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Old 02-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #16
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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Yes. I have. But I need a two bedroom suite OR two connecting rooms. So I can't wait for a port upgrade. Wish I could but I am the sucker who always pays full price. Has to be one off us, right?
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:14 PM   #18
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I am the sucker who always pays full price. Has to be one off us, right?
That make two of us! ;-)
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:31 PM   #19
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #21
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Four of us! Lol! Made the mistake once........now MUST...DO....CONCIERGE......(my poor husband, lol)
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It is all about Disney's grand plan to assimilate you into its world. By having you upgrade at the port, you are much more apt to pay full freight next time around. For example, on our first stay at the Grand Floridian, we were upgraded to a concierge building for no cost whatsoever. Well, next time we went to Disney, my wife said we HAD TO stay in a concierge room if we stayed at the Grand Floridian. Thanks, Disney. Please take even more of my money. Disney cruises are based on the same thought. If you get a concierge cabin for a nominal port upgrade charge, you might be more tempted to book one on the front end next time. At least that is what I think is going on. Although, I admit frustration must set in if you do pay a full fare and then discover multiple people were able to upgrade for that same nominal charge.

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Glad I am not the only one!!
Same here. The unknown stresses me out, and wanting an upgrade, having to travel to the port wanting an upgrade, waiting in line to find out, and not knowing if the upgrade is available while waiting would make me a nervous wreck. Paying full price (ouch!) to get the category we want is much easier on my nerves.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:06 AM   #25
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Add me to the list of always paying in full for concierge.

On a side note I would like too see Disney move to a system that many airlines are moving too. Not all booking classes are available for upgrade , if any at all. Meaning if you booked one of the cheapest categories thats what you get. Offering upgrades for pennies on the dollar on the day of departure lessens the concierge product. If people know there's a chance of an upgrade they will be content with their lower booking class and taking a chance at port. If there is no chance at all for an upgrade , then those passengers will buy the full fare.
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with only one previous DCL cruise many years ago

I am extremely curious as to the benefits of concierge. Can any of you seasoned cruisers enlighten me?
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After our upgrade to concierge, we thought about how much Disney made our upgrade+ the next passenger going up to our old 4A room + anyone coming behind them, etc. Upgrades are nice moneymakers for the same amount of passengers.
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This is our first cruise and we went full concierge. We are certainly not wealthy, lol, so had to save for a long time for it. We paid full price for 2 reasons.

#1 My husband doesn't like crowded beaches so a cabana is a must. It's just one of his things where as I wouldn't be as bothered. We live in Fl and he never goes to the beach. So just once, I want him to enjoy it. So we need that 120 day mark so we don't lose out.

#2 I have a 7 year old and twin 19 year olds, so we need the space. It wasn't a huge leap from 2 separate rooms.


My plan is next time, just going without the twins (unless they come back from college and are buying, lol) so will get a last minute fl resident iffy fret and go cheap. But knowing my husband, he'll be set on concierge, lol

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I am extremely curious as to the benefits of concierge. Can any of you seasoned cruisers enlighten me?
For us, I guess the number one reason is the space. Although only 3 of us, we like to spread out and feel at home. We like the little pixie dust difference of the concierge staff getting to know us personally, and going that extra step to make our vacation magical. The 120 day booking window is wonderful, and we usually don't rely on concierge to do our bookings for us, but it's nice to know that they are there to help if needed. Ordering full breakfast in the suite is fabulous - eating it at the table in the suite and then taking our coffee out to the verandah to watch the waves is indescribable. Love the new concierge spaces on the Dream and Fantasy. The concierge lounge is wonderful, and there is always a staff member in the lounge to greet you and check on how things are going.

Probably not things that a lot of people would feel are "worth it" - for the extra $$, but if we're going to spend that kind of money on a cruise vacation anyway, we'll save up and make it a vacation like no other.

We made the "mistake" of cruising in a 1-bd suite on our very first cruise, and now anything else would feel substandard, I'm afraid. Let that be a cautionary tale to all of you who are considering concierge for the first time!
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