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  1. BensDaddy

    BensDaddy Graduate of Goofy's Flight School

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    Hello all,

    Forgive me if this has been covered before, I haven't been able to find it if it has.

    My family and I are scheduled to sail Dream in early October. Our final payment is due in a few months. We did purchase the insurance along with our trip.

    There is a possibility that I will change jobs over the summer and, if so, we will most likely need to delay our cruise. We don't have any interest in canceling outright - (the family would kill me!) - but it may need to be pushed into early 2014 instead.

    Does anyone know what is the latest you can make a change of sailing date? What fees are associated with making such a change?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. luvmy2babies

    luvmy2babies DIS Veteran

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    I'm subscribing because I need to know this too. I want to get one for my daughter's fall break and would like to go ahead and start paying on one, but all I know is it will be a Thursday and Friday in either October or November because it changes each year. I may not know her actual fall break dates until the end of August, which is after I would have it paid for. I know I'd have to pay any difference in the cruise price, but want to know what other fees would be involved.
     
  4. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve DIS Veteran

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    Assuming non concierge... Also, assuming you purchased DCL insurance...

    You can move the date of the trip prior to your PIF (75 days) without any penalties. If you move it after your PIF, there is a penalty. I believe 45-74 days is the loss of the deposit. 30-44 days is 50% of the vacation price.

    Regarding DCL insurance, typically it is lost, however I've heard they will apply it towards the new cruise, but not sure.
     
  5. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    Once past the PIF date it is probably "officially" subject to the cancellation policy. Whether DCL might be willing to bypass the cancellation fees and just charge a change-fee may depend on how sympathetic the reservations agent is when you call, but you should probably expect to be held to the cancellation fees.

    CRUISE CANCELLATION FEES:
    CATEGORIES WITH RESTRICTIONS: Reservations for Inside, Outside or Verandah Categories with Restrictions are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. A 100% cruise cancellation fee applies from time of payment.

    Cruises Less Than 10 days where Embark or Debark is U.S. Port

    Days prior to Vacation Commencement Date Fee Amount

    45 days or more Deposit per Guest for Suites/Concierge staterooms and all staterooms on Disney Fantasy 31-Mar-2012 sailing
    75 to 45 days Deposit per Guest for Non-Suites/Concierge rooms
    44 to 30 days 50% of vacation price per Guest
    29 to 15 days 75% of vacation price per Guest
    14 days or less No refund

    Good luck with the new job and enjoy your vacation!
     
  6. ktb2002

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    Is your daughter in college or elementary/high school? Most school districts finalize the schedule for the next year even before the current year is out, you may want to explain your situation and ask soon what dates the fall break will be.
     
  7. NurseDave

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    You could always push it to a later date now, and then move it back when you know. Might have to deal with not getting the room you want though.
     
  8. danfromca

    danfromca <font color=royalblue>Earned his ears, now wants y

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    Except for concierge, if you move before your final payment date, there's no problem at all.
    After the final payment date, it's considered a cancellation and a rebooking. If you have DCL insurance, you do the following: File a claim with the insurance. Wait until they deny the claim. Then contact DCL and they will apply the non-refundable fees (other than the insurance) to your new cruise. This assumes you have time to go through the process before the final payment date of the new cruise - otherwise, the credit would likely go to some other future cruise.

    This is, by the way, the only really good thing about the DCL insurance - it's effectively "cancel for any reason" as long as you don't mind the refund going to a future cruise.
     
  9. s232271

    s232271 Mouseketeer

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    what about changing a passenger's name AFTER you have Paid in FUll??
    I cannot find info on this either. thanks!
     
  10. tinkerbell60

    tinkerbell60 DIS Veteran

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    It is $50 to change a name after the paid in full date
     
  11. s232271

    s232271 Mouseketeer

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    Great thanks!!
     
  12. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    You can actually change a name for no cost up until 15 or 20 days from the cruise date, unless that has changed recently.
     
  13. mhl1414

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    Wrong place posted. Sorry!
     
  14. tinkerbell60

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    Hmm, I had called and asked about this recently because DH may have a work conflict and I was told $50.00 to change a name. So, maybe it has changed.
     
  15. BensDaddy

    BensDaddy Graduate of Goofy's Flight School

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    Just reviewed the insurance and it says that basically we could cancel / rebook if I were laid off or terminated. My situation is different however,


    I have applied for a job requiring a lengthy background check. IF I am hired I will be sent to training (6-8 weeks) in September / October time frame.

    Our cruise is scheduled for October 2nd. Now if they don't hire me, then we would like to take the cruise as originally planned.

    If they do, we will want to reschedule - unfortunately we probably won't know until about 2 weeks prior to the training date (which is smack in the middle of the date range I was told to expect for training).

    So, I guess the question is, what should I do now? Final payment is due in late July.
     
  16. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    If you move a cruise after the PIF date it's considered a cancellation, and you pay the applicable cancellation penalty for the date you move it.

    You could find a cruise that is after your training date would be and move it before your PIF date. Pick a cruise that would have a PIF date long after you would know for sure. Then if you don't get hired, move it back to October 2. That should work unless October 2 sells out or you have a strong preference for a certain stateroom or category. of course if you need flights, you might have to wait to book flights, and it's most often not so easy to cancel or move flights.

    or talk to the job and see if they'll schedule your training so you can make the cruise. I had a co-worker who just did that for a new job he got, so that he could attend a wedding. But then a wedding is a one-time event, so we hope, and a cruise can be rescheduled.
     
  17. clten

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    The only other options might be cancel for any reason insurance. It might be too late for a lot of outside insurance companies but you can add DCL up to the final payment date. Now, there are a lot of caveats -- it wouldn't cover airfare if you booked that on your own, it's not the cheapest insurance, you only get a future cruise credit, not a refund, etc. so you have to do your own research. But it is an option.
     
  18. BensDaddy

    BensDaddy Graduate of Goofy's Flight School

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    I booked the DCL insurance option, does that automatically include "cancel for any reason"?
     
  19. clten

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    DCL's insurance is basically two parts - one is regular insurance (can't remember the insurance company they use) so if you have to cancel for a covered reason like illness, you would file an insurance claim as normal and get a refund. The second part of DCL's insurance is a type of cancel any reason. So if the insurance company denies your claim (because it is not one of their covered reasons), then DCL gives you a credit toward a future cruise in the amount covered.

    So the short answer is, yes it is automatically cancel any reason insurance. You will get something regardless of why you cancel.
     
  20. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    Just shortly, with the Disney insurance you have to put in a claim and have it denied. If the claim is denied, you won't get your money back, but you'll get cruise credit. Someone else may know how long it would take to get confirmation of the denial that you can present to DCL.
     
  21. anniemck

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    When you interview let them know that you have a cruise that has been planned and paid in full. Most places are understanding. I know I have two trips planned later this year, as well as a trip to Texas for my SIL's basic training graduation. I interviewed for my job on Sunday, was asked if I had any questions and I mentioned these items... two of them I have dates for, the other I do not have a date for as of yet as we are not sure when he is leaving for basic yet. I was called Monday for second interview with the owner, at the end of the interview I again reiterated and she stated this is not a problem, they understand that people have lives, and plans. And that these plans were made before the job came up.
     

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