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Old 10-09-2012, 06:33 PM   #331
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If you have the reservation # and you haven't used a TA, you can go into the reservation and "modify" it.
Thanks. This is our fourth cruise but first ghost reservation. I just want ti be ready when the time comes ti change to 2014 dates.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #332
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Does anyone know from past experience, what time of day, new dates are released?
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:07 PM   #333
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Does anyone know from past experience, what time of day, new dates are released?
Right around 8am EST.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:09 PM   #334
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If you have the reservation # and you haven't used a TA, you can go into the reservation and "modify" it.
Just know that people have reported issues when trying to do this. On Opening Day, when speed is of the essence for best price/room, calling may be better...or may not. Your choice.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #335
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Just know that people have reported issues when trying to do this. On Opening Day, when speed is of the essence for best price/room, calling may be better...or may not. Your choice.
Pre-travel agent, I actually would do both -- I would call and while on hold I would start booking online. Whichever got it done faster, is the one I took. Just note that if they do open it with gold/platinum first, I think you can only do those by phone because nothing will be available on line yet since it is not open to the public.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #336
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Just know that people have reported issues when trying to do this. On Opening Day, when speed is of the essence for best price/room, calling may be better...or may not. Your choice.
I was one of those people who had trouble doing this last year. I had a dummy date that I tried to modify and I would get all the way to adding my additional deposit and the site froze up on me. The worst part was that when I called DCL to do the modification over the phone, they couldn't make any changes either because my reservation was still locked up. It took at least an hour and repeated calls before DCL could make any changes while I sat there and watched the prices for my Spring Break cruise climb. This year I am just calling...that is a sure thing.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #337
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I am patientally awaiting for the 2014 dates to open up. I have contacted Dreams Unlimited a month or so ago letting them know what cruise I was interested in. Dan says he will get me some prices as soon as the dates open up.

I want to book as soon as 2014 opens up so I stand a chance in getting the best rate. My concern is that I'm sure DU is going to be swamped on opening day. Can I book directly myself with Disney and move that reservation to DU and still get a onboard ship credit? I want to make sure I get what I want and book right away. What would you do?

This would be our first cruise and cost is an issue if we will be able to do a Disney Cruise or not. I was looking at a June 2014 7 Night Western Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. And most recently I am interested in a 8 Night Bahamian Cruise out of Galveston. That seems to be on the top of my list. I'm guessing January 2014 would be the cheapest. And it's probably cheaper to fly to Texas instead of Florida from Wisconsin.

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:23 PM   #338
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I am patientally awaiting for the 2014 dates to open up. I have contacted Dreams Unlimited a month or so ago letting them know what cruise I was interested in. Dan says he will get me some prices as soon as the dates open up.

I want to book as soon as 2014 opens up so I stand a chance in getting the best rate. My concern is that I'm sure DU is going to be swamped on opening day. Can I book directly myself with Disney and move that reservation to DU and still get a onboard ship credit? I want to make sure I get what I want and book right away. What would you do? Yes, travel agents will be swamped, but so will DCL. I would rather have the travel agent fight my battles for me.

This would be our first cruise and cost is an issue if we will be able to do a Disney Cruise or not. I was looking at a June 2014 7 Night Western Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. And most recently I am interested in a 8 Night Bahamian Cruise out of Galveston. That seems to be on the top of my list. I'm guessing January 2014 would be the cheapest. And it's probably cheaper to fly to Texas instead of Florida from Wisconsin. Cruises from Galveston haven't been selling very well, so it's doubtful the prices will rise very quickly on those. Western caribbean in June would be more popular because school will be out, but again, it's not a new itinerary so prices shouldn't jump as quickly as a brand new itinerary.

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #339
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I am patientally awaiting for the 2014 dates to open up. I have contacted Dreams Unlimited a month or so ago letting them know what cruise I was interested in. Dan says he will get me some prices as soon as the dates open up.

I want to book as soon as 2014 opens up so I stand a chance in getting the best rate. My concern is that I'm sure DU is going to be swamped on opening day. Can I book directly myself with Disney and move that reservation to DU and still get a onboard ship credit? I want to make sure I get what I want and book right away. What would you do?
My Dreams Unlimited agent Kelsie did an excellent job on opening day last October 18. They can handle it!
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #340
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When the TAs have a waiting list and all those people want to book at the same minute on the same day, if there are no new itineraries, how do they decide whose trip gets booked first?
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:08 PM   #341
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When the TAs have a waiting list and all those people want to book at the same minute on the same day, if there are no new itineraries, how do they decide whose trip gets booked first?
Our DU agent Kelsie sent out an email asking what we were hoping to book. She indicated that, on opening day, she would work on requests in the order in which she had received them. Naturally, that prompted a quick response from me!
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #342
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If people have a TA making a reservation for them and they call to make a reservation themselves, they are actuallly causing the prices to go up prematurely because of the double bookings. Once the price goes up to the next tier, DCL doesn't drop them back down if resies are cancelled because of the double booking.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:13 PM   #343
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I am patientally awaiting for the 2014 dates to open up. I have contacted Dreams Unlimited a month or so ago letting them know what cruise I was interested in. Dan says he will get me some prices as soon as the dates open up.

I want to book as soon as 2014 opens up so I stand a chance in getting the best rate. My concern is that I'm sure DU is going to be swamped on opening day. Can I book directly myself with Disney and move that reservation to DU and still get a onboard ship credit? I want to make sure I get what I want and book right away. What would you do?

This would be our first cruise and cost is an issue if we will be able to do a Disney Cruise or not. I was looking at a June 2014 7 Night Western Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. And most recently I am interested in a 8 Night Bahamian Cruise out of Galveston. That seems to be on the top of my list. I'm guessing January 2014 would be the cheapest. And it's probably cheaper to fly to Texas instead of Florida from Wisconsin.

Thanks!
I think September is actually the cheapest and early October seems good as well. We cruised several years in a row in January and many times it was too cold...this year we cruised in September...we loved it!

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #344
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On a scale of 1-10 how likely are we thinking that a NEW itinerary for the Fantasy will be included? I've already done the Eastern and Western, and I've been to the Bahamas more times than I care to count (I know the Fantasy doesn't do Bahamas...)

I would love to see some Southern Caribbean ports and hopefully a cruise longer than 7 days, on the Fantasy, in 2014.

I know the Fantasy will sail out of PC though, so idk how likely it is to get something new in '14.

Hoping!
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #345
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If people have a TA making a reservation for them and they call to make a reservation themselves, they are actuallly causing the prices to go up prematurely because of the double bookings. Once the price goes up to the next tier, DCL doesn't drop them back down if resies are cancelled because of the double booking.
Exactly! Either book yourself (online or via phone) OR have a travel agent book for you - but don't double book!

Although you can book yourself and then transfer the reservation to a travel agent - they get less commission that way, and you may get a reduced onboard credit.
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