If you are deciding on a cruise, especially with kids, Disney cruises are the way to go. Disney offers a variety of cruises with varying itineraries to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, to Europe, and special cruises to the Caribbean. A Disney cruise is a premium cruise and likewise the prices they charge are also first-class. You can always try to see if you can be eligible for discounts, credits and exceptional rates.
How To Go About It
First of all plan your Disney cruise during off season. Holiday time and during summer vacations prices are at a premium and a big no-no for you. Winter could be a good time for a Disney cruise or during storm season. You will need to check with your kids' school to see if they will be allowed.
At times Disney does offer special cruise deals. Only you need to be alert for this. Your agent may be able to help you on this, or maybe a search on the Internet will do the job. You may be able to obtain a special stateroom discount or pay only half of the deposit. Based on your cruise itinerary and the total price of your cruise, your travel agent may also offer you a stateroom credit. You will need to do some research to find out such offers.
Disney Cruise Line offers special discounts to residents of Florida and to military personnel on active duty. If you are either one of them, you can avail of this offer, but these offers do not apply to all cruises. You would normally have to book your cruise months in advance and Disney does not disclose such special offers much in advance. You may have to travel at a very short notice if you wish to take advantage of this offer. If you have already booked yourself on a regular cruise at regular rates, you can try to contact Disney Cruise Line to get the difference back.
Try to confirm your cruise at a low price by booking well in advance, even during cruise season. As the cruise booking starts to fill up the prices also start to go up. You can save some money this way, especially if the whole family is on the cruise. Book early enough and you may get a reasonably cheap price.
There is certain information that your travel agent should know and pass it on to you:
· If you are a family of four on that cruise, book a category 12 room. Category 12 rooms are usually for 3 people only and certain cruises allow being booked for 4. Chances are you will get an upgrade to at least a category 11 room.
· There are certain rooms on Disney Magic and Wonder cruise ships that offer more value for money. Six staterooms have a porthole with an obstructed view. These category 9 staterooms go for the price of category 10 rooms! If rooms with an obstructed view do not bother you go for rooms 5020, 5022, 5024, 5520, 5522, and 5524.