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Old 10-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #196
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Hi Kim,

Really sorry to hear about your circumstances but it sounds like you are making the best of it.

Thanks for basically confirming what we all suspected. All we can do now is wait................

I hope everything gets resolved for your wedding. You made such beautiful plans.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:44 PM   #197
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Well I guess we now know for sure. I hope no one had any airfare booked yet.

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #198
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I guess DH and I have to figure out what to do. See what if anything is offered regarding switching to member cruise, otherwise we will have to rebook the 2nd cruise as well since we need to travel sun to sun.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:56 AM   #199
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Good morning everyone.
So much activity on our little board in the past couple of days, sorry I haven't been able to post, I've been dealing with DH getting scheduled for surgery for fusion of 3 cervical vertebra and driving to Pittsburgh to help out DD with babysitting my DGS while she attended a mandatory 5:00am (yes, AM) meeting and then driving back home (2hrs each way)to go to work, it's been a bit crazy, and then throw this cruise stuff in = Not fun!.
ANYWAY.....
Paula and DW, & honeymo78 ~ WELCOME. I sincerely hope everything works out and we get to meet you all.
I think it is awful that DCL does not pre-schedule these DVC cruises before they are released to the general public. They know these cruises happen, so just schedule one or two a year and let DVC work around those specific dates. It is wrong to allow clients to schedule events and then to have those plans dashed and in effect told that "you don't matter to us" the "BIG" guy does.
To them it is not a big deal. To their clients it is a big deal.
Either way, whatever happens, happens and it is what it is. We'll just have to adjust. But I do hope it all works out that we can get together.
JQ & PI: If this doesn't work out, maybe we will transfer to the Miami cruise in Dec, we always wanted to visit Key West anyway.
Disney better give us a nice discount for our inconvenience!!
OK, I'm done.
You all have a great rest of the week and as Dorie (Nemo) says "just keep swimming".
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:31 AM   #200
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Good morning everyone.
So much activity on our little board in the past couple of days, sorry I haven't been able to post, I've been dealing with DH getting scheduled for surgery for fusion of 3 cervical vertebra and driving to Pittsburgh to help out DD with babysitting my DGS while she attended a mandatory 5:00am (yes, AM) meeting and then driving back home (2hrs each way)to go to work, it's been a bit crazy, and then throw this cruise stuff in = Not fun!.
ANYWAY.....
Paula and DW, & honeymo78 ~ WELCOME. I sincerely hope everything works out and we get to meet you all.
I think it is awful that DCL does not pre-schedule these DVC cruises before they are released to the general public. They know these cruises happen, so just schedule one or two a year and let DVC work around those specific dates. It is wrong to allow clients to schedule events and then to have those plans dashed and in effect told that "you don't matter to us" the "BIG" guy does.
To them it is not a big deal. To their clients it is a big deal.
Either way, whatever happens, happens and it is what it is. We'll just have to adjust. But I do hope it all works out that we can get together.
JQ & PI: If this doesn't work out, maybe we will transfer to the Miami cruise in Dec, we always wanted to visit Key West anyway.
Disney better give us a nice discount for our inconvenience!!
OK, I'm done.
You all have a great rest of the week and as Dorie (Nemo) says "just keep swimming".
I hope I get to meet you as well. I hope you DH surgery goes well. Sending you good vibes from the UK. I agree also why cant they schedule the cruises before allowing people to book them! well said. Paula and DW xxxx
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:20 AM   #201
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We are in agreement with everyone that this situation could have easily been prevented. If you think about who books as early as we all have here, it's typically related to some very special plans.

It's been a rough few days, and as if things couldn't get more complicated.............. let me share a recent development.

A Cat R is not ever sold thru DVC (which we knew), and therefore booked our rsvp for the roy suite directly thru the DCL. But when the ship is chartered by DVC, they essentially take over the rsvps. However they're system is limited to managing all staterooms up to a cat T.

So we are awaiting a reply from DCL as to what happens in our unique situation. JQ and I are bracing for the worst.

My theory is that they DO have the ability to utilize both DVC and DCL rsvp. systems for special event sailings. It would easily work the same as it does now for every other cruise. We're talking about Divisions within the same company who already merge for cruising.

Oh and on a sidenote, today I was able to add three passengers to my BIL's cabin thru the DVC - his daughter's family incl his new grandson! They were planning to sail all along just taking their time to budget.

I found a frightening point chart and cash list from the last two Member cruises and became deeply concerned that waiting on this may result in the DVC imposing those new prices which would become unaffordable for them.

So if anyone was thinking of adding a passenger, now may be the best time.
I haven't tried to actually add a "cabin" so I'm not sure if that would work but it's worth a try.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:29 AM   #202
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We are in agreement with everyone that this situation could have easily been prevented. If you think about who books as early as we all have here, it's typically related to some very special plans.

It's been a rough few days, and as if things couldn't get more complicated.............. let me share a recent development.

A Cat R is not ever sold thru DVC (which we knew), and therefore booked our rsvp for the roy suite directly thru the DCL. But when the ship is chartered by DVC, they essentially take over the rsvps. However they're system is limited to managing all staterooms up to a cat T.

So we are awaiting a reply from DCL as to what happens in our unique situation. JQ and I are bracing for the worst.

My theory is that they DO have the ability to utilize both DVC and DCL rsvp. systems for special event sailings. It would easily work the same as it does now for every other cruise. We're talking about Divisions within the same company who already merge for cruising.

Oh and on a sidenote, today I was able to add three passengers to my BIL's cabin thru the DVC - his daughter's family incl his new grandson! They were planning to sail all along just taking their time to budget.

I found a frightening point chart and cash list from the last two Member cruises and became deeply concerned that waiting on this may result in the DVC imposing those new prices which would become unaffordable for them.

So if anyone was thinking of adding a passenger, now may be the best time.
I haven't tried to actually add a "cabin" so I'm not sure if that would work but it's worth a try.
Hi good luck with your Cat R. I hope they honour it for you. If not once onboard they will have the brits to contend with. We fight dirty lol. What is rsvp please?
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #203
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Hi good luck with your Cat R. I hope they honour it for you. If not once onboard they will have the brits to contend with. We fight dirty lol. What is rsvp please?
Thanks paula,

Good to have you on the team! Hope we get to meet the two of you, I know my parents will have a lot to share.
rsvp is the abbreviation for reservation. I have no clue why.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #204
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Thanks paula,

Good to have you on the team! Hope we get to meet the two of you, I know my parents will have a lot to share.
rsvp is the abbreviation for reservation. I have no clue why.
Thanks! I really hope we get to meet all of you also. I feel I know you already. Sorry if that sounds corny! Paula and Jo
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:51 PM   #205
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Hi PI
That would really be awful if they don't let you keep the Roy Suite, I know how much you are looking forward to that.

Just think, we are only a small portion of those who already had this cruise booked. At this point, there are probably many others out there who don't even know what's going on yet. Imagine their surprise when they get their phone call. Maybe we'll get lucky and the whole cruise won't be DVC. I'm not sure about them filling the Dream with all DVC members when they have already had DVC cruises in Sept '12 and another in January '13. Isn't the Dream capacity somewhere near 4,000??

I also feel for those people sailing out of Galveston that had 8 night cruises suddenly changed to either 6 night or 4 night cruises.
Do other cruiselines cancel cruises, change length of cruise, etc.....? Just curious.
Like I said, it is what it is and we'll all make the best of it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #206
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They won't do a member cruise that's mixed bookings between non dvc and dvc (of course nonmembers can sail with a member). They purposefully don't sell the entire ship for the member cruise - some crew get extra time off since they aren't needed. All but the jan one have sold out I believe (jan has a few verandas left I think). They are quite popular and when there was only 1 per year they would sell out in a day.

I'd love a member cruise but it would be twice as expensive and normally must be paid in full at booking.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:51 PM   #207
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What are everyone's thoughts about flying in day of for a cruise? Really bad idea??

FI and I are trying to come up with a back up plan for what we'll do if we can't stay on this cruise for some reason. Since we've already requested time off we're still trying to work within those days. There's another 4-day that sails the 22nd, but we're getting married the 21st. Unless we could find a midnight flight, we probably wouldn't be able to leave until that morning. And I really don't want to be thinking about needing to catch a flight during our reception.

I think our other choice would just be to skip cruising all together and stay longer at WDW, but since we were planning on staying at the Poly we probably wouldn't take the full two week HM we were planning unless we give up the Poly. Sigh.

I hope everything gets sorted out soon and that most of us won't have to change any of our plans. I'd also take our cruise magically reappearing on the website.
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They won't do a member cruise that's mixed bookings between non dvc and dvc (of course nonmembers can sail with a member). They purposefully don't sell the entire ship for the member cruise - some crew get extra time off since they aren't needed. All but the jan one have sold out I believe (jan has a few verandas left I think). They are quite popular and when there was only 1 per year they would sell out in a day.

I'd love a member cruise but it would be twice as expensive and normally must be paid in full at booking.
Hmmm ... Twice the price... Paid in full... Yikes!

I have been researching options. I checked the military rates to see what might potentially be available next year. I was shocked at the cost of a 7 night on the Fantasy. I offhandedly mentioned to my husband and was surprised by his response. He decided to just see if there was a chance he could get leave and another shocker- he can. So now the dilemma, do we go for a seven night in December this year!! Or wait for this to pan out and see what happens.

If they do let us keep our reservation but it cost a lot more then we would change to another anyways. Plus I don't know if they would let us keep the same room which I picked specifically for the balcony. Oh, the 7 night would be in an inside and we have only had balcony rooms so I am not sure how tight that would be.

Ugh! This is hard!

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I know a lot of us would like to go on this sailing. The reality is, it is being cancelled. At least that is the way it stand as of right now. If it turns out to be a members cruise, then they will not let non members not booked with DVC members on the ship. They might give us first dibs at the same price as we are paying in our same rooms but that's all I can think of. I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but for methereality of the situation is that I will not be cruising on 9/29/13 on the Disney Dream and need to make other plans. Fortunately I have not oone a vacation bid yet so for us it's not that big of a deal. I do feel for those that have bought airfare and are now locked in. I hope it works out.

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I understand that everyone feels the need to consider alternate plans. It's important to be prepared, but we're not giving up on this yet.

I spoke with shoreside Concierge this morning and they would only confirm that this cruise is definately "privately chartered". They claimed they don't know yet if it is the DVC or a private company. I asked her specifically what happens to my "Roy" ressie in the event of a DVC charter and she told me that each members cruise is "unique and handled seperately from all others".

Hopefully our group fits that description.

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