Disney Cruise - is it the way to go?

Apr 10th, 2002, 04:25 PM
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mzKitty: So I guess your 11 and 15 year old girls "run completely over" other people? My son's been raised too well for that. To quote a poster on the CruiseCritic board: "As long as Celebrity advertises the virtues of the shipboard 'Fun Factory' and happily collects fares for/from kids then those who claim that Celebrity is "an adult cruise" where kids should be shunned are contradicted by the line itself.

After all, there are PLENTY of ships and lines that deliberately offer no Children's Programs or dedicated space. So it seems that you who want to totally avoid kids are on the wrong boat!"

Merry - Well, at least you won't have mzKitty's girls running around but you might have my son reading next to you. Carnival?? Been there, done that, never again. Disney with teens? Maybe if you had other younger children in tow but we had quite enough of Mickey when my son was younger. BTW, I'd never guess you liked children after that tirade.
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 03:29 AM
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To mom, get over you're self! I did no state that my girls would be running over any one, I stated that a ship in the HAL or celebrity line would not be for my girls because it is promoted to be for adults and that it should rally be that way. There are plenty of cruise lines that promote family, CCL, RCCL, or DISNEY. You shouldreally rad the post correctly before you attack, and also ONCE again I state thatsome place should be strictly adults.Part of being a child is knowing that as a child you can not do everything that an adult does and that is one of the benefits of growing to be a responsible and POLITE adult. I wont comment on the fact that you statd you're son would be sitting on a cruise ship reading a book? what no planned activities for the children? Theres always the topless sunbathing deck on CCL!!
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:44 AM
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mz.kitty: "people .. want a nice vacation without having other peoples children run completely over them... that is why I would not cruise on ..Celebrity with my girls, age 15, & 11." Perhaps that's not what you meant but that's what you wrote (awkward phrasing often leads to misinterpretation).
But enough of this! The bottom line is kid's are allowed (except for the adults-only cruises) therefore kids will be on board whether you approve or not. P.S. I've heard peeking at the topless deck is one of the attractions of Carnival for young boys. I think I'll stick to Celebrity.
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:54 AM
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OK, this is out of hand and has turned into a kids v. no kids bashfest amongst posters.

Annie, in essence, asked if her nine year old would enjoy a Celebrity cruise and seemed particularly concerned with the " at sea" days. My honest opinion, from a non-mother's viewpoint is no, she would not. My husband and I specifically choose Celebrity because of its pampering attention to adults. The children I've seen on Celebrity (four sailings now) have been either much younger or much older than 9. The Fun Factory looks does have fabulous appeal to the younger child, and teens have their own disco, etc. You rarely see children after dinner because babysitters are hired so the parents can hit the casino and clubs. There simply is not enough to keep a nine year old contented, IN MY OPINION, on sea days. Also, in my opinion, discontented children means cranky and somewhat obnoxious children and this is when it becomes a problem. On sea days, when the activities consist of napkin folding, gourmet cooking and wine tastings, the in between age child is splashing happily or unhappily in the pool and hot tub areas unsupervised because the parents are either at one of the activities or lying by the pool reading/sunning.

Notice that Annie is planning to travel in February. Well, guess what? Most of the seriously "want to get away from kids" cruisers do so during the traditional school months such as February. She is most likely to encounter side glances and disapproving looks at these times. Families are NOT the norm on Celebrity. Most cruisers are in their 40's and above.

I do not intend to attack MOM or any other poster who expresses their opinion on this forum, and I don't appreciate my opinion and my character being attacked any more than anyone else.

Oh, and by the way, when my husband and I were in our early 30's, for our first cruise we sailed a Disney 3-day cruise out of Port Canaveral and it was delightful! Especially for the kids whose faces BEAMED at having the characters on ship and being treated like princes and princesses. Now, which would YOU rather your children experience? If I had kids, I'd want mine to take a vacation to a destination that made them feel very special, and DISNEY does this exceptionally well! Why change????

Cathy

 
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:02 AM
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Mom: We just returned from Celebrity's Galaxy in February and my 14 year old had an absolutely wonderful time. He enjoyed the cruise, the program and the kids more so than that on the Voyager. They are marketing to kids with families, they have an excellent kids staff and they were happy to take my money. Just because it says Celebrity doesn't mean that families can't have a wonderful cruise.
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:05 AM
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Actually, I am planning to take my children on a Clebrity cruise this year. I wouldn't dream of cruising without them, as I think it's a perfect FAMILY vacation. My husband only goes on a cruise because the boys love it so much.

If you want to avoid children, go on Crystal, Raddisson or any ship that does not offer a kids program, playroom or meals. If the cruiselines offer these things, that should be a hint that they are in fact welcoming children and are catering to the lucrative family market. They better cater to my kids since without them, I wouldn't even consider a cruise. Now to Annie's question.

The first cruise we took was the inaugeral cruise of the Magic. The kids LOVED it, and so did I. The kid's programs are phenomenol. I booked another cruise on RCCL shortly after, so my husband would go with us. (He didn't want to go on the first cruise). I was afraid the kids program might be disappointing but my kids loved it as much as Disney's. We've taken 2 more RCCL cruises and now I'd like to book on Celebrity.

Sorry Merry and others, but we will be spending a lot to take our kids on that cruise so we're entitled to enjoy it. You won't ever see my kids at the shows though, since the kids programs run well into the night. I don't allow my to run all over either. I also think if you go when schools are in session, you'll encounter fewer kids.
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 04:39 PM
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Wow! I sure never meant to start a debate like this one... Thanks so much for your comments, and I did use the disboards (am on it all the time now)... We decided to book the 7 day Disney cruise in February (our spring break) and am looking forward to it as is my (very well behaved) daughter, and my husband... After searching internet rates, and every TA where I live, we found the best deal at Dreams Unlimited...
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 05:12 AM
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Annie, I'm curious, are you going over President's week? That's when we want to go because school is out but the rates for that week are double for the third and fourth person than what they are at other weeks. Were you able to get a decent rate?
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 05:53 AM
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Hi Nina - we are going the week before President's week. My daughter is also out of school on President's week but we are pulling her out for the week of the 8th, then staying in Orlando for a week. When we first started pricing out cruises, we found that President's week was way higher than the week before or after so made a decision early on to cruise first, then the 2nd week in Orlando instead of the other way around (which was our first plan). If you go to Dreams Unlimited website, they will email you quotes for different weeks.
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 12:48 PM
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Thanks Annie. I'm beginning to think we'll pull the kids out early or later too. Everything is at a premium that week! I just put in my request for a quote to Dreams Unlimited and hopefully will hear from them soon.
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 03:54 PM
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Hi Nina - Good luck. I have been very impressed with Dreams Unlimited so far... You didn't say how old your kids are but my daughter's 9. If that's the age range and you decide to go on the same cruise, feel free to email me outside of this forum....
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 06:25 PM
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Hi Annie,
Glad you checked out the dis boards...isn't it great over there? And, I'm glad you picked a disney cruise...you'll be pleased!
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 07:35 PM
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Hi Sally - I am totally addicted to the disboards, now. Thanks for the info about it. I'm sure we will be really pleased with the cruise. We can all hardly wait....
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 05:34 AM
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Annie, I just got the quote for President's week - Whoa nelly! I'm going back over to Dreams Unlimited to get the quote for the previous week, hopefully there will be a big difference!
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 04:05 PM
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Hi Nina - Just to give you an idea, we paid about $2600 (two adults, one child) for a category 11 for the week before President's Week...It was almost double for President's Week...
 
Apr 17th, 2002, 05:35 AM
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That is a big difference! My quote for 2 adults, 2 children Catogory 11 was $4975 WITHOUT airfare during Presidents week!!!
 
Apr 18th, 2002, 12:17 AM
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Yeah, Disney has the product and your attention. They are an onery bunch.

Only good prices are in the fall.

Paul
 
Apr 18th, 2002, 02:16 PM
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Actually Paul we sailed on the Disney Magic several years ago during March spring break season for $799 adults, $399 children, the lowest I've ever seen the price. It was advertised at the end of November and we booked it then for the following Spring break cruise.
 
Apr 19th, 2002, 12:36 AM
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Hi Nina,

That was then, this is now.

Paul
 
Apr 19th, 2002, 10:48 AM
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They also had those prices this past March (I know, I was watching closely), or is that only because of the economic slump?
 

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