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FAQ: Booking a Disney Cruise!

 

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Booking & Reservations – Frequently Asked Questions

Q.
How far in advance should I book a Disney cruise?
A.

To get the best prices and greater choice of stateroom, it’s recommend you book your cruise a year in advance if possible. In particular, special itineraries such as holiday cruises sell out quickly.

Q.

 What information is required to book a Disney cruise?

A.

You’ll need to have the following information available:

  • The itinerary you want to reserve
  • The number of adults and children (under 18) 
  • Birthdates, addresses and phone numbers for each Guest in your travel party
  • Your payment information.
  • If you are a returning Guest your Castaway Club membership ID.
Q.

 Do I need to buy travel insurance?

A.

While it’s not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel protection.

As part of the booking procedure, you’ll have the option to buy the Disney Cruise Line Vacation Protection Plan, this will provide travel assistance and reimbursement for expenses such as trip cancellation, medical emergencies and more.

Q.

 What documents will be required when I check in for my cruise?

A.
  • At check-in, all Guests must present valid passports or other acceptable proof of citizenship. 
  • All travelers are required to have a valid passport to enter or re-enter the United States by air.
  • The Guest who booked the cruise must present a copy of the Online Check-In Port Arrival Form at check-in. You can save time during the boarding process by completing this document ahead of time through My Online Check-in.
Q.

Dinner seating info?

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Main Seating begins between 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM and the Second Seating begins between 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM. (though these times may vary based on itinerary.)

If your seating preference is not available, an alternate seating will be assigned.

Q.

 What is the best time of year to sail?

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This a personal choice that depends on your preferences and when you and your family are free to travel.

Itineraries during summer and winter holidays, including spring break, tend to be the most popular. It’s recommended that you book peak season itineraries at least one year in advance for the best price and stateroom availability.

If your schedule is flexible, off-peak times―such as during the fall months―offer greater options and best-value pricing. No matter when you sail, making your reservation further in advance will give you the best rates.

Q.

 How many Guests can occupy one stateroom?

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The largest Concierge-level suites can sleep 7 Guests, while all other stateroom types accommodate at least 3 people. 

Q.

 What are the stateroom categories on the 4 different ships and how do they differ?

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Concierge: Concierge Suites provide the most opulent and spacious onboard accommodations for parties of 5 to 7 Guests. Choose from a number of Suite options—all with verandahs. In addition to Suites, you may choose a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. All Concierge-level staterooms offer the convenience and personal attention of dedicated Concierge Services.

Oceanview with Verandah: These spacious staterooms for 3 to 5 Guests offer private verandahs for enjoying scenic vistas and refreshing ocean breezes. Note that there a number of different Verandah styles available.

Oceanview: Beautifully styled, these rooms for 3 to 4 Guests provide a stunning ocean view through the in-room porthole.

Inside: These spacious staterooms are perfect for 3 to 4 Guests and are outfitted with stylish nautical fittings, natural woods and imported tiles.

Q.

 Can I reserve connecting staterooms?

A.

Yes. There are a limited number of connecting staterooms available on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Because connecting rooms are a popular request, we recommend booking your staterooms as early as possible.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are specially designed to accommodate families and groups. Each ship has over 500 connecting doors that allow for ample connecting staterooms.

Connecting staterooms with verandahs feature a partition that may be opened to create a larger shared balcony.

Have more questions or are interested in a Disney Cruise Line??

Please contact me! I’d absolutely LOVE to help make it the best it possibly can be!!

sara@marvelousmousetravels.com

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Exciting ways to get your relax on!

I am really excited to continue to learn more about the Sandals & Beaches resorts and to share all of that info to you along the way!

Every so often I will pick a Resort to highlight or one of their many amazing discounts or deals and post on my blog.

I’ll have post number one on my site by the end of today!

Here’s to learning all the ways to get our relax on and let others do the work for us! 😉

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Why use a Travel Agent?

Here are just  a few of the reasons that it pays to have a Travel Agent on your side:

  • Financial savings! They can usually help you find the best deals and/or help you stay within in or even sometimes under your budget!
  • Time savings! Instead of you have to do all of the searching and digging they do it for you!
  • During trip Assistance– if something should come up during or even before your travel your agent is there to help ease some of the pain and help where they can.
  • It doesn’t cost you any extra for their services! That is correct! A travel agents business is FREE to you when you book your travel through them.

And here are just a few reasons you should use an Marvelous Mouse Travels Agent:

  • Team work! If I am not sure about something I have a whole team standing behind me to help figure it out for YOU!
  • Onsite training- at MMT we are continually working on doing onsite trainings together. Just this year we did a Disney Cruise as a company. We truly learn so much together doing this for our clients!
  • NO RUMORS or FALSE ADVERTISMENTS! We are always up front, honest and looking out for the best interest of our clients.
  • FUN! We want to make sure that your vacations are as much fun as they are budget friendly and organized!!
  • THANKFUL! We are all truly blessed to do what we do and show it in our work ethic.

 **Sara- Marvelous Mouse Travels Facebook page **

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Life online

I know that blogging is going to help me boost my business and maybe even inspire someone, maybe ;), but why is it so stinking hard to get going?!

My mission is to schedule at least one post a week. Mostly Disney/Pinterest related like the title of the blog states! But probably some random things as well. Keep it interesting for me and others who may be interested.

I’ll stop boring you and get onto planning.

Thanks to those who take time out of their days/nights to check my blog out. I’m sorry it’s been so lame so far. 😦 I promise to try and do better.

TTFN!! 🙂

My Top Ten Tips for a Magical Disney World Vacation

Walt Disney World – The Happiest Place on Earth….. Isn’t it?

It can be! It can also be overwhelming with 4 parks, 2 water parks, 22 resorts, 4 golf courses, 2 miniature golf courses, sports complexes, shopping areas, over 100restaurants, and endless activities. Here are some of my top tips from of experience that will help you plan a magical vacation!

1. Use a FREE Authorized Disney Travel Planner – All Authorized Disney Travels agents have completed the College of Disney Knowledge. Working with an agent you will have an expert at helping you customize a vacation to meet your families needs and budget. The agent can suggest itineraries, make meal reservations, and keep up with special promotions that can save you money.

2. Know When to Go – Choosing when to visit can have the biggest impact on your trip. Walt Disney World can be a crowded place, and the time of year you visit can have a dramatic impact on crowds.  Typically September to mid-November and January to mid-February are the least crowded months. Early December is another great time to visit. The weather is great and the holiday festivities are magical! When schools are on breaks WDW is more crowded and expensive! And of your course, your agent can assist you in choosing the best time to visit, too!

3. Stay at a Disney World Resort – Immerse yourself in the magic. WDW has a resort for every budget and the accommodations are part of the experience. Guests enjoy complimentary transportation from the airport, free parking at all resorts and parks, free transportation to all resorts and parks, use of extra magic hours, and the option of using the Disney Dining Plan.

4. Include the Disney Dining Plan- Use of the dining plan essentially turns your trip into an all inclusive vacation. The dining plan is a convenient way to eat around the World. Ask your agent about the different options and all of the benefits of adding the Disney Dining Plan on to your package.

5. Make Dining Reservations in Advance- Reservations can be made 180 days in advance and many locations book up fast! You don’t want to be wandering around looking for a place to eat. Not sure where to eat? Ask your agent for their recommendations.

6. Plan a Day to Relax – Disney World can be exhausting. Plan an off day in the middle of your vacation, your family will have a chance to relax and recharge. Sleep in and spend the day at your resort pool or explore Downtown Disney.

7. Be Realistic – You cannot see it all, don’t be miserable trying! Remember you are on vacation.  Be flexible and take it all in stride! If you miss something, use it as an excuse to plan another magical trip!

8. Don’t Break the Bank Purchasing Souvenirs – Set a limit for the kids before you go. Purchase a gift card for each child and encourage them to choose what they spend their money on wisely!

9. Arrive Early – The best way to experience the parks without waiting in lines and maneuvering through crowds is to arrive early.  The lines will grow long a couple of hours later and you will have already hit all of your “must dos”.

10. Don’t Spend your Vacation Waiting in Line – Arrive at the parks early and utilize the fast pass system to eliminate waits. Decide before you arrive which attractions are “must dos” and hit those first.  If you have small children use parent swap.  The first riders must wait in line.  When they are finished, the parent who had to wait with the child goes through the fast pass line. Take advantage of the new FastPass+ system so that you can use it to add magic to your vacation.

Ready to plan your most magical trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? Contact

sara@marvelousmousetravels.com today

Marvelous Mouse Travels Onsite training: Day 2

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We started the day off bright and early

to get to Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel and Resort for training with our friends Barry and Gail. Then we were off to the parks to enjoy and get to know.

This was my very first time ever being to Universal anything so I was very excited for this day. Unfortunately it was VERY cold so it was a bit harder to enjoy it as I had hoped, but it was still educational for myself and fun!

Here are just a few things that we saw and experienced that day:

the americana

The Americana

I loved the theme of this resort! Very retro. Clean lines and bright colors!

There is even a bowling alley here.

mirror hard rock A mirror with a bunch

of different famous singers heights on it. (Hard Rock Hotel)

robe hard rock

The Hard Rock is supposed to feel like you just stepped into a rich and famous man’s mansion. Down to the smell of his cologne through out the hotel. (Not my favorite part!)

sapphire falls

In the background of this photo is the brand new Sapphire Falls Resort to be opened within the next year or so.

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We were able to tour all of the resorts on Universal property. All of them had their own special theme and all of them were very nice!

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portofino bay

Universal Parks……..

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castle

globe

dora

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jurassic

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dragon

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Marvelous Mouse Travels Onsite Training: Day 1

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Look at this crew!

This was a jam packed, fun and educational experience that I’m so glad I got to be part of.

We started the first night by meeting at the Hoop Dee Doo Revue for a great show and very tasty dinner and dessert!

(By the way- most of us have never met each other! We came from all over the country.)

HDDR

HDDR is a 2 credit Table Service

hddr dessert drink

Ok! I am drooling just thinking about how tasty and fresh this

Strawberry Short Cake was and how yummy that Sangria

sitting in the background was.

(The Sangria actually comes with the meal- it does not cost extra!)

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Night one was a success!