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Old 10-10-2013, 02:56 PM   #16
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We did a RCL cruise after our first DCL and were so not impressed. CocoCay is a waste compared to Castaway Cay which to us is pure paradise. Just the mere fact that Castaway has a port vs CocoCay tenders.

Granted, we were on an old ship (Monarch... which I believe has been retired since, but that was 3 years ago and I think it just recently retired.) but the ship was just tacky, It was so obviously old, run down and not taken care of. Dining service was slow, never even met our room steward. He or she would come in and clean the room and not even remove any garbage or dirty plates. I feel like none of these issues apply to DCL. Service is top notch. The elegance and beauty of the ships are stunning. The cleanliness is white glove approved.

I can imagine the nightly adult entertainment to be a little more plentiful on the other cruise lines. Just having a casino makes a difference there. We always enjoy and have a great time with DCL's adult nightlife BUT...It does't really get started til after 10-10:30. and usually over with by midnight. It's fine, since we do have a little one but I can see if you want to party it up all night...unless you are with a big crowd to make your own party, you won't really find that on DCL.

Here's my personal thoughts on the Allure/Oasis. I just assume go to an all inclusive resort to do a lot of what they have to offer. A mall inside a ship doesn't thrill me since I can go to plenty of cool malls on land. I hear there is a central park themed area inside?? Well if I want to see Central Park, I will go to NYC. I don't want a veranda that overlooks the inside pool area. Verandas to me are a private place to relax looking out at the ocean. I just feel like those ships would take away from what I love so much about cruising. Not to mention, cruises on those two ships are a little on the $$$$ side. So I certainly wouldn't cruise there to spare the expense of DCL.

I can definitely see where teenage kids may prefer the other cruise lines over Disney. But when my son is a teenager...and as long as we are the ones paying for the trip, I prefer to spend my money where I won't be disappointed.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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my kids (12, 12, 16) have been on RCCL-Bahamas and Europe (liked it a lot--I thought RCCL private island was almost as good as DCL), NCL Epic-Europe (liked it fine, but don't want to go back), and DCL Dream and Fantasy. DCL is #1 with them--they keeping asking to go again--but the price is so $$$$.
Here what we/they loved on DCL: great room layout and space--even for 5 persons, rotation/themed dining, esp. Animators Palette with interaction. Real Movie theater with movies all day/night (we really missed this on the Epic), movies on big screen by pool area, teens club, characters, shows, overall Disney ambiance.
What we did not like: tween club. DD and DS went 2X for a brief stay. DD went 2X and they were not doing the craft that was advertised. They were not big fans of the younger club on either cruise at 10 or 12 years old. They really liked RCCL kids clubs, but it could have been their ages at each cruise (7 and 9), and now that they are older it's just not the same? They did not even go 1X to the Epic kids club this summer.
Bottom line: if you have a port intensive trip--like Western Carib. with lots of active excursions (snorkeling, etc.) or Europe, then the ship doesn't matter as much. If you have more sea days and less ports, the ship make is big difference, IMHO. We can't justify $8K for a weeklong cruise and can't take kids out of school when it is cheaper. For Easter 2015, we booked an oceanview family room on the refurbished Vision for 5 persons on RCCL for $4K for the week. Would love to go on DCL--but can't imagine the price would be anywhere close.
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