Hawaiian Cruise?

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  1. Ready to go

    Ready to go Mouseketeer

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    Twopeasonepod, I envy you your back yard and your Macadamia nut kisses!!! You probably don't have to vacation often LOL!!!!:rotfl2:
     
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  3. clten

    clten DIS Veteran

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    I've learned a long time ago, crew rumors are just that, rumors. I think DCL made plenty of money on those two cruises compared to what they would pull in during that time, considering they were non-summer/non-holiday weeks. (I know I spent quite a bit more than we usually do on just about everything - merchandise, drinks, excursions.) It may not have been as profitable for the serving teams because the # of people was down but that doesn't mean DCL fared the same way. (I know one of the servers didn't think the Europe itineraries were a hit after the first year either because their tips were way down. But they see things from a different perspective.) I don't think they are going to be putting Hawaii on the schedule every year. But I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple of cruises on the 2015 schedule.
     
  4. PrincessShmoo

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    Definitely not profitable for our serving team. Our rotation only had early dining. No late seating means that they only got the tips from one dinner service.
     
  5. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    Or even one cruise. The first Hawaiian cruise was sold out almost immediately, but had problems when they added the 2nd cruise just 6 mos later.
     
  6. Ljbadfan

    Ljbadfan disney fan

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    I didn't say these were crew rumors, dcl said that the cruises themselves weren't profitable, do to the high cost of going there, and remember Hawaii has high taxes for visitors. so as of right now there wont be any for 2014 and 2015 dates.
     
  7. aan1701

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    I think they may go again. I was on the first one and it was incredible. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would not think twice. To say they will not do it in 2015 is a bold statement and when DCL puts out the cruises for 2015 then we will know. Until then I say anything is possible as they always want to mix it up a bit if they can.

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  8. Ljbadfan

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    And for 2015 when the Alaska cruises are going they are going to be on the magic not the wonder. Wonder is going east coast and still has its dry dock coming
     
  9. PrincessShmoo

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    I find this highly unlikely. The Magic (after her dry dock) will be too long to fit through the Panama Canal locks. Until the new locks are finished (which is not known at this time), the Magic won't be able to cross to the west coast.

    Plus the Wonder has already been refitted for her Alaska cruises (with the enclosing of the Outlook Café). The Magic doesn't have this.

    Speculation currently is that the Wonder's dry dock won't happen until the new locks are done. Any certificates that need to be renewed will be done so during either a quick regular dry dock (not getting the changes the Magic is getting) or an in water inspection.
     
  10. lah3hh

    lah3hh DIS Veteran

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    I was on the first April 2012 Hawaiian sailing and it was FANTASTIC! I do think DCL will offer this again but as to when...that is the question to ponder. The ship was very full and definitely full of the most excitement since this was a first for all of us. I will say though it was one of the roughest sailings from a sea sickness perspective. We found out the Pacific appears to be calm but very well known for the swells underneath. The first few days more than half the ship was feeling and looking rather "green". The dining rooms were rather empty but for those of us unaffected...it was wonderful.

    I enjoyed a full day at Aulani the day we were in port and even booked a DVC studio room for the day and found that to be an excellent decision. I was able to have use of the room which was great but was also able to get all of our laundry caught up and done for the second half of the cruise!!!

    I hope they offer this again because I would do it again and secretly hope at some point they offer a South Pacific cruise!!!
     
  11. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    The staterooms were apparently at or close to capacity, but most guests were singles or couples or adult friends traveling together. There were not a lot of families with children compared to most DCL cruises. So the staterooms were full but the ship was not at its total capacity. There were only about 250 children aboard.

    The ship was not very full...there were empty tables all over the dining room on late seating.
     
  12. fredandkell

    fredandkell Earning My Ears

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    I'll be the party pooper and say that the Hawaiian cruise (admittedly not on Disney) we took a few years ago has been my least favorite cruise (I've taken 6). It was neat getting to see all the major islands, but I never felt like I could relax on a beach...it was all go, go, go. I personally feel plopping at a posh resort is the best way to do Hawaii rather than cruising.
     
  13. PrincessShmoo

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    Ah, but that's the magic of DCL. A DCL Hawaii cruise isn't like any other cruiseline Hawaii cruise. :goodvibes
     
  14. FJS961

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    Thats a real shame because our Hawaii cruise on NCL was the best overall vacation we have ever taken - NOT because of the ship but because we executed a fantastic itinerary balancing killer private excursions, luau on maui, helicopter tour, seeing active volcano spilling lava into the ocean, and programming in some relaxing beach time on some of the best beaches I've ever seen. We even loaded in an entire day of relaxation at the Hilton Waikaloa resort village on our Kona day.

    My best SHIP experience to date was being on the Fantasy for a week last year.
     
  15. rhinodadz

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    I haven't sent anything suggesting that the Magic will be lengthened during the upcoming dry dock. Unlikely that could be accomplished in only 6 weeks. So she should still be able to transit the canal.

    The new locks are tentatively scheduled to open in mid 2015.
     
  16. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    The new locks -- Panamax -- are so far behind it's a joke. Realistically the locks might not open til 2017.

    quoting from http://disneycruiselineblog.com/201...jor-overhaul-for-the-disney-magic-and-wonder/

    The Disney Magic will undergo a 6 week refurbishment at Navantia in Cadiz, Spain from September 7th to around October 10th. The Magic will grow from 964 feet to 984 feet and gain 1,000 gross tons. Then, work will continue during the Westbound Transatlantic sailing, which will sail without passengers for obvious reasons.
     
  17. aan1701

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    Captain Pucket, he used to be a canal pilot, told me on this years WBPC that according to the people who he knows down there, they are approximately 15 months behind the 2015 date. It can all change for the better but doubtful.

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  18. clten

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    Generally, you won't know the ship has been lengthened because it is not an upgrade to public space. As I understand it, the Magic is being fit with a ducktail on the aft. This is a fairly common thing to add to ships these days. I believe it improves fuel economy. So it is something that could be done in six weeks and does make the Magic a post-Panamax ship until the new locks are finished.
     
  19. twopeasonepod

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    Yup, plenty of photos of what it should look like are somewhere on this forum and easily found through a google search.
     
  20. sayhello

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    Care to elaborate on what made a DCL Hawaii cruise better than other cruiselines' Hawaii cruises? :)

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  21. PrincessShmoo

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    Well, it was a bit tongue-in-cheek, as I've not taken any other cruiseline to Hawaii. But, I feel the onboard Disney experience is better than some other cruiselines onboard experiences, meaning the sea days have more "Disneyesque" features. And I'm definitely a Disney person.
     

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