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Lisa Lisa 03-31-2013 08:32 PM

Recent Onboard Booking Experience to Share
 
We just got off the Fantasy on Saturday, and we re-shopped a 2014 booking that I had made on opening day for Silver CC members (2/14). I had some questions about how this would work beforehand, so I thought I'd report back in case others have the same questions.

I had booked the 6/26/14 Med cruise from Venice, and the price for our category (7A) went up about $250 about a week after we booked. As of the day before we set sail, the price had not increased again. While we were onboard, I wanted to rebook to get the OBB benefits and keep the same room. I also wanted to designate a TA (Costco). I had read conflicting reports here re: whether we would have to cancel our original reservation or if it would be possible to modify our original reservation.

I took a copy of the e-mail confirmation of our reservation, and the woman I worked with at the Future Cruise Desk was able to modify that reservation. So we got 10% off the opening day price, AND we kept the same room, AND I was able to designate Costco as our TA -- even though it had been more than 30 days since I had made the original reservation. The only downside is that we did not get 10% of our original 20% deposit refunded. Personally, though, I was fine with that since it means our final balance isn't quite so painful!

I hope that makes sense and that it answers questions for some of you!

Chipmunklove 03-31-2013 09:41 PM

That is great info! We have booked the WBTA 2014 but want to try and get the benefits of the onboard booking when we cruise this fall in the Eastern Caribbean. I hope we get the same positive results. Congrats and enjoy your cruise.

chrisrunty 03-31-2013 09:57 PM

Did you also get your OBC?

Lisa Lisa 03-31-2013 10:22 PM

Yes, we still get the $200 OBC from DCL, plus we will get a large cash card from Costco. If we had cancelled the original reservation and rebooked, we would only have had to pay a 10% deposit, but then we would have gotten 10% off the current (higher) cruise fare and not the opening day fare.

We also made a reservation for a spring break cruise as a backup, in case airfare to Europe is prohibitively expensive when the time comes to book our flights. For that cruise, we were not eligible for the 10% off, but we only had to put 10% down and we will get a $200 OBC.

Lisa Lisa 03-31-2013 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chipmunklove (Post 47967185)
That is great info! We have booked the WBTA 2014 but want to try and get the benefits of the onboard booking when we cruise this fall in the Eastern Caribbean. I hope we get the same positive results. Congrats and enjoy your cruise.

Good luck! I hope you get the same results as well. FWIW, I worked with Rencia at the Future Cruise Desk.

Lisa Lisa 03-31-2013 10:27 PM

One other thing to note: Some have commented here that they did not receive written/printed confirmation of their OBB. I was handed a very official looking printed confirmation on the spot after I re-shopped our Med cruise. For the backup spring break cruise, I got a written quote and spent a couple of days mulling it over with my DH. On the second-to-last night of the cruise, I dropped the quote card in the box at the Future Cruise Desk. The next day a printed confirmation was delivered to our room.


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