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  • On May 27, 2024
    Billie anne from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    looking to plan a vacation in 2025 during our sons' fall break. The official dates have not been released but I'm anxious to book since cruises book up quickly. If I book a cruise and then need to change the date, what would be the penalties?

    Hello, Billie Anne!

    Welcome to planDisney! I remember how anxious I was to book our Disney Cruise over my kids' Fall Break last year. It is hard to wait for school schedules and booking windows!

    Disney Cruises for Fall 2025 are not available to book yet so you still have some time. I was able to reserve my family's 2023 Fall Break cruise in August 2022. Although Disney Cruise Line has not announced when the September 2025 schedule will be available, their itineraries are usually released 15-18 months ahead of time. Hopefully, your sons' school schedules will be shared by then!

    There is no penalty to change the sailing date in most circumstances. Fees can apply after you make the final cruise payment or if it is within a certain number of days of your cruise. Suite and Concierge reservations usually lose their deposit plus a percentage of their vacation costs, depending on the date of modification. I recommend reviewing the Cruise Cancellation Fees section of the Disney Cruise Line Booking Terms and Conditions before reserving your cruise. Most Disney Cruises modified or canceled more than 120 days in advance will not have a penalty. Modifications or cancellations of shorter cruises often do not have a penalty more than 90 days before the sailing date.

    Most Disney Cruises do not sell out immediately in my experience. Some stateroom categories may become unavailable, but there is usually sufficient time to book a cruise. I have family members who often book last-minute cruises because they can easily get to the port. I recommend keeping an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line social media pages for Fall 2025 cruise announcements. Booking dates are also dependent on Castaway Club membership levels. Castaway Club is Disney Cruise Line's loyalty program. It is a good incentive to continue sailing on the Disney Cruise Line!

    Billie Anne, I hope your school's Fall Break schedule aligns with the perfect Disney Cruise! It is unlike any other vacation!

    Happy sailing!
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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