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Old 02-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #31
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GTY, VGT.. etc???

I know all these stand for guaranteed rates, but what are the differences between the abbreviations and how do I find them?
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #32
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I know all these stand for guaranteed rates, but what are the differences between the abbreviations and how do I find them?

When a certain percentage of rooms within a category are booked, the category goes GTY. You still pay the same price for a, say, GTY 9B that you would if you book a specific 9B room.

The only savings comes in if, IF, DCL puts you in a room that is a higher category than you booked, you won't pay additional money for it. Most people who book GTY get the category they booked.

There is some confusion between GTY and *GT rates. The *GT rates are the last minute restricted fares that come out about 60-90 days out on those cruises that aren't selling well.

With the *GT rates you book a type of room (IGT - Interior; OGT - Oceanview; VGT - Verandah) at a discounted rate and DCL will assign you to a room of that type. Since each type of room has 2 (or more) categories within it, these rates can be a savings. However, I will point out that the *GT rates typically are higher that the rate was on the same room on opening day. There are several restrictions with the *GT bookings, including there are no refunds.

If you don't care what room you have, and can travel fairly soon after booking, these rates are probably looking into. Not all cruises will have them. You will only find the *GT rates by keeping an eye on a specific cruise that you may be interested in. They just appear (and disappear) randomly.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:50 AM   #33
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I think I will merge these two threads

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Thank you both very much, those answers were exactly what I needed!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #36
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Can this be made into a sticky at the top? It's very helpful.
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Yes...I will make it a sticky for awhile but you can also "subscribe" to a particular thread so you will always have it. Just click on THREAD TOOLS and choose SUBSCRIBE TO THREAD.

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Old 03-01-2013, 08:05 AM   #38
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When you have a guarantee rate can you still book everything at your alloted time ( silver status) so 90 days out? Or do you need to wait for an actual room assignment first?
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When you have a guarantee rate can you still book everything at your alloted time ( silver status) so 90 days out? Or do you need to wait for an actual room assignment first?
You can book anytime on any cruise as long as you are paid in full and your booking window is open. You don't need a room assignment.
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Thanks!

Thanks for the clarification! We are GTY in April and are wanting to do the FE and hoping they assign the room before we go so we can participate.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:39 AM   #41
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This may seem like a silly question but if I booked online with Disney (no deal or special restrictive code just a regular booking) and picked my cabin does that mean it's my cabin or can they still change it?

We booked a family deluxe with Verrandah (Category O4E) and picked cabin #5546 which from what I have been reading was quite the score due to the size of the Verrrandah (just a lucky pick on my part - I had no idea) and now I have my heart set on it and I'm worried they may change it after reading other threads about upgrades etc.

I'm thinking the only upgrade that would be available would be concierge because the the O4D, C, B and A would just be different decks and not so much an upgrade?
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This may seem like a silly question but if I booked online with Disney (no deal or special restrictive code just a regular booking) and picked my cabin does that mean it's my cabin or can they still change it?

We booked a family deluxe with Verrandah (Category O4E) and picked cabin #5546 which from what I have been reading was quite the score due to the size of the Verrrandah (just a lucky pick on my part - I had no idea) and now I have my heart set on it and I'm worried they may change it after reading other threads about upgrades etc.

I'm thinking the only upgrade that would be available would be concierge because the the O4D, C, B and A would just be different decks and not so much an upgrade?
Ask Disney to put a 'do not move' note on your reservation. The only way they'd change your stateroom is to move you because something was wrong with the room or if they needed that room for some reason. Usually they'd give you an upgrade to a better category, though.
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Upgrading opportunities

As I understand it, upgrading opportunity depends on time of booking, Castaway club membership, DVC membership, ship capacity, and other factors. We were upgraded from a GTY room on the 2010 WBTA cruise. This took us from ocean view to Veranda. Wonderful. The final decisions are made at the 45 day out timeframe.
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It was ~$490 to go to an ocean view cabin, $900 to go to verandah. The verandah upgrade was ~$500 cheaper at port than if I had purchased a VGT at the time of booking. we checked in at around 12:30 pm so in our case there were still upgrades available 90 min after the first check in window opened.
Our family is going on DCL for the first time on the 2-week eastbound transatlantic cruise. Our 3-year old twins are so excited. We haven't cruised in about 4 years now, but have done the Trans-atlantic previously on Royal carribbean. We are new to Disney. Would appreciate it if u ...
- have helpful tips on travelling with tots
- meeting the princess/disney characters for photo op or breakfast
- going to the bippipity bop pity boutique / pirate area
- have u been happy leaving your tots in their "daycare"

Many thanks in advance!!!
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