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edk35
09-05-2011, 05:24 PM
I am just curious. We are in the process of adding on points at VWL and the more I look at resales....in the back of my mind I can't help but think about how we could be adding on even MORE POINTS with what we are paying for our Disney cruise next summer. :scared1: It is our first cruise. We are taking the 5 night out of NYC.

bearpele
09-05-2011, 05:58 PM
We take cruises as well as take vacations to WDW in conjuction with the cruises. Once you start the disney cruises, you will want to take others.

DisneyCruisin'
09-05-2011, 06:06 PM
We're parked out right now and have been doing DCL and ABD trips with our points. We will need a park fix before too much longer and will go to either WDW or DL. This is one of the reasons we love our DVC membership! We're not stuck at the same resort for the same week every year!

bobbiwoz
09-05-2011, 06:09 PM
Disney cruises in general are more expensive than others. The only way to know if it's "worth it" really is to go on one! We are grandparents, and enjoy cruising a lot. We stick to other cruise lines except when we go with the DGC. Another time I would book DCL would be for another Member Cruise, once I retire.

bwvBound
09-05-2011, 06:12 PM
We were cruising people long before we became timeshare people. We've tried DCL but aren't thrilled by them. We'd rather focus on the destinations than the ship for our future cruises.

Anjelica
09-05-2011, 07:08 PM
We cruise regularly with DCL - became hooked back in 2007. Yes it is expensive BUT our family really enjoys it. While it is more expensive than some park trips you have to remember you are getting the food and entertainment included in the price.....or at least that is what I always tell myself.

OrangeCountyCommuter
09-05-2011, 07:16 PM
I have taken Disney cruises and other cruises. Until recently I would have said Disney was worth the premium. Now..... well.... NO! They expanded too fast, service is not what is was, the new ships are PACKED etc...

If I cruise Disney again it will just be because I have some extra points. Cash will go to other cruise lines that offer better ports, comparable service and MUCH lower prices.

Deb & Bill
09-05-2011, 07:22 PM
We did the DCL line about ten years ago. Four night eastern Caribbean. Once was enough for me. We used points for our trip.

edk35
09-05-2011, 08:24 PM
We cruise regularly with DCL - became hooked back in 2007. Yes it is expensive BUT our family really enjoys it. While it is more expensive than some park trips you have to remember you are getting the food and entertainment included in the price.....or at least that is what I always tell myself.

yeah I was kind of thinking that way

edk35
09-05-2011, 08:25 PM
I have taken Disney cruises and other cruises. Until recently I would have said Disney was worth the premium. Now..... well.... NO! They expanded too fast, service is not what is was, the new ships are PACKED etc...

If I cruise Disney again it will just be because I have some extra points. Cash will go to other cruise lines that offer better ports, comparable service and MUCH lower prices.


We are taking the Magic ....so from what I have read...it is a great ship. I don't want to go on the HUGE new ones.

Anal Annie
09-05-2011, 08:54 PM
OK, now you KNOW we love our DCL's!! Just got back from a lifetime event for us with the Med cruise. This was our 4th DCL cruise. And yes, we re-booked onboard for another "placeholder" cruise!!:goodvibes Wish we could afford to go more often.

Don't you even THINK about canceling your Magic cruise!! You will be wishing it was longer than just 5 nights!!

Anjelica
09-05-2011, 09:32 PM
don't you even think about canceling your magic cruise!! You will be wishing it was longer than just 5 nights!!

ita!!!!!

Dean
09-05-2011, 09:38 PM
I am just curios. We are in the process of adding on points at VWL and the more I look at resales....in the back of my mind I can't help but think about how we could be adding on even MORE POINTS with what we are paying for our Disney cruise next summer. :scared1: It is our first cruise. We are taking the 5 night out of NYC.We cruise but generally RCL. You'll come out ahead in terms of money, headaches and risk if you just put the money aside you'd pay for the points up front and yearly in maint fees.

edk35
09-05-2011, 09:45 PM
OK, now you KNOW we love our DCL's!! Just got back from a lifetime event for us with the Med cruise. This was our 4th DCL cruise. And yes, we re-booked onboard for another "placeholder" cruise!!:goodvibes Wish we could afford to go more often.

Don't you even THINK about canceling your Magic cruise!! You will be wishing it was longer than just 5 nights!!


:lmao: I knew you would reply on here LeeAnn. LOL

DizDays
09-05-2011, 10:17 PM
I worked in the cruise industry for 18 years and was "cruised out," but, after 8 years away from it, I'm taking my first cruise with DCL in two weeks. After going to the parks multiple times per year for the past 30 years and becoming DVC members 2.5 years ago, if we were going to cruise again, it had to be DCL. We're really looking forward to it.

Just FYI - Cruising is TOTALLY worth it no matter who you sail. Just make sure you get the right fit for your personality and travel preferences.

edk35
09-06-2011, 07:06 AM
We cruise but generally RCL. You'll come out ahead in terms of money, headaches and risk if you just put the money aside you'd pay for the points up front and yearly in maint fees.

We are not using points for the cruise.

WolfpackFan
09-06-2011, 07:14 AM
We have been on a number of cruises - mainly Princess and NCL. We have been on one DCL cruise (Disney Magic - Western Caribbean). We did use points for our DCL cruise and I felt it was a good use of the points. We will probably sail again using points but next time only use points for one person and pay cash for the second person. It just takes too many points for both of us.

Bellecruiser
09-06-2011, 11:55 AM
What we love about DVC is the flexibility. :goodvibes. We have used points to cruise as well as cash, and a combo of both too. We go to the parks some years, DCL some, and the concierge collection other years. We do it all, and enjoy every moment. We love DCL cruising, but given the cost (points and/or cash), I can see why people balk. I think you need to do what is best for your family, and situation, and make sure you enjoy it all. :thumbsup2

christianweecare
09-06-2011, 12:05 PM
We have our third cruise coming up on the Magic in one month, one week, one day:banana:

We have always paid cash for our cruises. We save our points for WDW!:wizard:

MrsDuck
09-06-2011, 12:37 PM
We bought our DVC on a Disney Cruise!

We've sailed with Royal Caribbean before and hated it. We only sail Disney now! ;)

christianweecare
09-06-2011, 01:06 PM
Us too! We bought DVC in 2005 aboard the Magic!:boat:

edk35
09-06-2011, 02:14 PM
What we love about DVC is the flexibility. :goodvibes. We have used points to cruise as well as cash, and a combo of both too. We go to the parks some years, DCL some, and the concierge collection other years. We do it all, and enjoy every moment. We love DCL cruising, but given the cost (points and/or cash), I can see why people balk. I think you need to do what is best for your family, and situation, and make sure you enjoy it all. :thumbsup2

I have always heard that cruising on points is not a good use for them ...however they are our point to do what we want with right? :) Our cruise is on cash. I agree with another person that replied..we won't know until we cruise whether we are "cruisers" or not. :thumbsup2 So we are definitely keeping the ressie for next June.

bobbiwoz
09-06-2011, 02:27 PM
I've replied before and mentioned that we cruise a lot, mainly other cruise lines but DCL with the DGC. We were on a DCL in November and our next one will be in August 2012. Our DGC have moved and would miss the first few days of school with the present planned cruise. It's costing us over $1200to change the cruise to one the week before!:sad2:

If we had booked on points, perhaps the week before wouldn't have been available, and well, that would have been a whole other problem. DGD just called to ask how the cruise changing was going, and I was able to tell her that we're just about good to go for the week before. She was one very happy 8 year old!

uncw89
09-06-2011, 02:54 PM
OK, now you KNOW we love our DCL's!! Just got back from a lifetime event for us with the Med cruise. This was our 4th DCL cruise. And yes, we re-booked onboard for another "placeholder" cruise!!:goodvibes Wish we could afford to go more often.

Don't you even THINK about canceling your Magic cruise!! You will be wishing it was longer than just 5 nights!!


I agree...5 nights is too short!! We just did a 5 night Dream cruise and wished it was longer!
OT...Are you going to do a TR? How was your cruise? We are hoping to do a Med cruise someday...hoping for 2013!

We have our third cruise coming up on the Magic in one month, one week, one day:banana:

We have always paid cash for our cruises. We save our points for WDW!:wizard:

We've always paid cash too!!

We bought our DVC on a Disney Cruise!

We've sailed with Royal Caribbean before and hated it. We only sail Disney now! ;)

We bought on board as well in 2006!!
We liked our RCL Freedom of the Seas cruise!

dgaston
09-06-2011, 04:08 PM
We have sailed DCL twice (for cash), and Holland and NCL 4 times. Our next cruise will likely be on NCL next March. My husband strongly prefers freestyle cruising over set dinner times.

That said, I think DCL is perfect for little girls aged 5 to 10 for all the wonderful dancing. I will soon start saving up money to take Abby (see signature) with her mom and dad, and maybe uncles when she's older.

I guess I've read a lot of Bobbiwoz's posts about her DGC! ;)

Dean
09-06-2011, 09:11 PM
We are not using points for the cruise.Sorry if I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about adding on to cruise. If not, then you must be talking about adding on instead of cruising which would be a separate personal decision.

edk35
09-06-2011, 09:27 PM
Sorry if I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about adding on to cruise. If not, then you must be talking about adding on instead of cruising which would be a separate personal decision.

Oh that is okay. ;) We are going to keep the cruise and add on the points. :) :thumbsup2

helenk
09-06-2011, 09:43 PM
We went on our first Disney cruise in May and I really enjoyed it. We took my son, his wife and my 3 year old Grand-daughter. I know my son and his family would go again in a heart beat. But my husband I usually cruise with Celebrity and enjoyed those cruises a lot more.
I would cruise with Disney again taking my grand daughter, but my husband just did not like it and has already said he would not go again.

Dean
09-06-2011, 10:14 PM
Oh that is okay. ;) We are going to keep the cruise and add on the points. :) :thumbsup2Have you considered diversifying and adding a different timeshare?

GoofItUp
09-06-2011, 10:37 PM
We are the cruising-type. We've done HAL twice, NCL three times, Celebrity once and DCL once. I've enjoyed all my cruises. We will be watching the Galveston cruises for last-minute specials as the port is drivable for us, but I'm not going to pay the premium that DCL usually charges. It's just not worth it for my family.

GoofItUp
09-06-2011, 10:38 PM
Have you considered diversifying and adding a different timeshare?

Can I jump in and say that I have considered this, but other timeshares seem overwhelming. Weeks, points, trade power, this brand over that brand....it leaves me never knowing where to start so I usually just end!

BWV Dreamin
09-07-2011, 04:48 AM
We were just on the Magic in the Med. Not impressed with the ship. This was our second DCL cruise and the last. We want to try RCCL next. I absolutely would never use points for a cruise. I think your children may get bored on the ship. What are your ports of call?

bobbiwoz
09-07-2011, 07:11 AM
...
I guess I've read a lot of Bobbiwoz's posts about her DGC! ;)

:goodvibesWell, I found out that the difference will be $850 rather than our first estimate. Here's a link to my last trip report of the cruise. It was called "Our excellent servers" and watching those wonderful men take time with our DGC was so worth it.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2597790

That was the second DCL cruise we were all on. The first was excellent too!

Anal Annie
09-07-2011, 09:24 AM
We were just on the Magic in the Med. Not impressed with the ship. This was our second DCL cruise and the last. We want to try RCCL next. I absolutely would never use points for a cruise. I think your children may get bored on the ship. What are your ports of call?

Hey - I thought you were going to call me?! We loved our Med cruise. You should've stuck with us!! :hug:

Anal Annie
09-07-2011, 09:32 AM
I agree...5 nights is too short!! We just did a 5 night Dream cruise and wished it was longer!
OT...Are you going to do a TR? How was your cruise? We are hoping to do a Med cruise someday...hoping for 2013!



We've always paid cash too!!



I haven't done one YET...trying to get around to it. Been busy futzing with pictures (we took 1,700)!! That's a lot to weed thru. I posted about 1,000 on FB at first just to get started then got distracted with other shiny objects.:rotfl2: Now I'm trying to go thru them all in Photoshop to edit them a little and get them uploaded to Shutterfly. I want to order a photobook. But it's very time consuming. Gotta fit this TR in somewhere soon tho!!:goodvibes

We also feel it's a better deal to pay cash for the cruises than to use points. We used points ONCE on a 4 night cruise...took almost 2 years worth for 4 nights in a Cat 10A. Could've had 3 weeks at WDW if we'd have used them wisely. :sad2: Won't be making THAT mistake again any time soon!!

DisneyMim
09-07-2011, 10:08 AM
We love cruising, but with RCCL. We only use our points at WDW. For us using our points for a cruise would not be worth it as we get two rooms/suites and it would require way too many points. We love RCCL especially the big ships. You have to find what's right for your family.

DenLo
09-07-2011, 10:25 AM
We've taken around 23 cruises most with Princess and we usually have another one booked. And every time we think about a DCL cruise the price just blows my mind. There are still so many places we want to cruise to that I'm not sure we'll have time or money to do them all.

Now that DCL cruises out of Galveston we too will be looking for a discounted last minute cruise. But otherwise we'll stick with cash cruises on other lines. One thing we have found that once you have cruised with a specific line for a number of cruises, the offers, discounts and perks available to past cruises lower the price of cruise even more.

edk35
09-07-2011, 03:27 PM
We were just on the Magic in the Med. Not impressed with the ship. This was our second DCL cruise and the last. We want to try RCCL next. I absolutely would never use points for a cruise. I think your children may get bored on the ship. What are your ports of call?

I sent you a PM Hope...... inquiring minds want to know?!!

Golden Rose
09-07-2011, 04:12 PM
We love to cruise, and we started cruising long before we bought DVC. DVC ownership slightly changed our cruising patterns, though, since we used to do a cruise a year, and lately it's been closer to every other year. I actually used to cruise with my family before I married DH, so I've been cruising at least occasionally my whole life. Together DH and I have cruised with NCL, RCCL, and Celebrity. (We love RCCL and Celebrity; we didn't like NCL.) We're taking a year off from WDW next year, and doing two cruises. We're trying a Disney cruise for the first time (cash, not points), and we're in the process of booking a second cruise for the route instead of the ship (on HAL.)

I've cruised to Alaska, the Mediterranean three times (including a cruise focused on the Greek islands), the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean many times. I like the mix of interesting places to see during the days in port, and the almost enforced relaxation of the sea days. I like not having to unpack every night, while still seeing new destinations.

We're never going to give up cruising, even though we love our DVC. It's an entirely different sort of vacation, but we love both. It's one of the things that has kept us from adding on too many points. We only have so many vacation days, and we like a broad assortment of vacations. We love our WDW vacations, we love our cruises, and we love just going to a place and exploring it in some depth. We've considered getting a second (non-Disney) timeshare, and we may yet, but right now we do a mix of DVC, cruises, and stays in very nice hotels and resorts, and it works for us.

Dean
09-07-2011, 07:25 PM
Can I jump in and say that I have considered this, but other timeshares seem overwhelming. Weeks, points, trade power, this brand over that brand....it leaves me never knowing where to start so I usually just end!No doubt there's some work involved and a learning curve, but so was DVC or at least, it should have been. The rewards can be great for the right person though.

Tiger926
09-07-2011, 07:57 PM
Hey, Denise!

We've had to take a break from cruising since our youngest was born, as he was a sickly baby (had to cancel several cruises due to illness). After several surgeries, he is a healthy baby boy now, so we are back to cruising!

Will sail on the Fantasy next August to Western Caribbean, and kids talk about it daily! We have decided to only go to Disney 1x per year, instead of 2x, as we've been doing, and we have cut out all in-park dining, as we really enjoy cooking in our villa, and hubby was just diagnosed with Crohn's, so special diet for him.

With cutting down to 1x trip per year, and cutting out dining, as well as taking our trips 2 years in a row to maximize AP, we are saving thousands of dollars, and all of that goes towards our cruise (pay cash, as points is too risky and expensive). So, we want to go on another vacation every 3 years.

We will never add on more points, as we have 360 and that is plenty. We don't want anymore dues!

We thought we'd only want to travel to Disney for 50 years, and then realized this past year, that we want to go elsewhere, but had spent a mint on DVC over the past 7 years of ownership, so the best to fund our new vacations is to make the changes we did, and we are very excited about it!

We are looking forward to the new adventures that we have planned! We will sail DCL, as we find it's best for familes, especially with younger kids. Sis just returned from Carnival Dream, and found it a total party atmosphere, new RCCL ships are as much or more than Disney, and not sure about the other lines either? We don't drink or gamble either, so that's not important to us - hubby and I also sailed Norwegian before kids, but it was more adult oriented as well, so DCL will be the best fit for us at this time!

Best of luck in your decision, Denise, and have fun planning for that cruise! Tiger :)

AnnaS
09-08-2011, 05:31 AM
We have done 4 DCL cruises since becoming members. We are a family of five and reserved two cabins each time. We have also used a combination of points and cash for each cruise.

This has worked for us. It's a nice change - I like the option too. At the time our vacation time was limited and we had the points. Each of our contract was paid for in full up front so I just calculate our mf times the points needed (of course that is fine for us and I know I could rent them out and pay cash but never wanted the hassle). As someone else stated, food and entertainment is included. We are planning on cruising again in 2013 on the Fantasy. Not sure if I will use any points - kids are all big now - one will be married next year. It will depend on any WDW vacation booked by us or one of my kids. We also have a two nighter out of NYC for next summer. If we keep it, will definitely pay cash.

If the opportunity comes up, we will definitely try another cruise line (if friends or family were planning something big/special and I wanted to join them).

If you love Disney - I think you will enjoy it! You gotta try everything once!

DisDaydreamer
09-09-2011, 08:22 PM
OK, now you KNOW we love our DCL's!! Just got back from a lifetime event for us with the Med cruise. This was our 4th DCL cruise. And yes, we re-booked onboard for another "placeholder" cruise!!:goodvibes Wish we could afford to go more often.

Don't you even THINK about canceling your Magic cruise!! You will be wishing it was longer than just 5 nights!!

Last year we were bummed to have to cancel our Christmas ressies at BWV, but MB was getting chemo... cancel everything... We booked the Dream for this October/November and can't wait... We are sooo ready. Both alive, love each other, new ship, great timing, can't wait.... :)

Savor life.

deebits
09-11-2011, 05:19 PM
We also love cruising and have tried the DCL in Dec of 09. It was a great trip and would definitely cruise on DCL again, but our favorite is Celebrity Cruise Line. Having been on Celebrity for 15 sailings, it has yet to fail us. We might go on DCL next year with the ships going out of NYC, but our first preference is still Celebrity

Silly Little Pixie
09-11-2011, 11:41 PM
We LOVE DCL! We have been on 6 DCL cruises with 3 more booked. We have had great service. I dragged my husband on the first one, and he truly fell in love with it. For us its the perfect family vacation.

We've even taken a DCL Western cruise without the kids! We tried Princess as well, and it was nice but we prefer DCL. I am a bargain hunter so all our cruises (even our upcoming 8 night Christmas cruise) has been less than $5000- most much less than that. We don't use our points to cruise. We only have 210 points so none to waste! We are currently saving up for Aulani.

Silly Little Pixie
09-12-2011, 12:59 PM
DCL does have bargains from time to time... currently there is Kids Sail Free on most Mexican Riviera cruises, and $999/pp in a verandah for late October sailings on the Magic. 7 nights in the Caribbean with a balcony for $999? Good deal!