Background: Married couple in early 30s. No kids. Love to travel worldwide. Have done 12 other cruises all with disney, including Caribbean, Bahamian and European. Total foodies, not gamblers, love good beaches.
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Quick and easy! Parking was a little confusing as the attendant gave no direction as to where to park. We literally parked right outside the terminal. We were signed in and on the ship by 11 am after arriving at 1045.
Ship public areas:
All clean and well kept, but a little loveboat-ish. I prefer the classic ocean liner look of DCL. However all areas were kept very clean. Public bathrooms onboard were odd - they were usuAlly not as well kept or themed as their corresponding area.
The pool deck was strange. It's a LOOoooNg deck with 3 pools an lots of chairs on the same stretch of deck. Why 3 of the same pools? It was odd.
Clubs and lounges had very nice menus, especially the r bar. Lots of great and inventive drinks with fair prices. Starbucks onboard was a treat! However he clubs always felt awkward and not like a real club. They were small and felt more like multipurpose rooms turned into clubs for the time being. We much prefer the clubs on DCL. We did however enjoy the quiet area near the park view cafe. It was just strange that the retractable roof never retracted. Made the area quite stuffy at times.
Overall, a giant disappointment for foodies. Nothing was truly terrible, but nothing wowed us either. The menus are tired and uninspired. We find the menu names ironic, because they feature a supposedly exotic spice like "saffron" or "pimento" and the entire menu that night is built around that spice. Except that spice can only be found in one dish and does nothing to tie the menu together. The food was typically warm, but never hot. Options were very limited. My wife asked for her filet to be medium and was told she could pick medium rare or medium well, those were the two options. Service in th MDR was good. Food was not.
Serving times outside the MDR were weird. This place from 9-1, this place from 2-3, this place from 3-5 then ;630-9.... and nothing that just continuously offered made to order food. Almost nothing onboard was made to order. Sad indeed. We actually dreaded going back to the MDR because of the boring and bland food options, so we ate in Nassau on that day and at the Buffett a few times , where we could at least get sushi (which was limited to California or crab/mango roll).
No much to say here. Cabin was fine. Small shower, like teeny tiny. A little mold on the curtain but nothing terrible. Tv was awful. Horrible channel selection.
LAughable. Seriously bad. Just skip the production shows. However, the trivia challenges were ok and the quest was quite fun. Silent dance party was a good time too.
Overall, disney cruise lines offered us much more what we expect in a cruise than RCCL. However also keep in mind DCL is priced at a premium. What we prefer on DCL - food quality, clubs, adults only areas, the entertainment, level of service, design, focus on efficiency and castaways cay. On rccl we prefer the superior bar menus and the price.
Moving forward we will stick with DCL. I didn't hate my rccl experience, but when it was over, I was happy to get off the ship. On DCL, I never want to leave.