GO ON THE CRUISE!!!
That said, we did the Land/Sea in January and it was fabulous! We (DD10, DH and me) did not think we would like the water thing and we are not fancy dancy dress up type people-especially not on vacation which concerned me b/c some of the dinners are sort of dressy. I do business/casual at work so I want comfy clothes on vacation! So, we split the trip and it was perfect! We got a taste of the parks and the cruise.
The cruise is Disney themed in a sophisticated manor, it is alot less hectic than the parks and the food is great! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Castaway Cay as almost everyone does. The character interaction is awesomely random ~ we ran into Captain Hook and Goofy in the halls accidently with no one around which was a blast! Although, Captain Hook was a little unhappy that DD and I had Tink shirts~ Luckily mine had him on it as well or we may have been in big trouble!
We never got to do everything offered on the ship so we can’t wait to go back.
We used Disney Transport - yes it costs too much (imo) but, we didn’t have to worry about any potential missing the ship kind of issues. I debated and decided that we were already spending alot so what was the difference given the peace of mind knowing that if something happened, it was Disney’s issue! LOL!