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Old 06-13-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Finding low-cost "placeholder" cruise

What's the best way to find the lowest-cost "placeholder" cruise if we want to reserve one online (then change later to another itinerary)? I assume the 3-night cruises are the cheapest, but is there a time of year or specific itinerary that's typically cheaper, or a way to look them up by price?

Also, does the timing of the "placeholder" cruise affect the timeframe of the eventual cruise we actually take? In other words, say the cheapest available cruise to book is for January 2014, but I don't intend to cruise until sometime in 2015 or 2016. Is it better to book a later placeholder? Are there restrictions on how far out one can actually take the trip and have the shipboard discount still be valid?
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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You can just tell the onboard future booking agent that you want a dummy booking with a low deposit and they'll find it for you. Most likely it will be a 3-night as far out from the current date as possible but not into the holiday season. If you want to find this, you'd just have to search those dates (likely October - December 2014) to find the absolute lowest.

Currently, you may move an OBB as often as you'd like and still retain the OBB benefits. There is rumor that may change, but at this point it's just rumor.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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I find the cheapest 3 nt cruises to be in Sept, early Dec or Jan & early Feb.
It doesn't matter which one you choose but you just have to keep track of the final payment due date. If you forget to switch to a later date & this date passes, you'll lose your deposit (& your onboard booking perks.)

If DCL releases another year of dates to book, and I still don't have a cruise in mind, I just move it as soon as I can. I try not to let it get close to the final payment date.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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# of Stateroom Guests on Placeholder Cruises

One question related to placeholder cruises booked onboard - are you required to book for your entire family at that time, or can you for example book a couple, and then add a couple of kids to your reservation later after you move the placeholder around?
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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One question related to placeholder cruises booked onboard - are you required to book for your entire family at that time, or can you for example book a couple, and then add a couple of kids to your reservation later after you move the placeholder around?
If you are booking a "dummy" that you intend to change, then you may book for just 2 and add others when you select your final date. If you are booking onboard for a specific cruise you DO wish to take, it's best to book any/all passengers who may go with you. It's much easier to drop a passenger from a reservation than to add, though that can depend on the cruise and how far out it is. There needs to be availability in the muster station and also the kids clubs (if adding kids) to add passengers.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:40 PM   #6
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Can you explain the benefit of booking on board? I understand the 10% off and the on board credit. Do you get to keep the cost of the cruise locked in? For example if I book a future cruise for february at $499 then want to move it to june, does the price go up? Do I just save the 10% of the next cost? I just can't seem to wrap my brain around the true benefit of booking while we are on the cruise. I found a great deal for this cruise (our first) and worked with a TA to get on board credit and free insurance. Thanks for any explanations!
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:21 PM   #7
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One question related to placeholder cruises booked onboard - are you required to book for your entire family at that time, or can you for example book a couple, and then add a couple of kids to your reservation later after you move the placeholder around?
No issues at all with doing it. We have done just that with our last couple of dummy dates when we found what we wanted.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #8
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As long as you add your kids as soon as you figure out your final date, you'll be fine. If you wait too long after booking there may not be room in the kids' clubs and/or life boats.

When we booked a dummy cruise onboard, the cruise agent chose the date for us. He said it was the designated date he'd been using for other place-holder cruises.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #9
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What's the best way to find the lowest-cost "placeholder" cruise if we want to reserve one online (then change later to another itinerary)? I assume the 3-night cruises are the cheapest, but is there a time of year or specific itinerary that's typically cheaper, or a way to look them up by price?

Also, does the timing of the "placeholder" cruise affect the timeframe of the eventual cruise we actually take? In other words, say the cheapest available cruise to book is for January 2014, but I don't intend to cruise until sometime in 2015 or 2016. Is it better to book a later placeholder? Are there restrictions on how far out one can actually take the trip and have the shipboard discount still be valid?
I don't see a benefit to booking online, just to move later. One would book onboard, and then move online later. I question whether OP understands 'placeholder' (ie. onboard booking of 'dummy' dates).
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I don't see a benefit to booking online, just to move later. One would book onboard, and then move online later. I question whether OP understands 'placeholder' (ie. onboard booking of 'dummy' dates).
I think OP meant "onboard" rather than "online" - whether it was an auto-correct or just a typo. The original post goes on to ask about how long the shipboard discount is available if pushing the date out.

And I believe you have to call to move the date, it can't be done online -- at least I haven't been able to do so. Once any reservation is made, it can viewed online, though.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #11
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I have a semi-related question. If I book a dummy cruise on board with a cheaper deposit that the cruise I actually want, when I change my booking, I would likely have to increase my deposit to 10% of that cruise. Am I thinking this through correctly? Thanks in advance.!
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #12
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I have a semi-related question. If I book a dummy cruise on board with a cheaper deposit that the cruise I actually want, when I change my booking, I would likely have to increase my deposit to 10% of that cruise. Am I thinking this through correctly? Thanks in advance.!
That's correct! If you book a dummy cruise with a fare of, say, $1500, you'll pay a deposit of $150. If you then move that to a different cruise with a fare of $2500, you'll need to pay an additional $100 ($150 + $100 = $250) to make up the difference of 10% of the new cruise fare.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:37 AM   #13
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Narnia- From what I understand no. If you book on board to get the 10 percent discount, and the prices from opening day have gone up more than 10 percent it won't be cheaper. But if you book a placeholder cruise and then move that one to the new dates you want on opening day, you would probably get the best overall deal. I hope that makes sense. :D
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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If you're just curious about which sailing is the cheapest you can go to a travel booking site like travelocity. Do a search for cruises and choose any date, any location, any length, etc but select Disney Cruise Line from the cruise line options. You'll get a list of every single Disney Cruise. Then go to the little drop down menu and select "sort by price" and you'll get them sorted by price (based on the cheapest inside cabins). Easy peasy.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #15
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If you're looking for a 'placeholder' now here's one I booked onboard a few days ago, as suggested by the Future Cruise booking agent: 4 Night Bahamian 3-7 Dec 2014 Standard Inside Stateroom (GTY) Voyage fare €900 + taxes for 2 Adults
Deposit $90 !!!!

I can certainly live with a $90 deposit when booking onboard ( and dreading my bill from guest services!! ) until an itinerary and date that suits us comes out and will certainly rebook before Sep 2014 when final payment is due on the dummy booking.

Hope that helps!
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