Vacation Planning

Ok, I know this is very soon after our last vacation, but we’re already thinking about our next one. We figure it’ll only be a couple more years till we have kids, so we should really enjoy our solo time together and travel while we still can. It’ll just be the two of us. We’ve narrowed it down to 2 choices, but we haven’t decided when yet.

Our two choices are:

1. Back to Disney World. As I’ve mentioned, we love Disney World. We went there on our honeymoon and we always have fun when we go. We were originally thinking of staying at a cheaper hotel near Downtown Disney, but in value seasons, the prices really aren’t that much cheaper there compared to the Contemporary, which is much more convenient for getting places, being on the monorail circuit. I’ve also never stayed at the Contemporary, so that might be cool. We could also pony up another several hundred dollars or so (overall, not per night) and stay at the Beach Club, which is where the hubby’s family usually stays. Anyway, this option is loads of fun, but not relaxing.

2. Disney Cruise. We originally thought of just going to an island and staying at one hotel, but we really enjoyed the Disney cruise on our honeymoon, so we know we’d enjoy it again. Basically, it would give us the same relaxation as just going to an island, without having to deal with renting a car, researching what to do on the island ourselves, or finding a travel agent to book it for us (since we know nothing about where to go or where to stay). We did the 4 day Bahamas cruise on our honeymoon (so that we could get in a few days at Disney World, too), but this time we’d be doing a 7 day cruise. We could do the Eastern Caribbean or the Western Caribbean. It seems like the Western one stops at more places, so right now, we’re leaning towards that if we do a cruise. This would be a much more relaxing trip. But, Chris got seasick on the first cruise when he got too lax with the Dramamine, which I’m nervous about risking again (for the record, he thinks he’ll be fine if he sticks to a regular schedule of Dramamine). Also, while we definitely enjoyed the 4 day cruise we did a year ago, what if we get bored on the 7 day (2-3 days of which are “at sea”) cruise?

Time of year may also be important. If we go with Disney World, the value season is limited to approximately Jan 1-Feb 13, July 20-Oct 2, and Nov 30 – Dec 18 (this will change slightly once the 2009 days are announced). January may be too soon to plan (hotels may be booked and I may have trouble getting Buffy a room at the kennel), but that time of year is supposed to be nice weather-wise and have low crowds. The second set of dates, particularly September, is supposed to be really good crowd-wise, but it’s peak hurricane season, hot, and very humid. We really wanted to avoid the heat this time around, so that’s out. The last set of dates may work, but that’s an expensive month to travel, what with Christmas and all. I’ve also heard conflicting reports on crowds.

With the cruise, the time of year is much less important. I think we’d probably go during the summer. As long as we avoid peak hurricane season, it should be ok.

What do you think? Which sounds more fun? When do you think we should go? Any alternate ideas?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicki
    Aug 03, 2008 @ 17:55:57

    I think you should go on the cruise, you seemed to have a lot of fun last time. And I agree that you should do the Western Caribbean route…then again which did you do last time? Going to disney again would be fun, but there sounds to be too many conflicts and it seems more expensive. Plus I think the best time to go would be in January and you said that it might be too late.

    I’m jealous.


  2. sleepymel
    Aug 03, 2008 @ 18:28:28

    I think Chris is leaning that way too, simply because it’s a relaxing trip which would let him actually rest while off from work. Our last cruise just went to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay (all the cruises stop at Castaway Cay – it’s the Disney-owned island), so both 7 day cruises definitely go to different places.
    The main reason we’re leaning towards the Western one is that the Eastern one goes further out in the Caribbean, so it spends more time out at sea getting there (meaning more time on the boat itself), while the Western one doesn’t go as far out, so it stops at one extra place. I don’t know really know what most of the places either one stops at are like though (except Grand Cayman – but I’m happy to go back there, it was nice).


  3. Nicki
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 17:42:12

    yea i clicked on the link to both the eastern and western route and it seems like the western one would be nicer. But I never even thought of the fact that you’d be on the boat for longer.


  4. Nicki
    Aug 11, 2008 @ 23:55:46

    You’re slowing down! This is the only way I get to communicate with you!


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