we have done carnival and disney. Hmmm, how do you compare the two??? You simply can't. Disney just goes above and beyond your expectations. While carnival's program was great and my daughter screamed with joy everytime she went to the kids camp (carnival glory).......Disney had the best kids program. But rest assure, your daughter will have a great time in carnival's program too.
DOLPHIN OCEAN BREEZE 1993
CARNIVAL CELEBRATION 1999
CARNIVAL GLORY 2004
NCL JEWEL 4/9/2006
DISNEY WONDER 6/15/06
NCL SUN 1/23/07 (girls trip!)
NCL PEARL 3/30/07
RCCI MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 8/27/07
NCL Sky 8/31/09 (Mom's Bday Cruise)
Disney Magic 10/17/09 with the baby!!
Next Cruise...NCL Dawn 6/6/10 NYC to Bermuda ;-)
The reason we went with Carnival was becuase of the price (Disney was double of Carnival's price) and the age of my daughter. Disney wont take two yr olds in their daycare programs. We wanted some time to ourselves. We went on a shore excursion and we saw some of the shows while she was in the Camp Carnival. She loved every minute that she was there.
Note that Disney is one of the few lines (Costa too) that doesn't charge an hourly group babysitting fee past 10 p.m. Most other lines charge about $5 per hour per child after 10 p.m. until about 1 to 3 a.m. Disney's nursery for infants through 3 year olds, charges an hourly fee for trained nannies.
This is exactly the topic that I was looking for, but I am interested in hearing about more than just the children's programs. What about other things to do on the ship with your toddler?
My toddler (who will be two when we go on a cruise) LOVES the water and I understand that there are restrictions with babies that aren't toilet trained in cruise ship pools. What cruise ships have good pools (not just water spraying around) that my toddler can enjoy?
My other question is I wonder is if Disney is worth the extra cost for the other amenities on the ship and on Castaway Cay that our toddler will enjoy more (such as more kid oriented evening shows)?
And my last question is that Carnival has often struck me as more of a cheesy, not so classy vegas style ship. Is this true? Because we are cruising for my 30th birthday, I would definitely like a little adult style luxury and class as well.
I would love to hear other parents thoughts on those three questions. Thank you so much!
I loved the Disney cruise but, I would wait until the kid was 3, because you have to pay extra for 2 and younger in babysitting. The pools were ok on Disney, it was my 3 cruise and I have never been that impressed with any cruise pools. There was only a splash area for kids still in diapers. Would I go on a Disney cruise again, yes but it would have to be a great deal. There is alot for the kids, but not alot for the adults. That is why I booked my next cruise with Carnival. As I understand it, Carnival has a good Camp Carnival and adult activties.
Disney has the only pool that has a separate infiltration system (part of the Mickey pool -- I think one of the ears) for babies in diapers. All the other lines post signs that kids in diapers can't use the pools.
True, you have to pay an hourly fee on Disney for kids under 3 or those who aren't potty trained yet, to use the nursery. However, Disney, Carnival and NCL are the only lines taking kids under 3 years in any kind of group babysitting or programming. NCL and Carnival take kids two years and older in their youth program for free. All the other lines (RCI, Princess, etc) only take those 3 yrs. and older.
Thanks so much for the bits of advice! I've decided to go with Disney because of the pool and it seems to be the perfect mix of family friendly and luxury (it will also be my 30th birthday that we will be celebrating).
Great choice! Disney is more of a splurge but great for little ones. Make sure you sign up for any hours you want your child to attend Flounder's Reef nursery as soon as you embark. (Hourly fee for nursery, but well worth it!) And yes, the stage shows are very child friendly. Disney Dreams showcases all the major Disney characters that little kids love.