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TammyAlphabet
11-08-2010, 07:10 PM
I think we will see some big discounts on Alaska come January or February. The payment date is pretty early compared to the seven night Caribbean cruises. This to me indicates an expectation of having to do some serious discounting. JMHO.

NancyIL
11-08-2010, 07:50 PM
I hope MY Alaska cruise goes down in price, but it's on Holland America!

jiminyC_fan
11-08-2010, 08:16 PM
Nancy, you are just too funny!

beccawes7471
11-08-2010, 10:10 PM
Nancy-
We too are on HAL next year. I wish we were on Disney but this may be the only time we ever go to Alaska and Glacier Bay was a must. That said, I hope HAL turns out okay for our two kiddos (one will turn two on our cruise and the other will be 11). We went back and forth so many times before deciding on HAL. If Disney offers deep discounts I hope I can stick to my guns:)

2littlegirls
11-08-2010, 10:35 PM
I think we will see some big discounts on Alaska come January or February. The payment date is pretty early compared to the seven night Caribbean cruises. This to me indicates an expectation of having to do some serious discounting. JMHO.

I have been watching and waiting for the for this. The boats don't seem full I think we will see a special offer soon!

NancyIL
11-08-2010, 10:46 PM
Nancy-
We too are on HAL next year. I wish we were on Disney but this may be the only time we ever go to Alaska and Glacier Bay was a must. That said, I hope HAL turns out okay for our two kiddos (one will turn two on our cruise and the other will be 11). We went back and forth so many times before deciding on HAL. If Disney offers deep discounts I hope I can stick to my guns:)

Which HAL ship did you book? From what I've read, HAL has a very good kids club - although certainly not as extensive as DCL's.

If DCL offers deep discounts, stick to your guns...Glacier Bay will be worth it!

I don't think the discounts are necessarily related to the earlier than usual payment date. The 2010 Baltic cruises also had an early final payment date, and there were no great bargains until well after the penalty date kicked in.

jiminyC_fan
11-08-2010, 10:50 PM
Glacier Bay and Denali were my Alaskan favorites. I, agree, Glacier Bay is a must.

TammyAlphabet
11-09-2010, 10:26 AM
I think that HAL will have big discounts too this next summer. They had some great deals last summer. However, the older ships had the best deals.

NancyIL
11-09-2010, 11:04 AM
I think that HAL will have big discounts too this next summer. They had some great deals last summer. However, the older ships had the best deals.

Late 2008 and 2009 had some BIG cruise discounts - especially in Alaska. I hadn't planned on going then, but Princess's prices were too good to pass up. I don't expect Alaska prices to be that low in 2011 - especially on my ship (Amsterdam) - as it's the only one doing a 14-night itinerary: http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/FindCruises.action?destCode=AL&durationCode=&portCode=&dateCode=&shipCodeSearch=

I've been checking prices for my HAL cruise almost daily. So far the only price drop has been for the 3rd passenger in the cabin - which went from $1149 (plus taxes) when I booked it in April, to $49 a few months ago! That really helped to lower the average per-person cost. I sure hope the 3rd person in our cabin doesn't change her mind!

lilpooh108
11-09-2010, 11:12 AM
Late 2008 and 2009 had some BIG cruise discounts - especially in Alaska. I hadn't planned on going then, but Princess's prices were too good to pass up. I don't expect Alaska prices to be that low in 2011 - especially on my ship (Amsterdam) - as it's the only one doing a 14-night itinerary: http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/FindCruises.action?destCode=AL&durationCode=&portCode=&dateCode=&shipCodeSearch=

I've been checking prices for my HAL cruise almost daily. So far the only price drop has been for the 3rd passenger in the cabin - which went from $1149 (plus taxes) when I booked it in April, to $49 a few months ago! That really helped to lower the average per-person cost. I sure hope the 3rd person in our cabin doesn't change her mind!

Nancy---in your opinion ....would it be too cold to cruise to Alaska in May? I love the 14 day HAL itinerary, but wouldn't want to go if the weather is going to be horrible.

We considered switching our DCL cruise (booked for June 21) to May to save some cash...but have heard that the weather is not so great in May and that it's slightly muddy still from the thaw... I think the 14 day might work since even if the weather is bad in some ports, maybe you'll catch good weather overall in other ports?

too cold for those with a 2 year old?

NancyIL
11-09-2010, 11:31 AM
Nancy---in your opinion ....would it be too cold to cruise to Alaska in May? I love the 14 day HAL itinerary, but wouldn't want to go if the weather is going to be horrible.

We considered switching our DCL cruise (booked for June 21) to May to save some cash...but have heard that the weather is not so great in May and that it's slightly muddy still from the thaw... I think the 14 day might work since even if the weather is bad in some ports, maybe you'll catch good weather overall in other ports?

too cold for those with a 2 year old?

It depends on when in May. I think the first Disney Alaska cruise on May 3 is a bit too early, and I would probably wait until mid-May. (The first HAL Amsterdam cruise is May 13.) I cruised the last week of May in 2009 and it was still pretty chilly. One week later they were having record temps, so you just never know!

catislander
11-09-2010, 12:23 PM
If Disney does end up offering deep discounts, what happens to those of us who've already paid in full? We're booked on the May 31 Alaska cruise and our paid in full date is in January.
If prices go down after that will we get an OBC? Or can we cancel and rebook?
Or should I just content myself with the fact that when we booked the cruise the price was acceptable?

NancyIL
11-09-2010, 12:41 PM
If Disney does end up offering deep discounts, what happens to those of us who've already paid in full? We're booked on the May 31 Alaska cruise and our paid in full date is in January.
If prices go down after that will we get an OBC? Or can we cancel and rebook?
Or should I just content myself with the fact that when we booked the cruise the price was acceptable?

The penalty date is after the final payment date. You could cancel in any case and pay the penalty (probably the loss of your $600 pp deposit), then rebook - if the savings are worth it.

beccawes7471
11-09-2010, 01:00 PM
Which HAL ship did you book? From what I've read, HAL has a very good kids club - although certainly not as extensive as DCL's.

-We are booked on the Oosterdam out of Seattle June 5, 2011. We have three cabins total in our group. Two inside (one for our group of four, one for my sil) and one balcony for my in laws. After we ruled out DCL, we were leaning towards NCL for kids activities (bowling, climbing wall) and all the restaurant choices but the reviews on service and food worried us. So then it was princess vs hal and the 3/4th passenger discount shifted us toward HAL.

NancyIL
11-09-2010, 01:07 PM
Which HAL ship did you book? From what I've read, HAL has a very good kids club - although certainly not as extensive as DCL's.

-We are booked on the Oosterdam out of Seattle June 5, 2011. We have three cabins total in our group. Two inside (one for our group of four, one for my sil) and one balcony for my in laws. After we ruled out DCL, we were leaning towards NCL for kids activities (bowling, climbing wall) and all the restaurant choices but the reviews on service and food worried us. So then it was princess vs hal and the 3/4th passenger discount shifted us toward HAL.
The Oosterdam has a great itinerary with Glacier Bay and Sitka. You're right - the 3rd and 4th passenger discounts are nothing to sneeze at! I doubt DCL will be priced lower than what you have booked.

TDC Nala
11-09-2010, 01:08 PM
Yep. If the price goes down after the penalty date (which is later than the paid in full date) it's a cancellation and rebooking and you pay the cancellation penalty (and likely lose your OBC if you had an offer that included that), so all that needs to be taken into consideration.

I think Florida resident and military discounts can be applied after the penalty date without cancellation/rebooking. But that's it.

Anjelica
11-09-2010, 01:49 PM
Yep. If the price goes down after the penalty date (which is later than the paid in full date) it's a cancellation and rebooking and you pay the cancellation penalty (and likely lose your OBC if you had an offer that included that), so all that needs to be taken into consideration.

I think Florida resident and military discounts can be applied after the penalty date without cancellation/rebooking. But that's it.

When you say military discounts can be applied after the penalty - how does that work? We are going on the May 31st sailing with my brother (Army) and we have paid the deposit for both staterooms. If they offer a discount after we have paid in full in January how does my brother go about getting a discount after that?

TDC Nala
11-09-2010, 01:53 PM
Your brother would have to call Disney Cruise Line and say he is eligible for the military discount and wants to apply it for that cruise. I believe the phone agents will do the rest. He will have to bring an ID or something for checking in that shows he is eligible for the discount.

If you aren't past the penalty date it won't matter at all if you try to apply a discount of any type. It's the penalty date you have to watch for, not the paid in full date. At least sometimes, they are not the same date.

YenSid1222
11-09-2010, 02:53 PM
This is also the cast with interline rates (travel agents, airline employees, etc.). You can just call and they can reprice it for you.

sayhello
11-09-2010, 03:36 PM
Nancy---in your opinion ....would it be too cold to cruise to Alaska in May? I love the 14 day HAL itinerary, but wouldn't want to go if the weather is going to be horrible.

We considered switching our DCL cruise (booked for June 21) to May to save some cash...but have heard that the weather is not so great in May and that it's slightly muddy still from the thaw... I think the 14 day might work since even if the weather is bad in some ports, maybe you'll catch good weather overall in other ports?

too cold for those with a 2 year old?lilpooh108, it can really vary. I took an Alaska cruise in late May in 2006, and the weather was FABULOUS! But it can really, really vary. May tends to have less rain than the summer months. June is really good, too.

Sayhello

TammyAlphabet
11-10-2010, 07:59 AM
Late 2008 and 2009 had some BIG cruise discounts - especially in Alaska. I hadn't planned on going then, but Princess's prices were too good to pass up. I don't expect Alaska prices to be that low in 2011 - especially on my ship (Amsterdam) - as it's the only one doing a 14-night itinerary: http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/FindCruises.action?destCode=AL&durationCode=&portCode=&dateCode=&shipCodeSearch=

I've been checking prices for my HAL cruise almost daily. So far the only price drop has been for the 3rd passenger in the cabin - which went from $1149 (plus taxes) when I booked it in April, to $49 a few months ago! That really helped to lower the average per-person cost. I sure hope the 3rd person in our cabin doesn't change her mind!

This itinerary doesn't go to Glacier Bay? Am I missing something? It does look great though!

NancyIL
11-10-2010, 08:12 AM
This itinerary doesn't go to Glacier Bay? Am I missing something? It does look great though!

Nope - it goes to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. It had almost the same itinerary in 2010, but HAL was later able to get more Glacier Bay permits, and most cruises went to Glacier Bay instead of Tracy Arm. It would be great if that happened again in 2011 - but I won't count on it. I have been to all 3 glacier areas.

TammyAlphabet
11-10-2010, 11:44 AM
Nope - it goes to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. It had almost the same itinerary in 2010, but HAL was later able to get more Glacier Bay permits, and most cruises went to Glacier Bay instead of Tracy Arm. It would be great if that happened again in 2011 - but I won't count on it. I have been to all 3 glacier areas.

Glacier Bay is the main reason that I hesitate to book the Alaska cruise on DCL. That and the departure from Vancouver. I would save significantly if I sailed from Seattle. I know you can do a shuttle from SEA to Vancouver but that seems like such a hassle with luggage and all. I guess I need to do some more research.

thndrmatt
11-10-2010, 12:06 PM
Random tidbit, for American Airlines the cost of a ticket to Vancouver using miles is the same as anywhere else in North America at 25k miles a piece. Given the cost of the international fare otherwise (up to $1k+ from some cities) this quite an excellent bang for the buck. Granted you have to have the miles. :)

NancyIL
11-10-2010, 01:38 PM
Glacier Bay is the main reason that I hesitate to book the Alaska cruise on DCL. That and the departure from Vancouver. I would save significantly if I sailed from Seattle. I know you can do a shuttle from SEA to Vancouver but that seems like such a hassle with luggage and all. I guess I need to do some more research.

Either Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier would give DCL a better itinerary - but Glacier Bay is the gem.

If you fly to Seattle and transfer to Vancouver, you'll want to arrive in Seattle the day before the cruise and probably fly home one day after the cruise...unless you don't mind red-eye flights.

NancyIL
11-10-2010, 01:40 PM
Random tidbit, for American Airlines the cost of a ticket to Vancouver using miles is the same as anywhere else in North America at 25k miles a piece. Given the cost of the international fare otherwise (up to $1k+ from some cities) this quite an excellent bang for the buck. Granted you have to have the miles. :)

Even better is that on American you can book a one-way flight using half the miles. That's especially good for Transatlantic cruises, or where one way is significantly more expensive than the other direction. It's also great for flights to or from Anchorage for one-way Alaska cruises.

speakupjc
11-10-2010, 08:11 PM
Delta also has the same deal as American - 25,000 miles for a round trip ticket to and from Vancouver. We booked our trip this way and loved how much money it saved us.

nordkin
11-10-2010, 09:36 PM
United also has 25,000 miles and you can book with cash and fewer miles as well. They also do one way for 12,500 miles. I has to book seven tickets with our miles so to insure we got them. I booked one way for all seven and then when the return date opened up, I booked the return flight for all seven. Saved us a lot of money.