Aloha and Ahoy!
In 2019, Disney surprised the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) world by announcing a limited offering of Hawaiian cruises. This was the first time in almost five years that Disney would offer this itinerary, and DCL fans jumped on it! There were only two date options, April 29th, and May 8th, 2020. Each was a one-way offering from Vancouver to Hawaii or Hawaii to Vancouver, 9/10 nights with stops in Kauai, Maui, the Big Island, and Oahu.
In standard DCL fashion, this was first open to Platinum guests (guests who’ve cruised more than ten times with Disney), then Gold (5-9 Disney Cruises), and that’s about as far as it got. This was the ‘must-have’ cruise of the early 2020 release dates, and guests who were Silver level (1-4 Disney Cruises) and cruisers that were new to Disney Cruise Line, were left as scavengers, hoping to find anything left over.
I had many clients who wanted to go on this sailing, and I was shocked when I had no rooms left to provide them. The sailing was very far away, and I did let them know that late 2019 and early 2020 would result in many cancellations because of the realities of having to book flights on top of cruise prices, and the availability could open back up. Over the last year, people have asked about this sailing, and beyond a GTY (Guarantee Status) room or two in the Oceanview categories, it’s all been minimal.
I’m no soothsayer, but I called this one correctly. The final date to cancel the first sailing was December 30, 2019, and the second sailing is January 9, 2020. At the time of writing this, we are in between these two dates, and you can see the contrast of cancellations. There are currently more room types available for the April 29th sailing because guests have already canceled, we are now a few days away from final payments on the May 8th sailing, and more rooms are opening by the day. Most of these rooms are a GTY status, so you can't choose the exact room, but there are categories available in Inside cabins, Oceanview, and Verandahs on both sailings.
One of the main reasons for this is flights. We often think about visiting Aulani in Hawaii or taking the Alaska sailing that we’ve always wanted. Still, after the expense of the resort or sailing, you have to factor in flights, and this can stretch the budget too far. However, if you’re open to airlines and categories, you can now find a great deal on this Disney Hawaiian sailing, if you missed out on it initially.
Below are some examples of room categories that have opened in the last few weeks and the prices for two adults in these rooms. These rooms would all need full payment at the time of booking because of how close we are to the final payment dates, but it’s an excellent bucket list option for Disney Cruise Line fans!
Disney Wonder - 9 Night Sailing from Vancouver to Honolulu
This price includes your port fees and taxes. Pricing and availability are similar for the May 8th return trip to Vancouver.
While Dreams Unlimited Travel does not sell flights, there are some excellent flight deals out there currently that you can book on your own.
This cruise is a bucket list sailing for many Disney fans that have wanted to get their chance since this was announced in early 2019, and it’s now reopened for everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy.
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