Go Back   theDIBB > Other Planning > Disney Cruise Line and Other Cruise Planning
Forgotten Password?
Notices
Disney Cruise Line and Other Cruise Planning Cruise Questions and Tips.
Florida Tix
Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unread 24 Aug 19, 01:46 PM  
Link to this Post
#1
Zigby
Staying in the Castle
 
Join Date: Jun 16
RCI 4 nights inc 2 trips to Coco Cay, or 4 nights DCL inc Castaway?

Which would you choose, and why? I've chosen one, and am now really second guessing myself about whether I've made the right choice.

Its me and 2 kids aged 12 & 9 travelling, both are autistic and need gluten free and GF/dairy free diets. We will have spent 5-7 days at WDW prior to cruise, and looking at concierge level on Disney, or grand suite level on Royal Caribbean.

Any insight and opinions appreciated! Thank you
Zigby is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 27 Aug 19, 10:14 AM  
Link to this Post
#2
Bats
Disney Cruise Line VIP!

 
Bats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 07

theDIBB Guidebook
Pages Created: 13
I have a food allergy and DCL handle it brilliantly. I know DCL have an allergy kitchen and take the food prep very seriously indeed. They provide soy and rice milk, dairy free desserts and they will often make a normal menu item GF and/or DF for you if they can (you order the night before for this, not on the night).

They will prepare food for your children for Castaway Cay too, although there would be plenty of meat/fish anyway if they ate that as it's essentially a BBQ on the island.

Silly question and probably worded incorrectly, but how autistic are your children? I mean, are they verbal, high functioning?
The youth activity areas onboard are amazing, but the spaces can be loud. You can go in with your children on the first day and when the spaces have Open House, but not at other times.

If you go concierge, you should be prepared to be treated royally. The concierge hosts are a breed of their own. There is a FB cruise group called Disney Cruising Concierge and some of the members there will have experience of autism within a ship environment. You'd need to join it's parent group first called Disney Cruising - it's very well run by great admin.

We love concierge, go for it!

I can't comment on RCI as never sailed on them, but Yorkshire T recently did so may be able to chip in with comments.

Joa
__________________

Edited at 10:15 AM.
Bats is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Inaugural DCL New Orleans cruise!
Reply With Quote
Unread 27 Aug 19, 02:36 PM  
Link to this Post
#3
Zigby
Thread Starter
Staying in the Castle
 
Join Date: Jun 16
Thank you so much, thats all really informative and helpful. The DCL cruise sounds fabulous, especially regarding the catering for allergies, but I'd still be grateful to hear more about the RCI cruise too, if anyone has any info to share?
Zigby is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 27 Aug 19, 06:50 PM  
Link to this Post
#4
danisleigh
Imagineer
 
Join Date: Jul 12

danisleigh's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 3
Restaurant Reviews: 6
We have cruised with both but not done coco day or castaway cay yet. We love DCL and they would always be my first choice and we just got back from a week on the magic however RCL are our second choice and we are visiting coco cay on the symphony next Easter as we got a good deal. Which ship were you looking at?
__________________
Apr 98..Quality Inn, Dec 2004...hotel Cheyenne, may 2006...Emerald Island, Mar 2013..Regal Palms / AKL / Rosen Inn / HRH, Oct 14..Cypress Pointe, July 2016 Newport bay club, Aug 2016 magic med cruise, Aug 2017 SSR/Rosen pointe/HRH, Aug 19 Northern Europe Disney magic, Dec 2019...Sequoia Lodge, August 2020 Disneyland California
danisleigh is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
DLP for my nieces first time!
Reply With Quote
Unread 27 Aug 19, 07:55 PM  
Link to this Post
#5
Zigby
Thread Starter
Staying in the Castle
 
Join Date: Jun 16
The cruise I was looking at is 4 days on the Mariner, with 2 stops at Coco Cay. I thought the Grand Suite entitled us to free room service, which would be super helpful if the dining areas are too much for the kids, but those Sky Suite perks apparently dont apply to Voyager class ships ☹️
Zigby is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 29 Aug 19, 10:20 AM  
Link to this Post
#6
Bats
Disney Cruise Line VIP!

 
Bats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 07

theDIBB Guidebook
Pages Created: 13
Originally Posted by Zigby View Post
The cruise I was looking at is 4 days on the Mariner, with 2 stops at Coco Cay. I thought the Grand Suite entitled us to free room service, which would be super helpful if the dining areas are too much for the kids, but those Sky Suite perks apparently dont apply to Voyager class ships ☹️
Just be aware that ordering from room service with allergies may not be the service you need/expect.
On DCL, I know they have GF options (you have to just ask for this), but not sure if they could easily do DF and GF and serve it to you on the spot.

Room service is free for all on DCL (just tip $1 a plate generally).
__________________
Bats is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Inaugural DCL New Orleans cruise!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump

US Rent A Car

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
American Attractions

theDIBB Menu

Kenwood Travel

US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.2522
CaxtonFX  $1.2607
Covent Garden FX  $1.2740
FAIRFX  $1.2650
John Lewis  $1.2576
M&S  $1.2291
Post Office  $1.2295
Sainsburys  $1.2525
TESCO  $1.2548
Travelex  $1.2437
Updated: 11:30 17/10/2019

theDIBB Charities
Cancer Research UK
DIBB Members have Donated: £10,130
£


Macmillan Cancer Support
DIBB Members have Donated: £1,085
£

Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.1309
CaxtonFX  €1.1335
Covent Garden FX  €1.1455
FAIRFX  €1.1380
John Lewis  €1.1365
M&S  €1.1123
Post Office  €1.1104
Sainsburys  €1.1311
TESCO  €1.1332
Travelex  €1.1233
Updated: 11:30 17/10/2019

Orlando Weather
Florida Time
Thu 17th Oct 7:02am
Now: 22C/72F
Few Clouds
Few Clouds
Cloud Cover: 20%
Wind: 8mph - NNW Arrow points to where the wind is coming from.
Pressure: 1013mb
Humidity: 83%
Illuminations Smoke
Updated: 11:00 17/10/2019