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Old 04-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Upgrade to concierge for $1330??

We are booked on the Fantasy for the 3-23-13 sailing. That was one of the "glitch" cruises and I was able to get a category 4c for the four of us for only $3785. Now I can upgrade to concierge for an additional $1330. I am frugal and am not sure it would be worth it. However, I have a high schooler who will be a senior at the time and will be 18. He will not be allowed in the kids clubs. My thought is that he may have an easier time in the concierge deck versus the adult pool area. (not constantly asked about his age) Any other thoughts as to whether or not this will be a better experience for him? I am really concerned about what he is going to do for the seven days. He has loved the clubs. Any other thoughts about concierge?
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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I am super biased towards concierge so take my comments with grain of salt.

I love concierge for the early booking (120 days out) and the ability on day one of cruise to add/delete/change almost anything you want hassle free via the concierge team and bypassing lines, guest services, etc. I also love boarding the ship ASAP very conveniently. Priority tendering can be a nice perk as well.

As far as your 18 yr old, the concierge sun deck was quiet and sedate the few times I visited. Not sure what you are looking for regarding that. If you are interested in Palo / Remy, you will be able to secure reservations very easily and then move them around during that first day if you desire to change or add additional seatings.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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While I have read reports of young adults being asked to show ID on the pool area, this has happened to DD basically once each cruise if at all! Once the CMs see the KTTW, no more questions or issues. I can't object to her being carded once--after all, it is an ADULT area.

Based on that, I don't think having an 18 year old is a reason to upgrade to concierge. However, you are able to get concierge for basically $50 per person per day. At that price, I'd be seriously tempted. You've met my target price already and gotten a cat 4 for it--that's better than I've ever done! If you are ever going to cruise concierge, this would be the time.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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If you are ever going to cruise concierge, this would be the time.
Very good point! I lost sight of the big picture for a minute.
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I think I'd definitely upgrade for $1330. Good luck making your final decision. Please let us know what you decide.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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The glitch was an error that DCL put into their computer on the day cruise prices came out. Until they caught it, some people got an incredible deal. It has happened a couple of times now. Some day it will happen on my dates.
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Is the price difference to concierge for a Family Concierge cabin or to a 1 bedroom suite? If only to the Family Concierge cabin not sure I'd upgrade since you will be in the same size cabin and would only have 3 beds as opposed to 4 beds in the cat. 4C. The sofabed in the Family Concierge is a double bed and there is no Murphy bed. But if you feel that you will use the concierge amenities and they are worth the price difference then I say book it.
I booked a Family Concierge cabin for our Fantasy cruise next year since it was only $600 more than the verandah cabin I had booked for Dec. 2012 - that was one of the first day pricing glitches for the 2013 sailings. I only booked it since I was able to get one of the bump out verandah's on deck 12, otherwise I might have kept my cat. 5E with a much larger verandah.
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For me, it would not be worth it for an additional $1330. Now if you could upgrade for $500-600, that would be another story! What is this glitch that allowed you to get such an incredible rate?? I've only been on the DIS boards for a few months, so I must have missed that. I'm on the same cruise and we got a pretty good deal by booking onboard the Dream, but not THAT good!
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That was one of the "glitch" cruises and I was able to get a category 4c for the four of us for only $3785. Now I can upgrade to concierge for an additional $1330.
What I can tell you is that a family of 4 would now pay over $11,000 for that room and you can have it for less than half. You're not ever going to get another opportunity like that. The only caveat that I've heard is that some people have a hard time going "back" once they've gone concierge. I mean look at me, I keep going "up" in concierge. Ugh.

As an aside, I saw a one bedroom suite open up on that cruise for $20,000. That's $3000 more than I'm paying for a royal suite the week before. Crazy. I also find it interesting how there have been NO concierge rooms on your cruise for weeks and now there's 4 or 5. Strange how that happens.
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