robntawn Posted November 13, 2006 #1 Share Posted November 13, 2006 Hello everyone! I have asked this question on other boards, as well as this thread, but only received tepid response, so I will repost my question... We are a family of 5 (my wife and I, and our 3 teens, aged 16,16 and 18). We live in Sacramento and will be taking a cruise the 1st part of April, 2007. We have narrowed our choices down to RCCL Vision of the Seas (April 8-15) and the Diamond Princess (April 7-14) out of LA, or the Dawn Princess out of San Francisco (April 1-11). The kids are out of school April 6-15 for Spring Break. Here are some pros, cons, and various observations: 1. Total cost is pretty close for all 3 cruises, but the 2 LA cruises would require airfare and RT pier transportation, which would be about $900 total. Cruise costs: Dawn Princess: $4600 total with $375 OBC Diamond Princess: $4300 total w/ 0 OBC Vision OTS: $4200 w/ 0 OBC 2. The Dawn and Diamond cabins would be a balcony for my wife and I, and an Inside across the hall for the 3 teens, but the Vision OTS would only be for an Outside and an Inside...no balconies available. 3. We have been on RCCL many times and LOVE the product, and have never been on Princess. 4. Even though Dawn ends up being cheaper pp/pd than the others ($80 vs $120), I worry that the longer cruise will be boring for the teens. Also, they would not miss any school for the 7 day trips, but would have to miss 4 days for the longer cruise. Ditto for my wife and I regarding work. 5. Weather and sea conditions out of SF is rougher and colder than out of LA. 6. The Dawn is an older ship with poor balcony design. The Diamond is much newer with better design. 7. All of the ships go to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo, but the Dawn also goes to Acapulco for 15 hours and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. Of course, I'm not sure if the teens will find anything to do in either of these "extra" ports! Anyway, as you can see, I have a dilemna to solve. I would appreciate any insight, experiences, or suggestions my fellow CCers could give me. I've got all 3 cruises reserved, but need to pick one and cancel the rest before it gets too late. Thanks again... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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