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Old 10-06-2008, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Onboard Booking Discount and new Cruise Itineraries

I know that if you book your next cruise while still on board you can get your next cruise at a discount. Is it possible to apply this onboard discount to a cruise you already have booked (paid deposit but not full cost yet). I just saw the posting on allearsnet about the new 2010 cruise itineraries and was wondering if I booked one next week and paid the deposit, could I apply an onboard booking discount to it when I'm on the Wonder next December (2009)?
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunately you wouldn't be able to do that in the traditional sense of just "transfering" it. You would have to book a new reservation on board the wonder at the rates that are available at the time of your Wonder Cruise which may and most likey be more expensive then the booking you make on Tuesday. They would discount the 10% off of the price that is available on your cruise and also give you the current OBC offer which may or may not be the same being offered right now of around $200.

Once you got home you could cancel the original booking but you would lose the first day booking price which most likely would be less then the 10% discount.

I hope this helps.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First day booking better than on board pricing?

Am I understanding correctly that booking Oct 14 will be a better price than booking on board? We will be traveling in Feb 2009?
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Am I understanding correctly that booking Oct 14 will be a better price than booking on board?
It could be more by then - and is very likely since the special itineraries are usually in great demand. Disney increases their prices as the dates get closer or the rooms sell out (actually, they say they offer an early booking discount). So, if the price does go up prior to your Feb 09 cruise, the 10% discount and onboard credit may not make up for the difference in price. And you wouldn't be able to transfer it, that I do know for certain.

You should decide a couple of things:
Do you definitely want to go? - Book on Oct. 14
Do you only want to go at a certain price? - Book on Oct. 14 if it's the right price
Do you want to take a chance that the prices will be lower with the discount during your cruise? You can wait, but you're also taking a chance that rooms won't be available.

I'd book now (if it's a definite) and then if the discount is more during your cruise AND they have availability, then rebook there and cancel your original ressie. That way, you don't lose out if they are sold out.
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It could be more by then - and is very likely since the special itineraries are usually in great demand. Disney increases their prices as the dates get closer or the rooms sell out (actually, they say they offer an early booking discount). So, if the price does go up prior to your Feb 09 cruise, the 10% discount and onboard credit may not make up for the difference in price. And you wouldn't be able to transfer it, that I do know for certain.

You should decide a couple of things:
Do you definitely want to go? - Book on Oct. 14
Do you only want to go at a certain price? - Book on Oct. 14 if it's the right price
Do you want to take a chance that the prices will be lower with the discount during your cruise? You can wait, but you're also taking a chance that rooms won't be available.

I'd book now (if it's a definite) and then if the discount is more during your cruise AND they have availability, then rebook there and cancel your original ressie. That way, you don't lose out if they are sold out.
We are cruising Oct 26th-30th, I was going to wait to book then......
Do you think I should also book 0ct 14th?
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We are cruising Oct 26th-30th, I was going to wait to book then......
Do you think I should also book 0ct 14th?
It really depends on the category you want. I flat out know the 1 through 3 will be gone by then, as well as 4s. And 12s and 11s will probably be gone. You're talking two weeks later. For a total of (fingers and toes whirring) about 8700 cabins. A lot depends on how heavily these cruises are marketed in Europe (particularly the UK, which is a red hot Disney market) and how the world economy holds up in the next week. But you'd only be out a few hundred dollars for a deposit with no committment until early 2010 (because you aren't likely to get a Cat 1).

I'd do it now and then look at what's up when you're on board.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Talking Booking on Tuesday.

I'm booking on Tuesday come h--- or highwater!

And, I can't wait.
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I'm booking on Tuesday come h--- or highwater!

And, I can't wait.
Yup.

I've always been amused by that phrase and another. "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise". Kind of opposites.
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