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Summer 2018 Disney Cruise Line Dates Released

Today, Disney Cruise Line announced its itineraries for summer of 2018. Bookings will open Here is what we are seeing:

Disney Dream:
Sailing from Port Canaveral
4 night Bahamian sailings on Mondays and 3 night Bahamian sailings on Fridays with some exceptions:

5 night Bahamian cruises with ports of call in Nassau and two stops at Castaway Cay – June 1, 10, 15, 24, 29 and July 8

4 night Bahamian cruises with ports of call in Nassau and two stops at Castaway Cay – June 6, 20 and July 4

Disney Fantasy:
Sailing from Port Canaveral
Alternating 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings on Saturdays with two exceptions:

6/30 – 11 night Southern Caribbean from Port Canaveral – with ports of call in Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, San Juan and Castaway Cay

7/11 – 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – with ports of call in Nassau and Castaway Cay

Disney Wonder:
Sailing from San Diego, California to Vancouver and then Alaska sailings for the summer.

5/16 – 5 night San Diego to Vancouver repositioning – with ports of call in San Francisco and Victoria

5/21 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

5/28 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/4 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/11 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/18 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/25 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Icey Strait Point, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan

7/2 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

7/9 – 9 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Ketchikan, Icey Strait Point, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Tracy Arm

7/18 – 5 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm and Ketchikan

7/23 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

7/30 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/6 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/13 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/20 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/27 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

9/3 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan

Disney Magic:

5/13 – Miami to Barcelona – with ports of call in Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga and Ibiza

5/26 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Cannes.

6/2 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

6/9 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

6/16 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome – with ports of call in Marseille, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, ending in Civitavecchia

6/23 – 7 night Mediterranean from Rome – with ports of call in Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Cannes, Marseille, ending in Barcelona

6/30 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

7/7 – 10 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Marseille, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Rome, Naples, Palma de Malorca,

7/17 – 5 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – Cannes, Livorno and Rome

7/22 – 7 night Repositiioning from Barcelona to Dover – with ports of call in Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, Cherbourg

7/29 – 11 night Baltic from Dover – with ports of call in Amsterdam, Warnemunde, Stockholm, Helsinki, overnight in St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and ending in Copenhagen.

8/9 – 7 night Baltic from Copenhagen – with ports of call in Tallinn, overnight in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm

8/16 – 10 night Iceland and Norway from Copenhagen – with ports of call in Kristiansand, Stavanger, Alesund, overnight in Reykjavik, Invergordon and ending in Dover

8/26 – 7 night Norway cruise from Dover – with ports of call in Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger

9/2 – 7 night British Isles cruise from Dover – with ports of call in Cork, Dublin, Greenock, Liverpool

The Disney Dream and Fantasy sailings through the end of September will be available. Sailings after September 9 for the Disney Magic and September 10 for the Disney Wonder will be available to book with the next release.

Disney Cruise Line Early 2018 Itineraries Announced!

Disney Cruise Line has just announced their upcoming itineraries for Spring 2018 sailings. Bookings for these sailings will start on Thursday, October 27, 2016 with one day advance sales to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members. If you would like to make a new booking, please let your consultant know as soon as possible so they can take care of this for you. You can also click on the “Request A Quote” on the menu above.

Here is what we are seeing:

Disney Dream
Sailing from Port Canaveral
4 night Bahamian sailings on Mondays and 3 night Bahamian sailings on Fridays

Disney Fantasy
Sailing from Port Canaveral
Alternating 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings on Saturdays

Disney Wonder
Sailing from Galveston, Texas in early January, repositioning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for three Southern Caribbean sailings. She will then reposition to Port Canaveral until it’s time to go to the West Coast for some sailings from San Diego.

January 5 – 4 night Western Caribbean from Galveston with a stop in Cozumel
January 9 – 5 night repositioning to San Juan, with a stop at Falmouth
January 14 – 7 night Southern, visiting Antigua, St. Lucia, Curacao & Aruba
January 21 – 7 night Southern, visiting St. Kitts, Martinique, Antigua & Aruba
January 28 – 7 night Southern, visiting Antigua, St. Lucia, Bonaire & Aruba
February 4 – 4 night Repositioning to Port Canaveral, visiting St. Thomas & Castaway Cay
February 8, March 15, 22 – 3 night to Nassau and Castaway Cay
February 11 – 7 night Western, visiting Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Castaway Cay
February 18, March 4 – 7 night Eastern, visiting St. Maarten, San Juan and Castaway Cay
February 25 – 7 night Western, visiting Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Castaway Cay
March 29 and April 5 – 3 night, visiting Castaway Cay
March 11, 18, 25, April 1 – 4 night, visiting Nassau and Castaway Cay
April 8 – 14 night Panama Canal cruise, visiting Castaway Cay, Cartagena, through the Panama Canal, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and ending in San Diego
April 22, 29, May 6 – 5 night sailings, visiting Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas
May 12 – 3 night sailing to Ensenada
April 27, May 4, 11 – 2 night sailing to Ensenada

Disney Magic
Miami, Florida
January 7, 21, February 4, March 18, April 1 – 5 night sailings to Cozumel and Castaway Cay
January 12, 26, February 9, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4 – 5 night sailings to Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay
January 3, 17, 31, April 25, May 9 – 4 night sailings to Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay
February 14, March 14, April 11 – 4 night sailing to Nassau & Castaway Cay
February 18, April 15, 29 – 5 night sailings to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay
March 28 – 4 night sailing to Key West and Castaway Cay

Please contact your Travel On A Dream agent or email vacations@travelonadream.com for your quote.

Disney Cruise Line vs Azamara Club Cruises

As many of our friends and fans know, I just returned from my first Azamara Club Cruise on the Azamara Journey.  I traveled over Easter, so more children were onboard than normal.  According to the stats we were given, there were six onboard under 17.  Yes, I did say that was more than normal.  Part of the reason it is surprising is that Azamara does not have dedicated children’s programming like all of the contemporary cruise lines.  That was ok with us as we are two adults with no children.

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We have cruised 27 times on Disney since 2002.  People are amazed when I tell them that.  We have been very happy with Disney Cruise Line and to be honest, the experience on board has rarely been less than excellent for us.  We have realized that we pay a premium to cruise on Disney and it hasn’t been a problem for us when we consider all we are getting.  This started changing about 2 1/2 years ago when the Disney Magic came out of her reimagination.

As I was preparing to host a group onboard for the five night sailing, I received a call from Disney Cruise Lines, indicating that the cruise was going to be cancelled as the ship was not ready yet.  This was three days prior to sailing.  I scrambled to reschedule or postpone all of my clients to another cruise date and then I started worrying about myself.  Our flight was in the morning and we had been scheduled to cruise back to back, plus meeting friends at Disney World pre-cruise.  We couldn’t just cancel, we had a lot of arrangements to be made.

Of course, since our notice was three nights prior to the sailing, we figured that the rest of the work should only take three more days, right?  I think I would have been more accepting if it had only taken three days, but instead, when we got onboard eight days after we received the notice, there was still work being done.  Some cabins weren’t completed.  Reserved cabins weren’t cleaned, toilets weren’t attached, etc.  This made me realize that Disney should have been able to give more than three days notice.  As far as I can tell, this is when my opinion started to change.

After this time, Disney started putting limits on onboard bookings, changed the alcohol policy, significantly increased pricing, yet didn’t vary many of the sailings at all.  After 27 sailings, we really didn’t see a need to cruise except if it was a very special itinerary or a new ship.  When summer 2016 sail dates were released, we made our decision that unless it was work related, we would not be cruising Disney again after our scheduled cruise to Iceland and Norway in summer 2015.  It was a very sad moment in our household.  It was a tough decision, but we had decided that unless people started to send a message about the itineraries and the pricing, nothing would ever change.  As long as people were paying, Disney had no incentive to change.  I was no longer going to be a part of the problem.

Don’t get me wrong.  If you have young children and haven’t been on every Disney Cruise Line itinerary, you have every reason to cruise.  The children’s programming is fantastic.  I don’t know of any cruise line that comes close to what Disney does for the kids.  I’m not saying the other lines have bad children’s programming, I’m saying that Disney far exceeds the others.  Disney is a great line to go on a multi-generational trip.  There is something for every age to do.

Disney prides itself on is exceeding the competition in terms of what they offer onboard.  I think the children’s programming is a great example.  But when it comes to the rest, I think you can reasonably argue that Disney has started to fall behind the competition.

With summer 2017 sailings released last week, it was great to see some new itineraries out there for more than just the Disney Magic.  Four and five night “double dips” to the Bahamas, new ports in Alaska, a nine night sailing in Alaska, plus two Southern Caribbean sailings on the Fantasy.  However, when I looked at the pricing on those sailings, it was the same old, same old.  New itineraries mean higher prices, justified because they are during summer break and because you can’t compare to previous sailings as there weren’t others.

Let’s turn back to our Azamara Club Cruise.  This cruise far exceeded our expectations.  From the food, to the service and everything in between, Azamara was, well, just amazing.  While onboard we booked a future cruise in November 2018.  This was a 10 night Eastern Caribbean, visiting many islands that we have not visited before.  The price was not cheap, but the experience made us realize it was worth it to us.

Balcony Cabin

After Disney announced 10 and 11 night sailings on the Fantasy, we felt it was important to compare the two lines and sailings.  Here is a comparison of the ships and what is offered.

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Yes, gratuities and standard alcoholic beverages are included in the cruise fare.  The inclusions listed above are for all cabins, not just concierge and suites.  They have other extras as well.  I should also mention that with a new booking on a future Azamara cruise, onboard credits are available for most of the categories.

Of course, you have to compare the pricing as well as the ports of call as it wouldn’t mean much without that.  Below I compared the 10 night Disney Fantasy sailing with the 10 night Azamara Journey sailing that I am booked on.  The price difference is staggering!  Yes, the Journey is not going as far south as the Fantasy, but I will get nearly 20 more hours in port and visit three ports of call I have never been to, and return to three ports that I loved in the past.  Plus I won’t have to pay for gratuities or beverages.  If I opt for the concierge room, I’ll pay just a little more than a balcony on Disney and I’ll also get my specialty dining included.  Plus I’ll get between a $300 – $1500 onboard credit from Azamara.

Next I compared the 11 night Disney Fantasy sailing with the 11 night Azamara Quest sailing in January 2017.  Editor’s Note:  Price comparison removed by request.

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One other thing that I forgot to mention about Azamara pricing.  Several sailings a year will have single rates at 125% instead of the industry norm of 200%.  This is great for the solo travelers.  Additionally, if you are a cruiser who has been on Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises, you have an advantage.  When you are part of either the Crown and Anchor or Captain’s Club, you can request a one-time match into the other club.  You will come in to the other club at a corresponding level, then start earning loyalty with the second line.  Azamara shares the club levels with Celebrity.  What this means is if you have cruised with Celebrity, when you cruise on Azamara, you come in at their respective level.  What is different is that you continue to earn points with both!  We started our Azamara Journey cruise 6 points away from the next level with Celebrity and Azamara.  After completing the cruise, we have now reached the next level with both of them.  The repeater benefits are much better as well with both of these lines.

This has made me feel even better about the amount I’m spending for my Journey sailing.  The only question left is “Who wants to join us?”  If there is enough interest, we will make this a ToaD group sailing!  Drop my wife a note at tracy@travelonadream.com.

Summer 2017 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Announced

Disney Cruise Lines has announced the itineraries and dates for Summer 2017 sailings today.  Here is what we are seeing.  Gold and Platinum members of the Castaway Club will be able to book tomorrow and everyone else on Thursday.  If there are dates you are interested in, please let us know as soon as possible so we can book for you as soon as the bookings open.  If you don’t have a Travel On A Dream agent, please email vacations@travelonadream.com.

Disney Fantasy – Will be alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.  The Eastern Caribbean sailings will go to Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay while the Western will go to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay.  Eastern Caribbean sailings will be on June 3, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23.  Western Caribbean sailings will be on June 10, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16 and September 30.

Also, there will be an 11-night Southern Caribbean on June 17 with stops in Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.  Finally, there is a 10-night sailing on June 28 with stops in Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

Disney Dream – The Dream will sail 3, 4 and 5 night Bahamian sailings from Port Canaveral.  Several dates will include two stops at Castaway Cay.  The 4 night sailings with two stops at Castaway Cay include June 7, June 21, and July 5.  The five night sailings will have two stops at Castaway Cay on June 2, June 11, June 16, June 25, June 30 and July 9.

Disney Magic – The Disney Magic will again visit Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.  The Eastbound Transatlantic will visit Ponta Delgada, Portugal, Portland, England, Dover, England, Amsterdam, Netherlands and end in Copenhagen, Denmark.  This sailing will be on May 13 for 15 nights.

May 28, June 11 – 7 night Northern European – Copenhage to Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm.

June 4 – 7 night Norwegian Fjords – Copenhagen to Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Bergen.

June 18 – 10 night Northern European – Copenhagen to Warnemunde, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Amsterdam, ending in Dover.

June 28 – 11 night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland – Dover to Stavanger, Alesund, Akureyri, Reykjavik and Invergordon.

July 9 – 12 night British Isles visiting Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Liverpool, Dublin, Le Havre and Guernsey.

July 21 – 7 night Western Europe – Dover to Le Havre, Lisbon, Cadiz, Barcelona.

July 28 – 10 night Mediterranean – Barcelona to Villefranche, Livorno, Olbia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo, Palma.

August 7 – 5 night Mediterranean – Barcelona to Cannes, Livorno and Civitavechhia.

August 12, 19, 26, September 2 and 9 – 7 night Mediterranean – Barcelona to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Villefranche.  September 2 sailing visits Cannes instead of Villefranche.

Disney Wonder – The Wonder will again be visiting Alaska with a new port of call – Icy Strait Point.  We visited this port in 2014 and know it will be popular!

April 23 – 14 night Panama Canal sailing – Port Canaveral to Cozumel, Cartegena, Panama Canal, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and ending in San Diego.

May 7 – 5 night Baja – San Diego to Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas.

May 12 – 2 night Baja – San Diego to Ensenada.

May 14 – 3 night Baja – San Diego to Ensenada.

May 17 – 5 night repositioning – San Diego to San Francisco and ending in Vancouver.

May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, August 7, 14, 21, 28 – Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan.  July 17 date will also stop in Icy Strait Point.

July 24 – 9 night Alaskan – 9 night Alaskan – From Vancouver to Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm.

August 2 – 5 night Alaskan – Visiting Tracy Arm, Ketchikan.

Any dates not listed will not be released this week and should be available on the future release.

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!

Disney Magic Returns to NYC Fall 2016

The Disney Magic is going back to New York City in Fall, 2016!  Bookings for Fall 2016 will start tomorrow, May 19 for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members and May 20 for everyone else.  Here is what we know.

Disney Magic

September 17, 2016 – 11 nights – Barcelona, At Sea (3 days), Ponta Delgada, At Sea (3 days), Sydney, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, At Sea, New York City

September 28, 2016 – 4 nights – New York City, At Sea, Halifax, At Sea, New York City.

October 2, 2016 – 5 nights – New York City, At Sea, Halifax, St. John, New Brunswick, At Sea, New York City

October 7, 2016 – 8 nights – New York City, At Sea (2 days), Nassau, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), New York City

October 15, 22 and 29, 2016 – 7 nights – New York City, At Sea (2 days), Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), New York City

November 5, 2016 – 6 nights – New York City, At Sea (3 days), St. Maarten, Tortola, San Juan

November 11, 2016 – 5 nights – San Juan, St. Maarten, Tortola, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 16, 2016 – 4 nights – Miami, Nassau, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 20 and December 4, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, Key West, At Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 27 and December 11, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, At Sea (2 days), Tortola, St. Thomas, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

December 18, 2016 – 5 nights – Miami to Bahamas (Complete itinerary unknown)

December 23, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, At Sea (2 days) Tortola, San Juan, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

December 30, 2016 – 6 nights – Miami, At Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

Disney Wonder

November 10, 14, 2016 – 4 night – Galveston, At Sea, Cozumel, At Sea, Galveston

November 18, 25, December 9, 30, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea, Key West, Castaway Cay, Nassau, At Sea (2 days), Galveston

December 2, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea (2 days), Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, At Sea, Galveston

December 16, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, At Sea (2 days), Galveston

December 23, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea (2 days), Nassau, Castaway Cay, Key West, At Sea, Galveston

Disney Fantasy

October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 and 31, 2016 – Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), Tortola, St. Thomas, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral

October 1, 15, 29, November 26, December 10, 24, 2016 – Port Canaveral, At Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral

Disney Dream

Generally alternating 3 and 4 night Bahamian sailings with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay from Port Canaveral.  Three night sailings will be on Fridays and four night sailings on Mondays with the exception of December 19 (3 night) and December 22 (4 night).

If you are interested in getting a quote on any of these sailings, please advise your agent as soon as possible or use our request form http://travelonadream.com/request-a-quote/ to request a quote.