Archive for December, 2011

Disney Wonder and 2013 — Where Will She Go?

On Monday, Disney Cruise Line® announced that they were canceling four of their Mexican Riviera sailings on December 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2012.  The question remains, what will they be doing instead.  There has been some speculation, and a few front runners have come to light.

Our prediction is that the Disney Wonder® will set sail on December 9, 2012 on a trip through the Panama Canal, with one stop being Grand Cayman on December 19.  Following this sailing, we predict that the Disney Wonder will not return to Port Canaveral, but will call another Florida port home, likely Miami.  We expect for the Spring season that the Disney Wonder will alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, again calling on Key West and Grand Cayman.  The rest of the year and the complete itineraries are still sketchy.

We expect a release of at least some of the dates for 2013 on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder to happen by mid-January.  Keep in mind, we do not have any word from Disney Cruise Line on this, it is just our prediction based on port schedules, information from crew members onboard and surveys offered by Disney Cruise Line.

Are you interested in a Panama Canal Cruise or a Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Wonder?  If so, let us know and we can put you on our waitlist for when these dates are released if it comes to fruition.  Contact us at info@TravelOnADream.com .

The Eleventh Day of ToaDmas

The Emerald Isle!  Just thinking of Ireland conjures up thoughts of rolling green meadows, magnificent castles, ice-capped mountains, crystal clear glacier lakes, and yes, Leprechauns and Guinness!!

Even though Ireland is a small country, there is so much to see and do!  The country’s small size makes it easy to travel around, and the Irish people live up to their reputation as being one of the friendliest people in the world.  They love nothing more than to share stories, while enjoying a pint!

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A Relaxing Holiday Vacation?

Whenever I have clients going to Walt Disney World between Christmas and New Years, even the week prior to Christmas, I warn them.  Between the holidays you can definitely run into park closures due to capacity.  It gets busy with people trying to cram in the holiday cheer.  You will need to have patience.  The hustle and bustle of the season will be clear.  This does not mean that you should avoid the holidays at Walt Disney World, but you just need to be prepared.  If you don’t like crowds and waiting in lines, this might not be a good choice for you.

On the flip side, a cruise at the holidays will offer pretty much the same experience as other times during the year, though the holiday cheer will shine through.  You would think that things are busier everywhere, but one thing that gets overlooked is where people can come from.  At Walt Disney World, park guests are not limited by the number of hotel rooms at Disney, as they could drive in from the area (locals) or stay at other off-property hotels.  The parks do have a capacity limit, but it is fairly high.

On a cruise, the capacity is limited by the number of seats in a lifeboat and the number of berths on the ship.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a busier season, they can’t put anymore people on the ship than they could during the value season.

On a Disney Cruise at the holidays, the ship will be decorated with garland, Christmas trees and characters in holiday garb.  You still will be able to enjoy the relaxing aspect of a cruise, with a little holiday cheer thrown in.

We close with a picture from our Holiday Photo contest winner, Roseanne, taken on the Disney Wonder.

The Tenth Day of ToaDmas

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is brought to you jointly by our agent Debbie and me. Please feel free to contact Debbie for a quote on your Disney vacation.

When I asked my 7 year old niece what she wanted for Christmas, she immediately replied “a trip to Disney World!”.  She’s never been there before, but knows she’s love it.  This is the case with so many, both young and old.  Disney World is that magical place where dreams really do come true.

If you’ve never been to Disney World, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.  You can do it all or nothing at all.  With four theme parks, two water parks and a variety of resorts to appeal to nearly every taste and budget, a Walt Disney World vacation truly has something for everyone.

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The Ninth Day of ToaDmas

Explore a Modern World Wonder!

Named as one of the Wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.  It had an enormous impact of shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, saving sailors from having to take the long and sometimes treacherous route around the tip of South America.

Now, 97 years since its opening, the canal continues to enjoy great success!  You, too, can experience for yourself this amazing wonder!

Celebrity Cruise Lines offers a fantastic voyage through the Panama Canal, onboard the beautiful Celebrity Century!

This is the only cruise that gives you a full vacation, while crossing the Continental Divide.  As you journey through the Canal, you’ll enjoy a new world of wonder and amazement on the other side.  This is definitely an enlightening and rewarding journey!

Celebrity Century

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

While raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens sound great, Travel On A Dream has a few of our own favorite things to share with you at the holidays.

Your referral!  We are overjoyed when a new potential client calls and says that you sent them to us.  And we reward you for your referrals!  We want to show you that we appreciate you putting enough trust in us to refer your friends and family to us to plan their dream vacation.  Referral credits are paid out after your friend or family travels in the form of a gift card or onboard credit for your next trip planned with Travel On A Dream (sorry, we cannot pay until you travel after they travel).

Your feedback!  This week we set up a post vacation questionnaire which will be emailed to you shortly after your trip.  You’re responses are sent to management and are confidential.  We do not track who responds and only know who it is if you put something in your response to identify you.  There is a place for you to request to be contacted by management and we are more than happy to do so.  If you ever want to call and give us feedback, you can call 888-681-1240 (option 1) to give us your comments or email info@travelonadream.com.  Your feedback helps us to provide the best possible service to you.

Your vacations!  When you work with us, we feel that we are assisting you in selecting the ideal vacation for you and your family.  We are not a “cookie cutter” travel agency that knows what is perfect for you without finding out about you.  We have the answers, but not before the questions are asked.  We love to help you plan your vacation.  I can’t tell you how excited I am for you and your trips!  Sometimes I wish I could come with all of you!!  We don’t consider ourselves sales agents, we consider ourselves travel consultants.  We are available to help you with your decisions but ultimately it is your vacation and we want you to make the best choices for you.

You top the list!  Everyone of you!  For our clients, you are not just another reservation.  Whether you are a client, a referrer or just a friend of ToaD’s, we appreciate each of you and look forward to sharing our lives and your lives with you in the upcoming year.

The Eighth Day of ToaDmas

Today we go to another very popular cruise destination – Western Caribbean.  Many cruise lines have sailings to the Western Caribbean with stops in Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize and Jamaica.  You can cruise from embarkation ports throughout Florida but also from the Gulf Coast in New Orleans and Galveston.  From the western side of Florida and the Gulf Coast, sailings can be as short as 4 nights for this cruise usually with stops only at Cozumel or Grand Cayman.  The most popular cruise length for this itinerary is a 7 night cruise.

The atmosphere on a Western Caribbean cruise is different than the Eastern Caribbean.  While the Eastern Caribbean is more tropical, the Western is a little more arid until you get further south.  Shore excursions on this itinerary can take you to beaches and snorkeling but you can also visit Mayan Ruins at many of the ports of call.  In Grand Cayman you can do everything from snorkeling and kissing a stingray to going to Hell or a turtle farm.

For the eighth day of ToaDmas, we are going to go on a Western Caribbean sailing with Royal Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas.  We visited this ship in September and found out first-hand how much she has to offer.  There are many entertainment options, dining venues and sports activities for everyone.  You can even take in a water theater show or ice show in the same night!  This ship is a small city of its own.  Zipline, rock climb or even learn how to surf, you can do it all on Oasis of the Seas.

There is a wide variety of room types on this ship.  Of course there is the usual inside, ocean view, balcony and suite, but on Oasis of the Seas, you can also get a Boardwalk or Central Park view with either a window or a balcony, numerous family suites with different views and even a loft!

For pricing purposes, we selected the Cruisin’ with ToaD sailing on April 27, 2013.  Pricing starts from just $829 per person plus tax for a large interior room.  For two adults in a Central Park View with balcony (category C2), the total price would be $2267.74.  A deposit of $500 would hold the room until February 11, 2013.  All payments would be fully refundable until that date.

Won’t you join us?

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