First timer what should I know when I book?

teachmedis

Mouseketeer
Joined
Apr 20, 2014
I am going to book our first Disney cruise on the 21st when the 2023 cruises are released to the general public. What things should I have figured out by then? I know which cruise I want, and that is about it. Thank you!
 

Minnie352

DCL Dreaming
Joined
Jun 25, 2017
Very exciting! Lots to consider, but once you know which cruise and sailing date, you'll want to review cabin options. Do you want a veranda, or is a "oceanview" window? Or, is an interior room just fine? Its personal preference and budget.

Then think about where you think you'll spend the most time (kids clubs? Or adult spaces?) That may help you decide which deck(s) you'd like your stateroom to be on.

If you have an early or late dining preference, you'll want to decide that. You can also add transfers from the airport to port, insurance, etc. But you can add those later if you like.

Enjoy the planning! We usually do some port/excursion research too (after booking) for when you book excursions later (after your paid in full date.)
 

Karin1984

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 5, 2012
Don't make it too complicated.

There are so many different ways to vacation on a cruise and everyone has different preferences. Only by doing you will know for sure what works for you.

Go for the most educated guess you can make. Don't overthink it.
 

Cruising Engineer

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 18, 2018
Once you know when you want to sail and where you want to go:
  1. Get your budget set
  2. Determine what type of stateroom you want ($$$) and where, on the ship, you want your stateroom to be located
  3. What time do you want to eat
That's pretty much it for booking.
 

pjacobi

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jan 20, 2001
DCL pays travel agents a 5-10% commission on every cruise sold. Book through a reputable travel agent that does enough cruise volume to refund some of the commission back to you. For example, Dreams Unlimited which sponsors this board.

No, I do not get paid for this response, just a happy DU customer!


-Paul
 

MichelleCanada

Mouseketeer
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Before we booked our summer 2022 cruise we talked to Disney for some advise. The CM we talked to advised us to book our cruise directly online if we knew what we wanted instead of waiting until our TA could book it. You have 30 days to transfer your booking to a TA. They also advised us that the website opens early for booking. We went on at 4 am (mountain time) and were able to book right away.
 

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  • pjacobi

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    Before we booked our summer 2022 cruise we talked to Disney for some advise. The CM we talked to advised us to book our cruise directly online if we knew what we wanted instead of waiting until our TA could book it.
    Of course, Disney will tell you to book directly through their website. You just save them 5%-%10 commission. That could be $500 or more that you left on the table! Disney was happy to add that amount to their profits. Disney pays a much smaller commission on TA transfers which may never occur.

    Know the game! Of course, the rules may change someday, like it did for airline tickets.


    -Paul
     

    teachmedis

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    Apr 20, 2014
    We will book ourselves, as we do with disney world trips. I believe myself to be my own best advocate, I used a TA once and found it laborious. I'm sure there are better agents than what I used, but if I'm going to tell someone to do something, I might as well do it myself. I appreciate the tip though, I always value money saving options.
     

    Kwami

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    Aug 30, 2021
    We will book ourselves, as we do with disney world trips. I believe myself to be my own best advocate, I used a TA once and found it laborious. I'm sure there are better agents than what I used, but if I'm going to tell someone to do something, I might as well do it myself. I appreciate the tip though, I always value money saving options.
    I get that. I often feel the same way. But the TA does have a few benefits. They get a commission from Disney and they usually share part of that commission as onboard credits or other gifts. Also, if you need to make a change or if you have a special request, they'll call DCL and wait 1-3 hours on hold so that you don't have to. That alone is worth it!
     
  • Cheburashka

    DIS Veteran
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    Dec 25, 2020
    I am going to book our first Disney cruise on the 21st when the 2023 cruises are released to the general public. What things should I have figured out by then? I know which cruise I want, and that is about it. Thank you!
    The big thing to remember is the importance of booking a placeholder while you're onboard. Even if you're not sure you will cruise again, book one, as they're refundable, and 10% off of a Disney cruise is a significant savings.
     

    teachmedis

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    Apr 20, 2014
    The big thing to remember is the importance of booking a placeholder while you're onboard. Even if you're not sure you will cruise again, book one, as they're refundable, and 10% off of a Disney cruise is a significant savings.
    Thank you that is a big savings. I think this may be a 1 and done. But I'm certainly open to going again if the family enjoys it.
     

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