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The Disney Cruise Vacation-Worth the Premium Cost?

As Disney rolls out the new 4000 passenger Disney Dream, the high cost gives some families sticker shock.

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A recent article in the January 4, 2011 Orlando Sentinel newspaper about the new mega ship, the Disney Dream got me thinking. As a child, my ultimate dream was to visit Disney World. Disney’s Wonderful World of Color was my favorite show on TV. When I finally got to visit Disney World in Florida as a pre-teen, I was delighted that the theme park met all of my expectations. As an adult, about three years ago, I made a return trip with some grown up friends to Disney World and found myself stunned, shocked and appalled at the high prices for park tickets and just about everything else.

I have found extremely high prices to be the case all too often with the Disney Cruises as well. With the roll out of the new 4000 passenger Disney Dream this month, there is extremely high interest in this ship and I have compiled quite a few cruise quotes for the Disney Dream for this Spring and Summer. Newspaper articles and online videos extolling the virtues of this new mega ship have generated high consumer interest and now everyone wants a piece of the Dream. Not surprisingly though, my clients have been more than a little shocked at the cruise fares for 1 cabin on a 4, 5, or 7 day Disney Dream Cruise. While Disney undeniably has a great product for a family cruise vacation, I'm not sure that the experience is worth the premium cost unless you and your family are die hard Disney fans, especially in this economy.

Why do I feel this way? Because there are just too many other options out there for a family cruise vacation that are more reasonably priced, tons of fun for adults and kids, and more of a value for limited family vacation funds. I'm not knocking Disney, but I want my clients to know, there are other options that I would be more than happy to tell them about!

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
Meetings & Events Unlimited Travel Services

Posted by Gerriv 07:37

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In these economic times, folks are hard-pressed to fork over that much cash for a trip they can take cheaper somewhere else. I'm sure that the ship is absolutely gorgeous, but is it worth it?

I love the honesty of this review. Ankh and I are planning a Mediterranean cruise for next summer. I will be checking in with you regularly for advice and tips.

by Kiyra Holt

Thanks Kira! You will love the Med cruise. Please let me quote some cruises for you when you get ready. My company is registered with all the major cruise lines and I know I can find you a great cruise at a great price!

by Gerriv

Although I know the price of Disney products can be higher than other companies, I love knowing what I get when I book their services. My family is never surprised (other than in a good way) at Disney facilities. I guess that makes it worth the higher cost. I've taken Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruises that have disappointed me in one way or another - usually service - so I choose DCL. Nice article though.

by Courtney Miller

Thanks for your comments Courtney!

by Gerriv

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