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  • On Jan 15, 2011
    Maria from NJ Asked

    In my household, we are a family of 6. 4 children under the age of 17 and 2 adults. We went to Disney World in Florida and between Amtrak and 7 days and 6 night stay came out to nearly $8000. We want to take a cruise. What can we do to get a low rate?

    Hi, Maria!

    I certainly understand your plight when it comes to taking a family of six on vacation! We, too, have four children under the age of 17 and two adults -- not only can it get expensive but complicated, too.

    The best advice on getting a low rate is to shop around and book early. Allow travel agents to do their job by looking for deals, packages, times of year and itineraries which can give you some savings. Since you are a large family like ours, you'll need to look into booking adjoining staterooms, and you'll need to price out the different categories for this configuration (one adult in each room + the price/ages of the children in each). Plus, once your cruise is booked, you may want to maintain airline alerts for when fares go on sale.

    Once you arrive at the Orlando International Airport, most guests will transfer to Port Canaveral via Disney ground transportation. Yet, with my size family, we usually book a car service/van since we come out paying less than 1/2 round trip than if we booked everyone per person. The only disadvantage is that with Disney you get to skip baggage claim, and your luggage is transported from your home airport to your stateroom...magically!

    The biggest advantage of a cruise vacation is that once you've paid for everything...you're pretty much done! All your food, entertainment and accommodations are paid for....for everyone! Therefore, I don't have to worry about teenagers overspending (or overeating) or the little ones having to miss out on activities. Once you're on board, it really doesn't matter what category stateroom you're in -- you're hardly in your room anyway.

    So, go ahead and start dreaming and plugging in your numbers...I think you'll be surprised at how attainable a Disney Cruise Line vacation is for even big families! I hope this helps you. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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