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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 AM   #46
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I don't believe they were looking to keep a ship in Galveston permanently.

And I agree, their is an issue with transfers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:02 AM   #47
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We went over Thanksgiving week and the director said 80% of the people on that sailing were Texan. I've read similar citations in other Galveston trip reports.
I've told everyone I know that DCL was coming for the last year. Many of them booked their cruises 2-3 months out because if they're used to cruising locally "that's when the best deals are". I know. Not so much usually on DCL, but between KSF and verandah for the price of ocean view how can I convince them otherwise?
At my kids' private school, 3/8 of the preschoolers in my DDs class sailed DCL this fall, 2 are going this spring. My sons kindergarten class is the same way. On our cruise I kept running into people I'm acquainted with from the Woodlands area. Now that my vacation pics are on Facebook, I get frequent questions as well.
So I think they're getting quite a bit of local referrals word of mouth wise.
I'm confused why we assume they're leaving when the website says:
New Itineraries and Ports for 2014
Get ready to explore dazzling destinations in 2014! Disney Cruise Line is offering cruises departing from such popular home ports as Miami, Florida, Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texasand sailing to spectacular ports of call in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...ntAnnounce0006

I'm still super disappointed as I have to reschedule a big family cruise for not during my 10th anniversary. But we're willing to push it off by 6 months and see what shakes out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:18 AM   #48
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Everyone keeps saying during the school year is not a good time. How did DCL fill ships out of other ports during the school year? The causes for the low sales out of Galveston are not rooted in the school calender.
The problem with Galveston is that it's in Texas and not Florida! You can't combine a WDW trip with a cruise from Galveston, and the token day at WDW on a few cruises isn't enough.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:20 AM   #49
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The problem with Galveston is that it's in Texas and not Florida! You can't combine a WDW trip with a cruise from Galveston, and the token day at WDW on a few cruises isn't enough.
Which would be why the ship is mostly pulling locals.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:07 AM   #50
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How do you find out how full the ship is for your dates? Thanks.
I am basing my opinion on the fact that there is no meet thread started here yet & the cruise is only 4 months out. I have asked a couple times and seems I only got one or two responses from people on the cruise. My previous cruises have had a ton of activity on these boards. Also the fact that prices haven't increased at all & virtually every cabin type is still available.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #51
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I am basing my opinion on the fact that there is no meet thread started here yet & the cruise is only 4 months out. I have asked a couple times and seems I only got one or two responses from people on the cruise. My previous cruises have had a ton of activity on these boards. Also the fact that prices haven't increased at all & virtually every cabin type is still available.
That's exactly what I was going through when I booked my March 15 cruise out of Galveston. I started a meet thread and only one person responded; that person wasn't even sure that they would be on the cruise. That cruise today still has tons of cabins left.....I bet my last dollar that Disney will be discounting these March sailings soon.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:22 AM   #52
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That's exactly what I was going through when I booked my March 15 cruise out of Galveston. I started a meet thread and only one person responded; that person wasn't even sure that they would be on the cruise. That cruise today still has tons of cabins left.....I bet my last dollar that Disney will be discounting these March sailings soon.
I am debating whether to move mine back prior to the PIF date. Although I have a good rate, I won't be thrilled if they start offering big discounts to last minute bookers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:53 AM   #53
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I just looked at the 3/23 magic sailing out of Galveston and it has tons of open rooms and main dining available! Wish they would offer a special on this one. It's over spring break here!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:02 AM   #54
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I just looked at the 3/23 magic sailing out of Galveston and it has tons of open rooms and main dining available! Wish they would offer a special on this one. It's over spring break here!
Maybe they will. Spring break is the week before for several Texas areas.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:03 AM   #55
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I am debating whether to move mine back prior to the PIF date. Although I have a good rate, I won't be thrilled if they start offering big discounts to last minute bookers.
I strongly believe you should. In fact, If it hadn't been for the KSF cruise that I booked, I would have done the same thing. When I told the Disney Rep that this cruise wasn't selling, he suggested that I get travel insurance so that if the price fell after my penalty date, I would be covered. For this reason, I think they know something is about to happen.
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I strongly believe you should. In fact, If it hadn't been for the KSF cruise that I booked, I would have done the same thing. When I told the Disney Rep that this cruise wasn't selling, he suggested that I get travel insurance so that if the price fell after my penalty date, I would be covered. For this reason, I think they know something is about to happen.
I am interested to know about the travel insurance. We do have insurance through Disney. I didn't think that covered anything related to prices dropping.

since we have another 30 days or so until the PIF date, I will hold off making any changes. If the situation still looks the same around Christmas, I will probably move my cruise date & hope for a big price drop.
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The prices for those March cruises are dropping. In addition to the kids sail free deal the price of our room has dropped over $300 since I booked it. I'm hopeful it drops a bit more before I have to pay for the whole thing.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #58
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We went over Thanksgiving week and the director said 80% of the people on that sailing were Texan. I've read similar citations in other Galveston trip reports.
I've told everyone I know that DCL was coming for the last year. Many of them booked their cruises 2-3 months out because if they're used to cruising locally "that's when the best deals are". I know. Not so much usually on DCL, but between KSF and verandah for the price of ocean view how can I convince them otherwise?
At my kids' private school, 3/8 of the preschoolers in my DDs class sailed DCL this fall, 2 are going this spring. My sons kindergarten class is the same way. On our cruise I kept running into people I'm acquainted with from the Woodlands area. Now that my vacation pics are on Facebook, I get frequent questions as well.
So I think they're getting quite a bit of local referrals word of mouth wise.
I'm confused why we assume they're leaving when the website says:
New Itineraries and Ports for 2014
Get ready to explore dazzling destinations in 2014! Disney Cruise Line is offering cruises departing from such popular home ports as Miami, Florida, Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texasand sailing to spectacular ports of call in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cr...ntAnnounce0006

I'm still super disappointed as I have to reschedule a big family cruise for not during my 10th anniversary. But we're willing to push it off by 6 months and see what shakes out.
I agree - I am not dismissing it yet either because from what I understand one of the big complaints about the cruises from Galveston was that there were not summer dates, so if only the beginning of 2014 is going to be out tomorrow then I am assuming it is not the summer dates - maybe they decided to do something in the summer - because don't forget they did just recently sign a 2 year contract with the port of Galveston - and yes I realize that is probably pocket change to them, but why would they have done it when they knew at that time the cruises were not selling.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #59
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because don't forget they did just recently sign a 2 year contract with the port of Galveston - and yes I realize that is probably pocket change to them, but why would they have done it when they knew at that time the cruises were not selling.
Contract means absolutely nothing to DCL. If you don't believe me, ask any DISer who lives in the Southwest US who now can't cruise without flying despite the Port of Los Angeles having a contract.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:55 PM   #60
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The way I read the article that was posted on here from a Texas newspaper, was that the contract was for 2012 and 2013.
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