The Cruising Secret No One Wants You to Know.

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The Cruising Secret No One Wants You to Know.

For most of us, saving money is a priority and if you’re reading here at Chip and Company, you’ve probably scoured the internet looking for ways to cut costs on your Disney vacation.  We all know that Walt Disney World discounts rooms and offers free dining during certain times of the year, but did you know that you can save a little extra on your next cruise?

First, let’s be clear:  Disney Cruise Lines almost never offers discounts for cruises. They really don’t have to.  Certain sailings on DCL are booked more than a year in advance so other than a few military and Florida resident discounts for less popular weeks, Disney just lets the quality and popularity of DCL sell itself.   But did you know that most travel agents will offer you a hefty onboard credit when you book with them?  In fact, if a travel agent doesn’t offer you a credit, you should either ask about receiving one or find another agent.

The reason is simple: Most times, cruises take very little effort to book.   When a travel agent books a client for a Disney World vacation, she puts a lot of work into planning that client’s trip.  A Disney World client’s requests can be simple and routine or they can be very complex, requiring hours of personal attention. She has to factor that in when she’s giving away promotional items and gift cards or she ends up working for pennies per hour.  Not so with cruising, which can often require little more effort than booking the trip and sending out documents prior to travel.  Many travel agents are willing to bet that you’re going to be that easy client, so those agents are willing to turn over a portion of their commission for you to use as an onboard credit.  It’s a great  incentive to bring in business and everyone wins.

The onboard credit isn’t a secret among experienced cruisers and now you know too.  Happy sailing!

Chris writes here and at Everything Walt Disney World. She’s also a travel agent and a member of the Mouse Chat podcast team.  Booking a cruise?  Check out her list of onboard credits here or email her at

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