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Old 02-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #76
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Book straight away, whilst the prices are low.
Also you will have maximum choice of cabins so you don't have to settle for something you're not crazy about. Also if you want main dining, your odds of getting are best by booking early.
You could always reshop it while onboard and if it results in a better deal, then they'll book it to include onboard booking perks.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:00 PM   #77
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Just got an email from our DU TA telling me to be ready - that the rumors of a Feb 11th release may indeed be plausible.......

Clear your calendars!!!

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #78
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Supposedly the announcement of the new ititneraries is going to be on the 11th. Platinum & Gold bookings on the 12th and everyone else on the 13th.
This is what Scott heard and also what my TA heard as well. Stay tuned......

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Okay, any predictions on what's booking up first?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:16 PM   #80
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Just a thought for those looking for a WBTA. If they are not doing it this year due to a extended Drydock I think it's fair to say it may not happen for the same reason. It might happen but don't be surprised if it doesn't.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:32 PM   #81
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Just a thought for those looking for a WBTA. If they are not doing it this year due to a extended Drydock I think it's fair to say it may not happen for the same reason. It might happen but don't be surprised if it doesn't.

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That's if the Wonder goes to Europe. If the Wonder goes to Alaska, it can have an extensive dry dock in Victoria.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:42 PM   #82
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That's if the Wonder goes to Europe. If the Wonder goes to Alaska, it can have an extensive dry dock in Victoria.
I don't see the Wonder going to Alaska in 2014. The kind of work that needs to be done to the ship is best handled by the manufacturer. For example, I work in the airline industry. Every x amount of time our planes need to be taken apart to be inspected. We send ours to Boeing to get that done. We could do it, but it's best left to the manufacturer. That's why the magic is going back to her manufacturer. That's just my theory. We will see. I might be wrong.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #83
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I really don't like those short holiday cruises that aren't out of PC. Why spend all that peak holiday travel $$$ to fly all the way across the country to just turn around and fly home? I'd do it if it could be coupled with a few days at WDW. This year I really wanted a holiday cruise but there's nothing decent and reasonable. They make more $$$ on shorter cruises though.
In my case, we drive. And of course we extend it by stopping by WDW. Of course need to price this out now as it can quickly add up. If we do a 7n we would not stay. DS15 will go in March 2015 with his senior class, and DS12 wants a 7n (but also wants to do it on a royal suite - if I would hit just a bit of that powerball...)

In fact looking at numbers, my idea would be a 4n, combined with FD at WDW. But worse case it would be a 5n with WDW a la carte...
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #84
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In my case, we drive. And of course we extend it by stopping by WDW. Of course need to price this out now as it can quickly add up. If we do a 7n we would not stay. DS15 will go in March 2015 with his senior class, and DS12 wants a 7n (but also wants to do it on a royal suite - if I would hit just a bit of that powerball...)

In fact looking at numbers, my idea would be a 4n, combined with FD at WDW. But worse case it would be a 5n with WDW a la carte...
Do you drive from other ports (Galveston/Miami) to WDW? I wouldn't mind if it was out of PC because a short cruise can be combined with a WDW trip. But I wouldn't want to fly in to one place, rent a car and drive from TX or Miami to WDW and then fly back to CA from there. Seems like a hassle. The trip I looked at was a 4 night over the holiday out of Galveston. It was a little cheaper than the Dream.
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I don't see the Wonder going to Alaska in 2014. The kind of work that needs to be done to the ship is best handled by the manufacturer. For example, I work in the airline industry. Every x amount of time our planes need to be taken apart to be inspected. We send ours to Boeing to get that done. We could do it, but it's best left to the manufacturer. That's why the magic is going back to her manufacturer. That's just my theory. We will see. I might be wrong.

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I don't see the Magic going to Alaska, based on its current schedule that ends in Port Canaveral on May 19. That means the first Alaska cruise wouldn't begin until ~ 3 weeks later, and that cuts into DCL's lucrative Alaska season too much. Besides - other cruise lines have recently had MAJOR dry docks on the west coast.

The Magic's last Bahamas cruise ending on May 19 in Port Canaveral fits its Transatlantic cruise schedule. It is supposed to arrive in Madeira on May 27, 2014, according to a tour provider I contacted about a 2013 tour. It would probably do this:

May 19 - depart from Port Canaveral
May 20 - Castaway Cay
May 21-26 - 6 sea days
May 27 - Funchal, Madeira

If I were a betting woman, I'd bet the Magic will go to Europe and the Wonder will go to Alaska - just as they will do in 2013.

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I don't see the Magic going to Alaska, based on its current schedule that ends in Port Canaveral on May 19. That means the first Alaska cruise wouldn't begin until ~ 3 weeks later, and that cuts into DCL's lucrative Alaska season too much. Besides - other cruise lines have recently had MAJOR dry docks on the west coast.

The Magic's last Bahamas cruise ending on May 19 in Port Canaveral fits its Transatlantic cruise schedule. It is supposed to arrive in Madeira on May 27, 2014, according to a tour provider I contacted about a 2013 tour. It would probably do this:

May 19 - depart from Port Canaveral
May 20 - Castaway Cay
May 21-26 - 6 sea days
May 27 - Funchal, Madeira

If I were a betting woman, I'd bet the Magic will go to Europe and the Wonder will go to Alaska - just as they will do in 2013.
I'm with you ... think the Magic is coming back to Europe for another year, then a WBTA (which I may have to book!)

Unless, they send the Wonder over to Europe (easily changeable on port schedules as same weight/size etc) and put her into dry dock, same as the Magic this year.

Only a week to find out, then manic hours of figuring out what we'd like to do and, mor eimportantly, what we can afford!!
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Can't wait for details on the Magic in the Med! We are definitely booking it, but not sure what dates or ports they will be doing. Really liked the look of the Venice itinerary this summer. Not so thrilled with the prospect of Turkey and Greece though.

Just wish they'd announce it already so we can get our booking in!
We are doing the Med this year, but keeping our fingers crossed for a Baltic in 2014.
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It will be interesting to see the price tag that comes with a 9-day Alaska cruise. Not sure it would be worth it to add two days to go to Sitka, but Alaska has a lot to love.

We cruised to Sitka several years ago, and FWIW the place looks nothing like the movie "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock. That movie was filmed in rural Massachusetts.

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Yes, it was filmed in Rockport and Gloucester, MA....spent all my summers there (mom grew up in Gloucester). All the mountain scenes in the background were "photoshopped" in.

We loved our DCL Alaska cruise in 2011 and would love a 9 night but we had wanted to add a land portion to our next Alaskan cruise and don't think that can be done with the DCL intinerary since it is a round trip...at least that is my understanding.

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I'm with you ... think the Magic is coming back to Europe for another year, then a WBTA (which I may have to book!)

Unless, they send the Wonder over to Europe (easily changeable on port schedules as same weight/size etc) and put her into dry dock, same as the Magic this year.

Only a week to find out, then manic hours of figuring out what we'd like to do and, mor eimportantly, what we can afford!!
DCL could swap one ship for another on port schedules. However, we know that the Magic and Wonder are going to Europe and Alaska in summer 2014. Based on their last known cruises for the Wonder (ending in Miami on May 2) and the Magic (ending in Port Canaveral on May 19) - I think it's most likely that that Magic will go to Europe and the Wonder will go to Alaska. The Wonder will have a 2-week Panama Canal cruise and a 6 or 7-night LA to Vancouver repo cruise before the (rumored) 9-night Alaska cruise.
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Does anyone know the dates of a possible Alaskan 9 nighter ?

Thanks,just hope it would be during school vacation.I cant afford a Tutor.
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