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Old 11-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #931
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Here it is, less then 2 months until 2013 and yet when I went to the DCL site to order a planning DVD for my sister, I got the following message
"The 2013 Disney Cruise Line Vacation Planning DVD is currently in production and will be ready for release very soon. While the delivery of your DVD may be temporarily delayed, rest assured that your DVD will arrive in the mail in the near future. Thank you for your patience and your interest in Disney Cruise Line."
My guess is they pulled the DVD for major changes.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:46 AM   #932
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NCL is our alternative cruise line of choice too. So much fun, and a fraction of the cost! We are looking at Epic, Pearl, and Dawn for 2014. Possibly the Sun if we decide to try a southern instead of Western.
We love NCL and did a cruise with them out of New Orleans last March. I just love their Freestyle cruising and not having to dress up for dinner.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #933
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I agree totally with those who are starting to get frustrated. For me the recent spate of itinerary changes/cancellations is close to being a deal breaker. I understand that things may have to change once in a while, but to just change a whole cruise after people have made plans, booked airfare etc is just a horrible way to treat your customers. (I'm thinking of the Dec 2012 Mexican cruises and the spring 2013 Galveston changes especially). What's the point of waiting so long to release dates when they will just change them anyway if a certain cruise isn't bringing them enough $$$$$?

I'm days away from booking our spring 2014 cruise on another cruise line, and if all goes well we may stay away for good. Sure, we love the Disney magic, but I agree that its getting to be a little less magical and these itinerary delays and change tactics are only part of it. We can always take the money we save and use it for cabin upgrades or another trip to the parks!
I agree, it is very frustrating. But I am trying to look at it that I would rather they wait and get it right and then put out dates and change an itinerary on me. Now that would make me mad.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #934
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I have been spoiled by DCL. For those of you that have said you are going with someone else (2014), who?...why? Royal or NCL?
I have upcoming Disney cruises on the Fantasy (December) and Magic (May), and have no plans at this time to book another Disney cruise beyond those. ( I haven't been spoiled by DCL!) I am not anxiously awaiting DCL's 2014 announcement.

I am cruising in 2014 with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean because of itinerary/price/ship. I also have future cruise deposits paid on HAL and Princess.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #935
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We love NCL and did a cruise with them out of New Orleans last March. I just love their Freestyle cruising and not having to dress up for dinner.
Can you please tell me who NCL is?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:21 PM   #936
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Can you please tell me who NCL is?
Norwegian Cruise line?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:24 PM   #937
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For those of you whom have traveled other cruise lines (with children...mine are 12 and 7) and are not planning to rebook on DCL. Which line do you prefer next after DCL?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #938
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #939
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My Opinion is... if they are having problems filling the ships for 2013..get a head start on filling the ones for 2014..offer the 10 percent deposit promotion and release the schedule!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #940
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My Opinion is... if they are having problems filling the ships for 2013..get a head start on filling the ones for 2014..offer the 10 percent deposit promotion and release the schedule!!
DCL doesn't want people to "jump ship" from 2013 to 2014!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #941
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Here it is, less then 2 months until 2013 and yet when I went to the DCL site to order a planning DVD for my sister, I got the following message
"The 2013 Disney Cruise Line Vacation Planning DVD is currently in production and will be ready for release very soon. While the delivery of your DVD may be temporarily delayed, rest assured that your DVD will arrive in the mail in the near future. Thank you for your patience and your interest in Disney Cruise Line."
My guess is they pulled the DVD for major changes.
A couple weeks ago I requested the DVD and got the same message. The 2012 DVD came in the mail yesterday, with a "personalized" (i.e. copy and paste my last name) in it about ports they are no longer sailing out of (seattle and NYC). Very unprofessional they didn't at least change the letter. I wonder if I'll get the 2013 one or if I'll have to request it later? Though I really am just interested in the 2014 cruises!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #942
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DCL doesn't want people to "jump ship" from 2013 to 2014!
The only way to keep people from jumping ship is to wait until all of the 2013 dates are into PIF before releasing dates...so like, October next year for the release date?

That's a scary idea.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #943
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The only way to keep people from jumping ship is to wait until all of the 2013 dates are into PIF before releasing dates...so like, October next year for the release date?

That's a scary idea.
That would be financially absurd but I am starting to doubt the fiscal sense of those in charge. All this time waiting and my family and I are looking into otherwise cruise lines for 2014...... sad they aren't getting there act together.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:28 PM   #944
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We're waiting for the 2014 cruises because we went on the dream last summer and loved it. There were 10 of us:
Mom and Dad
Me (15 at the time)
3 brothers (6, 5 and 3 at the time)
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2 family friends and their daughter (9 at the time)
The DCL is a great way for us to take a vacation together without worrying about the boys getting tired or bored. My parents can have time for themselves as for their friends. I could go to the teen club or hang out with our friends daughter. No planning on changing cruise lines any time soon.

I would like for us to get our '14 date booked so I can start counting down and making magnets for our doors! :D
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:37 PM   #945
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I have been spoiled by DCL. For those of you that have said you are going with someone else (2014), who?...why? Royal or NCL?
We have sailed two other cruise lines strictly because of pricing and better itineraries/packages. Sailed HAL in Alaska because they went to Glacier Bay (and it was incredible). Their price for a verandah for three vs. Disney's pricing was about $1,000 different. That difference paid our excursions

We did do NCL in Hawaii, but I cannot (in good conscience) recommend them. Because it was an all American crew (at that time - I think it has since changed), they were rude, dirty and our rooms were filthy. The pricing was terrific -- we got a verandah room and an inside room for less than one verandah would have cost on Disney, but you get what you pay for. The verandah was so dirty you couldn't even see out the sliding glass doors! But it was a very convenient cruise because it was a 7-night Hawaii only (no transit)! It was basically a nice floating 2-star hotel that got us from port to port and we really did enjoy their in port handling and the tour companies they used were excellent. And glad we didn't have to waste 8 days at sea in a round-trip. Unless I read better reviews on Cruise Critic, I wouldn't sail with them again.
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