Archive for October, 2011

Free Dining Offer About to Expire

Free Dining packages are still available with select Walt Disney World stays, but only if booked by October 29, 2011.  Travel window is:

  • October 22 – November 3, 2011
  • November 12 – 17, 2011
  • November 26 – December 1, 2011
  • December 10 – 15, 2011
  • January 8 – 12, 2012
  • January 21 – February 2, 2012
  • February 11 – 16, 2012
  • March 3 – 8, 2012
  • March 24 – 29, 2012

With a non-discounted package beginning during the travel windows above, you will qualify for a free dining plan.  With Value resorts, this is the Quick-Service Dining Plan and with all other resorts it is the standard Disney Dining Plan.  You can upgrade to the standard Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan for just the difference between your free plan and the upgraded plan.

Contact Travel On A Dream today for your quote!

Caribbean Princess Chef’s Table Review

As many of you know, we just went on a Canada/New England cruise on October 1, 2011 onboard the Caribbean Princess.  We were lucky enough to get a reservation for the Chef’s Table and had an amazing time.  One thing we found out later in the evening is that the chefs throughout the fleet have sort of a Chef’s Table competition for who can do the best work.  As a result, these dinners are incredible.

When we got onboard we were a little disoriented and forgot that this was to be a priority.  As a result, when I called around 2 pm for a reservation, I was told that the table was full and we would be put on a waitlist.  I was assured that we would be contacted with plenty of notice if we did clear the waitlist.

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Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are available to book today!

The itineraries for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are available and are online for booking now.  The itineraries reported by us yesterday are in fact the itineraries available to book today, but only for the Fantasy and the Dream.  Contact Travel On A Dream for your quote today!

More 2013 Disney Cruise Line Intineraries Information

Editor’s Note:  The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream itineraries noted below are in fact the ones released 10/18/11.

We have received some information which further supports our earlier email about possible 2013 itineraries.  Keep in mind that we have not received anything official from DCL yet so all of this information is subject to change.

Disney Fantasy

 Beginning 1/5/13, we expect the Disney Fantasy to alternate between Western and Eastern Caribbean Sailings.  The Western Caribbean sailing will be as follows:

  • Saturday              Port Canaveral
  • Sunday                 At Sea
  • Monday               Grand Cayman
  • Tuesday               Costa Maya
  • Wednesday        Cozumel
  • Thursday             At Sea
  • Friday                    Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Saturday              Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/21

The Eastern Caribbean Sailings in the Spring will be:

  • Saturday              Port Canaveral
  • Sunday                 At Sea
  • Monday               At Sea
  • Tuesday               St Thomas
  • Wednesday        San Juan
  • Thursday             At Sea
  • Friday                    Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Saturday              Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  1/12, 1/16, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

The Eastern Caribbean Sailings for the rest of the year will be:

  • Saturday              Port Canaveral
  • Sunday                 At Sea
  • Monday               At Sea
  • Tuesday               St Maarten
  • Wednesday        St Thomas
  • Thursday             At Sea
  • Friday                    Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Saturday              Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28

Disney Dream

We expect the Disney Dream to only do 3 and 4 night sailings in 2013.

Four Night:

  • Sunday                 Port Canaveral
  • Monday               Nassau
  • Tuesday               Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Wednesday        At Sea
  • Thursday             Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29

  • Wednesday        Port Canaveral
  • Thursday             At Sea
  • Friday                    Nassau
  • Saturday              Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Sunday                 Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  1/2, 11/27

Three Night:

  • Thursday             Port Canaveral
  • Friday                    Nassau
  • Saturday              Disney’s Castaway Cay
  • Sunday                 Port Canaveral

Sail Dates:  1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/24*, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26

11/24 departs on Sunday

Disney Magic

The details here are a little sketchy but we believe these will be 7 night Western Caribbean sailings again from Galveston, Texas.  Sailings to the Western Caribbean will be between January 4, 2013 and May 17, 2013 and again from October 25, 2013 to January 3, 2014.  Actual itinerary and sailing dates are unknown right now.

As soon as we have more information, including booking dates, we will update you.  To get on our mailing list, please send your email to

National Cruise Vacation Week Kicks Off!

We are seeing many offers this week from October 17 to 23 in honor of CLIA’s promotion for National Cruise Vacation Week.  Here are just a few of the deals available.


Exclusive 2 for 1 pricing on select sailings.

Avalon Waterways

Save up to $2000 per couple on select 2012 Avon Waterways European River cruises!

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival is featuring Fun Select Rates and up to $150 in onboard credits per stateroom for all cruisers.  You will receive $25 per person (up to $50 per stateroom) for 3 & 4 day cruises, $50 per person (up to $100 per stateroom) for 5 day cruises, and $75 per person (up to $150 per stateroom) on cruises of 6 days or longer.

There is also a bonus onboard credit for Europe departures starting June 2012.  When you book a 12 day Europe cruise you will get up to $200 per stateroom for past guests (plus free upgrades) and up to $300 per stateroom for new Carnival cruisers.

Celebrity Cruises

Up to $400 per stateroom on all sailings 4 nights or longer between January 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.

Crystal Cruises

Book by October 31 and receive 2-for-1 fares, up to $700 additional savings and much more!

Disney Cruise Line

Between October 17 and November 17, 2011, book a 4 or 5 night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Magic and receive  a $50 onboard credit per stateroom.

Holland America Line

Great pricing on select  sailings.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise Like a Norwegian!  Reduced deposits, onboard credits on all three day or longer sailings in 2011 and 2012.

Oceania Cruises

2 for 1 cruise fares with free airfare plus up to $4000 bonus savings per stateroom on select sailings.

Paul Gauguin

Get up to a $100 onboard credit per person for every booking made by November 18, 2011.

Princess Cruises

PreSeason Sale from October 17 through October 23.  On Europe itineraries you can receive free balcony upgrades and up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom.  12 night sailings from as low as $2490 per person in a balcony!  On all cruises 7 days or longer, there are reduced deposits plus an onboard value booklet worth up to $325.

Royal Caribbean

For bookings departing  November 15, 2011 through January 31, 2012, you can get up to a $50 onboard credit.  There is also a offer for up to $200 onboard credit for new bookings made to Dubai, Australia and Europe with departures after November 15, 2011.


Save up to 50% or more to Europe, South and Central America, and Bali and the Indonesian Isles with this One Week Sale!  All-suite accommodations with ocean views, many with verandahs.  Open bars throughout the ship with fine wines at lunch and dinner.  All complementary dining venues!  Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences.  Tipping is not required nor expected.  Fares start from $1,999 per person.  This is an all-inclusive opportunity not to pass up.

This is a sampling of some of the offers available during the National Cruise Vacation Week celebration.

Terms and conditional apply to all offers so contact us today for all details at Travel on a Dream.  Starting pricing examples are base cruise only.  Taxes and fees additional.

Disney Cruise Line 2013 Itineraries?

We still don’t know when they are coming out, but we have heard that there should be at least some out before the end of the month.  Once we get the information, we will first let our clients who have booked placeholder dates know.  Second, we will let everyone on our mailing list know.  Finally, we will blog about the updates.  The final step may be delayed if aren’t given much warning.  What does this mean for you?  If you don’t have a placeholder date already booked with us, get on our mailing list!  This list will not be distributed to anyone and you can opt out at any time.  It will only be used for notifying you of what you are looking for – information on the 2013 Disney Cruise Line bookings!  If you are not already on our list, email us today at!  Just note that you want to be advised of any updates for new Disney Cruise Line bookings and we’ll add you.

DCL Addresses Pool Issues with Fantasy Announcement

Some of the biggest complaints with the Disney Dream surrounded the pool decks and the lack of space.  Well today, Disney Cruise Line has released plans of changes for the Disney Fantasy that address these issues.

The first area announced is the AquaLab on Deck 12.  This area will be filled with bubblers, jets and geysers, allowing guests to “control” the speed and temperature of the AquaDuck.  Based on the rendering, it looks like this area will be going in the place of Wave, the bar that is located behind the end of the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream.

Also on deck 12, there will be a wading pool with a fountain.  From the rendering, this appears to be above the adult pool and Cove Cafe.

Finally, there will be a new water feature for adults only on deck 13 called Satellite Falls.  This circular pool with benches will feature a gently falling rain curtain.  This area on the Disney Dream has a cushioned seating area.

So what do you think of these changes?

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