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Old 10-20-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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January Cruises?

We're looking at taking either the Jan. 5 or Jan. 12 Fantasy cruise and have two questions:

From a weather perspective, how is the experience. Castaway Cay will be our northernmost port. Will it be warm enough to swim comfortably?

Also, we'd like to snag a VGT room if possible. At what point might these rates be available?

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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Depends on where you're from, but as a Floridian, the water temperature at Castaway was ice cold and way too uncomfortable for swimming when I went last mid-January.

The odds of a VGT rate in January are good... Especially for the Dream. Hard to say for the Fantasy, though. It wouldn't surprise me, though.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:11 AM   #3
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I thought the water was cold when we were there a couple of years ago in January. It became tolerable, but it took time to acclimate to it. The water temps were definitely more pleasant farther south.
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We're from upstate NY, but are not fond of cold water. We were on Castaway Cay in April '08 during a cold streak. (Our entire trip to WDW was cold that year. We weren't able to swim at all during our stay at the resort.) We were able to swim at CC, but the water wasn't as warm as we had hoped.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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We've done several January and February cruises, and find that the weather varies a lot. Sometimes it is 80 and sunny during the day and the water is great, but it's hard to forget the time I sat on Castaway covered with every towel and piece of clothing I'd taken to the island before I told myself to quit being a dummy and headed back to the warmth of the Magic.

Good luck, but there is no way to predict the January weather. Our cold one is only one of at least 7 cruises in that the Jan/Feb window.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #6
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Thanks to all responders on the weather perspective. Any thoughts on when VGT rates might be released?
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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The *GT rooms are typically offered shortly after the penalty period for the cruise date selected--about 70 days before the cruise. However, we've seen them released both earlier and later than that, and we've seen them released at least twice (at different cost) on one cruise. The VGT appeared, disappeared (we assumed sold out), and a few weeks later popped up again!

SO....best shot, about 70 days before the cruise.
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