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Time to Double Up and Cruise!


Who doesn’t like to save money on vacations?  Now is your chance to not only save, but to also get some bonuses.  There are two offers that you will qualify for with Royal Caribbean cruise bookings made between now and April 13, 2016.

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For sailings on or after May 5, 2016, excluding China departures, you will get 50% off the second guest in the same stateroom.  Additionally, you will receive 25% off for the 3rd and 4th guests in the same cabin.  If you book an oceanview or higher on many sailings, the first and second guests will receive FREE pre-paid gratuities (in the form of any onboard credit).  Finally, if you are booking a new deployment sailing departing on or after May 1, 2017, you may be eligible for a free upgrade within stateroom types.

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Who wants even more?  You are not a tourist. And this is not a cruise. For seven days only, book with us and enjoy an exclusive bonus on top of the current promotion. Courtesy of Travel On A Dream, take advantage of 50% reduced deposits and up to $50 onboard credit on any sailing — even Royal Caribbean’s newest ships.  Come Seek the Royal Caribbean®.  Book between April 7 and April 14, 2016.  Balconies and suites will receive $50 per stateroom and Interior and ocean view will receive $25 per stateroom.  This offer is only available when you book through Travel On A Dream.

Both of these offers are IN ADDITION to our current incentives as well!  So what are you waiting for?  Request your Royal Caribbean Cruise quote today!

Terms for BOGO Saver – *Cruise must be booked April 4-April 13, 2016 (“Offer Period”). Offer applies to all sailings on or after May 5, 2016, excluding China departures. Offer includes 50% off cruise fare of second guest who must be booked in the same stateroom as a first guest who books at full fare (“BOGO”). Offer also includes 25% cruise fare savings for 3rd and 4th guests booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. Additionally, offer includes pre-paid gratuities in oceanview categories and above for the first and second guests in the stateroom for all eligible products excluding Alaska, Asia, China, Transatlantic and Repositioning sailings. Pre-paid gratuities will be applied as an onboard credit (“OBC”), and includes  stateroom, waiter, assistant waiter and head waiter gratuities in the amount suggested by Royal Caribbean guidelines. OBC will be applied automatically at time of booking to all eligible reservations and displayed as per person amounts for the first and second guests, totaling the gratuity value. OBC is in USD, has no cash value, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash. In addition, for eligible newly deployed sailings that depart on or after May 1, 2017, the Offer includes a Free Upgrade within the stateroom meta-category (for example from a D8 to a D1, interior to interior, or ocean view to ocean view). Free Upgrade refers to booking a stateroom for the price of the lowest available category within the same stateroom meta-category type. Upgrade is subject to stateroom availability at time of booking. Upgrade offer excludes Panoramic, Family, and Suite staterooms. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests. BOGO does not apply to third and higher occupancy guests. BOGO is combinable with adjoining Pre-Paid Gratuities, 25% Savings, New Deployment Upgrade Offer, NextCruise Offer, Crown & Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Pre-paid Gratuities are not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. BOGO and 25% Savings are not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military). Pre-Paid Gratuities are combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military) as well as NextCruise offers. Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, and Net Rates. After the Offer Period, the Offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking or rebooks into a new booking on the same ship and sail date, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to the booking may also result in removal of the Offer. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. Individual reservations may be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met, though full deposit will be required at time of transfer. Failure to apply the required full deposit amount may result in the cancellation of the booking. Offer available to residents of United States and Canada. Prices and Offer are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to www.royalcaribbean.com for complete terms and conditions. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. ©2016 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships registry: The Bahamas.

Terms for reduced deposit and OBC offer – Cruise must be booked during the designated offer period. Offer applies to all sailings departing outside of final payment and is applicable to all itineraries, excluding China departures.  Offer includes a 50% reduced deposit and a per stateroom onboard credit [“OBC”] in the amount of $50 for balcony/suite accommodations and $25 for interior/ocean view accommodations. OBC will be applied to eligible bookings within 10 days and will not appear on booking invoices until this point. The onboard folio will reflect the OBC as a per person amount on guests one and two, totaling the per stateroom value. Booking confirmations will not reflect the reduced deposit amount due. Individual reservations can be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met, though full deposit will be required at time of transfer. Failure to apply the required full deposit amount may result in the cancellation of the booking. After the offer period, the offer will be removed from the booking if the guest cancels and reinstates the booking or rebooks into a new booking on the same ship and sail date, applies a fare change, or changes the ship or sail date of the booking; certain other changes to the booking may also result in removal of the offer. Offer applies to new, individual and named group bookings confirmed at prevailing rates. All unrestricted and select restricted promotions can be combined with this offer. Offer cannot be applied to deep discount promotions, off-tariff price promos, or special programs such as, Net rates, Book Rates, Going, Going, Gone Sales events, WOW Sales, Individual Incentive rates, Gross fares, Interline, Friends & Family discounts, Travel Agent fares, Crown & Anchor, Shareholder benefits, NextCruise offers and benefits, etc. One offer per stateroom. Offer available to residents of United States and Canada. Offer subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Features vary by ship. ©2016 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships’ registry: The Bahamas. 15048406 • 2/26/2016

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!

Vacations@travelonadream.com

Change to DCL Onboard Booking Limits

In addition to new itineraries and cruise dates, this week Disney Cruise Line also announced a change in the time limit for using an onboard booking and receiving the benefits.

Prior to November 2013, you could book a future cruise while onboard your Disney Cruise and use it anytime in the future.  This led to many bookings that would need to be moved to a new date before the penalties set in.  Some reservations had been moved many, many times!  At some point, there needed to be the realization that you weren’t going to use that reservation.

That’s when Disney changed the policy and added a limit.  Bookings made prior to November 2013 were given until November 30, 2015 to be used or the onboard booking benefits would drop off of the reservation.  Any future bookings, however, were only given 18 months to be used.

This arbitrary number of months caused a lot of problems for future cruisers.  We started hearing a new reason for cancellations – “I can’t use the booking before the benefits will expire so I might as well cancel.”  We also were hearing back from those just off cruises that they didn’t book onboard due to the new time limits.

We figured that 18 months was a problem from the start.  There are a different types of people who make an onboard booking.  I’m going to focus on just two types.  Both of them are trying to save money on their future cruise and therefore have done their research.  They know that booking onboard is one of the ways to get a discount and onboard credit.

The first group are those who cruise every couple years.  They cruise pretty much at the same time each year due to the kid’s school break schedule or vacation time from work.  The problem is that 18 months is not long enough for them so they wouldn’t book onboard.

The second group are those who cruise every year.  Clearly, 18 months should be enough, right?  No, because they understand how to get the best price with Disney.  You book as soon as the dates are released.  That means if you normally cruise in January every year, if you book onboard your cruise, you would have to book for the following year.  However, to get the best pricing, you should have booked as soon as the following year’s bookings opened.  By the time you get onboard, you already have the next vacation booked, so it doesn’t do you any good to book onboard as you would need to use that booking within six months of your next cruise.

It seems as though Disney noticed this was happening and this week modified the time limit to now be 24 months.  While I would have preferred to see three or four years like Norwegian Cruise Line allows, or at a minimum 25 months (to account for shifts in school breaks/holidays/etc.), I think this is a vast improvement.

If the reason for the change is the reduction in the number of onboard bookings being made, I do think they will see an increase now.  If it is due to the number of cancellations, I don’t thing this will help.  Remember, when the rule went into effect, everyone booking before the rule was given approximately 24 more months.  It was only the new bookings that were given 18 months.  That means the majority of those who cancelled due to the time limit, were doing so because the limit was 24 months, not 18.

I am happy with the change however.  There was a need for it to happen.  For those who are sorry they didn’t book onboard or cancelled existing reservations due to the limits, don’t feel bad.  You helped Disney to see that the 18 months was too short a time.  Without your actions, there wouldn’t have been a reason to change it.  You sent a message and it appears it was heard loud and clear.

Onboard Booking Incentives

Many of my clients ask how they can get a discount on a cruise when a promotion is not available.  One risky way is to wait until a discount comes available, however this is only recommended when you don’t really care when you will be cruising, just that you want to be cruising.

The two best ways to save are to book early, as soon as possible after dates open, and to book while you are onboard.  Many cruise lines have onboard booking incentives but the key is that you have to pay that deposit before you get off the ship or the incentives go away.

With some lines like Norwegian Cruise Line, you will purchase a certificate or coupon to use on a later date. You do not name your travel agent at the time of booking with Norwegian, but with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity you do. These may or may not have a use deadline (Norwegian has a 4 year limit).

With other lines you will select your cruise date. Some will have perks for booking onboard. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity give you a potential upgrade and onboard credit. Disney offers a discount and onboard credit.

There may be limits on how many you can book onboard. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean limit you to three bookings per line. Disney limits the discounted bookings to two rooms on the same sailing, but additional rooms may be booked but only receive the onboard credit.

Most lines do offer a reduced deposit as well.

Disney Cruise Line’s changes to their onboard booking procedure last fall make them among the most stringent policies. You have 18 months from the date the quote was first produced to use the booking or lose the onboard booking incentives. You will receive $100 onboard credit on sailings of 3-6 nights and $200 onboard credit for sailings of 7 nights or more. If you initially book a 7 night sailing, you will receive a discount on the deposit requirement (normally 20%, you will pay 10%). There are also several block out dates when a discount is not available.

I think the most important thing to remember is that you should book as soon as you know you want to cruise to lock in the best pricing. If you will be onboard before that sailing, you can always check pricing when you are onboard to see if you will save more money with the incentives. If so, book a new reservation. We can get you a full refund if outside of penalties or move monies already paid to the new reservation. As long as the same category is available with cabin assignments, we can generally get your original cabin reassigned to the new reservation.

Make sure you get your quote/booking before you get off the ship as many of the offers will no longer be available when you disembark. There is nothing wrong with putting a request in the bin for new quote requests, but I do recommend taking a photo of the form so you have it handy should something happen to the request. There is no need to stand in the lines to speak to someone. If you are using a travel agent, clearly write in their name and agency name on the form. If you do book onboard, it is recommended that you let your travel agent know as soon as you can that you did a booking so they can make sure they locate it.

2014-2015 Disney Cruise Line Black Out Dates

Everyone who cruises on Disney Cruise Line should know the best way to get a discount on a future sailing is to book onboard.  If you do that, you will get up to a 10% discount plus an onboard credit.  The onboard credit amount depends on the length of cruise you book in the future.  For up to six nights, you will get a $100 onboard credit.  For seven nights and longer, the onboard credit is $200.  If you book a cruise that is 7 nights or longer, you are entitled to a reduced deposit of only 10%, as opposed to the usual 20% deposit required.

One additional change is there are now black out dates. What this means is that if you book one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price.  Additionally, if you move an onboard booking to one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price.  Black out dates only apply to reservations originally booked after November 12, 2013.

Here is the updated list of all black out dates from this date forward:

  • Disney Fantasy – 2014 Dates:  June 14, June 21, December 20, December 27; 2015 Dates:  March 28, April 4, December 19, December 26
  • Disney Dream – 2014 Dates: June 29, July 3, July 6, December 22, December 29; 2015 Dates:  March 30, April 3, April 6, June 26, July 1, July 5, November 23, November 27, December 24, December 28, December 31
  • Disney Magic – 2014 Dates: July 14, July 26, December 21, December 28; 2015 Dates:  March 29, April 5, November 25, December 23, December 27, December 31
  • Disney Wonder – 2014 Dates:  June 30, December 21, December 26, December 30; 2015 Dates:  March 29, April 3, May 15, May 17, June 29, October 9, October 16, November 20, December 24, December 28

Of course these dates are subject to change, but this is current as of today.

Onboard Credit Offers for Disney Cruise Line

As we expected, Disney Visa has extended their onboard credit promotion to 2013 sailings on the Disney Cruise Line®.  For those who make all payments on their Disney Cruise Line sailing with the Disney Visa or Disney Visa Reward Redemption Card, you will receive a $50 onboard credit from Disney Visa.  This is limited to two staterooms per Disney Visa account.  This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, such as the onboard booking offer.  It can, however, be combined with the online booking offer, mentioned below, and the offer from Travel On A Dream.

While Disney Visa’s offer says it is for new bookings only, it will be applied to any existing bookings made for 2013 when the offer was not available.

For bookings made online, either directly or by your travel agent, before May 31, 2012, Disney Cruise Line is offering a $25 onboard credit.  Travel On A Dream agents always try to book your reservation online if possible to get you this extra spending money on your cruise.  This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, except for the Disney Visa promotion, if applicable, and the onboard credit offer from Travel On A Dream.

Contact us today to take advantage of these promotions.