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Old 08-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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Anyone else excited by the Galveston Itinerary changes?

http://www.wdwinfo.com/news/disney-c..._Galveston.htm

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-cruise...as.htm#bahamas

I'm so glad they added in Castaway Cay for the longer ones.. that's why we sail Disney. And the 4 nighters are a great option.

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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No, I am actually very angry. I booked a cruise I really wanted to go on and was excited for and now it is not an option. If I wanted to go to CC and WDW I would have gone to Florida or booked one of the NY cruises.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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I can get being annoyed they changed/ move your cruise.

But I think these new itineraries are the way they should have gone in the first place.

When people repeat Caribbean cruise, Castaway Cay as a part of the DCL experience is a crucial part of the week long cruise itinerary. That's Disney's offering against Labadee for RCCL. I can go out of Galveston to Cozumel on any line, particularly cheaper, but the Disney difference is what I am paying more for. I'm glad they added back in Castway Cay, because that's a huge part of the Disney difference.

And then that March week they split is Spring Break for tons of school districts in Texas, so now they'll just make more $ and it becomes a serious option for us. Wondering why they didn't just plan that originally???

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #5
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I can get being annoyed they changed/ move your cruise.

But I think these new itineraries are the way they should have gone in the first place.

When people repeat Caribbean cruise, Castaway Cay as a part of the DCL experience is a crucial part of the week long cruise itinerary. That's Disney's offering against Labadee for RCCL. I can go out of Galveston to Cozumel on any line, particularly cheaper, but the Disney difference is what I am paying more for. I'm glad they added back in Castway Cay, because that's a huge part of the Disney difference.

And then that March week they split is Spring Break for tons of school districts in Texas, so now they'll just make more $ and it becomes a serious option for us. Wondering why they didn't just plan that originally???

Just my thoughts.
My cruise was turned in to two 4 night cruises that go to only Cozumel.
I don't want to go to Cozumel. I want to go to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya.
CC is just a beach to us. We don't want to sit on a beach. If we did we would drive to the beach and sit on it. And they didn't just add in CC. The entire thing is different. If I wanted to go to WDW I would go there. I want to go to Mexico. The Mexico pavilion at Epcot is not the same thing.

I know I am in the minority. I am now pretty sure DCL is just not for us, even though we loved our cruise in January. Most people seam to only care about the ship and CC. The number of people who say they never get off the ship is surprising to me. The Magic is nice but why spend that kind of money to just sit on the ship for a week? To me that is like going to WDW and staying at your resort the entire time, maybe going to a few restaurants.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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I'm happy. I wish that itenerary was offered for my November 2012 sailing because the other folks in my party do NOT want to do any Mexico stops
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:38 PM   #7
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My cruise was turned in to two 4 night cruises that go to only Cozumel.
I don't want to go to Cozumel. I want to go to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya.
CC is just a beach to us. We don't want to sit on a beach. If we did we would drive to the beach and sit on it. And they didn't just add in CC. The entire thing is different. If I wanted to go to WDW I would go there. I want to go to Mexico. The Mexico pavilion at Epcot is not the same thing.

I know I am in the minority. I am now pretty sure DCL is just not for us, even though we loved our cruise in January. Most people seam to only care about the ship and CC. The number of people who say they never get off the ship is surprising to me. The Magic is nice but why spend that kind of money to just sit on the ship for a week? To me that is like going to WDW and staying at your resort the entire time, maybe going to a few restaurants.
I hear you. And I'm with you on the itinerary part--why I won't pay for a cruise on the Fantasy. I've been to St. Thomas and the other ports aren't too interesting. That's what makes other lines so attractive. Course, I got stuck on a 7 night Oasis cruise and I was actually bored because it went to Haiti (private beach), Jamaica, and Cozumel (I did not pick the cruise or that ship). Because I had never been, Jamaica was the only interesting stop. I don't cruise a lot for this reason: I want to go to places I've never been. I really wanted to take advantage of DCL being in our state and so that's why I was glad to see them change the itinerary (for purely selfish reasons).

Now, I could just resort hop for a week be happy. LOL. I would call that a "relaxing vacation" versus "traveling".

I like the splits only because they are cheaper and I can look at it as a weekend getaway. I kept looking at the 2 night NYC option wondering why Galveston didn't get any short options.

I do wish DCL had a clear vision though.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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Im actually torn both ways.

On one hand, I booked the cruise out of Galveston, with the ports scheduled the way the originally were, and generally liked the itinerary. I was good with it. Mostly, I wanted to cruise with DCL. I wanted a vacation. 8 nights really appealed to me. And the fact that it was cheaper than the Fantasy was great.

The new itinerary, is well, is ok. I love Disney. Going there for a day is fine with me. The possibility of it being cool that day, and maybe a bit damp, doesn't make me thrilled, but it's Disney and I will certainly put on a happy face, enjoy my free ticket in, and enjoy. I have never been to CC before, so going there will be a bonus. I thought my first time there would be my following cruise in 2014 on the Fantasy with my mom, but it will come a year early. Again, might be cool for it, but oh well. And we get Key West still, which Im happy about. Seems the time has changed from pm, to am, which does NOT make me happy, but still happy to visit there.

What does not thrill me, is how Disney has done this. I get why, I do understand there logic, and it really makes perfect sense. I don't think that they seem they 'dont know what they are doing'. I just wished that maybe they waited until the 2014 year for this. For some of us sailing in several months ie Jan/Feb, we have airfare booked, hotels perhaps. This could have been big loss on money. And major hassle.

In a long story, I am happy with the new changes. Im sailing on a Disney ship. I still get my vacation. I get to explore a new place (Galveston). I can relax and not be at work

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P.S. I think, originally, they didn't plan it, because they hadn't even been close to doing the NYC sailings. Which means, they didn't know how well this 8 nt itinerary was going to go over. And appearantly, it has gone over remarkably well. Which is why they have changed it. Had they known this before hand, maybe they would have made it the original itinerary.
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That is exactly what I said! We were very excited about visiting the Caribbean. Now we are pretty much cruising off the coast of Florida, except for the day when we fight with thousands of spring breakers at WDW. Yea.

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I would love to see some new ports. When DCL announced they were going out of Galvaston I was hopong for Roatan and Belize ports.

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:59 PM   #11
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I'd like Jamaica. Kids have never sailed there I like Key West. It's been one of our fav ports. We don't even get off boat anymore in Cozumel.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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I wasn't booked on one of the original itineraries, but had considered them. We aren't interested in the new ones at all since we regularly visit WDW and have been to CC a million times. But aside from that, the weather on the cruises going to CC, KW, and PC in February and March would stop me faster than the boring itinerary. Its not even 80 degrees in those places that time of the year!! I know plenty of Canadians are a-ok swimming and sunning in 70 degree weather, but not me!!
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Love the new itineraries!!
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As a Texan I love the idea of heading to CC and WDW without the extra cost of flying. Now if only they would sail from Texas when those of us with kids in school can actually travel!!!!

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As a Texan I love the idea of heading to CC and WDW without the extra cost of flying. Now if only they would sail from Texas when those of us with kids in school can actually travel!!!!

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