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Old 11-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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What's the deal with the DVC cruises?

Hello everyone!

So these "DVC member cruises".....whats the deal?
Do DVC members get a discount? Do they have to pay with their points? Do they do anything special for them?!


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Old 11-18-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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Hello everyone!

So these "DVC member cruises".....whats the deal?
Do DVC members get a discount? Do they have to pay with their points? Do they do anything special for them?!


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Definitely not a discount. They cost nearly twice as much! You can use points or cash.
They do have many special things for members and their families. Special gifts, guest speakers, two stops at CC on a 4 night. Not enough to get me on-board for the price they are charging though.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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Well that just seems silly to me. I'm a member and I see no reason why I would spend twice as much for it. What on earth are they paying for? I love Castaway Cay but geez...

Better be some pretty amazing guest speakers.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:55 PM   #4
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Well that just seems silly to me. I'm a member and I see no reason why I would spend twice as much for it. What on earth are they paying for? I love Castaway Cay but geez...

Better be some pretty amazing guest speakers.
I think for most members, these are the only cruises they ever go on. The points charts are on the members website if you want to take a look. I saw the price is the same per person as my husband and I are paying total for the same thing two weeks later and I closed the window!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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I haven't been on one yet, but my father has, and from what I understand, there are usually Disney personalities on board ranging from animators to stars of the TV shows. Additionally, they give a number of special gifts to members on the cruise.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:07 AM   #6
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We go on one about every 4-5 years. It is more expensive, however, all stateroom and main dining room gratuities are included in the cost, so when you consider that it is not quite so bad. The guest speakers are nice. They also sometimes do a special show in the main theater. The last time we went in 2008, they had four leading ladies from four of the Disney Broadway shows come on board and perform, that was pretty special. They also give more swag than you can possibly imagine. Every time you leave your room, when you come back there are more gifts laid out on your bed. We weren't expecting this the first time and had to buy a huge dufflebag in the store just to get it all home. If you are looking to buy more points for DVC, this is also a good time to do it as they usually roll out new and additional incentives on the member cruises. The atmosphere is more that of a chartered cruise, where you know all of the other guests have something in common, and many times you meet up with other DVC members, friends from the past.
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I think for most members, these are the only cruises they ever go on. The points charts are on the members website if you want to take a look. I saw the price is the same per person as my husband and I are paying total for the same thing two weeks later and I closed the window!!
Lol! I was actually booked on the 29th cruise before it was a member cruise. So now its been cancelled and there is no way me and DW are paying twice now what we were going to pay even though we are DVC members. DCL could not understand why we did not want to do it. Was so annoying had already booked flights etc from the UK!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #8
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I think for most members, these are the only cruises they ever go on. The points charts are on the members website if you want to take a look. I saw the price is the same per person as my husband and I are paying total for the same thing two weeks later and I closed the window!!
I don't think these cruises cover "most members". On our first cruise last December, I swear every other person we met on board were members. At our table, in the hot tub, walking down the hall, sitting next to in Bingo, we were chatted up by member after member after member and nary a bad word was said about it. Not to mention the many many staterooms we passed with member magnets. Hence why we became members that cruise, too!

We've only been on one cruise, have one more planned, but I'm still working on my DH agreeing to go once in awhile, not to mention spending a lot more for a members-only cruise. We'll be passing those up for a long time, I think.
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For us the gifts and speakers would have to be out of this world for that price and not knowing in advance I feel I wouldnt want to commit. Plus they want all money upfront. Rather buy my own bag and choose a broadway musical where I actually know the cast....

I dont know anything else where you are expected to pay without knowing the details! I have heard they are amazing but you have to prioritise your budget as a family. I like the normal cruise anyway I think its great. Did the 3 night on the dream in october had a great time.
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I don't think these cruises cover "most members". On our first cruise last December, I swear every other person we met on board were members. At our table, in the hot tub, walking down the hall, sitting next to in Bingo, we were chatted up by member after member after member and nary a bad word was said about it. Not to mention the many many staterooms we passed with member magnets. Hence why we became members that cruise, too!

We've only been on one cruise, have one more planned, but I'm still working on my DH agreeing to go once in awhile, not to mention spending a lot more for a members-only cruise. We'll be passing those up for a long time, I think.
Yeah, I think I should have said most who go on the members cruises. I'm really interested to see how fast this one sells out. I wonder if there is still room on the January members cruise.
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Yeah, I think I should have said most who go on the members cruises. I'm really interested to see how fast this one sells out. I wonder if there is still room on the January members cruise.
I believe the January 2013 Member Cruise still has some rooms open.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:13 PM   #12
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I believe the January 2013 Member Cruise still has some rooms open.
On the Meets thread for this one, someone said the cruise roster was closed. They weren't allowed to book, this was about 2 weeks ago.

I've been on the one in 2005, and it was great! Because of work schedules I haven't been able to go on another one until the one in January. DH is still working, but I'm doing it with DSis and DCuz. It's more expensive, but the experience was worth it for me.

Among the gifts were prints of Mickey and Minnie on CC with the Wonder in the background. Every time I see the print, I smile.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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On the Meets thread for this one, someone said the cruise roster was closed. They weren't allowed to book, this was about 2 weeks ago.
If that's the case, maybe it's time for DVC to pull the Sept 2012/Jan 2013 Cruise Details page from the member website. We've done the 2009 & 2011 Member Cruises. Enjoy your cruise.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #14
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Based on the rate chart that came out last week for the October 2013 member cruise, the rate for a comparable cruise a week later is about $500 less, and the DVC member rate includes gratuities, so its not that different plus you get stuff. We haven't ever done one, we're booked for the January 2013 Member cruise, but are seriously considering the Sept. one.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #15
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Based on the rate chart that came out last week for the October 2013 member cruise, the rate for a comparable cruise a week later is only about $84 less, and the DVC member rate includes gratuities, so you would actually save money. We haven't ever done one, we're booked for the January 2013 Member cruise, but are seriously considering the Sept. one.
Where are you seeing this? Looking at a the September 29th members cruise vs the Oct 6, 2013 4 night, the members cruise is $2002 for two adults in an 11C and the Oct 6 is $1437 for two adults.
I have a dummy cruise booked in a 5D on Oct 13, 2013. My total (with 10% off) is $1,565. On the members cruise it would be $2,856!!
Gratuities are only $48 a person on a four night.

ETA: are you maybe looking at the January 3 night prices? They are on the same chart.
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