We are booked for Disney Magic (2008) and I am reading up. I dont have Passport cruise edition but I did take out some other books on Orlando and the Unofficial Walt Disney World 2007 book out of the library today.
We are staying there in less than 2 months and going to check out some of the Disney hotels if we can. Go to Earl of Sandwich and the Polynesian Resort on the Disney Property and maybe downtown Disney. I got a map in one of the books which is helpfull to try and picture where everything is.
Some people seem to like the split bathrooms in the cabins, though with just two of us I cant see that as a huge biggie. Im reading up on everything from the sideways cat 11s seeming to be larger that have a trunk to the upper categories. This one book also has a chapter on the cruise line Im taking to bed tonight to read. Is it worth it? I can hardly wait to find out. Luckily we dont gamble and like children. I also was a music major and love shows and hear Disney's musical shows are way more professionally done than other cruise lines.
yes it is worth it!!!
We have done 14 Disney cruises so far with 3 more booked. The first week of this month we tried the Carnival Glory out of Port Canaveral.
What a mistake!!! After cruising with them I can see how much better Disney is and how Disney pampers you!!!!
Plus if you are active on the carnival ship and with excursions it will cost as much as Disney when you are done.
If you drink pop it is NOT feee on Carnival. Excursions are more expensive too. I fyou want an adult only dinner they do have a restaurant like Palos but it is $30 per person, much more than Disney.
Kids dont have much to do in the clubs and the clubs open which means kids fill all the pools which are small to begin with or pay money to do the arcade. Their shops are very expensive and no little things kids like to buy for souvenirs, only expensive gifts so it costs more. Photos are a lot more then Disney's photos too and so are the drinks.
By the time your cruise is over and the bills are added up, it cost as much as Disney unless you do nothing. Plus you dotn get the outstanding service and atmosphere Disney offers to their guests.
Carnival has so many rude Crew Memebers!!
I posted a report on this site called Disney verses carnival. I fyou read it there is acomparisson at the end that will give you an idea of just what you get for your money.
But for us we will stay with Disney,
Yes the shows on DCL are awesome!!! Way better than Carnival. No comparrison really.
20 DCL cruises and counting!
1 Carnival Glory cruise
Waiitng for the new ships to arrive for more magical cruises!!
I think that Disney is worth every penny and cant rave enough about it. I have been on carnival, rccl and Disney, Where Disney prevails is with the childrens programs and the dedication to the Family. They include alot of small things in there price that other cruiselines make you pay after you get on ship like mentioned above, the pop. Plus Disney staterooms are larger. If you are traveling with children you really dont have to worry about deck parties getting out of hand having a bunch of drunk people on board causing havoc, which adds to the overall experience of your cruise. Plus Castaway Cay is simply amazing. As long as I vacation with my children, I will pick Disney over any other cruiseline hands down. They do set the standard on service and do go out of there way to make your vacation "magical" and to me the memories of those trips are priceless.
I have to ask, when did the pop become free? I sailed the Wonder in 2001, and it cost us $25 each for a silly plastic cup that you HAD to carry everywhere to get pop. BTW, this was for a 3 day cruise, I would hate to find out what it would cost for 7 or 14 back then.
10/15/2001 - Disney Wonder
12/1/2007 - Grand Princess
We just came back from a 7 day Eastern Cruise on the Disney Magic and this was our second cruise. We've done the NCL and by far Disney was much better overall. My kids ages 4 and 8 had a great time as well as us parents too. Honestly, didn't even bother to get off the ship other than Disney's Island.
The two bathrooms is a real plus with a family as well as the entertainment that they provide. The food is good, not great. But if you get a chance to go to Palo (the adult only resturant) it is GREAT!!!
So, having said that, I guess you just have to figure out if it all is worth the price. We've already booked our 3rd cruise and will be going on that in two year.
I have been trying to weigh the costs of the different lines and called Disney's 1-800 number to ask a couple questions. I asked what the differences are that justify the higher costs and the lady gave me the wierdest answer.
"She said that the other lines have a lot more ships to fill so they have to charge less." I don't care how many ships they have. I took this comment to mean that since disney has less ships they need to charge more in order to make more money.
Why is that difficult to understand? It's demand and supply