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Old 04-21-2013, 11:39 PM   #16
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I haven't done the PC but we have cruised DCL a lot- cruise #10 is in 6 weeks. We did Aulani in December and fell in love! Absolutely, positively, I would choose Aulani in your shoes. We had a full kitchen, we stocked up and enjoyed eating out locally once per day. There were great activities at the resort, and the spa as mentioned was the best I've ever been to. We have the Fantasy booked for NYE of 2013, but no cruises booked after that- planning to head back to Aulani. It is stunningly beautiful. It is in a great location- not at all "undesirable". Waikiki for me is "undesirable". It is the best resort we've been to, and we've stayed at some great places.

The PC cruises that DCL is doing leave a lot to be desired in terms of great ports. It doesn't even go to Castaway Cay! The 2014 PC has only Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Cartegena Colombia, and Cozumel. In 2 weeks that's not a lot. I don't think any of those are "wow" ports- I've been to them all except Cartagena. And while I love the Wonder, it doesn't have all the technology and spaces of the Fantasy. It depends on what you loved about the Fantasy as to whether you will find the Wonder to be as exciting for 2 weeks. She will also be headed to drydock soon after.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:17 AM   #17
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We love the cruises although we haven't been on the Fantasy yet. However, next year, DH and I both turn 40 and it's our 5th anniversary, so I was hoping for two weeks in Europe. However, since I'm finishing up chemo and DH has had to miss work for all my appointments, I'm thinking maybe Aulani for a week.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:27 AM   #18
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WOW ~ I am thoroughly enjoying reading everyone's responses here. Thank you all SO very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

I am feeling a BIG slant toward Aulani here! And a lot of good reasons to make sure I try to reserve a room with a kitchen.
It really stinks that Disney doesn't release prices for next year until August, and that you can't reserve until August. I'd like to get a feel for what pricing will really be instead of taking this year's rates and taking on an increase.
And the cost/length of the flights.....YIKES!!!

I love the idea of a 2 week cruise. As PP had mentioned, we would have her do homework everyday for an hour or two, then the week she is on break she'd have her break.

Please, please keep the info coming. I am really enjoying reading everyone's experiences and again, I thank you for sharing!!!
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:39 AM   #19
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Well I have not stayed the night at Aluani but I have visited. I was not impressed at all. It was way to far from everything. It was not in a location I would like to stay at. Also if you are using points two things bug me. First the amount of points per night is ridiculous and second you still have to pay a tax when you check out. Also the prices at the resort were grossly high even for Disney. I went only for 2 1/2 on the May 2012 Hawaii cruise because I am a DVC member. That 2 1/2 hours was long enough for me. I have done all 3 soon to be all 5 WBPC cruises on DCL. I love the lack of ports. It's so relaxing not having a care in the world. So I guess since I could never see myself staying at Aulani, go see one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century and travel through the isthmus of Panama.

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