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Old 12-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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On board booking a new cruise newbie

As I prepare to fully love my first upcoming cruise, I am trying to prepare my bank account for a future booking. Is there anyway to anticipate how much I would need to put down for a potential future cruise while on board?
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #2
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As I prepare to fully love my first upcoming cruise, I am trying to prepare my bank account for a future booking. Is there anyway to anticipate how much I would need to put down for a potential future cruise while on board?
Deposits for on-board bookings are 10% instead of 20%. Look up the fare on a cruise you're interested in taking, and that will give you a clue.

If the cruise dates you want aren't available yet, book the cheapest cruise you can find for as far into the future as you can get it. That's called a "dummy" cruise, and you can move the date, add people to it, change rooms, etc. in the future.

There have been rumblings that DCL may change how many times you can modify a booking, but so far they haven't actually said they're going to do that.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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Book a cheap cabin on a 3 night cruise, knowing that you can move it to a date and cabin you want later. Our deposit was under $100 per person.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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The man on board booked me as he told me "the changeable date that I'm booking everyone on this cruise for." He booked me for a 3 day cruise in October. I think for 2 people it was a $160 deposit.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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Thank you all so much! That is exactly what i needed to know. I will be booking for 4 and that helps me know how much to prepare to pay.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:35 PM   #6
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Only additional thing to add is, you get a larger onboard credit if you book a longer cruise. I am not certain, but I believe that if you book a 3 day on board and then switch it to a 7 day later, you still get the smaller ($100) on board credit rather than the $200 credit you get for booking a 7 day upfront. I'm sure someone will correct me if wrong.

If you're planning to go on a 3 or 4 day, the point is moot.

As far as the original question, just price out what you want online, take 10% off the price, and 10% of that is going to be your deposit, roughly. It could be anywhere from $100 (inside stateroom, older ship out of Miami) to $900 (4A, 7 day holiday cruise on Fantasy).
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Only additional thing to add is, you get a larger onboard credit if you book a longer cruise. I am not certain, but I believe that if you book a 3 day on board and then switch it to a 7 day later, you still get the smaller ($100) on board credit rather than the $200 credit you get for booking a 7 day upfront. I'm sure someone will correct me if wrong.

If you're planning to go on a 3 or 4 day, the point is moot.

As far as the original question, just price out what you want online, take 10% off the price, and 10% of that is going to be your deposit, roughly. It could be anywhere from $100 (inside stateroom, older ship out of Miami) to $900 (4A, 7 day holiday cruise on Fantasy).
This is wrong. If you move a cruise, you get the benefits that apply to the cruise you move to. If you book a 3 night and move to a 7 night, you get the $200 OBC for the 7 night.
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