New (to me) VGT rates

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  1. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Either I've been missing them or DCL has posted new VGT/OGT/IGT rates for some cruises.

    Check out March MR rates (not available March 11), and July Caribbean (I think these have been around for a while)

    I think I'm happy that DD's spring break isn't available on the special rates...I need to save $ for 2013!:goodvibes
     
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  3. lark

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    July 7, 21, and 28 have had VGT for a week or more, but July 14 was just added, maybe yesterday I think.

    Kind of a bummer -- I was hopping for July 14, but jumped at July 7 a couple of days ago.

    I think they pretty clearly overpriced these cruises and maybe are facing some competition from Oasis/Allure. Maybe the Costa situation added some pricing stress. I don't think having to discount your peak month on your brand new ship outside of the final payment date for those already reserved is an ideal business model or desire. Pretty weird.

    I think to some extent disney is also finding itself in a position where it's competing with itself for summer cruises. It's going to have three vessels in the Bahamas/Caribbean this summer. Plus, Fantasy's ports of call are really nothing to write home about. A five-day cruise on the Dream gets you two Castaway Cay days, which is better than any place Fantasy stops. Asking people to pay $1500 more for a party of two on a similar ship just for two more sea days perhaps is just not working so well.
     
  4. mcmckuf

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    I have to ask (and couldn't find this in the abbreviation guide) what is VGT and how do you find those rates?

    Thanks!
     
  5. kcashner

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    VGT is a special restricted fare. The abbreviation stands for something like Verandah guarantee. They also have OGT and IGT for oceanview and inside. The fares carry some restrictions--you have to pay in full at the time of booking, no changes are allowed, etc. In exchange for the restrictions, you can save thousands of dollars off the next lowest fares.

    IF they are available for the dates you are checking, they will show up on the DCL site as the lowest rate available for that date or cabin type--they are the first thing that will pop up. I find them by letting my TA tell me...:goodvibes

    OK, so you understand, a VGT booking means that DCL can place you in any verandah cabin on the ship that holds the number of people you have--you have NO choice in category or location; only that the cabin will have a verandah. It can be a solid wall, obstructed view, etc....or it can be a supersized! It's a matter of chance.
     
  6. Alexander

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    I don't see these VGT cabins being a great rate. It almost seems to my skeptical self that by offering these no-refund, no-change, etc. rates they are getting people locked in and fully paid with no way out to ensure there are plenty of sold cabins. Anyone booking these can do NOTHING with the reservation so DCL has their money no matter what. Maybe they have a big payment due to the shipyard?:lmao:
     
  7. So Cal Crew

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    We're not VGT but they just repriced the EBPC this December and we saved almost $1400. :banana:
     
  8. clukas

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    There are the IGT/OGT/VCGT rates for April 14 and 21 sailings of the Fantasy. These will be the 3rd and 4h sailings.........I guess sales weren't that great.
     
  9. lbgraves

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    Those prices are much higher than the opening day prices. DCL is making people think that they are getting a deal by having them show up as these special rates. They are lower than the prices rose to, but still high.
     
  10. NancyIL

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    An inside guarantee (IGT) on the April 21 Fantasy is $1001 pp + taxes, whereas an 11C is $1589 pp + taxes. Why anyone would pay almost $600 pp more at this point (after the penalty date) for a specific 11C vs. the gty cabin is beyond me. The lowest 2012 Fantasy prices started at $959 pp, so the IGT at $1001 is a pretty good deal.
     
  11. NancyIL

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    By the way - the three September 2012 5-night Canada cruises from NY on the Magic are STILL at their starting price of $715 pp + taxes for an 11C. Betcha there will be a GREAT deal on those down the road! I moved my dummy booking from the Sept. 12 Canada cruise to something in 2013, but I could be tempted if prices drop enough.
     
  12. kcashner

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    True, these are higher than opening day rates...but no one can get opening day rates NOW for these cruises. They are normally offered much closer to the sailing date--for instance, seeing them for March and April doesn't surprise me at all. Why they are available for July????? Your guess is as good as mine. Obviously they are willing to lower rates to try to fill the ship.

    Yes, these fares should be used with caution. If they suit your needs, great. If not, pass on them!:goodvibes
     
  13. runwad

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    I wish the June cruises would drop. We had to cancel our June cruise for a family wedding and rebook for July '13. Sure would like to get on one of the later June cruises this year but it's too much money for our family of 5 as prices are now.
     
  14. mkmommy

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    That's what I was thinking . A friend worked for an airline and she said when an airline has a sale, many times it is around the time when big lease payments are due.

    Smart move on DCL's part, I am sure cancellations are higher than normal and this locks people in and puts some cash on the balance sheet . I am sure they had some big cash expenditures recently.
     
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    Does anyone know if you can get credit on a future DCL cruise, if you cancel a guarantee room cruise booking, after having purchased DCL insurance along with the guarantee cabin?
     
  16. lark

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    Opening day prices for an 11C for 2A 2C was $5514 for July 2012 Fantasy sailings. IGT prices released this week for 2A 2C are $4766. (Compare also to opening day prices for July 2013, which were around $6k for inside.) So I'm not sure where the notion that these are worse than opening day prices is coming from. There is not much data preserved on disboards for opening day pricing on verandah, but it looks like high $7k for cat 4, and VGT is about $6700.

    But I agree with other posters who note that whatever opening day prices, the question is what are prices now. Most of the bookings are made after opening day. The thing that's significant about releasing these rates now, outside the final payment window, is that people who have booked at higher rates can cancel without penalty and rebook at these cheaper rates. When they do, disney doesn't even sell a new cabin. We were booked for two inside cabins. For $300 less, we booked a verandah and an inside. Opening day pricing is irrelevant to me, because my pricing was set. By releasing these outside the final payment date, disney gave me a massive upgrade and saved me $300. The cost to me is less flexibility on cancelation.
     
  17. lark

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    I don't buy this. DCL does not seem to operate this way. They are not cash poor. They wouldn't sacrifice long-term profit for cash, particularly given how low the cost of money is right now.

    I really don't think this is complicated. Cabins were not selling well, so they dropped prices. They heavily restrict them to try to avoid a situation where those already booked at higher prices won't abandon their reservations and rebook. But doing this outside the final payment window is pretty telling.

    Given that they accompanied these GT rates with a bulletin to TAs, or some TAs, it seems to have worked. Most of the July GT rates already are gone.
     
  18. rossjen2

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    Too bad the 2013 med rates didnt drop :sad1:
     
  19. NancyIL

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    Those came out less than a month ago. The Fantasy and Dream cruises have been available to book since last October.
     
  20. rossjen2

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    But i was hoping with carnivals big announcement of basically identical 12-nt trips and princesses similar announcement, they might have lowered a little.
     
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    What are the Carnival rates like?
     

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