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VegasChic, Sis and Family cruise into the New Year!

Discussion in 'Non Vegas Trip Reports' started by VegasChic, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. TR888

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    I just found your TR, it looks like you and you family had a fantastic vacation. sounds like a dream vacation for most people. Amazing suite. Glad to hear that your sister is getting a good scan report. Hope she continues to get better and become cancer free.
     
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  2. IM ALL IN

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    I had also not heard of MSC until my last year's April cruise. This is a pic from St.Thomas..and the MONSTER ship in the front. MSC...and we were just in awe of how stunning it was. AND so many of the people embarking the small little one at the back (I was on a Carnival)..where is THAT SHIP FROM?. ...It was a beauty. I love the big ships,,Allure, Oasis etc.however, some of the BIG SHIPS can't get in to the smaller ports in the Caribbean. (I remember with one cruise with MB, (RC) we took a smaller ship to explore some of the smaller island ports in the Caribbean), but everyone has to complain about something. Want the BIG SHIP BACK.
     

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    What a fun cruise, will have to check that ship out!!
     
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    Praying for your sister. Enjoyed your report.
     
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    Wow what an awesome trip VegasChic! We love cruising as well and have been on this ship. Our kids love it and they are forever spoiled with jump the line Orlando park trips too. You have a lovely family, glad your sis is improving. You wondered who owns those yachts in Miami, the one named Lonian cost $125M and has some fun Vegas facts associated with it. The owner is Lorenzo Fertitta. He is chairman of Fertitta Capital, director of Red Rock Resorts Inc. and former CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His father started the Station Casinos family. Thanks for taking us along!
     
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  6. VegasChic

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    Should have known it was casino money making those yacht's possible, wonder if our membership here was financially responsible for at least one deck of that beast!;) Glad you enjoyed the report, stay tuned as I will be firing up another very similar report next Wednesday when we hit Orlando again for a couple days before heading out on NCL's Epic for a week! I notice that was your first post- welcome to VF, glad to have you here!
     
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    You going to deal with Disney over spring break again???
     
  8. VegasChic

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    Well.....can't go to Florida and not hit the parks. Luckily we had to delay trip due to late hockey tournament so can only fit in one day. Only way we would do Disney is a VIP tour (gets fastpass line on everything), but due to Spring Break they were charging $525 per hour minimum 7 hours, plus park admission. :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy: Ummm, no.

    We are going to do Universal park hopper with unlimited pass......it actually sounded cheap compared to Disney. Last trip we actually got on a ton of stuff at Universal compared to Disney......let's see if we have the same luck.:smilingimp:
     
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    We're doing a family cruise on December 29th this year, I've been thinking about heading down a couple days early and doing Universal. Neither my wife and I have ever been, nor the kiddos. I'm wondering how crazy it'll be at Christmas time. I'm sure calmer than Disney, but might still be too much waiting for a 3 and 6 year old.
     
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    I would def hit up the parks if you haven't before, here's my thoughts on the busy crazy times, which yes- Christmas break would be.

    At Disney, there is a flat price yer round for tickets, you can go online and book fast passes (which will get you on a ride at a specific determined time so there is no waiting) but you can only book 3 rides in advance. Once you have been on the 3 rides, you can go to a kiosk and book fast passes one at a time for the rest of the day. My experience is that the park is crazy busy, you do get on your three rides with complete ease, BUT when you return to book your next fastpass, they will be sold out for the day and the wait lines for the rides can be between 1-2 hours, nope- your kids won't endure that!

    At Universal, the base ticket price seems to vary on how busy the day will be so more expensive days already seem to cull some of the crowds in the park. To truly get a "no waiting" experience, you need to buy a VIP pass which is over and above the base ticket, and usually costs MORE than the base ticket itself. Our experience is that again, because of cost, it tends to reduce those able/willing to pay for it. When we went during xmas break we were able to get on everything, quickly and likely had the most ride experiences EVER. BUT, you have to be open to paying to get that.....for us and the limited time we are there, we are willing to make the splurge to do it.

    While in Orlando you can go to Disney Springs (the downtown Disney area) and there is no entrance fee. They'd be able to go into the Disney gift shops and the area is super fun with live music, restaurants, shopping- like at Legoland they have an area where kids can build a race car then compete against each other etc. Totally not as good as a Disney Park, but gets in a little "disney" nonetheless.

    If you ever return to Orlando, I'd suggest doing it at a slower time, book staying at a disney resort so you can take advantage of the extra opening hours for the guests, but multi day ticket passes that drastically reduce costs and book all reservations for dining and fast passes as early as the calendar will allow you to do it. In the meantime if you are willing to pay through the nose lol, go with Universal at the extreme busy times and you will likely get the full theme park experience.
     
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    Thanks for the tips. We've done Disneyworld a couple times already, we've found the end of September early October to be a good time. Weather isn't too unbearable and it's not super busy.

    My wife wants to do Disney around Christmas but I know that's like their busiest time of the year and I'm worried the kids won't have the patience for it. We'd get our couple fastpass rides in and then they won't have the patience to actually wait for anything else :sweatsmile:. I thought Universal might be a slightly less busy alternative. I'll look to the VIP experience there. Is it similar to the Disney VIP thing? Never done that, but read a little about that. Definitely not cheap!

    My oldest LOVES the T-Rex restaurant at Disney Springs.
     
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    The Disney VIP is where you have a host come and pick you up at whatever property you are staying at then literally walk you through the parks, get you in line ups, maybe see some behind the scenes stuff or at least learn about it, hence the hefty price tag.

    The Universal VIP is similar to the Disney fastpass, except you don't get designated times, it's simply a line-up. Technically you could still end up waiting long periods if there were a bunch of other VIP holders in the special line as well. Universal made an extra money grab on this- is used to be one pass, now they have two price levels, one that allows you to ride once in the vip line, or for more cost you can get the unlimited pass that lets you ride as many times as you want using the VIP line.

    I think Disney at the early part of December was great when we went in previous years, had all the fun seasonal stuff and park wasn't too crazy. The issue going late December is you have everyone off for Xmas and New Years.....when we were there they actually shut down one of the parks for being at max capacity for a while, that can't be too much fun accessing anything during that time! I know it aligns with your cruise but best advice I can give on this one is just to plan plan plan when you know it will be busy! I really think you will get more out of Universal during such an insanely busy time......but let's see if I still feel that way about Universal after we give it a go during Spring Break!:confused:
     
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    November or early December is when I'd suggest going for a good Disney Holiday experience. We also went once about Dec. 15-20th. That's the TR I pm'ed you years ago before this forum, iirc. Lol That wasn't bad either, but you started to see more volume at the end.

    I don't have kids (yet), but if I'm taking them to Disney, I'm yanking them out of school to do it. Guaranteed. I hate the massive crowds and can't justify the private tour cost.
     
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