Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in a concierge stateroom as of October 6, 2017.  Lots of good choices on the older ships.  There are no sailings on the new ship in the top ten.  You’ll also notice none of these seem to match up with any school breaks. 

Cruise Name Number of Days Date Ship Departure Port Concierge Price Concierge Price Per Night
5-Night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York to San Juan.
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Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an inside stateroom as of October 6, 2017.  The list has moved around a little bit.  Lots of good choices on the older ships.  Nothing breaks the top ten on the new ships.  I actually wonder what will happen with the sailings to San Juan from New York and the ones out of San Juan.  Hopefully the port and city will be back up and operational.  It is one of our favorite places to visit!… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an inside stateroom as of September 4, 2017.  The list has moved around a little bit.  Lots of good choices on the older ships.  The newer ships only offer one Fantasy sailing in October, which isn’t too far away!  Note: These prices don’t reflect any of the changes due to Hurricane Irma.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel Cost

Here are the ten cheapest (per night) cruises you can take with two adults and two children in an Verandah stateroom as of September 4, 2017.  The list has moved around a little bit.  Lots of good choices on the older ships.  The Dream finally makes an appearance in this list for some 4 night Halloween on the High Seas sailings!  I imagine those must not be filling up, so they are now discounted.  Note: These don’t reflect any price increases that have occurred based upon the canceled cruises due to Hurricane Irma.… Read the rest

Hotel Cost, Planning, Travel, Travel Cost

Wilderness Lodge
Wilderness Lodge

We are always looking to save money when visiting Walt Disney World.  One of the primary expenses to consider when planning your trip is lodging.  Any money saved on lodging can be directed to other expenses or set aside to upgrade your lodging on a future trip.  Here are various options for getting your lodging costs down:

Discount packages

Disney will often discount the “rack rate” of the rooms at different times of the year.  “Rack rate” is the published price of a hotel room.  The rate will change throughout the year based on what Disney perceives the demand will be.  The perceived demand often doesn’t match the actual demand, so Disney will offer limited discounts to the rack rate.  These discounts will be offered to annual passholders, Disney Visa Card holders, and/or to the general public.  These will sometimes be detailed on the Disney web site.  We always look at our favorite website, MouseSavers, to see what is available.  Any reputable Disney Travel Agent should also look for and apply any available travel discounts to your reservation.

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Flight Cost, Travel Cost

We are always looking to save money on airfare when visiting our favorite Disney vacation locations.  We’ve talked about using points to get free flights, especially through the use of sign up bonuses for credit cards.  We have also talked about making alternate flight arrangements, including flying into alternate airports.  During a recent search for flights for a trip next summer, we’ve discovered another tip! 

We always start our searches by looking to see if we can get a low cost ticket to our destination.  We feel that it is better to save our airline miles for more expensive tickets so that we get more than 1 cent per mile worth of value from the airline miles.  In order to get a good feel of the price point for the flights we want, we start our searches at one of our favorite websites, ITA Matrix.  For this particular trip, I started looking for one way tickets from Washington, D.C.… Read the rest

Disney Cruise, Travel

Of course, the highs of being on the cruise always come crashing down on Disembarkation day.  We decided to carry our bags off the ship with express walk off, but still enjoy breakfast.  We left our room and headed towards Animators Palette, which is where we had dinner the night before.  Since we had late dinner, our breakfast was at a reasonable time. 

After breakfast, we collected our bags and headed off the ship to wait in the Customs line.  We were through Customs rather quickly, then onto the bus to head back to the airport.  We handed over our bags to the bus driver, who placed them under the bus.  The ride back to the airport was uneventful and we collected our bags again once we got to the airport.… Read the rest