My first and second cruise experiences were DCL, separated by 13 years. The first one planted the seed that I’d try for another “someday” but we did other things for lots of reasons. Then we did DCL 4N Magic in 2016 and it was nothing short of amazing. It was so amazing that I was worried about trying something else. That four night for 8 people in secret porthole rooms cost $4500, plus tips. It was off season and it was 2013 when we booked.
We loved cruising and wanted to do a 7N in 2016. 7N for connecting inside staterooms for the 8 of us on Fantasy would have been $11,000. For NCL (Norwegian) we found 7N (similar ports) connecting balcony staterooms for the 8 of us for $5500 for the same week.
DH and I were a little worried to try something other than DCL. When you read a lot of DCL forums I read time and time again how awful the other lines are. Would we enjoy NCL? Would the kids? Would we be nickeled and dimed non stop? Etc. But we reasoned that even if we would have had more fun on DCL, would we have TWICE as much fun??
We went for it (and spent a week at WDW before going on the NCL and it still cost less!) and didn’t regret it at all.
Since then I have been on two Princess cruises with mom friends and the family did a budget Carnival cruise.
I’d love to do a DCL again but not only is it astronomically priced (we have to adhere to school schedules now that kids in college), but I wonder if there would be enough to do vs. the ships with ropes courses and skating rinks and massive waterslides and and and.
The things I liked about DCL:
The entertainment really is above and beyond what I’ve seen on other lines.
As someone who likes both set dining times and teams, but also likes multiple venues, the rotational dining is wonderful.
The Buena Vista indoor movie theater knocked my then-tweens’ socks off.
Don’t mean to hijack @MagicDust - but I am all about cruising and I think those of us who enjoy Disney-related travel need not feel like its DCL or nothing.