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Old November 28th, 2004, 11:33 AM
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Me and my gf would like to go on a cruise. What would be the best one? We are both in our mid-20s. And she really likes disney cartoons and stuff. Would Disney be too childish for us?
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Old November 29th, 2004, 08:34 AM
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Everyone will have their own opinion. Just depends on how much you LOVE Disney. Personally, I think you pay too much for Disney. I think you get more for your money with Carnival. More adult options on Carnival. Food selection I think is much better than Disney as well. (non meal times)
The shows were all Disney of course. I think you'll also enjoy them more on Carnival. More adult oriented.
Then again, if I had very little kids and money was no option, THEY would love Disney.
You don't have the casino's and just more kid friendly.
Your age group I'd stick with Carnival.

You're going to get lots of opinions and no one is right because they don't know what you will truly like in the end until you try both.

I was curious and priced out a Disney cruise and one we're taking next yr. It's double what we would pay if we took Disney.
Too childish, no. We're all kids at heart.

Have fun whatever you decide!
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Old December 30th, 2004, 06:46 PM
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I just got back from the Carnival Conquest on Dec. 12th. Before that, I had done two 4-day Disney cruises. In a nutshell, I think Disney beat Carnival on every count except overall food quality. The port in New Orleans is maddeningly chaotic---long lines with no signs indicating where you're supposed to go---and getting onto the Conquest seemed to take forever. The Disney terminal is much larger, more organized and easier to negotiate.

Also, I don't know what your interests are, but my family and I (all adults) thought the Counquest was pretty boring: if you don't drink or gamble, there really isn't much to do on the ship. Disney seemed to have more interesting activities, including a movie theatre playing brand new first-run films. We also liked the day at Disney's island, Castaway Cay.
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Old January 2nd, 2005, 07:30 PM
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As a guy who has worked on both cruiselines I can tell you that Carnival will be better for you. Disney is the best if you are with kids. The party stops at midnight there though. On Carnival there is more night life. If you go on one of the newer CCL ships you will definatly like CCL more. It's also cheaper ;~)
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Old January 5th, 2005, 02:59 PM
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If you love Disney and your not looking to save a bunch of $$$ then I'd definitly say Disney.

Great Picture opportunities. The characters are very available.

Pro's for Disney:
Food quality I thought was very good. I had a Mickey Ice Cream Bar (in the dinning room) at supper every night - along with a regular dessert. The waiters were excellent - even better than we've seen on the two Carnival cruises we've done. Also, they had unlimited soda (no extra cost) for adults as well as children. As far as I know Disney is the only cruiseline to offer this.

We took my nephew and I loved it. We are in our late 20's.

Yes, things do stop at midnight for the most part on Disney.

No, casino - we aren't gamblers so no big deal to us.

Lots of kids (obviously) but they didn't really bother us.

The shows were very good also (again if you like Disney)

The movie theater was GREAT!

It totally depends on the kind of things you enjoy as to which cruise you'll like better. If you are "partiers" I would not go on Disney. We didn't see much of that going on.

Disney is very organized. Getting on and off the ship was the fastest we've ever had.

I would go on a Disney cruise again without kids but my husband said for the money he would rather go on Carnival verses paying almost twice for Disney - unless we were taking kids again.

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Old January 10th, 2005, 11:38 PM
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I've never been on a cruise but am a kid at heart. I will also be traveling with a 7 and a 16 year old. My question is about the sizes of the cabins and crowds. Is it really worth the money Ive heard it was well worth it. Please let me know. I plan to go Aug or Sept 05. Thanks
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Old January 14th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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The cabin size on Disney is one of the largest at sea. I've also cruised on Carnival and will be on Norwegian twice this year. My cabins on Norwegian will be HALF the size of the cabin we had on the Magic. I would gladly sail the Magic every year, if only she sailed out of NY!
Keep in mind, the Magic will be on the West Coast until September 05, but the Wonder will still be sailing out of Port Canaveral at that time. Between the two months (August and Sept) I would suggest planning a September vacation. You will find that the cruise fare will be cheaper, because kids are back in school.
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Old January 25th, 2005, 09:50 PM
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You have to weigh all the factors. Disney is better quality line, food service ambiance. Carnival is more party place, disney has adult entertainment at night, just not as adult as carnival, with carnival gambling, late nite r rated comics bars etc, disney more expensive, but its a better product, if you really love disney , and dont mind disney at sea for 4-7 days then go with it, otherwises its a long time to be entertained by childrens characters.
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Old February 15th, 2005, 02:55 PM
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cwilliams,
Just wanted to say since you haven't been on a cruise, no matter what room you get unless it's a suite, you will have a small room! There isn't a HUGE difference in the sz rooms. Not enough to spend tons more money on a Disney cruise for that reason only.
We've been on Carnival, Disney and RCCL. There wasn't that much difference. I'm guessing Disney might have been a little more, but not much.

They have a kids club on Carnival too. Stuff for them as well. There will be many planned activities if you choose to participate. Personally, I'd go with the newer ship on Carnival. I don't think you'd be disappointed. THen if you want to go again, try Disney. But if you're happy stick with them. It's much less.

Carnival is not just a party ship as some people might think. Yes, they have fun.

Disney, be prepared for MANY little kids running around.

So no one can say this IS better. But we do have our opinions and we can just say what we think.

I thought in Port Canaveral, they were very organized with BOTH Carnival and Disney getting on. Have fun!
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Old February 16th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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I'm sorry.. I have to respectfully disagree about the room size issue. If you look at a new Carnival ship and compare it to the disney ships, this is the difference.

Carnival Miracle (one of the newest in the Carnival fleet)
Inside cabin- 185 sq/feet
Ouside Cabin- 185 sq/feet
Outside Cabin with balcony- 185 sq/feet plus balcony of 40 or 60 feet
Deluxe Outside cabins with large balconys- 230 sq/feet plus blacony of 85 feet
Suites- 245-275 sq/feet
Deluxe Suits- 300 sq/feet


Disney Magic
Inside cabin- 184-214 sq/feet
Outside cabin- 214 sq/feet
Deluxe outside cabin- 268 sq/feet with verandah
Deluxe family stateroom- 304 sq/feet with verandah
Suites- 614, 945, or 1029 sq/feet with verandah


As I mentioned previously, my room size on Norwegian will be a good deal smaller (something like 120 or 130 sq/feet). Disney obviously has more options in cabin size, especially for people who are keeping more than two people in a cabin.

I have nothing against Carnival, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion about a favorite cruiseline or ship, but as far as the cabin size issues goes, Disney has to come out on top. Personally, for a 3 or 4 night cruise it would not make a difference to me if the cabin is a little larger, but for a longer cruise, it's certainly more convenient to have more space.
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What I was basically trying to say is that when we went on our first cruise, we were expecting a "room". We were surprised at how small they were. Personally my opinion, I wouldn't spend a ton more on Disney cuz the rooms are larger. With being on all three, I didn't find a huge difference. By numbers, yes, Disney is larger. But it's not like getting a balcony room compared to a suite sz. We've gotten the delux balcony rooms with the larger balconies., so I'm comparing those numbers. When you're talking that small, to ME, it doesn't make a huge difference. Just my opinion.
So what WE stayed in on Carnival, and stayed in Disney, there wasn't much difference in sq. ftg.
So one has to decide how much difference it makes. For the rooms we stayed in, I wouldn't pay double the price to go on Disney again. There were too many things I liked better about Carnival. (newer ship)
But this is just MY opinion. Don't want to make waves here..
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Also, if you're into gambling, Disney does not have a casino.

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DISNEY!!!!!

Hubby and I have been sailing DCL for years and we don't have kids nor to we ever plan on having them. But, we love Disney and have never had a bad experince at DW or on the ships. DCL is the first cruise ship we ever sailed on and it will always be our favorite especailly for a quick 3 or 4 day cruise as DCL has the nicest quick trip ship afloat.
We are in our mid thirthies and have sailed her since I was in my late twenty's and the only complaint maybe the lack of nighlife. Now, I am in bed by 10pm and I don't last much past midnight now anyway, so that doesn't bother me. But, I can tell ya that I remember a day when the Magic first set sailed and our cruise director saw us sitting on the steps leading back to our stateroom at 2pm and said to us something like... "nice to see someone else is still up." So, I wouldn't call DCL a party ship. Not like Carnival, which is up way later partying past the wee hours and you'll even see and hear them at some of the ports. But, DCL does have a few clubs and I personally would rather have a few night clubs that zone out early and have the other ammenities that Disney offer vs having a place to gamble and party all night like on CCL. For me it's all about the ship and cruising. I figure you can hit some really cool clubs back home or it at Disney. Pleasure Island is awesome!

Just my opinon though....

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Old May 14th, 2005, 12:26 AM
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My family and I are trying to decide right now between Disney Magic, to the Western Caribbean (Mexico), and Carnival Glory, to the Eastern Caribbean (Virgin Islands). They are both seven days, and a friend and I will be staying in standard inside rooms.

We love Disney but I told my mom I wanted something a little more age appropriate for me this time (I'm going to be 18 when we sail), and she totally worked on it and found us a great cruise for HALF the price. The only thing is, I was sort of excited about going to Mexico, and I am worried after having experienced DCL, I will kind of wrinkle my nose at the gaudiness of Carnival. Of course, I'm just going off of reviews and photos, but I do really enjoy luxury and there's not as much of that on Carnival as I think I may be accustomed to.

Its hard, trying to choose between my dream ports of call and a more resort-like experience, with the downfall of some possible boredom, and a fun cruise with people my age, with the downfall of going to ports I'm not in love with and the loss of the luxury. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 11:26 AM
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I think Carnival is more age appropriate for you than Disney. A cruise is what you make of it. You can't be bored, there's just too much to do. Go with a good attitude as well. As a parent and knowing what we pay for cruises each year, just appreciate any cruise your parents will take you on. They're not cheap and many kids don't get the luxury of experiencing any cruise.
I'm sure you'll have a great time!
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