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Selecting Your Sail Dates
Selecting Your Sail Dates
Once you’ve selected an itinerary, it’s time to choose a sail date. The cruise line has doubled its fleet, so you have more choices than ever before. Deciding when to go involves many factors: your schedules, plans, price, itinerary availability, and weather. Let’s go over each of these in detail:
Your Schedules—It’s better to book as far ahead as possible, so check now with your employer/school for available vacation dates.
Your Plans—Do you want to go to Walt Disney World or spend time visiting the port of embarkation? If so, select a sail date that works in tandem with your vacation dates and plans—see the “To Visit Disney Parks or Not?” topic on page 57 for tips. Most cruisers prefer a weekend departure or return, but a mid-week departure can open up days for pre/post-cruise activities.
Your Location—You can save a bundle on airfare if your port of embarkation is within driving distance.
Price—Disney Cruise Line rates correspond to demand (check out our rate trends chart on page 59). In general, cruising is more affordable in January, and September through early December (excluding Thanksgiving). Early spring, summer, and major holidays are the most expensive times to cruise. See page 58 for more pricing details.
Caribbean Itinerary Availability—The various cruise itineraries depart and return on particular days of the week (see chart on page 50 for Port Canaveral-based departures), which may be important to your vacation schedule. Also, the 7-night Port Canaveral-based cruises alternate between the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean. For specific dates of future cruises, visit http://www.disneycruise.com, or check your Disney Cruise Line booklet.
When do we like to sail? We’re fond of May—great weather, decent rates!
Top Photo Slice: The School of the Fine Arts, near Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan (℗ 41569) Photo contributed by © chezp
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