Convince me: is a Disney Cruise worth the $$$?

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Jess6001, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. kdeans1010

    kdeans1010 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2012
    I think I am in a very similar position as you:
    I have parents that are in their mid-50s, been busy with work/school, and love Disney but don't have a lot of money.

    I graduated nursing school and decided that it was time. Life is short. And dude: medicine is stressful! (During my preceptorship as a LPN I was acting as a LPN in a hill billy ER at NOCs, where the staff thought it was really fun to put me in the scariest situations.). I am very much a fan of adding super whimsy and not serious, and Disney is very much whimsy. It is so worth the money that I am doing it again.
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  3. tweis

    tweis DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    I booked a 3 night cruise just this morning for just my DH and myself. We have sailed with DCL before and loved it, however, we were looking for a short cruise for just the two of us and DCL did not seem the obvious choice. We can only sail during the summer and after much research realized that RCL and Carnival use really old ships for their short cruises. I watched youtube videos and read extensive reviews and realized that the only way I will sail Carnival will be on a new ship with a great itinerary. I probably could have sailed RCL as they had a 4 night our of PC with a stop at their island, Nassau and a day at sea but for the money I will take one less day on the Disney Dream because I know what to expect going in and I love Castaway Cay! :goodvibes

    DCL does have 4 night cruises but they conflict with the dates we had available.
  4. Rogillio

    Rogillio DIS Veteran

    Apr 11, 2006
    If you want to go on a Disney cruise, a cruise on a different cruise line will be a disappointment. Hope deferred makes a heart sick. Follow your dream!
  5. disneychic2

    disneychic2 DIS Veteran

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm so glad you asked this question and I have read the replies with interests since this is the big question for me as well. I've never cruised before, haven't really had any desire to, but DH really wants to, and thinks Disney is the only way to go. I just couldn't see paying the extra price, but now I'm thinking there will be a Disney cruise in our future!

    By the way, congrats on your upcoming graduation and good luck to you in your internship, residency and practice!
  6. MissDaisyofTexas

    MissDaisyofTexas DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2007
    I think you could get a 4 night on the Magic or Wonder out of Galveston or Miami for cheaper than that. :)
  7. Jess6001

    Jess6001 Hey there, Mr. Grump Gills. You know what you gott

    Mar 27, 2009
    I know those ships are less expensive but I'm limited by dates I can go. The dream's 3 night is the only ship that fits my dates and price range. Thanks for the idea
  8. dadandson

    dadandson Earning My Ears

    Nov 21, 2012
    Just Did 5 day holiday on Dream. Haven't stopped talking about it and recommending to everyone. Also booked another 4 night for summer while on boat. There's a solid reason why they can get top dollar. Basic economics of supply and demand. There wasn't ONE thing I could find to complain about. Just don't go crazy with spa, liquor or professional pictures an you won't go broke!
  9. MKwatercraftPilot

    MKwatercraftPilot Earning My Ears

    Jul 20, 2012
    I'll readily admit that I'm the one handing out the kool-aid. Convinced two different people to cruise Disney with me this year.

    You mentioned how often you go to WDW, I really think that a Disney Cruise is cheaper than WDW. Figure the cost of the hotel per night (and don't figure pop century, think somewhere moderate, or closer to deluxe), rental car (unless you use DME), food, park tickets, movies at the AMC Pleasure Island, snacks, sodas, etc. DCL has a higher up-front cost, but if you are conscientious of your budget, you can get on the ship, have an amazing vacation and get off only $36 poorer. (Automatic Gratuities, $12 per person per day, 3 day cruise.)

    Even if you have already paid for your hotel and tickets and maybe gotten the meal plan, try spending only $12 per day at WDW.

    Most activities on the ship are complimentary, all food and beverage is included (bring your own Adult Beverages) and if all else fails, you have the most incredible view while you're sitting on deck reading.

    You've mentioned that Disney has turned you into a hotel snob, I'm the same way. I'll also say that I can't set foot into a Six Flags or any other amusement park without comparing it to WDW... It's the same way on the Cruise Line.

    Taking a Carnival or RCCL cruise is like staying in a Holiday Inn compared to staying at... oh, say Port Orleans Riverside. It's basically the same amenities, basically the same quality, but it's just not worth the price difference.

    Have you ever felt that you didn't get your money's worth with Disney?
  10. 69pace

    69pace Earning My Ears

    Jun 25, 2012
    So it's been about 5 hours now since you posted this question..what are you waiting for. You know the answer. Realistically, how are you going to have more money available after 7 more years of education? My girls and their student loan debt has sent them to Carnival this spring break...this should be interesting after they've drank the DCL kool-aid
  11. pookybean

    pookybean Mouseketeer

    Feb 7, 2002
    i am of the "life is short...have fun when you can" camp. we just got back from wdw over christmas and now im thinking of a graduation trip (ill grad in may with my bsw!) we usually go to the jersey shore over memorial day but then i started thinking of something special....a cruise!

    i was back and forth looking at other cruise lines (because they are cheaper of course) but came back here to read what others say.

    so i have decided to book disney thanks to this thread! LOL

    im now in the process of applying to grad school so money is not going to get much better for another 2 years. my debt will be there, however my kids are growing rapidly. i want these adventures and memories. and truthfully they have been my biggest supporters through the last 5 years of my undergrad program (surviving a divorce along the way) i dont care what others say we DESERVE this trip.

    now just have to wait for the tax return :rolleyes1

    airfares don't look too bad now though! lol
  12. JimGA

    JimGA DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2012
    I have not been on a cruise yet on any line, but we chose DCL, our kids are 8 and 11.

    With that said, I did a lot of research here and everywhere, also read a lot of information on cruise critic, very helpful. I suggest you go to cruise critic and read some of the reviews of ships you are intersted in, read the bad reviews, the good ones are usually all the same, the bad reviews tend to paint a picture, but you will have to kind of filter those out, some people just cannot be pleased. Some cruises were compared to a floating Wal Mart, buyer beware, you get what you pay for.

    After my research, DCL was a must! We also love Disney World and stay on propoerty, so a little biased. But the reviews on cruise critic validated my expensive decision.

    We are on a super tight budget like most poeple, but I booked our 4 night May 2013 cruise back in February of 2102! Worked payments into our budget and did some extra part time work to make it work.:thumbsup2
  13. Dogsambam

    Dogsambam Mouseketeer

    Apr 30, 2012
    We did out first Disney Cruise this past Christmas on the Wonder, and I have to say, we were blown away. We are Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean, Platinum with Princess, 3 star mariner with holland America and a couple other sailings with other lines. Our cruise prior to the Wonder was on the Allure of the Seas. We had our doubts how it would compare, but there was just no comparison. Our kids, 7 and 3 do not stop talking about the Disney cruise. We are booked on the Fantasy in march 2014 because the holiday sailings for 2013 are just way out of line on pricing all ready. My 7 year old keeps talking about the next cruise on the Fantasy. Too far away to keep talking about. We loved, loved, loved it. We all cried when we got off! Nothing like seeing your kids, and wife, okay and me, run up to Mickey and hug him. Do the 3 night if that is all you are budgeted for. It is so so worth it.
  14. Summerl30

    Summerl30 Mouseketeer

    Oct 8, 2012
    Disney doesn't sail enough places for us to be die hard Disney cruisers. Next year will definitely be either Australia or Europe (we did Mediterranean this year so not a med next year even if they sail Europe), so likely NOT on Disney, but next week will be our first cruise with Disney and we are expecting to like it enough to book again. Its the kids first cruise and I already think its worth the money.
  15. hoppin62

    hoppin62 Mouseketeer

    Nov 5, 2009
    Do it! :thumbsup2
  16. disneyfreakjackie

    disneyfreakjackie <font color="blue">The only thing better than a Di

    Nov 10, 2003
    "Disney snob" here and proud of it! Just booked our 5th Disney Cruise and will NOT go back to another cruise line. (Did one RCC out of NJ, nine night; although it saved the cost of flights as we live in NJ ... not worth it.) IMO nothing beats a Disney Cruise or Disney vacation!! Book a Disney Cruise ... you will fall in LOVE <3 :cloud9:


    Oct 11, 2002
    IMHO, a three day cruise is too short!I would save up for the seven day either on Disney or another cruise line. We love Disney, but we also enjoy RCCL and HAL for half the cost. We cruise more frequently now that we sail on other cruise lines and our son is grown.
  18. valee

    valee Mouseketeer

    Dec 1, 2008
    Before my DCL cruise, I had qualms about traveling on Disney without kids. I pictured decks full of screaming spoiled brats. Instead of the kids getting on my nerves, I found myself enjoying them. What I found on DCL were happy kids who were a delight to be around.
    There were enough adults-only places to retreat to if needed, but I really enjoyed watching the families having a great time. I started heading to the atrium and watching the character meet and greets from an upper balcony, just to see the kids' meet their favorites. I really enjoyed seeing all the little interactions of people just being happy and sharing joy.
    Other cruises may be relaxing, but this cruise lightened my spirits, Since you're headed into the health professions, I'd advise a Disney cruise to recharge your awareness of human goodness, because I'm sure that you'll see plenty while working that will test your faith in it.
  19. Jess6001

    Jess6001 Hey there, Mr. Grump Gills. You know what you gott

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. I have read each one. We love Disney and I know a Disney cruise is in our future. I'd love more than three nights but our budget and schedule (my sis is in spring classes) only allow the 3 night. I'm going to give it more thought and hope it can work!
    Considering making the trip more "worth it" overall with a night before at Art of Animation Ariel room (sis wants to go there so bad). Perhaps extending the trip to the beach with mom after the cruise. I gotta make the $300 airfare from MI worth it! Haha.
  20. Four Swampers

    Four Swampers Picture is Disney Wonder at Cabo San Lucas

    Feb 7, 2012
    Cruised Princess to Alaska 14 years ago. Got off and thought "Eh. Fine. No issues. Don't need to ever cruise again." Went on Disney Wonder 3 night to Bahamas 3 years ago and got off jumping up and down thinking "I can't wait to go again!" Since then, my wife has done a total of 8 DCL cruises, and she is doing a "girls trip" in 4 weeks and another trip with a friend in 5 weeks (B2B on the Wonder). I have done 7 DCL cruises, including one with just my wife. The girls have done 6. The only danger you have going on this cruise is that you will get hooked.

    BTW, what residency? I'm a pediatrician.
  21. Jess6001

    Jess6001 Hey there, Mr. Grump Gills. You know what you gott

    Mar 27, 2009
    I know we'll get hooked! I'm applying to IM...planning to do cardiology (possibly interventional). So I'm sure you can appreciate me wanting to celebrate graduation and do something fun before internship starts... :)

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