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Old 05-30-2011, 03:00 PM   #1
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book your cruise yourself or use a travel agent?

When we go to Disney, I book everything myself (air, hotel,etc). We have recently went on a last minute cruise (NCL) and booked it online.
From your experience, how is the best way to book a Disney Cruise?
Thank you for any advice
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:09 PM   #2
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That's what we do!
Oh, and the cheapest rates are the day they release the new cruise schedules. The prices are "tiered" so they increase as the boat fills. So earlier is better/cheaper.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:09 PM   #3
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We book through a TA as it normally affords you a little more on board credit.

Not only do you get the Disney OBC, but you get the TA's OBC too!

There are plenty to choose from but I can't name them as the Dis is sponsored by a TA.

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Old 05-30-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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I always do ours..I love it..I would love to be a TA, it is a lifetime dream of mine..I do all of our trips, last summer I did our Vegas vacay, had a ball, spent hours researching which shows we went to, which hotel we stayed at, where we ate etc...I absolutely love it...I would so love to do a 14 day Med cruise and plan all the excursions for that....
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:30 PM   #5
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Without question, book with a Travel Agent. Why do all the work when an expert will do it for free, and Disney prices are exactly the same no matter who you book thru, although most travel agents will give you a larger onboard credit.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:10 PM   #6
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Follow the commission!

Airlines and hotel no longer pay commissions, so book then online yourself.

Cruise lines still pay around 10% commission, so book through a travel agent and try to get back some of the commission in the form of on broad credit.


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Old 05-30-2011, 06:09 PM   #7
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I typically book all of my vacations myself, but I used Dreams Unlimited for our first cruise and rebooked while onboard and had it transferred to Dreams Unlimited.

Since it's the same price, why not use a travel agent and get the onboard credit?

For our next cruise, we have booked 2 staterooms, and are receiving a total of $400 onboard credit from the Travel Agent alone. That itself will pay for the gratuities and then some.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:29 PM   #8
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Travel Agent!!! That's the only way I would book anything Disney. Too many CM's with too many different answers!! I'll let my TA handle all of that!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:30 PM   #9
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We booked directly with DCL and I regret it -- no service, no help, no OBC, and scouring these boards for advice and help that a TA could do for me. We paid our trip in full when we booked, but had we not we could have transferred out deposit to a TA and gotten the amenities I mentioned.

I plan to book onboard when we cruise, get the discount, pay only the deposit, and transfer the cruise to a TA, sit back, relax and count the days til our next vacation!
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Without question, book with a Travel Agent. Why do all the work when an expert will do it for free, and Disney prices are exactly the same no matter who you book thru, although most travel agents will give you a larger onboard credit.
I second that
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Airlines and hotel no longer pay commissions, so book then online yourself.

Cruise lines still pay around 10% commission, so book through a travel agent and try to get back some of the commission in the form of on broad credit.


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Hotels do still pay commission. Airlines - not always but sometimes can be packaged together with a hotel/car etc.

I have always used a TA
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I typically book all of my vacations myself, but I used Dreams Unlimited for our first cruise and rebooked while onboard and had it transferred to Dreams Unlimited.

Since it's the same price, why not use a travel agent and get the onboard credit?

For our next cruise, we have booked 2 staterooms, and are receiving a total of $400 onboard credit from the Travel Agent alone. That itself will pay for the gratuities and then some.
Thank you so much, I was actually thinking of using Dream Unlimited for the cruise but I was nervouse. Did they do a great service?
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:25 AM   #13
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Thank you everyone that took time to share. I think for a cruise we will use a TA
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If I book through a TA... Can I still pay for an upgrade at the port myself,or will DCL rep tell me to call TA?
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You can normally still pay for an upgrade at the port.

As a TA myself, I always recommend to use a TA.

Airlines still pay commissions especially when booked with a hotel package. Disney prices are the same with a TA or without. We sell at the same price. If no TA is used the DCL gets to keep the commission but doesn't offer the client anything additional as far as OBC.
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