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Old 09-27-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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How well do you think the cruises out of Miami are selling?

We booked the 4/13 5 Night Western Carribbean this past April, so far there is no meet thread started for this group and a bunch of the other dates as well.

Any chance they may do Kids Sail Free? My plan was to move our date when 2014 came out but might keep if I can get it cheaper!

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Old 09-27-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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I do not think we will see KSF very often anymore. I think DCL will stick with the *GT rates instead. That seems to be their current direction but I do wonder if that is going to hurt them in the end because many people will just wait to book until within the penalty window.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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I do not think we will see KSF very often anymore. I think DCL will stick with the *GT rates instead. That seems to be their current direction but I do wonder if that is going to hurt them in the end because many people will just wait to book until within the penalty window.
This is what I would think as well. The current *GT rates strategy is a bad one imo so I would expect DCL to come up with something else to fill their ships. As said they are hurting themselves if they continue this path !
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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If I had to guess, I would say they are not selling all that well. We booked the 3/16 5night sailing because it was substantially cheaper than a 7day one for that same time. Also, there are only 3 posters (one of which is me) on our meet thread.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #5
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If I had to guess, I would say they are not selling all that well. We booked the 3/16 5night sailing because it was substantially cheaper than a 7day one for that same time. Also, there are only 3 posters (one of which is me) on our meet thread.
Same here-3 posters on the cruise meet thread. We are on the 4/4 Bahamian on Wonder. I was afraid it would be super busy since it is our Spring Break, but if it isn't a full ship, I'll enjoy that!
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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Same here-3 posters on the cruise meet thread. We are on the 4/4 Bahamian on Wonder. I was afraid it would be super busy since it is our Spring Break, but if it isn't a full ship, I'll enjoy that!
The Galveston 4-days are not selling also. I booked for the 3/15/12 sailing and started a cruise meet and it's only 2 people on the thread. I too thought it would be a popular cruise because of Spring Break.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:11 PM   #7
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This is what I would think as well. The current *GT rates strategy is a bad one imo so I would expect DCL to come up with something else to fill their ships. As said they are hurting themselves if they continue this path !
*GT rates won't hurt them a ton in the end. Many people can't plan that short notice, and by that point Airfare is high and not many seats left to pick from.

Many first time cruisers, and those that are obsessive planners (which is the vast majority) won't even realize they exsist or even think to check and see if there cruise got cheaper.

From what others said, discounting after paid in full is what other lines do and must be working for them.
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I don't think they are selling well either! We booked the cruise out of Miami for Feb break - which is usually extremely expensive - for dirt cheap! By this point in the game, usually inside rooms are not available, but they were as of 3 days ago - and my parents decided to book too for their 1st cruise! So I agree that I also do not think the Miami cruises are NOT booking well!
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #9
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About a week ago I booked myself onto a cruise in January. Had a pick of 8+ rooms in my category and could have had almost any room on the ship! So I don't think they are selling well (which is fine by me...)
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I do not think we will see KSF very often anymore. I think DCL will stick with the *GT rates instead. That seems to be their current direction but I do wonder if that is going to hurt them in the end because many people will just wait to book until within the penalty window.
Can you tell me where on the DCL website you find the GT rate? And when do those rates usually show up?
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #11
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Can you tell me where on the DCL website you find the GT rate? And when do those rates usually show up?
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Just in the regular "book a cruise" area. Choose the cruise & when you click on "Staterooms with verandahs" (or whatever) you'll see VGT restricted rate.

These usually show up inside the penalty phase (after paid in full) on the cruises that they are offered on.

Jane, our cruise is pretty full (March 9th). Don't hold your breath for that one.....

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I've a feeling the one we are on next year out of Miami will book out (October 20). It's the only double dip next year to Castaway Cay. We shall see.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #14
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I love the GT rates. We live between Miami and PC. I'm really hoping I can get a GT rate for a specific cruise from there I would love to sail out of Miami! I don't think those rates will hurt DCL. Like the pp said, other cruise lines are doing it. When DCL only had 2 ships, the demand was there to keep the price high. Clearly, the demand just isn't there now hence the crazy GT rates I've been seeing.

Regarding the GT rates, I do think they should change some things. If a passenger pays full price for a 9a room, upgrade them to the verandah and give the 9a to a GT guest. Seems like all the recent GT cruisers are all getting cat5 and 4's when they paid half of what someone who originally booked a cat 11. I'm not complaining, just seems like a good customer service thing to do.

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Regarding the GT rates, I do think they should change some things. If a passenger pays full price for a 9a room, upgrade them to the verandah and give the 9a to a GT guest. Seems like all the recent GT cruisers are all getting cat5 and 4's when they paid half of what someone who originally booked a cat 11. I'm not complaining, just seems like a good customer service thing to do.
This makes sense.

To the OP, I'd be shocked if we saw KSF ever again. They use the *GT rates because they get the money all in 1 lump sum. They are still using military & Fl resident rates though. The thing with KSF is that if its offered outside the penalty phase, DCL loses a lot of money applying that promo to the people that already booked.

I'm still going to book in advance & choose my room instead of taking the gamble. I always cross my fingers for FLR rates, but the *GT rooms aren't for us.

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