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mmcculloch
02-27-2009, 04:48 PM
So I can book my incentive cruise on Monday. I called today to find out how much it would be to add a 5th person.

To upgrade...$100 per person ($500 +/-)
The 5th person with out taxes and gratuities for the date we want $1872!

We want thanksgiving week and I understand that we would be paying more than other weeks...but holy cow!:confused3

LauraLap
02-27-2009, 05:02 PM
WOW.....that seems reallllly steep!

dr&momto2boys
02-27-2009, 05:13 PM
$1872 for the 5th person? Wow! Usually it gets much cheaper for the 3rd, 4th, etc. Plus $500 right? I understand the $100pp udgrade I guess. Really didn't think the 5th person would be so much though!

We'll be in the smae boat--no pun intended--when we book. I hope the 5th person will at least be cheaper if it's an infant. I sure don't think it's fair to shell out $1800 for a 10 month old. Can't find anywhere where it lists prices for children.

KLR-wlv
02-27-2009, 05:23 PM
That's what i was afraid of when I was tempted by this incentive. Is this for a 7 night? For those off season dates - you'de be better off just getting a
2nd cabin. I just booked a cruise alone and didn't add on the 200 pts - so I look at is as saving $16000! You should price out a cat 10 price and get a cabin across from your cat 9 and forget the "upgrade".

mmcculloch
02-27-2009, 05:27 PM
This is only a 4 night cruise. It doesn't make sense but the women on the phone and I went through the wording of the promo. I am hopping when I call Monday that she was wrong!

maburke
02-27-2009, 05:32 PM
So I can book my incentive cruise on Monday. I called today to find out how much it would be to add a 5th person.

To upgrade...$100 per person ($500 +/-)
The 5th person with out taxes and gratuities for the date we want $1872!

We want thanksgiving week and I understand that we would be paying more than other weeks...but holy cow!:confused3

Thanks so much for posting with the info. I can't get very specific information from the DCL website, but it does look like the holiday cruise is WAAAAYYY more money than the week before or after; 4 people in a cat. 4 (what you need for 5 people) is nearly $7,000 that week, but before or after is more like $3,000+. (Four people in a cat. 9, which is what the free cruise is, is about $4400.) When I added a fifth person (child), it increased the Thanksgiving week cruise by about $1000. So, for that date, the amount they want for the 5th person seems like a lot, but the amount they want to upgrade you seems a lot less than it would be for cash. (The difference is nearly $2600, not $500.) So it looks like the Thanksgiving week might be a very special case. Can you pay for the 5th person with points rather than that $1800?

I'd love to hear what other people find out for a 5th person on other cruises (dates or lengths).

Thanks.

mmcculloch
02-27-2009, 05:44 PM
As a school teacher tday week is the only week I can book. All the other dates sail out on a Sunday. There is NO WAY I can take the time off. So I am stuck....I have been told I can book a 3 days cruise (sails out on a Thursday) and I would have a bit more flexibility with the dates/time. No fun :confused3

ACDSNY
02-27-2009, 05:48 PM
This is only a 4 night cruise. It doesn't make sense but the women on the phone and I went through the wording of the promo. I am hopping when I call Monday that she was wrong!
Have you thought about using the free cruise voucher for 3 of you and paying cash for a second cabin and staying in Cat 9? It might be less than upgrading.

mmcculloch
02-27-2009, 06:06 PM
We thought we would take my stepson. He is quite a bit older than my little ones. But we thought it would be fun to bring him. I really don't want to pay more than $1000 for my free cruise :rotfl2: So if it is going to be that $$$ we will go as a family of 4. His consolation prize is a week in BLT MKV in April 2010. I need to chat with DCL on Monday to see what the best options are.

KLR-wlv
02-27-2009, 06:34 PM
it is pricey - a cat 10 would be $1990 - but that would be less than the upgrade and you'd get 2 rooms (cat 10 is across the hall from cat 9 i believe)

dinahfig
02-27-2009, 06:40 PM
WoW! That's crazy! I agree with KLR. All Seasons Travel has a rate of $1933 on the 11/25 cruise for two people in a cat 11 and $1993 for cat 10 for 2 people. Maybe you could get someone else who wants to go and split the cost of the extra room?

CarolA
02-27-2009, 07:01 PM
And this is why "incentives" should not be a deciding factor on purchases.. They aren't "Free" and may be next to impossible to use!

mrsswat
02-27-2009, 07:05 PM
don't know anything about the incentives but can you go in the summer? We went twice in August and had a great time! I too teach, so I understand the "limited" vacation time zones we have.

maburke
02-27-2009, 08:00 PM
We thought we would take my stepson. He is quite a bit older than my little ones. But we thought it would be fun to bring him. I really don't want to pay more than $1000 for my free cruise :rotfl2: So if it is going to be that $$$ we will go as a family of 4. His consolation prize is a week in BLT MKV in April 2010. I need to chat with DCL on Monday to see what the best options are.

Even though your stepson is the 5th to you, be sure when they are pricing it that you give them the youngest person in the party as the one you pay cash for. For a regular cash cruise, the 5th person pays a lower rate if a child or junior.

Sandisw
02-27-2009, 09:00 PM
We thought we would take my stepson. He is quite a bit older than my little ones. But we thought it would be fun to bring him. I really don't want to pay more than $1000 for my free cruise :rotfl2: So if it is going to be that $$$ we will go as a family of 4. His consolation prize is a week in BLT MKV in April 2010. I need to chat with DCL on Monday to see what the best options are.

Have you considered asking for the developer points instead? It may mean a summer trip (since those have to be used by October 3rd) but would it be more beneficial to your situation.

I too am a teacher so that is what I did since I knew that the dates for the cruise were not going to work with my schedule. We are now staying 5 nights at SSR in August. Just a thought.

drewmisha
02-27-2009, 09:12 PM
Did you ask to change the cruise date to one that is not on the list? Also did you talk to your guide or was it thru member services?

So I can book my incentive cruise on Monday. I called today to find out how much it would be to add a 5th person.

To upgrade...$100 per person ($500 +/-)
The 5th person with out taxes and gratuities for the date we want $1872!

We want thanksgiving week and I understand that we would be paying more than other weeks...but holy cow!:confused3

Jacky
02-27-2009, 10:01 PM
Did you get your voucher to book the cruise? I haven't gotten mine yet. :-(

The promotion was clear that it was for UP to 4 people. 5 people can only fit into a cat 4-- probably why it was so much more. Its like a hotel room that only can hold 4 people-- to go to 5 people requires a suite or a second hotel room.

Jacky

mj2vacation
02-27-2009, 11:23 PM
Cat 4 rooms are extremely more expensive than any other non suite room

These are the only rooms thet sleep 5 Z(other than suites)

kimberh
02-28-2009, 12:12 AM
So I can book my incentive cruise on Monday. I called today to find out how much it would be to add a 5th person.

To upgrade...$100 per person ($500 +/-)
The 5th person with out taxes and gratuities for the date we want $1872!

We want thanksgiving week and I understand that we would be paying more than other weeks...but holy cow!:confused3

Man, that is high! There are some unreal deals right now on other cruise lines. NCL has one where kids can cruise for $99.00. I guess it must be the Cat 4. I would try to see what the price difference is for two cat 10 rooms. We are staying in Cat 11 on Deck 7 in Aug, for a 7 day cruise. Disney has the nicest inside cabins that I have ever stayed in. We aren't paying that much PP for 1st and 2nd passenger. I love a balcony as much as anyone else, but not for that much.

anonymousegirl
02-28-2009, 02:56 AM
I bought at BLT just before the incentive change and I viewed the cruise incentive as a downgrade from Developer points. I just knew that the cruise was not a good fit for us.

I also turned down the free 3 or 5 night 1 bedroom DVC option. We were buying the minimum points which would get us 3 nights in a 1 bedroom DVC. We went with the DPs and are getting 7 nights SSR (studio) and 3 nights DLR Grand California (theme park view).

OP I'd see if you can change your incentives.

mmcculloch
02-28-2009, 04:02 AM
I am going to look at all my options on Monday when I chat with DCL. The developer points didn't work for us because we had to use then before Oct. We have a vacation already planned for the summer. 12 of us...:scared1: It will work out in the end somehow. Yes, I did get my voucher yesterday. Our paperwork closed on Monday and I received it via fed ex on Friday.

roelongo
02-28-2009, 08:07 AM
I don't believe the cruise incentive is available Thanksgiving week. Did you look at the dates in the chart that was posted here? I am also a teacher and specifically looked for holiday dates and there weren't any listed when the cruise incentive could be used.

mmcculloch
02-28-2009, 08:14 AM
Yes, both the voucher and the list my guide sent me have the 25th listed.

roelongo
02-28-2009, 09:49 AM
Oh that's good. Hope it all works out for you.

drewmisha
02-28-2009, 12:07 PM
Can you tell us what the voucher says? Did it list the upgrade costs if you want to upgrade to cat4 or add a 5th person. Thanks.


Yes, both the voucher and the list my guide sent me have the 25th listed.

mmcculloch
02-28-2009, 02:03 PM
No prices were listed for upgrades, etc...on the voucher. It just states the steps you need to take to book and then a disclaimer on the back about canceling, etc..

auntsue
02-28-2009, 06:29 PM
Sorry you are having so much trouble. I hope it all works out for you.

I was sure my guide told me it was Category 8, and now I read on here that it's category 9. I guess I'll have to look over the options available in Category 9 instead. It's only 3 nights anyway. At least he was right about gratuities being included, I was thinking maybe that wasn't correct either.