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Old 02-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #16
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I totally get how easy DCL makes it but Rome in Limo makes it pretty easy too. They pick you up right at the port and let you know exactly what tickets to buy for when such as "Get tickets for 10am Vatican entrance." or "If you want to climb the tower in Pisa, get 2:30 pm tickets." They offer a variety of preplanned excursions or you can alter to whatever you wish.

I agree it's harder to justify with little ones. Mine are in grades 10 & 7, and love history so they are eager to see so much of what they've learned in school. Soon we'll be up to our necks with cars & college so for us it's now or wait 10 yrs.
Thanks! I think waiting until my son is older will definitely help.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:36 PM   #17
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Btw, I've saved this thread in my cruise email folder. Really great info! Thank you!
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:06 PM   #18
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It was the same situation for our Alaskan cruise. DCL is a newbie there and not the greatest itinerary. We still loved it and back then DCL would give $350/cabin OBC for platinum cruisers. With 2 cabins & what our TA gives it came to $1100 in OBCs. That makes DCL a no brainer.

If the OP hasn't sailed DCL yet or isn't getting onboard booking perks, it may be a harder choice.

Lewis, have you ever sailed DCL? just curious.
I haven't cruised DCL. I first pick the region I want to cruise. I then look at what itinerary is of interest and finally check dates and prices. I don't think DCL even had a ship in the Mediterranean last year. Regardless I was looking for a cruise which included the Greek Islands. I don't think much of the itinerary DCL has for Alaska. I'd wouldn't even think of DCL's current Alaskan cruises.

A PP mentioned how expensive the 12 night DCL Mediterranean cruise costs. I looked. The cost is crazy high. More then twice the price I paid with Princess last summer for a 12 night cruise. More then twice the price DCL seems to be charging for the 7 night Mediterranean cruise.

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You could have rented your points and had the luxury of selecting whatever cruise line and itinerary you liked. Could have even booked Disney, not sure if you would saved money or spent extra renting your points and booking DCL.



Can we keep the "rent your points" chant over on the DVC boards? However, in response to your unsolicited advice, I didn't buy the points to run a business with them.
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I haven't cruised DCL. I first pick the region I want to cruise. I then look at what itinerary is of interest and finally check dates and prices. I don't think DCL even had a ship in the Mediterranean last year. Regardless I was looking for a cruise which included the Greek Islands. I don't think much of the itinerary DCL has for Alaska. I'd wouldn't even think of DCL's current Alaskan cruises.

A PP mentioned how expensive the 12 night DCL Mediterranean cruise costs. I looked. The cost is crazy high. More then twice the price I paid with Princess last summer for a 12 night cruise. More then twice the price DCL seems to be charging for the 7 night Mediterranean cruise.
Well you said yourself they slashed prices to fill the ship. If you have no preference for cruise line and can make plans last minute, that's fine. We can't all do that. We have tried other lines and simply end up wishing we were back on DCL. So now we look to see where DCL is going & whether we can make it happen.
You're right, no DCL ships in the Med last year. The Magic (which usually does the Med cruises) sailed out of NYC last summer. Other lines run the same itinerary in Alaska as DCL. I realize one way cruises there are ideal but since DCL caters to families with kids of all ages, they try to keep it simple. I was happy to sail from Seattle and not have to deal with a long connecting flight from Anchorage. My kids had their 1st day of school the next day.

Unlike other lines, DCL only has 4 ships; it serves a much smaller niche of cruising population. Also unlike other cruise lines which have entertainment, Disney is an entertainment company with cruise ships. Just because the ship experience is secondary, doesn't mean it's not important.
To each his own. Cruise however makes you happy & I will do the same.
How about helping the OP get good airfare to Europe instead of telling us we're stupid to cruise DCL?
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Disney tends to be a very high priced option and doesn't always have the best ports (when you are a small player and come late to the game... for example they have a much worse port for Florence if you actually want to go there, it's not bad for some other places, but they advertise it as Florence)

The only reason we are doing DCL was I used by DVC points.. otherwise it would have been another line!
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Can we keep the "rent your points" chant over on the DVC boards? However, in response to your unsolicited advice, I didn't buy the points to run a business with them.
I rarely even read the DVC boards, let alone post. You indicated DCL is over priced and doesn't always have the best ports.

I'd think someone with that opinion would look for an opportunity to book a cruise on a different cruise line.

I'll admit I have no idea how good (or bad) a deal Disney offers to DVC owners who exchange points for cruises. I recall reading posers who said the deal wasn't very good but that was a few years ago. I was curious if you explored options other then a using your points to book a DCL cruise.

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I rarely even read the DVC boards, let alone post. You indicated DCL is over priced and doesn't always have the best ports.

I'd think someone with that opinion would look for an opportunity to book a cruise on a different cruise line.

I'll admit I have no idea how good (or bad) a deal Disney offers to DVC owners who exchange points for cruises. I recall reading posers who said the deal wasn't very good but that was a few years ago. I was curious if you explored options other then a using your points to book a DCL cruise.

Thank you for your thoughts.
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