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OrlandoDisneyFan
08-14-2012, 06:57 PM
So DCL released some crazy good rates for FL Residents for September. Yesterday, I booked a short 3 night getaway for my family to take advantage of these rates for the Sept 6th cruise.

Main Dining is Available. Palo and Remy reservations are available for all three nights of the cruise. There is no Cruise meet thread for this cruise. Port check in time of 12:00 was available.

I am very surprised at such availability at such a late date (about 3-1/2 weeks out).

Will we be all alone on this cruise...?

Bonniec
08-14-2012, 06:59 PM
How did you find the rates? When I look on the site under special pricing and FL resident, all I see is this:

"Rates as of Monday, July 23, 2012. Rates valid through Sunday, July 29, 2012."

OrlandoDisneyFan
08-14-2012, 07:05 PM
I used the FLR code. Got a Cat4 room for $335 per person. Actually got two Cat 4 rooms connecting, because I could get 2 rooms for just $174 more with two of us in each room versus all four of us in one room. The third and fourth people (my kids) would have been $248 each if we had one room.

Bonniec
08-14-2012, 07:13 PM
Well dang...I kept checking that page and didn't think they had anything. :headache:

merriwthr
08-14-2012, 08:32 PM
You may be! According to cruisefish.net there are approximately 87% of the cabins available on the Dream on that cruise. I saw on several posts that this percentage is usually fairly accurate as far as empty cabins - but don't know for sure myself... If it is accurate - enjoy the pools!!! :cool1:

Keira1387
08-14-2012, 08:43 PM
You may be! According to cruisefish.net there are approximately 87% of the cabins available on the Dream on that cruise. I saw on several posts that this percentage is usually fairly accurate as far as empty cabins - but don't know for sure myself... If it is accurate - enjoy the pools!!! :cool1:

I know this is a dumb question, but the percentage next to the sail date is cabins available? I always thought it was cabins sold.

wendyoconnor
08-14-2012, 08:55 PM
The percentage is an indication of categories available not ship occupancy. The 87% means most of the categories still have cabins available. Occupancy could vary widely based on how many couples vs how many families with children. 500 cabins booked with 2 people will be a much lower occupancy then 500 cabins booked with 4 people. The percentage on Cruisefish doesn't know the occupancy rates of a cruise, it just checks to see what categories are left.

Keira1387
08-14-2012, 09:20 PM
The percentage is an indication of categories available not ship occupancy. The 87% means most of the categories still have cabins available. Occupancy could vary widely based on how many couples vs how many families with children. 500 cabins booked with 2 people will be a much lower occupancy then 500 cabins booked with 4 people. The percentage on Cruisefish doesn't know the occupancy rates of a cruise, it just checks to see what categories are left.

Thank you for clarifying! :goodvibes

Ptwolfman
08-14-2012, 10:10 PM
What do the #s in parenthesis mean? On my cruise, it said something like (1) 63%

squirrel
08-15-2012, 12:32 AM
Where do I go on CruiseFish to find the % for my cruise?

wen-tom
08-15-2012, 12:46 AM
I am on this cruise too and I have been thinking the exact same thing... Still so much availability and still no guaranteed rates (except verandah)

At least I know there will be one other family :D

Duhey2
08-15-2012, 12:47 AM
I'm pretty sure my wife's cousin and her family are on your cruise. I was surprised to find there was no DIS and FE group as well.

hamm1207
08-15-2012, 12:55 AM
So it looks like my 9/30 cruise is empty. There is a '97%' listed next to the date. This might be really nice for upgrade chances!!!

Angrypenguin
08-15-2012, 02:21 AM
So it looks like my 9/30 cruise is empty. There is a '97%' listed next to the date. This might be really nice for upgrade chances!!!

We'll see you there! We just booked it :)

disneyholic family
08-15-2012, 03:00 AM
so have i mentioned i hate people who live in florida? ;)

Silverfox97
08-15-2012, 04:18 AM
I used the FLR code. Got a Cat4 room for $335 per person. Actually got two Cat 4 rooms connecting, because I could get 2 rooms for just $174 more with two of us in each room versus all four of us in one room. The third and fourth people (my kids) would have been $248 each if we had one room.

I've had FLR rates twice & the ones for Sept on the Dream are crazy cheap! I so wish I could go!!! Looked at Sept 16 & Sept 30th but my voice of reason (DH) told me to pay on/off our Dec cruise on the Fantasy instead.....

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Silverfox97
08-15-2012, 04:19 AM
How did you find the rates? When I look on the site under special pricing and FL resident, all I see is this:

"Rates as of Monday, July 23, 2012. Rates valid through Sunday, July 29, 2012."

http://disneycruiselineblog.com/2012/08/how-to-search-for-a-special-disney-cruise-offer-using-a-booking-code/

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sweetpee_1993
08-15-2012, 08:06 AM
The hubby surprised me a month ago with a phone call from Mickey. He had us booked for a teenager-free getaway in a category 11b on the 9/27 3-night Dream. When the first bunch of FL resident discounts rolled out I was watching but our cruise wasn't included. ((We have a home in Florida & maintain our residency there.)) I kept randomly checking and spotted our sailing added to the bunch soon thereafter. We upgraded 6 categories to a 5b and got a $384 refund. Amazing! There's still tons of availability on our sailing as well. I'm excited at the prospect of a port upgrade. I only wish hubby could take more time off work so we could double-dip! The FL resident rates are amazing right now!

disneyholic family
08-15-2012, 08:14 AM
if you've ever thought of concierge, this may be the time..
i just checked our cruise in october and concierge is still more than half empty, so i assume there are going to be great concierge deals at the port..

so don't forget to ask about it when you check in at the port....i'm sure your cruise also has a lot of availability in concierge!! :)

sweetpee_1993
08-15-2012, 09:02 AM
if you've ever thought of concierge, this may be the time..
i just checked our cruise in october and concierge is still more than half empty, so i assume there are going to be great concierge deals at the port..

so don't forget to ask about it when you check in at the port....i'm sure your cruise also has a lot of availability in concierge!! :)

I've been watching concierge availability like a hawk. Whenever you go in to start the booking process there's always 8 different staterooms in both 00V's and 00T's to choose from. The upgrade from 11b to 5b was also strategic in that it's less distance to cover for port upgrades. I'm thinking we might can make it to concierge for what we paid originally for the 11b. :faint: This past May on a 5-night Magic our family of 4 upgraded at the port from a standard verandah (forget the category) to a 1-bedroom for $1200. I'd love it if the hubby & I could do that again. I've got my magic number in my head. If we can upgrade for that much or less we'll do it. If not, I'm still absolutely thrilled with what we have. Still, wouldn't it be awesome to do for our anniversary celebration? And without the kids?!?! :cloud9:


Also wanted to mention to the OP, our sailing has a small cruise group going but they aren't real chatty here like the other 2 groups I participated in. Either they do the majority of their chatting on FB (I don't FB so I have no idea) or it's just not a real active group. Maybe your sailing has a FB group. :confused3

Trekker
08-15-2012, 10:08 AM
Where do I go on CruiseFish to find the % for my cruise?

I'm interested in this as well - where do we find this % available number?


Thanks!

jmclester
08-15-2012, 10:32 AM
I am on this cruise too and I have been thinking the exact same thing... Still so much availability and still no guaranteed rates (except verandah)

At least I know there will be one other family :D

Make that two other families! I have had this very cruise booked for over a year now and I can't believe it's only three weeks away (it was 450 days when I booked it!!). I haven't checked any occupancy info though so this is good news! See y'all at the pool! I'll be the one smiling!:thumbsup2

CandyMandy
08-15-2012, 11:28 AM
I'm going to hotlink this thread, so I can refer to it next time I read the proverbial "how do a I get a good deal on DCL" thread and someone inevitably comes back saying "it's tough because DCL ships always sail full."

Even though I knew that was not true (our Med sailing last summer had vacancies and upgrades were available at the pier), it's nice to now have proof. ;)

disneyholic family
08-15-2012, 11:46 AM
I've been watching concierge availability like a hawk. Whenever you go in to start the booking process there's always 8 different staterooms in both 00V's and 00T's to choose from. The upgrade from 11b to 5b was also strategic in that it's less distance to cover for port upgrades. I'm thinking we might can make it to concierge for what we paid originally for the 11b. :faint: This past May on a 5-night Magic our family of 4 upgraded at the port from a standard verandah (forget the category) to a 1-bedroom for $1200. I'd love it if the hubby & I could do that again. I've got my magic number in my head. If we can upgrade for that much or less we'll do it. If not, I'm still absolutely thrilled with what we have. Still, wouldn't it be awesome to do for our anniversary celebration? And without the kids?!?! :cloud9:



i'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!!

ratt1345
08-15-2012, 12:03 PM
so have i mentioned i hate people who live in florida? ;)

Not sure where you are, but if you want the humidity to go along with the heat....we can swap places (only if where you live has less than 80% humidity)!!!:rotfl2:

disneyholic family
08-15-2012, 12:40 PM
Not sure where you are, but if you want the humidity to go along with the heat....we can swap places (only if where you live has less than 80% humidity)!!!:rotfl2:

i live just outside of tel aviv - so i can trade my heat/humidty for your heat/humidity :goodvibes
probably 6 of one, half a dozen of the other..

i live 10 minutes from the mediterranean ....make the trade any more attractive?

though i'm not interested in trading...i just want those florida resident discounts!!!! :goodvibes

ppony
08-15-2012, 12:47 PM
so have i mentioned i hate people who live in florida? ;)

Yeah, I'll go w/ that. Lucky ducks! ;)

fsugirl333
08-15-2012, 02:19 PM
I've had FLR rates twice & the ones for Sept on the Dream are crazy cheap! I so wish I could go!!! Looked at Sept 16 & Sept 30th but my voice of reason (DH) told me to pay on/off our Dec cruise on the Fantasy instead.....

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My voice of reason told me the same thing!! I was looking at the 16th too. I hate voices of reason :furious: :love:

jdemwe
08-15-2012, 02:37 PM
Along these lines… Is there a place where non-Florida residents can find good last-minute deals like this? I have a lot of airline points and I can swing last minute trips sometimes. I thought it would be cool to surprise my wife by saying “hey want to go on a cruise next week?”.

elainyaeq
08-15-2012, 02:39 PM
can you tell me what is the occupancy %% for the Dream on Oct 25? i wonder if FLR will be applied to more cruises, like in October... WOW lucky you, great rates for Sept! i'd switch if i could =)

disneyholic family
08-15-2012, 02:40 PM
can you tell me what is the occupancy %% for the Dream on Oct 25? i wonder if FLR will be applied to more cruises, like in October... WOW lucky you, great rates for Sept! i'd switch if i could =)

i'm sure the florida residents are going to get big bargains in october too.
i know our cruise is half empty...there are lots of rooms still available all over the ship, including more than half of concierge..

sweetpee_1993
08-15-2012, 02:49 PM
i'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!!


Thanks muchly! :goodvibes

Make BFFs with some Florida residents and you can cruise with them! I can hear it now, "You only love me for my address!!!" :lmao:

ICollectBelle
08-15-2012, 02:57 PM
We are on the "Ghost Cruise" too! Count myself, daughter, and mom in! Three generation cruise. We are getting very excited and are hoping it's not crowded. Very happy to be going to Palo. We will also be by the pool smiling!:rolleyes1:);):);)

WallaceFamily
08-15-2012, 02:58 PM
Can non-Floridians travel with Floridians and get this rate? Or does everyone have to have proof of Florida residence?

JKSWonder
08-15-2012, 03:04 PM
Can non-Floridians travel with Floridians and get this rate? Or does everyone have to have proof of Florida residence?

I think there has to be at least one Florida resident in the cabin and that person has to be one that books the cabin.

My MIL is a Florida resident and I'm pretty sure was able to book a DCL cruise using a Florida resident rate, even though she had two New Yorkers with her in the cabin.

elainyaeq
08-15-2012, 03:11 PM
can you tell me what is the occupancy %% for the Dream on Oct 25? i wonder if FLR will be applied to more cruises, like in October... WOW lucky you, great rates for Sept! i'd switch if i could =)

ok i just talked with DCL about our Oct 25 cruise, she said its' 61% occupied, and if i'm reading cruisefish.net correctly, it reads 80%? not sure how the difference is calculated here, but do you think we'll see FLR Oct discounts too?
I sure hope so!!

OrlandoDisneyFan
08-15-2012, 03:11 PM
One Adult Florida Resident has to be in each stateroom. Rest of the occupants do not have to be FL Residents.

And I must correct the price I originally posted. It is $345 pp, not $335, for the 3 night cruise. I keep getting $335 stuck in my head. But the 'rack rate' for the Cat 4D (not VGT, but where you can choose your stateroom) is currently $1000 pp if I remember correctly. So while Disney relies on us to fill their ships as much as possible last minute in the Fall and Spring (except Spring Breaks), they really do take good care of us.

I was just shocked that Main Dining, Palo, AND Remy are all available for any night 3-1/2 weeks out. I always wait for the last minute FLR rates, but I usually get wait listed and have to got to Dining Changes on the first day to try to get the Main Dining.

_Crush_
08-15-2012, 04:15 PM
ok i just talked with DCL about our Oct 25 cruise, she said its' 61% occupied, and if i'm reading cruisefish.net correctly, it reads 80%? not sure how the difference is calculated here, but do you think we'll see FLR Oct discounts too?
I sure hope so!!



As I understand cruisefish (which might not be the correct way), if it shows 80%, then it's saying that 80% of the stateroom categories have at least one room available. It doesn't really have anything to do with capacity -- it's more about availability. Technically, if there were only 15 remaining rooms open on the entire ship, I think it could conceivably still show 80% if all the rooms were in different categories.

csidisney
08-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Wow I am soooo tempted right now... does anyone know if I can transfer my dummy cruise and combine with the FLR rates? That would be an even sweeter deal and an easier sell for the DH ;)

sweetpee_1993
08-15-2012, 06:02 PM
Wow I am soooo tempted right now... does anyone know if I can transfer my dummy cruise and combine with the FLR rates? That would be an even sweeter deal and an easier sell for the DH ;)

I'm not sure about combining the offers but we considered using a dummy we have floating out there for our Sept booking when we booked at rack rate (roughly $1100 or so). DH & my TA friend talked me down on it. Using it would've saved us maybe $100. If 2014 opens up before we could book another dummy we'd not have one to use for the (hopefully) opening day booking for Christmas 2014. Better to have the dummy & not need it than to need it & not have it. Right?

OrlandoDisneyFan
08-15-2012, 07:21 PM
Wow I am soooo tempted right now... does anyone know if I can transfer my dummy cruise and combine with the FLR rates? That would be an even sweeter deal and an easier sell for the DH ;)

You can NOT combine them. That's why I never bother with the onboard booking stuff. 10% doesn't come close to the FLR rates.

RM1SW
08-15-2012, 07:55 PM
Wonder if they will come out with Texans rate. I would take a cruise every month.

Beauty & the Best
08-15-2012, 08:50 PM
My friend is booked on the Sept 6th cruise with her daughter.

We are going right after & hooking up a 3 and 4 day starting on the 9th (when you disembark.) We had looked at adding on another 3 day, but I'm traveling for Labor Day and honestly didn't want to be away from my dog for so long! :blush:

Anyhow, just b/c there isn't a Meet thread doesn't mean that there aren't many people on your cruise, it just means that nobody felt like starting a Meet thread. BUT I think w/ back to school, your cruise will be nice and empty. Enjoy it! :goodvibes

linco711
08-15-2012, 09:55 PM
I'm interested in this as well - where do we find this % available number?


Thanks!

I'd like to know this too. where can I find this information? I'd love to know the ships occupancy..Thanks:goodvibes

tndislvr
08-15-2012, 10:45 PM
Our family of four will be on the ship with you. Seems there have been 3 or 4 others to reply to your post so looks like some DISers will be on board!

As this is our very first cruise I wouldn't mind smaller crowds!

To anyone who has ever gotten an upgrade at port - are the prices worth the upgrade? We are currently in a Cat 5A - what would be considered an upgrade (other than just being on a higher level on the ship)?

hamm1207
08-16-2012, 12:31 AM
We'll see you there! We just booked it :)

Come on over to our cruise meet thread!

sweetpee_1993
08-16-2012, 12:36 AM
Our family of four will be on the ship with you. Seems there have been 3 or 4 others to reply to your post so looks like some DISers will be on board!

As this is our very first cruise I wouldn't mind smaller crowds!

To anyone who has ever gotten an upgrade at port - are the prices worth the upgrade? We are currently in a Cat 5A - what would be considered an upgrade (other than just being on a higher level on the ship)?



We did a port upgrade in May on the Magic. If upgrades are available they can be very much worth while because the cost is much lower than if you booked yourself into the higher categories. I'm not real knowledgable on the different categories. If you aren't already booked in the larger verandah stateroom you can upgrade to that. Then, of course, there's concierge family verandah rooms, 1-bedroom suites, & the Royal suites.

Takia
08-16-2012, 07:36 AM
That is so funny OrlandoDisneyFan!!! We are on this cruise as well and I was wondering as well if this was a phantom cruise!!!

After a long summer my family and I are so looking forward to this break!!!

Bonniec
08-16-2012, 07:53 AM
Does FL resident ever include concierge or is concierge never discounted? Also, are FL resident rates usually last minute only deal or would you find them a year in advance?



http://disneycruiselineblog.com/2012/08/how-to-search-for-a-special-disney-cruise-offer-using-a-booking-code/

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Thank you for this!



You can NOT combine them. That's why I never bother with the onboard booking stuff. 10% doesn't come close to the FLR rates.

Thank you for this, that's one more reason for me not to use it (in addition to the concierge doesn't get 10% off thing)

Silverfox97
08-16-2012, 08:37 AM
Does FL resident ever include concierge or is concierge never discounted? Also, are FL resident rates usually last minute only deal or would you find them a year in advance?

They do not include concierge & are reserved for last minute deals. They are definitely not around a year in advance.

In 2010, they did release them in April for our Aug cruise, which I felt was earlier than usual.

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Bonniec
08-16-2012, 08:47 AM
They do not include concierge & are reserved for last minute deals. They are definitely not around a year in advance.

In 2010, they did release them in April for our Aug cruise, which I felt was earlier than usual.

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Okay great, thanks!

ladypirate
08-16-2012, 08:51 AM
Do all the people have to be Florida residents or just one to get the deal?

ladypirate
08-16-2012, 08:53 AM
Sorry, now I see it, so where to you put in the FLR to get the rate and which cruises? Just Dream in September?

sweetpee_1993
08-16-2012, 09:11 AM
Sorry, now I see it, so where to you put in the FLR to get the rate and which cruises? Just Dream in September?

On the "Find a Cruise" page, left side, underneath the section where you select how many nights there's a box marked "Special Offers Available". Inside the box says "Enter Offer Code". Type the FLR into that box then search. If Florida resident rates are availble within your search parameters the search will turn them up. If not you'll come back to the same page with red text that says nothing is available. :wave2:

I've only seen the Florida rates for September Dream sailings. I searched for Fantasy in September & didn't see any. I haven't really searched any other months, tho, so not sure what else might be there. Search and see. It's fun when they pop up. I always have the "Oh!" moment! LOL!

Beauty & the Best
08-16-2012, 09:31 AM
You can also just call DCL and ask about FL resident rates. :thumbsup2

Doggiegroomer
08-16-2012, 09:34 AM
Just booked this cruise yesterday!! We are sailing the 9/2 4day cruise as well...we booked that in April. This will be our first B2B....soooooo excited. Couldn't pass the awesome price up! Love those Fla resident rates! Only wish I had booked both cruises with that rate! The $$$ I paid in April for the 4 day could cover the cost of both cruises at the Fla res rate! Oh well! I knew I wanted the 9/2 cruise to celebrate our Anniversary! See ya in a few weeks!

Erika
Also will be making gold status after theses cruises! WooHoo!

Silverfox97
08-16-2012, 09:45 AM
Sorry, now I see it, so where to you put in the FLR to get the rate and which cruises? Just Dream in September?

http://disneycruiselineblog.com/2012/08/how-to-search-for-a-special-disney-cruise-offer-using-a-booking-code/

This shows you. There is even a video.

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sweetpee_1993
08-16-2012, 09:59 AM
Just booked this cruise yesterday!! We are sailing the 9/2 4day cruise as well...we booked that in April. This will be our first B2B....soooooo excited. Couldn't pass the awesome price up! Love those Fla resident rates! Only wish I had booked both cruises with that rate! The $$$ I paid in April for the 4 day could cover the cost of both cruises at the Fla res rate! Oh well! I knew I wanted the 9/2 cruise to celebrate our Anniversary! See ya in a few weeks!

Erika
Also will be making gold status after theses cruises! WooHoo!


Check to see if you can get the rate applied to your initial 4-night you had booked! We had our 3-night booked & PIF on July 4th weekend. When the Florida rates released I did the math and after penalties we still would come out with a $170-ish refund plus move up 6 stateroom categories. My TA made the change and said the penalties were waived so we ended up with a $380-something refund plus the huge stateroom category move. Give it a try. Worst case is you don't get the special rate and stay with what you're already happy about. Right?

Silverfox97
08-16-2012, 12:08 PM
Check to see if you can get the rate applied to your initial 4-night you had booked! We had our 3-night booked & PIF on July 4th weekend. When the Florida rates released I did the math and after penalties we still would come out with a $170-ish refund plus move up 6 stateroom categories. My TA made the change and said the penalties were waived so we ended up with a $380-something refund plus the huge stateroom category move. Give it a try. Worst case is you don't get the special rate and stay with what you're already happy about. Right?

That happened to us in Feb. Booked Cat 8A for a Dream 3-night, & FL res rates came out in Jan waaaayyyyy after we paid in full. No penalty, $400 refund & a huge move to Cat 5A.

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csidisney
08-16-2012, 01:57 PM
DH just gave the green light if I really want to do the Sept 27 3 night. We just did a 4 night in May, and have the Fantasy booked for next year. PLUS we are doing food and wine in oct. The rational part of me is saying there are other things I should be buying, but the other part is saying DOOOOOOOOO IT, you only live once! :rotfl2: I really need a cruise intervention....

erin.w
08-16-2012, 06:59 PM
Can someone check what the sept 13 sailing looks like? Are a lot of staterooms available?

Castaway Dreamer
08-27-2012, 10:20 PM
We are going on the September 6th cruise on the Disney Dream. Booked a guaranteed VGT category. With only 10 days left, we still haven't received our stateroom number - checking constantly!!! :coffee: Anyone else with a VGT, IGT, or OGT receive their stateroom assignment? I've seen from other posts that people with VGT, IGT, or OGT staterooms sailing out on the 7th and 8th on other Disney ships have received their stateroom number by now, so I'm a little antsy.:hyper:

Wendy&Grumpy
09-03-2012, 12:40 PM
FLR rates are now available for the October 4 night Dream cruises - think we'll see them for the October 3 night Dream cruises soon?

outahere
09-03-2012, 01:01 PM
Can someone check what the sept 13 sailing looks like? Are a lot of staterooms available?

Looks like almost every category has availability, including cat V and T. I started a "dummy" booking and could even get main dining.

Sorry....... just realized this question was posted over two weeks ago.