Disney Cruise - is it the way to go?

Mar 22nd, 2002, 03:45 PM
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Annie
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Disney Cruise - is it the way to go?

I have had my heart set on taking a Disney Cruise next February and was planning on booking it next month. Now that I have read all the cruise posts, I am having second thoughts. My husband and I will be travelling with our daughter who will be 9 and is a wonderful traveller. We took a three day cruise last year and we all loved it except that we wished it was longer. I don't think it's that expensive but if there is something better out there for the same price, I would appreciate any information as I am relatively "cruise illiterate"...
My questions about the Disney cruise are:
1. How does the service rate on the Disney Cruise?
2. We don't drink (alcohol) so will the level of service we receive go down?
3. We like "meat and potatoes" type meals. Will we have a problem with the restaurants?
4. What about the kids club? How is the level of care and how are the activities?
5. I've been reading about the bottomless cups for pop... I never heard about this before, is it a good deal?
6. Is there enough to do on the sailing days? We will only have three stops in the 7 day cruise (St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Castaway Cay).
Answers to these questions and any other information would be much appreciated. If anyone has recently been on the 7 day Disney Cruise and would prefer to email me direct, that would be great too...
 
Mar 25th, 2002, 04:35 PM
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Went on the three day Disney Cruise last year. I felt as though the four day cruise would be better. I think that seven days would have been too much. The kids still loved going to Disney.
1. The service was good, not spectacular. Would have been average in your higher end chain restaurant.
2. Alcohol had nothing to do with the sevice you got. Many people I saw didn't drink at all. In fact the bars were not well attended at all.
3. They had lots of meat and potatoes so it was no problem.
4. My youngest, five loved the kids club and made many friends. My son who was ten did not like thenm as well as there were fewer children his age to hang out with and they are divided up by appropriate age groups.
5. Bottomless pop, was 10.00 I think and was worth it as we bought two for the days and it paid for itself by the second day becasue if the pop was watery or flat, you got another.
6. They had activities for the kids, but fewer for the adults and that is why I don't think I could have done the seven day cruise. The cost is high and being selfish, I feel it was more oriented around kids and I don't think I would have wanted to spend the money on the seven day for what amounts to a kids vacation. The three or four day would be okay.

 
Mar 26th, 2002, 04:52 AM
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We have never done a Disney Cruise, the price has discouraged me when I felt that I could get an excellent cruise on RCCL or Celebrity for much less. My son has always had a wonderful time on these cruises. He loved the Voyager of the Seas; it took him two days to find all of the common areas. He absolutely loved Celebrity's Galaxy and had a great time with the other kids on board. There are plenty of activities for kids on other cruise lines, particularly if you cruise during a school vacation. We prefer more islands with only a day or two at sea. I love waking up to somewhere new each day. Definately look into RCCL's Voyager, Explorer or Adventurer and pick a ship based on the itinerary.
 
Mar 26th, 2002, 06:31 PM
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agree....I've done RCCL and Carnival with the kids. Shorter cruises are on cheaper vessels....don't bother next time unless it's a 7-day , then do a big, spectacular ship. That's all your kids will remember, trust me. They will go out of their way to please you in your food selection. There are tons of activities, plus your kids can come and go as they please. I think Carnival or RCCL is great- spend the extra money on excursions and souveniers. been there.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:52 PM
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Hi,
We've done a 3 day disney cruise and have booked a 4 day for Sept. Go to www.disboards.com and read the disney cruise line forum and trip reports. Post lots of questions and you will get lots of answers from people who have cruised Disney again and again.

My kids ages 4 & 7 last time and 6 & 9 this time absolutely loved it and felt it was way too short. They really enjoyed the kids programs!

Also, I think there is a great mix of family, kids, and just adult time. They have lots and lots of activities planned for everyone on at sea and port days. It's hard to choose which things to do.

The bottomless mugs are a great deal if you drink soda. Book with AAA to get them free! There is a beverage station with unlimited coffee, tea, water open 24 hours.

Whether you drink alcohol will not affect anything.

The service was not the pampering service that we received on RCCL but it was good nonetheless, more centered on kids I guess.

The food was good but not outstanding.

Hope this helps...try the disboards!

Sonya
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:53 PM
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I forgot to add that the staterooms are HUGE compared to other cruise lines.
 
Apr 2nd, 2002, 04:38 AM
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Sonya, On the Disney cruise, you weren't as pampered as on RCCL, the food wasn't as good and you paid more money. Why settle for a shorter cruise, pay more money, see fewer islands when RCCL and Celebrity offer a superior product that doesn't revolve around characters?
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 08:07 AM
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For WhyDisney:

boy after I read your summary of my post I had to go back and read it again, you made it sound like I had a terrible time.

Pampering: I did not mean to imply that the service was poor. Service was actually wonderful. Towel animals with chocolates on the bad every night, anything you wanted they would arrange it, dining servers really wanted to please. They really bent over backwards to please you in every way. It maybe wasn't quite as luxurious as RCCL but, these people went out of their way to make my children happy. And you know what, if my kids are being catered to and having a great time, I'm incredibly happy too!

The food, I agree, it was good but not great. This is an area I think Disney could improve upon. Not that there was anything really awful, just nothing really outstanding. The kids however were thrilled with all of their food on the kids menu and would have been permitted to order from our menu if that chose to.

As far as cost, I don't think I paid more at all, this was cheaper than Carnival's 3 day trip. We travel in the fall when rates are low and also take advantage of any FL residents specials. The last time we went on the 3 day they had a phenomenal fl resident discount and for the 4 of us it was only $800 total. I can't find any deals to touch that one this time around but I don't feel like our 4 day this fall is outrageously priced at all. We book inside staterooms and find they are roomy and we are pleased.

So Annie, what's it gonna be? Tell us where your research has led you. Disney gets my vote!
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 10:16 AM
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Went on the Magic 7-day cruise late Feb and had an excellent time. Second cruise, with the first on Carnival 14 yrs ago. Kids 3 1/2 and 8 loved the trip. Service and food were excellent in our opinion, especially Palo, the adults only restaurant. Days at sea were not boring at all. Current run Disney movies playing all day in the staterooms and theater. Relax by the pool and let the kids swim or whatever. St. Maarten was ok and St. Thomas was much nicer. Cabins were larger than I recall our Carnival cabin to have been. Plenty of areas for adults if you want to drop the kiddies off in the kids club which our 8 yr. old preferred to spending time with us. We got a deal for going with a family who got active military discounts, so I can't comment as to the value for paying full price, but for what we paid, you couldn't beat it. Wife wants to do their western Carribean itinerary after it starts in May. Ship has a classic and elegant design with lots of wood and not so much chrome, glass and mirrors. No casinos on board if that makes a difference.
 
Apr 6th, 2002, 01:06 PM
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Disney definitely gets my vote.
 
Apr 6th, 2002, 01:41 PM
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We took the Disney Magic's three night trip during the first year of operation. My nine and four year old kids loved it. The service and food are perhaps a B grade, but the ship was very nice. I travel for business so my standards are high. And my husband and I enjoyed it, too. My nine year old was upset when we picked him up at midnight from the kids club. He played basketball on the top deck under the stars. I don't remember the pop because I made my kids order milk at meals. Take a lower price room because everything else is the sames.
 
Apr 9th, 2002, 01:35 PM
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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go with Disney and stay away from Celebrity. No offense, but we adults love the fact that Celebrity DOES NOT cater to children, and appreciate the quiet, adult atmosphere on a Celebrity cruise.

As you guessed it, we do not have children. There are two placed where children don't belong - Las Vegas and Celebrity cruises. You have Disneyworld and Disney Cruises and a host of other wonderful things for you and your children! Celebrity does in fact have a "children's program" but does not cater to kids. In fact, during our cruises with Celebrity, there has not been more than 50-75 children on board at each sailing.

Sorry if this offends, but, some things must be retained as they are.
 
Apr 9th, 2002, 02:33 PM
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MerryM -- News flash!! Celebrity needs the lucrative family market. "Some things must be retained as they are"??? Retained? Where have you been? Try Crystal, old timer..
 
Apr 9th, 2002, 02:45 PM
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I agree with the fact that some things should be adult only! Children DO NOT have to be included in every thing that adults do, and yes i have 2 girls. Sometimes adults need to get away to be adults aagain without the full time responsibilty of children. A fine example of this is posted under the topic "CRUISE CRIME"!!
 
Apr 9th, 2002, 03:52 PM
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MzKitty -- So you're suggesting that children not be allowed on cruises? You MUST be kidding. How many cruises don't have any unruly adults? Children should be watched by their parents -- not excluded. If you're so concerned about adults only, try one of the Celebrity adults-only cruises or try a line without children's facilities. I like to take vacations to bond with my kids and create family memories -- not to get away from them.
 
Apr 9th, 2002, 09:16 PM
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Wonderful.
 
Apr 10th, 2002, 12:30 AM
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We just came back from a 3-day cruise last week and it was so wonderful we are booking another cruise next spring. My two sons 4&7, loved the clubs and I felt they were taken good care of. My husband and I had a great time. Plenty of pampering in the spa and time alone because our boys wanted to live in the club. They even allowed my 4yrold to be in the same club with his brother. The food was pretty good, especially the chocolate souffle in Palo's. My boys had pizza and macaroni&cheese every night, and they rate the food as excellent. In the restaurants for dinner,they ordered soda at no charge. Maybe we just had a nice waiter? I didn't ask. We didn't need the soda card though. We had a category 6 room with a window. It was more than enough room especially for the little amount of time we were in it. The trip was a great way to start Spring break for a good price. We didn't spend anymore on the cruise than we did at WDW last year. I could have used that day at sea, maybe next year we will consider a 4 or 7 day. This cruise is a definite must for a family vacation with kids and the adults who are kids at heart!
 
Apr 10th, 2002, 03:02 AM
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I do no beleive I stated oncea that children should not be on cruise ships. I simply feel some lines like HAL or Celebrity are more for the adult only crowd. Disney is for teh famliy cruise. It is entirely possoble to raise a family and have a lot of family memories, time well spent together and still be able to go and do things as a couple of adults to have some memories of thie own with out taking the kids along. Anlso this may come as a shock but there are some people who do not have children by choice who want a nice vacation without having other peoples children run completely over them. I for one relize this and respect this, that is why I would not cruise on HAL or Celebrity with my girls, age 15, & 11.
But this is just MY opinion.
 
Apr 10th, 2002, 08:13 AM
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First of all, I am NOT an old-timer. My husband and I are in our early 40's, both professionals. We do NOT take vacations to listen to other people's unruly children. Yes, of course, there are unruly people on ALL ships. But, on Celebrity and HAL this is minimized. But far and away, the quickest way to ruin a vacation for world-weary adults is to: sit next to a table with children who whine, complain and get up and frolic their way through dinner. The best part: The parents don't care as long as little Susie or Sammie is having a "good time." Or, try to get in the hot tubs or pool which has signs CLEARLY indicated that unsupervised children are not permitted. In fact, I've seen children under 12 in hot tubs meant for persons over 18. The parents who are nearby DARE you to look disapprovingly their darling children who are occupying space meant for ADULTS. And, oh, I just love it when children start screaming and carrying on during the on-board shows. And I'll bet the parents LOVE it when they take their children to see the comedian who, by the way, almost always indulges ADULTS in a little ADULT humor.

Celebrity does not need the "lucrative family market" anymore than Las Vegas did. Remember that debaucle? Recall that Las Vegas, about 10 years ago, decided to make itself more "family-friendly." Result: it did not work, because Las Vegas' enconomy is based on gaming and families DO NOT spend money on gaming! Well, Celebrity's draw may not be gaming, but it IS known for a relaxing, enjoyable vacation for adults who do not want to be bothered with kiddie shows, cartoon spectacles or children running amok through its ships.

I am sure that the children who do come on board have a good time. But, I am merely SUGGESTING that a better time would be had by a family on Disney or Carnival Cruise Lines. These lines, unlike Celebrity or HAL, gear themselves and cater to families and younger adults. They offer more on-board options to keep young people happy. And to be sure, disapproving glares from adults will be kept to a minmum.

I do NOT dislike children, but please understand that adults who wish to take a RELAXING ADULT-ORIENTED vacation should be able to do so, and lines such as Celebrity and HAL really do market themselves more toward the adult passenger.

Merry
 
Apr 10th, 2002, 01:56 PM
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TO MERRY, BRAVO!
 

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