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View Poll Results: Did you book DCL 2014 with the big in price?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #46
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I priced up many cruises, was prepared to just book one and think about it later. But with the price increase, I just couldn't do it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:37 PM   #47
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Honestly we're getting a 7-night eastern on fantasy in May 2014 for about what we had to pay for a 4-night on the dream this past summer. We're actually fairly pleased. Yes, other cruise lines can be much less but the entertainment in DCL is more in line with what we're comfortable with and we're willing to pay for it. We're pretty stoked. Turks and Caicos in 2013 and DCL again in 2014!
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:13 PM   #48
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I'm wondering ... if the major price hike is only for August? I've seen a couple posts (including my own) state that. Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of the kids' school schedule and we enjoy going around our anniversary...So August it is!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:51 PM   #49
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We booked for August, as being a teacher, I can only go July or August, and August is cheaper than July.

We paid $4875.00 for Fantasy Western in August - Cat. 9B (2A, 2C). Granted it was a GTY rate, so a bit cheaper, I think?

On the other hand, once you take out the onboard discount though which not everyone will qualify for, compared to the rate we got in August, the price increase is very substantial. In fact, we booked our August cruise from a few months ago, 18 months in advance with no onboard discount, so in that respect, the exact same 2014 cruise is $1300 more!!!!

We expected a bit for inflation, but subtract the onboard discount, and we thought we would pay around the same or slightly less, so these prices are nuts!

Hoping it comes down in price, as the prices are high! Tiger

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:03 PM   #50
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We're doing a DCL 5 night out of Miami in January. Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Earlier this year we did Magic out of PC to the Bahamas. These are the only cruises in 2014 that are even close to what we're willing to pay. We don't want to sale the same thing again, just yet.

That being the case, we're going back to NCL, most likely. There is a cruise out of Tampa that goes to Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Belize. We could sail it B2B with enough money to spend onboard/excursions for the price of 7 nights on Fantasy. CRAZY! We have sailed both and would be happy on both. If we really want the Disney touch, we can go to the parks and get photos and entertainment.

We want to sail out of FL, so unless something different comes up for the rest of 2014, those are most likely our plans. We're not quite ready for Alaska, but I do hope DCL sails there when we are! We will hold on to our OBB for when we are more able to use it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:09 PM   #51
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I guess I just don't see the increase

I have booked for May 3rd Eastern on the Fantasy. Since the beginning I have taken 5 May cruises and 3 in September. I have not noticed a significant increase in either. Just the normal inflation. I do notice there is not a significant difference in price between inside to oceanview or verandah. I have an 8A for only $80pp more than my friends in a 9D.

I have sailed Royal Caribbean and Celebrity during these monthes too and not had any significant price difference there. I have the May 4th sailing on Fantasy for 2013 (so I guess I am also content to do the same thing year after year). But I did price RCI for the Freedom of the Seas that same week, same islands (exept private ones) only a $180pp price difference for 2. Since I do prefer the Disney rooms & Castaway Cay, I will stick with them.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:43 PM   #52
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I haven't booked yet. I already talked to my daughters teacher next year and explained that the price difference was over 2k Jan vs summer months. That being the case, I explained that she would be missing school. The teacher looked at me like I had two heads at first. "Are you talking about Jan next school year?" LOL! I explained that usually I am better off booking ahead or the prices increase.

I do have a question. I am booked on a Feb 14th cruise this year. Am I better off waiting and booking the Jan 14 cruise while on the cruise or am I better off booking now?
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:46 PM   #53
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Booked a 4 night and a 3 night back to back on the DREAM for Presidents week 2/16/14-2/20/14 and 2/20/14-2/23/14.Used two dummy cruises I had
and paid 6,000 with insurance and transfers.
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I dont think it's that bad for school vacation week,plus that means 2 stops at
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I paid nearly the same for our upcoming presidents week 7 night Western(2/16/13).
Always going to pay a little more for school vacations weeks.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:02 PM   #54
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Freezin - you get the entire week of president's week off of school?
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #55
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I have booked for May 3rd Eastern on the Fantasy. Since the beginning I have taken 5 May cruises and 3 in September. I have not noticed a significant increase in either. Just the normal inflation. I do notice there is not a significant difference in price between inside to oceanview or verandah. I have an 8A for only $80pp more than my friends in a 9D.

I have sailed Royal Caribbean and Celebrity during these monthes too and not had any significant price difference there. I have the May 4th sailing on Fantasy for 2013 (so I guess I am also content to do the same thing year after year). But I did price RCI for the Freedom of the Seas that same week, same islands (exept private ones) only a $180pp price difference for 2. Since I do prefer the Disney rooms & Castaway Cay, I will stick with them.
That's because u are cruising off season. The inflated prices are spring break & summer. You are lucky!

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We paid $4875.00 for Fantasy Western in August - Cat. 9B (2A, 2C). Granted it was a GTY rate, so a bit cheaper, I think?
A GTY isn't a rate; it's just that you don't have a room assigned. The cheaper rates are VGT/OGT/IGT.

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #57
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I did not book, and had no intentions to, unless something really stuck out to me. I would have been interested in seeing one of the ships come back to CA. However, we are planning WDW in the later half of 2014, have been considering a 3 or 4 night cruise to the Bahamas. I, of course, would much prefer the 4 night, but chances are it will be the 3 or none. DBF doesn't want us taking that much time away from work, or kids from school. Our limit is generally 1 week, wherever we go.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:39 PM   #58
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Yes! Aug 2, 2014, Fantasy Western Caribbean.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #59
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A GTY isn't a rate; it's just that you don't have a room assigned. The cheaper rates are VGT/OGT/IGT.

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I thought it was a cheaper rate, so I guess I was mistaken. We actually did get a room assignment right as we booked. Seems to have been some GTY glitch with our booking. Not a bad thing, as we loved the room, and we just booked it again!

That makes it even worse then, as the cruise difference is over $1300.00 between both cruises!!

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Old 12-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #60
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By 2014 I will have done a Western and an Eastern...and given the rigmarole involved in getting on and off the boat and a 3+ hour flight to Florida I don't have much interest in cruises less than seven days. So, undecided. Hopefully they will do something other than sail four ships around the same puddle over and over again. Would consider going back to Alaska in summer if they did that again.
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