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kristieboyd 01-26-2013 08:49 PM

How do you know which dummy cruise to book?
 
What criteria do you use when booking a dummy date? Do you research online before you leave to find the cheapest one possible, do you book for a time when you might want to go, a certain type of room, etc?

We cruise in 2 weeks and want to have all of my ducks in a row. I'm sure we're going to be DCL hooked by the end and ready for another! :thumbsup2

DynamicDisneyDuo 01-26-2013 08:52 PM

Just tell the person at the Future Cruise desk that you want to book a dummy date. They will find you the cheapest and farthest out date and stateroom they can.

safeti01 01-26-2013 09:58 PM

My wife and I took a Sept eastern cruise on the Fantasy. Went to the cruise and they booked on a Nov 2013 3 day cruise with a deposit of $100. My TA at AAA received notification before we arrived back home two days later. We just changed it to a Western curise on the Fantasy for Feb 2014 and got the same room we had before.. Our TA did all this for us. Its a long wait.

kcashner 01-26-2013 10:38 PM

Just book a 3 night cruise as far out as possible avoiding holiday weeks.

ruadisneyfan2 01-26-2013 11:07 PM

I like to search on DCL's website approx 1 week before sailing to see which dates will give me the lowest deposit. I do this just in case there's a long line at the future cruise desk so I'll know what date to write on the postcard to put in the drop box.

boogabuzz 01-26-2013 11:17 PM

I always do a 3n in Sept(not Labor Day) or Oct in an 11c. those are the cheapest months to cruise so your deposit will be the cheapest.

ruadisneyfan2 01-27-2013 12:12 AM

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Originally Posted by boogabuzz (Post 47319347)
I always do a 3n in Sept(not Labor Day) or Oct in an 11c. those are the cheapest months to cruise so your deposit will be the cheapest.


:thumbsup2
Late Jan & Feb are good too.

su_A_ve 01-27-2013 12:37 AM

For a dummy cruise, you would want to book the latest possible one. Today, that would be the last week in August 2014 - 3 day dream, one passenger. Deposit should be about $100 or less..

SleepyDeb 01-27-2013 02:40 AM

We booked a dummy cruise earlier this week. lady at the booking desk handled everything and she booked us on a 3 day cruise end of Aug 2014 in an 11c cabin. Deposit was $94. We can change to any cruise that has availability and any cabin type.

cinmouse 01-27-2013 08:02 AM

Ok, I have a question...you can book just 1 person & then add more later? Does the 10% apply to the total cost when you actually find the cruise you want?
Also, since you are booking a 1 person, are you charged with the increase or does it just make sense to at least book 2 people?

NancyIL 01-27-2013 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cinmouse (Post 47320735)
Ok, I have a question...you can book just 1 person & then add more later? Does the 10% apply to the total cost when you actually find the cruise you want?
Also, since you are booking a 1 person, are you charged with the increase or does it just make sense to at least book 2 people?

Yes, the 10% discount applies to the total pre-tax cruise cost, and the deposit amount will increase if you move the booking to a more expensive cruise. Since the single supplement is now 200%, there isn't much difference in the deposit amount for 1 person vs. 2 people.

DebbieOBX 01-27-2013 08:39 AM

What is the advantage to booking onboard? New to disney.

thanks

jelliott04 01-27-2013 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by DebbieOBX (Post 47320934)
What is the advantage to booking onboard? New to disney.

thanks

I just asked this question recently. The answer is a savings of 10%. When you decide on an exact date (if you book a dummy date online just to get the discount) then you'll save 10% of the total cost of that cruise. So for a $5000 cruise, you'd save $500.

J

jelliott04 01-27-2013 10:34 AM

If we book a cruise while on board, am I right that we then couldn't take advantage of any KSF options or other discounts? I'm pretty sure but just want to double check.

J

HermanTriplets+1 01-27-2013 11:49 AM

Hi:goodvibes
When we booked our "dummy cruise" in June 2012, we asked for a dummy date late 2013. At first we were quoted a December 2013 cruise but I had done my homework and it was more than I thought I needed to pay for a dummy booking. Only then I asked what category he'd quoted us and it was like a 5c or something - not the cheapest category at all. He said "But that's what's left on the December 2013 date that we're using for dummy bookings." :headache: So I told him that we wanted a dummy booking in the cheapest category for the lowest price - and we didn't care if it wasn't December. We ended up with a September date. Moral: know approximately how much the cheapest fare is, and make sure you get it!:thumbsup2


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