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Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 09:33 AM
OK, just how quickly do you guys think the 2012 schedule is going to fill up??? Reason I am asking.....we are interested in booking a 7-night eastern for Summer 2012, which will be on the Fantasy. We want main dining, and also the cheapest cat 5E (between June 16-Aug 11), which looks to be June 16. DH wants to wait until our Jan 3rd cruise to book to get the 10% discount and the OBC. I know a lot of you book now and re-shop your reservation on board. I would book thru DU and I think this would complicate things on board, as the TA controls the reservation. Or, do you just book thru DCL, then on board, cancel the reso, re-book, then name your TA then??

Seriously, in all honesty, do any of you think this is really necessary to do now? I mean, it's almost 2 years away. Do you think that between now and Jan 3rd, it is going to fill up that much???? (Especially a verandah room, not an inside room).

TIA!!!

itutorfortravel
10-20-2010, 09:41 AM
If it were me, I would book it now and take your reservation with you when you go on your cruise. That is what I have done in the past.

They will re-process your reservation and apply the 10% discount and OBC credit.

The one thing to keep in mind is that while onboard they will base your price on current availability and pricing. So, if your cat costs more by then you will pay the higher fare, but with a discount it may still come out less AND you will get an OBC.

On the other hand, if you wait until January to book and your desired cat is not available, you will have to make a choice of another cat or not going if you are not pleased with the options.

The only downside I can see to booking now is that you would have to pay a 20% deposit vs. 10% while onboard. That might be more $ than you want to tie up right now. But I have had luck in the past getting DCL to refund part of my deposit when switching a reservation to a shorter cruise and dropping ppl. from the reservation, thus making the amount I had to have down less...

Just my 2 cents...others may have differing opinions.

itutorfortravel
10-20-2010, 09:42 AM
If it were me, I would book it now and take your reservation with you when you go on your cruise. That is what I have done in the past.

They will re-process your reservation and apply the 10% discount and OBC credit.

The one thing to keep in mind is that while onboard they will base your price on current availability and pricing. So, if your cat costs more by then you will pay the higher fare, but with a discount it may still come out less AND you will get an OBC.

On the other hand, if you wait until January to book and your desired cat is not available, you will have to make a choice of another cat or not going if you are not pleased with the options.

The only downside I can see to booking now is that you would have to pay a 20% deposit vs. 10% while onboard. That might be more $ than you want to tie up right now. But I have had luck in the past getting DCL to refund part of my deposit when switching a reservation to a shorter cruise and dropping ppl. from the reservation, thus making the amount I had to have down less...

Just my 2 cents...others may have differing opinions.

Oops...just saw that you will be booking through a TA. That might be another issue entirely. I always book on my own so I can have control over my reservation. Hopefully someone who has done what you are asking can come along to help. Good luck! :goodvibes

Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 09:50 AM
Thanks. That is why I am wondering if it's even necessary -- when we went on our Aug cruise, we waited to book our Oct 2011 cruise. The price was still the same, and we even got our secret verandah room. We booked, named our TA, voila -- double up OBC, 10% off and it's all good :thumbsup2 HOWEVER, we booked for off-peak time (DD will be in pre-school and can miss 5 days of that!!).

I suppose I could book on my own, then re-shop on board and name my TA at that time??

Confused!!! I guess I could just see how quick the ship is filling??

itutorfortravel
10-20-2010, 10:06 AM
I remember when I had them process my reservation online they did ask if I was working with a TA, so maybe you could name your TA at that time, though I'm not sure how that would work with the TA perks since it would not be a new reservation (assuming you book it yourself now).

Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 02:05 PM
BUMP. Any one else ever done this?

AmandaRG
10-20-2010, 02:44 PM
I just finished booking with my TA for March 2012. On our 3/2011 cruise, I will check to see what is available and will book on board if it is a better deal. If it is I'll book it and come home and cancel the first. I might have two ressies for a bit, but since it will be before any penalties any little "hassle" is worth it to us as we do get OBC with TA and I know that prices are low now. If prices stay low, we still win.

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 03:04 PM
OK, just how quickly do you guys think the 2012 schedule is going to fill up??? Reason I am asking.....we are interested in booking a 7-night eastern for Summer 2012, which will be on the Fantasy. We want main dining, and also the cheapest cat 5E (between June 16-Aug 11), which looks to be June 16. DH wants to wait until our Jan 3rd cruise to book to get the 10% discount and the OBC. I know a lot of you book now and re-shop your reservation on board. I would book thru DU and I think this would complicate things on board, as the TA controls the reservation. Or, do you just book thru DCL, then on board, cancel the reso, re-book, then name your TA then??

Seriously, in all honesty, do any of you think this is really necessary to do now? I mean, it's almost 2 years away. Do you think that between now and Jan 3rd, it is going to fill up that much???? (Especially a verandah room, not an inside room).

TIA!!!

What do you mean reshop????
Can you just take a rezy along and ask them to replace it ,like cancel that and rebook it if it is going to be cheaper, will they do this?
Seems like a win win situation.

NancyIL
10-20-2010, 03:25 PM
I booked the Feb. 2011 Dream last November with a travel agency, then rebooked it onboard the Wonder in December. It's not a problem to do so - even when already booked with a travel agency. You might get charged the deposit again (as I was), and then have to cancel the original reservation to get the first deposit credited.

orlandothebeagle
10-20-2010, 03:27 PM
I booked the Feb. 2011 Dream last November with a travel agency, then rebooked it onboard the Wonder in December. It's not a problem to do so - even when already booked with a travel agency. You might get charged the deposit again (as I was), and then have to cancel the original reservation to get the first deposit credited.

Thanks,

Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 08:17 PM
I booked the Feb. 2011 Dream last November with a travel agency, then rebooked it onboard the Wonder in December. It's not a problem to do so - even when already booked with a travel agency. You might get charged the deposit again (as I was), and then have to cancel the original reservation to get the first deposit credited.

Thanks Nancy! :flower3:

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 08:33 PM
If you can afford paying the higher deposit now, I'd recommend booking it now, since you are talking a summer cruise, and then try to rebook it while onboard. And if your plan is to ultimately use a TA, then you may want to book through the TA now as well, though you'll likely have to pay the deposit again (though at 1/2 what you'd pay now) and then get your original deposit refunded back to you.

My recommendation is based on my own experience. I had my TA book the 8/16/11 Dream cruise for me the day bookings opened at the beginning of November 2009. That cruise was especially popular because it was the cheapest 5nt cruise during the summer. I booked one of the 9A rooms at 7:45am, and that category started selling in GTY status by 8:30am since there are so few rooms in that category. That category continued to be available in GTY status until 12/10/09. We sailed on the Magic on 12/12/09. By that point, the cruise had sold out of oceanview cabins, and all that was left were verandah cabins. I wasn't able to rebook my reservation onboard, because it didn't make financial sense to rebook it since I would have had to pay more and take a different category than I would have saved. 10 months and 2 more cruises later, and that cruise is sold out to cat 4, and prices have risen, so I still can't rebook it (though I did make a dummy booking should prices ever come back down.)

Also, had I waited until after I cruised and was unable to rebook the reservation to transfer the reservation to a travel agent, there's no guarantee that the TA would accept the transfer and offer me their full OBC since it wouldn't be a new booking eligible for full commission.

We have no idea if the cruise you are looking at will sell out, or have a price increase before your next cruise. If you don't want to pay the 20% deposit cost in full now, you could try to hedge your bet by reserving the room you're interested with just 1 person in advance, and then rebook when onboard adding the rest of your party at that time.

Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 08:51 PM
I can tell you all a lesson that I learned on our Aug cruise - from now on, we will book dummy dates!!!!! Then, this won't be an issue again!!!

We cruised in August, and booked our Oct 2011 cruise on board, naming our TA (getting full OBC, plus TA benefits!). We toyed with booking another cruise on board, but didn't, as the line at the on board booking desk grew and grew and grew. We got home, 3 days later, booked our Jan 2011 cruise with our TA. Worst part is, we knew then that we'd book a 7 night if available in the summer 2012. This is why dummy dates are so important!!!

I am not really concerned about paying the 20% deposit. I am not even worried about the date so much -- it just happens to be the cheapest of the 5 summer break eastern cruises. We'd prefer a cat 5E room, but if it wasn't available, we'd be OK with a different cat. I am just more concerned with 1) main dining, and 2) receiving full OBC from my TA, because that really helps us with tips, Palo, etc. (Plus, I love using a TA -- help at your fingertips.) So, I guess I can book now with our TA (who happens to be a DU TA), then re-shop in Jan. DH is telling me no no no........wait until Jan....it's 74 days away.....

Suz D
10-20-2010, 09:11 PM
BUMP. Any one else ever done this?

We're planning to do the very same thing as you are thinking of. I booked the 6/9/12 Fantasy this morning for the four of us. I sent my TA an e-mail and told her I wanted to check onboard when we sail (with you!) on the 1/3/10 cruise.

She told me that we should book today to hold the early booking price. Then to check onboard and see how the price after the discount and OBC compares to what we got for our 6/9/12 cruise. If it's a better deal to rebook onboard then she said to do that, name her as the TA and contact her when we get home and she'll cancel the one we made today & refund the deposit to my CC. Sounds like a win/win situation to me.

Incidentally, our price today was $3979 for a 10A for 2A 2CH (5 & 16 at the time of sailing).

See you soon!

catzle
10-20-2010, 09:20 PM
We did this last year. It worked perfectly. They even asked us on board if we already had a TA. They want to make sure it gets to the people you always use. So we booked today for June 29, 2012 and then when we cruise in May we will rebook to get the on board credit etc.

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 09:22 PM
I can tell you all a lesson that I learned on our Aug cruise - from now on, we will book dummy dates!!!!! Then, this won't be an issue again!!!

We cruised in August, and booked our Oct 2011 cruise on board, naming our TA (getting full OBC, plus TA benefits!). We toyed with booking another cruise on board, but didn't, as the line at the on board booking desk grew and grew and grew. We got home, 3 days later, booked our Jan 2011 cruise with our TA. Worst part is, we knew then that we'd book a 7 night if available in the summer 2012. This is why dummy dates are so important!!!

I am not really concerned about paying the 20% deposit. I am not even worried about the date so much -- it just happens to be the cheapest of the 5 summer break eastern cruises. We'd prefer a cat 5E room, but if it wasn't available, we'd be OK with a different cat. I am just more concerned with 1) main dining, and 2) receiving full OBC from my TA, because that really helps us with tips, Palo, etc. (Plus, I love using a TA -- help at your fingertips.) So, I guess I can book now with our TA (who happens to be a DU TA), then re-shop in Jan. DH is telling me no no no........wait until Jan....it's 74 days away.....

I hear you about the dummy bookings! When all the new bookings opened up last year, I found myself with no onboard bookings I was willing to sacrifice at the time (turns out I could have used one or both of our existing bookings, since we ended up losing our onboard booking benefits on the WBTA when we rebooked to military rates, but I digress!) So when we cruised in Dec and January, I booked 2 dummy bookings and assigned them to my TA (DU at the time), one to hold for 2012, and another to try to rebook our Dream cruise should availability and prices change enough to make it worthwhile. On the WBTA, I booked several additional dummy bookings with only 1 person on each reservation, since we were switching TAs to get more personalized service after our agent left DU and we couldn't get the original dummy bookings back from DU. Now I wish I'd booked a few more than I did!

If you're looking to just book a dummy date while onboard, you can always fill out the request card and drop it in the agent's box rather than wait in line. That works out very easy and there's little wasted effort on your part.

In your case, I might consider the option of at least booking 1 person in the room you want now and assigning it to a TA. That will secure the room and TA OBC for you and minimize the amount you need to pay in advance. There are some TAs out there offering very attractive OBC offers this month!

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 09:24 PM
Silverfox - completely off topic, but I just noticed you're in Tampa. I'm writing this from Tampa as well, having been down here on business most of this month! Just wanted to wave hi!!

Silverfox97
10-20-2010, 09:38 PM
Silverfox - completely off topic, but I just noticed you're in Tampa. I'm writing this from Tampa as well, having been down here on business most of this month! Just wanted to wave hi!!

Hi back :wave2: Hope you are enjoying our weather :sunny:

I'd really love to book the 2012 cruise.....DH says, "Well, if a 5E cabin isn't available, then we can just book a 6A or 6B.....no big deal." Ugh! Yes it is!!! I even told DD today (3 1/2) that she's going to book a dummy cruise on our Jan trip. She said, "Mom, I can't book a cruise. I am just a little kid." Little does she know, she can!!! At least I know it can be done. I like the idea of booking myself for 2012 with DU (we use and love Beth Fejer), and then re-shopping in 74 days. Thanks HallsofVA :goodvibes

discorsner
10-20-2010, 10:12 PM
I have to admit that I am a little confused on on-board bookings. Can anyone help with these questions? (so sorry if repeats!)

When you book on board do you usually just do it for one person?

When you want to add more people later do the extra people get the same rates as the first person?

When you know you are going to book a full out dummy cruise what do you normally pick? The cheapest cruise hence the lower deposit? or the cruise that is furthest out so you have time to get things situated?

Do most TAs give you less OBC when it is made on board and then transferred to them or do they give you the same?

What kind of OBC does Disney usually give you when you book onboard? I know it probably changes but what are some usual amounts?

Is there a limit of how many bookings you can make? I saw a post above saying that someone was going to have their DD book. Wasn't sure what the benefit of that would be (other than it would be cute :) )

If I am following this thread right I think what I understand is that I could book a 2012 through a TA then on 2011 cruise I could re-shop it and see if it is a better deal. Then if it is and I make another booking on board I would get the benefits of the 10% deposit and whatever OBC Disney offers.... then I would cancel my first ressie that was made with the TA which means I would get my 20% refunded to my card. When I do the on-board booking I would mention the TAs name so I would still be working with my TA. Does all of this look correct so far?

So in the above scenario would most TAs still give an OBC on the new ressie? Would it be whatever OBC I originally get with them or would it be likely to be less from them because it is now a transferred ressie? Or would it not be considered a transferred ressie because I mentioned them at time of booking?

TIA so much for answers to any of the questions. I have read several things on this and was never 100% confident that I understood all my options!

mickey0930
10-20-2010, 10:37 PM
Does dcl work like Disney resorts, meaning if a better deal comes out once you are already book can you call and apply that discount with no problems? We are first time dcl guest and I know they offer kids sail free on occassions.

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 10:39 PM
I have to admit that I am a little confused on on-board bookings. Can anyone help with these questions? (so sorry if repeats!)

When you book on board do you usually just do it for one person?
It depends on whether I'm booking an actual cruise that I plan to sail on (I book everyone) or if it is really a dummy booking that I plan to move to an actual cruise at a later date (I book just 1 person.)

When you want to add more people later do the extra people get the same rates as the first person? No, you pay the going rate at the time. Thus if you plan to actually sail on the cruise you are booking, you are better off booking everyone early, rather than trying to add them later (which may not be possible if the cruise, lifeboat or kids programs fill up.)

When you know you are going to book a full out dummy cruise what do you normally pick? The cheapest cruise hence the lower deposit? or the cruise that is furthest out so you have time to get things situated? I tell the booking agent that it's a dummy cruise and she suggests a date that she generally uses, which is usually a low volume cruise towards the end of the current booking window. Up until recently the deposit was based on the length of cruise, so my dummy bookings were usually 3 or 4 nt cruises that required $100 deposit pp onboard. Now that you pay 10% deposit it's to your advantage to book the lowest category on the cheapest cruise to minimize the amount you pay in advance.

Do most TAs give you less OBC when it is made on board and then transferred to them or do they give you the same? If you book onboard and assign it to your TA at the time you rebook (give their name to the onboard booking person), then it counts as a new booking and most TAs will give you the full OBC, since they get the full commission. The exception has been Costco, who doesn't accept onboard bookings or transfers from DCL regardless of when they are named. Many TAs will not accept a transferred reservation unless assigned at time of booking, and others, like DU, will review the reservation before accepting it to see if they want to accept a transfer and to determine what OBC they will offer you, which may be reduced from what is offered on new bookings.

What kind of OBC does Disney usually give you when you book onboard? I know it probably changes but what are some usual amounts? The numbers change for 2011 and beyond based on your Castaway Club status level. Standard OBCs have been $200 for 7nt or longer cruises (higher on the baltic cruises) and $100 for 3-5nt cruises. We recently achieved Gold status, and are getting $150 from DCL on our 4nt cruise, and $275 on the 7nt cruises.

Is there a limit of how many bookings you can make? I saw a post above saying that someone was going to have their DD book. Wasn't sure what the benefit of that would be (other than it would be cute :) ) People have been told differing things, and their experiences have varied as the booking agents have changed. Our experience in Dec, Jan and Sept was that we were told we could book as many cruises for ourselves as we liked, but could only book or rebook cruises onboard for people who weren't travelling with us up to the number of people in our sailing party. On our dec cruise, I rebooked 3 reservations for family and friends on future cruises, and assumed I could only book 1 reservation for ourselves, but was told that I could make as many additional bookings at that time as I liked.

If I am following this thread right I think what I understand is that I could book a 2012 through a TA then on 2011 cruise I could re-shop it and see if it is a better deal. Then if it is and I make another booking on board I would get the benefits of the 10% deposit and whatever OBC Disney offers.... then I would cancel my first ressie that was made with the TA which means I would get my 20% refunded to my card. When I do the on-board booking I would mention the TAs name so I would still be working with my TA. Does all of this look correct so far? Yes, though you omit the 10% discount on the cruise fare you also get for onboard bookings (in addition to the half deposit (10% vs 20%) offer. When the agent rebooks your reservation if your original one is with a TA, then they can't (generally) transfer over your deposit and room assignment from your original reservation. They may try to reach out to your TA, but I've never been successful in getting that to happen. You'll get a new reservation number when you book, and the agent will put you in the closest room to your original room and category. Once you have the new reservation, you let your TA know that it's coming their way, and ask that they take care of canceling your original reservation and moving your original room assignment (if it's something you want to keep) over to your new reservation. On the WBTA I was glad that I emailed my TA while on the ship, as soon as I rebooked, to confirm they got the bookings, because I found 2 of the 4 didn't get to the TA the first time around! In Dec I didn't confirm while on the ship, got off and realized that 1 of the reservations (of course the 1 I booked for myself of the 4 mentioned!) didn't get to the TA and they said there was nothing I could do about it at that point. Luckily I was sailing 3 weeks later on the Wonder, and was able to have that agent correct the problem.

So in the above scenario would most TAs still give an OBC on the new ressie? Would it be whatever OBC I originally get with them or would it be likely to be less from them because it is now a transferred ressie? Or would it not be considered a transferred ressie because I mentioned them at time of booking? As mentioned above, if you name them at the time of booking while onboard, it is considered a new reservation and most (except Costco) will give you the full OBC they offer for the cruise you booked.

TIA so much for answers to any of the questions. I have read several things on this and was never 100% confident that I understood all my options!


See comments above!

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 10:49 PM
Does dcl work like Disney resorts, meaning if a better deal comes out once you are already book can you call and apply that discount with no problems? We are first time dcl guest and I know they offer kids sail free on occassions.

Yes, and no, and it changes from time to time! You can generally change your reservation until the penalty phase starts (generally 74 days before cruise) without penalty. There are certain pricing offers, such as military rates and sometimes florida resident rates, that DCL has allowed you to switch to even after the penalty phase has begin. In some cases, DCL offers specials applicable to new bookings only, and people have made new reservations and canceled their old ones to get the new pricing. DCL has offered a lot of discounts in the past year or two, and special rates for the lowest inside categories, and people have been able to move their category to take advantage of the special pricing without problem when outside of the penalty phase (subject to availability). Back in April, DCL started enforcing their policy where you couldn't downgrade during the penalty phase without booking a new reservation and sacrificing your original deposit (this still made sense for some people to do given the extremely low pricing being offered!)

However, you can only have 1 booking code offer from DCL on your reservation at a time. Booking code offers include Kids Sail Free, Kids half off, Florida Resident, Military rates, CA resident rates, UK rates, special Castaway Club offers, Disney Visa $50 OBC, and anything else that has a booking code associated with it. The onboard booking benefits is also a booking code offer, though they don't publish the booking code to us! So if you have an onboard reservation and switch to the military rates (like we did on the WBTA) you lose the rebooking discount and OBC (but we saved way more than that with the military rates.) Or, since you're a 1st time cruiser, you might be aiming for the Disney Visa OBC offer, which you would then forego if you chose to switch to a kids sail free offer if one came out for your cruise. If you book with a good TA who knows Disney and DCL well, and has the bandwith to provide you with personalized attention, they should be able to watch out for special offers that apply to you and give you a heads up so you can rebook and take advantage of them.

On the WBTA, I found the military rates for our cruise before DU did, and before we reached the start of the penalty phase, and had us rebooked under them almost a week before they were published on the website, which wasn't until after the penalty phase had begin.

discorsner
10-20-2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks so much HallsofVA! You helped me out a lot by confirming what I was thinking! :worship:

Other questions I have would be could you change the dummy date more than once and keep all the benefits?

For example if I was on a 2011 cruise and book a dummy date because I want to go again in 2013 or something that is not out yet, then once 2013 dates come up I change it to what I think I actually want, can I move it again if I decide I want something else or if we decide we can't do it til 2014 or something like that?

What I am really thinking is how likely it would be for me to want to book multiple dummy dates? How far in the future could these be used if I kept changing them?

Also you mentioned that you can book onboard for family and friends? How the heck does that work? :) You can book for them with all their info and they still get the benefits as you would? If so that is amazing. I never knew really how powerful booking onboard could be. We have been on 2 DCL cruises and I wish I had booked some dummies!

HallsofVA
10-20-2010, 11:39 PM
You had to wait to post until after I'd shut my PC off for the night! I had to rebook since I realized it would take way to long to respond via blackberry!

Thanks so much HallsofVA! You helped me out a lot by confirming what I was thinking! :worship:

Other questions I have would be could you change the dummy date more than once and keep all the benefits?Yes. My experience is that you can move and change a date as many time as you want, as long as you are outside of the penalty phase. You will pay the rate at the time you rebook (less the applicable discount) and you will receive the onboard booking benefits applicable to the cruise you select (so %discount and OBC amount may vary if you book a shorter or longer cruise, or a speciality cruise.)

For example if I was on a 2011 cruise and book a dummy date because I want to go again in 2013 or something that is not out yet, then once 2013 dates come up I change it to what I think I actually want, can I move it again if I decide I want something else or if we decide we can't do it til 2014 or something like that? Yes. You can move it as much as you want.

What I am really thinking is how likely it would be for me to want to book multiple dummy dates? How far in the future could these be used if I kept changing them? I thought 2 dummy dates was sufficient, but have managed to use all 4 I have outstanding at the moment (2 each with prior and current TA) until I decide which cruise I want to take for sure. With the new % based deposit structure, I'm paying a lot less in deposits this year than we paid when bookings first opened last year.

Also you mentioned that you can book onboard for family and friends? How the heck does that work? :) You can book for them with all their info and they still get the benefits as you would? If so that is amazing. Yes. You can rebook anyone, with the caveats (that I've been told) that you need to be booked on the same cruise with them at the time you rebook (one or both of you can change dates afterward and keep the rebooking benefits), and you can only book for others up to the number of people in your sailing party. (So we could book 4 reservations per cruise for others since we are a family of 4.) When booking for others, especially non-family members, it's easiest if they have already made their reservation with DCL, and have not placed their reservation with a TA before you rebook, since you only need their reservation number and details and not their credit card, since the rebooking person can transfer the deposit from one reservation to another as long as DCL holds the original reservation. I rebooked my FIL one time, and when they weren't able to get DU on the phone to release his deposit, I had to get him to send me his credit card information so he could pay the deposit again, then we had DU cancel his original reservation and refund the money once I was off the ship. Funny enough, I've been able to rebook my family and friend's reservations without problem, but have never been able to rebook one of my cruises while onboard! (since I generally go for the cheap or hard to get categories that can sell out.)

Prior to my last cruise for example, I learned one of my coworkers had booked 2 rooms on the Dream for next spring. I checked and realized that the categories he booked were still available to book, and that the price hadn't changed from when he booked, so he would save some money (10%) and gain OBC if we rebooked. He sent me his confirms, I took them on the ship with me, and rebooked his reservations for him. He also asked me to recommend a TA, so I had his reservations placed with a TA, and he received additional OBC from the TA for each room. Just a little bit of waiting in line on my part (I did it the first day on the ship when the lines were shortest), and he saved some money and will have additional spending money once onboard from both DCL and the TA.

I never knew really how powerful booking onboard could be. We have been on 2 DCL cruises and I wish I had booked some dummies!

discorsner
10-20-2010, 11:52 PM
Thanks again HallsofVA! Sorry I caught you after your computer was off! I really appreciate all the help! :thumbsup2

Silverfox97
10-21-2010, 09:12 AM
Is there a limit of how many bookings you can make? I saw a post above saying that someone was going to have their DD book. Wasn't sure what the benefit of that would be (other than it would be cute :) )

When we were on board in Aug, the family we were dining with (and fellow DISer!) said they booked 3 cruises (well, actually re-shopped all 3 - they were already booked) - one reso was held by the Mom, one by the Dad, and one by the DD 2 1/2. They said that you can book as many cruises as their are people in your room.

So, I figure, in Jan, I can book a cruise, and DH & DD can book dummy dates!

By the way, thanks HallsofVA - great info that will help many many people out!!!

HallsofVA
10-21-2010, 10:42 AM
When we were on board in Aug, the family we were dining with (and fellow DISer!) said they booked 3 cruises (well, actually re-shopped all 3 - they were already booked) - one reso was held by the Mom, one by the Dad, and one by the DD 2 1/2. They said that you can book as many cruises as their are people in your room.

So, I figure, in Jan, I can book a cruise, and DH & DD can book dummy dates!

By the way, thanks HallsofVA - great info that will help many many people out!!!

An adult has to be the primary person on a reservation, so I doubt their toddler was really the one holding the reservation.:)

Different people have reported different variations on the rules regarding how many cruises you can book. As mentioned, I've been told it's unlimited as to the number you book for yourself, but restricted as to the number you book for others. But since it sounds like you're planning to be within the number regardless, shouldn't be a problem for you.

Suz D
10-22-2010, 03:33 AM
An adult has to be the primary person on a reservation, so I doubt their toddler was really the one holding the reservation.:)

I don't think this is entirely accurate. We had two different cruises booked for March 2011 when those great 1/3/11 rates came out. My in-laws wanted to travel with us so we transferred our daughter (14) to the primary person on one of the reservations, took my DH, myself, & our DD (4) off the ressie, and then transferred that ressie to 1/3/11. We then added my in-laws as the 2nd and 3rd passengers in our daughter's cabin. That was how the DCL agent told us it had to be done.

We transferred the other reservation to the 1/3/11 sailing with just our 4 yo DD and my DH and me. It worked out great for us because we got the 10% off and the OBC. It ended up being a GREAT deal with the extra OBC our TA gave us we're sailing for less than $425/pp for the 5 nights.

HallsofVA
10-22-2010, 06:34 AM
I don't think this is entirely accurate. We had two different cruises booked for March 2011 when those great 1/3/11 rates came out. My in-laws wanted to travel with us so we transferred our daughter (14) to the primary person on one of the reservations, took my DH, myself, & our DD (4) off the ressie, and then transferred that ressie to 1/3/11. We then added my in-laws as the 2nd and 3rd passengers in our daughter's cabin. That was how the DCL agent told us it had to be done.

We transferred the other reservation to the 1/3/11 sailing with just our 4 yo DD and my DH and me. It worked out great for us because we got the 10% off and the OBC. It ended up being a GREAT deal with the extra OBC our TA gave us we're sailing for less than $425/pp for the 5 nights.

Really? This I did not know. I know an adult has to be in each reservation. I just assumed that meant they had to be the primary person as well. Curious!