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So my wife and I have been on two Carnival cruises and will be going on our third this September (7 day southern Caribbean). On this cruise our almost 4 year old daughter will not be with us.

Next Summer we are thinking of doing the "Disney" trip to Orlando with her, probably Disney World for a day and maybe SeaWorld for a day. My grandparents live near Port Canaveral so we were thinking of taking her to Disney, see the great grandparents for a day or two and then going on a 3-4 night cruise.

Part of me is saying I should look at a Disney cruise however another part of me says she'd still love a Carnival cruise and take part in Camp Carnival. After comparing Disney to Carnival pricing, Disney is roughly 2x the cost of a comparable Carnival cruise.

Not that I will be turned into child services for taking my daughter on Carnival instead of Disney lol will there be any major regrets to not taking her on a "Disney" cruise?? I have no idea on what kind of activities and such they have for the kids. I have a feeling a Disney cruise would be a bit more special for a kid but is it worth 2x??
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We've done one Carnival cruise .Next summer we are doing the Disney with one of her daughters and family .
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I am an enormous Disney fan, and cruised first with them, thinking no one else could match up. Then I did a Carnival cruise... I quickly realized that to pay full price for a Disney cruise (which I luckily got a great military rate on) would be foolish for such a similar product. The only way I would personally pay to do a Disney cruise is, perhaps when my daughter is exactly the perfect age, and I would make it a big event. But, I prefer to do more vacations and more cruises, which the amazing rates at Carnival (and other lines) allow for.
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dear sir,
we are ages 68 and 74........april 17-21, 2011 we took our son ,daughter in law and 6 yr. Old grandaughter on the new disney dream. There is so much to do and i am going to tell you something.......i do not know who had more fun, them? Or us? Did the aquaduck as it was on my bucket list and had a ball.

no one but no one does it like disney. So much to do and their island is pure dream. Go, go, go sir............. You will never regret it.
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We have cruised 2 times. The first was on Carnival and we had a great time. However, while in port in Nassau we saw one of the Disney ships and we wanted to jump ship . the second cruise was on the Disney dream, in fact we just got off on Thursday. After sailing Disney, I don't think we'll ever sail another cruiseline.
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It really depends on what you most value in a cruise vacation. If you're a big Disney fan, there is certainly something to be said for cruising with all of your favorite characters. Similarly, Royal Caribbean is affiliated with DreamWorks Animation and its characters aboard the line's newer ships. If extras like that don't matter to you, then it very well might not be worth the cost premium.
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If you are willing to spend double the money for a 4 year old to relieve your feeling of guilt, then do it.
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I've always wanted to try one, but the prices are just a bit too high for me...I can certainly handle a cruise without a casino, no big deal... The restaurants sound wonderful...May-be when I win the lottery :-)
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hello,

i can understand where we get attached to a cruise line but we can't compare apples to grapes !!!!!

disney cruise line is unique in itself. So you know up front...............no casinos.
going on a disney cruise you can be any age and find out even in your 60's-70's your inner child emerges.

yes, do go and enjoy a cruise nly disney can do.
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We just returned from the Dream-1st time cruising w/Disney.
(3 day cruise)
First of all it's a Gorgeous ship! I think we had the best cabin on the ship as well, room 8262.
Now I know there are many Disney cruise fans out there, BUT I have to say, after reading about Disney Cruises, we were expecting so much more. We took our 7 yr old daughter so she could experience all the princesses as well as the other characters. She especially LOVES Rapunzel so we were surprised to NOT see her in any of the scheduled photo opportunities. We asked when we would be able to see her & were told to go to the show that night, she will be in it with lots of other characters for about 3 minutes! They were right, that was the only time we ever saw her. My daughter kept asking when she could get her picture with Rapunzel & we had to tell her she could only have pictures with the other princeses. The "scheduled" times were few & the lines too long so we gave up. We were expecting to see characters during our dining but never did. The food was fair at best. Served cold or uncooked food at times. We left our dinner 2 nights(out of 3!) after having to wait too long as well as did our table mates. Never had a "formal" night, maybe they don't on a 3 day cruise. Go to Disney World to experience the park then, don't waste your $ - go on a Carnival cruise.
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We just returned from the Dream-1st time cruising w/Disney.
(3 day cruise)
First of all it's a Gorgeous ship! I think we had the best cabin on the ship as well, room 8262.
Now I know there are many Disney cruise fans out there, BUT I have to say, after reading about Disney Cruises, we were expecting so much more. We took our 7 yr old daughter so she could experience all the princesses as well as the other characters. She especially LOVES Rapunzel so we were surprised to NOT see her in any of the scheduled photo opportunities. We asked when we would be able to see her & were told to go to the show that night, she will be in it with lots of other characters for about 3 minutes! They were right, that was the only time we ever saw her. My daughter kept asking when she could get her picture with Rapunzel & we had to tell her she could only have pictures with the other princeses. The "scheduled" times were few & the lines too long so we gave up. We were expecting to see characters during our dining but never did. The food was fair at best. Served cold or uncooked food at times. We left our dinner 2 nights(out of 3!) after having to wait too long as well as did our table mates. Never had a "formal" night, maybe they don't on a 3 day cruise. Go to Disney World to experience the park then, don't waste your $ - go on a Carnival cruise.
My very first cruise was with "Premier Cruise lines" "Big Red Boat", back in 1998. They had all the Looney Tunes charators onboard. Kinda like a copy cat to disney. Yes it was a old small ship with no modern perks like disney, but the Charators were all over the place and even came around at dinner. Plus you could take pics with them with your own personal camrea. My Nephiew was 4 I think at the time and was his first cruise. My sister arranged to have Bugs Bunny tuck him into bed. (for a fee of course). We have plenty of pics taken with charators. I have some of them posted on here in my profile albums. Anyhow, that was a good cruiseline untill they went out of business. By then we started sailing with Carnival since my sister was doing travel full time back then as her job.

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Next time, you may want to check into doing either Oasis or Allure of the seas with the dreamworks characters. They are everywhere on the ship at all different times. I caught two parades that are wonderful, just get a good spot at least 15 minutes before the start...
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Prices are bit higher compare with the value of what you get but still there is lot more to do.
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I've done Disney & Carnival, and while I enjoyed both cruises, the Disney experience was wonderful. I can't wait to do it again. That's not to say that I'll never cruise on Carnival again, but there was so much to do on the Disney boat. We rotated dining rooms each night (your waiter & staff stayed the same, as did your table mates, but this gave each guest the opportunity to experience each dining room, as each one provides a different experience & menu). The kids area on Disney Dream was spectacular!! Our child is still talking about it and we sailed months ago.

The money spent on the Disney Dream was money well spent, no regrets whatsoever.
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I've always wanted to try one, but the prices are just a bit too high for me...I can certainly handle a cruise without a casino, no big deal... The restaurants sound wonderful...May-be when I win the lottery :-)
They are a little spendy the one I looked at was over $2300 for two people in an inside cabin
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If you are willing to spend double the money for a 4 year old to relieve your feeling of guilt, then do it.
WOW really thats what you really think about doing something with your grandkids? You dont even know these people. Such anger and hostlity ! Hope you have a nice day
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so my wife and i have been on two carnival cruises and will be going on our third this september (7 day southern caribbean). On this cruise our almost 4 year old daughter will not be with us.

Next summer we are thinking of doing the "disney" trip to orlando with her, probably disney world for a day and maybe seaworld for a day. My grandparents live near port canaveral so we were thinking of taking her to disney, see the great grandparents for a day or two and then going on a 3-4 night cruise.

Part of me is saying i should look at a disney cruise however another part of me says she'd still love a carnival cruise and take part in camp carnival. After comparing disney to carnival pricing, disney is roughly 2x the cost of a comparable carnival cruise.

Not that i will be turned into child services for taking my daughter on carnival instead of disney lol will there be any major regrets to not taking her on a "disney" cruise?? I have no idea on what kind of activities and such they have for the kids. I have a feeling a disney cruise would be a bit more special for a kid but is it worth 2x??
you would better answer your question after you cruised on disney............but..............as a grandparent who took 2 teenagers then our son and wife and 6 yr. Old grandaughter last april we can tell you this much....................no cruise line compares to disney! Our son is a pilot.............flies all over, stays in fine hotels, sees many attractions in regions............but..............
he never has been on a cruise.
he was.....shall we say...............so-so about it all. But........................i have the proof hanging on our walls this 40 yr. Old man, his wife and grandaughter never stopped smiling, laughing and were in awe.
try it..........you'll understand!
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we have cruised 2 times. The first was on carnival and we had a great time. However, while in port in nassau we saw one of the disney ships and we wanted to jump ship . The second cruise was on the disney dream, in fact we just got off on thursday. After sailing disney, i don't think we'll ever sail another cruiseline.
ahhhhhhhhhhhh you have seen the light !
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