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Old 04-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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What do you guys condider a "good price" for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise

Hi everybody, I'm looking at taking a last minute cruise in mid May. I've never been on a cruise and really love Disney so thought this would be a fun way to start. It would just be me and my bf. I saw that Disney has a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy. The quoted price for 2 people in a VGT category is $2240 + $146 in taxes. All the confirmed Verandah categories are over $3600. I'm booking through AMEX Platinum card's travel service and they currently offer no on-board credits/extras of any type.

I guess my question is $2386 a good price for a Verandah category room? Also, is there any other booking source that I might get this same price but with some extra bonuses (on-board credit etc..)

If this is just an okay price, what would you guys consider a good to great price for this sailing for 2 adults? I appreciate all the feedback!!!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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Any travel agency, or yourself, can book that rate. DCL does not allow TA's to discount cruises, but some may offer a 'gift' of on board credit or another 'gift' for booking thru them. Dreams Unlimited is the sponsor of these boards and offers on board credit for booking thru them.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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Hi everybody, I'm looking at taking a last minute cruise in mid May. I've never been on a cruise and really love Disney so thought this would be a fun way to start. It would just be me and my bf. I saw that Disney has a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy. The quoted price for 2 people in a VGT category is $2240 + $146 in taxes. All the confirmed Verandah categories are over $3600. I'm booking through AMEX Platinum card's travel service and they currently offer no on-board credits/extras of any type.

I guess my question is $2386 a good price for a Verandah category room? Also, is there any other booking source that I might get this same price but with some extra bonuses (on-board credit etc..)

If this is just an okay price, what would you guys consider a good to great price for this sailing for 2 adults? I appreciate all the feedback!!!
good price if you are willing to get any Veradah! You may not get your room assignment until you board. Not likely, but can happen. As long you are good with that book it!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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My first Disney cruise was also booked last minute with my bf and we had a blast! We also booked VGT - a few hundred less than your quote but we sailed during hurricane season. I say go for it! To me the price seems reasonable for Disney, certainly low enough for me to book. Although you'll get conflicting answers on this, I always book through AAA with my wonderful TA Barb. They give a $100 photo credit for all reservations booked through them.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:36 AM   #5
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I booked the same cruise yesterday. I consider this a good rate for DCL. You may find a slightly better last minute rate during the fall or winter (excluding holiday sailings) . We cruised Fantasy with a VGT rate in Dec and paid $250 less than what we are paying for this cruise for our family of 3. I booked mine through Natalia at www.cruisevacationoutlet.com and was given some on board credit. We have booked 8 + cruises with her so that may contribute to what we received.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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Great price for cruising in May. Great time to cruise weather and all considered and a higher price for cruises across the board. I'd jump on it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:48 AM   #7
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click on the dreams unlimited link at the top of the page and book through them. I believe (don't quote me) you will get a $100 obc for the price of the cruise plus they have been giving out baskets of items that will be left in your cabin.
as to rate, yes this is a good rate, no question.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:59 AM   #8
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Great price for cruising in May. Great time to cruise weather and all considered and a higher price for cruises across the board. I'd jump on it.
I agree; Go for It. If you want to feel better, check out prices in June or July.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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I think the Dreams OBC is more than that for 7 days. Book with them!
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:21 PM   #10
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I saw that yesterday, too. You can book via http://www.wishdrawals.com
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:59 PM   #11
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Disney Card?

I booked this last week's with my new Disney Chase card. We now intend to put most of our purchases from here on out on it so that we can try and accrue as many points as we can towards our next disney trip. Because I used my Disney card, I got a $50 on board credit, and the cruise fare is supposed to be 6 months same as cash because I used the Disney card for the cruise. (We shall see if that happens, its too soon to tell.) But the Disney card appears to give you 1% in Disney points and each point is a one for one ratio. In other word, $1 Disney dollar can be used as $1. (If you have $89, you can buy a Disney world ticket) etc. So I'm hoping the points add up REAL quick (especially with all the spa services etc my twinkie used on the cruise!) and that we will be having a nice lil Disney nest egg to go towards our next one...

I know this is a bit off topic, but the OP was discussing which card they put it in and any relevant discounts with it.

Does anyone else have the Disney card and can tell me how it is going?

Btw, when I got home, because we had used so much on the card right away (with our whole Disney trip being on it), we had a $50 Disney card waiting for us in the mail! So that is reward number 1. I'm going to hope to start stock piling these babies if possible... DCL here I come...
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #12
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Btw, JustACruiser... what is your secret to doing 4 DCLs a year...?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #13
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I think your Disney card is 1% not 10% in Disney cash. So, for $100 spent, you get $1.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:07 PM   #14
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I think all GTY discounted rates are a "great" rate.
Disney never used to give anything off their cruises.
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Best you could hope then for was $50 for using Disney Visa and maybe a small OBC from a TA. Of course way back then Palo was only an additional $5 (2006)-LOL
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:11 PM   #15
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I think your Disney card is 1% not 10% in Disney cash. So, for $100 spent, you get $1.
Yes I went back and corrected that once I realized it wasn't right.
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