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Norwegian Epic

Earlier this month we had an opportunity to tour the Norwegian Epic, the newest of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.  This was much anticipated because I’ve heard so many things about this ship that I just had to see for myself.

We gathered at the convention center and took a bus to Miami.  We were getting there much later than originally anticipated.  This, we heard, was because of a Coast Guard inspection as this was the first time the Norwegian Epic had been back to the US in a while.  It’s unfortunate that it cut into our time to review the ship though.

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I think that when every you try to find the perfect cruise for someone, it is much easier if you have first-hand knowledge of the itineraries and ships.  By no means is it required.  There are some very good travel agents that haven’t been on a cruise that still do a good job.  I feel that there are so many subjective things out there though about a cruise that it’s almost better to experience a cruise for yourself and keep an open mind.

For example, I can say that I didn’t like the food on Royal Caribbean but my mother and sister loved it.  I thought the food on Disney Cruise Line was very good but my sister said it was just ok.  Now what I say is that Disney uses a lot more sauces and flavor combinations while Royal Caribbean is more of a meat a potato meal.  This doesn’t mean one is better than the other, it just gives you a better idea of what the food is like and you can choose which is a better fit with your palate.

The same goes with itineraries.  I have heard that Alaska was an amazing cruise destination.  I learned about Alaskan cruises through courses from Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines.  Personally, I didn’t see why an Alaskan cruise was that great.  Sure you could see whales and other wildlife, but a top cruise destination?  I decided to try it out for myself in May this year and you know what?  This is one of the top cruise destinations I have ever been to.  Granted there are a few I haven’t been to, but after 25 cruises, this is in my top three.

It is for these reasons that we try out different cruise lines, different itineraries and do ship tours.  This doesn’t mean I’m going on another cruise anytime soon, it means I’m off to tour a couple more ships.  The opportunity has come up for me to tour the Norwegian Epic and Crystal Symphony.  In less than a couple weeks I’ll be spending part of a day on each one of these.

Norwegian Epic is the newest and largest of the NCL fleet.  Epic has a lot of features that are very different than other cruise ships.  One is the studios category of rooms made for one person with no single supplement fees.  Another is the layout of the cabins and the bathrooms.  I’ll hold off on describing these until I see them in person.  I’m hoping we’ll get to see the Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship within a ship so to speak.  This is the area where all the suites are located, with their own courtyard containing loungers and pools.

Crystal Cruises will be changing to an all-inclusive line in the Spring of 2012.  This cruise line is considered a luxury brand and has two smaller ships.  The sale pricing on some of their 7 night cruises this year have been incredible for a luxury line so we are excited to see what this ship has to offer.

Before I tour the ships, I will be attending a cruise travel conference.  Representatives from many cruise lines will be there and I’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions I have.  I’d also like to get answers to any questions you might have (yes, I will ask the Disney rep about the rest of 2013!).

What would like to learn about the Norwegian Epic or Crystal Symphony?  What information would you be interested in finding out from any other cruise line?

Cruise Happy, Plus a Bonus!

We mentioned earlier this week that you could book your 2012 and 2013 Norwegian Cruise Lines and get some bonuses – up to a 4 category upgrade, up to $100 onboard credit and reduced deposit.  We now have even better news!

Earlier this year, “Undercover Boss” did a show with the president of Norwegian Cruise Lines.  It was a fun episode showing us some behind the scenes looks at the Norwegian Epic and Pride of America. If you missed the show, it will be re-airing on Sunday, July 17.  To celebrate this, from July 16 through July 18 only, if you book any 2012-2013 cruise on NCL, you can receive up to $200 onboard credit!  And again, that can be combined with Travel On A Dream’s loyalty program.  While our phones will be off this weekend, we will be checking voice mail and email and will get back to you right away to book this offer.

Cruise Sales Continue

As I mentioned last week, we are celebrating our one year anniversary now through the end of June.  We have a few special cruise sales continuing now and more to come!  There are also a lot of cruise promotions coming next week too!  Here’s what we’ve got going:

  • Princess Cruise Lines – deposits as low as $100 per person plus a coupon book for use onboard – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line – half off deposits and reduced prices on ocean view or balcony cabins – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Cunard – waived deposit for 2nd guest in a cabin plus onboard credits up to $300 – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Up to $100 extra onboard credit on select sailings – June 20 through June 27, 2011.
  • Holland America Line – reduced deposits and a coupon book for use onboard – June 24 through July 1, 2011.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Reduced deposit for first two bookings on qualified sailings – no end date.

We also have a number of promotions now and coming soon from select travel providers.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line – All Epic Summer Europe departures are on sale with extra onboard credits – NOW through July 31, 2011.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Family Comfort promotion on July 24 Western Mediterranean sailing of Norwegian Epic – NOW through June 25, 2011.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line – Summer Solstice 1-DAy Event, up to $150 onboard credit and 50% off deposit on almost every cruise sailing October 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013!  June 21, 2011 ONLY.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Freestyle DASH with 50% reduced deposits and up to $250 onboard credit per stateroom on select summer and fall 2011 sailings – June 21 to 24, 2011.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – 2-Day Western Caribbean Sale, up to $100 onboard credit  in a balcony or suite, including the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas!  June 22 through June 23, 2011.
  • Silversea – Suite Summer Deals, low cruise-only fares with rates from $2,999 on select 7-day Mediterranean and 9-Day Caribbean voyages on the Silver Spirit – NOW through July 15, 2011.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Savings up to $10,000 on select cruises, pricing to increase July 1.  Great rates on these all-inclusive cruise vacations – NOW through June 30, 2011.

These are just a few of the promotions available and coming up.  Contact us for your best cruise deal today!

Time For An Epic Vacation!

Now is a great time to book your Norwegian Epic cruise to the Mediterranean.  Between now and July 31, 2011, you can book a summer 2011 or 2012 cruise to the Mediterranean on Norwegian Epic and get up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom to spend onboard for things like spa treatments, specialty restaurants and more!

But there’s more!  Are you thinking of a Western Mediterranean cruise on July 24, 2011?  Norwegian recently announced a new Family Comfort promotion.  NCL is offering a 50% off discount for the second guest in a room, as long as the second guest is under 18.  This is a great opportunity for single parents to take your child on a Mediterranean cruise.  This is also a great way for families to spread out and have two rooms instead of one.  This promotion must be booked between today and June 25, 2011.  Just mention that youa re looking for the Family Comfort promotion.

As always, these promotions can be combined with Travel On A Dream’s loyalty program.

NCL Freestyle Dash

Norwegian Cruise Lines is doing it again.  The popular Freestyle Dash promotion is on again.  From today, May 24 through May 27, 2011, you can receive an onboard credit up to $250 plus 50% reduced deposits on most sailings.  Additionally, if you book a European sailing on the Norwegian EPIC, you can get up to a $300 onboard credit offer!  The best part is in addition to this offer from Norwegian Cruise Line you will also qualify for the onboard credit offered by Travel On A Dream.  Contact us today for your quote by email at or fill out a request form.

Today is an Epic Day!

Act fast if you want to take advantage of this incredible offer from Norwegian Cruise Lines.  Today, April 12, 2011 is an Epic Bonus Day.  When you book a cruise on Norwegian Epic today only, you’ll get a reduced deposit plus $100 onboard credit from NCL!    This credit can be spent on anything you charge onboard like spa treatments, shore excursions or a bottle of wine with dinner.

This onboard credit offer applies to all Norwegian Epic sailings and to every category booked.

Norwegian Epic has so much to offer you with exciting entertainment options like Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert, many dining options like sushi, churrascaria and teppanyaki and unique stateroom and suite options.  This is Freestyle Cruising at it’s best!

Hurry, this offer expires at the end of today!  This offer can also be combined with Travel On A Dream’s onboard credit offer.  For a quote, email us at or use our online quote form at

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