Category Archives: Greece

Let’s Focus On the Mediterranean

Since many of you are hoping for a Disney Magic® Mediterranean sailing in 2013, I thought today I would talk about some of the ports in the Mediterranean and explore possible options.  While none of the information we and others have found for the 2013 itineraries has been confirmed by Disney just yet, putting the information together gives us at least a partial picture of what could be.

If the Disney Magic continues sailings out of Galveston in 2013, which we do anticipate based on the port schedule at Grand Cayman, this will add at least another day to a Transatlantic sailing, which would be why we are not seeing enough of a gap between Madeira and Gibraltar to add a stop at Cadiz like she has done in the past.

Next comes the question of a home port.  Based on the surveys from Disney Cruise Line recently, this could either be Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome).  With a home port of Civitavecchia, we would expect alternating 7 night Mediterranean sailings from the West to the East.  However, the port schedule for Villefranche doesn’t seem to support this.  With a home port of Barcelona, we could see Western Mediterranean sailings, but we could also see a long cruise with both Western and Eastern Mediterranean ports.  Still this doesn’t quite support what we are seeing at Villefranche.  It’s possible that there will be a variety of different itineraries and the port schedule definitely supports this.  August definitely has the appearance of seven night sailings while July has some evidence of 12 night sailings.  Hopefully, this will all become clearer soon.

So lets assume that the sailings, whether originating from Barcelona or Civitavecchia, will include stops in both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.  Where could the ship stop?  Here are some of the ideas, based on Disney Cruise Line’s surveys and other ship’s itineraries in the area.

  • Venice, Italy
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Ephesus, Turkey
  • Marseille, France
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Crete
  • Messina, Italy
  • Heraklion, Greece
  • Naples, Italy
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Argostolion, Greece
  • Kotor, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Carthage, Tunisia
  • Ibiza, Spain

Please join in the discussion here or on our Facebook Page about where you would like to go!

The Sixth Day of ToaDmas

Azamara Club Cruises is one of world’s top “up-market” cruise lines.  They are proud to offer wonderful service, fine dining, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and longer stays and overnights in ports. 

Azamara has some very unique offerings – butler service in every suite, enrichment programs that offer everything from culinary to photographic explorations, nightly live entertainment and the highest level of personal service.  They only have two ships, the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.  Each ship carries only 694 guests, and because of its size, is able to discover hidden corners of the world that larger cruise ships cannot reach.

One of these corners is in the Mediterranean.  This summer, you can experience 7 nights on the beautiful Azamara Quest, as she journeys from Athens, Greece to:  Ephesus, Kos, Thodes, Santorini, Chania Crete, and Nauplion.  As you can see, these are not ports that are visited by the larger cruise lines.  This gives you a more intimate experience, where you can really get to know the people and culture of the different areas.

Sample pricing* for this itinerary (not including airfare):

July 12, 2012

Inside room: $2,049 per person
Oceanview room: $2,299 per person
Veranda room: $2,799 per person
Club Suite: $3,799 per person

Please feel free to contact me for more information about this wonderful cruise line!  You can email me at Rhonda@TravelOnADream.com for a quote or with questions or request a quote at Travel On A Dream.

*Prices do not include tax and port fees and are subject to change until booked.  Other dates and itineraries are available.  Pricing will vary.

2012 Adventures by Disney Itineraries Announced

Family Vacations to Greece and France are the highlights for the new 2012 Adventures by Disney itineraries.

The Greece Family Vacation will take you to Athens, Santorini and Crete on your 10 days/9 nights adventure.  In Santorini, guests will be sailing, swimming and exploring the volcano.  While in Crete, guests will join a village mountain shepherd and make cheese.  Private guides will be offered to visit Athens, Acropolis and Olympic Stadium, where the youngest adventurers may even get to participate in their own “Olympics”.  There will be sea kayaking in Spinalonga and wine tasting & Stomping at the Volcan Winery.  Prices for this adventure start at $4,699 for adults and $4,459 for children.  This includes all transfers during the adventure, but not airfare to and from Greece.

The France Family Vacation adventurers will travel to Versailles, Normandy, Loire Valley & Paris.  In Giverny, you will visit the home of Claude Monet.  Visit the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel and explore this medieval monastery high atop an island.  Visit Omaha Beach to see where the US 1st Division landed on D-Day.  Guests will enjoy a bike ride and wine tasting in a chateaux in Loire Valley.  Next this adventure will take you to Paris where you can tour over 60 museums and attractions before ending your vacation with a private farewell dinner inside the Louvre museum!  This 8 days/7 nights adventure starts at $4,799 for adults and $4,559 for children.

Both of these adventures also offer adult exclusive departures.

The Egypt Family Vacation will resume in 2012.  There will also still be a couple signature trips including Italy and Costa Rica.  Last year, Adventures by Disney started Gateway itineraries, which allowed you to have more free time, a little less structure.  They are removing those itineraries for 2012.

From Asia, Africa & Australia and Europe to North America, Central & South America, Adventures by Disney has the vacation for you!  Experience the Disney Difference!  Contact Travel On A Dream today for your quote.