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Old 12-05-2012, 10:30 AM   #16
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If I book tomorrow and there is later a better deal, can I move it over? Cancel and re-book?

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Maybe.
Maybe not.
It depends on the cast member you get and what their policy is in 2014.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #17
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Wow, if they do bring back Alaska for 2014 after May, I can only imagine what those prices will be like. I better let go of that pipe dream.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:55 AM   #18
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This is the first opening day that I have been very disappointed.
This is exactly how I feel.

I will be the first person to say you get what you pay for on DCL, but they may have just outpriced me. I moved an OBB to a summer Fantasy Cruise, but Im waiting to see what happens with the Wonder and Magic before I decide what to do. No matter what I dont think I can justify this cruise at this price.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:20 AM   #19
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For perspective, what we paid for an 8D on the Fantasy's Maiden Voyage looks like a good price when compared to the price of the same stateroom in July 2014 -- with none of the extras that we had on the MV. I expected the MV to be priced higher than normal, especially over spring break though.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #20
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Here's my take on the whole thing -

I was shocked and appalled at the summer prices on the Fantasy. Mid-June thru the first couple of Aug cruises are ridiculous. Almost $6000 for 2A & 1C in a 5E? Then, my TA tells me that the cheapest cat on the ship (11C) is $4200. Excuse me? Ummm....$4200? For a Western Caribbean cruise? In an 11C? No.

I hopped over to the Dream price thread & saw $2800 for a 3-night. What? Excuse me? That is around what we typically pay for a 7-night. OMG.

We did book Spring Break 2014 on the Fantasy (March 8 ), but that was almost a full $1,000 than our Spring Break 2013 (March 9) this year for the exact same cat & stateroom.

Honestly, I think DCL 1) is not a fan of the whole dummy booking scenario, and 2) prefers to fill their ships using the VGT/OGT/IGT rates. Those rates are restricted fare with the entire cruise cost due at the time of booking and are NON-REFUNDABLE. DCL loves these rates. No on board rebooking on board credit. No way to move your cruise over & over & over again.

It used to be that Opening Day prices were still better that the *GT rates. That was the case on my June & Dec 2012 cruises on the Fantasy (my price was still cheaper than a VGT, although I booked a Cat 5E & most VGTs were assigned Cat 4s, so they probably did technically get a better deal). Not any more. These opening day prices are just awful. I guess that's business!

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:21 AM   #21
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Here's my take on the whole thing -


Honestly, I think DCL 1) is not a fan of the whole dummy booking scenario, and 2) prefers to fill their ships using the VGT/OGT/IGT rates. Those rates are restricted fare with the entire cruise cost due at the time of booking and are NON-REFUNDABLE. DCL loves these rates. No on board rebooking on board credit. No way to move your cruise over & over & over again.

It used to be that Opening Day prices were still better that the *GT rates. That was the case on my June & Dec 2012 cruises on the Fantasy (my price was still cheaper than a VGT, although I booked a Cat 5E & most VGTs were assigned Cat 4s, so they probably did technically get a better deal). Not any more. These opening day prices are just awful. I guess that's business!

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I'm not a fan of dummy date booking either. I think it's unfair to take up space that someone may want and potentially
drive up prices. Disney needs to come up with a way to allow for future bookings without holding a place on a date that the cruiser has no intention of going on. I have booked on board several years in a row, but have always known the cruise I wanted. I have only moved one and that was because we could no longer cruise at the time.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:33 AM   #22
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I have never paid more than $1000 pp (11C) for any Disney cruise, even the 14-night Transatlantic next May, and I am not about to start! Thankfully, I have no dummy cruises to move and no plans to book onboard the Fantasy next week. I haven't found DCL's service to be superior to that of other cruise lines, and it isn't worth the premium price for a run of the mill Bahamian or Caribbean itinerary.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:33 AM   #23
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Where is everyone finding 2014 pricing? I don't see anything past Dec 2013 when I go to the website.
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Where is everyone finding 2014 pricing? I don't see anything past Dec 2013 when I go to the website.
My TA yesterday had quotes for me.

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Thanks. I did find them. Had to dig a little deeper on the site.
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All the available dates for 2014 are now on the website
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:47 AM   #27
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THESE PRICES ARE UNGODLY!

The same cruise that I booked for 2013 in June is $1000 higher in 2014.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:49 AM   #28
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THESE PRICES ARE UNGODLY!

The same cruise that I booked for 2013 in June is $1000 higher in 2014.
Yep. Same with my March Spring break. Later summer cruises went up even more!

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THESE PRICES ARE UNGODLY!

The same cruise that I booked for 2013 in June is $1000 higher in 2014.
That is exactly what I'm finding for the August 2 Fantasy (Im currently booked, and going on, the 8/3/13 Fantasy).
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THESE PRICES ARE UNGODLY!

The same cruise that I booked for 2013 in June is $1000 higher in 2014.
That being said - I did forget my 10% from booking onboard. Whew. About $50 more than 2013 for the Western. However - sadly, the days of two cabins are gone.
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