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Old 10-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #361
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So what would be considered a popular date??

We are hoping to cruise for the 1st time in June 2014. We are a family of 6, so we will need 2 staterooms, which freaks us out... $$$ LOL

We are lost as to what we want to book. We considered a 5 day but would really like to do the Dream or Fantasy (esp) since they are the newer ships, in case we don't cruise again.
Pretty much any time kids are out of school is popular and more expensive. I would go as early in June as you can.

We have done both short and long cruises. I would recommend the 7 night over the 3/4 night hands down. Good luck!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #362
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Pretty much any time kids are out of school is popular and more expensive. I would go as early in June as you can.

We have done both short and long cruises. I would recommend the 7 night over the 3/4 night hands down. Good luck!
Agreed! Our first (and only) Disney cruise was a 3 night and it was awful when it was over so quickly! We're looking to do a 7 night for Thanksgiving 2014. Can't believe we're planning for over 2 years away!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #363
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I'm debating between spring break, Thankgiving or Alaska. We'll see what opens up. I might end up grabbing spring break now and then possibly moving to Thanksgiving or Alaska if they don't open those up now.

Spring Break - Fantasy or Galveston (if offered but likely for 2014). I wish I knew what was coming.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:58 PM   #364
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Agreed! Our first (and only) Disney cruise was a 3 night and it was awful when it was over so quickly! We're looking to do a 7 night for Thanksgiving 2014. Can't believe we're planning for over 2 years away!
I have found Thanksgiving 7 night pricing to be better than summer pricing, but you have to grab it QUICKLY. On opening day a year ago, I was too slow and piddled around. Before I knew it, the cruise price was substantially higher.

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #365
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I have found Thanksgiving 7 night pricing to be better than summer pricing, but you have to grab it QUICKLY. On opening day a year ago, I was too slow and piddled around. Before I knew it, the cruise price was substantially higher.

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #366
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So what would be considered a popular date??

We are hoping to cruise for the 1st time in June 2014. We are a family of 6, so we will need 2 staterooms, which freaks us out... $$$ LOL

We are lost as to what we want to book. We considered a 5 day but would really like to do the Dream or Fantasy (esp) since they are the newer ships, in case we don't cruise again.
We did a 7 night on the Magic as our first cruise and it was great. I am glad we did not hold back from choosing one of the longer cruises.

Popular cruises are likely to be anytime when kids are out of school, in any part of the country. I am on a Feb 2013 Fantasy cruise on the week including President's Day, and this is week when some schools have a winter vacation. It took some time but right now the rates are significantly higher as compared to opening day rates, and to the other three sailings in February.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #367
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If everyone calls at the same time as their TAs, essentially making two reservations for every one reservation really needed, it drives up the pricing.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:25 PM   #368
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2014 Sailings?

Anyone know when DCL is opening up the 2014 sailings? Don't the usually open up in October?
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Past years have been Oct 20 give or take a day, so my bet is on 10/22
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:28 PM   #370
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Past years have been Oct 20 give or take a day, so my bet is on 10/22
Thanks. I guess it is wait and see
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:42 PM   #371
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I have found Thanksgiving 7 night pricing to be better than summer pricing, but you have to grab it QUICKLY. On opening day a year ago, I was too slow and piddled around. Before I knew it, the cruise price was substantially higher.

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Yes, we cruised the Magic TG 2008. We booked it asap and it was only $400 more than our usual 1st week of Nov. same cat.
oops that was with onboard booking discount though. Still, only $3900 for family of 4 in a cat 9C. I didn't even book it first day of release.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:22 AM   #372
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I think I've decided not to use a TA; I might transfer later. I just hate waiting when I can see exactly what I want on the website, and I'm stuck just waiting for the confirmation email. Who knows if what I want will still be there by the time the TA gets to me. I've got no status, it will be my first DCL cruise.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:27 AM   #373
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I think I've decided not to use a TA; I might transfer later. I just hate waiting when I can see exactly what I want on the website, and I'm stuck just waiting for the confirmation email. Who knows if what I want will still be there by the time the TA gets to me. I've got no status, it will be my first DCL cruise.
Here's hoping the website doesn't have a nervous breakdown from the volume.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:55 AM   #374
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I have found Thanksgiving 7 night pricing to be better than summer pricing, but you have to grab it QUICKLY. On opening day a year ago, I was too slow and piddled around. Before I knew it, the cruise price was substantially higher.

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My favorite year was the year the system crashed. So I was waiting on the phone and website. Call finally goes through only to have the DCL representative answer (finally) and say "I'm sorry our computer system is down, is there any question I can answer that doesn't involve making or modifying a reservation?" And then politely getting me cleared off. I did eventually get in at one point while the computers were up.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:17 AM   #375
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Last night I added the rest of my family to my dummy date. Hoping it will be faster and easier to switch dates once the new ones come out...

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