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Old 03-12-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Absolute cheapest way......

To book a 7 night Caribbean crusie (east or west). Deals+time of year+time of booking+ room type. How do you get the absolute cheapest rate available?
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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Just checked on vacationstogo.com. It looks like hunting season and Jan are pretty good prices.

If you go to that site . You will be able to look at all dates at the same time.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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Book at least a year early, avoid the new ships, avoid summer and school breaks, and get the lowest room category you can tolerate

Price the cruise out with online sites - then compare with AAA, travel agents, etc and go with the cheapest

Book air on your own - or drive

Get your own trip insurance rather than thru DCL
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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On DCL, no travel agent can undercut another. They all must sell cruises at the same price. Some sites (like vacationstogo.com) do not include all the taxes in the prices they list--when you add the taxes, they are the same! However, I do love the site for comparing dates. Where they can differ is in the service and onboard credit or other gifts they may provide as a "thanks for booking with us."

OK, I'm with the above--travel "off season," avoid the immediate openings of the new ships. There are occasional bargains out there. Book a cat 11C gty. The obvious goody is to re-book while on board. However, with that not possible, be sure that your TA gets you the $50 Disney Visa onboard credit as well as the $25 on line booking credit.

The best I ever did--$599 + $47 tax per person on a 7 night. I haven't seen this rate since 2009. With some creative air arrangements, we actually pulled it off for right at $1000 per person including air, rental minivan, and tips. And then Southwest bumped us on the way home, so we had airline credit toward future trips.

The current best deal that I'm aware of is the EBTA at $2200 for 2 people for 14 nights. Of course, the airfare home from Barcelona kinda kills the savings on the cruise.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:14 PM   #5
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On DCL, no travel agent can undercut another. They all must sell cruises at the same price. Some sites (like vacationstogo.com) do not include all the taxes in the prices they list--when you add the taxes, they are the same! However, I do love the site for comparing dates. Where they can differ is in the service and onboard credit or other gifts they may provide as a "thanks for booking with us."

OK, I'm with the above--travel "off season," avoid the immediate openings of the new ships. There are occasional bargains out there. Book a cat 11C gty. The obvious goody is to re-book while on board. However, with that not possible, be sure that your TA gets you the $50 Disney Visa onboard credit as well as the $25 on line booking credit.

The best I ever did--$599 + $47 tax per person on a 7 night. I haven't seen this rate since 2009. With some creative air arrangements, we actually pulled it off for right at $1000 per person including air, rental minivan, and tips. And then Southwest bumped us on the way home, so we had airline credit toward future trips.

The current best deal that I'm aware of is the EBTA at $2200 for 2 people for 14 nights. Of course, the airfare home from Barcelona kinda kills the savings on the cruise.
Do they still do kids sail free ever? If I was looking at January 2016 how soon could it be booked?
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Do they still do kids sail free ever? If I was looking at January 2016 how soon could it be booked?
Yes, they still do KSF.

Hmmm... well 2015 will probably come out between October 2013 and April 2014, so 2016 would be October 2014 to April 2015?
Maybe?
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On DCL, no travel agent can undercut another. They all must sell cruises at the same price. Some sites (like vacationstogo.com) do not include all the taxes in the prices they list--when you add the taxes, they are the same! However, I do love the site for comparing dates. Where they can differ is in the service and onboard credit or other gifts they may provide as a "thanks for booking with us."

OK, I'm with the above--travel "off season," avoid the immediate openings of the new ships. There are occasional bargains out there. Book a cat 11C gty. The obvious goody is to re-book while on board. However, with that not possible, be sure that your TA gets you the $50 Disney Visa onboard credit as well as the $25 on line booking credit.

The best I ever did--$599 + $47 tax per person on a 7 night. I haven't seen this rate since 2009. With some creative air arrangements, we actually pulled it off for right at $1000 per person including air, rental minivan, and tips. And then Southwest bumped us on the way home, so we had airline credit toward future trips.

The current best deal that I'm aware of is the EBTA at $2200 for 2 people for 14 nights. Of course, the airfare home from Barcelona kinda kills the savings on the cruise.
Sigh. It does, doesn't it?
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Do they still do kids sail free ever? If I was looking at January 2016 how soon could it be booked?
They did just release some KSF on some of the Miami bookings (on the Wonder). That offering all depends on how bookings are going.

As far as JAN2016 - they just released the winter/spring dates for 2014 so I'd say you have about two years to wait.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:51 PM   #9
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They did just release some KSF on some of the Miami bookings (on the Wonder). That offering all depends on how bookings are going.

As far as JAN2016 - they just released the winter/spring dates for 2014 so I'd say you have about two years to wait.
Ok, I figured it would be a long wait. So the KSF thing is random, no way to count on it? We had a SPH room last time on the Magic and I wondered how that type of room with 2 kids would compare to 2 adults with 2 KSF in a more $ room
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:07 PM   #10
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The cheapest I saw this year year, was booking military rate for Fantasy, Eastern, leaving December 1st, 2012. It was just under $1900 for 3 people in a catagory 4 room (dont remember which one).

This was booking it about 60 days out.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #11
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The absolute cheapest I saw were DVC and *GT rates at aboyt 60 days before sailing. And based on the 2014 prices, I expect to see more "specials" and "discounts" come along.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:01 PM   #12
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TAs offer the same prices as Disney. However we also offer onboard credits that help with excursions, tips ect.
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http://www.cruisefish.net/stats/index.md

Then switch to Disney. This will give you a rough idea to start from.
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http://www.cruisefish.net/stats/index.md

Then switch to Disney. This will give you a rough idea to start from.
Nice site, Thanks!
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