Category Archives: Miami

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.

Early 2015 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Out This Week

Hot off the presses!  We have just received word that the 2015 Disney Cruise Line itineraries for the first part of the year will be released this week.  Tomorrow, November 12, 2013, Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members can start booking these dates by phone with dates open to everyone online and by phone on Thursday.  Here is what we are seeing for itineraries:

Disney Fantasy – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 7 night Eastern Caribbean with St. Maarten, San Juan and Castaway Cay – January 3, 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
  • 7 night Eastern Caribbean with San Juan, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay – January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18

Disney Magic – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 7 night Western Caribbean with Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay – January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
  • 7 night Western Caribbean with Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay – January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 5, 19

Disney Wonder – Sailing from Miami, Florida

  • 5 night Western Caribbean Sailings with Cozumel and Castaway Cay – January 4, 18, February 1, 16, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26.
  • 5 night Western Caribbean Sailings with Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay – January 9, 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
  • 4 night Bahamian Sailings with Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West – January 14, 28, February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22

Disney Dream – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 3 night Bahamian Sailings with Nassau and Castaway Cay – January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • 4 night Bahamian Sailings with Nassau and Castaway Cay – January 6, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Additionally, Disney Cruise Line has a new offer for 50% off of deposits on new reservations booked up until December 15, 2013.  This cannot be combined with other offers and does not offset the cost of the cruise as the full deposit will be due at the time final payment is made.  This offer is good on category 4A – 11C only and does not include any IGT, OGT or VGT cabins or suites.  Contact us for further details. 

Finally, you can still get your Holiday Gift with Travel On A Dream’s promotion for new cruises booked through December 1, 2013.  Quantities are limited so what are you waiting for?

Contact us today to for your quote as soon as they are available. 

2014 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Three times the Disney magic from Port Canaveral in 2014!

As we predicted, the Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2014 will be opening soon.  Soon as in tomorrow for some guests!  Yes, tomorrow Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book their 2014 sailings on Disney Cruise Line by phone starting at 8:00 am EST, with bookings open to all guests at 8:00 am EST on Thursday.

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

The Disney Dream will be sailing on Thursdays and Sundays while the Disney Magic will be sailing on Fridays and Mondays.

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay , Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent today so we can secure your reservation this week!

2014 Disney Cruise Watch

Any Disney cruiser like me is waiting, watching and hoping that any day now Disney will release their itineraries for 2014.  Most people are guessing that it will be January or February before we see new dates.  Based on some information I have gathered, I think we will see something before Christmas.

When I called in to Disney Cruise Lines last week, one of the agents asked me a very innocent question about my travel plans this month, specifically out of country travel.  When I said I had no plans, she recalled my trip in January.  That was when Disney released the Mediterranean itineraries for 2013.  That got me thinking and looking for other clues.  I found some significant changes to the Western Caribbean ports of call, that weren’t there before.  The last time we found changes like this, it was just a couple weeks before changes were announced to the Galveston sailings towards the end of 2013.

I must say that when Jamaica was added to select sailings in 2013, I heard from a lot of people that they would like to go to Jamaica but they did not want to sail from Galveston.  This did not spark additional interest from my clients to now book Galveston.

Let’s take a look at what we believe will not change.  We believe the Disney Dream will continue 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas and the Disney Fantasy will continue 7 night sailings from Port Canaveral.  Here are the dates we anticipate:

3 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • November 6, 13, 20, 23, 2014
  • December 4, 11, 18, 21, 28, 2014

4 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • November 2, 9, 16, 26, 30, 2014
  • December 7, 14, 24, 2014

7 – Night Eastern Caribbean

  • January 11, 25, 2014
  • February 8, 22, 2014
  • March 8, 22, 2014
  • April 5, 19, 2014
  • May 3, 17, 31, 2014
  • June 14, 28, 2014
  • July 12, 26, 2014
  • August 9, 23, 2014
  • September 6, 20, 2014
  • October 4, 18, 2014
  • November 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • December13, 27, 2014

7 – Night Western Caribbean

  • January 4, 18, 2014
  • February 1, 15, 2014
  • March 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • April 12, 26, 2014
  • May 10, 24, 2014
  • June 7, 21, 2014
  • July 5, 19, 2014
  • August 2, 16, 30, 2014
  • September 13, 27, 2014
  • October 11, 25, 2014
  • November 8, 22, 2014
  • December6, 20 2014

Now for the changes.

We noticed that once again the Jamaica port calendar has changed.  There will be the same unknown ship, that turned out to be the Wonder, every other week starting May 14.  We also noticed that the Grand Cayman schedule has also changed.  The Magic is no longer on the port calendar.  Instead, only the Fantasy and Wonder will make calls on Grand Cayman.  We are seeing the Disney Wonder on the port calendar twice a month between January and April.  This would be the schedule we would expect if the Magic were continuing her schedule at the end of 2013.

With the changes to the Jamaica calendar, we anticipate that the Disney Fantasy will pick up Jamaica on Western Caribbean sailings between May and December.

Here is our prediction.  The Disney Wonder will move from Galveston back to Miami at the beginning of January.  She will then alternate 4 and 5 night sailings much the same as what the Magic is set to do at the end of 2013.  We predict a schedule like this:

  • January 10, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 15, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • January 19, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • January 24, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 29, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 30, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 4, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • April 9, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • April 13, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 18, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)

After this we cannot predict what will happen since the ship is no longer on the port calendars.

That leaves the Disney Magic and this one is a big mystery.  Will she stay in Miami or move to another port of call?  We do think it’s possible she will stay in Miami and possibly alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.  If she does this, we anticipate there will be different ports of call than the Disney Fantasy as we are not seeing the Disney Magic on either Grand Cayman or St. Maarten’s port calendars.  She could also alternate 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas or Key West.  It’s hard to say.  One thing that we anticipate if the Disney Wonder does move to Miami is that there is the potential that all four Disney ships could be on the East Coast of Florida at the same time.  If this happens, I can certainly see a rendezvous with all four!  That would be a spectacular site to see!

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

While we have no specific knowledge of a release date, we will suggest that this could be before Christmas since these itineraries are not dramatically different from what the ships are doing at the end of 2013.  We don’t anticipate that the entire year will be released, but could see the first half at that time.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent to get your name on our waitlist for 2014 dates.

 

 

Wanna Go On A Cruise?

We mentioned a couple days ago that giving the gift of travel is great for your loved ones.  But what about yourself?  You deserve a trip to look forward to as well!

Just over a month ago we got back from the first ToaD Fantasy sailing.  During that cruise we more than doubled our group for the ToaD Magic sailing in 2013!  We all had such a great time getting to know everyone and spending time with our friends, old and new.   When we heard that we were not going to make it to Castaway Cay, the five night sailing on the Disney Magic was looking more and more favorable.  You see, on that sailing we will have two stops at Castaway Cay!  Here’s the full itinerary for October 20, 2013:

  • Day 1 – Miami, Florida
  • Day 2 – Castaway Cay
  • Day 3 – At Sea
  • Day 4 – Nassau
  • Day 5 – Castaway Cay
  • Day 6 – Miami, Florida

Serenity Bay

If the five nights is not quite enough for you, you can also add on the 2 night sailing on October 25 which is a cruise to nowhere.

Pricing for the five night sailing starts at just $675 per person plus tax.  This includes any activities and gifts that we would be doing for the group.  Check out our home page as well for an exclusive offer if you book before the end of 2012.

Castaway Cay

Fall 2013 Sailings for Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Now Available

As we mentioned recently, we expected that the rest of 2013 would come out soon.

The Disney Wonder will have the following schedule:

  • September 9, 2013 – 5 night sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles with an overnight in San Francisco
  • September 14, 2013 – 14 night sailing from Los Angeles to Galveston with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cartegena, Cozumel
  • Beginning September 28, 2013 – 7 night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston with stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel

The Disney Magic will be home ported in Miami.  No transatlantic sailing has been announced (we don’t expect one).  Sailings will be 2, 3, 4 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean as follows:

  • October 20, 2013 – 5 night sailing with Nassau and Castaway Cay (double dip)
  • October 25, 2013 – 2 night sailing to nowhere
  • October 27, 2013 – 5 night sailing to Cozumel and Castaway Cay.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/10, 11/24, 12/8 and 12/22
  • November 1, 2013 – 5 night sailing to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/15, 11/29 and 12/13
  • November 6, 2013 – 4 night sailing to Castaway Cay and Key West.  This itinerary to be repeated on 11/20, 12/4 and 12/18
  • December 27, 2013 – 3 night sailing to Nassau and Castaway Cay.  This itinerary to be repeated 12/30

So, what do you think of the new itineraries?  With the expected enhancements during drydock on the Disney Magic, Travel On A Dream will be looking at cruising on October 20 on the Disney Magic.  How about a group sailing!