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Old 07-23-2014, 08:22 AM   #1
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Dream for the third time? Dad's skeptical

Planning our family vacation for next year. Last year, while on Dream for the second time, we put down our deposit for a 7 day cruise on the refurbished Magic. Now, however, the family is thinking we would rather do another 4 day cruise coupled with a few days at the parks, or even at Universal's new Diagon Alley area. I can't afford either the time or the money to do the 7 day cruise along with 3 days at the parks, so it seems if we want to do a land/sea combo we are stuck with yet another 4 day cruise on Dream.

I have to say, i'm not sold. Dream is a beautiful ship but having sailed her twice I think we've done just about everything we want to do. Speaking only for myself i'm really not interested in seeing the exact same shows for the third time, doing the onboard detective agency for the 3rd time (knowing the outcome). We've done Aquaduck both during the day and at night dozens of times. I guess it's just hard to get excited about the same ship for the third time. I was kind of looking forward to something new.

So, what are your thoughts? Am I out in left field? What are some things I should do that I haven't done before if we go back to Dream? Or should I cancel the Disney cruise and consider something different altogether? (Royal Caribbean maybe?)

Looking forward to your thoughts.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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Is leaving the Miami port an option? I know that since you are further south they offer shorter cruises from there. Also maybe it is a good time to try a RC cruise. Other than that there aren't very many options for PC. We like using PC too because it is so convenient. We have another Dream cruise scheduled for next May but I am thinking about switching it to the Magic that has one cruise leaving PC for a 5 nighter going to Key West. I do wish the Dream had a varied itinerary or they offered more short cruises from other ships out of PC.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:56 AM   #3
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That's an intriguing idea. I see that cruise you're talking about. Will have to see if I can get that week off of work.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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Agree - you need the change...

We've been lucky to be able to switch to a different ship so far for each sailing. December will be our 4th and it's the Fantasy. After that - not sure. I want to do an adults only but DW thinks we could do that with another cruise line instead (Don't think so!)

We've done Dream 5n double-dip, Wonder 5n no-dip , and Magic 3n.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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After two cruises on Dream we went to Royal. Loved it! We were on Freedom of the Seas specifically. Soon we are doing our own back to back, and doing a 5 night on Vision of the Seas then rushing from Fort Lauderdale to port canaveral for a short Dream. . We just like both!
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:38 PM   #6
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DH and I had this discussion recently when we were talking about our next adults-only trip next fall. We toyed with the idea of sailing on the Dream again (we've been on once with our DD and once just the two of us), but decided we'd been there and done that -- both in terms of the activities on the ship and the ports. Instead, we booked a 4-night on the Magic out of Miami. It'll be our first time on the Magic, and the itinerary includes a stop in Key West. We haven't been to Key West in ages and are really excited to return -- even though we'll have a relatively short amount of time in port. We've been to Nassau twice, so I wish the itinerary included a sea day in place of that stop. We're debating whether we'd rather return to Atlantis or stay on the ship that day.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:41 PM   #7
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We were AP holders to WDW for three years and sailed on the Dream 4 times in 2 years. Like you said the 4 night cruise work out well if your visiting the parks. We don't have AP's to WDW anymore and I prefer the 7 night cruises. It's actually cheaper for us to a 7 night cruise then it is to do 4 nights and WDW.

Like PP poster said I would take a look at the 5 night on the Magic. I think it's overpriced compared to the other cruises in May, but at least it would be something different.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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That's a great position to be in.. to cruise or not to cruise...I would suffer through cruise #3 and go on an excusion? Do you SCUBA?
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #9
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How about skipping a cruise and spending a week at WDW & Universal?
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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I wanted to offer the other side in case your options are limited or you are outvoted I'll be doing my 5th Dream cruise in September so clearly I enjoy the Dream. To me, the *positive* to a repeat cruise is you can do things you haven't had a chance to do. You've mentioned you've seen the shows (I know that feeling) so perhaps now do things at night you haven't been able to before like the other events going on, exploring the ship, going to one of the clubs, etc. If you've already been to Nassau, stay on the ship and enjoy it, hang out by the pool, Aquaduck, etc.

In my experience, sailing twice on a ship isn't enough to have seen and done it all, especially when they only offer 3/4 night sailings. I know it feels like a repeat - just trying to offer the flip side.

If given a choice and all things were equal I agree with the others it feels you need a change so the ideas of the Magic or Wonder out of Miami (not sure your timeframe) are awesome ideas. We are doing the 4 night Wonder next Spring Break to mix it up and it was a lot cheaper than the other sailings.

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Old 07-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #11
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Kind of leaning towards a week at Universal Orlando on site OR a week at Atlantis in Nasaau but I may be outvoted on both.
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I might be wrong in saying so but I think a week at Atlantis would be way too long.

Also a side note that I checked the Magic and the room we wanted went up $300 from Sunday to today. I am not sure why but now I think we might just stick with our Dream cruise and add a few extra days at WDW and maybe try Universal. I can't believe we have never been there before but Disney always wins out! After all the Dream is still a really great ship and being on it is still pretty awesome!
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:53 PM   #13
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I might be wrong in saying so but I think a week at Atlantis would be way too long.

Also a side note that I checked the Magic and the room we wanted went up $300 from Sunday to today. I am not sure why but now I think we might just stick with our Dream cruise and add a few extra days at WDW and maybe try Universal. I can't believe we have never been there before but Disney always wins out! After all the Dream is still a really great ship and being on it is still pretty awesome!
I think "way too long" is relative. What may be way too long to one person may not be to another. One of the partners in the accounting firm I work for visits Atlantis every November for at least 5 nights and loves it. It would be just like staying at the beach for a week plus you get awesome water slides, tons of pools, an aquarium, casino, shops, great dining options, etc. We are considering flying down for a few days our self and I don't think we would be bored or anything.

OP, I have been on the Dream twice and am actually kicking around the idea of taking a short 3 night next December because I want to see the ship decorated for Christmas. We went to the shows on our 5 night with the family but skipped them all on our adults only 3 night. We would skip them again or watch 1 of them if the boys wanted but the beauty of being on the same ship more than once is that you don't feel that you "have" to do certain things.

Of course, we sailed the Magic this year just to have a bit of a change.
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I don't think 3 times is too many on the same ship. Our 1st was on the dream, 2&3 on the fantasy, and we're going back on the Fantasy again next May. That's even the same western itinerary as we did last month. We continue to find new places and things to do each time.

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Old 07-26-2014, 05:12 AM   #15
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How important is it for you and the family to have a cruise in your (7 days) holiday. Universal and WDW have enough to offer to keep you busy and happy for more than a week. So maybe you could not do a cruise this time and sail the cruise you really want another time.
I wouldn't spend so much time and money on a cruise you don't really want, while instead you could stay at a nice resort near the parks and enjoy your days.

On a side-note: it is refreshing to see someone stating he feel "stuck" with a Disney Cruise
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