Finally we managed to blag a deal on UC return seats with Virgin Atlantic for our one and only trip to Florida this year. They told us that we fly out on Nov 13th and return on Dec 3rd, the only downside being that we have to fly back home via Miami. [We always rely on VA to tell us when we can go in order to get the best deal at the time when reward seats are available.] One problem with this is that having booked the flights, we realised that we will have nowhere to stay when we arrive as our villa is booked out until Nov 15th ! Ok I thought, I`ll use our DVC points to fund a few nights stay on-site, however I found that at this late stage it was nigh on impossible to make a reservation anywhere on site using our points for more than 2/3 days at a time which would have involved us living out of our suitcases transferring from one place to another. The thing is that I have to use our DVC points or I will lose them as some of them were banked from last years allocation. Then I had a bright idea. Why not try for a cruise? In the end it all worked out perfectly. We have paid for a 3 night stay at the GF when we arrive, and having spoken to the folks who are staying at our villa, they don`t mind us calling around on the day they leave [Nov 15th] so that we can drop off some of our luggage and collect our "cruise clothes" [my tuxedo and my DW`s posh frocks] which we keep at the villa. We check out of the GF on the 16th and then drive to Port Canaveral for our 7 night cruise which I was able to book using our DVC points....phew!!!! The cruise is on our favourite DCL ship [the Magic], and although we have done the Western Caribbean cruise before, this one calls into Jamaica which was not on the itinerary on our previous cruises. So in the end, we dont lose our DVC points, my DW can enjoy a break at our favourite resort [the GF], and we will still have 10 days left after the cruise to chill out at our villa and do our off-site things with an occasional visit to the parks whenever it takes our fancy. I`ve sure earned some brownie points by sorting this lot out.