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disney cruises with family of 5...

We normally go to Orlando each year because we find it hard to find holidays that have rooms for 5 people (2A, 3C). For next year, we thought we'd try something a bit different and have looked at the Disney cruise. However, it seems that the only cabins they have for a family of 5 are staterooms which are so expensive. Has anyone ever managed a different (cheaper) way ie; booking adjoining rooms???

It seems that Disney are penalising large families!

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We had the same problem and feel the same way about Disney and families of 5. Here is what we experienced:

We were going to do a Disney cruise with my brother and his family, and 2 other families. My brother and his wife have 2 kids as well as one other family. We have 3 kids as well as the other family. When we went to book our only option as a stateroom that cost us almost $8000. Meanwhile the families of 4 could go for around $4000. Double to price for one extra child. It didn't make any sense to me and needless to say we as well as the other family of 5 bowed out and refused to spend that much extra.

There were no other options. But that was 2 years ago, maybe call and see if there are different options now.

Good luck!

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Hi Casey!

Disney don't actually give you any other options!! I did phone a travel agent though and they could do 2 inside rooms (together, but not necessarily adjoining) or the stateroom which fits all 5 of us with a balcony. It's £1500 difference though.

We find the problem is universal with Disney though. We wanted to go to Disney Paris, but the only accomodation that will fit us is the Davy Crockett lodges, that are a way from the parks with no transportation, so we would have to drive to france and use our car. (8 hours!!) Whereas the Eurostar takes a couple of hours!!

It's the same with DisneyWorld. Unless you want the wilderness lodge (even glorified disney camping doesn't appeal to me!!) or perhaps the Boardwalk Villas (very expensive!!) an on site stay is out of the question!!!

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It also depends on the cruise. There are three and four day cruises to the Bahamas, and seven days to the Caribbean. Disney is generally the most expensive cruise line. I would look at Royal Caribbean (also at Port Canaveral and also with kids programs). The three and four days will be with the Monarch, and the seven will be with the Freedom.

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I have a fam of 5 and recommend Royal Caribbiean Big ships. No cabins exepct expensive ones like the family suites will sleep 5 but you can get 2 rooms next door to each other inside.

They are cheaper than Disney and better for older kids. Mine love those huge ships with all the things to do.

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We did the Nickelodeon cruise last year on Royal Caribbean (Freedom of the Seas, from Port Canaveral). Kids loved the ship, so much to do, and were big fan's of the children's program/camp. I started looking in to a Disney cruise (the wife and I did one 10 years ago, pre-kids.) and was disappointed with how expensive they are compared to the other cruise lines. We ened up deciding on a Disney World trip this year, but will probably do another cruise next year. It's just unlikely to be a Disney cruise because of the prohibitive costs.

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Hi, we're actually looking to do the European cruise (Italy, France, Spain.

I know that the Disney one will be more expensive, but for a "family" orientated company, they just ain't very family friendly! Unless of course you have the average 2.4 kids!!!

We've found this at all the disney sites. (DLRP, WDW) you either have to stay in the cheap resorts or shell out for the most expensive!

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