This has been the biggest question we have heard since Tuesday’s announcement of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream itineraries for 2013. Seasoned Disney cruisers are waiting for something new. When I ask my clients what do they want to see, the number one response is “Eastern Mediterranean”. I think the most important thing for many of these cruisers is that they have options for new itineraries.
I am the same way. I have been to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean. I’ve been through the Panama Canal twice. Would I go again? Yes, but only if the ports of call on the way are different than what I’ve experienced before. This is why the Galveston sailings of the Disney Magic don’t interest me. I have to travel to get to Galveston or Port Canaveral so that’s not important to me. If I want to go to the Western Caribbean – specifically Grand Cayman and Cozumel – I will go to Florida and go on the Disney Fantasy before I’ll go to Galveston for the same ports of call.
Speaking of Galveston, I hope that Disney changes the itinerary for 2013 on the Disney Magic. Galveston cruises were an exciting prospect until the itineraries were announced. I think a lot of people felt the way that I did about that. Some of the New York City sailings are popular, but I still think that more people would like to see the Disney Magic return to Europe with a new itinerary.
We have heard rumors of sailings to the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. This was furthered by Disney Cruise Line’s own survey of past guests, asking their opinion of this possibility. With both an Eastern and Western Mediterranean itinerary offered, there are possibilities of doing back to back sailings and not repeating the same ports of call. A lot of cruisers have done the transatlantic sailing and either the first or last Mediterranean sailing, making for an extended European vacation without having to fly both ways to Europe. Having a rotating itinerary throughout the summer will spread out the demand from just the first and last Mediterranean cruises. Another disappointment in 2010 was when Disney Cruise Line chartered the last Mediterranean cruise. This left one back to back option with different ports of call. Hopefully that won’t happen again.
So the answer to the question – When will the rest of 2013 itineraries come out? Your guess is as good as mine! We have heard rumors with the release being as early as today to as late as “next Spring”. We monitor all information and once we have more specific information about release dates, we will be advising everyone.
Here are some tips to get yourself ready though. If you are working with a travel agent, let them know what you want to do as soon as possible, even before the dates and itineraries are announced. This will get you in line with the rest of their clients. Not every travel agent has a waitlist though so be prepared. What you want to figure out is the following:
- Which itineraries you would be interested in – don’t just stick with your top choice, spell out what all you would be interested in doing.
- Which dates you are interested in – be specific but also allow for other choices. My clients will give me their first, second, etc. choices in dates.
- Which categories you are interested in – again, either specify rooms or categories you want but also allow for alternatives if your choices aren’t available.
- Make sure your agent has all of your information – if you just want a quote, your agent won’t be able to guarantee pricing without having legal names and dates of birth/ages at a minimum. We can get you a courtesy hold, but not if you tell us “I have 2 adults and 2 kids, age 14 and 10”. Prices can and do go up without holding the reservation so make sure your agent is ready to hold something for you.
- Have patience but don’t expect miracles – if you email your agent on the day the itineraries are available, you will likely be at the bottom of their list. You can’t expect them to move you to the top at that point.
I have heard that some people emailed their agents before the release on Tuesday and didn’t get a response back right away. They waited to hear back from the agent only to find out that the agent wasn’t ready for the release. You need to feel confident in your travel agent. If you don’t, you will not feel comfortable waiting for them to get things done for you.
If you are a previous cruiser, you can check in your Castaway Club area on the web to see when your booking is made. Of course, if your agent doesn’t have this information (they will need your date of birth and your Castaway Club identification number to book this online), it won’t show up in your profile, even if they have a reservation for you, until they are able to link up your Castaway Club number with your reservation.
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