What Are Last-Minute Disney Cruises (Restricted Guarantee Fares)?
If you want to save money on booking Disney cruises, have flexibility, and can travel on short notice, consider Disney’s last-minute Restricted Guarantee fares. These can provide substantial savings without sacrificing your magical Disney cruise experience.
Let’s take a look at how it works.
Occasionally, Disney offers Restricted Guarantee staterooms in slow seasons or on less popular sailings. Since Disney cruises usually sell out quickly, such discounts are rarely required. But suppose Disney cannot fill a specific cabin category fast enough. In that case, they will offer discounted Restricted Guarantee fares as a booking incentive to fill the remaining rooms before sailing.
It’s a great deal, but there are some conditions.
Guarantee Rates are typically offered 60-90 days before a ship sails, sometimes even earlier. Once booked, a Guarantee stateroom cannot be changed or canceled, and full payment is required at the time of booking.
As another condition, last-minute Disney cruise deals do not allow guests to reserve a specific room when booking. Disney guarantees that you will receive the stateroom type specified in the promotion — or perhaps a higher level (i.e., if you book an Oceanview room, you’ll most likely receive an Oceanview room, but Disney may even upgrade you to a Verandah). The difference is that when you book, you won’t know your exact room number or location (like you would on a regular cruise booking).
The actual stateroom assignment usually takes place two weeks before embarkation, but it may even occur on departure day.