Yesterday was a great day for Disney Cruise Line when the Disney Dream made her arrival at Port Canaveral. Here’s one more photo for you from another friend who was at Jetty Park to welcome her in.
Yesterday evening we received some news that initially seemed to be continued good news from Disney Cruise Line. After further inspection, I don’t believe this is good news.
One thing that Disney has differed with on their ships is how they handle the infamous GTY or guarantee status stateroom. With many cruise lines, you can book a GTY stateroom in inside, outside or balcony staterooms. What this means is that you are guaranteed to get this classification of room, however, you will not get a room assignment until much closer to your sailing. You also would not be guaranteed a specific category, just a classification (inside, outside, verandah). These rooms are consistently lower cost than rooms where you will receive a room assignment from the start. If you select a category that is not GTY, you will receive a room assignment. If the rooms have all been assigned in that category, the category will be considered sold out or not available.
With Disney, they did not have a GTY inside, outside or balcony room. You could not request a GTY room in a category. The only times you would receive a GTY status was when the rooms numbers in the category you selected were sold out. At that point you would get a GTY stateroom which meant you would get that category or higher when the room was assigned. The only exception to this was the category 12 (now 11C) on the Magic and Wonder which have always been a GTY status.
Yesterday we received noticed that Disney Cruise Line is changing this to be somewhat more consistent with the industry. However, the restrictions and limitations make this an unattractive option.
Starting later this month, three new categories will start to be available:
- Inside Stateroom with Restrictions (GTY IGT)
- Oceanview Stateroom with Restrictions (GTY OGT)
- Verandah Stateroom with Restrictions (GTY VGT)
The rates for these rooms are supposed to be great and are suggested for guests who are flexible with their room location. The restrictions however, will make it difficult for many to sign on.
These rooms won’t be available until the sailings are within the final payment period. You won’t be able to get a GTY stateroom when you start planning your cruise six months, a year or more before the sailing. Here are some of the other restrictions:
- You will not be able to select a cabin number, room location, area of the ship, etc. Your room will be assigned within a week of the cruise sailing.
- If you previously were booked on the sailing, you will not be able to switch to one of these categories. In other words, it applies to new bookings only. If you are booked, you will have to cancel your existing reservation (with penalties assessed) and book the GTY room.
- You will not be able to get a courtesy 24 hour hold. Payment in full is required at the time of booking.
- The reservation is non-refundable, non-transferable and no name changes are permitted.
- Full legal names and birthdates are required at the time of booking.
- No changes to stateroom category or sale date can be made once booking is confirmed.
- The Verandah guarantee is only good for up to four guests
- This cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions with the exception of the $25 onboard credit for online bookings and Disney VISA benefits.
Does this interest you? Will you hold off in booking your Disney cruise to save more money and avoid any potential penalties? Or will this not change things for you? Let us know what you think.