3 night sailing: Will I hate it that it's so short?

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  1. jpeka65844

    jpeka65844 DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2005
    So I'm considering doing a "quickie" cruise with DS in Dec 2013.

    Is a 3 night cruise worth it? If we don't do this one, then because of schedules, it will most likely be 2015 before we cruise again (even though we could go longer on that one....) but I don't know if we can wait that long!

  2. Rogillio

    Rogillio DIS Veteran

    Apr 11, 2006
    Yes. But I hated that our 12 day cruise was too short too. ;-)
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  4. tajz90

    tajz90 Mama D

    May 6, 2012
    Any and all DCL cruises are too short, but if it's a 3 day or nothing, I'd take the 3 day :)
  5. TXDCLfan

    TXDCLfan DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2011
    IMHO that is way to short...we did a 5 day and said never again 7 days is just right for us.:cool1::cool1:
  6. darkwing818

    darkwing818 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    Hate to be negative, but we did one 3 day cruise & swore we wouldn't do another. Just way to rushed, we were literally unpacking when it was time to repack & leave the ship. It just wasn't an enjoyable part our vacation. Just our 2 cents worth. Thankfully we still had 6 days at WDW, before we headed home. :cool1:
  7. mickeyfan1

    mickeyfan1 <font color=purple>Come and let me show you my tat

    Jul 23, 2002
  8. savannahcat

    savannahcat DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2008
    I agree. We did the 5 day cruise on the Dream in June and thought it was too short, even though we spent 8 nights at Disney afterward. We'll try seven nights next time, but I have a feeling I'll still feel the same way...
  9. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ It could end up curdled

    Feb 11, 2011
    My favorite Disney cruises have been 15 days. :thumbsup2 I doubt we'll sail on the Dream til the itineraries change. And no, we're not interested in a back-to-back on the Dream just to get a week-long cruise out of it.
  10. disney1990

    disney1990 <font color=royalblue>Wow, it make my heart skip a

    Aug 24, 1999
  11. Macmaro

    Macmaro Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2011
    Like others have said, if it was all I could fit in, I would do it. It is rushed though. We're on a 5 day next week because of our schedules. My wife prefers the shorter and I prefer the longer so we usually compromise on the 7 day. I want to do transatlantic but I have not yet been able to convince her. I would go and just be prepared to rush.
  12. mellyp

    mellyp Mouseketeer

    Jan 5, 2011
    It's too short. 7 night is perfect for my family. But if 3 days or nothing, we will take it.
  13. bonjoe07

    bonjoe07 Mouseketeer

    Apr 4, 2008
    If a 3 day cruise is all i could fit in my schedule then its better than nothing, however a longer cruise will be best
  14. PrincessTrisha

    PrincessTrisha DIS Veteran

    Dec 10, 2004
    We did a 4 night in April and found it was long enough to satisfy the cruise desire until our next "long" vacation. I'm not sure I would feel the same way about a 3 day because there is no sea day and IMHO, I feel cheated on a cruise if there isn't a sea day.
  15. NancyIL

    NancyIL DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    All 3 of my Disney cruises have been 4 nighters to the Bahamas, and the first one was with my elderly mother. She and I weren't great cruise roommates, and by the time the cruise ended - I couldn't wait to get off the ship! Thank goodness I planned to spend 4 days at WDW afterwards...solo! ;)
  16. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    Honestly, I can't see myself doing a 3 night again. I did one as a 4/3 B2B and one as a combination with a 5 night WDW trip. A 3 night cruise is really 2 1/2 days long. The cost of getting to and from Florida is the same whether you cruise for 3 or 14 nights unless you live close enough to drive. DCL tries to cram all the most popular activities into those 2 1/2 days and the guests seem to be frantic because they might "miss" something. Seriously, the guests can be a bit nuts! If at all possible, turn that 3 night into a 4 night; otherwise just wait.
  17. collectoraholic

    collectoraholic Is it time to sail yet?

    Jul 10, 2003
    In the 17 DCL cruises that I've done, they were the following lengths:

    3-Nighter: Once
    4-Nighter: Five Times
    5-Nighter: Once
    7-Nighter: Six Times
    8-Nighter: Once
    11-Nighter: Two Times
    15-Nighter: Once

    & We have the following upcoming cruises booked:

    7-Nighter: Three Booked
    12-Nighter: One Booked

    So you can see, we like the longer cruises. The only reason we did the 3-Nighter that we did was b/c we got a fantastic last minute deal for myself & DH. Yes, it was short, but wasn't too bad. We know what we had going in, but we did definitely miss the day @ sea that you have on a 4-nighter vs. a 3-nighter. The one good thing...not having to pack too much/over pack. :lmao:

    My suggestion is this: If you can still switch it to at least a 4-Nighter, I would b/c that day at sea really gives you the chance to explore the ship. Whereas on a 3-Nighter, being in ports, you just loose that ability do explore imho.

    HTHs! :thumbsup2 & No matter what, even 3-nights on a ship is better than no nights on a ship. ;)
  18. IlovemythreeC's

    IlovemythreeC's Mouseketeer

    Apr 4, 2007
    We went on the Disney Fantasy for 3 nights and it was great ~ there is one danger though, it leaves you wanting MORE!!! We cruised in March and are now cruising again in Septmeber.

    I did feel that I did not get to accomplish near what we had hoped for ~ there is just so much to do!! However, it was an amazing experience and I encourage you to go :goodvibes
  19. Disney1fan2002

    Disney1fan2002 <font color=red>Like OMG the TF is SOO psyched to

    Jun 21, 2002
    tbh (to be honest, what the kids on FB say) I could never do a 3 day cruise. It would be too much of a tease for me. I wouldn't even feel like I was settled in the stateroom, when it would be time to get off.
  20. lundve

    lundve DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2005
    Hey collectoraholic I have one you don't :)

    3 nighter - one
    4 nighter - two
    5 nighter - one
    10 nighter - one (was supposed to be 7 but it was a hurricane lengthened cruise)

    While we love the longer cruises too we tend to sail more if we do shorter ones.

    So to the OP I am with the sentiment that if you can go with longer that includes at least one sea day do it - I felt that on the three night we couldn't even scratch the surface of what dcl had to offer.
  21. magrudersmakes3

    magrudersmakes3 DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2011
    We decided to do a quick getaway in September and the 3 day fit better in our schedule than a 4 night did. I would have loved to do a 4 night, but to me, the 3 night was better than no nights.

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