Disney Cruise Line Updates Placeholder Reservation Policy

Kyle Silagyi

Disney Cruise Line Updates Placeholder Reservation Policy

Disney Cruise Line has updated its placeholder reservation policy. The alteration was announced on the official Disney Travel Agents website on October 11.

Disney Cruise Line Updates Placeholder Reservation Policy

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The following was shared in the announcement:

Since placeholder reservations were first introduced several years ago, Disney Cruise Line has asked guests to make a payment for any additional deposit amount at the time of selecting an actual sail date. Effective immediately, guests and travel agents selecting a sail date for a placeholder reservation will now have the standard 3-day hold period to pay any additional deposit amounts owed.

If the full deposit amount is not met by the due date, the reservation will be canceled, and any onboard offer benefits received when the placeholder reservation was booked will be forfeited. Please note that if a reservation with an onboard offer applied is canceled due to non-payment, the reservation cannot be reinstated.

Disney Travel Agents website

Placeholder reservations are non-specific arrangements for a future Disney Cruise Line voyage that guests can book while already embarked on a Disney Cruise. The reservations are open-ended and require guests to make a partial deposit; when they ultimately choose a specific cruise and sail date, they pay a discounted price for the entire trip (10% off prevailing rates). Those booking a placeholder reservation also receive discounted deposit prices on sailings lasting seven nights or longer.

Guests were previously asked to pay any remaining deposit upon choosing a sail date. As of October 11, guests will now have a three-day hold window to pay the rest of the deposit after selecting a date. The reservation will be canceled and placeholder reservation benefits will be lost if the remaining deposit is not paid within the three-day window.

Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line started offering cruises in 1998 with the maiden voyage of the Disney Magic. The line has since grown to include five ships and will launch a sixth next year with the Disney Treasure, an adventure-themed ship that will be the same size and have the same layout as the Disney Wish, which launched in 2022. The Disney Treasure will embark on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.

The Disney Adventure, the line’s seventh vessel, is expected to join the fleet at some point in 2025. The ship is expected to sail from Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia.

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  • Kyle Silagyi

    Kyle has been an ardent fan of all things Disney and themed entertainment since his first trek up the Forbidden Mountain in 2006. You can reach him at kyle@wdwnt.com

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