Archive for September, 2011

Top Ten Non-Park Activities at Disney World

Editor’s Note:  Today we have another blog from Debbie.  Contact Debbie with any questions or to book your Disney World vacation today at Debbie@travelonadream.com. 

“Help!  I’m in Disney World, and I’m bored.”  Yes, that is something I’ve said to myself on a Disney World vacation a few years back.  I was tired of doing the same theme-park stuff, and I felt like I was stuck in a rut.  I wanted something different to do beyond the theme parks, so I started investigating.  Here is my “top 10 non-theme-park Disney To Do” list:

1.  Spa services.  Most deluxe resorts, and Coronado Springs, have a spa.  While some are bigger than others (the spas at the Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, and the Walt Disney World Dolphin are the largest), they all offer traditional spa treatments.  So far, I’ve booked spa services at the Grand Floridian (massage), Saratoga Springs (manicure), and the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge (massage).  By far, my favorite was the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge.  Thankfully, two of these three treatments were gifts, but if you have extra money in your Disney budget, this is an amazing way to beat the theme park burnout.  I recommend getting a spa treatment mid-trip, so that you get the stresses of theme park touring massaged (or facialed or manicured or pedicured) out of your body, and you’re relaxed for the second half of your vacation. Continue reading

Royal Caribbean’s Annual WOW Sale!

Over the last couple weeks we have had quite a few blogs on Royal Caribbean, now we have a sale!

Royal Caribbean is having their annual WOW Sale, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5! If you’re thinking of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2012 or 2013, NOW is the time to book! In addition to the great onboard credit that you always get from Travel On A Dream, you will also receive an extra onboard credit from Royal Caribbean, up to $200! And, they are also offering 50% deposits!

Keep in mind — only sailings that are booked and deposited on Tuesday or Wednesday will be eligible for the additional onboard credit and half deposit.

Please contact me at Rhonda@travelonadream.com or one of our agents as soon as possible, so we can get you on our list to provide a quote!

Oasis of the Seas Review – Part Three

This is the final part of our review of Oasis of the Seas.  Today we’ll go up on deck and review the outdoor and indoor activities at the top of the ship!

There are three basic areas outside up on top of the ship – the Sports Deck, the pools and the Solarium. Inside you have the loft suites and the Crown & Anchor Lounge.  We included pictures of the lounge in yesterday’s blog.

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Oasis of the Seas Review – Part Two

Yesterday we began our review of Oasis of the Seas.  This ship is so big we just can’t keep it to one or two blogs.  Believe it or not, we didn’t even see the whole ship!  We were only onboard for three hours, including a sit down lunch.

In this blog we’ll focus on the staterooms and entertainment areas on the ship.

One of the greatest additions to the Oasis classes of ships is the Wayfinder.  These handy touchscreens were available throughout the ship.  If you can’t find your room, just type in the room number and the screen will show you the way.  Don’t know what’s going on right now?  You can pull up the daily Compass.  Ready for dinner, but not sure where you want to go?  You can check out the wait at locations onboard.

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Oasis of the Seas Review – Part One

We had the opportunity to tour the Oasis of the Seas recently.  This is the first of three blogs on this ship.

I must say going in I was very curious because I thought there was no chance I would want to sail on this ship or her sister ship, Allure of the Seas.  I mean, these are massive ships!  It takes three Majesty of the Seas ships to equal the size of the Oasis of the Seas!  If you put the Disney Magic and Disney Dream together, they would still be a little smaller than Oasis of the Seas.

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“Exciting News” from Disney Cruise Line

We have received the “exciting news” that Disney Cruise Line tweeted about yesterday.

Based on the response DCL had to its first Hawaiian itinerary, there will be a second Hawaiian cruise added to the 2012 schedule, as we suggested.  This new sailing will be a 14 night sailing on October 14, 2012 from Los Angeles.  It includes stops at Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, O’ahu; and Hilo, Hawai’I; plus Ensenada, Mexico.  There will also be eight days at sea.

Bookings open today at 8 a.m. EDT for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members and Monday, September 26 for everyone else.

If you are interested in booking, please email your agent (with a carbon copy to info@travelonadream.com) as soon as possible.  We anticipate long hold times today through Monday and expect this sailing to be sold out sometime on Monday.  Include in your email which Castaway Club level you are at.  If we don’t currently have your booking information, please fill out a request form on Travel On A Dream.  If you are changing a current booking that we already have on file for you, indicate so in your email.

We will continue to keep you updated of any additional news from Disney about new itineraries.

Majesty of the Seas and Miami

Last weekend, I got a chance to go to Miami for an event with Royal Caribbean International.  The plan was to learn more about Royal Caribbean and it’s different departments along with touring Majesty of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.  I will talk about Oasis of the Seas in a later blog, but today I wanted to focus on Majesty of the Seas and Miami, including the Hyatt Regency where we stayed.

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked in.  My biggest problem was the parking situation.  You could valet park for $30 a night or self park for $19 a night.  The self park was in a ramp connected to the Hyatt, but a bit of a walk.  We decided to do the self parking anyway.

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