Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line Tips - PassPorter.com
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |   follow us on


Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line Tips

by Mary Augustine, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 12-13-2012
  



PassPorter.com > Articles > Disney Cruise Line > Planning  

One of the perks of cruising with Disney Cruise Line is the opportunity to book a future cruise while onboard.


There are significant benefits to onboard bookings, including a 10% discount off the cruise price, a 50% decrease in the booking deposit, and, sometimes, an onboard spending credit. The deposit is fully refundable if the reservation is cancelled or rescheduled prior to the date full payment is due. We've booked future cruises six times while cruising on Disney Cruise Line, and I'd like to share some lessons we've learned about onboard bookings.

Each of the Disney Cruise Line ships has a Future Cruise desk, located on deck 4, midship. A crew member is available there during the hours listed in the daily Navigator. However, in our experience, the wait time to speak directly with the Future Cruise crew member can be considerable, particularly on the last days of the cruise. There are no appointments; you simply line up and wait for your turn to book a future cruise. We did just that during our first Disney Cruise Line vacation and spent about an hour of precious cruise time securing the onboard booking. Subsequently, we've learned to take advantage of the onboard booking perks without spending time waiting in a line. With a little planning, you can do so, too.

First, consider including future cruise planning as part of your Disney cruise preparation. If you know the specific itinerary and dates you are interested in, you can work with your travel agent or simply use the Disney Cruise Line website to select stateroom choices and determine the current cost for the cruise to plan for the required deposit. You may book up to two staterooms for one future cruise (you'll have to occupy one of those staterooms), and you'll have to be prepared at booking time with the names of the occupants for each stateroom. If you work with a travel agent, you will need the name and contact information for your agent—more info to be added to your reservation while booking onboard. We have always worked with a travel agent, and enjoy receiving additional onboard credits for doing so (not all agencies offer these booking incentives -- discuss that with your agent beforehand). You will also need to be prepared to pay the deposit for the future cruise, currently 10% of the total cruise cost for staterooms in categories 4-11. This is one-half of the deposit typically required. We gather all of this information, and file it with our cruise documents, which we carry on as we embark each cruise.

Next, with this information in hand, you can proceed to the Future Cruise booking desk on the day you begin your Disney Cruise Line vacation, where future cruise booking cards are almost always available, even when a crew member is not present. I have completed a future cruise booking card within minutes of boarding, and placed it in the drop box located on the Future Cruise desk. Usually, by the following day, a quote will be delivered to your stateroom, written directly on the card you’ve submitted. If you are happy with the details, simply call the extension listed on the card and authorize the payment. If you want to make changes, you may call the extension to discuss them or leave a voice message, or make a visit to the Future Cruise desk to speak directly with the crew member. I have successfully made changes by leaving a phone message, and thus have avoided waiting in the queue. Finally, a typed confirmation of your reservation is delivered to your stateroom. I review this once again to ensure that all the information is correct, then save it until I have received a confirmation from Disney or our travel agent, which for us, typically arrives via e-mail a few days after the cruise.

Future Cruise Desk photo
Future Cruise Desk

Future Cruise Desk - photo by j316

If you are unsure about a future cruise date, you can still book a future cruise or ‘dummy’ date and change the date and itinerary later, without any penalty, as long as you do so before the paid-in-full date. You may also cancel the reservation within the same time period, and receive a full refund of your deposit. If you do move the reservation to an alternate date, you will retain the perks; currently a 10% discount on the cruise cost, with a deposit of 10% (one-half the usual deposit), and an onboard credit for Castaway Club members of $100 for cruises less than 7 days in length and $200 for cruises of 7 days or more (cruisers do not become members of the Castaway Club until the end of their first cruise—incentives may be different for first-time cruisers). For example, on a recent cruise we booked a ‘dummy’ date for a 3-night cruise in December of 2013, which we plan to move to a later date when the schedules for 2014 are released. We selected the least expensive stateroom for this ‘dummy’ booking to keep the deposit to a minimum. (Editor's Note: There may be limitations on how many times you can move the date and still retain the benefits. Some cruisers are reporting being told they can only change one time.)

One final tip – to save even more time we have picked up an extra Future Cruise booking card while onboard, and filed it away in our PassPorter binder. We’ll complete it before leaving for our next cruise so that it’s ready to drop off at the Future Cruise desk after boarding. Future cruise planning is part of our preparation for a Disney cruise. Debarking with a future cruise reservation in hand keeps the magic going for us!






Future Cruise Booking photo
Future Cruise Booking

Card used for future cruise booking on-board the Disney Dream - photo by j316




About the Author:
Mary Augustine is retired. She has been a Disney fan since the original Micky Mouse Club was on television!


Recent Disney Cruise Line Articles:
Helsinki, Finland - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 01-08-2015
Our Favorite Part of a Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-01-2015
Oslo, Norway - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 12-18-2014
The Port of Stockholm, Sweden - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 12-11-2014
Carioca's on the Disney Magic - A Disney Cruise Line Dining Review last updated 12-04-2014

More Related Links:
Disney + Disabilities = Magic! - Enjoying Disney World with Disabilities last updated 11/07/2008
Saving Money for Disney - Tips and Tricks last updated 2/25/2011
Baby Steps - Six Sanity Savers For Baby's First Trip to Walt Disney World last updated 3/7/2011
Disney Dreaming - Book Excerpt from PassPorter's Walt Disney World last updated 1/16/2009
Walt Disney World for Veteran Visitors - Finding New Things To Do last updated 1/16/2009




Reader Comments:


So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)




Updated 12-13-2012 - Article #881 



Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  

-HTML

 
 

We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2015
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

       SEARCH
       LEARN MORE
Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


 


RSS Test PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - Planning Your Disney Cruise Voyage
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Get onboard and share your plans and ask your questions about sailing the high seas on the Disney Cruise Line! Forum sponsored by MouseEarVacations.com


HAve you ever bought the refillable beer mug? How about the bucket?
by Tink1769
29 Jan 2015 at 12:49pm
Was it really worth it? We are planning a 7 day cruise and will bring 5 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of rum or whiskey for the 2 of us. We may even...
(click title above to view replies)

Signatures?
by Tink1769
29 Jan 2015 at 9:52am
Since we don't want to spend our entire cruise hunting down characters, we're going to opt for dropping something off to be signed. What is the most...
(click title above to view replies)

How thin are the walls on the ships?
by Tink1769
29 Jan 2015 at 8:42am
Should we bring a white noise machine? Thanks so much!
(click title above to view replies)

Do they still allow magnetic decorations and fish extenders on the doors?
by Tink1769
29 Jan 2015 at 8:42am
How do you hang your fish extender? Thanks so much!
(click title above to view replies)

Do you pack a clock for your room?
by Tink1769
29 Jan 2015 at 8:40am
And if so what kind do you bring? Thanks so much!
(click title above to view replies)



Total Visits: 13811


PassPorter ~ 1998-2015 ~ 17 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.