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Old 04-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the quick relies! I am going to go ahead and book! I'm happy with the price and it seems the only way it's getting cheaper is to book on Carnival!

Now if only the airfares would cooperate!
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #17
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We just did the Carnival Dream out of Port Canav in this past late February. 7 days was just ok. The port times were not good. The service was not at all what I have come to expect from cruising (from a Gold Carnival member too). This last weekend was our first DCL. 3 days vs 7 days and it was so ridiculously worth it in every way that I can't imagine booking a Carnival again. It's just not a good value. The servers push the drink sales, and add gratuity on a coke. The smokey casino is the only way to get anywhere. I could go on and on. Probably one of the biggest things was that the Carnival Dream had to be stranded on St Maarten 1.5 weeks after we got off of it. Way too close for comfort. You did the right thing with DCL. Carnival is not a better vacation. I wish I would have saved my money and not even gone, but it was my friend's choice and we didn't know a DCL family cruise was in the works or I wouldn't have gone at all. The ports of call were nice places. The cruise I couldn't wait to get off of..and the only redeeming part of it was I had 2 disney days before and 1 hopping disney blitz after debarkation! So Disney was still the best part about my Carnival trip...
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:18 PM   #18
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I think all GTY discounted rates are a "great" rate.
Disney never used to give anything off their cruises.
No sales.
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
Don't confuse - GTY are NOT discounted rates. GTY is the same price as a regular rate except you are being guaranteed a stateroom in the category you selected (or better). GTY are available when a high percentage of certain category is sold out. But in any case, the price is the same as if you would be able to actually pick the stateroom. These show up well before PIF

IGT (Inside), OGT (Outside) and VGT (Verandah) ARE discounted rates, which typically appear after PIF. These rates guarantee you the room type - that is, Inside, Outside or Verandah. In fact, if you book an IGT, you could get any room - from an 11C to a 4A.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #19
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Don't confuse - GTY are NOT discounted rates. GTY is the same price as a regular rate except you are being guaranteed a stateroom in the category you selected (or better). GTY are available when a high percentage of certain category is sold out. But in any case, the price is the same as if you would be able to actually pick the stateroom. These show up well before PIF

IGT (Inside), OGT (Outside) and VGT (Verandah) ARE discounted rates, which typically appear after PIF. These rates guarantee you the room type - that is, Inside, Outside or Verandah. In fact, if you book an IGT, you could get any room - from an 11C to a 4A.
Yup... That's what I ment (IGT, OGT & VGT).
Not when the cat is sold out on hold kind of GTY.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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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...
That $50 might have been because it was a new card (new card offer, first use or something like that). Typically, you will have to request a Rewards Card and transfer the points off - they won't automatically be sent to you.

You are correct that the cruise fare qualifies for 6-months at no interest, as well as any pre- or post-cruise WDW reservations. However, actual purchases onboard (including the final KTTW onboard account) or while at WDW will be considered regular purchases.

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:21 PM   #21
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Wait a minute, WDW tickets can be reserved on my disney card for no interest in conjunction with the cruise?? Will I always be able to use my disney card no interest for trips (like besides my first introductory cruise) in the future?

Now I'm getting excited...

and yes I'm sure the $50 was part of the opening up the credit line, but I was excited because I got both the $50 on board credit AND a $50 gift card when I got home (I wasn't sure if it was an either/or thing) along with the cruise interest free (and I knew that only the cruise fare was interest free, not the trip incidentals)

VERY interesting about the WDW tickets or should I ask you to clarify if that only refers to staying with the resorts?
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #22
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For me... I will not pay more than $100 per day per person for a cruise, and for that it better at least be a balcony guarantee. That price won't get a Disney cruise, but it will get many of the other main lines out there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #23
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Wait a minute, WDW tickets can be reserved on my disney card for no interest in conjunction with the cruise?? Will I always be able to use my disney card no interest for trips (like besides my first introductory cruise) in the future?

Now I'm getting excited...

and yes I'm sure the $50 was part of the opening up the credit line, but I was excited because I got both the $50 on board credit AND a $50 gift card when I got home (I wasn't sure if it was an either/or thing) along with the cruise interest free (and I knew that only the cruise fare was interest free, not the trip incidentals)

VERY interesting about the WDW tickets or should I ask you to clarify if that only refers to staying with the resorts?
I believe the official wording is "packages booked through the Walt Disney Travel Agency" or something to that affect. But we have found that tickets purchased *in advance* and through WDW, as well as room only reservations (also paid for in advance), netted us the 6-months-no-interest. Also, if you wish to put $$ towards your onboard account - again *in advance* - that will also qualify. Caveat that, I believe there's a minimum of $100 on any vacation financing to qualify.

Perks may change, but the vacation financing has been around since Day One for the Disney Visa. (I believe the $50 OBC for cruises has been discontinued as of this coming September, but could be re-instated again in the future.)
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #24
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That is a good price for a verandah on a 7-night Fantasy cruise IMO. Just looked up for the four of us and it would be $3950 for an OGT or a $4164 for a VGT. My max for a cat 8 is around $4000 with the 10% OBB discount, so if we could go in May I would jump on that price.

OMG!!! I just checked the opening day prices for the 5/25/13 Fantasy cruise. These are from the gold opening day. These are the possible rooms you could get with the VGT!!!! This is the first time I have seen the *GT prices be this much less than the opening day prices for a 7-night cruise out of PC.

4A 2A2C [14,10] $6269.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
4B 2A2C [14,10] $6213.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
4C 2A2C [14,10] $6157.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
4D 2A2C [14,10] $6101.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
4E 2A2C [14,10] $6045.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
5A 2A2C [14,10] $5989.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
5B 2A2C [14,10] $5933.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
5C 2A2C [14,10] $5877.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
5D 2A2C [14,10] $5821.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
6A 2A2C [14,10] $5709.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
6B 2A2C [14,10] $5667.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
7A 2A2C [14,10] $5625.08 no ins/trns *10/21/11
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This is the first time I have seen the *GT prices be this much less than the opening day prices.
Most of our WBPC cruise meet thread are folks who booked opening day and then saved thousands, even after the cancellation penalty, by rebooking a *GT rate when they were released. We were supposed to be on the 5/25 Western and had already cancelled because the opening day price that we had gotten was simply too much for just a week. The Fantasy has some serious sticker shock (especially when travel expenses are factored in) for those of us used to the Wonder's standard rates when she was on the west coast, LOL.
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Yeah, they had a hard time giving those MR cruises away on the Wonder. You won't find much at that price out of PC for a 7-night cruise. I remember the PC repo. That was a great rate. I was thinking about 7-night cruises. Should have specified that.
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That $50 might have been because it was a new card (new card offer, first use or something like that). Typically, you will have to request a Rewards Card and transfer the points off - they won't automatically be sent to you.

You are correct that the cruise fare qualifies for 6-months at no interest, as well as any pre- or post-cruise WDW reservations. However, actual purchases onboard (including the final KTTW onboard account) or while at WDW will be considered regular purchases.

Enjoy your cruise!
If you pay with your Disney rewards card, you get a $50 OBC. Just call and ask them to apply it. It does not have to be a new card.



Sorry, just read the PP clearly, and you were referring to the card in the mail.
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If you pay with your Disney rewards card, you get a $50 OBC. Just call and ask them to apply it. It does not have to be a new card.



Sorry, just read the PP clearly, and you were referring to the card in the mail.
Do you have to pay on full with the Disney card or can it just be a portion?
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Do you have to pay on full with the Disney card or can it just be a portion?
You have to pay in full with the Disney Visa to actually get the OBC.
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Yeah, they had a hard time giving those MR cruises away on the Wonder. You won't find much at that price out of PC for a 7-night cruise. I remember the PC repo. That was a great rate. I was thinking about 7-night cruises. Should have specified that.
They had a hard time because they were introducing the ship to the market at 7 nights instead of 3/4. How often do people post here that they're starting with a shorter cruise to see if they like it or are worth it? The 2-nighter out of San Diego in 2014 is priced way higher PP/night than the MRs they were "giving away" and it's not having a problem selling at all. I got two families who would never commit to a 7-night MR the entire time the Wonder was here to book the 2-nighter on opening day. The lack of travel expenses makes it a much better deal than paying through the nose for the Fantasy.
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