Disney Cruise vs. Carnival

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  1. Bonniec

    Bonniec DIS Veteran

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    *sniff* Thanks for making me tear up. :sad1: 14 years ago I saw the Magic in Port Canaveral (we got on a different cruise) and I vowed that one day I would take our kids. We never were able to make it and this year my older twins (18) just left for college. They still haven't gone. :sad::sad:



    But the good news is that we are finally going next year and I am bringing them too (along with my littler one who wasn't born way back then). :cool1: In fact, I think we are going to do the Magic for nostalgia sake.

    So even if they are grown and gone, better late than never. :goodvibes
     
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  3. elainyaeq

    elainyaeq Mouseketeer

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    Hi, when i was searching for a family vacation and our first cruise back in February earlier this year i looked at several cruise lines, compared prices and talked with friends that had been on cruises. We do not have a big budget for cruising either...i have a beer budget with champagne taste...lol...but i decided on Disney because we love Disney and the happy vibe it brings and knew our dd8 would enjoy it and the ships are newer, the pictures i've seen are amazing when compared to other cruise line ships. I guess it's all in what you're looking to experience.
    you can swing it if you plan your budget, there's many months to pay it off. Grandparents are coming with us too because they prefer the Disney and family atmosphere and the experience with our daughter. so while booking, when i noticed the October rates for a 3 night Bahamas was lower than other months i booked, knowing i had 6 months to pay it off which was great i squeezed it in the budget and every paycheck applied $50 toward the cost. i'm pulling our dd out of school for two days so no big deal theere she certainly will not mind =) I like October because it's closer to the end of hurricane season and we found out recently this cruise will be a halloween sailing, so even better.
    You didn't say if you are a FL resident...just the other day FLR rates came out for Oct cruises and now we are getting a nice refund. So take advantage of any rates you can when they come available, If you know someone in FL that can book with you there just needs to be one person with a FL id per stateroom. i paid under $1000 for 2 adults and 1 child, that's a great price for our first Disney cruise and with a 4d verhanda! I hope you have fun whatever cruise you decide! now if only Disney would port in to Tampa ::yes::
     
  4. Rogillio

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    Good for you!! Hope you have a wonderful time!!
     
  5. Tinkerbelle32

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    I just booked last night and paid $1400 for two adults and two children on the 4 day Bahama cruise on the Disney Dream. We are in a 5a delux balcony on deck 9. We booked a military rate, but FL. rates are also really good. I felt this was a good deal! :)
     
  6. melwill530

    melwill530 Earning My Ears

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    We have been on CCL and RCCL and Disney. Before kids we probably would choose RCCL over any of them. Disney has what we need with the kids. You also have to consider the other costs associated with the other cruise lines. I don't know if this has changed or not, but when we cruised with CCL there was a charge for sodas. There were some other hidden charges, I don't recall exactly what they were but I do remember having to go ask some questions about some charges on my CC. There is a comparison of 3 cruise lines in this months Caribbean Travel and Leisure. To me the extra money is worth it to have free babysitting and my kids love the kids clubs. Cost of Piece of Mind for us.
     
  7. amysuch

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    I haven't read all of the replies, so I'm sorry if I repeat what others have said.

    We just sailed CCL in August. We were on Disney last year.

    If you have never cruised before, Carnival will be fine.

    Disney just has a way of making everything seem more special. From the moment you enter the boat, everything is magical.

    What we enjoyed on Carnival: The Red Frog Pub. Their Thirsty Frog beer is excellent. That's about it. We had a good time on our trip, but it was not the quality of Disney.

    What Disney does better:
    1. The Food! Disney's food was wonderful. Carnival's food wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special.
    2. The entertainment. Entertainment on Carnival was okay. Entertainment on Disney was great.
    3. The ship. Carnival ships are more "Vegas-y" decor. Disney are more classical, refined. They are very "Disney," but not IN YOUR FACE Disney.
    4. No charge for sodas. Carnival was $6/day per person.
    5. Bring your own alcohol (though we did sneak on plenty on Carnival).

    There were several other things that we were charged for on Carnival that were free on Disney.

    My kids loved the nursery & teen club on Disney. They didn't travel with us on Carnival, so I can't compare those.
     
  8. NancyIL

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    Food is very subjective, but there's one thread on here about how disappointing DCL's food has been: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2987278
     
  9. rdevine10

    rdevine10 All our dreams can come true, if we have the coura

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    Ok, so here it is, if you ask this question on a DISNEY board with a bunch of Disney "freaks" and I mean that in a nice way, since I am one of them, of COURSE they are going to answer Disney is better.

    That being said, if you want a more unbiased opinion go to cruise critic and ask someplace like the family board and see what responses you get.

    I have cruised both Disney and Carnival and loved both equally for DIFFERENT reasons.

    I hope to go back on BOTH lines someday. I wrote a review comparing our disney and carnival cruises and posted it on this board after our last cruise this past april. It might help:

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2917261

    And for the record you cannot smoke in the carnival state rooms anymore, it would be been a deal breaker for our family. It was in the casino, which we didnt go to, I do not recall the clubs, as we didnt go there with our young kids either! But, you can read the rest of my thoughts on the other post!

    Enjoy where ever you decide! :)
     
  10. keishashadow

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    Saw an NBC program re NCL that stated alcohol sales often are counted upon to break even/profit point of most cruiselines.

    Sadly, I've seen the sloppiest drunks on DCL cruises. I attribute it to guests being able to freely bring liquor onboard and perhaps because many of the guests aren't accustomed to drinking so liberally vs party people?:confused3

    Don't get me wrong, I drink freely of the disney kool-aid (own DVC and visit the parks several times a year), just stating my observations.

    Sadly true, but people identify with the Disney brand and are very loyal. Everybody is entitled to an opinion:thumbsup2. This sort of thread pops up with frequency here. I just wish those who run down CCL would state when they sailed CCL (recent 1st hand experience important), what ship (you need to compare same type of ships to be fair not the older, smaller ships of other lines) and, to a lesser extent, how many sailings the revewier has to make a comparison...all of these criteria should help others make an informed decision.
     
  11. buckeyemom16

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    Ha ha these threads always crack me up. The usual Carnival haters always come out to play. I think most are afraid to admit there is another product that has great value for families. Bottom line you have to decide what's most important to your family, value or characters? You'll have a great time on either line. We took our first Disney cruise this summer after 5 others on other lines. We had a really great time. Were we swept off our feet with all the "magic"? No. I expected much more for the price (and we got a great VGT deal). Food wasn't that great and I wasn't blown away by the service. And I really wanted to be.


    I'm tired of those who have either never cruised CCL or haven't cruised in many years reporting on the drunks and party atmosphere. After FOUR Carnival cruises in the past 12 years we have NEVER witnessed this. Yes the decor and atmosphere are different. Yes people drink. They do on both lines. In fact, I commented to DH at sail away on DCL how many were drinking.


    Yes there is smoking in the clubs and casino on CCL. I'm asthmatic and I avoid those places. On our last cruise aboard the Freedom I booked a Spa balcony cabin. This guaranteed a smoke free atmosphere on my balcony. I was chased multiple times from my balcony on DCL due to a cigar smoker.

    Now, can I judge DCL by this one experience? Nope, we'll probably try again but the value will have to be there. I'm just too sensible and budget-minded to be caught up in magic that wasn't there for us. For us price and itinerary (after our June cruise DCL now doesn't go anywhere we haven't been) will win out every time.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

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  12. Rogillio

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    But you sailed 5 times on other cruise lines before sailing on DCL. For me, and many others, cruising was never even on our radar till we found out Dinsey cruises. The idea of taking a Carinval cruise for a family vacation never once occured to me when our kids were young. We were (and still are) huge Disney fans....and I mean Disney parks as well as Dinsey movies. For vacations we went to Disney World!! And when we needed a change, we went to Universal and Sea World....but we always came back to WDW. So when we cruised for the first time, it was on Disney! And that hooked us on cruises. We cruise other cruise lines now....but Disney remains our first love....and you know how it is with your 'first'. ;-)

    RE getting 'tired' of people talking about drunks on Carnival. I've never sailed on Carnival but have heard they have changed. But this goes to show how hard it is for a company to change it's reputation once it is firmly established. This is why I don't think you'll ever see gambling on a Disney ship....it's just hard to put that genie back in the bottle once she is out! ;-) Anyway, it will take a generation (at least) before Carnival sheds it's "party boat" reputation and replaces it with a "family friendly" reputation.
     
  13. Tonka's Skipper

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    1. 2009..........last trip.

    You were attacking me and my right to offer my opinion. Yes I offer my opinion on Carnival when the subject comes up. As do you, yet I dont go after you..

    3. The safety issue has to do with design failures on the Splendour class and other vessels. Operational issues on muster drills, ship operations, etc

    The USCG report on the Splendour fire and the other fires raked Carnival over the coals. Please go read them.

    As to the Concordia, it is alot more then 1 bad Captian. If you have followed it at all you would know that the Captian is under charges. 3 senoir officers are under investigation and now Personel in Carnival Inc. are been investigated and the operational policys of carnival are undergoing a major review by the IMO, Solas team, USCG and various Italian agenices. to name a few

    No their safety record is not comparable.

    I have made my points with facts......and not just comments

    AKK
     
  14. declansdad

    declansdad DIS Dad #639 New Brunswick, Canada

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    I never said anything about your safety comments but I do agree with the other poster in the fact that the Carnival Corporation does own and operate many more ships that other lines and statistically it more likely for the entire corporation to have more safety issues. Similar to Disney Theme Parks having more issues than the others simply because of the large number of parks and more guests.

    I am not or ever will "go after you". You called Carnival cruises drunken party cruises. I and others who have more recent sailings or more sailings have said they haven't found that to be true. If I am on a thread and you say that about Carnival of course I'm going to post my experiences. You make it sound as if Carnival cruises are the only cruises where you will find people drinking and partying. Sorry but that just isn't the case. If you feel that this is an attack, there is nothing I can do to change that.
     
  15. Tonka's Skipper

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    Folks,

    I find it a bit odd that when someone posts a thread , usually comparing Disney to Carnival, that when opinions are offered, if they prefer DCL and /or dont like carnival, some posters will post that the *carnival haters are back*, and think since *they hate carnival line, everything they say about liking dcl is obviously wrong and bias and everything the posters supporting Carnival is right* .

    I have clearly made my opinion about Carnival Inc. I have supported it with personal expriences, many of which have been repeated by other posters.

    I have investigated their safety record and the found that Carnival Inc. has many fire problems, 1 major sinking. These are now being investigated by many agencies and to my knowledge, the USCG has raked Carnival over the coals about the fires on the QMII and Splendor and the is considerable investigations going on about the lines operational polices, etc.

    I have respected other peoples right to thier opinions . I dont debate them unless they chanledge my opinion.

    So on this thread I am done.......I really dont care that one individual attacks me.........its not important.

    What ever cruise anyone picks I hope they have a wonderful trip.

    AKK
     
  16. Tonka's Skipper

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    Sorry 1 more comment,

    My error, you did not comment before about the safety record......but you are in error if you think they are the same with other lines, but you welcome to you opinion.

    AKK
     
  17. Ikaikalani

    Ikaikalani Tee-Eye-double Guh-err

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    Classic Disney vs. Barf Boat. Nuf said :rotfl2:
     
  18. Rogillio

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    Are you trying to insinuate that people on a DCL fan website are biased towards Disney?! Go figure!
     
  19. 4GoofyCrew

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    Excellent point! ;)
     
  20. LunaCup

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    I didn't read all the pages so I'm not sure if anyone has posted this, I apologize if they have. One thing you should do when comparing prices is make sure you are accounting for taxes and fees. The price Disney shows up front includes the taxes and fees while when booking with Carnival you have to go through the booking process to view the extra taxes and fees. If you plan on drinking the alcohol prices are similar but you can bring onboard your own alcohol on DCL which may make a difference for you. CCL doesn't include soda but we aren't huge soda drinkers so we brought a 12 pack for 3 of us and didn't finish it.

    I have cruised both. It is true that I prefer Disney hands down but I cruised Carnival after Disney and I would cruise with them again. I prefer the non-smoking in the clubs and bars on DCL as well as the shows/entertainment. On the DISboards you are going to hear lots of people who prefer Disney because well that is why most of us are here on the boards. =) However, I think you should make the decision that is best for your family and if that happens to be Carnival that is okay you can always try DCL another time if you still want to.

    The one thing I will say is if you choose Carnival go with a newer ship (which tend to be the 7-night cruises) because they are nicer and there is a more family atmosphere on those vs the 3 & 4-night cruises which tend to be older ships and have a more party atmosphere. Good luck with your decision either way I hope your family has fun!!
     

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