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Old 02-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #16
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That's cool so you stay on the ship the entire time? That sounds really fun.
Well, it's only two days. They can't go any longer than that or they violate maritime law. So you basically get one full day on the boat, at sea, and then you get off again.

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VGT? I see all kinds of codes that mean jibberish to me.
VGT (along with OGT and IGT) are highly restricted rates released after the Paid-In-Full (PIF) date for the cruise. They are non-refundable, with no changes whatsoever (not even name changes), and once they assign your room (usually less than two weeks out) you are not allowed to change your room number. The first letter (V, O, or I) specifies which type of room you are guaranteed to get (verandah, outside, inside) but no other category guarantees are made. That's what makes them different from GTY reservations, which are just like normal, refundable, changable reservations except the room number isn't assigned and you are guaranteed that specific category (5A, for example) or higher.

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Where in Mexico did you go? I love Mexico. If Disney didn't do away with their Mexico cruises that's probably where DS and I would be going. So much cheaper to get to from SLC. Where does the WBPC go to exactly?
On our two MRs we went to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. In the WBPC we're doing those two ports again plus Cartagena and Castaway Cay. :D It will be our first time on Disney's island so I am SUPER excited.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:07 PM   #17
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Well, it's only two days. They can't go any longer than that or they violate maritime law. So you basically get one full day on the boat, at sea, and then you get off again.

So a floating hotel but 100x better! Sounds like a lot of fun.



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VGT (along with OGT and IGT) are highly restricted rates released after the Paid-In-Full (PIF) date for the cruise. They are non-refundable, with no changes whatsoever (not even name changes), and once they assign your room (usually less than two weeks out) you are not allowed to change your room number. The first letter (V, O, or I) specifies which type of room you are guaranteed to get (verandah, outside, inside) but no other category guarantees are made. That's what makes them different from GTY reservations, which are just like normal, refundable, changable reservations except the room number isn't assigned and you are guaranteed that specific category (5A, for example) or higher.

Thank you, thank you for spelling this out for me, literally. Its like learning a new language. So are these cabins that didn't get booked and/or canceled? I bet you can get a screaming good deal.



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On our two MRs we went to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. In the WBPC we're doing those two ports again plus Cartagena and Castaway Cay. :D It will be our first time on Disney's island so I am SUPER excited.

I love Cabo and Cartagena. I visited my uncle in Colombia, who lived in Cartagena, in my early 20's and it was by far one of the neatest places I've ever been. The beaches were beautiful. That was 20 years ago though. How exciting!

Castaway Cay looks amazing. I have yet to read a bad word about it. I bet your kids will love it. Are you planning any excursions? In Cabo, if you don't do an excursion there is a restaurant in town with the best guacamole I've ever had. Its called Desperados. I did a report about our week in Cabo in the DVC section called Playa Grande. We traded our DVC points into RCI and it was fantastic. There's a pic of me and the owner making snow angels on the floor. I love Cabo but I am not a fan of the port shopping area. Its magic just a few blocks in.

I started a cruise pre trip report if you're interested in coming over. We're a chatty bunch but fun.


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I just booked this one for our pre-cruise it was $89

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Amenities & Services
• Free Bright Side Breakfast®

• Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access

• Free Local Calls

• Free Parking

• Meeting Facilities Available

• Guest Laundry Facilities

• Outdoor Swimming Pool

• Airport Shuttle Available

• Airport Shuttle Notes: 5am-11pm Daily Free One-way Port of Miami shuttle

• Pets Welcome

Free Parking (up to 7 days)


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•Waffles
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•Bread and muffins
•Fresh fruit
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Additional Breakfast Items:
•Yogurt
•Bagels

Wow- thats a great deal! Thank you for the link.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #18
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You can fly into FLL (Fort Lauderdale?) instead of Miami? Its cheaper too I believe. I can't find a one way or anything reasonable from SLC to Miami. My dates are far off but I'm using dummy dates and their insane. FLL might be the way to go. Your hotel was in Miami though right? How far is it, 30 minutes from FLL?

Since you didn't use Disney transportation did you have to grab your bags at the airport and then take them back after the cruise? Or could you push them through still? I'm guessing you'd have to grab them since you were in FLL. Was it that big of a deal. It doesn't seem like it would be but it would be one less thing to try and navigate.

Thank you for the links.
Yes! I had a free ticket from Southwest, so I opted to fly into FLL. Our hotel was in Miami, it was just about 40 minutes by cab. We did get our own bags at the airport.

On our departure date, our flight was at 11:00 a.m. out of FLL, so we did the "walk off" from the ship and just took our bags off ourselves as soon as the ship was cleared (around 7:20 or so). Cabs were ready and waiting, so we grabbed the first one and were back at FLL within 45 minutes of leaving the ship.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #19
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Yes! I had a free ticket from Southwest, so I opted to fly into FLL. Our hotel was in Miami, it was just about 40 minutes by cab. We did get our own bags at the airport.

On our departure date, our flight was at 11:00 a.m. out of FLL, so we did the "walk off" from the ship and just took our bags off ourselves as soon as the ship was cleared (around 7:20 or so). Cabs were ready and waiting, so we grabbed the first one and were back at FLL within 45 minutes of leaving the ship.

That's great, thank you. I've noticed flights on SW into Fort Lauderdale are less expensive too. Great info, thank you so much.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #20
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From the front page of http://www.comfortsuitesmiamiairport.com/ :

"A premier option among Miami suite hotels, the brand new Comfort Suites® Miami Airport North is just 5 minutes from Miami International Airport and offers free transportation to both the airport and the Port of Miami."

Free transportation for both airport and port is also on the list of hotel amenities here: http://www.comfortsuitesmiamiairport...amenities.html

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My wife and her nine girlfriends stayed here last night. Free shuttle from airport. Free shuttle to port; that shuttle stops at several area hotels, so not a direct shuttle.

She said the mattress was great. Her roommate prefers very high end hotels and even she slept fine. Room was clean with a nice sitting area and a "large television." I don't know what my wife means by large television, but probably around 32 inches.
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We flew into FLL. Walked outside the baggage claim and grabbed a cab. We arrived at http://www.icmiamihotel.com/ within an hour of landing in FLL (I booked it on Last Minute Travel for less than $200).

We LOVED this hotel, although I will say it is very "fancy" for our tastes. Two blocks away into downtown was a CVS (we walked). There is also a great green space with a playground, fountains, chairs overlooking the bay right outside the hotel. It was a great place to spend the afternoon. You can see and easily walk to http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/ (within 5 minutes) it is all very open and felt very safe.

In the morning we grabbed a cab at the hotel and it was about $4 and less than 5 minutes and the porters were taking our luggage at the cruise terminal!

I was very skeptical about kicking off a cruise in a port other than Cape Canaveral...but it was great and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
This is where we're booked for May--glad to hear a good review! The location looked hard to beat and the deal they were offering was awesome for an IC.
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We are going to be staying in Miami the night before, and the night we disembark as well, because are driving into Miami! We are looking for something reasonable priced, and preferable with a suite so that we can sleep (our kids need their own room)!

Has anyone left their car for the length of the cruise?
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