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Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 3 – Boarding

Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 3 – Boarding

We arrived as early as possible to the Port of Miami Terminal for check-in because I wanted to see if there were any cabin upgrades available.  We had tried a few times to get an upgrade, but upgrades from our cabin type weren’t available in advance of the sailing on prior cruises we had taken. … Read the rest

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Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 2 – Travel

Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 2 – Travel

Fortunately, our travel down to Florida for the cruise was fairly uneventful.  We had discussed a number of options to get to Reagan National airport.  It isn’t very far from our house, and most of the time, it is accessible by the DC Metro system. … Read the rest

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Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 1 – Planning

Spring Break 2016 Cruise – Part 1

After completing a few spring break cruises, we had our routine down.  Once the spring itineraries were released in late 2014, we immediately booked the Disney Wonder for our Spring Break in 2016.  We can always determine our school district’s Spring Break since it is the week that precedes Easter Sunday.  The prices had really started to climb out of our normal comfort zone, so we decided to get an Oceanview stateroom (rather than a verandah).  We have done this in the past and it always worked out for us.  We don’t spend a ton of time in the room, so having the large porthole window is more than enough.  We had taken this cruise once already, in 2014, so knew what we were getting into.  We had also booked it for Spring Break 2015.… Read the rest

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We are always listening to various Disney and travel related podcasts. Here are a few of our favorites and why:

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Rope Drop Radio – This is a new podcast that just started up.  They started with a few podcasts about Disney Cruise Line, so I was instantly hooked. … Read the rest

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Onboard Booking Desk
Onboard Booking Desk

Once you are onboard and enjoying a Disney cruise, you might want to find a way to get right back on board.  Disney has an onboard bookings desk right there on the ship.  If you book onboard, they will offer you a few discounts.  The first is an onboard credit to be used next time you sail ($100 for cruises less than 7 days, $200 for cruises 7 days or longer).  The second incentive is a reduced deposit for cruises 7 days or longer (requiring only a 10% deposit instead of the usual 20%).  The last discount is a 10% reduction in price for *MOST* cruises.  Disney has started to black out that 10% discount on a lot of the popular cruises (for example, Spring Break, Christmas Break, and special itineraries).… Read the rest