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2014 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Three times the Disney magic from Port Canaveral in 2014!

As we predicted, the Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2014 will be opening soon.  Soon as in tomorrow for some guests!  Yes, tomorrow Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book their 2014 sailings on Disney Cruise Line by phone starting at 8:00 am EST, with bookings open to all guests at 8:00 am EST on Thursday.

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

The Disney Dream will be sailing on Thursdays and Sundays while the Disney Magic will be sailing on Fridays and Mondays.

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay , Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent today so we can secure your reservation this week!

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

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?

ToaD is Running for Rescues On Disney Fantasy?

Yes, that’s right!  On our recent Disney Fantasy sailing, we had originally planned to do the 5k on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  As we approached the cruise date, we realized that we would be getting to Castaway Cay a bit later than would be comfortable for walking or running.  We wanted to start the race a bit earlier.  That way we would also be able to enjoy our full day on Castaway Cay.

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Disney Dream Review – Double Dip Cruise

Editor’s Note:  Our client Nicole, just returned from a cruise on the Disney Dream, her second Dream cruise in just four months!  Thank you for sharing your review Nicole!

Here is my second Dream review, from the May 27th 5 night Double Dip cruise to Castaway Cay. This was my sixth DCL cruise, and second on the Dream (having done a 4 night on her in February). My parents and I had a wonderful time. It was my dad’s first cruise and now he is hooked on DCL, he can’t wait to sail again and has agreed to join me on the 12 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Magic next summer! My mom, who sailed only once in 2004 on the Wonder, said she enjoyed this cruise much more than her first. We both agreed the food has improved DRAMATICALLY on DCL since our first cruise in ’04.  I remember not liking anything but the fast food options on that cruise, and now I love everything from the chicken fingers to the Chilean sea bass to the desserts! Food at CC was the best ever, we had steaks, lobster, mahi mahi, salmon, and all the usual other BBQ stuff—it was hard to fit it all in! My mom was a bit weary of doing a 5 nighter but liked it so much she has agreed to do a 7 day in 2014. I’m so glad because I don’t think I can do anything less than 7 again. The 7+ day cruises are just so much more relaxing, more time to do things, and more offerings like the classes, tastings, tours, etc, plus the real formal night is one of my highlights.

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ToaD is Running for Rescues

In past blogs I have mentioned that I was going to accomplish my first official 5K this year in support of Running for Rescues.  I don’t plan to run this, mind you, I will be walking.  But I will be doing this on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas and doing it for a worthy cause.

Running for Rescues (RfR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping organizations rescue animals from high-kill shelters.  This organization was started by a runner who’s husband was getting tired of her bringing so many rescue dogs.  She figured there had to be others like her willing to help out these animals.  Maybe not to take them in, but to help save their lives.  She set out to find another way. Continue reading

I Want To Go On A Cruise!

Last night I went to bed and the snow started to fall.  Originally, they had predicted 3-5 inches of the white fluffy stuff, but had backed it off to 1-3 inches, starting around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.  Since it hadn’t really started until around 8 pm, I thought we probably wouldn’t get much if any.

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland.  Here is the view from my kitchen window!

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Ten Days Until the Fantasy Christening

Last year I attended the Disney Dream® Christening.  It was much different than the Disney Fantasy® Christening will be.

I remember in late December we were following the Dream on her journey across the ocean, hearing how those on the early January sailings of the Disney Magic® were treated to her site and sounds.  She then arrived in Port Canaveral for the first time.  Many gathered to greet her as she sailed down the channel toward the terminal.  It was certainly an exciting day!

After this followed several preview cruises where the crew “practiced” with Disney cast members and their families.  Photos emerged on many sites so we all had an idea of what they ship looked like inside.

Finally, on January 19 came the Christening.  It was a beautiful day in Port Canaveral when we gathered at the terminal on bleachers to watch the event.  We waited for a long time for the ceremony to begin then enjoyed the performance.  Afterwards, we had champagne and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate and pass the time until we would get onboard for our two night sailing.

The sailing itself wasn’t that remarkable.  We spent a lot of time exploring to see things that we hadn’t seen pictures of and to take more pictures of other areas.  It was a quick trip.  Set sail at 5:00 pm, at Castaway Cay the next day, back to Port Canaveral the next morning.  Don’t get me wrong, it was great to get onboard, it just was a quick cruise with nothing extra special, except of course the precruise event.

It will be much different with the Disney Fantasy.  Last week she set sail for her trip across the ocean.  We have seen some photos, but not a lot.  We haven’t seen any from inside the clubs of Europa.

On February 28, she will arrive in New York City.  Instead of this being the end of the Transatlantic Cruise and starting the “preview” cruises, this will merely be a four day stop and then continue on to Castaway Cay, followed by Port Canaveral and then the start of the “preview” cruises.

During this stay in NYC, there will be media and travel agent previews of the ship.  On March 1, 2012, an evening Christening will take place.  We have been told that there will be a small amount of time that we will be outside, but then we will be onboard for the remainder of the night.

So what do we expect for the evening?  What would you like to see happen?  What do you want us to check out on the ship?  Can’t wait!!

Cruises from Miami

When Disney Cruise Line® announced a press conference for this past Wednesday in Miami, everyone was speculating they would announce that one of the classic ships will be sailing from Miami.  This has been previously suggested by us as well, before the announcement based on other clues we were seeing.  Now that the press conference has been postponed, and we all wonder when the announcement will come, we thought we’d talk about other cruise line itineraries out of Miami.

There are a variety of cruises that sail from Miami, including many repositioning cruises such as cruises through the Panama Canal, down to South America and Transatlantic sailings and relocations from the north.  While these all can be very exciting cruises, we are not going to spend time with them right now as it is not likely that this is what we will see from Disney Cruise Line.

Popular sailings from Miami include 3, 4 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean.  Possible ports of call are Nassau, Grand Turk, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman for the shorter sailings, plus of course a private island.  With the smaller classic ships of Disney Cruise Line, they could easily make a stop again at Key West, which is a popular stop for the Western Caribbean sailings with the Disney Magic® currently.

Also popular are 7 night sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.  These include stops in Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Jamaica, Belize and Roatan for the Western Caribbean and Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola and St. Croix.  There are also possibilities of cruises going further south with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Kitts and Guadalupe.

The question would be if Disney did sailings to Southern Caribbean ports with seven night sailings, would they include Castaway Cay?  Would this matter to you?  Would you still book 7 night Southern Caribbean sailings if they didn’t include Castaway Cay?  While I cherish the days that I am at Castaway Cay, I think if I had the opportunity to go further south (including to one of my favorites, Barbados), I would be ok with skipping Castaway Cay.

7 night Western Caribbean sailings from Miami would not be as popular with me unless the ports of call chosen were different than what the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are doing.  A shorter 5 night sailing would be nice if positioned over a weekend to allow cruisers to take fewer days off of work and not have such a short 3 night sailing which is typically over the weekends.

What would it take for you to book a Disney cruise out of Miami?  What itineraries do you want to see?

Five Is This Week’s Number

Five is the number this week for us.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we had high temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is not normal for Wisconsin in January!  But I’ll take it.  Even though I have lived in Wisconsin all of my life, I still don’t like the cold and snow.

Thursday we hit another five, but this time it wasn’t temperature.  We received 5 inches of snow.  Yes, snow.  I woke up in the morning and there was no snow on the ground.  By 5:00 pm, we had the shovels and snowblower out.  This morning we’ll have to go out again and clean up the last inch or so.  As I said, I don’t like the cold and snow so this was not a pleasant day for me.  Now this morning I looked outside and it seems the snowplow knocked down my garbage can so I’ll have to go out and pick that up before the garbage truck comes.  Remind me why I live in Wisconsin?

Today I would rather be somewhere warm.  Maybe on the Disney Magic® who should be arriving at Castaway Cay this morning.  Or maybe the Disney Dream®, making a call on Nassau today.  What about the Disney Wonder®, arriving for a second day in beautiful Cabo San Lucas!  Just don’t send me to see the Disney Fantasy®, Germany is a bit chilly for my tastes now!

But this brings me back to the number of the week.  When I went to bed last night Travel On A Dream had 495 Facebook fans.  Five away from 500!  Can we get up to 500 fans today?  Come visit us on Facebook.  We always try to bring you all the latest Disney news and promotions, along with other vacation destinations.  We look forward to “seeing” you there!

 

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