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Old 04-15-2007, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Using DVC points for a Disney Cruise

Can someone help me understand how DVC points are used for a Disney cruise? How many points for number of cruise days/type of cabin. Do cruise destinations matter?

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Old 04-15-2007, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Point values are based on the season of sailing (value, regular, peak and holiday), the length of the cruise (3, 4, 7, 10/11, and 14 day) and the type of stateroom desired. The Western Caribbean 7 day cruise uses a few more points than the Eastern.

For instance, a three day Bahama Cruise in a category 7 stateroom during value season would be 120 points per person, with a third person being 46 points extra for an adult, 39 for a child 6-12, and 37 for a child 3-5. A 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise during peak season in a Category 11 stateroom would be 227 points per person. And a transatlantic (14 day) sailing in a Category 9 would be 380 per person.

There is alot of difference in the points value for cruises. We sailed on points once, and paid cash twice. Both cash cruises were very good deals.

I would check deals available before commiting the points!
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with rescuesk. Cruises are super-draining on your DVC points, especially, if you're like us, and you only have the introductory 160 points. It would essentially be 2 years of no vacations for us to go on a simple 3-day cruise - what a waste!
Here's a link to a site that gives you information about the cruises, including discounts if you were going to pay OOP. Disney Cruise Line Information on Disney Cruises

Also, if you go to this link DVC Point Chart, Disney Vacation Club Points , you can click on your home resort, and it'll give you all the point info on any other place you want to stay at WDW.
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Old 04-17-2007, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's one way that I would view using DVC points for a cruise...

Let's say that you want to buy a new TV. You have $1000 in gift cards for your local Best Buy (Circuit City, etc.) and coincidentally that's exactly what the TV you want costs.

However, after a little research you discover that you could buy the same TV from an Internet retailer for $700.

Do you spend more in total resources by using a commodity that's already paid for (gift cards / DVC points), or do you go the overall cheaper route (Intenet purchase / cash cruise) and keep the gift cards / points for something else?

Which makes more sense? The answer will vary from one member to another. The best thing you can do before booking a cruise on points is to fully research the cash and point prices. Usually you'll get about $6.50 - 7.00 in value for your points toward a cruise. But if you're already paying $4.50 per point in dues, you are really only saving $2 - 2.50 by using points. That's not much--particularly when you consider the value you get for points used at the DVC resorts.
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Gotcha Tim, makes alot of sense. Better to save points for a DVC Mk Christmas trip!!!

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We've also tossed around the idea of using points for a cruise. It is very confusing, but my understanding is that you can purchase one person on points and the others on cash. So you can figure using about the same number of points you would for a regular stay and then supplement with cash for the rest... If you call MS they will be happy to discuss it with you.
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We've also tossed around the idea of using points for a cruise. It is very confusing, but my understanding is that you can purchase one person on points and the others on cash. So you can figure using about the same number of points you would for a regular stay and then supplement with cash for the rest... If you call MS they will be happy to discuss it with you.
That's exactly how it works. We've paid cash for one person and points for the other for our Med cruise next month. The only other thing you need to know is that you have to make the cash payment in full at the time you book through Member Services.
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Which category state room do you guys use?
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Which category state room do you guys use?
This time we went for a category 11. Using our points, we could've gone up to a category 9, but unfortunately there were very few rooms left in that category and they didn't seem to me to be in good areas of the ship, so we went for category 11 instead. When we did the three night cruise, we were in a category 7.
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This time we went for a category 11. Using our points, we could've gone up to a category 9, but unfortunately there were very few rooms left in that category and they didn't seem to me to be in good areas of the ship, so we went for category 11 instead. When we did the three night cruise, we were in a category 7.
Can't wait to book our first cruise!
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When I read the DVC book about the cruises it states that most rooms accomodate only 3 people, do you need to request a special room to accomodate 4 people (2-adults & 2 kids under 10)?? I see the family stateroom sleeps 4 but it is like almost twice as many points as a normal staterom w/verandah?
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Category 10, 11 and 12 all sleep 4, also. The amount of guests you register will determine the type of room you get.

When we cruised in 2005, we had my 20 year old DS with us. When I called to make the ressie, I asked about a different layout room (one that would sleep 4 even though we only had 3.) I forget the exact layout question now, it had something to do with the location of the beds, I believe. Anyway, the CM told me that since we only ahd 3, we were sort of "committed" to the type of stateroom that was available for three, but if we had four, we would have been able to get a different stateroom that slept four. She told me they need to keep those available for families of four (same category, same price). It all worked out fine in the end, though, our stateroom was perfect for us.

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My friend is going on a disney cruise in June of 2012, five night cruise to Bahamas. This really made us think about using our DVC points to join them on that cruise. We have 270 DVC points per year at Grand Californian (Can borrow 116 banked points and 270 points for 2011 points coming up), and when I did the math, our cost per point for now is about $6 pp. For the cruise in June of 2012, for Cat. 10 it requires 128 points per person and 85 points for the third person (to be 4 years old years old child). So the total points would be 341 points and about $2,046 if we consider cost of each point to be at $6. When I checked the Disney Cruise website for the same cat. cabin, the cost for three people came out to 3,338.51. Even they would have offered child sail for free, the cost would be higher paying cash than using the points.
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My friend is going on a disney cruise in June of 2012, five night cruise to Bahamas. This really made us think about using our DVC points to join them on that cruise. We have 270 DVC points per year at Grand Californian (Can borrow 116 banked points and 270 points for 2011 points coming up), and when I did the math, our cost per point for now is about $6 pp. For the cruise in June of 2012, for Cat. 10 it requires 128 points per person and 85 points for the third person (to be 4 years old years old child). So the total points would be 341 points and about $2,046 if we consider cost of each point to be at $6. When I checked the Disney Cruise website for the same cat. cabin, the cost for three people came out to 3,338.51. Even they would have offered child sail for free, the cost would be higher paying cash than using the points.
I agree with this. I think that you have to do what's best for you in terms of use of points. Although it may not seem like a good use of points for some people, it does for others. I guess it depends on how many points you have and when you want to go on vacation. We cruised on points last year and are doing so again this year.
DVC might not always have this tie up with DCL so if suits you to cruise on points, then go for it. If not, keep them for your DVC stays.
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We booked a 4 night Dream Ship cruise for July 2012 using points for 6 people in 2 deluxe outside staterooms, yes I know it may not be the best use of points, but it is allowing us to take family members on a cruise where they may never be able to on their own and they pay nothing as we are all dribing down together. So really for us, this bevame an a-okay way to use our points this one time, we have so many points anyway (425 a year) and really don't go to WDW more often than about 1 time a year until we retire in 3 years and can go not only more often, but for longer periods of time. So for us, it is ok that we used the points for the crise this time. Not to mention haw excited the family members are that we are taking, their happiness is why we bought in, in the firstplace. We love being able to pay back the love and support to parents, and we love being able to pay forward for child and grandchild for the memories they will have forever as a gift from us!
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