Is it worth it to buy a small Developer Contract for Member Cruise?

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by icydog, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. ELMC

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    From reading the posts in this thread I'm thinking that I'm supposed to be upset by this decision. Problem is, I'm not and I can't think of why I would be. I bought my resale DVC to stay at the DVC resorts (specifically BWV where I bought) and as long as they're not restricting my access there, I'm ok. But I will say that I do feel badly for others who were taken aback by this delineation between direct and resale owners for the purposes of the Member's cruise. But I think that this serves as a good reminder...buy DVC to stay at the DVC resorts (specifically your home resort) and you most likely won't be disappointed.
     
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  3. jimim

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    Second. Resale people can't member cruise.

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  4. jimim

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    I'm not disappointed. If I really want to do the member cruise I will buy a small direct contract. I deff don't regret buying resale. The 18 grand in my pocket says thanks too.

    I do think its kinda rude though like dean said above and like u have said in this thread.

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  5. Cheltenham

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    I never paid much attention to the member cruise - except to notice they seemed to get some fairly nice cruise gifts. I didn't realize (direct buyers and those grandfathered in at least) could pay for the cruise in cash rather than points. Is the DVC member cruise cash price much more than the regular cruise price? I take it you are paying the extra money for the special "gift" and some exclusive presentations.
     
  6. bakerworld

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    Seems from reading trip reports that you cruise with Iger and peers - not sure that does anything for me but I do like the idea of knowing that all your fellow passengers are fellow DVCer's - think that would be pretty cool. When at the parks I look around and wonder who owns.
     
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  8. friends with mickey

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    Each qualified member can book 2 staterooms on the member cruise so if you indeed have friends going and they did not book 2 staterooms you could go as their second stateroom. The cash payment is due upon booking so you would need to work out payment arrangements with the member booking the stateroom you would be using. The rule does not say a resale points owner cannot go on a member cruise, only that you can't make the reservation. FYI the next member cruise still has staterooms available.
     
  9. twoj

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    I have read through this thread but I am still confused. Can you buy 25 points direct (after purchasing a resale) and then be qualified to make a reservation on a member cruise?

    For anyone who has gone on a member cruise, are they just as fun for little kids?
     
  10. Dean

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    My understanding of the current situation is that if you did add on 25 points direct you would be eligible to reserve a DCL member cruise on cash but not points because you could only use the 25 points retail toward the cruise. I haven't been on a member cruise so I couldn't speak to the specifics that are different than a normal cruise.
     
  11. jimim

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    Oh that's good to know. So a non member can take part in all the talks they have with guests and such? I wouldn't have thought so. I will have to keep that in the back of my head. Thanks

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  12. icydog

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    I've been on two member cruises and liked them both. Everyone on the member cruise is so psyched its contagious. The member cruises have by far the fewest kids on board leaving the counsellors more available for your kids. The clubs are full of people having fun and the median age of the adults is older. Plus getting gifts every night is sure fun.


    That's a funny way to put it but in essence you're correct. A non member has access to the member cruise as a guest of a member and the actual dues paying member, who bought resale post 2011, has not. Even with a fistful of cash a non developer member has to watch the cruise pull away from the pier carrying the cool kids out to sea... Is this not a Disney version of Mean Girls?
     
  13. Dean

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    I guess we should start a buddy system so those that want to go can pair up with others who are going.
     
  14. bobbiwoz

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    I wonder if it has been done?
     

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