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QCTodd
02-07-2012, 01:54 PM
Yesterday we met with our travel agent and booked our first ever major family vacation. We will be spending Christmas 2013 aboard the Disney dream! The wife's and I have been on Cruises before but this will be the first time for the kids. I know booking is the major part but beside read, read, and reread this board what else should we do? Anything to keep out eyes out for? Our agent didn't see any shipboard credits, are there any? We are convincing friends to go and so far we at up to 10 people. We are in cabin 6124 (I think), anyone know anything about this cabin? what kind of weather are we looking at, I know it will be warmer than the cold Midwest! I'm sure I will have many more questions as its 22 months away! Tha is ahead of time!

sauerkraut
02-07-2012, 02:24 PM
Be prepared for a very full ship. :rolleyes1

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 02:31 PM
Be prepared for a very full ship. :rolleyes1

Lol, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

sissy_ib
02-07-2012, 02:31 PM
Yesterday we met with our travel agent and booked our first ever major family vacation. We will be spending Christmas 2013 aboard the Disney dream! The wife's and I have been on Cruises before but this will be the first time for the kids. I know booking is the major part but beside read, read, and reread this board what else should we do? Anything to keep out eyes out for? Our agent didn't see any shipboard credits, are there any? We are convincing friends to go and so far we at up to 10 people. We are in cabin 6124 (I think), anyone know anything about this cabin? what kind of weather are we looking at, I know it will be warmer than the cold Midwest! I'm sure I will have many more questions as its 22 months away! Tha is ahead of time!

Just keep reading. You can look at the Navigators that are posted here http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruise-new/cr-stateroom-navigator.htmto get an idea of the kinds of activities they will have on-board. Check out the port adventures on DCL's website to see if you would be interested. I have not spent much time over on Cruise Critic but they are supposed to have good reviews of the different excursions. Trip adviser is another good place to look.
For now just gather info then a few months out start deciding what you want to book. I think you can book excursions 75 days out so you have a lot of time to decide.

Disney Dreams
02-07-2012, 04:27 PM
Yesterday we met with our travel agent and booked our first ever major family vacation. We will be spending Christmas 2013 aboard the Disney dream! The wife's and I have been on Cruises before but this will be the first time for the kids. I know booking is the major part but beside read, read, and reread this board what else should we do? Anything to keep out eyes out for? Our agent didn't see any shipboard credits, are there any? We are convincing friends to go and so far we at up to 10 people. We are in cabin 6124 (I think), anyone know anything about this cabin? what kind of weather are we looking at, I know it will be warmer than the cold Midwest! I'm sure I will have many more questions as its 22 months away! Tha is ahead of time!

How exciting! You are going to love it! I would read the FAQ sticky at the top of this board. It has a lot of the information you will want to know and will probably generate questions, at which point you can post here and get answers. I would also look over the various excursions offered during your cruise and see if there are any you will want to book when the time comes.

Welcome to your new addiction --- well, two actually: DCL and DISBoards!

- Dreams

woody73
02-07-2012, 06:19 PM
Be prepared for a very full ship. :rolleyes1



Lol, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
That depends on whether you like long lines.

Woody

mickey2000
02-07-2012, 06:30 PM
A good point is that you have almost 2 years to save lots of money :rotfl:

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Sarabi's Cubs
02-07-2012, 07:17 PM
We did a New Year's cruise last year and had a blast. The ship was full but it didn't detract from our vacation in any way. Orlando was very cold when we got there but the weather for the cruise was mostly mid-70s. It was gorgeous!!!

Laurie

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 08:54 PM
That depends on whether you like long lines.

Woody

Long lines? For what? Anything to stay away from?

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 08:59 PM
A good point is that you have almost 2 years to save lots of money :rotfl:



That doesn't sound good, lol. What's the typical extra amount spent?

mickey2000
02-07-2012, 09:03 PM
Long lines? For what? Anything to stay away from?

On the first island the train ride back to the ship can be pretty crowded during Christmas !
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sissy_ib
02-07-2012, 09:10 PM
That doesn't sound good, lol. What's the typical extra amount spent?

There really is not a typical. Some people spend less than $100 extra some spend thousands. If you do research, like you are, you will know what you want to do and about how much it will all cost.

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:20 PM
There really is not a typical. Some people spend less than $100 extra some spend thousands. If you do research, like you are, you will know what you want to do and about how much it will all cost.

On our previous cruises we spent about $700 which was just the 2 of us. I sure there are plenty of varriences on what is spent, heck it would cost $2000 for our family to do the dolphin trainer for the day alone lol. Is there an average that is being spent?

Mickeyhugger
02-07-2012, 09:20 PM
Long lines? For what? Anything to stay away from?

All of our DCL cruises have been during sold-out, peak times (spring break, summer, Thanksgiving.) The lines are NOTHING like the lines at WDW. (Long lines are mainly at the buffets on sea days, and for photos with the characters.) Even then, nothing stressworthy IMHO.:)

I'm sure you, your family and friends will have a WONDERFUL time!:banana:

sissy_ib
02-07-2012, 09:31 PM
On our previous cruises we spent about $700 which was just the 2 of us. I sure there are plenty of varriences on what is spent, heck it would cost $2000 for our family to do the dolphin trainer for the day alone lol. Is there an average that is being spent?

Mathematically? Yes, there is an average. I doubt anyone here knows that number however. The point I was trying to make is how much a person decides to spend on vacation is up to them.

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:34 PM
Mathematically? Yes, there is an average. I doubt anyone here knows that number however. The point I was trying to make is how much a person decides to spend on vacation is up to them.

Gotcha! Maybe what I looking for is like, ok here are the must haves for the boat, does that make sense? Lol

DisSarahK
02-07-2012, 09:45 PM
Did you buy cruise insurance? That is something to buy now if you haven't done it already.

QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:45 PM
On the first island the train ride back to the ship can be pretty crowded during Christmas !

We went on the bud light cruise 2 years ago The Dave Matthews Band performed on coco cay. The "seats" were first come first serve so I know what you mean by packed trams, the first tenders were CRAZY! I do think we ended up with decent "seats" tho


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QCTodd
02-07-2012, 09:47 PM
Did you buy cruise insurance? That is something to buy now if you haven't done it already.

Yes we did, figure it's a little investment that will cover our butts in case something does happen.

mellers
02-07-2012, 10:19 PM
Yesterday we met with our travel agent and booked our first ever major family vacation. We will be spending Christmas 2013 aboard the Disney dream! The wife's and I have been on Cruises before but this will be the first time for the kids. I know booking is the major part but beside read, read, and reread this board what else should we do? Anything to keep out eyes out for? Our agent didn't see any shipboard credits, are there any? We are convincing friends to go and so far we at up to 10 people. We are in cabin 6124 (I think), anyone know anything about this cabin? what kind of weather are we looking at, I know it will be warmer than the cold Midwest! I'm sure I will have many more questions as its 22 months away! Tha is ahead of time!

Given that you just did this yesterday, I would recommend buying cruise insurance, and not from Disney. You should do this very soon (preferably within the next week) to have the best selection of policies which will cover pre-existing conditions (I STRONGLY recommend this--Disney does not cover them). If you, or one of your traveling companions, is a serviceperson, reservist, or vet, I'd recommend using http://www.usaa.com/ for your travel insurance. It not only covers pre-existing conditions, but also deployments. Kids are also free.

If not, I would go with http://www.tripinsurancestore.com, http://www.insuremytrip.com , or http://www.squaremouth.com.

If you are traveling with children, try Travel Insured or Access America, but make sure you insure yourselves for the adult price. I know Travel Insured insures kids for free (bought their policy for a cruise), and another poster mentioned that Access America does as well. This can save you $$$$. You will probably pay less for this coverage, and get better coverage than Disney.

Still, I hope you have a great cruise and no need for the insurance :goodvibes

zealandsmom
02-07-2012, 11:41 PM
Yesterday we met with our travel agent and booked our first ever major family vacation. We will be spending Christmas 2013 aboard the Disney dream! The wife's and I have been on Cruises before but this will be the first time for the kids. I know booking is the major part but beside read, read, and reread this board what else should we do? Anything to keep out eyes out for? Our agent didn't see any shipboard credits, are there any? We are convincing friends to go and so far we at up to 10 people. We are in cabin 6124 (I think), anyone know anything about this cabin? what kind of weather are we looking at, I know it will be warmer than the cold Midwest! I'm sure I will have many more questions as its 22 months away! Tha is ahead of time!

Exciting...YES!!
No onboard credit???..... :confused3 I would think that ESPECIALLY with the price of that cruise your OBC would be hundreds??

Keurigirl
02-08-2012, 02:46 AM
I'd say read through the FAQ first, and then read a ton here before you start asking questions. You will find that pretty much everything you think to ask has already been asked. :)

QCTodd
02-08-2012, 04:12 AM
Exciting...YES!!
No onboard credit???..... :confused3 I would think that ESPECIALLY with the price of that cruise your OBC would be hundreds??

Is there any other way to find out what OBC is available than through our travel agent? She told us that if between now and then that if we wee to see any offers or anything at all to give her a call and she would check into it for us.

Silverfox97
02-08-2012, 10:22 AM
Is there any other way to find out what OBC is available than through our travel agent? She told us that if between now and then that if we wee to see any offers or anything at all to give her a call and she would check into it for us.

OBC from a travel agent is basically them giving you part of their commission in the form of OBC as a thank you. Here is an example of one:

http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/cruise/specials.htm#sbc

Also, if your travel agent booked your cruise online, you will get $25 OBC from Disney. Or, if you used a Disney Visa to pay the deposit and will also use it to pay the balance, you will get $50 from them and you can combine both of the above (and any from your travel agent as well).

Hope this helps!

zealandsmom
02-08-2012, 10:34 AM
OBC from a travel agent is basically them giving you part of their commission in the form of OBC as a thank you. Here is an example of one:

http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/cruise/specials.htm#sbc

Also, if your travel agent booked your cruise online, you will get $25 OBC from Disney. Or, if you used a Disney Visa to pay the deposit and will also use it to pay the balance, you will get $50 from them and you can combine both of the above (and any from your travel agent as well).

Hope this helps!

Use cruisecompete.com you will immediately get quotes from handfuls of agents competing to give you the best obc. We got $150 for an $1800 cruise!

DISNEYaddict4evr
02-08-2012, 11:21 AM
The wife's ...

:eek: More than one!!

hehe that was how i first read it

Join the club I am going on my first Disney Cruise the November, I'm so excited :banana:

QCTodd
02-08-2012, 12:24 PM
So it sounds like my first mistake was booking with this travel agent. Should or am I able to cancel or transfer from agent to one that does have so e sort of OBC

SallySkelington
02-08-2012, 02:15 PM
I would just keep researching but most of all I would be getting ready to have fun and see if you have your cruise is in the Disney Cruise Meets section (Probably not just yet). Don't worry, you have plenty of time to prepare. :goodvibes

zealandsmom
02-08-2012, 02:20 PM
So it sounds like my first mistake was booking with this travel agent. Should or am I able to cancel or transfer from agent to one that does have so e sort of OBC

Try cruisecompete and see what kind of OBC you get offered. It is totally free to get quotes and you will have them within the hour (most are automated)
If you haven't paid in full you should get your refund and can rebook with someone else. As long as the price hasn't gone up I would TOTALLY overlook your options!

QCTodd
02-08-2012, 05:50 PM
Try cruisecompete and see what kind of OBC you get offered. It is totally free to get quotes and you will have them within the hour (most are automated)
If you haven't paid in full you should get your refund and can rebook with someone else. As long as the price hasn't gone up I would TOTALLY overlook your options!


Doing that now, thanks! How would I go about this then? Do I contact my current agent and say "hey I'm ditching you for some OBC!" then request a deposit?

zealandsmom
02-08-2012, 07:01 PM
Doing that now, thanks! How would I go about this then? Do I contact my current agent and say "hey I'm ditching you for some OBC!" then request a deposit?


That is exactly what I would do. As long as your cruise price hasn't gone up. Keep up posted on how much money you're getting extra now! (Should be about $100 per thousand)

Good luck

CMJeanae
02-08-2012, 10:45 PM
I've done cruises where I haven't spent a penny more than the cruise itself and tips. It takes willpower! But you can still have a very full, very satisfying, very fun trip and not feel like you really missed out. I mean, you don't have to skip meals or anything. :laughing:

With that, a partial list of things that cost:
- Spa treatments (including the wonderful Rainforst Room pass - totally worth it)
- Specialty beverages (alcoholic, specialty coffee, sodas at some locals [though there's a free soda fountain on the pool deck])
- Room service (tips only, food's free)
- Boxed snacks for the theater
- Excursions (duh)
- Bingo
- Pictures
- Shopping (obviously)
- Laundry service
- More shopping!
- The art auction (they do this on the Dream as well, right?)
- Nursery for the itty-bitties.
- Palo's (worth it)
- Remy's (ditto, so I've heard)

So if you like your specialty drinks and love your spa treatments and want to do excursions and brunch at Remy's and shopping - start saving. :) But really you can make the trip just about as budget or as lavish as you wish and have a fantastic time.

mellers
02-09-2012, 12:41 AM
On our first cruise, we booked our excursions ourselves, and booked our pre-cruise hotel and pre-cruise transportation to the port ourselves--saved quite a lot over Disney by doing it that way, and got to the cruise terminal in plenty of time.

On the ship, we didn't do Palo (and we LOVED! the dining room, so we didn't feel deprived), we didn't do any spa treatments, and if we wanted a snack, we got fruit or ice cream from the quick service places by the pool. We also got non-alcoholic drinks at the free drink station, and didn't drink any alcohol.

My daughter and I did the character tea, and we all did games, movies, shows, and generally had a wonderful time on the ship. We did great excursions that we really liked. We ate all of our meals on the ship.

When we left, all that was on our bill were the laundry fees from the laundromat, and the gratuities--most of it was covered by our OBC.

I suppose we could have had a more luxurious trip, but we all felt like we had a wonderful time, and felt quite pampered.