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BCV2003 05-22-2012 02:44 PM

Booking cruise through Disney or Costco?
 
I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?

KsSteve 05-22-2012 02:48 PM

Only benefit of booking through Disney is that you have total control of the reservation, i.e. you can call in to Disney, and make changes through DCL website.

You still will be able to book excursions, palo, spa, etc yourself when paid in full and at the check in period.

I would book through Costco for the 190 gift card.

cypressmom 05-22-2012 03:00 PM

I booked through Costco and have had no problems.

BCV2003 05-22-2012 03:08 PM

Thanks for the input. I hadn't been able to find any downside of booking through Costco but since its my first cruise I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I don't think I'll have the need to make any changes in the next month before it is paid off.

janatmovies 05-22-2012 06:32 PM

We booked our first cruise through Costco they work directly with Disney to make the reservation. The cash card is a great bonus and pretty much the only terms of booking it with them, as cancellation or changing of dates will only be penalized by Disney's policies and not their own. And you can still book your excursions and nursery time and everything like that through the Disney website. I even called Disney directly with my questions and concerns and they never referred me back to Costco.

Keurigirl 05-22-2012 06:33 PM

CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive. :)

jilljill 05-22-2012 06:40 PM

Here's a link to a very recent thread with the same questions/concerns: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2927487

Doinitwell 05-22-2012 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by BCV2003 (Post 44958865)
I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?

It is a no-brainer. No need to trouble yourself any further. Go with Costco. If you need to make any changes you can call Costco. While you are on the phone they will call Disney and make the changes for you. I see absolutely NO advantage in booking it with Disney.

woodduckmn 05-22-2012 09:57 PM

Pretty much book with who will give you the most obc/ best deal. Be it DCL, Costco or Dreams Unlimited, etc.

MillauFr 05-22-2012 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Keurigirl (Post 44961272)
CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive. :)

Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?

swalesfamily 05-22-2012 11:49 PM

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Originally Posted by MillauFr (Post 44963386)
Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?

I just booked through Dreams and they gave me $300 OBC:cool1: They quote it right in the quote for the cruise so you know your OBC upfront. The agent is also very helpful and answers my questions very quickly. Will definately use them again.

Gr00vyChc 05-23-2012 01:01 AM

We booked through Costco. For a 5 night on the Dream, we're getting a $400 GC.

Doinitwell 05-23-2012 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Gr00vyChc (Post 44964507)
We booked through Costco. For a 5 night on the Dream, we're getting a $400 GC.

Same here.

KsSteve 05-23-2012 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by MillauFr (Post 44963386)
Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?

Costco gives you a gift card after you take the cruise, not an OBC.

Princess Sleepy 05-23-2012 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by KsSteve (Post 44966381)
Costco gives you a gift card after you take the cruise, not an OBC.

Wait, so you don't get to use the money for your vacation? Is the money only god at Costco, or can you use it to pay off your credit card that you used on vacation?


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