Book Your 2016 Cruise Today

We can’t believe it’s already February!  Here at Travel On A Dream headquarters, it’s snowy and cold.  We can’t help but dream of far off places, where it warm, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping….  Ah, the tropics!  I need a cruise to look forward to, to start planning!

This month only, we are offering some extra incentives to book your 2016 cruise getaway with us.  In addition to some fantastic offers from the cruise lines and our usual onboard credit offer, if you book your cruise before February 29, 2016 with a deposit or full payment paid per the terms from the cruise line, we will include an additional onboard credit as well.  For bookings $2,500 and over, you will receive an additional $50 onboard credit over the amounts listed on our Incentives page.  For bookings $1,500 – $2,499, you will receive an additional $25.

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Also, don’t forget about our referral contest through March 30.  For every referral of yours that books a vacation, you will be entered to win fabulous prices with the grand prize given away from all entries received by March 30, 2016.  Biweekly prizes include travel luggage scales, TSA approved locks, chargers with the grand prize being rethought due to the volume of referrals we have received so far.  Thank you for putting your trust in Travel On A Dream.

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Cruise with Travel On A Dream on MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside, the ship that follows the sun, will begin sailing 7-night Caribbean cruises from PortMiami in December 2017.  We are so excited about this amazing ship that we decided to ask a few friends to come along with us.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones excited!  This group is growing day by day.  Come along with us, and see what MSC has to offer you!

The revolutionary design will bring cruisers closer to the sea with a unique 360 degree ocean level promenade on Deck 8 that will include indoor/outdoor shops and restaurants, as well as a full buffet area and a pool, which are traditionally located on a cruise ship’s higher decks.

Be among the first to experience MSC Seaside.  Book now and receive a FREE All-Inclusive Classic drink package* (also known as the More-For-Less Classic). PLUS kids 11 and under cruise FREE when sailing as the 3rd/4th guest.

*Instead of a drink package, Aurea Experience and MSC Yacht Club bookings will receive $150 Shipboard Credit per person (applicable to first & second guests) and Super Family & Super Family Plus bookings will receive $200 Shipboard Credit per stateroom.  Book by January 31, 2016. Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa!  And very soon, Happy New Year!!  We are so excited for 2016 and we can’t wait to share it with you!

When I decided to open up Travel On A Dream, I did so in order to be a more full service agency for those who wanted more from me.  I hand-selected agents who had the same beliefs as me about customer service.  I did believe that offering great customer service and knowing as much as possible about the products was what we needed to succeed.  And we did!  But what I didn’t notice at the time was there was one more ingredient to the recipe that made the most difference to the outcome.

While reviewing our business recently, we asked a couple clients what makes Travel On A Dream different.  The results were unexpected, and very exciting!  In all fairness, these clients we asked have become good friends over the years, but they also are known to be brutally honest.  Even if it’s not what we want to hear, they will tell me the truth.

Each of them said that we treat our clients like family or a close friend.  We listen to them and give them what they want (even if they don’t really know what they want at the moment!).

Hearing this made us realize we had the secret ingredient already!  We were offering it, but didn’t realize how important it was.  We never really thought about it because it just was natural for us.

We all want to you to feel like we are a close friend, helping you make the decision that’s right for you.  After all, your friend isn’t going to benefit one way or another from your decision, except that you may be unhappy with your friend if they guide you to something that’s not right.  But unlike your friend, we have the experience, knowledge, licenses and accredidations to give you sound advice beyond what your friend knows.  Not all travel agents can say this.  Many have cut corners or are giving advice based on who pays them the best.

The other difference between us and your friends is that this is our profession.  We may treat you like a friend, but we also give you all of our professional courtesies.  If a friend is helping you with something, many times it is when it is convenient for your friend as well as you.  For us, it is at your convenience.  This is also why at times we may have to charge you a service fee, but we will always disclose that to you before we have to do so.

Good friends — great adventures.  That’s what it’s all about.  With Travel On A Dream, you will always get both.  We shared this last month, but if you haven’t seen it yet, here is our holiday greeting.  Travel On A Dream Holiday Greetings

Updates to Our Cruise Incentive Plan

As many of you know, I started this agency with the hopes of being able to provide the best service to clients looking for travel.  Before the agency, I only worked with Disney vacations, but I realized that there was so much more available and I wanted to be able to help with it all.  I would say we have done a great job in offering you the best value for your hard earned dollar (or whatever currency you use!).  For our cruise clients, we have always offered competitive onboard credits without giving everything away.  You see, the onboard credits are paid out of the commission we earn from the cruise lines.  This amount varies based on the volume that we book through each company.  Your bookings have helped us reach higher levels no doubt!

We felt a need to offer a higher onboard credit in the past to get you “in the door” and see how great our customer service is and you have responded by booking more with us and sending many referrals our way.  We thank you for that!

We have never wanted to be in a position to compete with other travel agencies for your business based solely on the onboard credit amount being offered.  We don’t consider ourselves your travel agent, we consider ourselves your travel consultant.  A travel agent will just facilitate your booking — like an order taker.  We are here to offer our expertise and advice on what is best for you and your family.  We look for the best fit and the best value, which isn’t always the lowest price and highest credits.  We take care of you!  We are there if you have problems.  We fix the problems!  You can’t say this about all travel agents.

We are able to do this without a service fee to you because we receive a commission from the travel supplier.  Basically, we work for you for free.  We have offered an onboard credit as an incentive in the past to consider our services.  Unfortunately, Disney Cruise Line will be changing its terms with us starting on October 26, 2015.  They will be significantly cutting our commission for onboard bookings.  While we have considered not promoting booking onboard, the fact remains that an onboard booking is one of your best opportunities to receive a discount on a future Disney Cruise Line cruise.  Therefore, to give you the best value for your future vacations, we need to make you aware of these promotions.

We will continue to offer onboard credits for reservations booked through our agency at this time, but our offer will need to change.  The reductions in our onboard credit offer will in no way make up for the differences that we are receiving from Disney Cruise Line,  If we eliminated the onboard credits, it would not make up for the reduction either.  We feel though in order to give you the best service possible, our agents must be compensated so we cannot give away a significant portion of their commission.

Effective Monday, October 26, 2015, our onboard credit for new bookings will change as reflected on our Incentives page.

Special Limited Time Offer

Many of our customers have been with us for years.  Some have just found us but plan to be with us for many years.  For those folks, we will continue to offer the best onboard credits we can.  This offer will be available to anyone who is a client of ours on or before November 10, 2015 and has had a traveled package or cruise reservation with us within the past 12 months or a future booking for a package or cruise within the next 14 months.  Basically, if you are loyal to us, we will return the favor.

So you don’t have a current booking with Travel On A Dream?  How can you lock in the best onboard credits for your future trips?  Book a vacation today!

For all bookings from now through November 10, 2015, we will continue to offer our best onboard credits for all direct bookings (onboard bookings and transfers are excluded).  This includes booking a “placeholder” reservation for the future.  This is not limited to Disney Cruise Line reservations.  We will lock in your onboard credit offer and continue to offer this as long as you continue to use Travel On A Dream as your travel consultant.

Cruise Onboard Credit Amounts

  • 1500 – 1999  $50
  • $2000 – 2499  $75
  • $2500 – 2999  $100
  • $3000 – 3999  $125
  • $4000 – 4999  $150
  • $5000 – 5999  $175
  • $6000 – 6999  $200
  • $7000 – 7999  $225
  • $8000 – 8999  $250
  • $9000 and up  $300

This special onboard credit offer is based on cruise fare amount of the reservation with Travel On A Dream (this excludes taxes, insurance, transfers, pre/post cruise packages, airfare or prepaid gratuities).  This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts offered by Travel On A Dream including, but not limited to offers with group space.  This offer can be combined with offers from the cruise lines however.  Some cruise lines prohibit onboard credits, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, and onboard credits will not be offered in that case.  Onboard credit can be used for any purchases incurred once onboard your sailing including gratuities, beverages, cruise line organized shore excursions, spa treatments, photographs, etc.  Unused onboard credits cannot be redeemable for cash or cruise and are returned to Travel On A Dream.  All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Contact us today!

Vacations@travelonadream.com

Gift of Magic Project

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the Fireman Rob Foundation to help with a new project they were planning.  For those who aren’t familiar with this foundation, click on the photo below for a history of the foundation and it’s founder.

10305518_1474222969480984_5170027643364274863_nRob wanted to help more families and offer them a chance to visit the Walt Disney World.  That’s where we came in.  Travel On A Dream, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, has a team of consultants whose main goal is to make vacation dreams come true!  This seemed like a perfect fit!

Together with support from Travel On A Dream, Southwest Airlines and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Fireman Rob Foundation Gift of Magic Project was born and last night, the first recipient was awarded.

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DSC_4607We are so excited to be helping to make Brooke’s Disney dreams become a reality.

This is just the beginning!  With your support, we will be able to grow the Gift of Magic Project.  Please consider donating to the Gift of Magic Project by clicking here.  Just note that your donation is for this project and we will take it from there.  If you have any questions or if you would like to donate something other than a cash contribution, please email us at giftofmagic@travelonadream.com.  Thank you for your support!

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2016 Disney World Packages Available NOW!

This morning, Walt Disney Travel Company released their packages for 2016 resort stays.  There are some notable differences from 2015 packages.

  • There will be four miniature golf vouchers per package, valid for one round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 pm at either Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland miniature golf courses.
  • There will be four vouchers per package for general admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for one day.
  • The discount on bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ is now 10% rather than 20%, but the 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday restrictions have been removed.
  • The dining discount at Planet Hollywood® is now 15% instead of $15.
  • Several extras have been removed, including discounted dining, arcade game card, tours discount, DisneyQuest vouchers, horseback rides discount, fishing discount, marina discounts and spa treatments/salon services discount.

Courtesy holds can be placed on a reservation for three days (down from seven), at which time a $200 deposit is due to continue to hold the reservation until the final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation penalties remain the same, though the days have changed.  There are no penalties if reservations are cancelled at least 31 days prior to arrival.  Final payments are due 30 days prior to arrival and any cancellations between 30 days and two days prior to arrival will result in a $200 penalty.  Cancellations less than two days prior to arrival will result in no refund.  These terms only apply to the 2016 packages.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent or request a quote today!