Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by minnieandmickey, Jul 29, 2012.
Not trying to be mean, but can it be any less appealing than Ensenada?
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Not taking it as mean, I really had no clue. Ensenada on the other hand, I've head about as not being all that great, so point taken.
Maybe they could do one of those "a few hours in the evening" port stops to fulfill the requirement, but not actually have it as a "port day". Didn't they do that with Victoria, Canada on some of the Alaska cruises this year?
Fanning Island has been mentioned before. I know nothing about it though. I wonder if other cruiselines stop there?
Several cruise lines used to do the round trip Hawaii cruise with a stop in Fanning Island; my parents did one about ten years ago. I don't think any lines do it anymore, but I really don't know why. I think my parents said it took more than one day each way and there wasn't really anything when you got there.
What I would really love to see is one way cruises between Vancouver and Hawaii. Ten days would give you five sea days and five days for the islands. It would be totally legal and Vancouver is an extremely safe and appealing destination in its own right. (And the fact that I live nearby may influence me just a wee bit!) Right now RCCL does some 10-12 day cruises like this on the way to/from Alaska, but I think this could be extended further into spring or fall, or even all summer as an alternative to the same old Alaska itineraries.
Any line doing this would make my day, but if it were Disney?
A cruise that has to stop in Fanning Island would be longer than 7 nights. Only NCL's Pride of America does 7-nght cruises from Hawaii, as it is a US-flagged ship.
DCL had ports booked in Hawaii for what I thought would be two 10-night one-way cruises at the end of the Alaska season in Sept. 2013. For whatever reason, they scrapped those plans and instead hurried to get to Galveston.
Yes, RCI has 2 ships that do one-way repositioning cruises between Vancouver and Hawaii in the spring and fall - on their way to and from Australia.
I looked up Fanning Island. Population is about 2000 people. Their economy is based on producing coconut oil and on tourism. NCL cruises used to frequent there but stopped when they got the Pride of America US flagged. Now their economy is suffering because cruises ships hardly go there anymore. It's a small island and it looked like there would be light shopping and beach activities available. Not a ton to do it seems. There might be other things to do on the island but I didn't investigate further.
Edited: I just read they have no electricity or running water and no restaurants. Probably not a great port stop for people looking for more than just a tropical island to see.
Is the Wonder still on those Hawaiian port schedules? I think someone posted recently that it still was. It makes me wonder.....what if Disney is still holding those spots with the possibility of switching the Wonder to a Hawaii cruise in fall 2013 if the Galveston cruises don't sell well? They've already been messing around with the Galveston itineraries for spring 2013 and the prices for fall 2013 out of Galveston are much lower than their other itineraries, which indicates they aren't selling too well. And we all know what happened after the Mexico cruises didn't sell well for the fall of 2012! Maybe the delay in the 2014 release is because they're planning an overhaul of the fall 2013 itineraries first.
The Wonder was still on the Kahului, Maui port schedule when I checked last week. The Wonder is scheduled for the EB PC at that time, during those dates, though.
DCL would SO shoot themselves in the foot if they made such a drastic change as that! DCL needs to learn that if a cruise doesn't sell well - DROP THE PRiCE to fill the ship - rather than screw around with the itinerary!
You got that one right! It seems to be a very bad trend that DCL has settled into -- screwing with already booked customer's itineraries to satisfy their need to fill the ship. I honestly don't know any other cruise line that changes their itineraries as much as DCL seems to these past two years. So once you book, you really aren't sure what you're actually going to get by the time your cruise comes around
That reminds me of Costa Maya. I can't remember if they have electircity. We got off... we shopped at the cruise ship half circle of stores, watched some dancers and back to the ship. In Ensenada in October we just went to the little store at the foot of the gangway. It felt safe and we didn't see the Mexican Army with their big guns.
They have electricity, running water and restaurants in Costa Maya. Since you got off the ship and walked around the port you would have seen that, even in the small port area.
Someone I know just came back from the Fantasy... The cruise desk 'knows' the date but all they could say was 'Before February'.
Looks like we need to wait a couple of months...
...tomorrow is before February...just trying to be glass-half-full
I stand corrected. I had read that the cruises that stopped in Fanning Island were longer due to the length of time it took to travel to and from Hawaii.
Do any cruise lines still do the round trip out of Honolulu and include Fanning Island?
I was curious about this and went on a site where you can search by port stop and Fanning Island wasn't listed as one of the options for any line.
Other than NCL's Pride of America - the only Hawaii cruises I saw when checking a travel agency web site were repositioning cruises and roundtrips from California.
Thanks. Tried NCL Hawaii once -- just the thought of doing another cruise with them makes me shudder.
Our TA just made us a spectacular offer with RCCL for 2014, so we'll probably skip DCL.
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