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Old January 23rd, 2008, 03:10 PM
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I've taken a number of cruises on both Carnival and RCCL and enjoyed all of them. I like both lines for a number of reasons. That being said I'm considering a Disney cruise for this fall. One of the reasons I'm hesitating is the price. Its $150/pp more than a comparable Carnival or RCCL cruise. What I would like to know from others that have sailed either Carnival and RCCL (or both) and Disney, is if they thought the extra money for Disney was worth it. Sailing would be myself (45), DD (16) and DS (14).
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 03:36 PM
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I've taken a number of cruises on both Carnival and RCCL and enjoyed all of them. I like both lines for a number of reasons. That being said I'm considering a Disney cruise for this fall. One of the reasons I'm hesitating is the price. Its $150/pp more than a comparable Carnival or RCCL cruise. What I would like to know from others that have sailed either Carnival and RCCL (or both) and Disney, is if they thought the extra money for Disney was worth it. Sailing would be myself (45), DD (16) and DS (14).
I can't say about anying other than for Carnival but I took my grandkids ages 9 & 14 and they had a blast with them and are begging to go again . They loved the kids place for carnival and do purchase a soda card for each it was well worth the money
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 03:53 PM
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The Disney shows are considered top notch compared to other cruiselines but do not have live music. Soda as you know is free. Usually Disney has cheaper 3/4th person in the cabin. Which category are you considering? Except for the lower two categories, Disney has the split bathrooms so its easier for 4 to get ready for dinner at the same time.

Disney has 3 dining rooms you revolve through, including the one that starts out as black and white and by the time you finish dinner the walls are in color. I dont think the food is anything special, but I do hear it is easier to meet the characters than it is inside a Disney park if thats something you like.

Disney sells candy outside their theater which I find odd, parents talking about bringing candy so they dont have to buy it for their kids. So much to snack on, I dont even crave candy. Disney has a private island with a adults only area where you can get a steak made to order if your kids can do without you. They also enforce the rules in the adults only area more.

Other than the above, I think all 3 cruiselines are pretty equal, Disney cabins about the same size as Carnival, usually RCL is a litle smaller. Similar food etc. Disney does have some carts with healthy snacks, but those wouldnt go over well with most kids. For teens many prefer the newer RCL ships with waves and walls to climb.

Many find the Disney childrens programs too large and overwhelming.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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No casino on Disney ships if that's important to you. I've been cruising with my grandson (now 17) since he was 10 yrs. old and he loves Disney World but never wanted to sail on a Disney ship. Although Disney has adults only areas on their ships, there is no getting away from children of all ages in the common areas so if lots of children running around is going to be a concern, I would suggest sailing on another cruise line. All other cruise lines have children, of course, but not to the extent that Disney does. I love Disney World but would never cruise on one of their ships.
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No casino on Disney ships if that's important to you. I've been cruising with my grandson (now 17) since he was 10 yrs. old and he loves Disney World but never wanted to sail on a Disney ship. Although Disney has adults only areas on their ships, there is no getting away from children of all ages in the common areas so if lots of children running around is going to be a concern, I would suggest sailing on another cruise line. All other cruise lines have children, of course, but not to the extent that Disney does. I love Disney World but would never cruise on one of their ships.
I'm with you rose that would be TO MANY KIDS
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I have cruised on both. I did 2 carnival cruises before taking a Disney Cruise. I sucked up the additional cost figuring we would have a great experience. My kids ages 7 and 10 at the time were a bit disappointed in the kids club. Many activities were scheduled, but when we showed up to participate, they didn't happen. My over all feeling was that Carnival tries harder to impress (and succeeds) Disney seems to act like they have the reputation for being great, so they really don't try hard (and fell short in my children's opinion). There were millions of small children on board. It was hard to manage walking through the halls as most families tended to leave their stollers blocking the halls rather than taking up space in the cabins. Many public areas were over run into the wee hours (1:30AM) by parents with small infants/toddlers. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE DisneyWorld and DisneyLand. I go at least once a year. But when cruising, we have opted to go back to Carnival for 3 more cruises after Disney. A cruise is about relaxing and being spoiled. Save Disney World for the crowds and overflowing children. My children voted for a Carnival cruise 5 trips now!
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Old January 28th, 2008, 09:11 PM
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My family did the Disney Cruise just over a year ago, and we just returned from a week on the Carnival Freedom. My kids were 7 and 11 when on the Disney Wonder. Both kids hated the kids program, and were always asking to be taken out.

Last week on the Carnival Freedom, My now 9 year old LOVED the kids program and spent many fun hours there. The 12 year old showed no interest with the programs, and never attended any of them. This is no reflection on my kids opinion of the program, just a lack of interest in kids programs in general.

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts and insight. I think we're going to stay with Carnival. It's really hard for me to justify the extra money for DCL, especially since my kids are teens and really aren't into the whole Disney thing.
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I think your children are a little old for the Disney scene. I have never cruised on Disney and probably will never go. My only child is 26 years old and I am way past the age where being about a million little people would not bother me. It would probably drive me crazy.

I also like to partake in the casino on occasion (every waking hour) so a Disney cruise would be lacking to me.

All in all, I think a Disney cruise is good if you have children under the age of 8 or so. Anything older than that and I think the options onboard RCCL and Carnival would be a better match to the varied tastes and stages of the "9 years old and up" set.

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