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Old July 11th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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I have cruised princess and disney, and my wife was asking if we could do another Disney cruise. I told her it shouldn't be a problem, knowing that they were somewhat more expensive, and went off to my travel site.

HOLY POOP! They are double the cost, for a lesser room, I don't ever remember it being that big a gap. Is this new? Did I just not realize how expensive my Disney cruise was in 2001?

Disney Jan 17th - Balcony Room - $4800 (2 people)
Princess Jan 18th - Mini Suite - $2500 (2 people)

Both 7 days, one goes to 2 places, the other 3, plus the private island. Both visit the same two places....I don't see how I can justify the double cost for a lesser room with Disney...

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I would not be able to justify it either. You could check out other greta lines....Princess, Celeb. Rci, that could give you a better value...You didn't mention kids? Will they miss the Disney experience?
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I am the only kid. We have no children, but we both enjoy Disney. We also enjoy the islands and cruising in general. It's just nice when you can combine them.

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Disney is nice but I would give Princess a try. It will be a similar but different experience and perhaps a bit more adult. (If anyone can say what adult is )

If it was me I would go for the Princess mini-suite in a heartbeat over the Disney cruise. You will get a great cruise, the islands, great dining and an overall great vacation. The downside will be "perhaps' lesser shows and no Mickey or other Disney characters.

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I have to ask if you've considered going on Carnival and picking the route that stops at Half Moon Cay? HMC is the private island and it is amazingly beautiful!!!! The cost is affordable and they have balcony cabins that are a must for the ultimate cruise experience!!! Carnival also has a casino.

I don't quite understand how adults can enjoy Disney, me, I always preferred Looney Tunes when I was a little kid!!! As far as going to a theme park--ANY theme park--I'll pass on any and all theme parks!!!!! Aquariums are different, Sea World I would do, but only the sealife parts of the park!!!!

I hope you decide where you want to go and which line!
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I have never considered carnival. I am not a party person, and Carnival bills itself as the "party" boat. I have also heard of more then one friend who was not very pleased with them.

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For some reason Disney has always been way more expensive, is it worth it?? Not if I can take 2 cruises for the price of one of theirs, I just can't justify that.
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IMHO...if you have small children that are really into Disney..go Disney...if you don't have children..go Princess (unless of course you are a big kid and can afford the price difference)
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I have to defend Carnival here. They USED TO BE the party cruise line. Now, there is not a whole lot of difference between them and most other lines. I hated Carnival in the past, even when I was one of the young party types. Now, I am MUCH older, don't party at all and love Carnival. You will get basically the same experience at a smaller price.
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I'm sure one big reason for such a price difference is that Disney does not have a casino and that is a big money maker for any of the other lines.
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I have to ask if you've considered going on Carnival and picking the route that stops at Half Moon Cay? HMC is the private island and it is amazingly beautiful!!!! The cost is affordable and they have balcony cabins that are a must for the ultimate cruise experience!!! Carnival also has a casino.

I don't quite understand how adults can enjoy Disney, me, I always preferred Looney Tunes when I was a little kid!!! As far as going to a theme park--ANY theme park--I'll pass on any and all theme parks!!!!! Aquariums are different, Sea World I would do, but only the sealife parts of the park!!!!

I hope you decide where you want to go and which line!
I used to think that about Disney until I visited Disneyland a few years ago for the first time. The amazing thing is they can make rides, attractions, shows etc that are perfect for not only kids but that adults enjoy too...Any Disney movie will have some lines snuck in just for the adults but kids always end up laughing too even though they may not understand 100 pct...That's not easy to pull off!

I suppose Disneyland/world is a theme park by definition but it is COMPLETELY different from any other...For one thing, the facilities are so clean you could almost eat off the ground. You will never see one piece of litter, a sticky bench or anything similar to what you will find in any other theme park. Any adult will be able to appreciate the engineering and the unbelievable imagination that goes into anything Disney...The Fantasmic show was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. The sheer quality of Disney is unbeatable.

But as far as a cruise, I agree with most of the others..That is just way too much unless you've really got a fortune to spend. Why not maybe do a short cruise out of Orlando then hit Disney for 2 or 3 days upon return (or vise versa)? I bet that would still be a great deal less pricy than a Disney cruise. Have fun whatever you end up doing.
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I have to ask if you've considered going on Carnival and picking the route that stops at Half Moon Cay? HMC is the private island and it is amazingly beautiful!!!! The cost is affordable and they have balcony cabins that are a must for the ultimate cruise experience!!! Carnival also has a casino.

I don't quite understand how adults can enjoy Disney, me, I always preferred Looney Tunes when I was a little kid!!! As far as going to a theme park--ANY theme park--I'll pass on any and all theme parks!!!!! Aquariums are different, Sea World I would do, but only the sealife parts of the park!!!!

I hope you decide where you want to go and which line!
As an adult looking back on my childhood really liked the Looney Tunes too but now that I'm grown up my all time Fav cartoon is The Flintstones. But I've never heard of a Flintstones cruise. lol
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Half Moon Cay is THE best private island of ALL of them. I can't believe how beautiful it was. Schools of fish swimming by your feet in the crystal clear shallow water is something you will never forget! I must have taken 100 pictures of how clear the water was ( and this wasn't my first time seeing caribbean water!) If you have ever heard of the Berlitz rating guides (kind of like Frommers etc), well this guy is the pickiest of the picky, and he rated it the BEST of all the private islands of ALL the cruise lines. GO CARNIVAL! I have to say I am not a partier myself, if I have a total of 1 glass of wine in a 5 year period that is a lot for me, and Carnival suits me just fine. I guess it just can't shake that old reputation. What I would recommend is trying one of the newer Carnival ships (still a great value, but plusher accomodations), and trying some of the great search engines on the web. I recently discovered a magazine at the library called Budget Travel. (budgettravel.com) One issue directed me to some sites that were like GOLD that compared prices and one site that even has travel agents fight for your business!!! Here they are: Kayak.com (searches the internet for all cruise prices- also for other things like air fare, hotels etc) sidestep.com (same thing), sites for cheap cruises were: cruisesonly.com, cruise411.com, cruisestar.com. Now the one that competes for your business is Cruisecompete.com. On another note if you haven't heard of farecast.com it is for airfare and what it does is predicts on history if the fare will go up or down etc. so it is helpful also. Well, I hope this helps some of you and sorry this went on so long!!! Good luck cruisers!! Debbie
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If it were me, I'd take that money and book 2 Princess cruises! Carnival isn't the party atmosphere you think it is, but I think Princess is a step up. The entertainment, food and decor of the ships is better on Princess. Carnival has some good things, but my preference is Princess. Not that I wouldn't cruise Carnival again...the Dream is on my list, but I won't book until next year for that one.
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