Disney Cruise Line is modifying charges for Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses and will be changing the way this information is presented in advertising based on recent guidance provided by the State of Florida to the cruise industry.
Effective October 1, 2014, the Government Taxes and Fees portion of a cruise’s total price will include non-governmental port expenses, such as security and stevedoring (dockworker) expenses, in addition to government taxes and fees, and will be renamed Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.
All Disney Cruise Line bookings made on or after October 1, 2014, will be made up of the cruise fare and the new Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.
As a result of this change, Disney Cruise Line will update advertising, brochures, websites and promotional flyers that contain pricing information by moving these Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses out of the advertising disclaimer language to a more visible place in the copy immediately above, below or to the side of cruise fares.
For comparison, the current (through September 2014) Government Fees and Taxes details were listed in the fine print section of advertisement’s disclaimer.
To help Guest fully understand the cost of a Disney Cruise Line vacation, Disney is asking that travel agents to adjust their own individual advertisements and collateral pieces to reflect this policy. Starting October 1, 2014, Disney Cruise Line requests that the amount of Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses associated with a sailing immediately above, below or to the side of the cruise fare on all marketing materials be clearly visible.
Thanks to StitchKingdom.com for the heads up on this change.
I would prefer the advertised price to be the price I pay.
Scott. Will that include past cruises reserved that is already total out? Will those fees be added to them?
Sorry I read your blog again. You mention it already. “All Disney Cruise Line bookings made on or after October 1, 2014, will be made up of the cruise fare and the new Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.” Again SORRY!!!!!!!!!
So they are increasing the taxes/port fees or just making their advertisements more clear?
Peggy, It sounds to me like it is an effort to give guests a more accurate picture of the cruise fare.
I don’t understand that. No one questioned those fees, so why an accurate picture unless you are going to add to the overall price. We can love Disney, but please let us not make excuses for them. As a Disney fan, like everything else in the world we have no choice but to accept it. 🙂
Walt, the key phrase is… “guidance provided by the State of Florida to the cruise industry”