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    Cool Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I love going on cruises but have never been on one of the Disney Cruise Ships. Just wondering if anyone has been on the Disney Cruise Ships and other cruise lines and how they compare. I would like to do the Disney Cruise when it comes to the West coast. Also, I do not have kids. Is it still relaxing and enjoyable for adults who do not bringing children with them? Thanks for your responses.

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    Quote Originally Posted by DS Mouse View Post
    I love going on cruises but have never been on one of the Disney Cruise Ships. Just wondering if anyone has been on the Disney Cruise Ships and other cruise lines and how they compare. I would like to do the Disney Cruise when it comes to the West coast. Also, I do not have kids. Is it still relaxing and enjoyable for adults who do not bringing children with them? Thanks for your responses.
    I have not been on a Disney Cruise, but from what I have seen there are many people who cruise Disney with out kids. The way I would look at it I go to DL with out kids so the cruise would be no different. I have been on a few cruises on RCCL, the only reason I have not gone on Disney yet is the price, DCL is higher than RCCL for the same ports, and for me the price is huge. Even at a higher price for the same cruise ports DCL is sold out for most trips so they must be doing something right.

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I took a Disney cruise back in 01 and they are top notch.

    But I passed on cruises this time because I do think they are far to expensive
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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    Quote Originally Posted by DS Mouse View Post
    I love going on cruises but have never been on one of the Disney Cruise Ships. Just wondering if anyone has been on the Disney Cruise Ships and other cruise lines and how they compare. I would like to do the Disney Cruise when it comes to the West coast. Also, I do not have kids. Is it still relaxing and enjoyable for adults who do not bringing children with them? Thanks for your responses.
    We are probably posting in the wrong section , but...

    Sailing on the Disney Cruise Line is an amazing experience. I have only been on the Magic, but the ship is stunning. It has a very classy decor with subtle hints of Disney, i.e. classic Disney/Theme Park tunes playing in the hallways. Its not too much that would drive a non-Disney fan mad, but just enough to make any Disney fan feel at home. If you are used to and enjoy the gambling atmosphere that most Cruise Lines offer, then you might be disappointed in the fact that the Disney Cruise Line does not have gambling on the ship. Instead, you have a beautiful movie theatre showing up to date family movies (mainly Disney films). You have spectacular musical productions, and amazing dining experiences (Animators Palate and Palo are the best places I have ever eaten).

    We had a small state room when we went (due to budget), but it exceeded our expectations. My favorite part about the rooms were the constant run of Disney movies. You have one channel dedicated to Walt Disney Classics while another channel is dedicated to today's favorites and more Pixar hits.

    It is very relaxing whether or not you have children. There were many adult specific areas of the ship, along with 2 different versions of the comedy shows (Family/Adult). The children have a wonderful amount of activities that the crew put together to keep them actively occupied. My girlfriend and I only ran into a group of children 3 times while just walking around the ship. We have both sailed other cruise lines/small boats and we both very much agree that Disney is the absolute BEST cruise experience out there. Where on our previous cruises it was the Ports of Call that were the highlights of the trip, it was the ship itself that was the highlight of our Disney cruise.

    My girlfriend and I were able to sail the West Coast inaugural Cruise out of Long Beach to celebrate her 30th birthday. I surprised her with a proposal in front of the Walt Disney Theatre right before the famous "Golden Mickeys" show. It's an Oscar type show that opens with families walking down the red carpet and into the theatre, where they sit down to watch the remaining carpet arrivals on the screen. Long story short, Chuck (President of All Seas Travel who had helped me put together the proposal) had arranged for my girlfriend and I to be interviewed as part of the red carpet arrival. And it was at the interview that I proposed to her. It was incredible! We were introduced after everyone had taken their seats and received a standing ovation. So naturally the Cruise Line will have a special place in our hearts, which is why we are sailing again during the Summer '08 from Long Beach.

    If you are planning on sailing the West Coast in '08, you may need to act fast, it is selling out very quickly.
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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I would say it depends on why your cruising. Is it for the ports or the ship or a combination of both? If price is an issue, then Disney would definitely be out, as there are many other cruise lines doing the same itineraries for less cost. Food on the Disney ships was good, but cruise line such as Celebrity are better. Since you do not have kids, is a casino important? Disney is very much a family cruise, so when you go there is a higher proportion of kids and family on this cruise and it is very family friendly. If you want more of a mix of adult entertainment than it may not be the best choice. The ships are wonderfully designed and are fun. I would recommend them if you want a cruise along with a Disney experience. If you are just looking for a cruise though and the ports, I think other cruise lines may be more to your liking.


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    Thanks for the responses! I love Disney and I love Cruises so I think I would like a Disney Cruise.

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I was just looking at the possible choices online, and noticed there are many selections to choose from. Which one do people recommend the most to a first timer?
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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    Disney is an excellent line, but you have to love or like Disney. There will be lots of kids, but there are some areas of the ships that you can get away and have a great time as adults. We loved it.


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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I have to say that although I love cruises and I am a bit of a ship/ocean liner geek, I am completely uninterested in a Disney cruise. The ships are beautiful, and there are some concepts that are interesting (like the rotation of your dining room) but I'd much rather sail on Cunard, or HAL, Celebrity etc. I love Disney theme parks, but I don't want Mickey Mouse on my cruise.

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I've cruised Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Disney. I've enjoyed all of them, but favor Disney, just because I love Disney. In fact I'm doing the 7 night Western Caribbean this coming April, on Disney. I go with a friend and we don't bring any kids, we have a blast!

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    I have cruised on Disney, Carnival, RCCL, Princess and NCL.

    Disney provides a truly unique high-end product with the best staterooms I've had. They also have ships that don't look cookie-cutter and have classic ocean liner design. The food is really mediocre at best, except for the adults only location, which is wonderful. Being Disney, entertainment is second to none. Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas is an island paradise, which means nothing if you're sailing out of LA.

    And I went with no kids and had a great time.

    But Disney is pricey, the premium doesn't equal what you get unless you happen upon one of the infrequent discounts.

    That said, if you can swing it, I'd do it at least once. You won't regret it.

    But I also wouldn't buy into the hype and book now, either. They may say they are close to sold out yada, yada, yada, but they never put the full inventory out to begin with ... on many sailings for next year (that they'll call sold out in 2007) suddenly when the calendar changes they'll have open cabins.

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    FWIW, there's a bunch of us going on the May '08 repositioning cruise, so if you have 15 days to spare, you could join us on the Micechat Invasion III trip (see meets and events section)

    Can't add much more than that to the conversation, as I haven't gone yet,, gotta wait til next May!

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    Great forum discussion from all who've been before.

    I am also considering a Dis-Cruise, but with a 2-year-old and one on the way (YAY!) we might wait a few years before a Dis-Cruise becomes a family trip. The other option is leave kids with grandma and have a blast on our own!

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    Is there alot of kids on them?

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    Re: Disney Cruises vs. Other Cruise Lines

    We've never sailed Disney, but those who have seem to agree that the line is very good at providing "kid-free" zones for those who want that. As a Disney wonk, I'd love to take a ride someday, but admittedly, the Disney ships are a little pricey. Everyone we've talked to who has sailed Disney really enjoyed the experience.

    Victoria and I have adopted Holland-America as our line of choice. It tends to attract an older crowd and is also not an "economy" line, but the ships are very well appointed, the food is exceptional and the staff is great. They also put fewer people on board. On our last cruise, we berthed right next to another cruise ship at one of our stops. Our ship was carrying 1800 passengers. The other ship (I forget the line) was carrying 2300 passengers... but our ship was noticeably larger!

    Be sure to do some research and talk to as many people as you can. Some cruise lines are "party boats", some are more sedate, some are really fancy, etc.
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