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Old 07-17-2013, 11:28 PM   #16
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Maybe Disney needs to do a South America cruise around the cape to get the ship back to the west coast. Would be an exciting itinerary.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:32 AM   #17
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We did the Pride of America inter island cruise in April and it was spectacular! I know it isn't DCL and it really isn't much of a 'cruise' as you spend about 100 hours docked during the week but it is a great way to see / spend time on a few islands without having to fly between them. The sailing highlights are the nighttime repositioning from one side of the big island to the other (Hilo to Kona) when you go about 1/2 mile from glowing lava spilling into the ocean and the last afternoon sailing right up along the Napali coast - I will never forget it.

Granted, if you are looking for the longer (2 week) cruise experience, spending 4-5 days at sea going each way, then wait for DCL to go back or take another line out of LA or Vancouver.

Another advantage POA has is it goes out every week of the year, very convenient for scheduling. We flew out 3 days early and explored Oahu then got 2 days each on Maui, big island (Hawaii) and Kauai during the 'cruise'
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:38 PM   #18
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My dad (73) wants to go to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor. I want to do Aulani. HE won't fly and THINKS he will get seasick. I just got back from a cruise on the Dream and I don't think he will. IF Disney will do a Hawaii cruise again, I just might be able to talk him into going. I am hoping they will do one next year or 2015!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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My dad (73) wants to go to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor. I want to do Aulani. HE won't fly and THINKS he will get seasick. I just got back from a cruise on the Dream and I don't think he will. IF Disney will do a Hawaii cruise again, I just might be able to talk him into going. I am hoping they will do one next year or 2015!!
Hawaii isn't on the 2014 schedule. Here's hoping for 2015. We've done Hawaii on the old American Hawaii independence, NCL pride of Aloha, and DCL. Disney had the best service and entertainment but they didn't do the night time lava viewing or the Napaali coast and I hope they'll do those next time.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #20
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we just got off the wonder on july 22nd from Alaska. we talked with our head server, and he said they are not doing Hawaii again. Disney said it wasn't profitable, and some people didn't wanna pay the prices they were charging, cause it was cheaper to fly. so I don't think Hawaii is gonna be on the list for 2015 either. they also have less passengers on the cruise, cause they have to use rooms for storage, which explains the high price of the cruise
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:51 PM   #21
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I'm totally gonna do it if they have one. Then I'll send the boys to school the day we dock here haha.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #22
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we just got off the wonder on july 22nd from Alaska. we talked with our head server, and he said they are not doing Hawaii again. Disney said it wasn't profitable, and some people didn't wanna pay the prices they were charging, cause it was cheaper to fly. so I don't think Hawaii is gonna be on the list for 2015 either. they also have less passengers on the cruise, cause they have to use rooms for storage, which explains the high price of the cruise
I've learned a long time ago, crew rumors are just that, rumors. I think DCL made plenty of money on those two cruises compared to what they would pull in during that time, considering they were non-summer/non-holiday weeks. (I know I spent quite a bit more than we usually do on just about everything - merchandise, drinks, excursions.) It may not have been as profitable for the serving teams because the # of people was down but that doesn't mean DCL fared the same way. (I know one of the servers didn't think the Europe itineraries were a hit after the first year either because their tips were way down. But they see things from a different perspective.) I don't think they are going to be putting Hawaii on the schedule every year. But I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple of cruises on the 2015 schedule.
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I've learned a long time ago, crew rumors are just that, rumors. I think DCL made plenty of money on those two cruises compared to what they would pull in during that time, considering they were non-summer/non-holiday weeks. (I know I spent quite a bit more than we usually do on just about everything - merchandise, drinks, excursions.) It may not have been as profitable for the serving teams because the # of people was down but that doesn't mean DCL fared the same way. I don't think they are going to be putting Hawaii on the schedule every year. But I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple of cruises on the 2015 schedule.
Definitely not profitable for our serving team. Our rotation only had early dining. No late seating means that they only got the tips from one dinner service.
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I've learned a long time ago, crew rumors are just that, rumors. I think DCL made plenty of money on those two cruises compared to what they would pull in during that time, considering they were non-summer/non-holiday weeks. (I know I spent quite a bit more than we usually do on just about everything - merchandise, drinks, excursions.) It may not have been as profitable for the serving teams because the # of people was down but that doesn't mean DCL fared the same way. (I know one of the servers didn't think the Europe itineraries were a hit after the first year either because their tips were way down. But they see things from a different perspective.) I don't think they are going to be putting Hawaii on the schedule every year. But I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple of cruises on the 2015 schedule.
Or even one cruise. The first Hawaiian cruise was sold out almost immediately, but had problems when they added the 2nd cruise just 6 mos later.
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I didn't say these were crew rumors, dcl said that the cruises themselves weren't profitable, do to the high cost of going there, and remember Hawaii has high taxes for visitors. so as of right now there wont be any for 2014 and 2015 dates.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:55 AM   #26
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I think they may go again. I was on the first one and it was incredible. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would not think twice. To say they will not do it in 2015 is a bold statement and when DCL puts out the cruises for 2015 then we will know. Until then I say anything is possible as they always want to mix it up a bit if they can.

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Old 07-24-2013, 01:17 PM   #27
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And for 2015 when the Alaska cruises are going they are going to be on the magic not the wonder. Wonder is going east coast and still has its dry dock coming
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And for 2015 when the Alaska cruises are going they are going to be on the magic not the wonder. Wonder is going east coast and still has its dry dock coming
I find this highly unlikely. The Magic (after her dry dock) will be too long to fit through the Panama Canal locks. Until the new locks are finished (which is not known at this time), the Magic won't be able to cross to the west coast.

Plus the Wonder has already been refitted for her Alaska cruises (with the enclosing of the Outlook Café). The Magic doesn't have this.

Speculation currently is that the Wonder's dry dock won't happen until the new locks are done. Any certificates that need to be renewed will be done so during either a quick regular dry dock (not getting the changes the Magic is getting) or an in water inspection.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #29
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I was on the first April 2012 Hawaiian sailing and it was FANTASTIC! I do think DCL will offer this again but as to when...that is the question to ponder. The ship was very full and definitely full of the most excitement since this was a first for all of us. I will say though it was one of the roughest sailings from a sea sickness perspective. We found out the Pacific appears to be calm but very well known for the swells underneath. The first few days more than half the ship was feeling and looking rather "green". The dining rooms were rather empty but for those of us unaffected...it was wonderful.

I enjoyed a full day at Aulani the day we were in port and even booked a DVC studio room for the day and found that to be an excellent decision. I was able to have use of the room which was great but was also able to get all of our laundry caught up and done for the second half of the cruise!!!

I hope they offer this again because I would do it again and secretly hope at some point they offer a South Pacific cruise!!!
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I don't know. We were on the first Hawaii cruise. Seemed pretty full to me.
The staterooms were apparently at or close to capacity, but most guests were singles or couples or adult friends traveling together. There were not a lot of families with children compared to most DCL cruises. So the staterooms were full but the ship was not at its total capacity. There were only about 250 children aboard.

The ship was not very full...there were empty tables all over the dining room on late seating.
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