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Old 03-12-2014, 04:52 PM   #1576
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Am confused

Are u saying if I book on board I get the 10 percent of any cruise and doesn't exclude any then ?
I think folks are speculating about which dates will be blacked out just based on cruise popularity. Nobody will know blackout dates till DCL releases itineraries and pricing in the next few weeks. However, even if the date you choose is blacked out, you should still get the onboard credit that DCL offers for rebooking onboard - but not the 10% discount.

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Old 03-12-2014, 07:08 PM   #1577
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I think the cat. 12 GTY fares were offered after people were in the penalty phase, as I recall quite a few people paying the penalty and still coming out thousands of dollars ahead. However, I don't think the cat. 12 GTY fares were offered on all 4 Baltic cruises.
Right, only the first two sailings.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:33 PM   #1578
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DCL has never done a Norway cruise, and their 2010 Baltic cruises didn't sail full. As I recall - DCL added onboard credit of ~ $300 per person to those who had booked a 2010 Baltic cruise to keep them from "jumping ship" - but that was added after the cruises were initially booked.
And kids sail free
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:44 PM   #1579
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I agree as well. We went to the Baltics & St Petersburg on RCI in 2010, the same season as the Magic. The DCL price was 3x the RCI price (2A, OV cabin).

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In glad to see you post that, Woody. Just last week after NCL came out with Kids Sail Free we decide to do the 9-nt Star prior to DCL WBTA. Copenhagen, St Petersberg, etc. Will do our volunteer mission work in Scotland now versus Prague before that cruise, so we can return to Prague/Vienna when the kiddos are a little older. The port intensive cruises on other lines at a much cheaper rate that fit our budget to do two back to back are hard to turn down.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:03 PM   #1580
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In glad to see you post that, Woody. Just last week after NCL came out with Kids Sail Free we decide to do the 9-nt Star prior to DCL WBTA. Copenhagen, St Petersberg, etc. Will do our volunteer mission work in Scotland now versus Prague before that cruise, so we can return to Prague/Vienna when the kiddos are a little older. The port intensive cruises on other lines at a much cheaper rate that fit our budget to do two back to back are hard to turn down.
Sounds like an excellent plan.

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Old 03-12-2014, 08:50 PM   #1581
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In glad to see you post that, Woody. Just last week after NCL came out with Kids Sail Free we decide to do the 9-nt Star prior to DCL WBTA. Copenhagen, St Petersberg, etc. Will do our volunteer mission work in Scotland now versus Prague before that cruise, so we can return to Prague/Vienna when the kiddos are a little older. The port intensive cruises on other lines at a much cheaper rate that fit our budget to do two back to back are hard to turn down.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #1582
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I'm sorry to ask an off topic question, but there is great info to be had by many of you re: European cruises on other lines! Our original plan was to finally go to Oktoberfest in Munich in 2015, and while waiting for DCL to release their info I'm looking more seriously into it. What would you recommend later on after DCL is gone..? Are Greece and Italy pretty much it for mid september-october? If so, whom would you recommend for those?

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Old 03-13-2014, 03:41 PM   #1583
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7 night Eastern on Fantasy

I've never been in a situation where we've had to wait for itineraries to be released before. So this waiting game is all new to me - and I'm not a fan!

I am hoping to do a 7 night Eastern on Fantasy next summer either right after Memorial Day or the first week of June. I've been looking at prices for THIS summer's 7 nights, but after reading through this chain, it seems like the prices might be slightly better if we book early. Am I reading that correctly?

If the prices are better on the first day, how long do they stay low before they start going up? I kind of hate that we are in the first day mix with all the special itineraries, but guess there's not much I can do about that!

I should also ask... is there a chance there won't be 7 night Eastern cruises at all next summer? (No laughing... trying to avoid a big disappointment!)
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I've never been in a situation where we've had to wait for itineraries to be released before. So this waiting game is all new to me - and I'm not a fan!

I am hoping to do a 7 night Eastern on Fantasy next summer either right after Memorial Day or the first week of June. I've been looking at prices for THIS summer's 7 nights, but after reading through this chain, it seems like the prices might be slightly better if we book early. Am I reading that correctly?

If the prices are better on the first day, how long do they stay low before they start going up? I kind of hate that we are in the first day mix with all the special itineraries, but guess there's not much I can do about that!

I should also ask... is there a chance there won't be 7 night Eastern cruises at all next summer? (No laughing... trying to avoid a big disappointment!)
There will be seven night Easterns in 2015

Port bookings show it.


At some point Tortola will also be an option of a port.

Price going up is demand so you can't tell, high demand on the cruise and Category you want the price may go up.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #1585
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If the prices are better on the first day, how long do they stay low before they start going up? I kind of hate that we are in the first day mix with all the special itineraries, but guess there's not much I can do about that!
great question, I was wondering that too.
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great question, I was wondering that too.
You cannot tell, an off peak low demand cruise will not go up.

But if the demand on your cruise or category is high the price may go up.

To many variables to consider to give any direct answer.


I have seen in the past the Panama Canal cruises going up on the day, but with four ships the prices in the first week seem more stable.
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I've never been in a situation where we've had to wait for itineraries to be released before. So this waiting game is all new to me - and I'm not a fan!

I am hoping to do a 7 night Eastern on Fantasy next summer either right after Memorial Day or the first week of June. I've been looking at prices for THIS summer's 7 nights, but after reading through this chain, it seems like the prices might be slightly better if we book early. Am I reading that correctly?

If the prices are better on the first day, how long do they stay low before they start going up? I kind of hate that we are in the first day mix with all the special itineraries, but guess there's not much I can do about that!

I should also ask... is there a chance there won't be 7 night Eastern cruises at all next summer? (No laughing... trying to avoid a big disappointment!)
The general rule of thumb is booking early (day 1) is best. It is a very rare occasion that prices go down.

Prices typically go up gradually and they vary from sailing to sailing. Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/New Years are the most popular sailings so there is high demand and quicker than normal prices increase.

It really is all about supply and demand. When we booked the August 2008 Magic Repo back to Port Canaveral from L.A. through the Panama Canal the demand was so great the price was increasing almost hourly.
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If platinum and gold are able to book before anyone else, where do we see the prices and itineraries if they aren't on the website?

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Old 03-13-2014, 04:24 PM   #1589
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If platinum and gold are able to book before anyone else, where do we see the prices and itineraries if they aren't on the website?

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The itineraries are usually on the website. The prices people come back here and post. See the stickies at the top of the forum.
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If platinum and gold are able to book before anyone else, where do we see the prices and itineraries if they aren't on the website?

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That platinum and gold perk typically only applies to special itineraries like if DCL is going to a port they have not been to before. It doesn't apply to every sailing.
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