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Old 10-18-2012, 01:10 PM   #256
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thanks,

may not be needed though as I did post a few questions on the recent dvc members cruise thread and a concierge guest was kind enough to reply.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....844617&page=49

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I have a few questions hopefully you can help with -

Who were "billed" as celebrity on this cruise?
Anyone here happen to stay on concierge?
If so, did you notice if anyone was using the royal suites?
Also, did concierge appear to be more DVC members or special guests?

I haven't found any trip reports so any thoughts you can share regarding who is onboard thru the company or otherwise, would be helpful

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We stayed in Concierge for the first time on this cruise in room 12508. Nice room with close access to the concierge lounge. No one used the royal suites other than DVC using them for private tours for those in Concierge. It was a mix of DVC and special guests because Concierge is on two floors of the Dream (deck 11 and 12). you can't put magnets on these doors b/c they are glossy wood. The only drawback to this room is that when the pullout bed pulls out, it blocks the verandah door and desk cabinets. Minor inconvenience.

As far as celebrities, there were the four Broadway stars who did the Broadway show. The guy currently playing Mufasa on Broadway in the Lion King; one that originated Tarzan; one that originated Mary Poppins and one other. The host of the various "workshops" was on this level as well as the Disney illustrators who were presenters and drew various Disney characters and gave them out via raffle. There was also the guy who was the voice of Goofy plus the SVP lady who leads DVC. Sorry i can't remember names. We sat near this huge table of folks every night.

This was the best cruise ever for us. It was during a school week so normally the Dream would have about 4,000 people and 1200 kids; this cruise had 2,000 and 200 kids. The gifts each evening that you found on your bed were great (DVC watches, DVC miniature suitcases with hats, water bottle, mini electric fans, etc), DVC monopoly sets, etc. Being in concierge, you got extra things like a signed lithgraph by the original Disney illustrator.

DVC says they will do two a year. I will most likely do the fall one every year. Well worth it.


Obviously each cruise will be different but I found this very helpful.



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Just a thought do you think that we have anymore rights being paid in full than on deposit? We are currently on deposit and wondered if I should go in a pay in full.


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I still haven't been able to find a solid answer on this. If you read through that other link I posted earlier, you'll see where one member initially booked directly thru the DVC was allowed to remain onboard with no additonal fees. They were also refunded the $95 booking fee. Since these cruises include gratuities, they saved money there as well.

Still researching what happens to cash reservations in our case - whether pd in full or on deposit. But I suspect this situation may be handled differently than in the past as these cruises have a much lower demand compared to what they once were.

We are debating on converting the remaining Cat V we have on cash deposit with DCL over to the DVC now by putting the 3rd passenger on pts.

This would hopefully lock in the third cabin #12504 - leaving the Roy in limbo along with the other cash only cabins many on here have. Right now, DVC won't move a cabin over unless at least one passenger is on pts. But for DVC cruises, they lift this requirement.

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Old 10-18-2012, 01:21 PM   #257
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thanks,

may not be needed though as I did post a few questions on the recent dvc members cruise thread and a concierge guest was kind enough to share -

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....844617&page=49

Obviously each cruise will be different but I found this very helpful.

I still haven't been able to find a solid answer on this. If you read through that other link I posted earlier, you'll see where one member initially booked directly thru the DVC was allowed to remain onboard with no additonal fees. They were also refunded the $95 booking fee. Since these cruises include gratuities, they saved money there as well.

Still researching what happens to cash reservations in our case - whether pd in full or on deposit. But I suspect this situation may be handled differently than in the past as these cruises have a much lower demand compared to what they once were.

We are debating on converting the remaining Cat V we have on cash deposit with DCL over to the DVC now by putting the 3rd passenger on pts.

This would hopefully lock in the third cabin #12504 - leaving the Roy in limbo along with the other cash only cabins many on here have. Right now, DVC won't move a cabin over unless at least one passenger is on pts. But for DVC cruises, they lift this requirement.
Hi. Do you know of any member cruise where any DVC member was able to stay in the Roy? I do hope you get to keep it!
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:13 PM   #258
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Hi. Do you know of any member cruise where any DVC member was able to stay in the Roy? I do hope you get to keep it!
So far I haven't been able to find anyone but that doesn't necessarily mean nobody has. They began these cruises in 2003 on the Wonder. So 2013 will mark the 10-yr anniversary. (just add that to the list!!!!)
From 2003 to 2010 members could book a Cat 11(inside) thru Cat 3 (1 bdrm).
The cat 2 (2 bdrm) and cat 1 (royal) suites were not controlled by DVC.

I've never sailed the wonder so I am not familiar with how many 2 bdrm suites there are.

But given there are only 2 "royal" suites per ship and with only 9 prior cruises, were talking about 18 possible reservations in 9 years. It's a small population to find.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:13 AM   #259
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Good morning fellow cruisers. It is a damp and dreary morning here in central PA.

It looks like none of us have heard word one from DCL, which has me wondering - maybe they aren't exactly sure what they're doing with this cruise. Maybe like last year - pick one cruise, then change it to another.
We all can only hope.

You all have a great weekend. Ours will be a bit busy: DD is going to see her BF in Philly for the weekend, so we're heading to Pittsburgh (2 hr) this afternoon, pick up the grandson from school, go somewhere for supper, take the little guy to soccer practice in the morning, then back to Altoona with him late Sat morning, then on Sunday drive down to Bedford (45min away) to meet DD on her way back from Philly and give DGS back. Just a typical weekend for us . Oh, and DD says to me last evening, while you're over here, why don't you clean my kitchen for me. KIDS!!!
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So far I haven't been able to find anyone but that doesn't necessarily mean nobody has. They began these cruises in 2003 on the Wonder. So 2013 will mark the 10-yr anniversary. (just add that to the list!!!!)
From 2003 to 2010 members could book a Cat 11(inside) thru Cat 3 (1 bdrm).
The cat 2 (2 bdrm) and cat 1 (royal) suites were not controlled by DVC.

I've never sailed the wonder so I am not familiar with how many 2 bdrm suites there are.

But given there are only 2 "royal" suites per ship and with only 9 prior cruises, were talking about 18 possible reservations in 9 years. It's a small population to find.
Yes that is true re small population. Keep us posted! I didnt realise it had been going 10 years!
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Good morning fellow cruisers. It is a damp and dreary morning here in central PA.

It looks like none of us have heard word one from DCL, which has me wondering - maybe they aren't exactly sure what they're doing with this cruise. Maybe like last year - pick one cruise, then change it to another.
We all can only hope.

You all have a great weekend. Ours will be a bit busy: DD is going to see her BF in Philly for the weekend, so we're heading to Pittsburgh (2 hr) this afternoon, pick up the grandson from school, go somewhere for supper, take the little guy to soccer practice in the morning, then back to Altoona with him late Sat morning, then on Sunday drive down to Bedford (45min away) to meet DD on her way back from Philly and give DGS back. Just a typical weekend for us . Oh, and DD says to me last evening, while you're over here, why don't you clean my kitchen for me. KIDS!!!
Lol re clean my kitchen! Me and DW also think it is very odd nobody has heard a word from DCL and DVC have made no announcements. We are thinking lets just keep calm and carry on and maybe they will leave us be! Have a great weekend! It is raining like a scene from Mary Poppins here near London. But we are flying to Florida a week today so we dont care!
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I called DCL again on Wednesday. She said there is a chance it may not change and to call back weekly. I have been calling every 3 days. I pressed for answers so she put me through to a "supervisor". All she would say is this doesn't happen often and took my number to call me as soon as any decision has been made. I explained to her how I would like an answer either way. (I can't wait to see who gets an answer first, me by calling every three days or them by returning my call.) Have a magical weekend everyone. All we can do is hope for the best.
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I called DCL again on Wednesday. She said there is a chance it may not change and to call back weekly. I have been calling every 3 days. I pressed for answers so she put me through to a "supervisor". All she would say is this doesn't happen often and took my number to call me as soon as any decision has been made. I explained to her how I would like an answer either way. (I can't wait to see who gets an answer first, me by calling every three days or them by returning my call.) Have a magical weekend everyone. All we can do is hope for the best.
Thanks for letting us know. It really is dragging on isnt it! But I am a bit hopeful again now it might return to a normal voyage! Still not appearing on the dlc website as a cruise though.
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But we are flying to Florida a week today so we dont care!
I hope you guys have a wonderful trip. I love going to WDW in the autumn.
Especially for the Food & Wine Festival!!

DH is having surgery on the Oct 29th. He has 2 ruptured cervical discs that have to be repaired/fused. Years ago he had 2 separate surgerys for the same thing, different cervical vertebra. This time they are also putting in a metal "plate" to support/protect the area. He'll be off work for 2 months, luckily he has enough sick time to cover it.
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I hope you guys have a wonderful trip. I love going to WDW in the autumn.
Especially for the Food & Wine Festival!!

DH is having surgery on the Oct 29th. He has 2 ruptured cervical discs that have to be repaired/fused. Years ago he had 2 separate surgerys for the same thing, different cervical vertebra. This time they are also putting in a metal "plate" to support/protect the area. He'll be off work for 2 months, luckily he has enough sick time to cover it.
Oh my your poor DH. Sending him lots of hugs and kisses from the UK. Does he has a physical job?
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Paula:
Thanks for the good wishes.
DH's job is not overly physical. He's an RN with the Family Practice Residency program at our local hospital, so he's on his feet alot. He's just getting "old" and from early years of playing football and soft ball and for years golf, his parts are wearing out.
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Thanks for the good wishes.
DH's job is not overly physical. He's an RN with the Family Practice Residency program at our local hospital, so he's on his feet alot. He's just getting "old" and from early years of playing football and soft ball and for years golf, his parts are wearing out.
Oh bless him! Well I hope all goes well on the 29th. Will keep my fingers crossed for you. Must be hard to have a job on your feet all day. But being an RN is a very worthwhile job. I bet they will miss him!
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I hope you guys have a wonderful trip. I love going to WDW in the autumn.
Especially for the Food & Wine Festival!!

DH is having surgery on the Oct 29th. He has 2 ruptured cervical discs that have to be repaired/fused. Years ago he had 2 separate surgerys for the same thing, different cervical vertebra. This time they are also putting in a metal "plate" to support/protect the area. He'll be off work for 2 months, luckily he has enough sick time to cover it.

Tell Don we send our prayers! That story about this weekend made us laugh.

We hope they leave us alone on this cruise too. But that December 4, 2013on the Magic is always an option if you guys want to join in! We chose that cruise for 4 reasons:
Key West - we've never been
Magic Refurbishment - she'll have undergone extensive dry dock in sept/oct and who knows what they're planning.
Price - can't beat those early dec rates for the classic ships.
Time of Year - a short visit to WDW decked out for the holiday season should fit in nicely with a 4 night sail.
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I called DCL again on Wednesday. She said there is a chance it may not change and to call back weekly. I have been calling every 3 days. I pressed for answers so she put me through to a "supervisor". All she would say is this doesn't happen often and took my number to call me as soon as any decision has been made. I explained to her how I would like an answer either way. (I can't wait to see who gets an answer first, me by calling every three days or them by returning my call.) Have a magical weekend everyone. All we can do is hope for the best.
We check back often too. We do show up linked and DVC is reconfirming all rsvps are secure at this point and we will be considered as whole which was encouraging.

Of course no one will go on the record as to why our ship is pulled off the system. But they are stating nothing is finalized as of now and it could be for any number of reasons (including for instance, even a partial charter - which can take a lg block of rooms but not the entire ship) so they are not going to speculate. I believe if it were an outside party who privately chartered the ship we'd be contacted by now since it's been several weeks.
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I called today and got the same answer "call back next week and we'll know more." They also weren't able to tell me how a refund would work since we paid with Disney gift cards for a good portion. They said to wait to see what happens and they're sure options will be given to us.

If they do give us gift cards back we can use them for the WDW portion, but we'll be moving to a Royal Caribbean cruise that fits our planned dates.
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