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Old 10-11-2012, 07:27 AM   #376
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Ok... Now in full planning mode... Looked at the fantasy opening price thread and was shocked... A double price of a 4 night cruise I can tolerate, but a double price on a 7 night prices me out... (comparing say November with a Xmas cruise)

So, does anyone have a link to the thread with the opening day rates for the magic NY cruises?

Otherwise, I would have t settle for a 4night and stay at the parks a few more days a la cheap...
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:14 AM   #377
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I think I've decided not to use a TA; I might transfer later. I just hate waiting when I can see exactly what I want on the website, and I'm stuck just waiting for the confirmation email. Who knows if what I want will still be there by the time the TA gets to me. I've got no status, it will be my first DCL cruise.
I'm in your camp. I prefer to handle things myself (ok - a little bit of a control freak here). You can transfer later, but DCL has reduced commissions to TA's on transfers, and therefore Dreams is passing that reduction on to clients in the way of smaller onboard credits (not sure about other TA's). I transferred to Costco this last time and am getting a very large credit from them (sorry Dreams).

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:18 AM   #378
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Looking at Xmas 2014...
I'm thinking about this too. We booked Dec 28, 2013 when pricing first came out. I booked the cheapest room onboard. With the 10% onboard rebooking discount, it was $5,565 for 4 of us. Ouch! I prefer to pay less, but we've never cruised over Christmas break before - thought it would be fun to cruise over New Years, so we're gonna bit the bullet and do it.

I'll be curious to see what Xmas 2014 looks like.

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:32 AM   #379
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I'm hoping for NYC again. If that happens then I'll be all over it! Hopefully the itineraries will be different. If not then we may sail the Fantasy for Spring Break 2014 since the rest of my family wants to do 2 weeks in Cuba over the summer.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:48 AM   #380
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Just saw this on a travel agent's site:

This initial round of 2014 openings will probably only include the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. For now, these ships are bound by contract to sail from Port Canaveral. The Disney Fantasy should continue to sail 7-night Caribbean cruises alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean and the Dream should continue to sail 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #381
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I doubt DCL's computers could handle all four ships at once.

We LOVED our Fantasy Eastern last summer and want to do it again in 2014.

One thing I would definately do earlier is book my room at WDW. Holy Moley! I dithered about adding days pre trip - first it was 2 nights then 4 and well we have the PAP's lets go to the water parks 6 nights then earlier flights were cheaper on SW and we ended up with 8 nights pre cruise. Yikes!

I'm going to book the rooms ASAP. By the time I was done I had to split my stay because the Dolphin was fully booked - no rooms at all 1/2 the week and I couldn't get waterfront BC Conceirge the other half.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #382
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I doubt DCL's computers could handle all four ships at once.

We LOVED our Fantasy Eastern last summer and want to do it again in 2014.

One thing I would definately do earlier is book my room at WDW. Holy Moley! I dithered about adding days pre trip - first it was 2 nights then 4 and well we have the PAP's lets go to the water parks 6 nights then earlier flights were cheaper on SW and we ended up with 8 nights pre cruise. Yikes!

I'm going to book the rooms ASAP. By the time I was done I had to split my stay because the Dolphin was fully booked - no rooms at all 1/2 the week and I couldn't get waterfront BC Conceirge the other half.
We also loved our Fantasy Eastern this year and want to do the Fantasy again but do the Western in 2014. We did WDW after the cruise and now I know why I have done WDW in July in many years. It was too hot for me. I think in 2014 we will do a few days in Ft. Lauderdale or Clearwater before the cruise and save WDW for a Fall trip.

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:42 AM   #383
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I think September is actually the cheapest and early October seems good as well. We cruised several years in a row in January and many times it was too cold...this year we cruised in September...we loved it!
How cold was it?! I wanted to book a Jan 2014 trip on the dream to the bahamas to celebrate my 30th Birthday, the only thing having me second guess myself is the weather....
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:48 AM   #384
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How cold was it?! I wanted to book a Jan 2014 trip on the dream to the bahamas to celebrate my 30th Birthday, the only thing having me second guess myself is the weather....
January can be cold in Florida - as in 30s or 40s at night. If it is, it will also be cool in the Bahamas. If I were cruising again in January or February, I'd go further south to the Caribbean.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:06 AM   #385
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January can be cold in Florida - as in 30s or 40s at night. If it is, it will also be cool in the Bahamas. If I were cruising again in January or February, I'd go further south to the Caribbean.
As in where the Fantasy ship sails to? what is the weather there?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:30 AM   #386
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Rumor is spreading that the Eastern MAY include San Juan again and the Western MAY include Jamaica (from a friend's newsletter)
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:33 AM   #387
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As in where the Fantasy ship sails to? what is the weather there?
The Caribbean is considerably further south than the Bahamas, and will be pleasantly warm in January.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #388
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I'm thinking about this too. We booked Dec 28, 2013 when pricing first came out. I booked the cheapest room onboard. With the 10% onboard rebooking discount, it was $5,565 for 4 of us. Ouch! I prefer to pay less, but we've never cruised over Christmas break before - thought it would be fun to cruise over New Years, so we're gonna bit the bullet and do it.

I'll be curious to see what Xmas 2014 looks like.

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What did you book for that amount? I imagine 7night inside?

I would have no problems with it, but we all got spoiled on our first cruise this past summer when we got upgraded to a 5E corner room - HUGE room. So now, they want THAT room period. Looking at opening pricing it was I think about 8K - the 10% would help however but still steep.

It would probably be a New Years cruise for a 7night, but if we do a 5night, then it'll be a Xmas cruise + some parks which would come down to the same money anyway. I'd rather do a 7night in November though... tough choices...
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What did you book for that amount? I imagine 7night inside?

I would have no problems with it, but we all got spoiled on our first cruise this past summer when we got upgraded to a 5E corner room - HUGE room. So now, they want THAT room period. Looking at opening pricing it was I think about 8K - the 10% would help however but still steep.

It would probably be a New Years cruise for a 7night, but if we do a 5night, then it'll be a Xmas cruise + some parks which would come down to the same money anyway. I'd rather do a 7night in November though... tough choices...
A family of 4 can get that dec. 28,2013 cruise for 8800.00 5e level with no discounts, today. Some of the opening day prices are not much of a discount.
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Rumor is spreading that the Eastern MAY include San Juan again and the Western MAY include Jamaica (from a friend's newsletter)
That would be awesome! At least it's something new!
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