Archive for December, 2011

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!!

Tomorrow is the end of 2011.  At this time of year many people reflect on the entire year — the good, the bad and the ugly!  Here at Travel On A Dream, we do the same.  Other than a couple small bumps in the road, this has been a good year for us.  Everyone was healthy.  We enjoyed connecting with so many of our friends and fans, making many new ones along the way as well!

The small bumps in the road have given us more perspective on things and helped us to grow and learn from them.  We have definitely learned to be better people and not become bumps ourselves.

We look forward to 2012 as a year to help more friends find their perfect travel plans.  Whether it’s a two week cruise through the Panama Canal, or just a weekend stay visiting friends, we look forward to helping each of you.

We also anticipate fun travel experiences this year including a couple trips to New York City, an Adventures by Disney trip to Peru, a preview cruise on the Disney Fantasy plus a couple group adventures to Walt Disney World in May and a Disney Fantasy cruise in October.  We’re also considering a cruise on a cruise line we’ve never cruised before.  You can “come along” with us on each of these adventures — either by following our blog, Facebook page or in the case of the group trips, in person!  Contact us for more information on any of these trips.

We wish you and your loved ones a very

Happy New Year!

 

Cruising: How To Know What’s Going On

It’s just about time to get onboard your cruise to anywhere.  You have decided what you are doing in each of the ports of call, but what about what’s happening onboard?  What time is dinner?  What show will be on in the theater?  Where can I get my first drink for sailaway?

Once you get in your cabin, you will find some of the information you are looking for.  There will be a “TV Guide” either as a channel directory or even a list of what will be shown on TV (like movies or other programming offered by the cruise line).  You may find other notes with your dining times, shore excursion tickets, onboard credit notices, and other things you may have preregistered for.  But this is just the first day.  What about everything else happening onboard that you didn’t register for already?

Each cruise line has something that we call a daily planner.  These can be called a Navigator, Compass, Capers, Dailys, Patter, Currents or Daily Program (Programme if you are on Cunard).  Regardless of the name, these newsletters of sort are a list of what is available onboard for you.

They could be black and white, blue and white, just a few primary colors or full color.  They may have one, two or three columns.  Some have a tear off page or strip to carry with you.  Some are a list in time order, some are a grid, but all will provide you with a wide variety of information.

Tips, stories, officer highlights and entertainment highlights usually are found somewhere in the daily planner.  In addition, you may find information on the weather, emergency phone numbers or information, dining information and other instructions.  There can be ads for specials in the shops or bars for the day.

This is also where we would get information on the ports of call.  Each night before arrival to a port, we would get a port shopping guide, usually with a map and listing of preferred shops in the area.  Also usually listed on this guide is the ship’s port agent.  Should anything go wrong and you miss the ship, these are the people you want to get in contact with.

Each night you will receive a new planner for the next day.  I find these to be great bedtime reading!  Check out everything that is happening the next day, make some tentative plans.  I have been known to bring a highlighter with and highlight the activities I wish to participate in.  I have also brought post-it notes to make a list for myself so I don’t have to carry the planner around with me.  This was one thing we liked on our Celebrity Cruise.  There was a half-page tear off sheet that had the schedule part on it.  It was much smaller to fold up and put in your pocket than the full planner.

Some activities and specials, you will miss if you don’t check out the planner.  We have found that two for one drink specials usually aren’t advertised around the ship, but you can find out when they will happen on your planner.  We have found out about special activities this way as well.  On our holiday Disney Cruises, this is how we found out about the Gingerbread House Making.

Port Adventures for Disney Cruise Line’s NYC to Bahamas Cruises

Today we are seeing on the Disney Cruise Line® site that Port Adventures are available for the New York City sailings from NYC to Nassau, Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.

Three excursions are offered in New York City on the date of debarkation only with airport transfers.  These will only be able to be booked onboard and you should remove any return transfers before embarking to avoid double charges.

Guests will have an opportunity to go to Midtown Manhattan, including a trip up to the observation deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza followed by a drive towards Grand Central Station, ending at JFK, LaGuardia or Newark airports on this tour.

The second option will take guests for a land and sea tour of the city.  You will board the Zephyr, a luxury catamaran, for a 60 minute tour of the waterways around New York City including views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Staten Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  You will be dropped off at the South Street Seaport for free time before heading to one of the three area airports.

The last option will include visits to the American Museum of Natural History & Central Park.  In Central Park you will have a walking tour, seeing such sites as Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, The Boathouse and The Alice in Wonderland Sculpture.  Next you will go to the American Museum of Natural History with time to explore on your own and enter the planetarium as well before boarding the coach for your trip to the airport.

The first two tours and transfers are $129 for adults and $89  for children with the museum tour at $129 for adults/$99 for children.  Each of the tours is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.  Depending on the number of people, those going to JFK and LaGuardia may be on the same bus.  Flights should not be prior to 3:00 pm for domestic flights (4:00 pm for international) to participate in these offers.

In Port Canaveral, there are many offerings at Walt Disney World® Resort, plus other tours in and around Cocoa Beach including the Cocoa Beach Shuttle, Kennedy Space Center and Real Florida Airboat Adventure.

At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can participate in any of the following tours:

  • Best of Walt Disney World Resort for Young Families – A VIP Tour
  • Illuminations Fireworks dessert Party at Epcot Theme Park
  • Thrills of Walt Disney World Resort – A VIP Tour
  • VIP Tour – Private VIP Tour Experience at Walt Disney World
  • Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Epcot Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Magic Kingdom Via Complimentary Transportation

One day park hopper passes are included with your cruise vacation.  The VIP tours will include FASTPASS entrances to maximize your time in the parks.

All Guests disembarking at Port Canaveral will have to go through Customs and Border Protection Inspection so you will need to bring your passports or birth certificates with you.

Hopefully soon we will get a glimpse of the Port Adventures for the Canada and New England Coast cruises too!

Travel On A Dream, LLC Designated an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Deforest, Wisconsin – Travel On A Dream, LLC has been designated by Disney Destinations as an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” based on its strong support in selling Disney vacations.

Travel On A Dream, LLC has been in business in Deforest, Wisconsin for nearly two years, and has gained specialized knowledge on vacations to the Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line® and Adventures by Disney vacations.

Many travel counselors at Travel On A Dream, LLC have received extensive training on Disney Destinations theme parks, resorts, cruises, vacation packages and more, and can provide the utmost in professional assistance in planning customized Disney vacations.  In fact, one reason the agency attained the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” status is that at least 50 percent of the frontline leisure travel agents are College of Disney Knowledge graduates.  The College of Disney Knowledge is an in-depth comprehensive course that allows agents to develop their expertise regarding the Disney Destinations – knowledge that consumers can take advantage of when planning a Disney vacation.

Gearing Up for New Year!

In less than six days we will be saying “Goodbye” to 2011 and “Hello” to 2012!  To celebrate, we are seeing a number of specials from different cruise lines.

Norwegian Cruise Line already has their Wave promotion in full swing.  This week, they are offering extra onboard credits, 50% off deposits and an e-coupon book for future sailings.  Seven night sailings have a deposit of only $125 per person and the deposits are refundable up until the final payment date in most cases so you have nothing to lose!

Royal Caribbean is offering a new special each day, but you need to act on them quick!  Each deal lasts only 24 hours.  We receive notification of the deal at midnight EST and then you have until 11:59 pm EST to book or it’s gone!  This is their Countdown to the New Year Sale.  Today, you can receive up to $50 onboard credit on sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean Getaways before April 30, 2012.  Restrictions apply and time is limited so contact us right away to get yours!

Remember, in most cases you will still qualify for our onboard credit promotion in addition to the promotions offered from cruise lines.  Come visit us at Travel On A Dream today!

The Twelfth Day of ToaDmas

We made it to the last day of ToaDmas!  We’ve experienced Hawaii with a cruise and Aulani stay, to a luxury sailing to Greece, all-exclusive resort in Jamaica, river boat cruise and other Disney destinations.  Unless you prefer to stay home all the time, there is a vacation destination for everyone and a professional travel agent is a great place to start.  Whether you are looking for a night or two in the city to catch a show or a 100+ day trip around the world on a cruise ship, a professional travel agent will ask you the right questions to help you choose the vacation destination that is perfect for you.

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Adventures by Disney® Alaskan Wonders

Disney Cruise Line® has announced that once again they will be offering Adventures by Disney® add ons for the 7-night Alaskan cruises aboard the Disney Wonder® in 2012.  The Alaskan Wonders trip combines onboard activities and premium shore excursions to offer you a one of a kind experience of this amazing state.

This package is available on all Alaskan Cruises from June 4, 2012 through August 20, 2012.  The package includes all meals, shore excursions, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities plus private receptions and special activities. Gratuities for the Adventure Guides is not included.  The minimum age for this adventures is 4 years old, though it is suggested that guests should be at least 6 years old.

Highlights include a seaplane tour in Juneau, gold panning in Skagway, ziplining and totem pole carving in Ketchikan plus a salmon bake at Taku Glacier Lodge.

Contact us to add this adventure to your Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise today!

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