Was 2009 the first time DCL offered military discounts?

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  1. bibbidibobbidibecky

    bibbidibobbidibecky The Fairy Godblogger

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    Just curious if DCL offering the military discounts is rare or if we will see more dates pop up this year, not just through May?

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  2. smoof

    smoof <font color=magenta>I've earned my ears!!!<br><fon

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    There is no saying what will pop up. I will tell you we had a 4-day booked for July '09 at regular price for about 8-9 months, then I started hearing about the military discounts. They were only going through the end of June. A few days before the final payment, I looked, and the military discount went through September. We changed our reservation to a 7-day Eastern at that point. It ended up being a few dollars cheaper! Now, the other thing with it is, just because the military discount goes through a certain month, it doesn't mean every cruise is included. Although we wanted to upgrade to the 7-day, our initial 4-day was not included in the promotion. If I remember correctly, the departure date was just one day different.
     
  3. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Military discounts have been around for years. There is no way to tell which cruises will have them available. A good TA will track this for you if you let them know you are interested.

    Bottom line--if ships are filling at full fare, there will not be discounts. If the ships are not filling, there will be many special rates.
     
  4. adrianna_sarah

    adrianna_sarah Mother of two curious little monkeys!

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    Agreed. They seem to ebb and flow with the economy. Several years ago, they were offering 40%ish off discounts, then for awhile there were hardly any military discounts to be found. One of the Europe summer cruises is discounted about 60% off for military this year. WDW seems to do the same. They seem to start "Salute to the Heroes" type promos in down economy years.
     

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