This weekend we’ll be spending time with friends — swimming, eating, chatting and just having a great time! We hope that you too are finding a way to keep cool and have a wonderful time.
Everyone has been waiting to hear of new Disney World discounts extending beyond October 1 for a long time. It seems that these discounts should have come out long ago, but nothing. Until today. Today we are hearing rumors that free dining is coming for this fall. Keep in mind this is just a rumor at this point, but it does look to be more credible. We expect this promotion to begin on August 3 for bookings through December 17. There will be select dates that are blacked out for this promotion. We believe that quick service dining will be free with value resorts and standard dining for moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa resorts. As with past free dining offers, we believe you will be able to upgrade to other dining plans by paying the difference between the dining plans.
We expect there to be a three night minimum stay with a 2 day base ticket required. Contact us to secure your booking when this promotions comes out! http://travelonadream.com
Love, exciting and new… Come aboard, we’re expecting you…
The Love Boat!!
One of my agents came to me the other day for some input on a question from a friend of hers. The friend recently got engaged and was trying to decide where to have her wedding. She was torn between having a local wedding and reception or going elsewhere. We talked about different locations and challenges with each and in the end came up with a good check list to help anyone decide.
The first thing that the bride needs to decide is what is the most important thing for her with the wedding. Does she want a big wedding with lots of guests? Does she want a beautiful destination and an intimate setting? There are many other things to question as well.
If cost is a big factor, for some, having something at home is the best solution, unless they will have a lengthy guest list. A way to limit the number of guests is to have a destination wedding. You won’t have to invite as many guests because it may be expensive for them to join you. If there are people you must have at your wedding — friends, family members, etc., you will want to choose a location that will accommodate them the best. For me, having my family and friends at my wedding itself was important so we were married in my parent’s backyard. For my sister, she was more interested in having a tropical setting so she was married in Florida on the beach with only a few immediate family members there. She then had a reception back at home.
Things to remember about a destination wedding is to keep in mind who will be going. If your guests do not have passports, an international location will require them to get passports, adding approximately $110 per person (or more) to the cost to attend your wedding.
If you are selecting a destination that has a “season” when people usually travel there, you will want to plan as far in advance as you can. While you can usually put together a destination wedding in less time than one that is local, popular destinations could be booked up just as far in advance. For instance, Disney Cruise Line only has up to two weddings or vow renewals per sailing – one onboard and one on Castaway Cay.
If you do decide to have a destination wedding and there will be more than just you and your groom, I would recommend working with a travel agent. Planning the details of a wedding is stressful enough, but to also have to deal with questions and bookings for your guests will make you wish you just eloped! Whether you decide to get married on a cruise ship, on a Caribbean island, in the Pocanos or even Las Vegas, working with a travel agent that knows the destination and information on weddings can be a great asset to you.
There has been a lot of talk in the travel industry recently about traveling to Cuba. President Obama has lifted some of the travel restrictions, however there are still significant restrictions. Violation of these restrictions can get you in a lot of trouble. The restrictions that were relaxed have to do with “people-to-people travel”. This opens up travel for religious activities, journalism, professional research, humanitarian projects, athletic events. Some importation and exportation is also allowed.
However, the US embargo is still in place. The embargo doesn’t restrict you from being in Cuba, it only means that you cannot spend money in Cuba.
A travel provider must get a special license to offer trips to Cuba. Three companies who have done that are Globus, Abercrombie & Kent and Insight Cuba. If you want to go to Cuba, your travel must be booked through one of the licensed travel providers (we do work with Globus). The airline you use must also be separately licensed as a Carrier Service Provider.
Abercrombie & Kent sold out of all of its packages in the first week they were offered and are now in the process of getting more seats. Both Abercrombie & Kent and Globus are partnering with licensed operators – Center for Caribbean Religion for Globus and the Foundation for Caribbean Studies for Abercrombie & Kent.
A couple weeks ago we asked for your help in choosing a cruise for this fall. Thanks to your input, we made a decision and booked a cruise! We will be sailing on the Caribbean Princess on October 1 out of New York City to New England and Canada. We are so excited and I have decided to take you with us on our planning and cruise. Though I have taken classes on Princess and feel I know a lot about Princess Cruises, there is much to learn so I want to share that with all of you. Over the next couple of months, we’ll take you through our decision, booking and research and finish up with the cruise itself.
This blog wrap up the last 2 themed areas of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The next area is the Lion King area. This is comprised of 2 buildings of family suites. This is the only courtyard without a pool but does have a play area. The two buildings are close to each other and provide that look of the movie. The buildings provide the backdrop to the Africa theme of the movie.