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Old 03-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question about 7A GTY

I'm sure this has been asked, but the search is disabled. I just booked cat 7a category for Sept 8. This is our third time on the cruise. The first time in a 4a and the second time a booked VGT and ended up in a 7c. Since this is our third time on the ship I would like to save a little money without waiting to the last minute to see if they offer the VGT rates. I also enjoy the fun of planning ahead. It would cost me 500.00 to move up to a 5d. Do you think this was a good choice or am I going to be really disappointed with the verandah and location? Is it possible to upgrade after they assign the room if I'm not happy with the room? I have a feeling this will not be a full ship since its right after schools go back, and its in the heart of hurricane season.
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Are you on the Wonder/Magic or the Dream/Fantasy? Big difference between the two as far as the 7A goes.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Based on the departure date, I think the OP is talking about the 4-night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. DCL is still running a promotion for the very end of August through September in which there is special pricing for the lowest categories in each room type. DH and I are booked on the 4-night departing on 9/1 in a 7A GTY. I have some minor qualms, but the price was too good to pass up. I have studied the deck plans (and by "study" I mean obsessed over), and I would be happy with any of the 7A rooms except those on deck 5. If you look at the stateroom reviews, you'll see what I mean.

One other thing to consider: There are only 26 cat 7A rooms on the Dream/Fantasy. DCL has been offering the special rates off and on for quite awhile now, and they went to GTY status for the 9/1 date (and probably others) a long time ago. In fact, I was only able to get GTY when I booked two or three days after the promotion started. My suspicion is that they've oversold the category -- intentionally -- and that some of the people who booked it will get upgraded. The million dollar question is who will get the upgrades and who will be stuck with the less-than-desirable 7As on deck 5. Personally, I'd be happy with any of the other 20 cat 7A rooms.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
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Based on the departure date, I think the OP is talking about the 4-night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. DCL is still running a promotion for the very end of August through September in which there is special pricing for the lowest categories in each room type. DH and I are booked on the 4-night departing on 9/1 in a 7A GTY. I have some minor qualms, but the price was too good to pass up. I have studied the deck plans (and by "study" I mean obsessed over), and I would be happy with any of the 7A rooms except those on deck 5. If you look at the stateroom reviews, you'll see what I mean.

One other thing to consider: There are only 26 cat 7A rooms on the Dream/Fantasy. DCL has been offering the special rates off and on for quite awhile now, and they went to GTY status for the 9/1 date (and probably others) a long time ago. In fact, I was only able to get GTY when I booked two or three days after the promotion started. My suspicion is that they've oversold the category -- intentionally -- and that some of the people who booked it will get upgraded. The million dollar question is who will get the upgrades and who will be stuck with the less-than-desirable 7As on deck 5. Personally, I'd be happy with any of the other 20 cat 7A rooms.
Yes you are right it's the Sept 8 Dream. I was reading through the GTY thread and it does seem like a lot of people got upgraded on Fall cruises last year. I think I would only be unhappy if I got one of the 7A's with the bench seating on the verandah. The dreaded deck 5 rooms. I have been checking out some of the stateroom reviews, and those are the only ones that seem bad to me. I'm guessing if I receive one of those rooms I can just pay to upgrade?

Does anyone know if DCL will let you upgrade at check in at a reduced fee? I know other cruise lines will. We did this cruise last Sept and the ship was not full. I think the chances of this one not being sold out are pretty good.
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Based on the departure date, I think the OP is talking about the 4-night Bahamas cruise on the Dream. DCL is still running a promotion for the very end of August through September in which there is special pricing for the lowest categories in each room type. DH and I are booked on the 4-night departing on 9/1 in a 7A GTY. I have some minor qualms, but the price was too good to pass up. I have studied the deck plans (and by "study" I mean obsessed over), and I would be happy with any of the 7A rooms except those on deck 5. If you look at the stateroom reviews, you'll see what I mean.
Hmm - only think I can find is the $50 OBC offer for September. But that's it... In fact, 8/26 only shows concierge available??? doesn't make sense - it's low season and prime hurricane season. Could be a bug or they are making changes... Weird...
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Hmm - only think I can find is the $50 OBC offer for September. But that's it... In fact, 8/26 only shows concierge available??? doesn't make sense - it's low season and prime hurricane season. Could be a bug or they are making changes... Weird...
The OP and I both booked under the "Fall Perks" promotion. Here is the 411 from DCL's web site:

When you book a cruise through March 15, 2013—valid for select 3-night and 4-night Bahamian sailings on Disney Dream—you'll enjoy great rates AND receive an onboard credit that you can apply to a variety of onboard activities and experiences, like spa treatments, shopping and adults-only dining. Explore your options:

3-Night Bahamian Cruises — most sailings departing from Port Canaveral between September 5, 2013 and September 26, 2013:
• Receive a $100 credit when you book any Verandah Stateroom, starting at $499 per person based on double occupancy for a Category 7A Verandah Stateroom
• Receive a $100 credit when you book any Suite


4-Night Bahamian Cruises — most sailings departing from Port Canaveral between September 1, 2013 and September 22, 2013:
• Receive a $100 credit when you book any Verandah Stateroom, starting at $599 per person based on double occupancy for a Category 7A Verandah Stateroom
• Receive a $100 credit when you book any Suite

What's interesting is that I'm almost positive that DCL has changed the specifics since this promotion was introduced a couple of months ago. I'm pretty sure that it originally started with sailings departing the last week in August, and I'm positive that it originally included the lowest category of both inside and outside staterooms. For the 4-night cruises, the lowest inside category was $499/person for the first two people in a room (+$50 OBC) and the lowest outside category was $549/person (+$50 OBC).
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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I just wanted to add make sure you click on the special link when you book or the 100 OBC will not be on there. I did not do this and it did not show up on my reservation. I had to call and they said they would add it. They sent me another email and it still just did not show up. Luckily I had only put a hold on it. I am not a trusting person. I need written confirmation. I booked another reservation through the link and the OBC showed up on my confirmation. I paid the deposit on the second one.
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Well, you will always save more if you try to book a *GT rate. You could even try to go for an OGT and then hope for an upgrade to a verandah.

In any case, and since this would be low season, you can always upgrade at port. Typically it will be cheaper than doing it in person.
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Well, you will always save more if you try to book a *GT rate. You could even try to go for an OGT and then hope for an upgrade to a verandah.

In any case, and since this would be low season, you can always upgrade at port. Typically it will be cheaper than doing it in person.
Thanks I posted that question at the same time you answered it.
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