August 29, 2018
(1:50 p.m. EDT) -- Beginning September 11, 2018, Disney Cruise Line will institute new deadlines for booked cruises -- requiring earlier final payments and cancellation notices for cruisers staying in non-suite and non-Concierge cabins.
The final payment for cruises of one to five nights will be due 90 days prior to the sail date, with cancellation fees beginning at 89 days, versus the previous 74 days. On cruises of six nights or longer, the final payment will be due at 120 days, and cancellation fees will begin at 119 days, as opposed to the previously instated 89 days.
Cruisers who booked before September 11 will not be affected by the policy change.
In a statement, Disney Cruise Line said: "We continually monitor and review our policies and procedures and recently decided to modify our final payment and cancellation policies. We will continue to monitor the performance of the new policies along with guest feedback and appreciate your input."
Specific final payment and cancellation policies do not apply to holiday cruises and those that begin or end in a non-U.S. port.
Disney is the third cruise line in a little more than a year to change its final payment policy. Norwegian Cruise Line made a similar move in fall 2017, when it extended its final payment date for most cruises to 120 days prior to the sale date. MSC Cruises also adjusted its final payment date from 60 to 90 days in summer 2017.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor