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Old 07-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Will they cancel a bad selling cruise

I had a look on Cruise fish dot net and it looks like (if I am reading the website correctly) that there are still 62% of the rooms left unsold for my 7 day Alaska cruise leaving on Sept 2nd. The crusie is only 40 days away.

Would they cancel it if they don't sell many more rooms? Do they have to have a certian capacity to sail?
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I had a look on Cruise fish dot net and it looks like (if I am reading the website correctly) that there are still 62% of the rooms left unsold for my 7 day Alaska cruise leaving on Sept 2nd. The crusie is only 40 days away.

Would they cancel it if they don't sell many more rooms? Do they have to have a certian capacity to sail?
that 62% shows how many types of rooms are left, not actually the number of rooms.

no, they will not cancel a cruise for that reason.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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I had a look on Cruise fish dot net and it looks like (if I am reading the website correctly) that there are still 62% of the rooms left unsold for my 7 day Alaska cruise leaving on Sept 2nd. The crusie is only 40 days away.

Would they cancel it if they don't sell many more rooms? Do they have to have a certian capacity to sail?
As noted that site shows the percentage of CATEGORIES available not rooms. If at least one room is still available in a category, it will show as 100% available.

No, they won't cancel a cruise. They will offer *GT rates, if necessary to fill the rooms. Most DCL cruises go out full (or close to it).
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They may offer reduced pricing for military, Florida residents, CM's or *GT rates but they will not cancel a cruise due to low bookings. I think it would have to be an almost empty cruise for them to even consider cancelling for that reason which is unlikely.

They have changed around itineraries from time to time (especially the Galveston ones that were not selling well) but overall, no, they won't cancel a cruise due to low bookings.

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Can you change your room like WDW resorts if you see a lower rate?
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We were on the last Alaska cruise last year (I think it was Sep 7th?). The crew told us it was only about half full and it was amazing! Being the last cruise of the season, all the Alaska specific merchandise was on sale - both on the ship and in most of the towns. You'll have a great time!
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Can you change your room like WDW resorts if you see a lower rate?
If it is before the PIF date, you can make any changes you'd like without penalty. After the PIF date, likely the only "lower" rates you'll see are the highly restricted *GT rates. If it's good enough to incur penalty, you are welcome to cancel (with penalty) and re-book the lower rate.

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Old 07-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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How can I tell how full my cruise is???

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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We were booked for this cruise but had to rebook Oh well we are rebooked for another cruise next fall.
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There's no definitive way to tell. You can see how many categories are still available through the DCL website. Or Cruisefish will give a percentage of the categories still available - but even if just 1 stateroom for each category is open that will show 100%. So still not terribly accurate.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #11
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This close out, no way it gets cancelled.

They have cancelled entire itineraries that weren't selling in the past--most notably the Mexican Riviera--but Alaska has done pretty well.
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I had a look on Cruise fish dot net and it looks like (if I am reading the website correctly) that there are still 62% of the rooms left unsold for my 7 day Alaska cruise leaving on Sept 2nd. The crusie is only 40 days away.

Would they cancel it if they don't sell many more rooms? Do they have to have a certian capacity to sail?
A cruise line will never cancel a cruise. I was told they will give the rooms away for free before canceling because once they get you on board, you will spend money on drinnks, excursions, casinos etc.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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They expect that cruise to have low numbers due to school starting for most traditional calendars, as well as the year round schools still being in session for one of their terms.

That said, DCL has recently cancelled a cruise due to it being chartered, changed the itineraries, cancelled a group of cruises that were not selling well and moved the ship to a different port, revised itineraries and cruise lengths when they were not selling well twice for the same timeframe [in Galveston]. So basically, DCL can do whatever it wants.
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I thought you said bad smelling cruise!
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #15
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Last time I was on a poorly selling cruise, Disney decided to pull out their "kids sail free" trick. That cruise was wall to wall kids. You could not see the bottom of the mickey pool there were so many kids.

Luckily, I hang out at the adult pool, which was still quiet.

The other time I was on a so called poorly selling cruise was when they dropped the price for DVC members and we decided to go on an unplanned cruise.



The lesson are
Empty to full is only a DCL promotion apart.
The only point where the percent sold means something to you, is when booking something and boarding.
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