other line, so that's our price comp for now, and why we're trying DCL. But I don't think I could justify DCL prices with a teen.

manateesmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 09:27 PM   #19
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 56

It's great to hear others sharing the same feelings I have about DCL. In June/July, my family will be making our 5th cruise on DCL, on the Fantasy. Hands down, DCL has long been our favorite line for so many reasons. We have also cruised several times with RCCL, and I have to say, our family always has an excellent time on RCCL - their ships are equally beautiful and they have a very good kids program (not Disney, but very good). The biggest difference is the price. We generally we save thousands on comparable cabins on comparable cruises.

The reason we are cruising the Fantasy in June is because Hurricane Sandy forced us to cancel the same trip this past November just days before departure. June was the only date available for my family and travel party to reschedule this trip. The shocking part was that the same cruise in June is costing us nearly $3000 more than we would have paid in November! Despite numerous pleas with DCL, including emails to the president of DCL, begging for any kind of assistance for our party of eight to help us, they were unwilling to do anything at all. I understand what happened to us was not DCL's fault, nor their responsibility. However, I did expect a little compassion and sympathy towards our plight - but got none. Zip. Nada!

This experience taught me a little bit about DCL. Many of you may feel we had no right to expect anything from DCL, and may disagree with my feelings toward them right now. But I will tell you this, IMHO, DCL only cares about squeezing every last dime out of us. Our travel insurance claim was denied otherwise we would not be sailing with DCL in June. Because we took the (very expensive) travel insurance with DCL, we did not lose everything, but got a credit towards this next cruise in the amount we would have lost. Hence we are making this last trip with DCL in June. After that, we will definitely look to cruise more with RCCL, and perhaps try other lines. As others have noted in this thread, comparable cruises on other lines are much less expensive. RCCL has a similar cruise, leaving from Port Canaveral the day after our DCL cruise in June, and is going to the SAME islands, on a ship comparable to the Fantasy (not the Oasis or Allure, the next class down). A similar cabin for my family of four on this trip would cost us $2000 less than what we are paying to go one day earlier on the Fantasy.

DCL offers a great cruise experience. I wish their front office was equally outstanding. Frankly, I no longer feel they are thousands of dollars better...
CruizinTigers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #20
DIS Veteran
NWmom's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,027

Originally Posted by N365PA View Post
I would wager that most of us are biased but you have to do what is right for you! My parents are frequent carnival cruisers and love them. They live in Florida and dont think Disney is worth the money. My wife and I do think Disney is worth the money and skimp elsewhere. I have been blessed with a job that lets me go on disney cruises. My parents dont make anywhere near as much so they can get 3-4 Carnival Cruises for the cost of 1 Disney. If I was in their shoes, id go on Carnival as well! No one here should ever think less because you went on a Carnival cruise. Ive been on two (long time ago) and they were enjoyable experiences. I hope the prices come down on some Summer sailings so you can sail in Disney! If not, enjoy your carnival/royal caribbean cruise! Some of the best vacations I had as a kid were at a state park with my dad in popup camper. More $$$ doesnt mean a better vacation

Thank you for this post. Reminded meof our camping days and inspired a trip this summer and the goal of buying a pop up camper. Found out our old Coleman no longer exists, but Somerset replaced them. Had given up looking until I saw your post so thank you.
DVC Member since 1997 Alaska Disney Wonder 5/24/2011, Fantasy Western12/8/2012 & Eastern 12/15/2012
NWmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 10:10 PM   #21
DIS Veteran
MND's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,178

Originally Posted by Mom24Princesses View Post
We loved every second of both of our DCL cruises. They were amazing in every moment. - BUT I don't know if we can do it again. DD#3 asked for a DCL Spring Break 2014. She has a fall Bday and is now 15. 2014 she'll be 16 and she wanted it to be while she was still a kid. ( It would be without the older 2 DDs.) We are on a limited schedule since DH and I teach school. Summer is too expensive. Both of our cruises were Spring Break when Easter was not attached. 2014 looked good - BUT DCL is just too expensive for us now. We've had pay cuts for five years in a row and 2 DDs in college. Next year 2013-2014 is announced to be even more (like thousands less than this year!). It really makes me sad. We are also looking at retirement in a few more years.

I know you are going to boo me, but DH and I did a Carnival for our 25th in 2011 and it was really a good trip. We can take the girls on a Carnival next SB for the same 7 nights - visiting 2 new ports for us -(DH and I have visited 9 ports in the Caribbean so that's cool) and is less than half price! DCL $5600+/- to Carnival $2600+/-. I am sad but if we "waited" it would be at least 2 more years. SB in 2015 is w/Easter again driving up rates and in April 2016 she will be 18.7 and no longer a "kid".

I KNOW we wouldn't have the Disney Magic (no pun intended). I know what drives the cost of DCL (and I know what drives the lower cost at Carnival).

Maybe there are some forum readers who can relate to my grief.

Honestly - I half expect the 2 DDs to say why bother go at all - but seriously- $2600 for a week is too cheap to pass up. (no pun on the "too cheap"either)
Go on a Carnival cruise then, no need to feel sad or apologize. And why would anyone here boo you? Your children seem to be at the age where Carnival may be a better fit for them, plus you'll be saving a bunch of cash. I've never been on a Carnival cruise, but I have friends that have, and their reports are positive. I hope you have a great time.

MND is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #22
Lisavince3's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 198

It has been a "dream" of my mom's to have our whole family go on a Disney cruise together. However, my 2 sisters, 2 of my BILs and I work in schools, with varying breaks and starting and ending dates. We basically could only go mid-June to mid-August, winter break or spring break. I cant believe how much higher the prices are during those times and I don't foresee it ever happening. I know we could look at other cruise lines, but she has her heart set on DCL
Lisavince3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #23
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 180

My older children still like the disney cruise.
But the only way I can afford is using my DVC points I know it may not be the best use of DVC points but we can two cruises evry 3 years
in prime time if had to laid out 7000-10000 a cruise i could nt do it
bceagle76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #24
JimGA's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 499

The one thing that seperates DCL from other cruise lines is that DCL has a new set of "fans" being born everyday. It is just like the Parks, new kids everyday are wanting to go to Disney. So Disneys target market is always there, new paarents with young kids.

Of course DCL has the empty nesters and such. Unlike other cruise lines that have to always compete with other lines, DCL always has that target audience constantly coming of age. DCL does not have to compete, yet, as far as price goes.
DCL surprise video

Disney World: 1978, 1995, 2010 PORS, 2011 POFQ, 2012 CBR, 2014 PORS

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Dream: May 2013, Disney Fantasy: April 2016.
JimGA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #25
camarks1234's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Midwest
Posts: 436

I feel your pain - we are in the same boat (pun intended) We would LOVE to cruise with DCL again but with our kids being in middle and high school now there is no way of taking them out for a week for vacay. So we would have to cruise at the higher price points and just can't swing it.

We have been considering other cruise lines as well. Plus our oldest will be 18 in Sept. and I think there is a serious age gap in entertainment on DCL for that age. They can't be in the teen club and they aren't adults yet.
4/2004 - Magic Kingdom/WDW
2/1/09 - 2/5/09 - AJ's Magical MAW Cruise
9/17/09 - BB Cruise

AJ's MAW Pretrip Report
AJ's Post Trip Report Celebration Continued
Photo Album
camarks1234 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #26
DIS Veteran
Mom24Princesses's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Too far from the Caribbean, Love
Posts: 1,265

That's just it though - we are a CRAZY Disney Family. The older 2 DDs would love to go with us, their schedules and the cost is what would prevent it. DH takes his 8th grade band EVERY YEAR WDW. He would NEVER consider Universal. The fact that the girls are older doesn't help.

The older DDs were 16++ and 14++ on our last cruise and they loved every second of it. It was SB and there were a lot of teens (400+ I recall!). They made friends with 2 sisters,16 & 14 from Louisville and 2 from Seattle also 14 and 16 and lived together for the week. I think that is what DD#3 wants to experience. I did feel VERY safe with them together on DCL. I would not feel the same way on CCL! If we do the CCL they will have a very short leash!!

AGAIN - Thank you all. I did not expect so much support and I knew you all could relate!!

I looked hard at the 4 night with DCL and that is still too much money for basically 3.5 days -about a K per day while the CCL would be $400 per day! Not much for us to think about I guess. Still a little sad.
Melanie -
WDW (Only week+ trips listed - 20+ short trips excluded))
ASMu--July 96; ASMu--Aug 98; PORS--June 01; ASMu--July 03; POP--Feb 04; CSR--June 04; ASMo--June 07; AoA--June 13

1st DCL Eastern MAGIC APRIL 1-8, 2006

2nd DCL Western MAGIC April 5-12, 2008
Mom24Princesses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #27
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 203

The RCCL Freedom of the Seas sails out of PC last I checked, and has two Flowriders, a rock wall and an ice skating rink, all of which are huge with teens. Any cruise line will be packed with teens during spring break, no worries that she won't make friends.

manateesmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #28
Lollipop's Mom
Special trip with your little one ~~ PRICELESS!
Lollipop's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 4,046

Love DCL but this next fantasy cruise will be the last Disney for a while. I'm bored of the wonder and magic. Same shows, same entertainment, same ports. Bored!
Fantasy is new to us, going to love every minute of it, but after that, same shows, etc

I plan on the oasis or allure for march 2014. They look incredible. Have to switch it up or it's the same vaca every year.
I want to explore many places. I couldn't vaca in wdw or DL every year. Once every 4-5 is good for me. I want to go to aulani, I want to spend a week exploring NYC (never been) and a few other places as well!
Love DCL but its good to experience other things in life!

Sept 2015 - Disney Wonder Hawaii
Sept 2014 - Caribbean Beach Resort
Dec 2013 - Disneyland
May 2013 -Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean
March 2013 -AKL Jambo Studio & AKL Jambo Concierge, & POR Princess Room
March 2012 -Disney Wonder Mexico
March 2012 - Disneyland
May 2011 - Disney Wonder Alaska
Apr 2010 - Disneyland
Jan 2010 -Disneyland
Jan 2009 - Disney Magic Western Caribbean
Jan 2009 - POFQ
Jan 2008 - POP
April 2007 - Disneyland
Sept 2000 - Disneyland
Jan 2000 -BWV Studio
Sept 1994 - All Star Sports
April 1977 -Contemporary

Lollipop's Mom is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.