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Old 07-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #16
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It also depends on when in the summer you are cruising. We are on the June 8th Alaskan next year in a 5c veranda and for 2A2K we are paying $6600. We did have the 10% off so it was ~$7300 before the discount. I looked at the Fantasy for the same week next year and it was a little more.

If you can sail earlier in the summer to Alaska it helps. Now the airfare is what is going to kill me. We usually drive to Florida from OH.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #17
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I think the other thing to take into account is there are (more or less) three price structures that DCL uses:

Older Ship Non-Refub (Wonder) - Lowest Price
Older Ship Refub'ed (Magic) - Mid Price
New Ship (Dream & Fantasy) - Highest Price

If the Wonder's prices are nearly equal to or even higher then the Magic and/or Fantasy for a 7 night cruise, then they are getting a lot more per room.

For example, this can be seen when you compare 3/4 night cruises. In January 2015 the Wonder is $200-$400 per trip cheaper then the Dream for the identical trip.

The other thing is when there are multiple ships competing for the same route (Wonder and Dream both running the 3/4 night cruises), there is competition for price. When the Wonder is the only one running the Alaska cruises, the prices don't have to be as competitive.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:09 PM   #18
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Just pricing out an Alaskan cruise and I noticed how much more expensive they are than cruises to the Bahamas and Carribean........why?
Have you considered a different cruise line? They're considerably cheaper than Disney. I love the Fantasy and the Dream, but I'm not sure I would want to pay the premium on the Wonder or Magic on a Port intensive cruise. If we stick with DCL for Alaska we will be cruising Aug 31 which is reasonably priced. We got a great deal on SC cruise this Sept. I don't see anything that great about the old ships that would make me pay thousands more than another cruise line.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #19
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National park fees?

Much of the route that Wonder sails is through National Park and National Forest land. I wonder if there aren't some additional fees associated with entering Tracy Arm.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:43 PM   #20
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Have you considered a different cruise line? .
LOL!!! Another cruise line?????!! Ummm.........not in this lifetime! We only do Disney. There is a reason the others are cheaper than Disney......
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If you compare prices of balconies there is a huge difference between Alaska and the Caribbean. Balconies go for a huge premium on all Alaska cruises, not just Disney, because it is a sightseeing cruise. If you are willing to do an inside stateroom then the cost may be similar.
I think JLS got it right. We sail with Oceanview rooms, and our Alaska rate was reasonable compared to EC & WC cruises on DCL. However, I just checked DCL for June 2015 Alaska vs. EC & WC with a verandah. The verandahs are much more expensive for Alaska vs the Carribean. I understand why people are willing to pay more for verandahs on the Alaska cruises.

So, it's not the extra cost of food, port fees, sailing through national parks, etc. It comes down to what the market will bear. Verandahs are higher because people really want them. Inside and Oceanviews are cheaper because those rooms are not in demand.

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LOL!!! Another cruise line?????!! Ummm.........not in this lifetime! We only do Disney. There is a reason the others are cheaper than Disney......
Not according to people that have cruised other lines. If you have only cruised Disney. I don't see how you are qualified to make that statement.
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Not according to people that have cruised other lines. If you have only cruised Disney. I don't see how you are qualified to make that statement.
How am I qualified to make that statement?? Let me see..........oh yeah well my family and I like Disney cruises and we dont want anything else. why ? Because we love all things Disney. Do I need to get a qualification to feel this way? NO. Now, we have tons and I mean tons of family and close friends who have sailed both disney and other cruises and we get the trip reviews from them and from what we have heard.....we wont sail other than disney.
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I will happily compare my DCL experiences with my upcoming HAL cruise. Granted DCL has been Bahamas and HAL will be Alaska, but ship-to-ship I can definitely compare to when I get back.
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I will happily compare my DCL experiences with my upcoming HAL cruise. Granted DCL has been Bahamas and HAL will be Alaska, but ship-to-ship I can definitely compare to when I get back.
We've cruised both HAL and DCL.

If the ship is the destination for the trip, then, IMO, DCL would most likely win. If Alaska is the destination, then HAL does.

HAL has, generally, darker décor and less activities available onboard than DCL. But HAL has better itineraries (longer port times and better ports, including Glacier Bay). Of course, HAL has been doing Alaska for a lot longer than DCL. HAL also still allows smoking on their verandahs. And they have a casino, if that's something you're interested in.

DCL is more modern in their décor, with lots of things to do onboard. As the "new kid on the block" in the Alaska market, they are at the bottom of the totem pole (so to speak) picking their itineraries there.
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We've cruised both HAL and DCL.

If the ship is the destination for the trip, then, IMO, DCL would most likely win. If Alaska is the destination, then HAL does.

HAL has, generally, darker décor and less activities available onboard than DCL. But HAL has better itineraries (longer port times and better ports, including Glacier Bay). Of course, HAL has been doing Alaska for a lot longer than DCL. HAL also still allows smoking on their verandahs. And they have a casino, if that's something you're interested in.

DCL is more modern in their décor, with lots of things to do onboard. As the "new kid on the block" in the Alaska market, they are at the bottom of the totem pole (so to speak) picking their itineraries there.
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How am I qualified to make that statement?? Let me see..........oh yeah well my family and I like Disney cruises and we dont want anything else. why ? Because we love all things Disney. Do I need to get a qualification to feel this way? NO. Now, we have tons and I mean tons of family and close friends who have sailed both disney and other cruises and we get the trip reviews from them and from what we have heard.....we wont sail other than disney.
I have never cruised anything besides Disney. I would never be so bold or ignorant to say it's better than other lines. I mean how would I know. I think it's being very closed minded to say you wont try anything else. Disney doesn't go to very many destinations so I would hate to limit myself to a handful of destinations because of my prejudice. No I don't think you need a qualification to feel how you want, but I don't think your qualified to give someone else advice on what the best cruise line is.
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. . . But HAL has better itineraries (longer port times and better ports, including Glacier Bay).
We loved sailing to Glacier Bay on HAL.

Glacier Bay is a U.S. National Park, which restricts access to just two cruise ships per day.

After having sailed 45 cruises to 6 continents (the 7th continent is booked), Glacier Bay is among my top two scenic cruise experiences.

Yes, I cruise on more than just DCL.

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How am I qualified to make that statement?? Let me see..........oh yeah well my family and I like Disney cruises and we dont want anything else. why ? Because we love all things Disney. Do I need to get a qualification to feel this way? NO. Now, we have tons and I mean tons of family and close friends who have sailed both disney and other cruises and we get the trip reviews from them and from what we have heard.....we wont sail other than disney.
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I find it interesting those who have been to Alaska solely on another cruise line can say it's better than DCL, Our Disney Wonder cruise to Alaska was fantastic. The port times long, only Juneau had a departure before six pm. I flew on a charter to and over Glacier bay, to be honest Tracy Arm was far far better.


Back to the thread as mentioned before Port fees and taxes are added on after the cruise fare so comments that's the reason are incorrect as the cruise fare excludes them.

DCL has been cruising Alaska since 2011 not the new kid on the block and has built up a very good reputation for going the extra mile. I can't see how anyone who has only cruised HAL to Alaska and not been on the Wonder to Alaska can post outright critisum of DCL.
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