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Old 01-03-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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Help for a newbie

We have been to Disney and are contemplating the cruise. When is the best time to go, the least expensive? Who do you book thru? Al info is helpfull.
thanks in advance
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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We have been to Disney and are contemplating the cruise. When is the best time to go, the least expensive? Who do you book thru? Al info is helpfull.
thanks in advance
april
Your options are to book directly with DCL, or book with a specialist DCL travel agent or an independent travel agent.

I use a Travel agent and the service there has been second to none, Often overall the cruise price is exactly the same, some independent TA's quote prices without port fees and taxes, but overall all prices are the same.

The exception is when a TA, Purchases a number of Cabins at 'first' opening day price tier, and then has those on hold and sells them to you, if the cruise price has increased these are at a discount.

Now the only 'difference' between all of the above, is the OBC's- on board credits, whilst the cruise price is the same various TA's offer different OBC's and you need to take that into account on your overall price.

Upgrades, no difference, whatever way you book,

Booking onboard can give you up top 10% off and an OBC, (Cat 4>11)and you can also transfer that to a TA.

Consider as well as good OBC's travel agents can give great service and good support.

Also you still can access your reservation on the DCL website if booked through a TA, you can still book Palo, kids clubs and Shore trips direct, only payments to your cruise go through the TA, with Dreams its easy through their website, I regularly pay off interim amounts directly myself via them quickly, DCL debit my credit card, the T/A doesn’t hold it.
I hope this helps.
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