Archive for November, 2012

Wanna Go On A Cruise?

We mentioned a couple days ago that giving the gift of travel is great for your loved ones.  But what about yourself?  You deserve a trip to look forward to as well!

Just over a month ago we got back from the first ToaD Fantasy sailing.  During that cruise we more than doubled our group for the ToaD Magic sailing in 2013!  We all had such a great time getting to know everyone and spending time with our friends, old and new.   When we heard that we were not going to make it to Castaway Cay, the five night sailing on the Disney Magic was looking more and more favorable.  You see, on that sailing we will have two stops at Castaway Cay!  Here’s the full itinerary for October 20, 2013:

  • Day 1 – Miami, Florida
  • Day 2 – Castaway Cay
  • Day 3 – At Sea
  • Day 4 – Nassau
  • Day 5 – Castaway Cay
  • Day 6 – Miami, Florida

Serenity Bay

If the five nights is not quite enough for you, you can also add on the 2 night sailing on October 25 which is a cruise to nowhere.

Pricing for the five night sailing starts at just $675 per person plus tax.  This includes any activities and gifts that we would be doing for the group.  Check out our home page as well for an exclusive offer if you book before the end of 2012.

Castaway Cay

Whirlwind Disney Trip

People say all the time they are going to take a “quick trip” somewhere.  I have friends who take a quick weekend trip to Walt Disney World.  Next week is my turn.

I will be attending the Grand Opening of the New Fantasyland, preview of Splitsville and Grand Opening of Test Track which has been reimagined.  While the highlight of the trip is the New Fantasyland Grand Opening, I am looking forward to the entire experience.

We will start the trip with a preview of Splitsville.  This state of the art bowling center will be opening late 2012.  With two floors, 30 lanes and live music, this place is sure to be a hit!

Next we’ll move onto the New Fantasyland Preview and Dinner Party.  Here we will be able to preview the new attractions, entertainment and dining in the New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom Park.  We will be able to experience Celebrate the Magic, followed by Wishes and finally a holiday “kiss goodnight”.

The following day, we will attend the New Fantasyland Grand Opening, learn about new changes for the Walt Disney World Resort and end the day at the Grand Opening of Test Track Re-Imagined.

So which part of this are you most interested in?  We’ll be posting updates and reviews next week as we experience all of this, plus the holidays in Disney World.

Give the Gift of Travel This Holiday

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have everyone out shopping for holiday gifts for loved ones (and themselves!).  But what do you get for the person that has everything?  When my husband or I want something, we just go and get it.  This makes gift giving difficult though.

Consider the gift of travel.  This doesn’t mean give your loved one a trip somewhere.  That could be much more than you were planning on spending.  There are many ideas that you could use.

  • Travel related equipment.  This would include luggage, travel kits, travel pillow, alarm clock, space saver bags, anything to make travel easier.
  • In-room gift.  If they already have travel planned, you could have something delivered to their room when they arrive, whether it is a bottle of wine, treats or, in the case of a cruise, an onboard credit to use on whatever they would like.
  • Prepaid gift card.  This could be either a Visa/MasterCard gift card or if they are going on a Disney vacation, a Disney Gift card.
  • A gift certificate.  If you are not sure where they might want to go, you can always give them a travel gift certificate.  We offer gift certificates in any amount that can be used towards any travel plans.  Just ask your Travel On A Dream agent for details.

ToaD Fantasy Sailing Gift Bag Giveaway

We had one leftover gift bag from the ToaD Fantasy sailing last month.  So why not give it away!

Included with the canvas Disney Cruise Line bag are two ToaD tumblers, Mickey Ear magnets, ToaD Fantasy sailing magnet, Halloween candle, ToaD pirate magnet, ToaD drawstring mesh bag and two wave phone holders. The contest starts on November 15, 2012 on the ToaD Facebook wall. To enter you have to like our wall and share our contest post. Only one entry per person. We will pick the winner on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST. Good luck!

Visiting Disney World as the “Chick with a Cane”

Due to a bad episode of sciatica (which I thought you had to be 1000 years old to come down with), I found myself heading to my Disney World/Cruise trip with a cane and had a wheelchair on order for onboard the ship. I’ve never been “disabled” before.  While I knew that Disney is fully accessible, it wasn’t easy limping along.

I can’t prove it, but I’m positive that they stretched out the parks. Forget about the new Fantasyland, I was happy to make it as far as the old one without needing paramedics. I also realized that as far as the rides go, on this trip I was doing the Toddler Tour as those were the only attractions that wouldn’t hurt my back.  Scratch that, I didn’t do Pirates or Small World as by the time I’d get out of the boat, they’d be reminding everyone to stay seated while the chubster tries to haul her hurting self out.

By the way, does every seat in the parks have to be in the blazing sun? There’s nothing like sitting down in a cast iron skillet when taking a much needed break from walking.

Little did I know that a cane is a signal for kids. Apparently it’s part of an obstacle course that they have to conquer.  This was a bigger problem on the ship. Since I held the cane on my right, I intentionally kept close to that wall. I was amazed at how many little darlings saw that as a challenge and did their best to squeeze by.  It was oh so cute when one of the cherubs hit my cane while playing the “let’s see how out of control we can get before anyone notices” game.

While I understand that the dining room chairs on the ship need to be heavy, I felt so helpless when I couldn’t get in or out without assistance. It was as if I was trying to move a granite slab and I just could not do it.

Back to the parks. If you’re walking while talking on your cell and/or texting, chances are you’re not going to notice the lady hobbling along. Thank you for interrupting your extremely important call to mutter “sorry” after kicking my cane. It was always such a meaningful moment.

I have to say, my concerns about Disney transportation turned out to be unfounded.  On the Magical Express bus we were given the reserved seats up front.  On one occasion,  the Cast Member at the Monorail opened a handicap section for me so I didn’t have to walk any further. I wish that happened more often.  Fortunately, we always hit the buses at a time when seats were available.

As it turned out, I didn’t use the wheelchair, so it became the carry-on bag transport.  Still, it was nice to know I had it “just in case.”

So there you have it. This trip was an eye-opener for me. I’m sure I’m guilty of cutting it way too close to someone with a disability when trying to get an attraction or simply taking in my surroundings.  I’ve learned that a little bit of awareness goes a long way  in making sure that those with physical problems also have an enjoyable visit.

Sail With Captain Max

On our ToaD Fantasy sailing, a small group of us decided to go sailing and snorkeling to St. John.  We wanted to make this a private event so I checked with a number of different providers, finally setting on Sail with Captain Max.  Right from the start we felt very comfortable with Captain Max.  She answered all of my questions.  I am always concerned about doing an independent excursion on a cruise because there are so many variables – will we get in to port, will we be on time, can we enjoy ourselves and still make it back before the cruise sails away?  All legitimate questions.  Max assured us that if we didn’t make it in, we wouldn’t be charged.  We exchanged cell phone numbers so we could advise her of any issues at the last minute.  She said we could arrange the same taxi driver to take us back.  That works!

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Changes to Disney Wonder for 2013

It’s official!  The Disney Wonder will be having a new itinerary starting in September 2013.  These dates are available to book now except for the 4 and 6 night sailings which will be available on November 16, 2012.  Here is the new schedule:

September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 14, 2013 (7 night)

  • Galveston
  • At Sea
  • Key West
  • Castaway Cay
  • Nassau
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • Galveston

October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, 2013 (7 night)

  • Galveston
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Grand Cayman
  • Cozumel
  • At Sea
  • Galveston

December 21, 2013 (6 Night)

  •  Galveston
  • At Sea
  • Cozumel
  • Grand Cayman
  • At Sea
  • At Sea
  • Galveston

December 27, December 31, 2013 (4 night)

  • Galveston
  • At Sea
  • Cozumel
  • At Sea
  • Galveston

So what do you think?  Does this itinerary appeal more to you?  Will you cruise out of Galveston in 2013 as a result?

Changes to the Disney Wonder Itinerary in 2013?

For some time now we have been hearing rumors about Jamaica and more recently about the Disney Wonder changing her itinerary in 2013.  We checked the Jamaica port calendar and found a mystery ship on the calendar every other Tuesday starting in October.

Today we found this:

When you search for a cruise in the fall 2013 from Galveston and click on the itinerary, the current itinerary is listed, but the above map shows.  I do not think this is the final itinerary, but it is interesting to say the least.

What we believe is going to happen is that the September 28, 2013 sailing of the Disney Wonder will switch itineraries to the one listed above with stops at Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  The following week, October 5, 2013, she will have an itinerary which does not include Jamaica.  As of now there is no clear picture on what changes if any will occur to the alternating weeks.

For those of you looking for information on 2014 bookings, my best guess is that they will not be available until after Disney Cruise Line takes care of the changes to 2013.

So what do you think about Jamaica as a port of call for the Disney Wonder?  Will this help you decide on a sailing out of Galveston or have no impact?

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