I am often asked when is the best time to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation. That’s a great question since Disney releases rates for the cruise so far in advance (up to 2 years) and no one wants to miss out on a great deal or overpay for our vacation! So, the simple answer is that the best time to book a Disney cruise is as soon as possible!
Disney releases itineraries and rates for all four Disney Cruise Line ships many months in advance. Just last month, January through May 2017 itineraries became available. You are going to find the absolute lowest rates by booking your sailing on the day that the new sailings are released. As the date approaches and the ships fill up, the prices will only continue to rise until the day of departure. Plus, the farther out you book your vacation, the more time you have to save to pay it off!
Are you worried about missing out on a deal as the sailing gets closer or are you a Florida resident or U.S. military that is eligible for special pricing? Just like with Disney World promotions and special offers, your reservation can be updated to reflect any lower pricing that becomes available before your sailing. If you are booked with a travel agent, they will automatically update your reservation for you or if you book on your own, you can call Disney and ask them to update your reservation with the new offer.
For most sailings, Disney just requires a 20% deposit and the balance is due 75 days prior to sailing. Longer itineraries or holiday sailings may have different booking requirements.
Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She loves helping plan magical Disney vacations at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at [email protected] or 734-771-1290. Mention Couponing to Disney for a free gift! You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.