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Old 07-28-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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Best way to Book?

Last year we were given a cruise as a Christmas gift so we did not have to worry about any of the booking aspects. Now we are looking to book a cruise for our immediate family and I'm not sure where to start? Is it best to use a travel agent or book online through the web site? We have chosen the cruise and dates and are ready to book but want to do it right

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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How much control do you want to have over your cruise arrangements?

Do you want to have some free on-board credit to use during your cruise?

I'm usually the controller of our vacation plans, but I like to make use of any on-board credit that the travel agent can give us for booking with them.
So- if there's a certain cruise itinerary that I really want and don't think that it will be discounted down the road, I'll either do an on-board booking (10% off price, 10% deposit instead of 20%, on-board credit from DCL) and name my travel agent so that I can get extra on-board credit; or if I didn't have an opportunity do do an on-board booking I'd just contact my travel agent and get whatever credit I can.
Or check for discounted cruises and make a last-minute reservation through my travel agent. That's what I did for our last cruise in May.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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So many good options

Hello. Congratulations on your trip!

The above post if great advice. We are only on our second cruise but did take advantage of the on board booking and used a 'dummy cruise' . We now enjoy our discount on our upcoming trip.

I only add to think of using a Disney specialist. They all know the in's and outs of booking windows and can apply future discounts if they come available for you. I have not used the one advertised on this site but others have found great success with it . I also explore Mousesavers.com which has some good advice and a link to a travel company this is a Disney Specialist. I have used them for WDW and the cruise and it has been wonderful.

Don't forget about Costco. I believe they will give you a credit back in some form of a check or gift card. Search this site and you may find more information. I am a member who spends way too much time at Costco but have not tried this service. I hope this helps.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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Last year we were given a cruise as a Christmas gift so we did not have to worry about any of the booking aspects. Now we are looking to book a cruise for our immediate family and I'm not sure where to start? Is it best to use a travel agent or book online through the web site? We have chosen the cruise and dates and are ready to book but want to do it right

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Already some great advice posted but I like to book while on a cruise to get the discount and to leave a lower deposit, however I understand that this is not always and option. I use the DCL web site to look at itineraries and once I select three or four options I call my travel agent to find me the best price usinng my vacation dates.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #5
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I knew what I wanted for dates and even cabin numbers. I went through Dreams Unlimited (sponsor of this site!) and got a nice onboard credit based on how much the cruise cost. It will cover all our gratuities. For the next cruise I plan to book for Alaska while onboard to take advantage of the 10% discount and onboard credit. I will also name Dreams Unlimited as the travel agent to get the additional onboard credit. If you book through DU and sail from Port Canaveral you also get a gift basket from them in your stateroom!

ETA: even though I used DU, I still get to do my own online check in and select my Port Arrival Time and book our excursions, Palo & spa.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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Thank you all so much! I checked out dreams unlimited and some other sites. I really wish we would have booked while on board last summer...guess we will have to be sure to book again on our cruise next year so we don't run into this again!!
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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Hi I have a question. If I was to book with the dis travel then if the prices of the cruises drop or specials come out they will lower my cruise that I have already booked is this correct? If I booked the cruise with Costco they wouldn't drop the price and I couldn't cancel it and re book correct? Also if I do book with Costco and then move my reservation to dis travel I wouldn't get the gift card is this correct? I am trying to find the cheapest way to cruise. It's over 3k in January I thought it would be cheaper. Thanks
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
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If you book with Costco as long as you havent reached the PIF date they will rebook you at the lowest price for a 25 rebooking fee. Odds are though with a Disney cruise for the same stateroom costs tend to increase bc they tend to sail fairly full. If your ok with any room just the cheapest that may be a different story.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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Also if I do book with Costco and then move my reservation to dis travel I wouldn't get the gift card is this correct?
You wouldn't get the gift card and you would get less on board credit. There are different credit amounts for a cruise book directly through a travel agent vs. one transferred to them.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:55 PM   #10
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I just used Costco to get a 9% rebate on the cost of our cruise. I knew exactly what I wanted and didn't need to ask them for any advice.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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How did you figure the 9%?
We've been so tempted to book through Costco, but I haven't gotten the nerve to do it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:56 PM   #12
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Booking through Costco is no different than booking through dis direct, or any other travel agent. Have booked all three ways and didn't experience any negatives from Costco. Whenever I need to make a request like mdr rotations or what not Costco will get it in the same ways as others. Bottomlie for us the only difference is the amount of the discount (cash back, gC's, on board credit). Do the offer that maximizes the savings for your family, at the end of he day you still checkin with DCL and get to book excursions and extras just like everyone else. If your worried about having lots of questions they have dedicated reps, or just book through Disney direct and then transfer to wherever gets you the most back
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Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:57 PM   #14
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Why would Costco consider it a rebooking if DCL's price drops on the regular cruise fare? That's not right, all they would have to do is call DCL and have DCL adjust the balance due for the reservation, not change or rebook it.
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