Disney Cruise Line - The Truth
My wife and I are planning on a second honeymoon for our anniversary. We have decided on a cruise. . . . a Disney cruise of course!
I have a lot of WDW knowledge, but the DCL is an area where I am very much lacking. I would like any information any DWT members would like to give me about the cruises. Specifically, I would like to be directed toward any trip reports. Differences about the routes. Is it worth the money?
Some concerns of mine are:
1. The DVD they sent was great, but I have worked at WDW long enough to know that things aren't always like they are on Disney's promotional material. They make it seem like the characters frolic hand in hand with your children on an empty deck all of their own. I know they do the same thing in WDW vacation planning videos. Are the characters mobbed like they are in the parks? Is there a huge line to see the characters?
2. The children's areas. Will my kids get bored with their areas quickly? They are age 7 and 11, both girls.
3. Going on from the above. Will WE get bored quickly with what the ship has to offer. I have been on 3 cruises with other lines. The longest was 2 weeks long. After about 5 days I couldn't wait to get off the ship. My wife has never been on a cruise. Is there really a lot to do on the Disney Cruises. . . . especially if you are not a big drinker/dancer?
We will probably go with the land/sea option if we do decide on going with DCL because, even though we have APs we never get a chance to stay at the resorts because we live locally. We think it would be great to just immerse ourselves in Disney instead of having to drive home at night. Is this a good idea, or should we just book some rooms at Port Orleans at Florida Resident rates and use our APs and go with a 7 day cruise?
As you can tell, we are still in the early planning stage. We plan on going in March or April. Any specific information or especially trip reports will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
disney cruise puts all others to shame
before going on my first ever cruise of any kind, i too wondered what the heck we would do for 7 days? what on earth could be so entertaining/fun? the disney 7 day eastern carribbean was a vacation like NO other! every morning a spreadsheet was delivered to your door, of course it had a cute name - the personal navigator (get it?)... this sheet detailed every hour of the day, broken into categories of adults only activities, family activities, and kids activities (further broken down into age groups). my family would wake up and literally have to pick and choose and highlight all of the great activities we did not want to miss. my 7 year old used the pager they gave us to have pages sent to us asking to NOT be picked up! the kids had private parties with characters, science experiments, arts and crafts, computers, food, singing/dancing/music and more! my 3 year old also had fun and was often found asleep on a mat from so much fun. my husband and i saw comedians and other entertainers we never would have seen in our normal life, thanks to the kids' programming. we had date night every night! there were cooking classes, behind the scenes tours, game shows, and more. i could go on and on (and happily will) if you have any other questions i can answer. i would never go on any other cruise line after this experience, since we are not really into drinking and gambling... if the 15 day cruises were not during school time we would sell our souls to go!