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View Poll Results: What premium are you wiling to pay for a Disney cruise?
None 20 23.81%
0% - 15% 19 22.62%
15% - 30% 20 23.81%
30%-40% 9 10.71%
Above 40% 2 2.38%
I'll only cruise DCL 14 16.67%
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default What Premium is DCL Worth to You?

I'm moving the discussion of the DCL premium to it's own thread since I undercut my own assumptions.

We've all had sticker shock at DCL prices. I've said that I would likely pay a 10% - 15% premium for a Disney cruise. Others have said they would pay more. Turns out I willingly, with little consternation, paid a 40% premium for a February 2019 5-Night Magic Cruise to Cozumel and Castaway Cay.

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Well, here I go. I said I would tolerate 10%-15% premium for a Disney cruise, and complained about their costs. Now, lo and behold, Robin is going to book me a DCL cruise today for next February (5 nights Magic out of Miami, Western itinerary with Marvel Day at Sea) to celebrate a friend's birthday.

Apparently I'm willing to tolerate more.

First choice was 2/17, which is our friend's birthday, but that was $500 more than the same cruise on 2/3. We're looking at Cat 9B, which is Ocean View, Deck 2 (I don't mind Ocean View at all on a Disney ship).

Then I looked at Royal Caribbean. We could have had similar itinerary (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, 2 Sea Days) on Independence of the Sea. One extra night - Verandah stateroom for $1000 less than Disney booking or a panoramic Ocean View Suite for $200 less than Disney booking.

And we're booking Disney. So, I'm paying nearly a 40% premium for Disney. (I consider Disney Ocean View to be equivalent to non-disney Verandah.)

But it's a 5 night cruise, so I the price-range I'm willing to pay, and it's a celebration with my best friend and her wife, so it will be a totally fun trip from top to bottom. And it's Disney. So, yep, I'm a sucker!

And when I walk off that ship in Miami after the cruise, I'll be a Gold sucker.

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Now, there are two main factors that got me on that ship at that price:
  • Best friends' birthdays. Now that they live in Fort Lauderdale, we only see them around Disney trips. Friend had placeholder she needed to use up.
  • I was planning a fith cruise after our October 2018 Bermuda cruise to get Gold status anyway.

Now, we did investigate Celebrity (7 nights Western, concierge, 10% less) and Royal Caribbean (6 nights Western, 40% less in Verandah or 20% less in panoramic ocean-view suite, or same in verandah suite).

The problem was that both of those cruises required too much time off for one friend given their start and end dates. DCL was the only one that worked schedule-wise - the five nights.

The other factor was that we could generally cough up the money a cruise at that price and chose Disney because of intangibles. Now, if we had said, "Let's do a February cruise," we possibly would have gone elsewhere. But since BFF said, "I'm booking a Disney cruise and can only go these dates," I said, "We'll crash it."

So, what premium wold you pay for a Disney cruise and what factors would make you decide for Disney over another line, or another line over Disney?

Dirk
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:50 AM   #2
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I ended up voting for 15% to 30% even though I paid a 40% premium yesterday because there were too many other compelling reasons besides costs to go with DCL for our fifth cruise.

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:54 AM   #3
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I voted no premium for me. However, never say never, because under the "right" circumstances I could see choosing a Disney cruise even if it cost a little more. At the moment I don't know what the "right" circumstances are, but I suppose it could happen.

In the meantime I have been on 2 RCCL cruises over similar Disney itineraries. My last Disney cruise was the maiden voyage of the Fantasy.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:55 AM   #4
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I think I'd go 30-40, but for the summer cruise we were looking at it was easily 100% more than competing cruise lines. At those rates we'd only pay the premium to head to Alaska, Norway, or some special place we'd never make it to otherwise.
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I voted no premium for me. However, never say never, because under the "right" circumstances I could see choosing a Disney cruise even if it cost a little more. At the moment I don't know what the "right" circumstances are, but I suppose it could happen.

In the meantime I have been on 2 RCCL cruises over similar Disney itineraries. My last Disney cruise was the maiden voyage of the Fantasy.
Same, basically. Our first cruise was DCL. Been on 8 Carnival and have 9th booked, and been on 1 Royal and also have 2nd booked on them. We'd consider Disney if the "right" circumstances presented themselves. But, while the DCL cruise was awesome, we don't feel the difference is worth the price premium (which is usually pretty substantial). I even prefer Carnival to Royal so far. But our 1st Royal was a quickie on a smaller older ship.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:13 AM   #6
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I voted only DCL. I really am not interested in cruising on any other cruise lines. Maybe someday, but not now.
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I voted "only Disney", because if I ever manage to get my hubby on a cruise ship, it will have the Disney brand. It's the only cruise he will even consider.
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I voted "none". While we have loved DCL in the past, we are not really the right demographic anymore. Our teens love RCCL and all the adventures (and lots of other teens) onboard. We love the nightlife and casino now that our DDs are older.
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I voted none. After 5 Disney cruises I've switched to Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:35 AM   #10
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Voted 0-15%. Have been examining Royal Caribbean as well. Have friends who cruise with them regularly and love it. We are taking a DCL trip this May and I think it may be our last as we are getting priced out.
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