When we did our first Alaska cruise in 2011, it was clear that this would become our favorite cruise destination. This was very difficult for me to imagine since I really don’t like cold and snow. The scenery was breathtaking!
When we first decided to have a group cruise, we asked ourselves, why. There are many reasons to have a group cruise. Some are theme cruises where everyone has a common interest – I have clients that have been on Precious Moments cruises. Some have real celebrities onboard which is supposed to be the draw – maybe sports figures, musicians or authors. For both of these types of groups the destination is not as important as the activities offered onboard. For us, we decided that the destination was the most important aspect of the group. Many of our clients have on cruises to the Bahamas or Caribbean so they wanted something different.
Sometimes it’s hard to check out something new with so much uncertainty. On my first cruise, I wasn’t sure if I would like cruising so we selected Disney Cruise line because I knew I would like Disney, even if I didn’t like cruising. 29 cruises later, we are preparing for another first on Oasis of the Seas next month. We have taken time to get to know other cruisers on our sailings in advance so even new destinations were a little less intimidating.
One of the most popular cruise destinations is Alaska and it’s no surprise why. I am not a fan of the cold and snow. Never have been, even though I’ve lived in Wisconsin all of my life. I went on the first Disney Cruise to Alaska for a couple reasons. First, I really wanted to be on the first Alaska cruise with the repositioning up from LA. Of course the second reason is that I had a lot of clients looking at Alaska or booked and I wanted to get to know the itinerary better for them.
When we left Juneau, I told my husband that I could move up to Alaska. Yes, the girl who curses the first and every snowfall of the season was volunteering to move up North! Wouldn’t you with this scenery?
I quickly selected Alaska as my favorite cruise itinerary and gave up the notion of moving there.
So many folks have told us they want to go to Alaska so we decided we needed to have a group trip up there. We selected Celebrity Cruises because I find their service to be equal to Disney Cruise Line’s service and the food was great as well. I found with Alaska we were so busy watching the world go by that the entertainment really did not matter. Additionally, we wanted a cruise that would allow us a few extra days on one end to tour Alaska itself and Disney does not offer that.
On August 1, 2014, we will embark on the Celebrity Millennium for a 7 night sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska. We will be looking into optional post cruise activities as well for those that want to stay on and see Denali or maybe Mount McKinley. Some may choose to go to Fairbanks as well then fly home from there while others will fly home from Anchorage.
This cruise will start in Vancouver and sail through the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, followed by stops at Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Skagway before cruising to the Hubbard Glacier and finally arrive in Seward. From Seward, we will have options for the train or bus to Anchorage where some will choose to head home and others will continue on to explore Alaska.
Group space is available on this date, which is currently pricing lower than opening pricing. Here is the pricing for the group space we have held:
Category 11 – Inside – $869 per person
Category 08 – Ocean View – $1149 per person
Category 2C – Balcony – $1674 per person
Not included are taxes of $157.45 per person. Other categories are available for group pricing, subject to availability at the time we book it. Deposits are $500 per cabin. We can hold space for you without a deposit, but you won’t be guaranteed a room number until the deposit is received. We only have a select number of rooms in the group so I recommend reserving yours as soon as possible to get the best choice of cabins.
Regardless of how you book, we are part of a group, however, being in the group rooms will get you some extra bonuses in addition to our onboard credit offer. If you want to book a room that is not in the group space, we can bring you into the group once you have paid the full deposit of $500, subject to availability. In addition to the room types held, there are concierge class, Aqua class and several suites available. Your deposit amount, regardless of whether you are in the group space or not, is fully refundable up until May 18, 2014.
Previous Celebrity cruisers may be entitled to an additional discount based on the date of booking. Be sure to let me know if you have cruised with Celebrity before (or if you are Platinum or above with Royal Caribbean). Contact Tracy at Tracy@travelonadream.com for more information or your quote today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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?
Today we are going on one of my favorite cruise itineraries – the Eastern Caribbean! Many cruise lines have sailings to the Eastern Caribbean. There are a number of islands that could be included in an Eastern Caribbean cruise with two primary islands of St Maarten and St Thomas. Other cruises will also visit San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Antigua, Grand Turk or Tortola. Sailings that go a little further south are usually classified as Southern Caribbean sailings, and they could include ports like Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia and St Kitts.
It doesn’t matter where we go or what we are doing, just before a trip I’m too excited to sleep. Even more so when Disney is involved. I didn’t get to sleep until nearly 10:00 last night and here I am at 3:00 am wide awake. I could try to go back to sleep but the alarm is going off in an hour and fifteen minutes. What if I don’t wake up? Did I remember to set the alarm?
I laid in bed for a while, trying to go back to sleep. It’s not like this is a cruise vacation we are going on or a trip to Walt Disney World (at least not yet), so why does this affect my sleep? I’m not getting up earlier than I normally would on a weekday, it should be a leisurely trip to the airport this morning.
It’s been a couple years since we flew out of Madison so this will be a nice change. Only 20 minutes to the airport instead of an hour and a half to Milwaukee. I didn’t do online check in, but our seats are already selected so I guess that doesn’t matter. We’ve got a bag to check anyway so it’s fine.
I wonder what I should blog about today? After all, we’ll be flying this morning and then going straight to CruiseWorld 2011 so I won’t have a chance to blog until tonight. I don’t think I have time this morning to do a quick blog, or do I? Maybe if I get up 15 minutes earlier than the alarm. Can I do that?
It’s going to be 80 degrees Fahrenheit today! I’m so looking forward to the warmer temperatures. It’s hasn’t been too miserable yet. We were spared from the snow this last weekend. In fact, it reached the mid-60s yesterday, but the temperatures are going to drop a bit again. I’m pretty sure I packed a swimsuit….
The hotel will be within walking distance to the convention center. Our flight gets in just before 1:00. Are we going to make it to the 2:00 session? That’s calling it pretty close, but on the other hand, the airport is only a few minutes from the hotel. We’ll be right on the water — on the intracoastal waterway. In fact, the water taxi has a pick up right outside our hotel. We may plan to take it one evening and check out the area.
As long as we’re going to be in Fort Lauderdale for a few days, we need to check out some other hotels, including ours, for a pre-ToaD Oasis of the Seas sailing hotel. We’ll be very close to Port Everglades with the entrance just beyond the convention center. We should be able to see Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas from our hotel!
We also have a friend who lives just north of Fort Lauderdale that we’re going to try to get together with. How long has it been since we saw her? I think it was the 5 night sailing in 2008! Wow, it’s been a long time. That will be lots of fun though. Maybe I should bring a little toad gift for Christina?
The best part of the trip is that we’ll get up to Walt Disney World at the end. Will I have this much trouble sleeping the night before we go there? I’ll already be on vacation, so will I still be too excited? Of course I’ll be excited!! We are going to try to get to all four parks in 26 hours!
Too much going on in my head to try to get a little more shut-eye! Fort Lauderdale, here I come!!