Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by scienceteach82, Jan 19, 2011.
Jan 19, 2011
Anyone ever been? If so...what are pros/cons?
We did one about 12 years ago--we've been on several cruises, and the Disney cruise has been our least favorite. The food was only fair, and unless you're a real Disney fanatic (no offense, Alice!) it gets old pretty fast. Maybe they've improved since then.
Mrs. K.... so what would you recommend... not that I'm going but always nice to hear what others liked.
It depends on what you're going for. DH and I are older and enjoy nice cabins, great food, classy entertainment, and beautiful scenery. We have taken Princess Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and Mexico and have enjoyed them very much. If you're younger and into more of a party scene, Carnival has that vibe.
Jan 20, 2011
I did a Bahamas cruise/ Disney package years ago as a chaperone. (It was originally a trip to Greece, but it was the year of the Achille Lauro incident; a number of parents cancelled in favor of something closer to home.) That said, things are very different now that they have their own ships.
And I'm not easily offended, Mrs K. In fact, the Disney cruise doesn't have nearly the appeal for me that Disney World does.
I love cruising, and I love Disney World. But for me, the cruise would take time away from the time I could spend in Disney World.
If I'm going to cruise, I would prefer Bermuda as a destination, (I LOVE Bermuda!!!!!!) or some of the Carribean Islands I haven't been to. I'm not a big Bahamas fan. I've been there several times, and simply have no desire to return.
Taking the Disney cruise in April on their new ship. I can post then about it!
Living in Florida makes cruising easy-that's why we have done 13. But we never have done Disney. My teaching partner has done 3 or 4 on Disney and says that if you have little kids, it is the way to go. Her whole family goes-4 grandchildren under the age of 5. She says it is wonderful for them, not so much for the grown-ups without children, since everything is Disney-oriented (the shows, the games, and no casino). We were on Royal Caribbean, docked next to one of the Disney ships and a Mom with a teenage son (off the Disney ship) talked to us and was unhappy with the activities for the teens. We were on a ship that had a rock climbing wall, FlowRider, basketball court, dodgeball court, mini golf, ice skating rink. Her son was very upset when he heard that. It all depends what you are wanting to do and who you are traveling with.
My personal favorite is Norwegian Cruiseline. To be fair it was my first cruise so I am sure I am biased. However, I have been on a couple other cruise lines and I believe Norwegian has the best food - very delicious.
DH and I did it for our honeymoon and loved it! It was our first cruise and trip to Disney, though, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I thought the food was great and there were a lot of fun activities.
On average, about how much are the cruises? My husband and I are going to have 10 years since we started dating. We don't have a whole lot of money right now, but I want to do something special. Since it is in the summer, my schedule is a lot more flexible to go out of town and truly enjoy it. We would probably have to go to Florida to depart. Any suggestions?
I actually wanted to try the Disney cruise, but we don't have kids. I have also heard of a Christian cruise.
There's lots to do on the Disney cruise without kids. They have a whole adults-only section, and a bar with adult-only entertainment (not like strippers and stuff, lol, but things like trivia, karaoke, etc), plus a spa and the like. We also had dinner at the later seating so there weren't a lot of kids, plus they have the adult-only restaurant you can eat at one night (you have to pay extra but it's worth it!!). It was certainly enjoyable and didn't feel overrun by kids or anything like that.
The Christian cruise sounds interesting...does anyone have any info on that? If so, I'd love a PM about it!
Jan 21, 2011
The price of a cruise can vary HUGELY. Depends on the season, the cruise line and where your cabin is on the boat. Do you want a balcony? Costs more. My hubby and I are spoiled and will only go in a balcony cabin, but many people say that you are never in your cabin anyway. If you have a balcony, you would be. Try room service (free) on your balcony for breakfast. Very romantic. There are so many sites on line to check out things. Try Vacations to Go. You can put in what you are looking for and they will come up with lots of choices. It would at least give you a starting point.
(but I do know from comparing with my teammate that the Disney cruises are more expensive).
And the Vacations to Go website has an area for teacher discounts--it's only three cruise lines, but there are some nice offerings!
Well I am hoping that the Disney cruise my fiance and I are going on for our honeymoon ends up being great. We are going on their new ship in July for 4 nights and then staying at Disney World for 7 nights. We are soooo excited!!! : )
Jan 22, 2011
My father surprised us with a Disney cruise (he told us we were going to Florida to the beach--we didn't know until we got into the taxi at the hotel and the driver got on the radio and asked how to get to the Mickey boat). This was about 10 years ago, and my siblings and I were between 9 and 14. We absolutely loved everything about it. At the time, though, they're weren't ships with climbing walls, etc., so we weren't missing anything. There were lots of great family activities, and my brother and I absolutely enjoyed the teen programs.
We also have cruised with Norwegian, and enjoyed everything about their cruises as well. The food, service, activities, etc. on both were great.
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