Just paid the deposit and have some questions

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  1. hoosthatmouse

    hoosthatmouse Earning My Ears

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    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.

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  3. hoosthatmouse

    hoosthatmouse Earning My Ears

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    I also just realized we will be on the cruise ship during the Super Bowl -- Do you know if they will do anything special for it? Its being aired on CBS this year.
     
  4. moomy-san

    moomy-san I'd rather be in O'Gills.

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    We were on the Wonder during Superbowl 2 years ago- you couldn't miss it. It was blaring through every speaker and screen on deck!! We were on the west coast and the game was on quite late and both seatings of dinner were oddly missing many dads and husbands!
     
  5. jahber

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    See my answers in red. I hope you have a wonderful first cruise! It IS addictive, as you can see from my signature. I'm a relative newbie, but DCL keeps posting these insanely good rates, which makes it impossible for me to resist. We are just resigned to the idea that while our kids are little, we will sail DCL as good rates come up. :)
     
  6. kcashner

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    Booking a 5EGTY means that you will cruise in a cat 5 something...or a 4 or perhaps (unlikely, but) even a concierge cabin. It means that the "worst" cabin DCL can place you in is a 5E. It does not mean you will have an extended balcony--you could get a 5A!

    As to not using a TA because you got a better deal on your own--this is not possible. There was something included in the TA's quote that wasn't on your booking (transfers?, insurance?) With DCL, the price is the price regardless of who does the booking. You might consider transferring your reservation to an agent who gives an onboard credit or gift card as a "thanks for booking with us" gift.

    As to a good deal--see above. You got the current price. That's it. There could be last minute specials on your dates, or not. There could be a kids sail free special or not. A Disney Visa won't help you now as in order to get that $50 credit you need to make ALL payments with the Visa. You would be accruing reward dollars if your current credit card doesn't do some sort of rewards.

    IF a special from DCL comes out before your final payment date, you may be able to cancel your current booking and rebook on the special rate.

    How people can do multiple cruises....I'd rather have 2 cruises in an inside cabin than 1 in a balcony, but that's personal preference. I've had both. And it helps if you are only booking for 2 people rather than for a big family. On the other hand, there are KSF specials for big families. And honestly, we sometimes choose our cruises based on price. If I feel they are too much, I won't cruise.
     
  7. Momma2Jax

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    Just to add: our GTY was upgraded. When we looked at our reservation on the websites, and in our cruise documents, it said our room number, then the category that we booked, even though that wasn't the category we ended up with. We were on the Wonder, and booked a navigators verandah GTY. we were upgraded to a regular verandah, but all of our reservation info still said "7a navigators verandah" because that's what we booked. So when you check your reservation and notice you have been assigned a room number, make sure to search what category that room is, to check if it's an upgrade!

    As far as taking multiple cruises, I don't know either. ;) we did Alaska last month (a higher priced cruise), and our original plan was to sail again in 2014. Well, we loved it so much, we couldn't wait that long. So we picked a cheaper itinerary (LA to Vancouver repo) and stayed on the west coast to save on airfare (we can fly to LA for $100/person). We set a monthly savings plan, and now we are booked for May, 8 months after our last one! Now... If dcl does not return to the west coast in 2014, we will not get to do this every year... So we hope that doesn't happen! :)
     
  8. hoosthatmouse

    hoosthatmouse Earning My Ears

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    Thanks! I'll look into switching the reservation over to a TA. I should clarify, I Held the 5E cabin on the DCL website and then received a quote from a TA that they were no longer available and the next cabin (going upwards) was slightly more expensive so I just booked the held reservation through DCL.

    This cruise is in Feb so it is slightly offseason. That makes me feel a little bit better about the price.
     
  9. hoosthatmouse

    hoosthatmouse Earning My Ears

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    that's good to know and will make my husband happy...unless his team is in the super bowl in which case I might have to find another cruising partner!
     

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