Hi all - So we made the plunge and put down our deposit for the Feb. 2nd 2013 Western Carribbean cruise aboard the Fantasy for 7 nights. I thought I did a ton of research before booking but have a few questions We booked a 5E Guaranteed rate - I understand that a stateroom will be assigned to us at a later time in the category we requested or an upgrade. Can anyone tell me what and upgrade could mean? and what those categories are? I saw several posts to people requesting to keep their 5E's in the hopes of having one of the extended verandah's. I guess I could go either way. Does this mean we will either get an extended verandah or an upgrade? ( sounds like either way I'll be happy) Another thing- How do I know if I got a good deal on this cruise? I can't tell if we paid too much. It seems most people have been booking a year in advance. Would I have been better served by booking closer to the date? I foroged the use of a Travel Agent because I found a better rate through the disney ship site. And along the lines of the last question -- what is the best way to find good deals on these cruises? I looked at the special offers but none of them applied to our situation. Is it worth opening a Disney credit card? These trips are expensive and I am in awe of the people that have been able to book so many. I'm kind of scratching my head at how everyone can afford this. Anways, thanks for listening. I am new hear and so excited to bring my two daugthers and husband on our first cruise and first disney cruise. We are taking a look at tagging on a day at WDW before departure day but we will see. I want to see what kind of special hotel rates come out on Wednesday the 10th for Feb 2013.