2018 Member Cruise Announced

Disney Vacation Club has finally addressed one of the most frequently voiced complaints regarding its exclusive members-only cruises.  

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With DVC member cruises often planned for late-August, September and even May, one of the frequent complaints is that they never fall during school vacation periods.  Apparently DVC has taken those complaints to heart.  

The 2018 members-only voyage is a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas which runs from July 23 - 28.  Sailing out of Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Dream, this unique 4-day itinerary features two days at Disney's exclusive island Castaway Cay, along with one day at sea. 

Disney Vacation Club members-only cruises are known for their celebrity guests which have include Disney Imagineers, artists, voice talent, Broadway performers and more.  Exclusive shipboard gifts are also provided to participants.  This is in addition to the traditional Broadway-style entertainment, themed kids play areas, unique dining venues, character greeting opportunities and more.  

Prices start at 279 reservation points or $2,079 per person for a Category 11C Standard Inside Stateroom.  Rate is based upon double occupancy with at least two adults charged for a single cabin.  Additional occupants can be added at a rate of 87 points ($648) per child age 2 and under, 151 points ($1,125) for ages 3-12 and 157 points ($1,170) for each individual age 13 and up.

Reservations for the 2018 member cruise will begin at 9:00am on Sunday, August 6, 2017. (Note that from 9am to 3pm on this date, Member Services will only be handling calls related to the member cruise.)  Those wishing to book should be prepared with the name, address, phone number, date of birth and nationaltiy of all persons to be listed on the reservation, along with DVC Member ID number, Castaway Club number and any special medical or dietary needs.  

Callers are advised to be prepared with a list of several acceptable cabin categories.  Demand for member cruises typically exceeds the number of staterooms available, and the summer vacation scheduling of this voyage is likely to drive interest to new heights.  Expect busy signals and long telephone on-hold times.  

In order to book the cruise, members must own points purchased direct from Disney or via the resale marketplace prior to March 21, 2011.  The cruise may be booked using points, cash or a combination of both.  Full payment is due at the time of booking.  Penalties apply to any modificaiton or cancellation after booking.  

For additional details visit DVCMember.com.  

Thanks to Michael for the tip!

Reader Comments
Re: 2018 Member Cruise Announced -- denlo
2017 Jul 12 04:23:29 PM
Is it just me, but aren't these cruises getting really expensive? That amount is almost double what we pay for a balcony large cabin for a 7 night Caribbean cruise for the two of us. Is the added entertainment for celebrity guests, and the cabin gifts really worth that much more? You could do a cruise on another cruise line and still have left over money for a Disney vacation at WDW and since you won't need your points for this member cruise, you could use them to stay at a DVC resort and save even more.
Re: 2018 Member Cruise Announced -- Diana
2017 Jul 12 04:48:39 PM
It looks like a lot of points/money to me for what you get compared to regular cruises. It doesn't seem to stop people from going.
Re: 2018 Member Cruise Announced -- denlo
2017 Jul 12 04:50:44 PM
Re: 2018 Member Cruise Announced -- wdrl
2017 Jul 12 06:13:15 PM
Diana wrote:
It looks like a lot of points/money to me for what you get compared to regular cruises. It doesn't seem to stop people from going.
I agree about the cost. We have a 7-night Norwegian Cruise Line Western Caribbean cruise booked for January 2018. We are in a mini-suite cabin with balcony, which is comparable to a category 5 or 6 on the Disney Dream. The cost is about $1,389 per person and includes a beverage package and an internet package for the cabin.

That is about $700 less per person than doing the Members Cruise, which starts off at $2,079 for an inside cabin. And the NCL cruise is in January, which is usual a better time to cruise the Caribbean than July, which is during hurricane season.

A member cruise has a lot going for it. However, I don't think the premium cost is worth it. . . . unless Denise says she really wants to go on it!
Re: 2018 Member Cruise Announced -- SuperRob
2017 Jul 12 07:08:13 PM
denlo wrote:
Is it just me, but aren't these cruises getting really expensive? That amount is almost double what we pay for a balcony large cabin for a 7 night Caribbean cruise for the two of us. Is the added entertainment for celebrity guests, and the cabin gifts really worth that much more? You could do a cruise on another cruise line and still have left over money for a Disney vacation at WDW and since you won't need your points for this member cruise, you could use them to stay at a DVC resort and save even more.

Well, the point cost is pegged to the cash price. Nothing DVC can do about that. There does seem to be a higher per-person price for the member cruise, but I would assume that's to cover the gifts and special events on the cruise. I know I'd never be able to pay for a cruise on points for my family. Even saving three years of points, that will never happen.

That said, I noticed the cash price of Disney cruises going way up a couple years ago. The current speculation is that it's partially due to demand (the ships rarely need to run special sales), and partially to fund the new ships being built. The first huge price jump I saw seemed to be followed by the announcement of the new, larger ships, and it's stayed inflated since. Once they add the additional capacity, the prices should equalize around the increased supply.

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