Summer 2016 Disney Cruise Line Sailings Announced

Disney Cruise Line has just announced its schedule for summer 2016, with bookings open to the public on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book one day prior by phone only. Here is what we know so far:

Disney Dream

The Disney Dream will be sailing 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay. The three night sailings depart on Fridays and the 4 night sailing depart on Mondays.

Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy will be sailing 7 night Caribbean sailings, alternating Eastern and Western through the summer. The Western Caribbean cruises will make stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay. The Eastern Caribbean will be sailing to Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Eastern sailings will be on May 7 and continue every other week through September 24 while the Western will be on May 14 and continue every other week through September 17.

Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska with 7 night sailings from Vancouver. Stops will include Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau and Skagway. This also means that the Wonder will have a sailing through the Panama Canal once again.

May 1 will be a Panama Canal sailing from Miami to Cozumel, Cartagena, through the Panama Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and end in San Diego. There will be one 3 night sailing to Ensenada, Mexico on May 15. Then on May 18, there will be a five night repositioning cruise to Vancouver with a stop in San Francisco. Sailing to Alaska will again be on Mondays with sailings from May 23 to August 15, 2016.

Disney Magic

Due to the popularity of this year’s sailings to Europe, the Disney Magic will again sail to Northern Europe! The Transatlantic sailing on May 15 will be a 14 night with stops in Boston, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Dublin, Liverpool and Dover. The ship will be homeported in Dover for the start of the season. On May 29, there is will be a 7 night Norwegian Fjord sailing stopping in Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen.

New this year will be one sailings around the British Isles on June 5 with stops in Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Liverpool, Dublin, LeHavre, Guernsey Island and returning to Dover. June 17 will be a repositioning cruise from Dover to Copenhagen, with stops in Newcastle, Kirkwall, Reykjevik (overnight), Akureyri, Bergen, Stavanger and ending in Copenhagen. June 27 will be a repeat of the May 29 cruise, but in a different order since it starts and ends in Copenhagen.

July 6 will be a 7 night Northern Europe sailing will stops in Tallinn, St. Petersberg, Helsinski and Stockholm. July 17 will be a 12 night Iceland and Norway repositioning cruise with stops in Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Akureyri, Reykjevik (overnight), Kirkwall, Invergordon and ending in Dover. July 27 will be a 7 night Dover to Barcelona repositioning with stops in Vigo, Lisbon Cadiz and ending in Barcelona.

August 1, the Disney Magic will start a 12 night Mediterranean and Greek Isle cruise, with ports of call in Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Malta and back to Barcelona. August 13 will be a 7 night Western Mediterranean sailing with stops in Naples, Civitavecchia, LaSpezia and Cannes. August 20, 27, September 3 and 10 will be 7 night Western Mediterranean sailings with stops in Naples, Civitavecchia, LaSpezia and Villefranche.

If you would like us to get you a quote for any of these sailings, please complete a request form here http://bit.ly/1C7dOeK or contact your agent to get on their list. Please be sure to include your Castaway Club information (number and level if possible) as this will help us to identify when your quote can be obtained.

Vacation Protection Plans

You’re ready for your cruise, getting ready to board a plane and in a few short hours get on the ship.  Then you get the dreaded news, your flight will be delayed.  You go to the gate agent to see what options you have but unfortunately, you are not going to make it.

You’ve made it on the cruise, everyone is having a wonderful time when one of your party starts feeling so sick that they go to the doctor onboard.  They are diagnosed with appendicitis and need to get to a hospital immediately.

These are just a couple of the many reasons your trip could be cancelled or interrupted.  I have clients all the time who say “I don’t plan to cancel and everyone is healthy, so let’s skip the insurance.”

The problem is that we don’t anticipate what could happen.  Continue reading

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend 2015

Editor’s Note:  Here is part two from our friend Todd Carrier from his recently runDisney weekend.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you might have surmised that I enjoy the runDisney brand, inaugural races and race bling. If you can combine all three, then I’m one happy guy. I was able to have this enjoyment the third weekend in January with the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland. The events for the weekend included: the Health and Wellness Race Expo, runDisney Kids’ Races,Star Wars Family Fun Run 5K, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars Half Marathon and the Star Wars Rebel Challenge (completing both the 10K and the Half).

Coming off of the Dopey Challenge in WDW, I allowed myself a day of rest and casual park touring before having anything to do with racing. I also planned on allowing myself only one meal (quick service or table service) inside either of the parks. This goal was helped with my hotel offers a complimentary breakfast from 6:30-9:30 (sharp…they lock the door at 9:28 and start clearing stuff immediately).

I flew into LAX from Orlando International on a non-stop direct flight that landed in Los Angeles around 9:30am. I took a shuttle service to my Good Neighbor Hotel from the airport and four of the folks were also taking part in the weekend, but not on the running side but on the vendor and administrative portion. It was interesting hearing a little bit about their thoughts on the weekend. It’s good to be a little chatty sometimes. As is pretty standard with my luck, I was the last to be dropped off at my hotel, the Quality Inn and Suites Anaheim, which was under renovation. I checked in, freshened up, and was on my way before 11am. Since I hadn’t had any food since dinner in Florida (at the Sonny’s on OBT) the night before, I was hungry. I started my walk to the parks and decided I needed to eat before I went in. I decided I wanted some lunch and tried the Gandhi Palace inside the Ramada Plaza at Harbor and Katella. I had the lunch buffet at this Indian restaurant, instead of choosing one item, I was able to sample 15 entrees. My bill before tip was under $10. After lunch, I went through security and entered the esplanade and then into Disney California Adventure. I had upgraded my Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass in November for the Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend (did I mention I really, really like inaugural race bling?) to a Disney Parks Premier Pass. I didn’t experience any issues either in WDW or DLR with park entry, fast passes or Photopass/Memory Maker. I had a snack for dinner and passed out early (7pm) since I had been up since before midnight pacific time.

CarsLand Sunrise Star Wars Half 2015 Continue reading

Dopey Challenge 2015

Editor’s Note:  Todd Carrier brings us two blogs about his latest runDisney events.  Today we hear about Marathon Week 2015.

The first full week of January, Walt Disney World’s Marathon Week 2015 marked the return of the some of its most beloved races. The flagship event for runDisney reprised the same races and challenges that it held last year; the Pluto 5K Family Fun Run, the Minnie Mouse 10K, the Donald Duck Half Marathon, the Mickey Mouse Marathon, the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Challenge, and the second Dopey Challenge. I was lucky (or foolish) enough to be able to participate in my second consecutive Dopey Challenge.

Dopey Challenge 2015 Continue reading

California Here We Come!

Traveling with ToaD
October 3 – 11, 2015

Disneyland is turning 60 in 2015 and we want to be there for the Celebration! We have traveled to Disneyland before as a group and wanted to get back there again, but why do the same trip over again when there is so much more to see and do? That’s why we have put together a custom group just for you! We are looking forward to traveling with past group members and new alike! We hope you’ll join us.

We have two groups to offer. For those that want to explore more in Disneyland and experience the Diamond Celebration at Disneyland Resort (not to mention the Diamond Anniversary for Disneyland Hotel as well), we have put together a three night stay at the Disneyland Hotel. We will have exclusive VIP tours along with other activities to celebrate both the Diamond Celebration and the Halloween season at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure! Your package includes accommodations at the Disneyland Hotel, park hopper tickets, transfers, most meals and gratuities. Pricing for this tour is $2000 per person for double occupancy. Single supplement is +$780, subject to availability.

Disneyland during its 50th Celebration

Disneyland during its 50th Celebration

For those that want to experience San Francisco, including some of the Disney connections to the area, we have a five night package for you there! Upon arrival in San Francisco, we will be whisked off to Sausalito and then continue our journey on to Napa Valley. While in Napa Valley for two nights, we will tour several wineries with Disney connections, including tastings and special activities, with a picnic lunch at one of the wineries. After returning back to San Francisco, we will visit the Letterman Digital Arts Center as well as the Disney Family Museum. For the next two days, we will have several exclusive tours and special activities, along with some private time to explore more on our own. Pricing for this tour is $2580 per person for double occupancy. Single supplement is +$890, subject to availability.

San Francisco from the Bay

San Francisco from the Bay

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Are you interested in both? For those participating in both tours, your transfers between Anaheim and San Francisco will be covered by Travel On A Dream! Pricing per person is $4580 for double occupancy. Single supplement is $1670.

Availability for these tours is limited so lock in your place today! Deposits are only $200 per person for each group ($400 per person for the combination group) and are fully refundable until 95 days prior (60 days prior for the Disneyland only tour). Fill out your request form here. We hope you will join us in October!

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