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!


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.


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!


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!

Disney Cruise Line Adventure by Disney Add-Ons for 2016 Released

Today, Disney Cruise Line released the add-on packages for the 2016 Disney Magic summer sailings in Europe.  Here is what is available and starting prices.  Prices for children are 11 years and younger.

7-Night Magic of the Baltic Cruise – Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden | 7 Nights / 8 Days – Prices starting at $2449 adults, $2329 children.

7-Night Magic of the Fjords Cruise – Copenhagen, Norway | 8 Days / 7 Nights – Prices starting at $2449 adult, $2329 children.

7-Night Mediterranean Magic – Barcelona, At Sea, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Florence), Villefranche | 8 Days / 7 Nights – Prices starting at $2499 adults, $2369 children.

12-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona – Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta | 13 Days / 12 Nights – Prices starting at $3489 adults, $3309 children.

Barcelona Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 3 Nights – Prices starting at $2089 adults, $1979 children.

Copenhagen Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 3 Nights – Prices starting at $2299 adults, $2179 children.

London Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 2 Nights – Prices starting at $2499 adults, $2369 children.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent for information on adding these packages to your cruise.  Availability is limited and will go fast!

2016 Adventures by Disney Dates Are Out

Today, Adventures by Disney® has released it’s 2016 schedule.  Where do you want to go?

Adventures by Disney has tours many of the places that you want to go.  With Adventures by Disney, you get the Disney Difference.  Two Disney-trained Adventure Guides will be with you on every adventure you take. This allows the group to split up if necessary and always have a guide there to help you.  If there are Junior Adventurers with you, one guide can work with the kids while the adults still have a guide to assist them as well.

Speaking of the kids, they will have their own activities, many times giving them a great learning experience while having lots of fun!  How about a scavenger hunt at the Louvre in Paris?  Making pizza in Italy?  Archery lessons in South Africa!  And the adults aren’t left out during these activities.  Wine tastings, private dinners just for you!

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Celebrating Five Years With a Promotion & Giveaway

Can you believe it?  This month Travel On A Dream will be celebrating our five-year anniversary.  My way to celebrate will be visiting five new countries in Europe.  Later this month, we will be in Denmark for a few nights before embarking on an 11-night Disney Magic cruise with three stops in Norway, two stops in Iceland (including an overnight and visit to the Arctic Circle!), one stop in Scotland, followed by a couple days in London, England.

Over the past five years, we have been honored to help so many of you plan your vacations, big and small, from cruises and Disney vacations to all-inclusives and individualized packaged plans.  We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service and are there for you through the entire process from planning and preparation right through your return and any issues you may need to resolve.  We have shared so many stories with you and consider you all friends.

Even after five years, what always surprises us the most are the clients who don’t realize everything that we are able to do to help you.  If we booked your Walt Disney World® vacation, some of our clients believe that is all we do.  We consider ourselves a full-service agency.  Nothing is too big or too small to handle.  We are able to take care of everything you need to make your vacation complete – airfare, transfers, car rentals, cruises, hotels, packages, all-inclusives, tours, excursions.  Many times, our services will not cost you anything additional.  If there will be a service fee, we disclose that as soon as possible.  We don’t simply work 9 to 5 and we don’t base our recommendations on your vacation on what we will make in commission.  We base it on what is best for you and your family.

A big part of the reason that we have been so successful is because of you.  You continue to return to us year after year (and in some cases, month after month!).  Additionally, you tell your friends and family about the amazing trip that was planned for and with you.  Your referrals have helped our business grow at the level that it has and we appreciate that.  This is why we have continued to offer referral credits.  We know that it is more likely that someone will book with a new travel agent if they have been referred by their friends and family.  This is the biggest compliment that you can give us and we cherish that.

While I would love to take you all with me on my celebration of our 5th birthday, it’s not possible.  Instead, we have a promotion and a giveaway for you.

We have mentioned before that a small percentage of the United States have taken a cruise vacation in the past.  However, most people who do take a cruise vacation enjoy it and plan to return again.  We would like to encourage the new cruisers to give cruising a try.  Our expert agents can help determine which cruise line is best for you.

New cruisers, if you book your first cruise vacation with Travel On A Dream, in addition to our service and onboard credit offer, we will also give you an additional $25 onboard credit.  If your cruise vacation is in 2015, we will also include a stateroom gift for you.  This applies to all cruise lines except for Carnival, due to business rules.

If you refer a new cruiser who then books and travels with Travel On A Dream, you will receive a $25 gift card at the time your referral cruises in addition to your usual referral credit given at the next time you travel after them.  It is important to have your friend mention that you referred them so you get this credit!  Both of these promotions run through July 15, 2015.

And now, a giveaway!

ipadminiYes, one lucky winner will go home with an iPad mini!  We also have a Disneyland Diamond Celebration water bottle, Disneyland reversible tote, Disney Cruise Line duffel bag and an Olaf limited edition tin with ToaD luggage tags and a Quantum of the Seas wristlet inside.  Contest will run from today through July 10, 2015.  There are several ways to enter.

Social Media post – post on your favorite social media platform about a travel tip or something about your ToaD agent.  Please use hashtag #ToaDTAsRock and #contest and post to public so we can find your posts and get you entered.

New cruiser – first time cruisers who book with Travel On A Dream between June 5 and July 10, 2015 will automatically be entered.

Refer a new client to ToaD – if your referral books a new reservation by July 10, you will also be entered.  They must mention you by name when booking to qualify.

Agent review – our travel agent association, Vacation.com, has launched a new travel agent finder service for consumers looking for travel planning professionals.  Reviews are the most important factor in selecting a travel agent to work with.  We would love to hear from you!  Here are the links to our agent’s profiles:

If your agent isn’t listed, they just haven’t uploaded their profile yet.

Fill out our form – To enter without a booking, referral, post or review, simply go to our ToaD 5th Birthday Contest form and fill out the information.  If you want to fill out the form for the other methods of entry, you can, but only one entry for each of the five methods will be accepted (other than referrals which are endless, but do require the referrer to book during the promotion period).

If you previously completed the Vacation.com review of your agent, you can enter using the form to let us know.

Winners will be notified via email on or about July 15, 2015.  Good luck!

Thank you everyone for helping us get this far.  We have enjoyed helping you plan and getting to know you and your family over the last five years and look forward to many more!