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Reserving Your Cruise (continued)
Reserving Your Cruise (continued)
Make any special requests, such as a wheelchair-accessible room or special dietary needs, at the time of reservation (Disney’s online reservation system now includes an option for selecting accessible staterooms). If you have a particular stateroom or deck in mind (see chapter 3, starting on page 125), make sure to request that at the time of booking. You can also select your stateroom when reserving online.
You will be asked if you want the Vacation Protection Plan. Be sure to ask whether it’s been included in your quote. This insurance plan covers trip cancelations, travel delays, emergency medical/dental, emergency medical transportation/assistance, and baggage delay, loss, theft, or damage, and can be added up until final payment is due (see page 64). Noteworthy is the Cancel For Any Reason feature—if your reason for canceling is not covered by the plan, DCL will apply 75% of the cancelation penalty to a future cruise (the credit must be used within a year). The insurance plan price is based on the total price of your cruise vacation (8% before taxes and fees)—typical prices work out to about $59–$189 per person. If your flight could be affected by weather, seriously consider insurance. Note that Disney’s policy only covers those parts of the vacation you book with Disney Cruise Line. If you book pre-/post-cruise travel separately, use an insurance policy other than Disney’s—air travel delays can cause you to miss your cruise departure, so be sure that’s covered! Also note that the Protection Plan does not cover pre-existing medical conditions. If you don’t want this insurance, ask to have it removed from your quote. Save on vacation insurance by booking it yourself—visit http://www.insuremytrip.com or ask your travel agent or insurance agent. But don’t delay—most companies will waive preexisting medical conditions only if you buy insurance within 7–14 days after making your trip deposit. Trip interruption/cancelation coverage is great for circumstances beyond your control, but it doesn’t help if you simply change your mind. If the cruise is only part of your vacation, make sure your policy covers the entire trip. Policies vary, so shop carefully. You may already have life, medical, theft, and car rental protection in your regular policies (be sure you’re covered overseas). Credit cards, AAA, and/or other memberships may also include useful coverage. Airlines already cover lost baggage—make sure your policy exceeds their limits. Seniors and travelers with pre-existing conditions should seriously consider insurance—the costs of evacuation, overseas medical care, and travel/lodging for a companion while you’re under treatment are very high.
Top Photo Slice: Computers in the Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Magic (℗ 43292) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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