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    wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    so me and my mother are pretty big cruisers. We have done nearly all lines imaginable except for Disney. I really want to do a Disney cruise I do understand they can get pricey after a while.


    I have heard that there are a lot of cons to them. One of which I think was if you are a pin collector you get special pins when you go on the cruises? is that true or not? I am wondering.


    any reviews pros and cons would be great to hear also.
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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Have you done a lot of cruises on Royal Caribbean and Carnival? Or a lot in general?

    If you have done some premium cruises like Holland America you will not get the price shock.

    DCL varies, but from Port Canaveral you get some perks.
    A Disney owned terminal, a Disney owned island.

    Sailing from other areas use the municipal termernal and don't stop at the private island.

    Disney is a premium cruise. It has tons of activities for many ages. Modern cruising style with less buffets. Well produced shows and some mini shows. Fireworks. Lots of characters.

    It lacks in a few areas. No super size ships with a bonanza of activities, like zip lines, ice skating or wave pools. No casinos.

    The only reason I'd skip it is if you don't like the itinerary or are in the 18-20 year old range. Done with the kid zones but can't get into the adult clubs.
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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    done more carnival cruising then any others have done RCCL and did big red boat once when it was still out on the market

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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    If you have done some premium cruises like Holland America you will not get the price shock.

    DCL varies, but from Port Canaveral you get some perks.
    A Disney owned terminal, a Disney owned island.

    Sailing from other areas use the municipal termernal and don't stop at the private island.

    Disney is a premium cruise. It has tons of activities for many ages. Modern cruising style with less buffets. Well produced shows and some mini shows. Fireworks. Lots of characters.

    It lacks in a few areas. No super size ships with a bonanza of activities, like zip lines, ice skating or wave pools. No casinos.

    The only reason I'd skip it is if you don't like the itinerary or are in the 18-20 year old range. Done with the kid zones but can't get into the adult clubs.
    I don't think I'd want an ice rink or wave pool. What I like about Disney cruises versus anything else is I can have my cake and eat it too. Meaning: I'm a huge Disney nerd. I don't like the parks because they are crowded and people are rude. Plus I like to sit with a book and a beach, and veg on my vacation. So this I get my Disney fix, get my comfy vacation, without rude jerky people.

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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Quote Originally Posted by kala83 View Post
    done more carnival cruising then any others have done RCCL and did big red boat once when it was still out on the market
    You will find the Disney Cruise Line to be better overall. It is a notch above and that is why it costs more.

    Quote Originally Posted by knittingknerd View Post
    I don't think I'd want an ice rink or wave pool. What I like about Disney cruises versus anything else is I can have my cake and eat it too. Meaning: I'm a huge Disney nerd. I don't like the parks because they are crowded and people are rude. Plus I like to sit with a book and a beach, and veg on my vacation. So this I get my Disney fix, get my comfy vacation, without rude jerky people.
    I can take it or leave. Big ships do have more chaos but it is amazing that they have more of everything. Some people like that, but some don't. It was amazing to get back on the small ship after being on the Dream as it was on the big Dream my first time.
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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    I've only ever been on the Fantasy (wait I've done quicky trips to Mexico on cruise boats... don't remember what boat or what line. And I did a Hawaii cruise with my grandfolks when I was a kid.), when it comes to Disney cruise lines. I'm going on the Wonder next September. I'm nervous about how I will do on the smaller boats for a 14 day cruise.

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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    I really like carnival they treat them repeat cruisers very well but from what I can see most cruise lines end up doing that to repeat cruisers int the long run.

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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Quote Originally Posted by kala83 View Post
    I really like carnival they treat them repeat cruisers very well but from what I can see most cruise lines end up doing that to repeat cruisers int the long run.
    I'm saying Carnival is bad, just that there is a difference. Carnival is like flying coach, and DCL is like flying in first class. They are on a different tier. That is a reason for the higher cost of a Disney Cruise.
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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Oh o completely understand I and wondering if Disney gives benefits too relay cruising with Disney like carnival does?

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    Re: wanting to do a family DCL trip some timesoon

    Quote Originally Posted by kala83 View Post
    Oh o completely understand I and wondering if Disney gives benefits too relay cruising with Disney like carnival does?
    Disney does have a loyalty program. Carnival has more offers but that is because they have more trouble filling the state rooms.

    After one DCL cruise you become a member of the Castaway Club. You can book another trip onboard at 10% off as you are onboard and part of the club(some people book pay the deposit and shift the sail date until they are ready to capture that discount). You also get advanced booking of things like restaurant and spa reservations. On the second cruise as a club member you get a lanyard and special room key and a small stateroom gift. You get special boarding access, basically because you know the routine they check you in quicker as I recall. You also get onboard credits after 4 cruises

    After 5 cruises you get to the gold level and get a reception from the crew.

    After 10 you move up to Platinum which has more perks, including a free meal at Palo. A much better check in process.

    There always seems to be a lot of club members, because Disney has many repeat customers. It's program is also more strait forward, as the cruise line is less gimmicky.
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