Just returned from our third cruise on the Disney line. We have sailed Disney Magic/Wonder (Mediterranean/Mexican Riviera) and now the Fantasy (Eastern Caribbean). I have lost 75 pounds and my plan is to lose the remaining 40-50 by next September...I KNOW I can do it, BUT I need a 'reward' cruise to keep me motivated!! We met some amazing friends on this last cruise and all of us want to do another cruise...some of us are considering trying another ship. I am afraid I will be let down because Disney is all I know...we plan on sailing the 2nd week of September but the third week is open, too.
The Allure of the Seas was parked next to us in St. Thomas...it was actually bigger than the Fantasy and looked pretty nice. Other than that I have NO clue about other ships. Could not tell you the difference between Celebrity/Royal/Princess...just familiar with the names.
We have three teenagers...next year they will be 18, 15, 14. They LOVE Disney...get all excited about the characters and if any of you have talked with Jack Sparrow..you know what I mean..spot on characterizations! So, if I take those away from them, I need to know they're getting something fun in return.
We don't drink or gamble, well dh will have a black beer once or twice on the ship (darker the better b/c they're just hard to find where we live) but that's it. Honestly, the perk of a Disney ship is that we're sailing with like minded families..I know Disney cruises must have their hooligans but we've managed to sail during the slowest times (early May/September) when it's not a full ship.
We do love good talent/nightly shows but not into the risque/burlesque kind of stuff..broadway singers just anything the whole family can attend.
As far as ports, honestly, was not impressed with St. Maarten this last go round, LOVED St. John...I guess I like more historical ports where you can DO or SEE something....
That's really all I can give you to go on...we loved the Aquaduck and all of us rode it many times...just a great ride! We also loved the dining technical advances in Animator's Palate...that was really cool..and the kids loved the kids clubs.
Based on these, is there a chance that we would love other cruise lines or should we just continue on with Disney? We want the kids to have as much fun as we do, but now that we've done all of their ships (won't do the Dream b/c it only does 5 day or less cruises and we want a full week or more) we're thinking redoing one of their ships might not be as fun as trying a completely new brand of ships where we get the nuance of finding everything and discovering.
Thanks if you've made it this far and can share your experiences!!