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Old 04-20-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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I ♥ DCL, but...

We have been on 5 Disney and 1 horrible Carnival cruise (1995). If it was up to me, we would only cruise DCL, but my extended family wants to try something different. It's taken a LOT of convincing, but they've finally gotten me to agree to look into Royal Caribbean.

So, anyway we got a FL resident rate on our last 3-night DCL cruise and only paid $1100 for 3 of us in a cat. 4D. People keep telling me RCI is cheaper, but I can't find anything that even comes close to that price. Not to mention that there are no 3-night cruises on newer ships. I want something at least as nice as the Disney Dream.

I know everything (well almost ) about DCL and how to get a good deal, but I can't figure out how people are getting better rates on RCI. I would love for my extended family to cruise with us again, but I won't do it on an old ship for more money.

Flying would raise the price considerably, so ideally I would like to depart from Port Canaveral. Fort Lauderdale and Miami would be other options, but not as convenient.

Can anyone give me some tips on finding a good price on a nice ship? Or am I out of luck with my requirements?
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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While they may not be the newest ships in Royal's fleet, the Enchantment of the Seas will be home porting in Port Canaveral for the short Bahamas cruises, the Adventure of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas do short cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, and Brilliance of the Seas will be taking over the 4 and 5 night Tampa cruises in the fall (currently the Jewel of the Seas handles those until this May). All of those are nice ships (I especially love the Radiance class, which would be the Brilliance/Jewel). The Enchantment of the Seas just went through a nice refurbishment this past December as well.

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Keyword I notice in OP comment was NEWER SHIP... will be hard pressed to get a low rate on a newer ship unless last minute booking Florida resident guarantee rate, to be honest. And even then prices will be better out of Port Everglades and Port of Miami, due to the fact that there are more ships sailing out of those ports = competition.
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We loved our cruise on the Independace of the Seas(Freedom class) but to be honest it took alot of looking to find an affordable cruise that one time. It seems that in February they have a 5 night in the Caribbean that is not too expensive. Other than that the Freedom and Oasis classes are around 1000 per person. Also Royal charges for its soda package. If I am going to spend 1000 per person I am going to do Disney.
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While they may not be the newest ships in Royal's fleet, the Enchantment of the Seas will be home porting in Port Canaveral for the short Bahamas cruises, the Adventure of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas do short cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, and Brilliance of the Seas will be taking over the 4 and 5 night Tampa cruises in the fall (currently the Jewel of the Seas handles those until this May). All of those are nice ships (I especially love the Radiance class, which would be the Brilliance/Jewel). The Enchantment of the Seas just went through a nice refurbishment this past December as well.

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Thanks for all the great info. Liberty looks nice. Unfortunately, it doesn't do 3-night cruises. I found a 4-night in a balcony room (which was cheaper than an inside) for $1604. A FL rate on DCL is still cheaper.

Even a 3-night balcony on Enchantment was $1222. There's no way I'm paying more (than DCL) to cruise on that ship.
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Thanks for all the great info. Liberty looks nice. Unfortunately, it doesn't do 3-night cruises. I found a 4-night in a balcony room (which was cheaper than an inside) for $1604. A FL rate on DCL is still cheaper.

Even a 3-night balcony on Enchantment was $1222. There's no way I'm paying more (than DCL) to cruise on that ship.
You know what's odd? Often we find it's cheaper to book two people in two staterooms on RCI, rather than putting all four in one stateroom. Sounds strange, I know, but try that.
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You know what's odd? Often we find it's cheaper to book two people in two staterooms on RCI, rather than putting all four in one stateroom. Sounds strange, I know, but try that.
That's what we did for our Thanksgiving Allure booking (also w/extended family who turn their noses at Disney). The staterooms don't offer split baths which I feel is important with 2 teens. So, we booked DH & I in a balcony room and our boys in an inside room directly across the hall from us. 2 staterooms during a holiday week is running us about $500 less than our 05E on the Fantasy the last week of May.
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