[QUOTE=Turnwrench;942827]Two different experiences, really. I’ve done both Carnival and Disney, and while they were both fun the old adage that “you get what you pay for” is absolutely true in this case.
Carnival: neon, brash, loud, mass-produced, adult
Disney: Elegant, classy, kid-friendly, personalized
It’s kinda like why one would choose to stay onsite versus offsite at Walt Disney World. Sure, the offsite lodging is going to be cheaper, but the onsite hotels are just that much better in ways that both can and can’t be quantified.
Not meaning to offend anyone, of course. Just my $.02.[/QUOTE]
I’ve never personally done a Carnival Cruise - but I’ve sailed with Disney twice and they were truly remarkable experiences. That being said, there are many, many cruiselines that are not “neon, brash, loud, mass-produced, adult”. Norwegian, RC and Princess are very family-friendly cruiselines, with wonderful facilities, for adults and kids alike, and luxurious ships. Don’t write off every cruiseline, just because it isn’t Disney. Yes, Disney IS wonderful - but the cost of their cruises make them almost inaccessible for a good portion of people (we used our DVC points).