Category Archives: ToaD Fantasy Sailing

ToaD Fantasy Sailing Gift Bag Giveaway

We had one leftover gift bag from the ToaD Fantasy sailing last month.  So why not give it away!

Included with the canvas Disney Cruise Line bag are two ToaD tumblers, Mickey Ear magnets, ToaD Fantasy sailing magnet, Halloween candle, ToaD pirate magnet, ToaD drawstring mesh bag and two wave phone holders. The contest starts on November 15, 2012 on the ToaD Facebook wall. To enter you have to like our wall and share our contest post. Only one entry per person. We will pick the winner on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST. Good luck!

Sail With Captain Max

On our ToaD Fantasy sailing, a small group of us decided to go sailing and snorkeling to St. John.  We wanted to make this a private event so I checked with a number of different providers, finally setting on Sail with Captain Max.  Right from the start we felt very comfortable with Captain Max.  She answered all of my questions.  I am always concerned about doing an independent excursion on a cruise because there are so many variables – will we get in to port, will we be on time, can we enjoy ourselves and still make it back before the cruise sails away?  All legitimate questions.  Max assured us that if we didn’t make it in, we wouldn’t be charged.  We exchanged cell phone numbers so we could advise her of any issues at the last minute.  She said we could arrange the same taxi driver to take us back.  That works!

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ToaD is Running for Rescues On Disney Fantasy?

Yes, that’s right!  On our recent Disney Fantasy sailing, we had originally planned to do the 5k on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  As we approached the cruise date, we realized that we would be getting to Castaway Cay a bit later than would be comfortable for walking or running.  We wanted to start the race a bit earlier.  That way we would also be able to enjoy our full day on Castaway Cay.

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To Those Left Behind

Editor’s Note:  This blog is brought to you from one of those “left behind” as we prepare for the first ToaD Fantasy sailing.  Thank you Todd Carrier!

Where is your breaking point? At what point is it too much?

You want to be happy for your friends. They are wonderful people. They hold a very special place in your heart. They are going on a fabulous cruise vacation–without you. You are unable to attend because you are chained to fiscal responsibilities and a limited number of vacation time available to take.

You’ve watched them plan their voyage for nearly two years. Arrival parties. Group excursions. Private group tastings. Gift exchanges. Private dining events. You’ve sighed as you watch their countdowns tick away. First months. Then weeks. And days. Finally hours. You’re ready to snap. You can’t take it anymore.

You can recount your vacation time and how you spent it that year. Mostly with these same friends. Sometimes without any of them. Taunting them nearly as much as they are taunting you. The proverb, “what goes around, comes around” really does ring true. You can ask your friends to have fun for you and post lots of Facebook photos and updates. But you are still stuck in the grey dreary everyday in October while they are over a thousand miles away, basking in the surf and sun.

You can remove yourself from the email and Facebook subscriptions, but you derive an obscure sense of pleasure from knowing, from seeing, from being kept on the outside of the looking glass. You’ve peeped for this long, it feels just as wrong to stop watching as it does to continue.

You could also take advantage of your annual pass and some killer air line deals and credits and fly across the country–putting yourself a thousand miles from them. Enjoying something wonderful…but you’d still be stuck thinking about them. And how much this friend would adore that attraction and that friend would loath that restaurant or how much fun it would be to walk arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder down the other Main Street with them.

I guess it is either grin and bare it or find new friends. Since I’m sort of partial to most of them, I think I will just take it on the chin. After all, it’ll be a memory far too soon for any of them.

We’re Going On A Cruise!

We are in the final count down!  The bags are packed.  We’ve been watching the weather forecast and looking forward to warmer temperatures.  Facebook friends have been reporting soft openings of the New Fantasyland.  All we need to do is get through one more day of work and then we are off to Disney World and the Disney Fantasy!!

We have been planning this trip for the last two years.  Two years ago we decided we wanted to do a group cruise around Halloween, going to the Eastern Caribbean, on Disney of course!  As soon as the dates were available to book, our date was set and the planning began.  Now it is just three full days away, it almost seems unreal!  People have been telling me that they wish they were going on the cruise.  Others wonder what we are doing.  We will be posting some updates and hopefully a blog or two from the cruise, but wanted to give you an idea of what we will be doing.

Friday night, we will be having an informal gathering outside at the Boardwalk.  We’re hoping to see Illuminations without having to need tickets.  Then it’s off to bed to get ready for our bus ride to the port in the morning!  Yes, we have a bus coming to take many of us to Port Canaveral.  The excitement on the bus will be monumental when we see the Disney Fantasy for the first time as I am the only one who has been on the Fantasy.

Once onboard, we will have various meets in Europa, for trivia, at the pool, you name it!  We also have planned a ship tour, scavenger hunt, private beverage tastings, cabin tours, Twilight Fan meet, gift bags, mini golf tournament, a special 5k for Running for Rescues, and the ever popular AskTracy meet!  We could have done so many other things but we want to focus on what Disney has to offer its guests.

In St Maarten, we have a large group going on a private tour with Bernard’s Tours.  I’m sure there will be some great stories there!  We will be going on the 12 Metre Regatta.  This will be a first for us!  In St. Thomas, we have a private sail and snorkel excursion.

As part of this cruise, we wanted to do some fundraising to help an organization.  We chose Running for Rescues (RfR), a non-profit animal rescue organization.  This started because RfR asked me to do a 5k on their behalf.  I decided I would do the 5k on Castaway Cay.  I started fundraising and convinced a few others to join me on the 5k.  We had a t-shirt design made and formed a team with a common goal.  To date we have 28 people walking or running with us!  This didn’t seem good enough to me though.  I proposed that Travel On A Dream secure the private dining rooms at both Palo and Remy adult restaurants.  ToaD would pay for the dinners and our guests would bid to be in the room.  To date all contributions as a result of this fundraising effort (including the amounts raised by our individual 5k participants) is nearly $3,000!!  For you to contribute to our fundraiser, CLICK HERE.

Most of our cruisers haven’t been on a cruise longer than 4 nights so this will be very special for them all.  We feel that Disney does a fantastic job entertaining guests of all ages.  We want to be sure to showcase what they do best and leave our events to just taking advantage of Disney and experiencing all that we can.

For those that are not on this cruise with us, there is always another group!  We have a sailing next April on the Oasis of the Seas and next September on the Disney Magic.  Won’t you join us?

Has It Really Been Two Years?

It was on my first Celebrity Cruise that my friend and I booked future sailings using Travel On A Dream as our travel agency.  And so Travel On A Dream had its first bookings.  That day was two years ago on Wednesday.  I can’t believe how time has flown by!

Two years ago, I had a vision of opening my agency to be able to help others plan their dream vacation.  While for many of my potential clients, that was a Disney vacation, but it wasn’t everyone’s dream.  When I opened Travel On A Dream, I intended to help with any type of vacation – any destination – and we have done that!  We have helped clients with a variety of cruise lines from Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian and of course, Disney.  We have helped our clients travel all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.  We will be sailing our first of hopefully many group sailings in October on the Disney Fantasy.  Our next group sailing will be in April 2013 on the Oasis of the Seas.  Watch for our announcement on an Alaskan Cruise sailing shortly!

We started with one agent, me, and have grown to eight agents today – Tracy, Deb, Rhonda, Debbie, Nicole, DJ, Therese and Erin.  Our goal is always to help you to plan the best vacation ever, each and every time with each and every client.  We take an interest in our clients’ plans and in their lives, which is why most of our agents are active on Facebook and other social media sites.  It’s not good enough that we are available only by email, though you can reach any of us that way (our email addresses are all first name @travelonadream.com).  You can find us by email, phone, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, just to name a few.  Whether you have a group of 100 or one, we are here to make planning your dream vacation as seamless as possible.

It makes us very happy to hear one of our clients say they plan to tell all their family and friends about us or to read about it on Facebook and Twitter.  When I get a call from a potential client who says “so and so referred me to you”, the first thing I do is smile!  That’s why we have a referral program.  Some agencies will give you a gift card for your referrals.  While I think that’s great, I like our referral program just a bit more.  For each referral you send our way who books and travels, we give you 1% of the total amount of the vacation (based on the components on which we receive commission).  That means if you refer your friend who is planning a group sailing and spends $20,000, you will receive $200!  We pay the referrals in either gift cards or onboard credits and are not paid until your next travel date after your referred friend travels so this amount can really grow!

As a bonus for our two year birthday, we are giving double referral credits!  Double credit will be available for all bookings held through June 30.  Tell all your friends and family about the great service you have received from Travel On A Dream, but also tell them to say you sent them.  It’s a win/win situation!  They get the benefit of our service to help plan their dream vacation and you get some extra spending money on your next one.

Next we wanted to announce that we will be starting a monthly newsletter.  We don’t intend for this newsletter to be full of advertisements about why you should book with us or what the latest travel special is (there are plenty of those around if you want them).  We intend to bring to information on some of our favorite travel destinations, travel tips, cruise comparisons.  You should know that if we are writing about something, we know about that subject and are qualified to help you with it should you have any questions or wish to explore further.  Just drop us an email or give us a call!  Initially we will send out the newsletter to all of our clients and anyone who has signed up for our mailing list.  You will always have an opt out option, we do not want to send you spam. Just email us at info@TravelOnADream.com if you are not a current or past client to get the newsletter. Or you can click on the Welcome tab on our Facebook page.

Each month we will also be looking for your favorite vacation photos.   Submit your favorite photos to info@TravelOnADream.com and if yours is chosen, you will be highlighted on our Pinterest board for the Photo of the Month.  Email us also if there is something you want us to feature in the newsletter.

Of course, we can’t have a birthday celebration without gifts right?  In addition to our double referral credit promotion for the rest of the month, we will also giving away some cool gifts, .  We have some Travel On A Dream tote bags plus a variety of cruise line merchandise for you.  We’ll even give away a $50 onboard credit/gift card to one lucky person.  How do you enter?  Sign up for our newsletter!  All of our current clients will be automatically entered into the drawings, plus anyone who signs up through our Facebook wall or by emailing us at info@TravelOnADream.com.  The drawing will be held on June 30 at 5:00 pm EDT.

So who thinks $50 is not enough?  Me too!  We are just shy of 600 fans on Facebook.  Let’s get the numbers up!  For every 50 new fans, I’ll increase the prize by $25.  That means if we get to 700 fans by June 30, the total prize will be $100, 800 fans – $150.  Share our wall with your friends and watch the total go up!

Thank you all for helping us celebrate our second birthday!  We look forward to many more years of helping you make your vacation dreams a reality.