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Old 04-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Torn: 3-night vs 7?

I have convinced my husband to take a cruise in August 2014 for my birthday. Now we are torn on what cruise to take. We took a seven-night Western in 2009 and loved it, so know that we like the longer cruise. The main difference is the price. With a $2613 difference between the two, that is the cost equivalent of an entire second vacation spent on just four nights. We could have a week in Hawaii AND a three-night cruise, or just the seven-night cruise. What to do??

Also, back in 2009 when we went on our cruise, it was cheaper per night to go on the longer cruise. The opposite is true this time. Is this just because everyone wants to go on the new ship? We have only been on the Magic, so both are new to us.

If you have been on a three night cruise, was it still fun, or totally unsatisfactory because you hadn't had your fill?
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A 3-night is better than no cruise. However, after being on 7-night cruises, it would be hard to convince me to get on a 3-night again.

The extra money is worth it IMHO.

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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I forgot to add that we will be spending at least seven nights at WDW prior, so this will already be a longer trip. Also, if I had the choice, I would do at least a four- night, but I am trying to time the cruise on my actual birthday, which only gives me two choices.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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I have convinced my husband to take a cruise in August 2014 for my birthday. Now we are torn on what cruise to take. We took a seven-night Western in 2009 and loved it, so know that we like the longer cruise. The main difference is the price. With a $2613 difference between the two, that is the cost equivalent of an entire second vacation spent on just four nights. We could have a week in Hawaii AND a three-night cruise, or just the seven-night cruise. What to do??

Also, back in 2009 when we went on our cruise, it was cheaper per night to go on the longer cruise. The opposite is true this time. Is this just because everyone wants to go on the new ship? We have only been on the Magic, so both are new to us.

If you have been on a three night cruise, was it still fun, or totally unsatisfactory because you hadn't had your fill?
We took a 5 night last year and while we would have preferred atleast a 4 night this time, the timing didn't work out. Four nighters leave out on Sunday and we can't start our vacation until Monday. So we decided to leave on a Monday and combine our 3 night cruise with visits to Savannah and St. Augustine. We know we want be able to do everything and we aren't gonna try. We just plan to spend quality time together and have fun since this trip is for our anniversary
If your not comfortable spending that much on a 7 night but do want to cruise then I would certainly take the 3 night and maybe add a couple days at WDW or somewhere else and save the rest for another vacation.

I see that you are staying at WDW so I would definitely take the 3 night if I wanted to cruise.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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I have not been on a 3 night, but we just finished a 4 night, and I really would have liked a longer cruise! I definitely want to do a 7 night next time. We chose the 4 night because we had never cruised before, and we have 3 children, so I wanted to make sure we liked cruising and could handle the motion (it didn't bother any of us at all). If it was between no cruise and 3 days, I would for sure do the 3 days. Otherwise, I would do what I could to make the 7 night happen.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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A 3-night cruise is really just 2 1/2 days, because not much happens until after the safety drill. I would do another 3-night cruise only if I planned on not getting off the ship in Nassau, and making that a sort of sea day. However, as others said, even a 3-night cruise is better than no cruise at all.

If you really would take another vacation with the money you "save" with 3 nights instrad of 7, and given that you are already doing a week at Disney World, then I would probably go with the shorter cruise, but it would be a tough call because the longer cruise shave so much more to do.
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I was debating between a 4 night and 7, but my family wanting to do WDW for 3-4 days made that decision. SO 4 nights it is. Now that my oldest will be in high school on our next trip, it's going to be essential not to miss more than a week of school. Even that makes me squirm, but he keeps his grades up. Or I hope he will!
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Are most ship activities open when the ship is at port in Nassau? I seem to remember that some things are closed when the ship is in port. I was thinking that staying on board would be a good plan, although that day will be my birthday- not sure how to make it most exciting. If we go on the seven night, by birthday will fall on the Castaway Cay day (which is always delightful ).
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Oops.... Forgot to add that when we went on the Western, we ended up in Nassau instead of the scheduled stop in Cozumel due to the swine flu outbreak. I wasn't terribly impressed with Nassau, but was thinking maybe I just picked a poor excursion.
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Are most ship activities open when the ship is at port in Nassau? I seem to remember that some things are closed when the ship is in port. I was thinking that staying on board would be a good plan, although that day will be my birthday- not sure how to make it most exciting. If we go on the seven night, by birthday will fall on the Castaway Cay day (which is always delightful ).
Someone w/ more experiecne (and better memory ) will chime in, but I seem to remember they still had quite a bit going on, but shops were closed.
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Are most ship activities open when the ship is at port in Nassau? I seem to remember that some things are closed when the ship is in port. I was thinking that staying on board would be a good plan, although that day will be my birthday- not sure how to make it most exciting. If we go on the seven night, by birthday will fall on the Castaway Cay day (which is always delightful ).
We got off the ship in Nassau for a couple of hours but before we did we took advantage of short lines for the Mickey slide and let our DSs ride them several times as well as the aquaduck. There still seemed to be activities going on with only the shops being closed.
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