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Old 24 Oct 20, 12:35 PM  
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Which Disney cruise would you pick?

Weve currently got a 5 night cruise booked for Easter 2021, but obviously were not expecting to go (full refund available until February 2021, so were just leaving it in place for now.)

I was looking at alternative cruises, now that the spring 2022 itineraries have been released.

Our current itinerary is available to book for 2022. Its our absolute dream trip: on board the Magic for my Rapunzel-mad younger DD; a visit to Castaway Cay which is bucket-list for all of us; Nassau for my pirate-mad older DD; fully during school holidays which is a necessity; time either side of the cruise to spend a couple of extra days enjoying Florida and to reduce stress about flights!; good time of year for weather; 5 nights so weve got plenty of time to enjoy the trip; within our budget, etc.

BUT the 2022 version costs around 1500 more (for the exact same ship, stateroom, itinerary and approximate dates) which pushes it way over what we wanted to spend, even before knowing what might happen with flight prices.

Ive looked at October 2021, which is much cheaper (about 1000 less than our current cruise) but the only trip fully within school holidays is only a 4 night cruise. With only a week off school for half term, wed be cutting it fine with flights too. Its not on the Magic either, so not so perfect for youngest DD.

What would you do?
Accept that were just going to have to pay another 1500 for the cruise we want, but a year later?
Leave the 2021 cruise in place, but book for 2022 as well, then cancel it if a miracle happens and we get to go on our original booking?
Or compromise and book the cheaper cruise thats not everything we wanted, but at least within budget?
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Old 24 Oct 20, 04:44 PM  
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How many and which DCL cruises have you done before?

If none ... honestly they will have the best time whichever you choose!
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Old 24 Oct 20, 09:48 PM  
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Given the circumstances you describe with timing and it not being everything you want, then I would leave all in place for your current cruise and book 2022 and hope for the best.

We did the 3 night on the dream and absolutely loved it!
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Can you go down a cabin category to help with cost or just see if there is one cheaper in a different part of the ship?
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Old 26 Oct 20, 08:25 AM  
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I think if you have found a cruise you love then you need to do what works best for you. The prices have gone but but remember they will also keep going up - as in they wont get cheaper than this weeks prices. If you can afford to I'd try and lock in the price just in case and then have a think about it. Worse comes to it you get a refund of the deposit nearer the time. I probably wouldn't look at rearranging to October if you can't get the same cruise as you will end up being disappointed. As others have said have you thought about downgrading the cabin slightly so you can help with the costs?
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Old 26 Oct 20, 12:06 PM  
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Just bare in mind by 2022 your kids likes and dislikes will totally change. Mine changed from loving frozen to thinking it was the most dorky uncool thing ever. Kind of made all the princess bookings pointless. With that in mind Id do it as soon as possible
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Just bare in mind by 2022 your kids likes and dislikes will totally change. Mine changed from loving frozen to thinking it was the most dorky uncool thing ever. Kind of made all the princess bookings pointless. With that in mind Id do it as soon as possible
Very good point. And in fact things might be swapped around on the ship but I doubt its going to get rid of Tangled just yet especially as there was a dry dock due this year and it wasn't to change it was to add more stuff (a Tangled lounge was rumoured).
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my eldest loves repunzel shes 13 and abit of an emo but has the repunzel figurines in her room.
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Thanks for all the advice - Ive been meaning to reply once Id decided what to do, but Im still deciding!

I did look at downgrading, eg to a different deck, and it would be about 500 cheaper than the room I wanted, but it would still cost more than our current trip. Im still torn! Pay 1500 more for the exact same holiday, or pay 1000 more for a downgraded holiday? Decisions decisions!

I hadnt even considered how their likes and interests might change by 2022! I was so disappointed at missing out on WDW this year (it should have been our first family trip), because I know it wont be the same experience when the girls are two years older. I dont know why I hadnt considered how that will affect our perfect cruise 😢. Definitely something to think about!
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I'd rather have two RC cruises for the same price :p
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