Glad we waited!! Prices not too bad.

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  1. KSDisneyDad

    KSDisneyDad DIS Veteran

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    Was anyone else pleasantly surprised at the prices on the Fantasy?


    A bit of history:
    We booked two years ago on Day 1 with an OB booking discount for the 5-night Disney Wonder on May 30, 2010. It was just over $5,500 for the 5 of us in connecting Cat 8's. Yikes!!!! We ended up cancelling that cruise as we couldn't justify the cost for the # of days. We also decided that we wanted a longer cruise, but unfortunately DCL doesn't offer any 7-nights in the summer of 2011 unless you go to Alaska or Europe.


    Today:

    We booked a 7-night on the Fantasy leaving on 6/2/2012 for the five of us for about $5,600! We have two rooms (Cat 5C and 11B). Compared to the 5-night cruise this past summer, that's only $100 more for 2 extra nights, a new ship and an Eastern itinerary vs the Bahamas! Plus, our OBC is quite a bit more.

    I was really expecting a bigger price difference. On next year's 5/7/2011 7-night Eastern on the Magic, the same Category rooms are just over $6,000. We are $400 less during a time we can go because the kids are truly out of school.

    I also looked at the Oasis of the Seas leaving on an Eastern on the exact same day (6/2/2012). It would cost us $6,700 or $1,100 more for similar rooms (Cat D8 and M) compared to the Fantasy.
     
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  3. nenner1

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    That's great news- just what our Halloween cruise on the Magic cost us this year. We do the same room combinations (well currently a 6 and 11).

    That made me smile, as we were concerned about Fantasy pricing! Thanks! :goodvibes

    ETA: For comparison's sake, we are going on Allure of the Seas (Oasis' newer sister ship) Eastern next year with a D2 and an L 9/18/11 and it only cost us $4600 (5 ppl 2 adults 3 kids)
     
  4. DW2010

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    Congrats. I am really wanting to know prices for 2A, 1C but I have to wait until tomorrow. I really want to go when the price is the cheapest. Unfortunately I have no idea when that is so I told my TA to just hold 4/21.
     
  5. KSDisneyDad

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    I agree. BTW, I noticed that there aren't as many balcony/inside rooms combos on the new ships. If you want that combination, you'll have to book early.
     
  6. wilma-bride

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    Sounds great - if you haven't already, would you mind posting details of your booking on the compiled pricing thread for the Fantasy (sticky at the top of the page) :)
     
  7. KSDisneyDad

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    Since there are 5 of us, one of our rooms had 2A, 1C. It is an 11B, and it was $2,709.91 for the 6/2/2012 Fantasy.
     
  8. KSDisneyDad

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    Thanks for the reminder. I actually did that about an hour ago and I saw that you have them on the first post already.
     
  9. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

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    Thank you - apologies for not realising, all the posts have merged into a blur today :rotfl:
     
  10. KSDisneyDad

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    No problem. You are doing a great job!
     
  11. jilljill

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    KSDisneyDad, thanks for posting what you have found for comparison cruises. It shows that DCL is not always the most expensive cruise out there.


    wilma-bride you're doing a great job with the pricing thread and so are the other 3 posters. :thumbsup2
     
  12. HappyontheLake

    HappyontheLake One cruise down, next one in March 2011

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    How do you do this room combination exactly? There are 6 of us (2A 4C) and we did connecting 4's last time and are doing connecting 4's on the dream in March. I would like to do a spring break cruise 2012 (if it is an Eastern 7 night -- need to look at the calendar and try to predict when it will land, never easy) and this would keep the cost down significantly.
     
  13. nenner1

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    They're not connecting, they are across the hall from each other. :thumbsup2
     
  14. HappyontheLake

    HappyontheLake One cruise down, next one in March 2011

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    Ah -- So, who gets the verandah? Parents or the kids? HeHeHe ... We would probably put the girls in the inside cabin and put our son (who is the oldest) with us.
     
  15. budbeerlady

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    I am excited! The Dream had cruises we could afford and I am looking at a 7 day on Fantasy that would be so fun for summer break. Its nice to not pass out once I price it and think that we could do that...
     
  16. Page4

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    KS, In this comparison is the itinerary the same? There is a lot of info being posted that's too much to absorb. I'm reading that the port times, etc aren't that great on the Fantasy.

    The reason I'm asking is because I'm considering trying RCL to see what it is about but if the DCL prices start coming down to the same level for the same product I might just stick with DCL.

    Not to mention if I can get a FL res disc eventually that would rock.
     
  17. Ginamarie

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    I've been following the prices today and also thought they were relatively reasonable. I'm glad to see that dcl isn't trying to gouge it's customers. I don't expect that dcl cruises will come down to the prices charged by RCCL or Carnival, but I'm willing to pay more to be on a Disney ship as long as it's not outrageous. I expect that the combination of a bad economy and dcl needing to sell so many more cabins in 2012 has resulted in the lower prices, but I'm not complaining. Now I wish they would release info as to what the Wonder and Magic will be doing in summer/fall!
     
  18. DMMarla07860

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    my dad and I got a pretty good price for the Fantasy for Eastern cruise on April 21st, 2012. I thought anyway when I saw it. I mean for being spring. And We still get to keep Dream Cruises we are going on so it's awesome:cool1:
     
  19. mousemom11

    mousemom11 Wild Women Do Disney and They Don't Regret It!

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    I made a comparison chart for myself last night for tomorrow's booking. The prices below are for RCCL's Freedom of the Seas out of Port Canaveral, Eastern itinerary, 7/3/11 (since their 2012 prices aren't out yet, I'm using 2011). 2 people per cabin. Based on what I've seen posted so far about the Fantasy prices, they seem to be pretty comparable to RCCL for about the same time of year.

    Deck 2:
    I - OV Stateroom 183 sq ft 2566.22
    N - Inside 152 sq ft 2306.22
    Total 4872.44

    Deck 7:
    F - Large OV 200 sq ft 2706.22
    N - Inside 152 sq ft 2306.22
    Total 5012.44

    Deck 7:
    D2 - Superior OV w/ver 214 sq 3066.22
    N - Inside 152 sq ft 2306.22
    Total 5372.44
     
  20. DW2010

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    You're awesome!!! This helps so much. I think the price is similar to what April 21st will be.
     
  21. KSDisneyDad

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    I agree. There are some that continue to perpetuate the myth that Disney is 3 times more expensive than other cruise lines. Disney is often more expensive, but it's often less expensive than the new Oasis and Allure ships from Royal Caribbean. This is true in the summer of 2012.

    Oasis Itinerary
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Nassau 7 - 2 pm
    At Sea
    St. Thomas 9-6 pm
    St. Maarten 8-5 pm
    At Sea
    At Sea
    Ft. Lauderdale

    Fantasy Itinerary
    Port Canaveral
    At Sea
    At Sea
    St. Maarten 8 - 6:30
    St. Thomas 7:45 - 4
    At Sea
    Castaway Cay
    Port Canaveral

    The two itineraries are nearly identical except that Disney stops at Castaway Cay and the Oasis stops at Nassau (no brainer to me which is better!!!).

    Fortunately, the St. Maarten and St. Thomas days are swapped. I would hate to be in port the same day as the Oasis.

    Again, the Oasis priced out to over $1,100 more for us to get two similar rooms (a balcony an inside room). And I gave Royal the benefit of the doubt by picking the two lowest priced rooms in each of those categories. I actually couldn't pick the two lowest priced rooms on Disney to make sure our rooms were right across from each other.

    As an FYI - I could have actually booked connecting verandahs on Disney for the same price as a verandah/inside room combo on Royal Caribbean's Oasis on the same week in 2012.

    I realize that we could probably cruise less expensively on RCCL if we went with one of their other ships or itineraries, but this was for the time and itinerary we really wanted and we prefer to try out the new Disney ships.
     

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