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1 hour ago, KWong said:

I'll never say never... but I'm unlikely to sail DCL again. I like Disney but I'm not a fanatic, and I was pretty pumped to try out the Fantasy. I certainly enjoyed the cruise (it's a cruise, after all)... but I didn't feel that it met or exceeded what I experienced on Royal or Princess. And given the high cost, it makes it hard to justify going back on board.

I’m a fanatic and I just want to cruise it once.  Then I will say never again to the price and have warring obsessions agin...Disney parks vs cruising.  Jane

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15 hours ago, JasonOasis said:

MSC Meraviglia has Cirque du Soleil at sea.  Let me tell you this there is not a single Royal Caribbean show that comes even close to matching the Meraviglia's Cirque du Soleil at sea and they have 2 different shows and both were hands down the best shows I've seen at sea.  The quality of those shows match what you see in Las Vegas the shows were just that good.

The Cirque du Soleil show on Norwegian Epic was fabulous. I have seen Cirque twice on land, once in Vegas, once in Houston and the show on the Epic was very intimate and awe inspiring as it is set up as a dinner theatre.

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The inaugural t/a on Epic in an "Owner's suite" was one of the nicest runs we have ever had. But I am one of those that will take any Royal ship in the fleet compared to any other line now..... "C&A" 1600 points and counting 🥳 so let's sail 🚢 soon

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On 1/29/2021 at 9:37 AM, mom2mybugs said:

I’m a fanatic and I just want to cruise it once.  Then I will say never again to the price and have warring obsessions agin...Disney parks vs cruising.  Jane

Don't get me wrong. They are fine ships and there are definitely some positives about them. But it definitely wasn't for me. 

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For us, any Carnival ship out of Sydney Australia. The food and service was overall very poor. The lack of security with kids running and screaming down the hallways very late at night; past 2am most nights and having quite a number of guests packing a months worth of alcohol into a seven day cruise. I like a drink, so it is not really the drinking, or even excessive alcohol, but more the type of people who sailed who had little or no respect for fellow passengers, and you felt on edge that if you say the wrong thing or accidentally bump into someone, you could end up being assaulted.  Having done a Royal cruise previously set the bar and our Carnival sailing was polar opposite. Carnival was cheaper but for us not as enjoyable as a Royal cruise and so worth the slight cost variance.    

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On 1/31/2021 at 10:47 AM, CruisingOz said:

For us, any Carnival ship out of Sydney Australia. The food and service was overall very poor. The lack of security with kids running and screaming down the hallways very late at night; past 2am most nights and having quite a number of guests packing a months worth of alcohol into a seven day cruise. I like a drink, so it is not really the drinking, or even excessive alcohol, but more the type of people who sailed who had little or no respect for fellow passengers, and you felt on edge that if you say the wrong thing or accidentally bump into someone, you could end up being assaulted.  Having done a Royal cruise previously set the bar and our Carnival sailing was polar opposite. Carnival was cheaper but for us not as enjoyable as a Royal cruise and so worth the slight cost variance.    

Our 3 x B2B out of Sydney in 2018 was on Ovation and she was amazing. The first 10 days were around New Zealand and the last 14 were to Singapore via Brisbane/Darwin/Kuala Lumpur - and both were fantastic. However, the middle part bolted into the 27 day trip was a 3 day 'taster cruise' which took us just off the coast of Australia. I think the same people from @CruisingOz's Carnival experience were on for those 3 days as it was not an enjoyable atmosphere! Finding people passed out in the elevators, people confined to cabins for being drunk and disorderly and having to tip-toe around vomit in numerous places was a little off-putting!!

With hindsight we should have got off at Sydney with some hand luggage and spent 3 days enjoying the amazing city and local beaches!! 

So for the topic of the thread, would not avoid the ship but would avoid the actual 'trip'!    

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On 1/29/2021 at 8:17 AM, KWong said:

I'll never say never... but I'm unlikely to sail DCL again. I like Disney but I'm not a fanatic, and I was pretty pumped to try out the Fantasy. I certainly enjoyed the cruise (it's a cruise, after all)... but I didn't feel that it met or exceeded what I experienced on Royal or Princess. And given the high cost, it makes it hard to justify going back on board.

I said the same thing about the Disney Dream.  We had a bad experience with the room steward.  They wanted us to leave the room so he could clean it.  The buffet staff openly complained that we sat at a table that was recently cleaned.  

Other reasons I would have agreed. There did not seem to be many activities for adults to do.  The pools were small and over run by children (Umm hello?  Disney duh dude), the buffet closed really early and I wasn't sure where to get lunch.  Also, I spent way too much time looking for a bar at times.  

However, this was my 1st cruse ever.  No clue what I was doing lol.  I wanted to drink, eat, and swim, watch a show.  I did not look at the daily news letter to see what was going on.  I disregarded it as junk.  We were traveling with our 5yr old, I could have gone to the adult only area for a little bit but I didn't.  The shows we did see where amazing and loved the pirate night.  

I had let the stuff that was negative block out the great times we did have on the sailing.  We watched movies out at the pool, enjoyed the balcony, I found the bars, and loved the time spent at Castaway Cay (especially when we went back to the ship early and the pool deck was empty).  I have since watched videos and read blogs on DCL.  Yes the price is a lot more, but I think to sail with them every so often would not be a bad thing.  I have yet to try Royal and I am so looking forward to it. Hoping we actually sail this Dec.   

 

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