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Old 05-01-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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So - whats a (disney) cruise like?

I want to go on one maybe mid 2014 out of S. Fl when my daughter is 3 .5 and new eagerly waiting to be born baby maybe 6 months old.

I have never cruised and to he honest never been on a lot of vacations so I want to make sure it's special.

Please just tell me everything. What's a typical day? What are the activities? How's the food? What's included in the price? dining or other plans. I like my vodka on vacation so will I be in good company?
So many questions..,,
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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I want to go on one maybe mid 2014 out of S. Fl when my daughter is 3 .5 and new eagerly waiting to be born baby maybe 6 months old.

I have never cruised and to he honest never been on a lot of vacations so I want to make sure it's special.

Please just tell me everything. What's a typical day? What are the activities? How's the food? What's included in the price? dining or other plans. I like my vodka on vacation so will I be in good company?
So many questions..,,
I highly, highly recommend you check out the Trip Reports. There are so many details and pictures in those threads it's amazing.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2068966

start there first. Has a whole lot of information (general) that is useful.

then I would read some trip reports. Most anything you want answered can be answered. I would write the questions down as you think of them and ask away.

It's just right now you are asking for everything and it would be better if you did a little research and then ask away.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:15 PM   #4
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http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2068966

start there first. Has a whole lot of information (general) that is useful.

then I would read some trip reports. Most anything you want answered can be answered. I would write the questions down as you think of them and ask away.

It's just right now you are asking for everything and it would be better if you did a little research and then ask away.
Thanks. Will do
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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Someone here was kind enough to post a "heads up" about Disney Week on a network called Destination America. It's worth checking to see whether you have that channel. I had never heard of it, but lo and behold -- we have it. They aired a great special called "Disney Cruise Line: Behind the Magic" on Monday night and are re-airing it several times this week. I recommended watching it in another thread as well, because I think it does a great job of showing what makes a Disney cruise unique. We talk about it a lot here, but I think it's really helpful to SEE what they offer. Is there a lot of back patting and self promoting? Of course, but having been on two DCL cruises, I think it accurately portrays the experience.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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DOn't forget to go to the Disney Cruise Line website & order your free cruise planning DVD. YOu can check out all sorts of information on that wonderful DVD. Here is my trip report website if you want to look at it: http://FantasyHalloween2012.TradingTales.com
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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Have you been to WDW? If not, I'd reccommend that before a Disney cruise. Cost wise, you will spend about as much for a 4 day cruise as you would spend for 4 days in the parks, hotel and food. And there is so much more to see and do in the 4 WDW parks.

If you have been to WDW, then I will say you already have a sense of what the cruise atmosphere will feel like. You've seen Disney attention to detail and you've experience the 'magic' of walking an feeliing like you are in some sort of fantasy or movies as you pass Disney characters in the hall and see them on deck and on stage.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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Have you been to WDW? If not, I'd reccommend that before a Disney cruise. Cost wise, you will spend about as much for a 4 day cruise as you would spend for 4 days in the parks, hotel and food. And there is so much more to see and do in the 4 WDW parks.

If you have been to WDW, then I will say you already have a sense of what the cruise atmosphere will feel like. You've seen Disney attention to detail and you've experience the 'magic' of walking an feeliing like you are in some sort of fantasy or movies as you pass Disney characters in the hall and see them on deck and on stage.
Yes I've been to disney - I'm going Tm. But never been on a cruise
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:25 PM   #10
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Have you been to WDW? If not, I'd reccommend that before a Disney cruise. Cost wise, you will spend about as much for a 4 day cruise as you would spend for 4 days in the parks, hotel and food. And there is so much more to see and do in the 4 WDW parks.
I don't think you should have to go to wdw before you try a dcl cruise. With two little kids it seems that a cruise could be a great, relaxing trip for the whole family. I agree with others suggesting the planning video and reading some trip reports. From all I know (my first cruise will be feb 2014) you will have as little or much as you want to do in terms of activities. You can put your kids in the club/nursery as you wish. The little one will be charged $6/hour with 2 hour minimum, while your older one will be free. Also, you can carry vodka on the ship to make your own drink or order from the various bars. I have been to wdw and dlr multiple times, a couple times with my DD and I love those trips, but I am VERY excited for a relaxed family trip with our DD and new baby (expecting him any day!). I think it will be so nice to have everything close; when baby needs nap my dh and dd can still be at the pool or mini golf, food at your fingertips, entertainment down the hall, etc. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:48 PM   #11
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I don't understand the rationale for going to wdw first. We started going to wdw when K was 10 wks. Wdw is a lot of work with a little one in our experience. We've been 4 times this past year for long weekends. We just returned from the Dream this past Sunday. It was absolutely amazing. DCL thinks of everything. K is now 15 mths and had a blast. We've already rebooked for a 7 night on Fantasy next year.
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Hmm. I would say read through quite a few of our responses on this other thread:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3104353

Mine at least were pretty detailed as to why I really really liked my DCL cruise instead of some other one's I've been on. If you have cruised other lines, you will probably know what we mean about the casinos, the thong vegas style dancers, etc.

That and the trip reports on the other forum have a lot of cute photos that people post and you can get a bit of the family feel.

My suggestion is if you know you like Disney, and you are planning a trip, consider looking into a 3/4 Day if you aren't sure. If you have the budget and can try a 7, good for you! But we only had the time for the 3 Day + a WDW day (it was our second trip in 5 weeks, the first being 3 WDW days and a 7 Day Carnival cruise, so we didn't have hardly any time to take off other than the Wed-Fri...) and my 4 day Disney trip filled a typed trip log of 20 pages, that's how fun it was!

Don't forget to look off season if cost is a concern. We went Mid April. Water 'refreshing' but not awful. Weather was stunning. Keep in mind that you will pay more on a DCL than others, and in my case, I saw that it was much better to do a really nice 3 Day Disney then spend 7 Days on a lesser Line for the same price. All the ports were great, but I really didn't have a very good cruise. I had SO much more fun on the DCL! So I'll take shorter cruises from here on out if that's what it takes to get on a DCL. To me, longer mediocrity is still mediocre. And don't forget to look up threads about how nice Castaway Cay is, their exclusive island.
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I don't think you should have to go to wdw before you try a dcl cruise. With two little kids it seems that a cruise could be a great, relaxing trip for the whole family. I agree with others suggesting the planning video and reading some trip reports. From all I know (my first cruise will be feb 2014) you will have as little or much as you want to do in terms of activities. You can put your kids in the club/nursery as you wish. The little one will be charged $6/hour with 2 hour minimum, while your older one will be free. Also, you can carry vodka on the ship to make your own drink or order from the various bars. I have been to wdw and dlr multiple times, a couple times with my DD and I love those trips, but I am VERY excited for a relaxed family trip with our DD and new baby (expecting him any day!). I think it will be so nice to have everything close; when baby needs nap my dh and dd can still be at the pool or mini golf, food at your fingertips, entertainment down the hall, etc. Good luck with your decision.
Certainly you don't HAVE TO go to WDW before you cruise, I was just thinking you get more bang for the buck in terms of things to see and do. Also, since the OP has been to WDW, she knows how cool it is to walk around in the parks with all the cast members smiling and how Disney can do incredible stage shows and knows they are customer focused.

I recently priced a 4 day DCL cruise and a 4 day trip to WDW as was suprised at how closely the estimated costs were.
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I'm thinking a cruise will be easier than theme parks with a small baby. I don't have a baby but perhaps someone can post info about the nursery and if there are costs, info about strollers, baby supplies, places to nurse or play with baby and services to make things easier for Mom.
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I don't think you should have to go to wdw before you try a dcl cruise. With two little kids it seems that a cruise could be a great, relaxing trip for the whole family. I agree with others suggesting the planning video and reading some trip reports. From all I know (my first cruise will be feb 2014) you will have as little or much as you want to do in terms of activities. You can put your kids in the club/nursery as you wish. The little one will be charged $6/hour with 2 hour minimum, while your older one will be free. Also, you can carry vodka on the ship to make your own drink or order from the various bars. I have been to wdw and dlr multiple times, a couple times with my DD and I love those trips, but I am VERY excited for a relaxed family trip with our DD and new baby (expecting him any day!). I think it will be so nice to have everything close; when baby needs nap my dh and dd can still be at the pool or mini golf, food at your fingertips, entertainment down the hall, etc. Good luck with your decision.
I totally agree...we have been on two DCL cruises, and still never been to WDW. It's not that we don't want to go, but I was wanting a Disney experience without dragging my young DD through the park, listening to all the whining of "I'm tired", "carry me", etc. We have loved the cruises and the Disney touch, and now that she is almost 6, we will hopefully plan our first "land and sea" sometime soon. I don't think going to WDW would have given us a relaxing vacation at all, and the kids have loved the kids club! My only regret is putting it off...I debated about a year before booking our first Disney cruise. I say book it!
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