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merky
01-14-2011, 04:14 PM
Ok everyone I am still lost I really want to book but....... when I check the Disney site and put in the same info as I gave dreams unlimited my total is off by 324.00 ???? TA more expensive I thought they did not charge a fee , I have e-mailed them but only have a certain time to book I wanted the OBC but looks like I am being charged for them to give it to me.:confused3

smb6
01-14-2011, 04:19 PM
It should be the same..... For starters, I would ask the TA to break it down for you.... Did you go through the whole thing as if booking on Disney's site to make sure they were adding the taxes and all?

merky
01-14-2011, 04:26 PM
yes I did every thing on the disney site except click book now I hope when she emails me back its just a mistake and I can go a head and book.

jel0511
01-14-2011, 04:28 PM
Dreams might be including insurance. Reprice the cruise, with insurance included.

merky
01-14-2011, 04:28 PM
Is there some kind of port charges?

merky
01-14-2011, 04:29 PM
Dreams might be including insurance. Reprice the cruise, with insurance included.


I did insurance and ground transportation on both Disney and dreams.

one princess
01-14-2011, 04:34 PM
This happened to me and when I asked the TA about it she realized she had the wrong date. Easy fix.

merky
01-14-2011, 05:50 PM
she said it was because hers was for Category 5A and I was putting in Category 5C on Disney can anyone tell me what the difference is ? Wow could this get any more confusing!!!

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 05:56 PM
A 5A would be more expensive than a 5C. It has to do with the location of the stateroom on the ship (generally speaking a cabin on a higher deck will be more expensive than a cabin on a lower deck).

Ask her to price out a 5C, same as what you were looking at, and it should come out exactly the same. (Or you could look at a 5A ;) )

merky
01-14-2011, 05:59 PM
A 5A would be more expensive than a 5C. It has to do with the location of the stateroom on the ship (generally speaking a cabin on a higher deck will be more expensive than a cabin on a lower deck).

Ask her to price out a 5C, same as what you were looking at, and it should come out exactly the same. (Or you could look at a 5A ;) )

I tried to put in a 5A on Disney when I do on the last page it shows a 5C , do I want a 5A??????????? is it better?????

OH in her quote it is cabin 7070 ????

Lexa
01-14-2011, 06:25 PM
I got my first quote through Dream and price was different for exactly $100. Well then I figured it out that they offer me $100 onboard credit for my kind of stateroom, which I assume they charge me.....didn't finalize through them. I went to may local TA in town and got the same price with better insurance and cheaper then DCL offers.

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 06:28 PM
That's odd...a 5C would be on Deck 7 (like cabin 7070) whereas a 5A should be on Deck 9 or 10 (hence the higher price).

Whether you want to be on a higher deck or not is really personal preference. To be honest, I can't really tell the difference between deck 7 and deck 9!

Can you ask DU to price a 5C for you?

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 06:31 PM
I got my first quote through Dream and price was different for exactly $100. Well then I figured it out that they offer me $100 onboard credit for my kind of stateroom, which I assume they charge me.....didn't finalize through them. I went to may local TA in town and got the same price with better insurance and cheaper then DCL offers.

DU does not charge you for the OBC, and they don't pad the prices; you get charged exactly what Disney charges. There had to be some difference between what you were pricing on their site and what DU quoted. Usually it's a small difference in the category, such as going from a 5A to a 5B.

Oh, and I don't work for DU, I'm just familiar with their policies and have used them in the past ;)

merky
01-14-2011, 06:34 PM
here is the info she sent she did tell me in the last e-mail she can change it to a 5C

Trip Dates: 10/01/2011 to 10/08/2011
Cruise Type: 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise Only
Stateroom Category: 5A
Stateroom Number: 7070 Map of the Ship
Dinner Seating: First
Resort: None
Number of Rooms: 1
Party Description: 2 Adults 1 Child
Age: 14
Cruise Price: $4,777.83
(All Taxes, Fees & Port Charges Included

merky
01-14-2011, 06:37 PM
DU does not charge you for the OBC, and they don't pad the prices; you get charged exactly what Disney charges. There had to be some difference between what you were pricing on their site and what DU quoted. Usually it's a small difference in the category, such as going from a 5A to a 5B.

Oh, and I don't work for DU, I'm just familiar with their policies and have used them in the past ;)

I think I am going to go ahead and get the quote for a 5C and book my First Cruise:banana:

Lexa
01-14-2011, 06:38 PM
DU does not charge you for the OBC, and they don't pad the prices; you get charged exactly what Disney charges. There had to be some difference between what you were pricing on their site and what DU quoted. Usually it's a small difference in the category, such as going from a 5A to a 5B.

Oh, and I don't work for DU, I'm just familiar with their policies and have used them in the past ;)

Could be that they priced something different them me, but the difference was exactly $100.

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 06:39 PM
I tried to put in a 5A on Disney when I do on the last page it shows a 5C , do I want a 5A??????????? is it better?????

OH in her quote it is cabin 7070 ????

I'm sorry, I was thinking of the categories on the Dream, but you're looking at sailing on the Magic!! I just checked the DCL Travel Agents website, and for a 5A on Deck 7 the price quoted to you by DU is exactly the same as the DCL site lists.

merky
01-14-2011, 06:42 PM
I would sail on the dream but I am bound by a kido in school and she is on fall break the first week in Oct.

Namsupak
01-14-2011, 06:43 PM
I just tried it on the DCL site and it is the exact same price the TA gave you. here is the Breakdown:

Price Breakdown

Adult 1:$1,619.00
Adult 2:$1,619.00
Child 1 (Age 14):$759.00
Vacation Insurance:$319.76
Ground Transportation:$210.00
Government Taxes & Fees (Cruise):$251.07
Total:$4,777.83
*Price includes
$25 Onboard Credit

merky
01-14-2011, 06:45 PM
any one think I should go with a 5A over the 5C ???? again I am so
confused:confused3

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 06:45 PM
A 5C would be $4,158.07 with all taxes, fees and transfers (or 4453.83 with trip insurance). In that case you'd be on deck 5 or 6.

I think you'd be happy with any of those three floors, so if you're happy with what your TA has priced you should go for it!

Namsupak
01-14-2011, 06:50 PM
It is only a location issue. For example do you want to be close to a certain area of the ship such as the adult areas, children's areas, drink station, theaters, etc. Some people like to be lower and further to the aft because they worry about sea sickness. Some people don't like the engine noise so they move more forward. It really just depends on your situation. For example we don't like connecting rooms so we make this a priority.

Also in my opinion if you are going to do a 5a vs a 5c you might just want to look at a Category 4.

merky
01-14-2011, 06:50 PM
I would also like to say to the other post about the cost of a Cruise I was surprised it was this cheap , I had thought it would be twice as much. this is less than my last Disney World vacation.

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 06:50 PM
On deck 7 you'll be above a floor that is all cabins, and below a floor that i all cabins, so you're pretty sure to have a quiet room. The risk on 5 is that it's the same floor as the kid's club, which could be fine or it could be noisy! The same with deck 6, you'd want to choose your cabin carefully so you're not directly above the clubs.

So, 5A, probably pretty quiet, 5C be careful to choose a cabin far from the clubs just to be sure!!

merky
01-14-2011, 06:54 PM
On deck 7 you'll be above a floor that is all cabins, and below a floor that i all cabins, so you're pretty sure to have a quiet room. The risk on 5 is that it's the same floor as the kid's club, which could be fine or it could be noisy! The same with deck 6, you'd want to choose your cabin carefully so you're not directly above the clubs.

So, 5A, probably pretty quiet, 5C be careful to choose a cabin far from the clubs just to be sure!!

thats a good point about the noisy , but the pro to that is I have a 14 year old that would be on the same floor as the kids clubs easy to get to and check up on!

smb6
01-14-2011, 06:55 PM
thats a good point about the noisy , but the pro to that is I have a 14 year old that would be on the same floor as the kids clubs easy to get to and check up on!

The 14 yr old will actually not be in the kids clubs - he will be in the teen club on the top deck..... Personally- I would save a few bucks and go with 5c! Good luck deciding!

merky
01-14-2011, 07:00 PM
The 14 yr old will actually not be in the kids clubs - he will be in the teen club on the top deck..... Personally- I would save a few bucks and go with 5c! Good luck deciding!

ok that decides it I will go with the 5A , no offence to anyone but don't want to be around little little kids

mousejunkie98
01-14-2011, 07:04 PM
ok that decides it I will go with the 5A , no offence to anyone but don't want to be around little little kids

No guarantee you won't have a lot of kids in the rooms around you, but at least you won't be in the middle of the action on the club floor :lmao:

merky
01-14-2011, 07:07 PM
thanks everyone its done, 5A won out we are offically booked for our first cruise :banana::banana::banana:

merky
01-14-2011, 07:09 PM
No guarantee you won't have a lot of kids in the rooms around you, but at least you won't be in the middle of the action on the club floor :lmao:

yeah thats what I thought I have seen alot of Disney melt downs , quite a few by my DD when she was younger.

MAJPLO
01-14-2011, 07:13 PM
I tried to put in a 5A on Disney when I do on the last page it shows a 5C , do I want a 5A??????????? is it better?????

OH in her quote it is cabin 7070 ????

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HallsofVA
01-14-2011, 09:41 PM
here is the info she sent she did tell me in the last e-mail she can change it to a 5C

Trip Dates: 10/01/2011 to 10/08/2011
Cruise Type: 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise Only
Stateroom Category: 5A
Stateroom Number: 7070 Map of the Ship
Dinner Seating: First
Resort: None
Number of Rooms: 1
Party Description: 2 Adults 1 Child
Age: 14
Cruise Price: $4,777.83
(All Taxes, Fees & Port Charges Included

Her email is confusing, because she's quoting insurance and transfers, but doesn't list them in the summary of costs.

I just priced it out on DCL.com and got a price almost $500 lower using exactly what you have above, and I got:
Price Breakdown
Adult 1: $1,619.00 Adult 2: $1,619.00 Child 1 (Age 14): $759.00 Government Taxes & Fees (Cruise): $251.07
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Total: $4,248.07

Then I went and added the insurance and ground transfers, and got exactly what you were quoted and what others have confirmed:

Price Breakdown
Adult 1: $1,619.00 Adult 2: $1,619.00 Child 1 (Age 14): $759.00 Vacation Insurance: $319.76 Ground Transportation: $210.00 Government Taxes & Fees (Cruise): $251.07
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Total: $4,777.83 *Price includes
$25 Onboard Credit

KSDisneyDad
01-14-2011, 09:58 PM
Enjoy your cruise! The 5A will be great.

I would also like to say to the other post about the cost of a Cruise I was surprised it was this cheap , I had thought it would be twice as much. this is less than my last Disney World vacation.

Cost and value is so relative. I actually think that $4,250 for three people on a 7-night cruise is very expensive, especially for early October. We've done 5 cruises on Disney and have never paid close to that price per person per night. I know others have paid more and thought it was a good value. I only post this to point out that you can cruise a lot less expensively on DCL than even this. We will be cruising in summer 2012 for 7-nights and for 5 of us in two rooms (5b/11c combo), it is about $5,500. And of our three 7-night cruises on DCL, this will be by far, our most expensive one.

HallsofVA
01-14-2011, 10:03 PM
Since there are 3 of you, you could book a Cat 7A Navigator's Verandah and save some money, but you wouldn't have the full open verandah, just an open porthole and a neat reading nook. I checked, and alas none of the secret verandahs are available for your sailing.

But a 7A with ins and transfers is $4194.63, or $3708.07 with no transfers or insurance, making it $250 less than the 5C.