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Old 06-20-2011, 11:13 AM   #31
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I would love to do this. I am really hoping that Disney announces some more exciting and longer cruises for 2013. I was really disappointed with the itineraries for 2012...same ports in the Caribbean, no transatlantic cruises, no Med cruises, and only one or two longer than eight days.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:16 AM   #32
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I agree. I would love a transpacific cruise. Unlike most people, I love sea days!


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Oh of course! I am envisioning something like they do with Europe cruise.

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Trans-Pacific Leaving from LA or Seattle maybe

Several Asian cruises from, i think China but maybe Japan

Then Another Trans-Pacific back to LA or Seattle

One can Hope!
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:28 AM   #33
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Oh of course! I am envisioning something like they do with Europe cruise.

Perhaps:

Trans-Pacific Leaving from LA or Seattle maybe

Several Asian cruises from, i think China but maybe Japan

Then Another Trans-Pacific back to LA or Seattle

One can Hope!
I think they might split the trans-pacific and do

LA to Hawaii (with one stop in Mexico)
Hawaii to Asia

and vice versa for the return trip.

It would allow cross-marketing with DVC in Hawaii too.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #34
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I think they might split the trans-pacific and do

LA to Hawaii (with one stop in Mexico)
Hawaii to Asia

and vice versa for the return trip.

It would allow cross-marketing with DVC in Hawaii too.
DCL could STOP in Hawaii on the way from LA to Asia, but guests couldn't DISEMBARK in Hawaii - even with the port stop in Mexico. In order to do a one-way cruise to Hawaii, the ship would have to depart from Canada or Mexico.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:13 PM   #35
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There is a very large Disney Fan population in Asia. I think they would be able to fill the ships with more Asians than Americans.
Disney may have a large Asian following, but they have a large European following too. In spite of that, they are having difficulty filling their European sailings. DCL still depends on the American market primarily to fill their ships.

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I don't think she was saying go on a cheaper cruise line. She was saying go on a cheaper cruise. If you want to stay on the boat go the Caribbean or Bahamas. I don't know where you live clten but no way I would fly to Asia or Europe from the middle of America to spend a week on a boat. I would however fly to Florida and send a week on a boat.
I didn't take it that she was saying to go on a cheaper cruise line. I was saying my opinion was for certain itineraries, a cheaper cruise line may be a better choice. My point was that if you are off the ship 90% of the time, why are you paying a premium price? I go for the disney service, activities, etc and for that I willingly pay a premium. If I'm just catching a quick breakfast then spending 10-12 hours on shore just to get a quick bite to eat and go to bed, I'm going to look at a Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or NCL ship. I didn't say I was going to fly all the way to Asia and stay on the ship. I'll pay half the price to sail with RC, then have all that extra money to do great shore excursions.

As far as staying onboard a Bahamas/Caribbean cruise compared to their Hawaii or TA itinerary, there is no comparison. Staying onboard in port is not really a sea day. Activities are very limited. Even doing b2b 7 day cruises are a whole different experience than a 14/15 day cruise. So while the Hawaii cruise may not be for everyone, we're going to enjoy it.

Now doing a Transpacific cruise for 2 weeks with at least 10 days at sea might not be worth the long flight back from Asia. That's why I think they'll have difficulty doing any Asia itinieraries in the next few years. JMO
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:19 PM   #36
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I'd love a transpacific!
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:32 PM   #37
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Count us in! DCL anywhere. The more ports the better.
(The above statement is my own opinion and does not represent the opinions of our entire travleing party.)
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:35 PM   #38
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #39
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:53 PM   #40
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They could fill Asian cruises with ease if marketed correctly in Asian countries. Unlike a lot of other countries on the globe, countries like China are experiencing huge growth and a lot of citizens are cash rich. We've had a massive upswing in tourisim from China in the past 5 years here in NZ and Chinese carriers have entered the NZ to China marketplace and the NZ/AUS carriers have put on more flights to fill demand. Certainly RCL have taken advantage of the market by placing more cruises in the area. Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and NZ are also emerging markets for holidays by cruising. In NZ the biggest outbound tourism growth in the past couple of years was cruising and we only have about five ships servicing the whole of NZ and Australia market on a fulltime basis. So I think that cruising in Asia would be a good market for Disney, while it's customer base is from the US this may open up their brand to other nations who are able to travel to ports easily and are cash rich.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:40 PM   #41
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They could fill Asian cruises with ease if marketed correctly in Asian countries. Unlike a lot of other countries on the globe, countries like China are experiencing huge growth and a lot of citizens are cash rich. We've had a massive upswing in tourisim from China in the past 5 years here in NZ and Chinese carriers have entered the NZ to China marketplace and the NZ/AUS carriers have put on more flights to fill demand. Certainly RCL have taken advantage of the market by placing more cruises in the area. Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and NZ are also emerging markets for holidays by cruising. In NZ the biggest outbound tourism growth in the past couple of years was cruising and we only have about five ships servicing the whole of NZ and Australia market on a fulltime basis. So I think that cruising in Asia would be a good market for Disney, while it's customer base is from the US this may open up their brand to other nations who are able to travel to ports easily and are cash rich.
Well said! Also the point that needs to be made is that Asia is just not Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Singapore etc. Cruising in the Asia and South Pacific regions opens up many opportunities that can be tapped. The French Polynesian islands, Indonesian Islands, Fijian and Samoan islands, of course the Islands off Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand - to name just a few. Disney could fill 12 months worth of bookings each year and go to different locales all the time. And the amount of Australian, New Zealand and of course Asian customers would surprise most people.

We fly the 20 odd hours once every couple of years now to jump on a Disney cruise, we'd cruise a couple of times a year is DCL ran close to home. I think DCL should watch the fortunes of the Voyager of the Seas when it calls Sydney home next season, as it is a similar size to Dream/Fantasy. Rumour or not, any sign that Disney could open up their Asian/South Pacific market is drool worthy.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:58 PM   #42
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See, I have exactly the opposite philosophy as you. If I am going to pay DCL's premium prices, I want to spend more time on the ship getting what I am paying for. If I am going to be spending most of my waking hours in port (off the ship), I'm going to go with the cheapest cruise line out there-- what do I care about their service or food if I'm not there anyway. I'm going on DCL's Hawaii cruise because I have no great desire to see Hawaii -- I'll enjoy it I'm sure, but I know I'm really going to enjoy the sea days. If I was going to see Hawaii, I'd save my money and go on NCL.

As far as Asia, I don't see DCL doing it anytime soon. They are having a hard time filling Europe cruises and that is usually a more popular spot for US tourists than Asia. Plus the repositioning cruise to get to/from Asia is going to be long and hard to fill. (Talk about a lot of days at sea!)
sissy got what I was saying. I meant that I sure as heck wouldn't pay a premium price for airfare & spend WHO KNOWS how many hours to even GET THERE plus pay the super premium DCL price just to sit on a boat that was visiting Asia here & there. If all I want to do is veg out on the boat then I'll go to Nassau for a fraction of the price. If I'm going to fly half way around the world to visit Asia then by golly I want to SEE ASIA!! I don't fly to Hawaii to just sit on a beach. If I just wanted to sit on a beach then I'd drive 3 hours to the East coast & plop my tush down on a beach. When I go to Hawaii I snorkel & sightsee & do everything the islands have to offer. Don't misunderstand me, we also enjoy the sea days but I'd prefer more ports to sea days as that's the reason we cruise. The ship is a wonderful floating resort to us. We like to sightsee during the day & play on the ship at night.

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I don't think she was saying go on a cheaper cruise line. She was saying go on a cheaper cruise. If you want to stay on the boat go the Caribbean or Bahamas. I don't know where you live clten but no way I would fly to Asia or Europe from the middle of America to spend a week on a boat. I would however fly to Florida and send a week on a boat.
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Disney may have a large Asian following, but they have a large European following too. In spite of that, they are having difficulty filling their European sailings. DCL still depends on the American market primarily to fill their ships.

ACTUALLY I think there is a misconception about the Med cruises not selling well. Someone just posted yesterday or today that she got off the last Med this weekend & hers was packed full. I am going in August and have been watching to see what's left on ours. They raised prices last August and they have held steady ever since. They have done no deals or specials to entice anybody to book on my cruise. Last week when I did my little inventory look-see there were NO inside cabins and the only porthole cabins available were 9D GTY. All of the 7A's, 6A's, 5C's, 4C's, 4D's and Concierge were gone. 5B's and 4E's were in GTY. The only categories that were offering any actual room selection were 5A's, 4B's and 4A's. Still have a few weeks to go. Me thinks my boat looks pretty full. And for whatever it's worth the majority of the cruisers on my meet thread are from the UK, not the US.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #43
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I meant that I sure as heck wouldn't pay a premium price for airfare & spend WHO KNOWS how many hours to even GET THERE plus pay the super premium DCL price just to sit on a boat that was visiting Asia here & there.
24 hours for me to get to Tokyo from Omaha. And other 6 to Okinawa.
Talk about airport funk

And I didn't even got to go to Tokyo Disneyland!!!!
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