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dani12
01-06-2006, 05:32 PM
I've been looking into the 4 day land/3 day sea cruise for 2 adults and 2 kids on Disneycruiseline.com. I haven't found much under 4-5 thousand. Should I look somewhere else? Where would be best? I talked to someone today and they said they booked the same thing for 2 adults and 2 kids for only $1700. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Steamboat Bill
01-06-2006, 06:22 PM
Try AAA or www.orbitz.com (http://www.orbitz.com)

Unfortunatley (for us) the Disney cruise doesn't need to give discounts to sell out. However, it is a wonderful vacation.

Piecey
01-06-2006, 07:27 PM
Try requesting a quote from the sponsor of our boards- Dreams Unlimited.

I got a great rate for two from them for a cruise next year!!

erikthewise
01-06-2006, 07:44 PM
I assure you no one has booked the "same thing" for $1700. Even the $4K-$5K will probably cost more once all expenses are considered.

If you want to lower the cost, do as many of the following as you are comfortable with:
(1) go at a slow time of year. Jan, Sept or early Dec seem to have the lowest cruise rates
(2) book the land and sea portions separately to allow yourselves to find the best deal on each.
(3) Book with a Disney Specialist travel agency such as Dreams Unlimited. Ask about special deals several weeks before you book, in particular about a category 12 guarantee rate. Get quotes from several agencies.
(4) Plan to stay at a value resort or offsite equivalent.
(5) If you live within reasonable driving distance (your call) and have the time, consider driving instead of flying.
(6) Eat cheap during the land portion.
(7) Don't do any excursions or shopping on the cruise.

If you do most of these things, you might get it down to around $3000. If you insist on a Disney package with a verandah stateroom, you'll be lucky to get away for less than $6000.

There's not much you can do to save on park tickets, but you can save a little by ordering them in advance from online vendors such as ticketmania.com (perfectly legit and reliable).

Regardless, do not omit travel insurance or tips. These are not optional extras.

Tink&SquirtsMom
01-06-2006, 07:56 PM
We did a 4 night cruise w/land, not the 3 night but we found that we could do it cheaper by booking the land and sea portion separately, so that we could take advantage of discount codes available for the land portion at WDW (see resort board to get info on those). And so that we weren't required to book at the same level for both parts of trip (only needed a cat 9 for the cruise but wanted to stay at the WDW deluxe hotels). I wouldn't go into it expecting to pay $1700 for a 7 day vacation though. $1700 will get you a cat 11 or 12 gty on a 3 day cruise in 2006/2007 offseason at best, and then you would still have to pay for your land portion, transportation, park tickets, etc. Maybe the person you talked to went awhile ago? I know the same cruise we just did in July '05 (booked back in '03) would be over $1100 more then we paid if I were to book it in '06 or '07 (same dates, itinerary, and category). Good luck!! I highly recommend all seas travel .com. I've also used dreamsunlimited (though not for the cruise) and had a great experience with them too. Both of their pricing does tend to beat Disney's website for the cruise portion. The one thing about a Disney cruise is it is pricey but SOO worth it.

Piecey
01-06-2006, 08:04 PM
Why is travel insurance not to be ommited?
I declined to buy it..

eblack0409
01-06-2006, 08:11 PM
If you book them separate instead of together it will save $$$. I was looking at a land and sea for October 2006, and booking separate will save us over $1000.

dani12
01-06-2006, 08:30 PM
Thanks for all the info. I've looked around a few places and have come up with just about the same amount everywhere, give or take. The woman that I talked to is going in two weeks. The trip was a gift from her mother. I asked her how much it was b/c I had been looking and she said the itinerary said $1700. After everything that I've read I think she may have just saw the cruise part!!

erikthewise
01-06-2006, 08:40 PM
Why is travel insurance not to be ommited?
I declined to buy it..

You can omit it if you are willing to accept the possible loss of what you paid in advance. It sounded to me that OP was not in a good position to lose that much.

tvguy
01-06-2006, 09:09 PM
Don't know what Disneyworld prices are like, but 4 days at Disneyland for 4 cost me $2000 with airfare, so $4000 sound about right to me with the cruise added on.