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Old 08-14-2013, 09:26 PM   #16
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I have a semi-related question. If I book a dummy cruise on board with a cheaper deposit that the cruise I actually want, when I change my booking, I would likely have to increase my deposit to 10% of that cruise. Am I thinking this through correctly? Thanks in advance.!
That's correct! If you book a dummy cruise with a fare of, say, $1500, you'll pay a deposit of $150. If you then move that to a different cruise with a fare of $2500, you'll need to pay an additional $100 ($150 + $100 = $250) to make up the difference of 10% of the new cruise fare.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:31 PM   #17
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Thanks for explaining it! I will just have to look at the numbers when we are on board. I booked a gty rate this time, so a little different from *gt rate, so would that work?
Yes, a GTY rate can be booked with an OBB if offered as it's not a discounted rate. GTY rates are offered once a certain percentage of staterooms in that category are booked, and therefore DCL will no longer allow specific room selection. In fact, with the tiered pricing, a GTY rate is likely higher than other passengers who booked that category earlier than you did. If you wish, you may name your TA at the time you do the OBB and you'll be able to get whatever incentives that TA offers (gift, OBC, insurance, etc.) in addition to the OBC associated with an OBB.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:35 PM   #18
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Can anyone confirm that you can put a future child on a dummy bookings? I know I've read you can do this on normal bookings (name as TBD and due date as birthdate or something to that effect), but wanted to check regarding a potential dummy booking we'll (hopefully) make when we cruise in a few weeks.

Also, if we need to cancel everything is fully refundable, right? We're hoping to keep cruising DCL, but also are comfortable doing other lines and frequently like to sail over holidays, when DCL pricing is not in the budget.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:49 PM   #19
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Can anyone confirm that you can put a future child on a dummy bookings? I know I've read you can do this on normal bookings (name as TBD and due date as birthdate or something to that effect), but wanted to check regarding a potential dummy booking we'll (hopefully) make when we cruise in a few weeks.

Also, if we need to cancel everything is fully refundable, right? We're hoping to keep cruising DCL, but also are comfortable doing other lines and frequently like to sail over holidays, when DCL pricing is not in the budget.
For a dummy, you can book room for just two people and add rest later. It keeps the deposit down, but be sure to book a room that will hold the amount of people you expect to travel and add them all when able. I don't know about adding a TBD person.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:24 AM   #20
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Can anyone confirm that you can put a future child on a dummy bookings?
Yes, you can put a future child on a dummy booking. We did it, although we were not expecting it to turn into a actual child as soon as it did, LOL.

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:25 AM   #21
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In terms of best possible price is onboard booking always going to be lower than booking on opening day? (assuming all details are same.)
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #22
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what about 2 rooms

I plan on booking a dummy date for Dec 2014 although I may push it into 2015. We are undecided as to who/when. If we go w/out kids, we need 1 room. If we go with all 3 kids we need 2 rooms(DD21, DS 17, DS15). I plan on OBB 2 rooms. Will I be able to drop one room? If we use both rooms, do we get OBC for both rooms?
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #23
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Narnia- From what I understand no. If you book on board to get the 10 percent discount, and the prices from opening day have gone up more than 10 percent it won't be cheaper. But if you book a placeholder cruise and then move that one to the new dates you want on opening day, you would probably get the best overall deal. I hope that makes sense. :D
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #24
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If you're just curious about which sailing is the cheapest you can go to a travel booking site like travelocity. Do a search for cruises and choose any date, any location, any length, etc but select Disney Cruise Line from the cruise line options. You'll get a list of every single Disney Cruise. Then go to the little drop down menu and select "sort by price" and you'll get them sorted by price (based on the cheapest inside cabins). Easy peasy.
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For a dummy, you can book room for just two people and add rest later. It keeps the deposit down, but be sure to book a room that will hold the amount of people you expect to travel and add them all when able. I don't know about adding a TBD person.
You are better off booking with all the people that may go and drop later. Adding later does not get the 10% discount for those added.
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I plan on booking a dummy date for Dec 2014 although I may push it into 2015. We are undecided as to who/when. If we go w/out kids, we need 1 room. If we go with all 3 kids we need 2 rooms(DD21, DS 17, DS15). I plan on OBB 2 rooms. Will I be able to drop one room? If we use both rooms, do we get OBC for both rooms?
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Yes, if you book 2 rooms OBB then only need 1, you can cancel the other. But you cannot "split" them and move 1 to a different date. If you do use both rooms, you'll receive OBC for both.

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You are better off booking with all the people that may go and drop later. Adding later does not get the 10% discount for those added.
I definitely agree strongly with including anyone who may be cruising with you when you make the original on-board booking. I just recently tried to add a passenger to my cabin on our Thanksgiving cruise that has gone up in price since we booked it onboard, and the price was definitely more than it would have been if we'd included them originally.

I'm not clear whether it was because we didn't get the 10% at all, or if we got the 10%, but off of current prices, or maybe we got the original price but didn't get the 10%.

Also, I originally had 1 adult and 1 child in the room. I expected the pricing to add another adult at worst to be based on current pricing for "additional passenger" without a discount, but it was even more than that. TA explained "When you add a third guest as an adult that adult goes into the second guest position and pays the current price for the second adult." - so that was part of the reason for being higher priced than I expected.
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If you're looking for a 'placeholder' now here's one I booked onboard a few days ago, as suggested by the Future Cruise booking agent: 4 Night Bahamian 3-7 Dec 2014 Standard Inside Stateroom (GTY) Voyage fare &euro;900 + taxes for 2 Adults
Deposit $90 !!!!

I can certainly live with a $90 deposit when booking onboard ( and dreading my bill from guest services!! ) until an itinerary and date that suits us comes out and will certainly rebook before Sep 2014 when final payment is due on the dummy booking.

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