Archive for March, 2011

What’s Your Game Plan?

When Disney Cruise Line has its press event April 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm EDT the world will find out what they have planned for the Magic, Wonder and Dream for much of 2012. We have heard that reservations will then open for Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members on April 7 and for everyone else on either April 8 or April 11. So what’s the best way to handle this?

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Let the Speculation Continue!

We are hopefully only a week away from the announcement from Disney Cruise Line about where the Magic, Wonder and Dream will be going in 2012. Any guesses? We have a few.

We find it difficult to believe that DCL would abandon the Alaskan itinerary after only one season so we do think that the Disney Wonder will be going back to Alaska in 2012. The question though is how will she get there? We believe that the Wonder will do a 10-14 day repositioning cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, by way of Hawaii! We anticipate two stops in Hawaii – Honolulu and Kauai. Other stops are not clear at this time.

We do believe that the Disney Magic will be stationed in New York Harbor (not sure which port however) during the summer of 2012. We don’t have any credible evidence of where the ship will sail to however. What are your thoughts? Looking at other cruise lines, Disney could offer Canada/New England itineraries with stops in Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, maybe even St Johns. Or a number of other ports in the north east. They could offer sailings to Bermuda with stops at Hamilton or Kings Wharf. They could also offer sailings down to Port Canaveral and Castaway Cay so you could visit Disney World and Disney’s private island. Finally, they could offer cruises to nowhere. Just a day or two out of New York City and back in. I personally think they will mix things up and offer a number of different itineraries.

In the Fall of 2012 (and winter), we believe the Magic will then relocate down to Galveston, Texas. From here, she will likely be doing Western Caribbean sailings. Some suggest that she may also go over to Port Canaveral and Castaway Cay. This seems like it would be a longer cruise and I am in conflict with this one. We know that DCL has port call reserved in Grand Cayman each week starting on September 25, 2012 through April 23, 2013. This doesn’t mean that DCL will definitely be calling on Grand Cayman those weeks, but there is a greater likelihood. This may indicate that the Disney Magic will do similar itineraries each week. Either some of these stops will be abandoned or I don’t think the Magic will be coming to Port Canaveral on a weekly basis. I would like to see more stops in the Western Caribbean that haven’t been done by Disney before. Falmouth Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Aruba (this has been done but only on the Panama Canal sailings). What about roundtrip Panama Canal transits? These would take longer than 7 days however.

In any case, we’re excited to see what the Disney Cruise Line ships will be doing in 2012. Because once we get through the announcement and initial bookings, we can start speculating about 2013!!

What’s In A Name

When I first started cruising, ships were easier to identify. We know that the Royal Caribbean ships are all named XX of the Seas, so we generally called the ship by it’s “first” name. Sovereign of the Seas was simply Sovereign. Holland America Line names all their ships with Holland names ending in -dam. We cruised on the Magic, Sovereign, Grandeur and Wonder. When we talked about the Wonder, everyone who knew cruising knew we were talking about the Disney Wonder. We still can, but I Wonder how long that will be the case.

Now it seems like more and more cruise ships are coming out with the same names. What’s more confusing is that they are originating from the same port of call. For instance, when I was down in Miami to see the Carnival Liberty, I got up in the morning and looked out my window to the port to see the Liberty of the Seas. Right now the Disney Dream and Carnival Dream are located in Port Canaveral. The Carnival Magic will be released soon (scheduled for May 1) and will be home ported in Galveston, Texas. All indications seem to point towards the Disney Magic also calling Galveston, Texas home at least part of 2012.

More so in the past, ships would be named and renamed when they switched owners so some ships would have a variety of names over the years. More recently though, ships are built with a specific company and purpose in mind. Major cruise lines generally don’t purchase a different cruise line’s ship. They prefer to have one specially built for their needs and design styling.

I personally would prefer unique names for the ships, but how can they do this? Names implying whimsy, travel, atmosphere have all been done. Cunard names their ships after queens, MSC after the arts. Birds and trees haven’t been done. How about the Robin or the Mighty Oak? Or flowers like the Rose, Morning Glory, Carnation? Much of it is based on perception. A Disney ship named the Magic or Dream, makes a lot of sense to a Disney fan. MSC Opera makes sense for the Italian cruise line. And Queen Victoria for Cunard is fitting. So I guess we will just have to accept repetitive ship names and go back to calling them by their “full” name when referring to the Disney Fantasy or Carnival Fantasy, the Dawn Princess and the Norwegian Dawn, to name a few.

Book Now – Pricing Increase April 1

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free Upgrades for All promotion ends March 31. Now is your last chance to book with this promotion. Additionally, on April 1, 2011, prices will go up for Norwegian Cruise Line vacations so it is the best time to book your cruise. Cruises to Europe and on Norwegian Epic start from just $499 per person. The Caribbean starts for $399 per person. There are upgrades available on select sailings in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida where you can get a balcony for the price of an oceanview.

Call us at 888-681-1240 for more information and to book your NCL cruise today, before the prices increase. Some restrictions will apply.

Change To Dining/Show Times On The Disney Dream

We thought the three show times were going to be too much for the theater performers on the Disney Dream. They now think so too. Effective immediately, the Disney Dream will be offering two shows each night at 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm. As a result of this change, the dining times will also be altered to 5:45 pm for main dining and 8:15 pm for late dining.

The performances will only be twice each night, however, Villains Tonight and Disney’s Believe will also have matinee shows.

I feel this will be much better as we had one 5:00 pm show on the Christening Cruise followed by 6:00 pm dinner. It was a rush to get from the theater to Animator’s Palate.

As of now, the Disney Fantasy is still scheduled to have three shows however. We again expect this to change.

Book an Inside, Get a Balcony Sale

Wow, this is an incredible offer! Right now if you book an inside stateroom on select Royal Caribbean sailings in April, 2011, you can get a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom! There are ten April sailings this promotion applies to with sailings on Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas! From as little as $349 on the 4 or 5 night sailing of the Navigator of the Seas to as little as $849 on 7 night sailings on both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, you can be in a balcony stateroom. Prices are per person, cruise only based on double occupancy.

This promotion is limited and ends April 3, 2011 so book yours today! You will also be able to get an onboard credit from Travel On A Dream with these bookings.

For more details check out RCCL Balcony Upgrade.

Carnival Sale Coming Up!

For three days next week (March 29-31, 2011) Carnival is having their “Triple Play Sale”!   We’ll be offering low rates, free upgrades, and up to $100 cash back per stateroom!

So, if you’re looking for a quick 3-night getaway from California or Florida, a week-long Caribbean or Mexican Riviera cruise, or any other sailing that Carnival offers, next week will be the time to book!  This special is only Tuesday-Thursday, so you’ll need to act fast!

To get a quote, you can either click on “Request a Quote” from our homepage, or email one of our agents.

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