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National Cruise Vacation Week

Also known as the “World’s Largest Cruise Sale”, National Cruise Vacation Week is one of the highlights of the year!  This is celebrated every October, and it’s your chance to get some great deals on cruises!

This year, the National Cruise Vacation Week is October 20-27.  So, if you’ve been thinking of taking a cruise next year, this is the time to book!  We’ve put together a list of the largest cruise lines, with the exclusive deals they are offering during this time.  Please look them over, and let us know if you have any questions, or if you’d like to take advantage of one (or more!) of these offers:

Azamara

Up to $500 onboard credit* per stateroom on Europe 2014 voyages.

Carnival

Up to $200 off Fun Select rates per stateroom, up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom, best available upgrades, and 50% reduced deposits available on select sailings through December 31, 2014, if booked Oct. 20-27, 2013.

Celebrity

During the week of Oct. 20-27, book any Celebrity cruise, 5 nights or longer, to Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean, or Europe departing January 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 and receive up to $250 onboard credit*.

Disney Cruise Line

Receive $50 onboard credit* per stateroom on a 3- or 4-night Bahamian cruise aboard Disney Magic® or Disney Dream® departing from Port Canaveral, Florida Jan. 5 – May 29, 2014.   Valid for new bookings made between Oct. 20-27.   Travel window is:

  • Disney Magic®, 3- and 4-night voyages departing Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014
  • Disney Dream®, 3- and 4-night voyages departing Jan. 5 – May 29, 2014

Holland America

Explore4 promotion on select December 2013 holiday cruises and 2014 sailings that provides four added-value extras—a free Signature Beverage Package or beverage card, free specialty restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom, and reduced deposits of 50% off normal deposit rate.  Guests making a booking Oct. 20-27, 2013 can also qualify for up to $200 per stateroom in shipboard credits* in addition to the four Explore4 offers!

MSC

Special pricing for selected sailings in Summer Caribbean 2014, plus receive up to $200 per stateroom shipboard credit* for MSC Divina Caribbean sailings between April 12-Oct. 11, 2014.  Rates as low as $549 per person!

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Up to $250 onboard credit* fleetwide, up to $500 onboard credit* for CruiseTours in Europe, Hawaii and Alaska, BONUS onboard credit* for all Norwegian Getaway sailings currently open for sale.

Princess

Onboard value booklet per person, worth up to $325.  Plus reduced deposit on select cruises.

Royal Caribbean

Book a 7-night Caribbean cruise, and get up to $100 to spend onboard*!  Booking window is Oct. 20-25, for sailings in June, July, and August 2014.

Windstar

Special sale rates on select sailings, plus a $100 shipboard credit* per cabin.

Special offer from Starwood

Enhance your cruise with a pre- or post-stay at a Starwood resort or hotel!  You can extend your vacation with great rates and complimentary breakfast!  Add one, two, or three nights before or after your cruise!  Over 180 Starwood properties worldwide are available with this special offer, during National Cruise Vacation week!  Ask your agent for details!

*Where it is allowed by the individual cruise line, onboard credits that are included in specials are in addition to the onboard credit you normally receive when booking with Travel on a Dream!  (See http://travelonadream.com/loyalty.html )

Please visit www.travelonadream.com for a quote today!

Oasis of the Seas – Service Review

Let me start by reiterating that service, top quality service, is first and foremost for me in everything in life.  I expect companies and employees to give 110% as the norm.  Average isn’t good enough.  I recognize that some people aren’t as particular as I am, so I’ll preface this review with “mileage may vary”.  I think this would be a great ship and great line for many people.

I have been on two previous RCCL cruises and I have to say, I was not impressed with them.  Granted bother were on smaller, older ships on shorter sailings, but I felt the food was not to my liking and the cleanliness was an issue.  I vowed to keep an open mind and try a longer cruise on a larger ship.  I had the chance to tour Oasis of the Seas in September 2011 and felt this should be the ship!

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Are The Oasis Class Ships Too Big?

As you may know, I was on the Oasis of the Seas last week with a group of ToaDers.  We had a fantastic time, as is usually the case with ToaDers.  We created lots of memories that will last forever!

I had always said that I wouldn’t want to cruise on a ship as large as Oasis of the Seas.  It’s HUGE!  But when I toured the ship in 2011, she didn’t feel like a huge ship.  It wasn’t overcrowded and that was on embarkation day.  I decided to give it a try.

I don’t think I would have been as happy had we booked this cruise alone without friends.  It was great meeting up with people for activities and meals.

If I were to ever sail on the Oasis or Allure of the Seas again, I would definitely select a different room type.  I missed the ocean view.  I also didn’t like being so far back on a deck.  It wasn’t the motion (though surprisingly I did still feel motion even on such a large ship), it was the distance to everything.  Just getting to the nearest elevator was a hike.  I would likely select a room closer to the forward stairs/elevators.

One of our travelers clocked the distance from our room to the forward beverage machine on the Promenade.  Roundtrip it was 1/2 mile.  We got into the habit of combining trips and carrying more stuff with us on each trip to avoid the lengthy walks.

I never felt that things were worse at the elevators or getting out of shows or dinner seatings because of the number of people onboard.  It was pretty much the same as any other ship.  Yes it took time and there was waiting involved, but it wasn’t any worse than other ships with half as many passengers.

The biggest issue I had was with customer service, which indirectly was related to the size of the ship.  I did have an officer blame the customer service on the size of the ship itself (fewer crew to handle the ship), but the problem I had was most responses to inquiries was “you need to go there” to take care of anything.  It was never a simple phone call.

To set up the internet access in my cabin, I needed to go to the aft elevators, up to deck 14 to the card room and sign up.  But I had a discount coupon so I had to go to deck 5 after signing up and turn in the coupon.  Then finally I could go to my cabin to use the internet.  Only problem was, I couldn’t send emails from Outlook so I called for help.  Can’t do that, have to go to Guest Services, who then directed me back to the card room where they gave me a different outgoing server name.  I asked about the port number to use and was told that didn’t matter “if it did matter, the IT department would have told me what to tell you”.  It did matter.  For the duration of the cruise, I had to go to my web client and send all emails, requiring considerably more time on the internet and less time available to post pictures and blogs.

I did enjoy the extra space available though.  We never felt crowded in any area or venue, except on formal night or when they were giving away something.  The Promenade did tend to fill up then.

Other than these few issues, I didn’t feel that the Oasis of the Seas felt too big.  I don’t think you should be intimidated by the size of the ship when selecting a cruise.

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Come Cruise with ToaD!

Want to Cruise with ToaD?

Editor’s Note:  We ran this blog last fall, but wanted to bring it back to you today with some new information.  We hope you’ll join us!

Cruising is a very popular vacation “destination”.  Some cruise by themselves, some with their extended family or friends, but you can also cruise with Travel on a Dream!

First and foremost, we deliver top quality customer service to help you with all steps of planning from choosing the right itinerary, right cabin and right ship to questions about documents, carry ons and shore excursions.

On select sailings you can truly go “Cruisin’ with ToaD”!

We currently have two sailings set so you can cruise with ToaD. On October 20, 2012, we will be cruising on the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship in the DCL fleet, on an Eastern Caribbean sailing with stops at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Castaway Cay. On April 27, 2013, we will be cruising on the Oasis of the Seas, one of the two largest cruise ships in the world, on a Western Caribbean sailing with stops in Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. We’d love to have you join us! There will be extras on these sailing which are included in your cruise fare. For more information on these or other sailings, please email info@travelonadream.com or check us out on Facebook for groups on each of these sailings.

The Disney Fantasy began sailings just a couple weeks ago with her Maiden Voyage.  Since then we have been seeing an increase in interest for booking this ship.  If you want to join us before prices keep increasing, now is the time!  We’ve got some great activities in the works.

Our group space for the Oasis of the Seas sailing will be reduced on Monday.  We still have a few staterooms at great prices available.  Starbucks, the Cupcake Cupboard, ziplining, surfing and even an aquatheater are on this amazing ship!  Won’t you join us in the fun?

Gearing Up for New Year!

In less than six days we will be saying “Goodbye” to 2011 and “Hello” to 2012!  To celebrate, we are seeing a number of specials from different cruise lines.

Norwegian Cruise Line already has their Wave promotion in full swing.  This week, they are offering extra onboard credits, 50% off deposits and an e-coupon book for future sailings.  Seven night sailings have a deposit of only $125 per person and the deposits are refundable up until the final payment date in most cases so you have nothing to lose!

Royal Caribbean is offering a new special each day, but you need to act on them quick!  Each deal lasts only 24 hours.  We receive notification of the deal at midnight EST and then you have until 11:59 pm EST to book or it’s gone!  This is their Countdown to the New Year Sale.  Today, you can receive up to $50 onboard credit on sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean Getaways before April 30, 2012.  Restrictions apply and time is limited so contact us right away to get yours!

Remember, in most cases you will still qualify for our onboard credit promotion in addition to the promotions offered from cruise lines.  Come visit us at Travel On A Dream today!

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?

Dining Packages Offered on Royal Caribbean

With more guests wanting to try the specialty restaurants onboard, Royal Caribbean International has put together new dinner packages on four of its most popular ships to help reduce the costs of these dining experiences.

On Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas there are three packages offered:

  • Central Park Dining Package – $65 per person.  Includes Giovanni’s Table, 150 Central Park and Chops Grille
  • Chef’s Dining Package – $120 per person.  Includes a five-course meal at the Chef’s Table (with wine pairings), 150 Central Park and Chops Grille
  • Choice Dining Package (Oasis of the Seas) – $50 per person.  Includes dinner at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and choice of Izumi or Solarium Bistro
  • Choice Dining Package (Allure of the Seas) – $55 per person.  Includes dinner at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Samba Grill

Radiance of the Seas offers a package for $70 per person for dinners at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, Izumi and Samba Grill.  There is a Chef’s Dining Package for $120 per person and also will include the Chef’s Table in addition to every extra-charge specialty restaurant on the ship.

Splendour of the Seas has a Chef’s Dining Package that includes dinner at Chef’s Table, Chops Grille and Izumi for $105 per person.

Additionally, there is now a way to opt to join in to reservation-only parties on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.  On Allure of the Seas guests can enjoy Rita’s Fiesta in Rita’s Cantina, featuring the restaurant’s most popular meals and up to three non-alcoholic drinks for $10 per person or $20 for up to three alcoholic drinks.  On Oasis of the Seas, the Surf’s Up Party at the Seafood Shack featuring the restaurant’s most popular meals and up to three non-alcoholic drinks for $15 per person or $25 for up to three alcoholic drinks.

The 1920s Prohibition Party on Allure of the Seas is also offered for a cover charge of $35 per person which includes alcoholic beverages.  See our previous blog on this fun party http://wp.me/pTjDr-yL.

All of these packages and parties can be reserved once onboard or prior to your cruise at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/PreCruisePlanner.

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