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Old 02-02-2013, 09:01 AM   #31
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We also pay the full price but often it is when we are cruising special itineraries or holiday times, we just don't want to hinge on the possibility of an upgrade, so it is a large stress reliever.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:21 PM   #32
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Add me to the list of always paying in full for concierge.

On a side note I would like too see Disney move to a system that many airlines are moving too. Not all booking classes are available for upgrade , if any at all. Meaning if you booked one of the cheapest categories thats what you get. Offering upgrades for pennies on the dollar on the day of departure lessens the concierge product. If people know there's a chance of an upgrade they will be content with their lower booking class and taking a chance at port. If there is no chance at all for an upgrade , then those passengers will buy the full fare.

That's how it used to be on DCL years ago. In fact you often had to join a waitlist and/or compromise on dates to get a concierge stateroom at all.

I think the combination of ever increasing rates and a tough economy put an end to that though. I imagine the addition of new ships with more concierge options had an impact as well.

What would have them do, just leave concierge staterooms empty if they don't sell at full price? It seems like much smarter business practice to offer port upgrades and get at least a partial payment for those staterooms. As has been mentioned, they're sailing with the same number of passengers they would have anyway, but at increased revenue.

I guess they could just offer free upgrades, but how would they choose who is most likely to get hooked on the concierge experience and pay full price in the future as discussed above? Plus if they did that would it "lessen the concierge product" even more in your opinion? Not that I agree with you on that btw.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:01 PM   #33
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Full price guy here, too. The concierge team just makes everything so seamless for you beforehand and took care of anything we needed or wanted.

We love being able to order from the dining rooms en suite in we chose (suites only) and were served white tablecloth and all.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:10 PM   #34
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Bummer, checked for our cruise in April and they are all sold out.
We barely got our rooms last May and still on a wait list for a one bedroom.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #35
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If I could afford it, I would not hesitate to pay full price for concierge on a classic ship. Have no interest in port upgrades because I value the 120-day booking window and the shoreside team.

That said, I find the prices--all of them--on the new ships to be ridiculous for value received. Doubled rates for more crowds and less space? Ugh. No thank you. Goes double for new ship concierge. I cruise DCL to get a different Disney experience, not to have the parks at sea. Different ships for different tastes and I'm perfectly fine with that.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:18 AM   #36
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What is the port upgrade? Is that where you ask for an upgrade when you first get on the boat? How do you do that?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:03 AM   #37
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We paid full price on the Dream 3 night in September for a Cat V. Just two of us, celebrating our 25th anniversary. There were a lot of suites still open about 2 weeks prior, and I was determined to get an upgrade. I was honestly annoyed at the thought of someone getting a suite at a huge discount. I even bought DCL transfers so we could check in at MCO, even though we had a rental car reserved. Then one day I checked our reservation online, and realized that DCL had upgraded us to a 1BR suite for free. Not just any 1BR, but suite 12000 which is the one between the two Royal Suites facing forward. It was completely awesome.

We since sailed on the Fantasy in a 4a, same size as the Cat V we originally booked. Plenty of room. We didn't feel like we downgraded. The concierge lounge was nice on the Dream, but we didn't really miss it. We are booked on the Wonder in April for my 50th, and paid full price for a 1BR. Main reason is that we wanted a cabana. Since we booked we hit platinum. That means we can book non concierge and still get the 120-day booking window, unless that changes. And then go for a port upgrade if we feel like it.

Concierge is a very nice treat, worth full price from time to time.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:30 AM   #38
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We always book concierge. Once you get treated like royalty, it's hard to give that up!
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Add us to the full-fare crowd. We only like certain rooms (e.g., hate Deck 11 on Dream/Fantasy). I wouldn't want a "leftover" cabin, but that is just personal preference. Sometimes, good cabins are available at the port, but we would never be so lucky.
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Add us to the full paying crowd as well. We have also done a few port upgrades but that is usually when it's just me traveling with the kids. If DH goes, it's a full price suite. We do it more for the space and to get a particular suite than Concierge perks.

It's so much easier to book suites now than it used to be. A few years ago, the only way to score a suite was to FAX Inventory Control a year or more in advance of dates being released with your Cat. choice and a range of dates. It was like winning a lottery if you got the call from IC giving you the opportunity to book a suite. Port upgrades were almost unheard of.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:14 AM   #41
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We have booked Concierge in the Walt Disney suite in Jan 2014. However, my parents are coming with us and paying for it. Otherwise I would never pay for Concierge. We have toyed with upgrading from an 11C at port before but the price difference basically pays for another cruise. I can't justify it!
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Yep, we booked full fare concierge for our March cruise. It is the 1st time we are cruising with the 3 kids (we've cruised several times by ourselves) and I for sure wanted a seperate bedroom from the kids. Also, we have a baby and I wanted the 120 booking window for the nursery/dinner/cabana. Once the baby is old enough for the kids clubs and I don't have to reserve my "leisure" times then it won't be such a big deal for me to have the 120 booking window.
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We've done both.... Nothing beats paying $1800 to upgrade from a Navigators to the Roy Disney Suite at port. However, paying full price for concierge during Spring Break is money well spent for us as it is sold out and has been for a long time. Look at the April 19, 2014 cruise, concierge is almost sold out.
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Add us to the full-fare crowd. We only like certain rooms (e.g., hate Deck 11 on Dream/Fantasy). I wouldn't want a "leftover" cabin, but that is just personal preference. Sometimes, good cabins are available at the port, but we would never be so lucky.
What do you hate about deck 11? We are booked there in November but I have never cruised DCL. Thanks so much.
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What do you hate about deck 11? We are booked there in November but I have never cruised DCL. Thanks so much.
Personal preference, but I would not sail again if we were stuck on 11. I'm sure some people think it fine, but 1.we did not like being on a different floor from the lounge 2. Elevators (forward) were a madhouse after deck parties. You'd be waiting in the bank, and a crowd would come through from outside, and have no regard that you were already waiting and plow through, hogging the elevator you'd been waiting for. 3. Enclosed verandas on 11. This acts like an incubator, a greenhouse, and a megaphone. If you have families on either side, be prepared to hear EVERY conversation and body function of your neighbors. They don't have to be yelling. Just imagine everything they do and say is put through a megaphone. If you have smokers on both sides (we did), there is just no where for the smoke to go. Imagine youre stuck in a greenhouse with smokers, and youre the only one who doesn't. Also, it gets wicked warm on there. If you are already sailing during a warm time of year, expect your balcony to act as a sweat box.

Deck 12 is on the same floor as the lounge, and not as many people come in from outside on Deck 12 as they do 11. The verandas on 12 are not enclosed.


If there is a chance to move to 12, take it. If the choice isn't there currently, check everyday for an opening. And then make the change quickly.
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