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js 06-17-2013 12:49 PM

DREAM: Checking Cabin Availability Questions
 
Hi.
I would like to book 4 cabins on the Dream for 2014.
I know what cabins I need but when going back/forth with a popular site that many use here, it is becoming frustrating for me to keep giving cabin numbers when I am asking very specific requirements (aft, middle/aft, connecting, etc.). Is there a way for me to go online and find out exactly what cabins are available?

If not, if I call DCL directly can I hold or just check availability and have the cruise transferred over to another site so I can get the OBC?
I need to talk to a person and go over cabin by cabin if I'm not getting the help I need from another place.
Thanks.

PrincessShmoo 06-17-2013 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by js (Post 48705270)
Hi.
I would like to book 4 cabins on the Dream for 2014.
I know what cabins I need but when going back/forth with a popular site that many use here, it is becoming frustrating for me to keep giving cabin numbers when I am asking very specific requirements (aft, middle/aft, connecting, etc.). Is there a way for me to go online and find out exactly what cabins are available?

If not, if I call DCL directly can I hold or just check availability and have the cruise transferred over to another site so I can get the OBC?
I need to talk to a person and go over cabin by cabin if I'm not getting the help I need from another place.
Thanks.

Booking that many rooms, I'd call DCL directly. They have to capability to see more rooms at once. And, could probably answer most of your questions.

You can transfer your reservation(s)to a TA, if you go ahead and book through DCL, within 30 days , if you wish.

js 06-17-2013 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by PrincessShmoo (Post 48705331)
Booking that many rooms, I'd call DCL directly. They have to capability to see more rooms at once. And, could probably answer most of your questions.

You can transfer your reservation(s)to a TA, if you go ahead and book through DCL, within 30 days , if you wish.

Perfect!
Thank you very much!

WeLoveDisneyAlways 06-17-2013 01:11 PM

FYI from my experience the OBC was dropped in half when I looked into transferring our booking. Yes DCL has a lot more rooms available then they offer online we found this out when we needed connecting rooms and online didn't show any available when I called they were almost all available.

js 06-17-2013 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by WeLoveDisneyAlways (Post 48705498)
FYI from my experience the OBC was dropped in half when I looked into transferring our booking. Yes DCL has a lot more rooms available then they offer online we found this out when we needed connecting rooms and online didn't show any available when I called they were almost all available.

Thank you.
If the agency that many use here cuts my OBC in half, perhaps I will cancel with DCL and then have the new agency book the rooms. Why would they cut it in half? :confused3

js 06-17-2013 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by PrincessShmoo (Post 48705331)
Booking that many rooms, I'd call DCL directly. They have to capability to see more rooms at once. And, could probably answer most of your questions.

You can transfer your reservation(s)to a TA, if you go ahead and book through DCL, within 30 days , if you wish.

Thank you.
I booked all my cabins!!! THANK YOU!

js 06-17-2013 01:45 PM

Before I transfer over my booking, I will look to see if anyone offers different OBC than others. I was not thrilled that I was able to book 4 cabins in 30 minutes with DCL and it took all morning/afternoon with the other site and still hadn't found what I was looking for but if they are the best with OBC, I will not spite myself (or really my mom - karensi, who is taking all all of us).
Thanks again.

tweis 06-17-2013 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by js (Post 48705682)
Thank you.
If the agency that many use here cuts my OBC in half, perhaps I will cancel with DCL and then have the new agency book the rooms. Why would they cut it in half? :confused3


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Originally Posted by js (Post 48705876)
Before I transfer over my booking, I will look to see if anyone offers different OBC than others. I was not thrilled that I was able to book 4 cabins in 30 minutes with DCL and it took all morning/afternoon with the other site and still hadn't found what I was looking for but if they are the best with OBC, I will not spite myself (or really my mom - karensi, who is taking all all of us).
Thanks again.

I'm not sure if you are referring to Dreams Unlimited or another TA but most do offer less OBC for transferred reservations. It is usually more beneficial, OBC wise, to either book directly with a TA or name that TA while booking.

js 06-17-2013 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by tweis (Post 48705991)
I'm not sure if you are referring to Dreams Unlimited or another TA but most do offer less OBC for transferred reservations. It is usually more beneficial, OBC wise, to either book directly with a TA or name that TA while booking.

Yes, I was referring to DU. I was not sure if I could say their name or not.
Just silly. I did more work with her then just my calling DCL directly. I told them exactly what I wanted/needed and it was done, 4 cabins all booked.
I will still transfer over my bookings (4 cabins over NYE) since half is better than what DCL is offering, which is nothing.

lbgraves 06-17-2013 03:30 PM

Not all TAs drop their OBC offered by half. To do what you wanted to, I was going to recommend contacting a TA who you could speak to on the phone to make your bookings. They could have conferenced with DCL with you on the phone.

owensamo 06-17-2013 03:59 PM

I could be wrong, but my understanding was that reduced OBC for transferred reservations was due to the reduced commission that DCL provides for those reservation (because DCL did the original booking, not the TA). I know that there are often DCL-direct deals that are only for new bookings - I guess I thought this falls into the same area.

That said, I don't think there's a reduction in Costco rewards for transferring a reservation, but they may have a completely different sort of agreement with Disney (being a rather large company) than some of the other TAs.

Can you put a hold on the rooms for 24 hours, then have the TA book them?


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