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Disney Magic 2014

The schedule won’t be released for another week but here is what we are hearing.

October 18, 2014 – Disney Magic will sail from San Juan to Port Canaveral.  This itinerary will be San Juan, day at sea, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral.

October 21, 2014 – 5 night Bahamian cruise.  This itinerary will be Port Canaveral, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West, day at sea, Port Canaveral.

October 26 and November 9, 2014 – 7 night Eastern Caribbean sailing with stops at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

November 2, 23, December 7, 21, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean sailing with stops at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West and Castaway Cay.

November 16, 30, December 14, 28, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean sailing with stops at Falmouth Jamaica, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.

In addition to the Magic, also for sale next week are sailings on October 11, 2014 on the Disney Wonder which will be a 6 night sailing from Miami to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay and on October 17, 2014 which will be a 5 night sailing from Miami to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

If you are interested in these dates, contact us right away to get on our list for next Tuesday.

Kids Sail Free on Select Sailings

Disney has expanded the dates for its Kids Sail Free promotion!  For select dates this Spring, kids will not have to pay a cruise fare when traveling in the same stateroom with two full fares.  You will only pay government taxes and fees for the kids.

This promotion is being offered on the Disney Magic for sailings out of Galveston, Texas.  Included are the following sailings:

  • 4-night Western Caribbean cruises – most sailings departing between March 15 and April 16, 2013
  • 6-night Western Caribbean cruises – most sailings departing between January 26 and April 20, 2013 (excluding March 9 and 23).
  • 8-night Bahamian cruises – most sailings departing between February 15 and April 26, 2013.

The promotion is also being offered on the Disney Wonder for sailings out of Miami, Florida.  Included are the following sailings:

  • 4-night Bahamian cruise – April 18, 2013 with stops at Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.
  • 5-night Western Caribbean cruises – most sailings departing between January 14 and February 25, 2013 (excluding February 16) and between April 8 and April 27, 2013.

Contact Travel On A Dream today for details.  Availability is very limited.  Rooms for five and four will be the first to sell out.

No kids?  These dates don’t work?  Contact Travel On A Dream to see what other offers are available, including onboard credit offers on the Disney Dream, Florida resident pricing and US military rates.  We search to find you the best pricing now and continue to check after you book to make sure you are always getting the best price.

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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!

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?

Where Do You Want to Cruise?

For those not familiar with cruising, you may think that cruises only go to the Caribbean or the Mexican Riviera.  Most probably realize that ships also go to Alaska and the Mediterranean.  But where else can you go on a cruise?  Just about anywhere!

The most popular cruising destinations are the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska.  But there are so many more places to cruise.  The Bahamas and Caribbean cover a wide area with the Bahamian islands down to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, to the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands and Netherlands Antilles to the east and South.  To the West there is Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and even the Panama Canal.  Caribbean Cruises operate year-round, but fewer companies offer these sailing in the summer months.  Panama Canal sailings can be a half transit (roundtrip sailing) or a full transit (repositioning sailing).

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USS Kittiwake To Be New Dive Site in Grand Cayman

On January 5, the USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned submarine-rescue vessel from World War II sank in 62 feet of water at the north end of the Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.

This ship will now be part of an artificial reef for divers and snorkelers in Grand Cayman.  The top of this ship is approximately 15 feet from the surface.  Local online news service Cayman 27 reported Premier and Tourism Minister McKeeva Bush said the creation of this artificial reef “represents the single most significant occurrence in a decade for Cayman’s dive industry.”

To prepare the ship for the sinking, all hazardous chemicals and materials are removed and cutouts are opened up to allow in natural light.  Divers will be able to see the engine room, dive locker, air bank storage and recompression chamber on the vessel.

In addition to Grand Cayman being a vacation destination by air, many Western Caribbean cruises make calls on Grand Cayman as one of their ports.

Disney in 2012 – Will You Be Cruising?

Today, Disney Cruise Line opened it’s bookings for part of 2012, including the maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy (well yesterday for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members). I heard a lot of disappointment that there was less than 24 hours between the announcement and the prebooking date for Platinum/Gold members and less than 2 days for the pricing to be released to the public. There were minimal changes to the itineraries. Key West was eliminated as a port and Costa Maya added on the Western Caribbean itineraries. More 5 night sailings were added in March, April and late August. Other than this, nothing was new.

We don’t know what Disney has planned for the rest of 2012 or when they plan to announce it. DCL has not followed a pattern of releasing dates for as long as I have been cruising with them. I have seen releases anywhere from September until May! Yes, May! Let’s hope we hear about the rest of 2012 before then. They released the first Panama Canal transits in May 2004, one year before the sailings. They also made the announcement on the same day that reservations opened.

We have heard many speculations of what the rest of 2012 will hold. We have already indicated our prediction for the summer of 2012, but I’ll repost it here with a prediction for the rest of 2012. We think that the Disney Magic will either go to Europe again (less likely) or will go once again through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, we believe she will go to Hawaii and then on to Asia for the summer, making the return trip in September to early October. Once she returns, we believe she will be berthed in Galveston, Texas and have 7 night sailings to the Western Caribbean, alternating itineraries each week (going to Grand Cayman alternating weeks from the Disney Fantasy). Personally, I think we will see Belize on one of these itineraries.

So have you booked already for 2012? What do you think we will see in 2012? What do you want to see in 2012?

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