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Old 12-20-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Do Disney cruises get cheaper the more you take them?

Just curious if Gold and Platinum members pay less since they are loyal to the company. I need something to aspire too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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nope! There used to be tiered onboard booking credits, but they did away with that.

Actually, for us it's gone up bcs as the kids have gotten older we've started booking 2 cabins just to keep our sanity and we recently booked a 1br concierge cabin for spring break 2014. A far cry from what we paid for our first cruise.....
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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Nope - definitely do not get cheaper!

And I feel like value goes down because I've BTDT with most things...
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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Yeah, that was a shame they did away with the tiered levels. Nothing to aspire to OP, just feed the addiction!
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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The cruise fare does not change. There are some .....slight.... monetary benefits to repeated cruising (onboard discount, onboard shop discount, no charge for dinner at Palo, some gifts that you might otherwise buy), but really Disney doesn't offer any real reward even after you've spent tens of thousands on cruises over the years. They don't need to, so they don't. Too bad, a few relatively inexpensive benefits (free parking, prepaid gratuities, free picture package, KSF always) would really go a long way to make repeat cruisers feel like they are really appreciated. A different color lanyard and early shore excursion bookings hardly seem a reward for loyal (and big spending) customers.

But, in a sense, they don't "owe" us anything. We come back for the fun and the Disney experience, not because we're entitled to handouts.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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Other than doing an onboard booking for the 10% discount, there is no other discount for being a prior cruiser. Seems DCL has eliminated many of the "perks" for reaching the different levels of the Castaway Club.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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We've only been on one cruise, and booked one on board for next year. (Had to move the date once.) It was nice to get 10% off and only have a 10% deposit and get a $200 OBC at the same time. For the same number of nights to the Caribbean, we're pretty much at the same price we paid the first time, but we're getting a verandah instead of an inside stateroom. But there's only two of us.
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The only way I see it getting cheaper for me, is the first time I bought EVERY souvenier I saw. This time I am limiting myself. I had a bunch of reward money from my Disney Visa. It was a 15 day cruise and I had $2200 in my onboard acct. I spent almost all of it.
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There used to be tiered onboard booking credits, but they did away with that.
Sad but true.

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The only way I see it getting cheaper for me, is the first time I bought EVERY souvenier I saw.
I used to do that with the drink of the day....
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:09 PM   #11
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No, sadly they did away with the tiered onboard credit based on on board rebooking and CC level.

The big benefit of Platinum status now is comped Palo dinner.
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Just curious if Gold and Platinum members pay less since they are loyal to the company.
I wish!
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #13
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I thought I saw a few sailings with PSF rates. (platinum sail free)
IIRC these were the 8 nights out of Galveston.
Limited cabins available.
Just pay taxes and port fees.
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I thought I saw a few sailings with PSF rates. (platinum sail free)
IIRC these were the 8 nights out of Galveston.
Limited cabins available.
Just pay taxes and port fees.
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The only way I see it getting cheaper for me, is the first time I bought EVERY souvenier I saw. This time I am limiting myself. I had a bunch of reward money from my Disney Visa. It was a 15 day cruise and I had $2200 in my onboard acct. I spent almost all of it.
This one really is an important factor. Returning cruisers will definitely spend less on board than a first timer would. I remember our first cruise, we were buying drinks every day, photos, stuff from the gift shops, duty free alcohol, expensive excursions etc. Now we don't do all of that. We bring our own alcohol to make drinks, we definitely don't buy the photos or do much in the way of excursions (except Alaska), we will browse the shops but usually don't buy anything. On our last cruise a month ago, we had $150 on board credit to cover gratuities and a few drinks. We ended up only spending $63 dollars above that of our own cash. So in that way, the cruises do become more inexpensive although the actual cruise prices do increase every year.
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