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Old 12-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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What are the chances or creative solutions please

I booked myself and my three daughters on the January 4, 2013, 8 day Caribbean cruise on the Magic. Since then the prices have gone down significantly and I thought it would be fun to bring my 18 year old son too. Here is where I need help.

There are no rooms to accomodate 5.

If I book him in another cabin I would have to book him in a cabin by himself because I cannot switch any of my girls into his cabin because he's not old enough to have a minor in the room with him (per Disney).

So the fees are as much as booking for two. I wish I could book him with one of my girls and then me and the other two but they said I couldn't do that. It would give us more room to spread out too.

Do you think that since the cruise still has all categories left (except concierge) that if I call them last minute they'd give me a break on the price? I figure this is highly unlikely but wouldn't they rather fill the room than sail with it empty?

Any creative suggestions? Thank you.

By the way, we are driving to the port so last minute reservations work for us.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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I booked myself and my three daughters on the January 4, 2013, 8 day Caribbean cruise on the Magic. Since then the prices have gone down significantly and I thought it would be fun to bring my 18 year old son too. Here is where I need help.

There are no rooms to accomodate 5.

If I book him in another cabin I would have to book him in a cabin by himself because I cannot switch any of my girls into his cabin because he's not old enough to have a minor in the room with him (per Disney).

So the fees are as much as booking for two. I wish I could book him with one of my girls and then me and the other two but they said I couldn't do that. It would give us more room to spread out too.

Do you think that since the cruise still has all categories left (except concierge) that if I call them last minute they'd give me a break on the price? I figure this is highly unlikely but wouldn't they rather fill the room than sail with it empty?

Any creative suggestions? Thank you.

By the way, we are driving to the port so last minute reservations work for us.
Did you just ask the person who answered the phone? If you didn't speak with a supervisor, I'd call and ask to speak to a supervisor. I thought that a minor child could be booked in a room with an 18 and older as long as the 18 and older was a family member. I guess I was wrong.

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Old 12-14-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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An 18 year old cannot have a minor in the room unless they are the parent of the minor child. There must be a 21 year old in the room in order to book a minor who is not the child of the adult. As to having more room, no one cares who SLEEPS where; the rules apply to who BOOKS where.

It wouldn't really matter much anyhow; unless you got a CM who was willing to slide the rules, moving one of the kids from one reservation to the other would be considered canceling them and rebooking! Yikes.

Is there someone who might want to cruise with your son? It would cost the same for 2 as for one (OK, 2 sets of port taxes).

They don't often give last minute price breaks. I did have one friend claim that she was able to book a verandah for the price of an inside cabin, but not sure how accurate her info was.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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Because the price for 1 or 2 is merely a small amount of difference, why not book him his own room, then have 1 of your children stay with him? they don't have to be on the reservation to be in the room??

cost wise, your looking at almost the same amount. And considering the price is cheaper right now, you are probably coming out further ahead, and getting more space.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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But the real answer is no. DCL doen't give price breaks. Book him in his own room, it will be less than for 2.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:08 PM   #6
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Can you "book up" into a family room that holds 5? TI thought I'd read that you can book a higher cat w/o penalty after the PIF date.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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Can you "book up" into a family room that holds 5? TI thought I'd read that you can book a higher cat w/o penalty after the PIF date.
You can, but according to OP, there are no cabins that hold 5 available on her date.
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You can, but according to OP, there are no cabins that hold 5 available on her date.
Duh, I guess I should read a little more carefull.

What about getting one of the son's friends to go along too, and pay half the room? Or a grandma, grandpa or Aunt?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #9
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But the real answer is no. DCL doen't give price breaks. Book him in his own room, it will be less than for 2.

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It's only marginally less. The single supplement is 200%. You still pay the fare for 2 guests in the room. But you don't pay the taxes and port fees for the non-existant 2nd person.

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It's only marginally less. The single supplement is 200%. You still pay the fare for 2 guests in the room. But you don't pay the taxes and port fees for the non-existant 2nd person.

I thought the single supplement was 150%?
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:58 AM   #11
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I just went on a cruise on the magic in October and my single supplement was 150% meaning the room was 799 per person and I paid about 1200. Kinda sucks but it was nice to have alone me time
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Single supplement used to be cheaper. It probably changed after you booked your cruise. Same thing happened to me. I had put the deposit on the cruise prior to them changing the fee.....so when my paid in full date came, I only had to pay the cheaper supplement. For my upcoming cruise, I do have to pay the higher single supplement.

And I still say, put one of the girls in with him. He is paying for a room no matter which way you financially break it down.
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I thought the single supplement was 150%?
The single supplement was never 150%. It used to be 175% of the cruise fare portion of the ticket (+ 1 set of taxes/fees), but a couple of months ago DCL increased it to 200% of the cruise fare + 1 set of taxes/fees.

All you save by placing only one person in a room vs. 2 is one set of taxes/fees--this can be as little as $36 or a much as a couple hundred depending on the ports involved.

People on the boards talked about 150% because if you looked at a $799 cruise (a common price point for a cat 11, but includes port charges), the cruise would typically end up costing about $1200 for one person. However, if you looked at the invoice, the supplement was 175% of cruise fare.

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