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With RCL, I book right on their website, is this the best way with Disney, or is there a better way to do it?
Laura (& Tim)
Mom to DS (10) and DD (9)
October 30, 2004 - Voyager of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)
October 20, 2007 - Liberty of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
November 15, 2008 - Disney Magic (Western, first cruise with kids!)
September 14, 2009 - Jewel of the Seas (Canada/New England)
Feb 15, 2010 - Monarch of the Seas (Bahamas)
Oct 9, 2010 - Oasis of the Seas (Eastern)
April 27, 2012 - Enchantment of the Seas (Bermuda)
Jan 2014 - Oasis of the Seas (Western)
June 2014 - NCL Breakaway (Bermuda)
(and lots of Disney trips in between!)
July 2015 - Vision of the Seas (Mediterranean/Greek Isles)
I booked thru a TA because I couldnt figure Disney out, but the TA said that they can't discount Disney cruises.
Unless you go with a TA that gives something extra I would just book with Disney if I had it to do all over again, but Im not going to cancel just for that.
If you book online with Disney they will even kick in $25 OBC. Make sure you uncheck the boxes for insurance, flight and transportation. RCI doesnt add in insurance and transportation to the dock automatically, Disney does, so you have to uncheck the boxes if you want to arrange it on your own. Thats why the prices on the Disney site at first glance look so much higher than a TAs, but they wind up the same to the penny (I checked).
You might check out castaway site for the secret portholes and verandahs that you can get for the price of a category 7, that used to be 6s.
Lots of TA's will give different perks, mine always makes sure she books us online to get that automatic 25.00 then at least matches it with a gift. One time for our anniversery she surprised us with the anniversary package which is a HUGE gift, we were in a large suite though and give her a lot of business. There is no real perk with booking through disney as they are not going to do the homework for you to find the least expensive dates etc. In the case of our suite our TA had to fax inventory control about it a year in advance, I am not even sure if a regular person can book above a cat. 4.
Laura Lap, Dcl on-line is fine, or use the 1-800 line. 1-800 will allow you to ask as many questions that you might have. Detrermine if you need transfers, and travel insurance. Your own air plan might save you some money. If you decide to use a TA. just make sure to compare apples to apples. DCL will be with you on-board if you use them. I've witnessed to many stressed cell phone calls to TA's at the terminal, because of misunderstandings. Metrowon
Make sure the TA does not have charge fees or cancellation fees, and that they are there for you at all times. We flew into florida on a saturday for a sunday cruise and realized our largest bag was left back in CA at the car park place, it never got off the shuttle, a big agency or DCL for that matter would not have been able to help me. I called my TA in tears at home that evening and she arranged for it to be fed ex'd over night to me, we got on the ship with all our clothes the next morning, plus she got the parking company to reimburse me the fed ex fee as they should have counted the bags, nope can't beat service like that for any price!
I booked my cruise thru expedia and founf it to be extremely easy. ALso if you are doing a land and sea. DO the land part and airline together on Expedia and then book the cruise seperately. YOu will save in the $100's.