Disney Cruise Line has reportedly made a change that will weaken the overall value of onboard placeholder reservations. Onboard credit will no longer be offered on placeholders purchased on the ships beginning on September 28 on the Disney Fantasy and September 30 on the other three cruise ships.
Moving forward, placeholder reservations will still include 10% off the price of all staterooms excluding those found on the concierge level. Cruises that are seven nights or longer will still have their deposit reduced by 50%. The $250 used to book the placeholder will still be credited towards the price of your cruise. Unfortunately, the $100 and $200 onboard credit is being discontinued.
Guests who have already purchased a placeholder reservation will be grandfathered in and will receive onboard credit during their cruise. We can personally verify this as we just used an existing placeholder to book a future cruise after hearing this news. We were specifically told that our onboard credit would be honored.
Despite the change, placeholders still carry a good value. They continue to be a no-risk promotion (as long as you don’t mind temporarily parting with $250) that’s well worth pursuing if you’re even remotely interested in cruising with Disney in the next two years.