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son3disfan
04-12-2012, 02:42 PM
Caribbean cruises: $800 more to upgrade to a balcony from an inside cat. 11.

Alaska cruises: $1800 more to upgrade to a balcony from an inside cat 11.
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

And that's comparing a Caribbean cruise ON THE FANTASY...
to an Alaskian cruise ON THE WONDER!

Wow...that's ridiculous.

Niebz
04-12-2012, 02:47 PM
It's probably because verandahs are highly sought after in Alaska due to the gorgeous scenery. We really wanted to book a 2013 Alaskan cruise but I don't think we'll be able to swing the much higher than other itinerary prices. :goodvibes

Cruise
04-12-2012, 03:11 PM
They're just going by supply and demand....same as any other business.

JungleJim
04-12-2012, 03:19 PM
You don't want to cruise DCL for Alaska. You don't want to be on any of the large cruise ships, because they are very limited in the waters they sail.

There is one line with smaller ships that get in waters that are not accessible by the larger ones. You get to see MUCH more (with or without a veranda...)

son3disfan
04-12-2012, 03:21 PM
They're just going by supply and demand....same as any other business.

Of course they are.....it's called gouging!( insert smiley face here...)

carpenta
04-12-2012, 03:23 PM
Of course they are.....it's called gouging!










.......oy vey...........:rolleyes:

ksucats
04-12-2012, 03:29 PM
Of course they are.....it's called gouging!

I generally think of gouging when the products are necessities or commodities. This is definitely not either of those. If you want the verandah, pay the market price. I can definitely see why there is a bigger differential in demand for Alaska vs. Caribbean.

TDC Nala
04-12-2012, 03:32 PM
Having a verandah for Alaska is going to be much more highly prized than having a verandah for the Caribbean. There's also the fact that the Fantasy has many more verandah staterooms than the Wonder has.

Buckeye218
04-12-2012, 03:50 PM
Of course they are.....it's called gouging!

Let's say you were selling your 2003 Honda Accord w/ 120,000 miles on it and you had two interested buyers. Would you sell it to Person A for what you felt to be a reasonable price $1,500.00?

Or would you sell it to Person B who offered what you felt was an outrageous amount of $5,000.00?

That's what I thought....

MinnesotaMouseketeers
04-12-2012, 04:12 PM
I generally think of gouging when the products are necessities or commodities. This is definitely not either of those. If you want the verandah, pay the market price. I can definitely see why there is a bigger differential in demand for Alaska vs. Caribbean.

Well said, jacking up the prices for items you have to have before a hurricane hits is gouging. Hiking the price for a verandah because the demand it there is not. If DCL isn't selling the verandahs because enough people think the cost is too high guess what DCL will do, lower the amount to fill the staterooms. They must be selling them.

Trekker
04-12-2012, 04:22 PM
You cannot compare the Wonder and the Fantasy - there are way more oveanview and verandah rooms than there are inside rooms on the Fantasy.

If you play around with the bookings on the Disney site there are many times when an inside room is MORE than an oceanview on the Fantasy.

ilovetexas
04-12-2012, 04:32 PM
Of course they are.....it's called gouging!

Oh, good grief! Next your going to throw out my favorite...."it's not FAIR". smh

EVERY cruise line charges a significant amount more for a balcony in Alaska. Because they can. It's called the free market and a lot of us prefer an economy based on that principal.

NancyIL
04-12-2012, 04:54 PM
I've been on 4 Alaska cruises, and none were in balcony cabins (1 inside and 3 oceanviews). I won't pay for a balcony in Alaska, because I'd rather use the savings for other things - like a longer trip or for excursions. The best views are NOT from one side of the ship on your balcony, but from the front of the ship (too bad the Wonder doesn't have an open bow) or from the top deck - so you can get a panoramic view.

KsSteve
04-12-2012, 05:17 PM
On our cruise in July, there is only one 5A verandah room left. Prices have gone up around 1800 since we booked. It is not gouging. As others have posted, it is supply and demand.

Alaskan cruises will always be more expensive than Carribean cruises.

jship210
04-12-2012, 06:13 PM
We did Alaska last summer, and the veranda was worth every penny. As we went up Tracy Arm, we had room service deliver coffee and cookies. We sat on the veranda all day taking pictures and just looking at the beauty.

son3disfan
04-12-2012, 06:40 PM
I've been on 4 Alaska cruises, and none were in balcony cabins (1 inside and 3 oceanviews). I won't pay for a balcony in Alaska, because I'd rather use the savings for other things - like a longer trip or for excursions. The best views are NOT from one side of the ship on your balcony, but from the front of the ship (too bad the Wonder doesn't have an open bow) or from the top deck - so you can get a panoramic view.

Good to hear. That's what we will be doing!

And for the negative nelly's out there....I am aware of the definition of gouging..perhaps I should have added a smilely face...

And there is no " I want it for free" here... :)
Of course Disney will try to make money .... I am just in shock of what they are charging....and what people are paying.
This Alaska stuff is all new to us and the sticker shock is, well, very shocking.
(And I haven't even mentioned excursions..:headache:)

insureman
04-12-2012, 07:10 PM
.... I am just in shock of what they are charging....and what people are paying.

Not shocking, it's called capitalism. That's how I pay for my cruises.;)

ScottJayhawk
04-12-2012, 07:16 PM
Don't go on a cruise if you don't like the price.
As many have said, it's simple supply and demand.

jdb in AZ
04-12-2012, 07:27 PM
Good to hear. That's what we will be doing!

And for the negative nelly's out there....I am aware of the definition of gouging..perhaps I should have added a smilely face...

And there is no " I want it for free" here... :)
Of course Disney will try to make money .... I am just in shock of what they are charging....and what people are paying.
This Alaska stuff is all new to us and the sticker shock is, well, very shocking.
(And I haven't even mentioned excursions..:headache:)

Alaska is very easy to find shore excursions on your own when you get to each port and walk around the tiny towns. Prices are usually much cheaper than those sponsored by the ships. Just be sure you get back on board before the ship sails without you.

Heard02
04-12-2012, 07:32 PM
We did Alaska last summer, and the veranda was worth every penny. As we went up Tracy Arm, we had room service deliver coffee and cookies. We sat on the veranda all day taking pictures and just looking at the beauty.

I couldn't agree with you more! The scenery is too pretty not to do a balcony in my opinion! So worth the extra $$$

NancyIL
04-12-2012, 07:32 PM
Not shocking, it's called capitalism. That's how I pay for my cruises.;)

I call it - "snorting too much pixie dust"! :rotfl2:

NancyIL
04-12-2012, 07:34 PM
I couldn't agree with you more! The scenery is too pretty not to do a balcony in my opinion! So worth the extra $$$

You're right; the scenery is SO pretty that I wouldn't want to be limited to viewing it from one side of the ship - even if I had a balcony.

Shell54
04-12-2012, 07:56 PM
We did Alaska last summer, and the veranda was worth every penny. As we went up Tracy Arm, we had room service deliver coffee and cookies. We sat on the veranda all day taking pictures and just looking at the beauty.

That sounds like a great day:goodvibes I'd try to swing a verandah too if I was sailing on a cruise to Alaska.

KSDisneyDad
04-12-2012, 08:09 PM
Good to hear. That's what we will be doing!

And for the negative nelly's out there....I am aware of the definition of gouging..perhaps I should have added a smilely face...

And there is no " I want it for free" here... :)
Of course Disney will try to make money .... I am just in shock of what they are charging....and what people are paying.This Alaska stuff is all new to us and the sticker shock is, well, very shocking.
(And I haven't even mentioned excursions..:headache:)

The bolding is what you're really surprised with!

The cost of our June cruise has gone up by about 227% - yes 227%!! I can't believe people are paying that much more for the same cruise.

If people aren't paying it, Disney wouldn't be able to charge so much. If one views the perceived value to exceed their cost, they'll pay it. As others have said, this is a luxury item, not a necessity. Some think that the value for a verandah for Alaska is worth it, others don't. You can always go with the inside stateroom, cruise on another line, cruise somewhere else or do a completely different vacation. It's your choice.

lbgraves
04-12-2012, 08:30 PM
You're right; the scenery is SO pretty that I wouldn't want to be limited to viewing it from one side of the ship - even if I had a balcony.

We had a SPH and spent most of our time on decks 4 and 10 going back and forth as whales were spotted and we could enjoy the view from the other side of the ship. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on any of it and plan to do the same thing next time.

NancyIL
04-12-2012, 08:43 PM
The bolding is what you're really surprised with!

The cost of our June cruise has gone up by about 227% - yes 227%!! I can't believe people are paying that much more for the same cruise.

If people aren't paying it, Disney wouldn't be able to charge so much. If one views the perceived value to exceed their cost, they'll pay it. As others have said, this is a luxury item, not a necessity. Some think that the value for a verandah for Alaska is worth it, others don't. You can always go with the inside stateroom, cruise on another line, cruise somewhere else or do a completely different vacation. It's your choice.

Exactly - vote with your wallet! For me, the $1800 difference between an inside cabin and a verandah is another cruise. $1809.68 (to be exact) would pay for an inside gty cabin on the 12-night Celebrity Silhouette Med cruise that my DH and I will be on next month: http://www.celebritycruises.com/booking/create/setCabin.do?selectedStateroom=GTY~~Z~~Z~~RESGA01~~ false~~I~~null~~Inside+Stateroom~~null~~1598.0~~79 9.0~~799.0~~0.0~~0.0~~false&isRestrictedPriceProgram=false&isUpSold=false

NancyIL
04-12-2012, 08:53 PM
We had a SPH and spent most of our time on decks 4 and 10 going back and forth as whales were spotted and we could enjoy the view from the other side of the ship. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on any of it and plan to do the same thing next time.

You were the smart ones! There's nothing like being on an outside deck and getting a great view in all directions!

I have spent a lot of time on outside decks during scenic cruising in Alaska. In order to stay outside for several hours at a time, you need to be dressed appropriately, and that means layers and hat & gloves.

lbgraves
04-12-2012, 09:00 PM
Definitely, along with using the blankets provided on deck 4. :) It felt very weird packing for the MV after our last cruise to Alaska. I felt like I was forgetting a lot but didn't need the warmer clothing this time.

son3disfan
04-12-2012, 09:17 PM
I call it - "snorting too much pixie dust"! :rotfl2:

:lmao: