HELP pay in full due in 2 weeks. Need advice!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by TheWescotts, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. MinnieLovesMickey12

    MinnieLovesMickey12 DIS Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    ONLY ON THE DIS would someone recommend dipping into retirement accounts or selling off investments to pay for a cruise or Disney trip. That is ridiculous.

    If you don't have the money to go, then cancel. Very simple.
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  3. TheWescotts

    TheWescotts Mouseketeer

    May 15, 2008
    We won't have the money by PIF date. We almost certainly will have the money later in the month or next month. DW is picking up extra shifts at work, I should have more commissions coming in before then. In 3 years this is the first commission I have counted on that is just not going to come. It is rare for them to get canceled.
  4. tweis

    tweis DIS Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    If you can comfortably downgrade financially then I would do that. If you can't then I would push the cruise back a few months until money wasn't so tight. If you need the cash back from the deposit then I would cancel the cruise all together until cash flow is a little better.

    While some of the options suggested may work for some I don't think I would add more debt onto an already tight budget. Hopefully your commissions will come in as expected and you can pay off the medical bills and your cruise. :)
  5. cruisecrasher

    cruisecrasher DIS Veteran

    Jun 10, 2010
    I'm with them^^^
    Basically if I'm having to worry about cutting excursions, etc. while on the trip, canceling is the way I would go.
    I personally wouldn't enjoy myself during the cruise itself if I was having to worry about payments, so credit is a no go.
    I've cruised interior several times before, they're nice too!
    I've also left the kids with their grandparents after they were old enough to guilt trip me about it. Mom and dad need time to themselves sometimes, too!

    Basically if your vacation causes more stress than it relieves, in my book, that's not vacation.
  6. linetbo

    linetbo DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    So sorry to hear that. Can you just cancel and do something else? maybe you can take advantage of the free dining plan and go to WDW on those days.
  7. 4HppyCamprs

    4HppyCamprs DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2009
    I'd push the date back so you don't lose any of the deposit if it is at all possible

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  8. klineyqueen

    klineyqueen <font color=red>I live in the country where nothin

    Aug 2, 2003
  9. neg58

    neg58 DIS Veteran

    Oct 5, 2012
    A vacation is not an emergency. Don't go on the vacation if it isn't paid in full before you go.

  10. n8nally

    n8nally DIS Veteran

    Feb 7, 2013
    This wouldn't help the issue with your friends, but I noticed this is a four day cruise. Could you maybe downgrade to a three day cruise in an inside room? Then your daughters would still get to go, but it would save you tons.
  11. WanderlustNZ

    WanderlustNZ DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2012

    I think you are leaning in the right direction.

    If it's meant to be your commission will come through and you will rebook with a great GTY rate (perhaps even cheaper than what you are booked at now).

    If it's not meant to be, you will be able to clear your other debts and then enjoy a fantastic cruise one day in the future when you're more financially content.
  12. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

    Nov 13, 2012
    Well, since you asked ... If it was me I would cancel and then rebook if/when the pricing came down and/or the money came in. I personally would not be able to enjoy myself if I was worrying about how I was going to pay for tips and excursions. I also couldn't enjoy a cruise knowing I jad borrowed against my life insurance policy to pay for it. I freely admit that my family spends a larger % of our income on vacations and travel than most would but to me a vacation that can't be paid for is a vacation that isn't happeneing.
  13. Jenna45

    Jenna45 DIS Veteran

    Jan 9, 2007
    Did you try contacting Disney? I know I Have read in the past when this situation has happened to other folks on the park boards and Disney has been able to extend their dates. Personally, it has not happened to me so I can't be sure, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to try.
  14. Donna3271

    Donna3271 DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2008
    Hi, If you are referring to Mike's comments, I believe that was tongue-in-cheek.
  15. darkwing818

    darkwing818 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    I agree, with the way you are leaning, you should cancel & hope to rebook at a later date. Your funds sound really tight, as another PP noted, wait until your financial situation has stabilized. While it maybe disappointing to your daughters & friends in the short run you really need to be thinking long term. Just my 2 cents worth, Good Luck. :)
  16. quickcat

    quickcat Mouseketeer

    Apr 28, 2011
    This is a good idea. I never thought of it but like they said, it doesn't hurt to ask! Who knows, maybe they'll extend it to the date you need.
  17. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    This is why we always save up the total cost of the vacation plus extra before booking. So if I were in your shoes, I would cancel and rebook when you know you have the money. No way would I put it on a credit card, borrow against something that will cost a small fortune to pay back, etc. in the hopes that the money will appear on time. JMHO
  18. over50visits

    over50visits DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2004
    It hurts to say this, because I know what this cruise could mean to family and friends, but I can't advise borrowing money for a cruise (that includes credit cards that aren't paid in full each month). However, such blanket advice isn't really fair, since i don't know your situation and your expectation of near term income. Just a thought......
  19. NWmom

    NWmom DIS Veteran

    Jan 11, 2011
    I would cancel and rebook once I had cash in hand.

    Learned the hard way once about counting on getting extra hours when something unexpected happened and all OT was cancelled. Won't ever make that mistake again.

    I think all the advice to pay before you go is great advice. I love DCL, yet never forget it is a luxury item and other things just have to come first in our priorities.

    Most of the health benefit of the vacation comes from the looking forward to it and not having regrets after. That includes the money part.

    Even if you end up rescheduling, when you do go-- you will enjoy it more if you are not worrying about the money part.
  20. AquaDame

    AquaDame Are we there yet?

    Jul 7, 2010
    I too would advise cancelling. My husband was facing a strike last winter and when our PIF date came it was still up in the air. We decided to cancel and even though he did not strike in the end we are still happy we made the decision we did. It would have been far more stressful to have hoped for the best! We pushed it out and are now looking forward to it this coming June.
  21. MND

    MND DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2011
    Actually, I'm totally serious with my suggestions.

    Granted, I was thinking outside of the box when I suggested plasma sales, or medical research. However, dipping into your retirement is not a bad idea as long as you "pay back" your retirement savings. I'm assuming the OP doesn't have much in the way of non-retirement savings/investments to tap into, otherwise he/she wouldn't be in this pickle.

    I did like the idea of leaving the children at home, but run the numbers first to see if you could afford to take one child. If so, you could perhaps come up with a contest to see which one gets to go.

    Good luck and keep us posted.


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