The Disney Magic is a Disney Cruise Line ship.
Although Disney Cruise Line's cabins are larger than the industry standard, it's nice to get a cabin upgrade for free or for a reduced price. Disney rarely gives free upgrades to passengers, but there are a few ways to get one or to buy an upgrade for a cheaper rate. You just have to know the specific categories and rooms to request or the strategies to get a discount.
If you have a party of four people, try to book a category 12 stateroom. Sometimes Disney Cruise Line will allow you to select category 12 for a party of four, even though staterooms in that category only hold a maximum of three people. You will get a guaranteed upgrade to a category 11 or better cabin for the category 12 price.
Book a "secret porthole room." These six staterooms on the Disney Magic and Wonder are sold as category 10, an inside stateroom category. However, they are the equivalent of a category 9 because they have a porthole. They are sold at the category 10 price because the porthole is obstructed. The "secret porthole rooms" are 5020, 5022, 5024, 5520, 5522, and 5524. Ask if they are available when you make your reservation.
Book a "secret verandah room" These four staterooms on the Disney Magic and Wonder are sold as category 7, which means an enclosed verandah. However, they have an open verandah like categories 6 and 5. They are sold at the category 7 price because they have a slight obstruction. The "secret verandah rooms" are 7120, 7620, 6634, and 6134. Ask if they are available when you make your reservation.
Arrive at the port as early as possible and ask if any discounted upgrades are available. If they are, they will be sold on a first come, first served basis. You may be able to save several hundred dollars over the regular rates by purchasing your upgrade at the port.
Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with more than 20 years' experience. She is also a mental health counselor and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer," "Animal Wellness," "SuperVision," "Bird Talk," "SpeciaLiving" and "Twins."
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