Booking day finally arrived. You could book pretty early in the morning so we got up before the sun and turned on the computer. We already had a Disney cruise account so we signed in, clicked on all our choices for dates, rooms, and dinner seating. We typed it all in. And boom. The website was down and you couldn’t pay your deposit which is needed to hold your reservation. BLAST! Try again. And again. And again. We had been planning for months, had all our preferences picked out and we couldn’t book! What if someone got the room we wanted? Finally we got on the phone and called Disney Cruise Line. They were able to go through and do it all for us. Success! We got the room we wanted, the seating we wanted was noted (it’s not gurunteed) special food requests were noted, special celebrations confirmed (they ask you if you want to celebrate anything onboard, they really seemed to want you to say you were there for a birthday, anniversary or something.) And we were set. Now what? We had 14 months until our cruise. Yes I said that right 14 months. That’s pretty normal. People plan these cruises long in advance. To get on popular intineraries like transatlantic etc you book as soon as the window opens. That doesn’t mean you can’t book much later. You’ll probably pay a bit more (unless you book really close to the sail date and then you can get some great deals) and have less choice on room type and location, but you don’t HAVE to plan 14 months out. It does seem to be the rule that most people do, rather then the exception.
So 14 months go to now what? Well we read trip reports, tips for cruising, information about port adventures (excursions), read personal navigators as they were released for the current year cruises to Alaska. And then we put it on the back shelf. We didn’t really have anything else to do for like 7 months. We didn’t forget, and every so often we’d mention the fact that we had a trip to Alaska planned. But it was so far out, and we weren’t “locked” in so we COULD always cancel (not that we wanted to, but if we had to we could which made it a little less real)
Follow along from the beginning: Disney Cruise Alaska Part 1.