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Character Breakfast On The Disney Magic

Editor’s Note:  This blog is from our agent Nicole Riley, who just returned from a sailing on the Disney Magic out of Galveston.  She brings us her report on the character breakfast, available on the 6, 7 and 8 night sailings. 

We recently returned from a sailing on the Disney Magic out of Galveston.  We had heard rumors that there would be a character breakfast before leaving, but didn’t see anything official.  We were just happy to be on the ship, so we didn’t think another thing about it.  So, we were pleasantly surprised on the night before our second sea day that our servers told us the next day would be our day for the character breakfast.

Now I love Mickey Mouse just as much as everyone else, but it was nice and sunny and I didn’t want to spend my day in a restaurant waiting to see characters.  This was a very fun experience on our cruise, and I’m glad we took the time to do it.

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New Disney Discounts

Today, Disney World started a new promotion for Disney Visa cardholders.  This promotion is somewhat of a combined room only/package offer with room discounts of up to 30% and discounted tickets with a purchase of at least a 4 day ticket.  There is no minimum number of nights that you must stay to get the room discount and one of the dining plans can be added to a package as well.

This promotion is available for stays from February 18, 2013 to March 23, 2013 and again from April 2, 2013 to June 14, 2013.  The offer will be available to the general public on January 3, 2013.  It must be booked by March 7, 2013 for stays in February and March and by Marcy 31, 2013 for stays in April, May and June.

We have seen lower prices with this promotion off of non-discounted packages and better rates than AAA discounts on room only reservations.  The Play, Stay & Dine offer has been coming back as a better promotion and PIN offers have also been better.  The offer is subject to availability.  If you book with the Disney Visa promotion, a deposit will need to be applied at the time of booking.  Excluded from the promotion are Fort Wilderness campsites, Art of Animation standard rooms (Little Mermaid) and 3 bedroom villas.

Additionally, we are hearing that Disney Cruise Line will release more dates for the Kids Sail Free promotion on January 2, 2013.  With two full-fare guests in the same stateroom for categories 4A to 11B, kids will only pay taxes (approximately $40 – $84 based on cruise length).  Most sailings departing from Galveston, Texas between January 12 and April 26, 2013 will be included in this offer, subject to availability.  The offer excludes suites, category 11C and xGT (guarantee categories with restrictions).

Contact us today for your Disney World or Disney Cruise Line vacation!

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?

Fall 2013 Sailings for Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Now Available

As we mentioned recently, we expected that the rest of 2013 would come out soon.

The Disney Wonder will have the following schedule:

  • September 9, 2013 – 5 night sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles with an overnight in San Francisco
  • September 14, 2013 – 14 night sailing from Los Angeles to Galveston with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cartegena, Cozumel
  • Beginning September 28, 2013 – 7 night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel

The Disney Magic will be home ported in Miami.  No transatlantic sailing has been announced (we don’t expect one).  Sailings will be 2, 3, 4 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean as follows:

  • October 20, 2013 – 5 night sailing with Nassau and Castaway Cay (double dip)
  • October 25, 2013 – 2 night sailing to nowhere
  • October 27, 2013 – 5 night sailing to Cozumel and Castaway Cay.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/10, 11/24, 12/8 and 12/22
  • November 1, 2013 – 5 night sailing to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/15, 11/29 and 12/13
  • November 6, 2013 – 4 night sailing to Castaway Cay and Key West.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/20, 12/4 and 12/18
  • December 27, 2013 – 3 night sailing to Nassau and Castaway Cay.  This itinerary to be repeated 12/30

So, what do you think of the new itineraries?  With the expected enhancements during drydock on the Disney Magic, Travel On A Dream will be looking at cruising on October 20 on the Disney Magic.  How about a group sailing!

Balconies for the Price of Oceanviews on Disney From Galveston

The Disney Magic will be sailing from Galveston, Texas in September for the first time ever!  For a limited time, you can book a verandah stateroom for the price of an oceanview on most 7 night sailings from Galveston, Texas between September 22 and December 21, 2012 (does not include November 17 sailing).

Staterooms are limited.  Offer is valid for new bookings only and only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.  This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts and is subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

When you book this offer with Travel On A Dream, you will also qualify for our loyalty program, giving you an onboard credit on your sailing.  Contact us today and let us help you with your dream vacation!

Which Do You Prefer?

Some of you have never cruised on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise, while others have cruised many times.  This question is more for someone who has cruised at least once on Disney but we welcome opinions from others as well.

If you have cruised on the Disney Magic® or Disney Wonder®, which would you prefer to do for your next Disney cruise?

Cruising on the Disney Dream® or Disney Fantasy® will give you the option to see some of the new technological advances of these ships, new decor and features as well.  Cruising different ships in the fleet will also give you new entertainment options.  What you don’t get with the newer ships is new itineraries.  3, 4 and 5 night cruises to the Bahamas are what you will get with the Disney Dream while 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings will be offered on the Disney Fantasy.

If you choose the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic, there is a wide variety of new home ports and destinations to visit.  In 2012, you could sail out of Galveston, Texas or New York City on the Disney Magic.  You could sail out of Seattle on the Disney Wonder.  With destinations such as the New England Coast and Canada, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean, there is something for everyone.  In 2013, you can go on a Transatlantic sailing to Barcelona or sail the Mediterranean sea with new ports of call such as Venice, Dubrovnik, and Mykonos just to name a few.  Or you could choose a Panama Canal sailing on the Disney Wonder in either direction.  For those with more time on their hands, how about a Panama Canal sailing followed by a repositioning cruise to Vancouver and finish up with a 7 night Alaskan sailing.  Can you think of a better way to spend a month next year?

So what will you do?  Will it be a standard itinerary of the Bahamas or Caribbean on one of the new ships of Disney Cruise Line or will it be a new, exciting itinerary on one of the classic ships?  Check out our Facebook page and vote on your choice.

Let’s Focus On the Mediterranean

Since many of you are hoping for a Disney Magic® Mediterranean sailing in 2013, I thought today I would talk about some of the ports in the Mediterranean and explore possible options.  While none of the information we and others have found for the 2013 itineraries has been confirmed by Disney just yet, putting the information together gives us at least a partial picture of what could be.

If the Disney Magic continues sailings out of Galveston in 2013, which we do anticipate based on the port schedule at Grand Cayman, this will add at least another day to a Transatlantic sailing, which would be why we are not seeing enough of a gap between Madeira and Gibraltar to add a stop at Cadiz like she has done in the past.

Next comes the question of a home port.  Based on the surveys from Disney Cruise Line recently, this could either be Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome).  With a home port of Civitavecchia, we would expect alternating 7 night Mediterranean sailings from the West to the East.  However, the port schedule for Villefranche doesn’t seem to support this.  With a home port of Barcelona, we could see Western Mediterranean sailings, but we could also see a long cruise with both Western and Eastern Mediterranean ports.  Still this doesn’t quite support what we are seeing at Villefranche.  It’s possible that there will be a variety of different itineraries and the port schedule definitely supports this.  August definitely has the appearance of seven night sailings while July has some evidence of 12 night sailings.  Hopefully, this will all become clearer soon.

So lets assume that the sailings, whether originating from Barcelona or Civitavecchia, will include stops in both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.  Where could the ship stop?  Here are some of the ideas, based on Disney Cruise Line’s surveys and other ship’s itineraries in the area.

  • Venice, Italy
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Ephesus, Turkey
  • Marseille, France
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Crete
  • Messina, Italy
  • Heraklion, Greece
  • Naples, Italy
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Argostolion, Greece
  • Kotor, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Carthage, Tunisia
  • Ibiza, Spain

Please join in the discussion here or on our Facebook Page about where you would like to go!

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