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Old 08-02-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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FL discounts- why no W. Coast ones?

I've noticed there are often FL discounts to cruise and I was just wondering who offers those and why? I've heard DCL has a hard time selling the W. Coast cruises and just wondered why there aren't discounts for those folks- surely that would help entice them to book...
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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The only offer Florida Resident rates for cruises originating out of Florida...
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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The only offer Florida Resident rates for cruises originating out of Florida...
Yes but I'm trying to figure out why. Who offers them? DCL? The state of FL? The local tourism board? I'm just wondering why this exists and why it's not offered for people living in California or British Columbia.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:47 AM   #4
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I could be wrong but I do believe I have seen Canadian res rates. i'm sure of it. they have just never worked for me. maybe someone else will jump in here.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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I've seen some discounts for British Columbians for the Alaskan cruises, usually at the beginning and end of the season. They probably aren't advertised at all in the United States.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:26 AM   #6
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Because the point of resident rates is to offer last minute discounts to locals who can easily take advantage (read: don't necessarily have to fly).

They HAVE had Canadian resident rates as recently as this summer. A quick search shows rates were available on June 24th, at 25% off using the code CAN for the September 2nd Alaska sailing. Believe there were some NY resident rates for the cruises originating out of NYC in the past as well. I am unaware if there were ever California resident rates for the cruises out of LA.

It has nothing to do with the tourism board. It's just a last minute marketing effort by Disney Cruise Line.

Having last minute resident rates is not the aim of the cruise line, they are discounted rates that they shouldn't be relying on for their bread and butter. The cruises out of LA didn't sell well because people had increasing concerns about the safety of the ports. Also, Disney didn't do the best job of marketing the fact that they were in the area to locals. I know many who had no idea DCL was there at all. Even "Disney people".
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:36 AM   #7
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in 2005 when DCL first brought the Magic out to LA for Disneyland's 50th anniversary, there were some Florida rates offered to Floridians to help fill the Magic in California, but no California rates :
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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in 2005 when DCL first brought the Magic out to LA for Disneyland's 50th anniversary, there were some Florida rates offered to Floridians to help fill the Magic in California, but no California rates :
How crazy ! No wonder DCL didn't do well here. Poor marketing
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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How crazy ! No wonder DCL didn't do well here. Poor marketing
Yes, I found it very interesting that when I was talking to CMs at Disneyland about our cruises on the Wonder, they had no idea there was a Disney cruise ship in LA. So if even their own employees don't know about it, I would say they had an epic fail in marketing to the West Coast
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #10
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Good question though. If you want to sell cruises last minute, why limit to just Florida residents. Open it up to the world.

There must be a bit more of a reason
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:51 PM   #11
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When DCL was sailing out of Seattle for Alaska cruises, they did have last minute WA resident rates. But, as a previous poster pointed out, these rates are to put bodies on the ship, not to benefit residents. It's basic sales...get people in for cheap and they will spend money! Not to mention that each sailing is a perishable commodity: if people aren't booked once the boat leaves port, DCL never has a chance to increase the number on that sailing again.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:55 PM   #12
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Yes, I found it very interesting that when I was talking to CMs at Disneyland about our cruises on the Wonder, they had no idea there was a Disney cruise ship in LA. So if even their own employees don't know about it, I would say they had an epic fail in marketing to the West Coast
I live here and when the ships were here I never saw an advertisement. Sad.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:25 PM   #13
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I live here and when the ships were here I never saw an advertisement. Sad.
There were billboards in Sacramento when the Wonder was sailing out of CA. But, no discounts
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I would love to see an Alaskan rate on Alaskan cruises- pretty much the only way I'd ever take it! If I'm cruising I want to live in my bathing suit
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Yes but I'm trying to figure out why. Who offers them? DCL? The state of FL? The local tourism board? I'm just wondering why this exists and why it's not offered for people living in California or British Columbia.
There have indeed been discounts for Canadians for Alaska cruises out of Vancouver.
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