Category Archives: Cruises

Unlocking Unforgettable Journeys: 4 Reasons Why Using a Travel Advisor Is a Smart Choice

In an era of seemingly endless information and DIY travel planning, the invaluable role of a travel advisor shines brighter than ever. These experts in the realm of exploration offer a wealth of benefits that transcend mere convenience. From crafting tailored itineraries to accessing exclusive deals, navigating complex logistics, and providing insider insights, the reasons to collaborate with a travel advisor are both compelling and diverse. In this fast-paced world, where time is precious and experiences are treasured, the guidance of a skilled travel advisor transforms mere trips into unforgettable journeys.

Some people still sadly associate using a travel advisor with paying more money, when in actual fact – it’s quite the opposite. From getting you the best seats on the plane to working behind the scenes to ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch – after using a great travel advisor once, I personally guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Save Time

Ask yourself, how much is your time worth? Expedia’s research indicates the average American spends 22.95 hours booking a trip in the 6 weeks before departure. That’s one hour a night for nearly three weeks or nearly three entire workdays. Is this time you can afford to lose? 

Save Money

Travel advisors often have access to wholesale rates and exclusive deals that the general public does not. As such, they can pass these savings on to you – their client. Most advisors make their money through commissions paid by hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, etc – not through adding on extra charges for their clients. Travel advisors who do charge fees are charging for the trip planning process – remember those 22.95 hours I referenced in the paragraph above? They’re working, researching, and customizing the perfect journey for you, and some charge fees for this type of work. 

Planning travel has never been more complicated than in 2021 and beyond. From quarantine restrictions to PCR testing, an expert agent will save you countless hours in research and logistics alone – that’s worth its weight in gold. 

Avoid Hassles

Booking with a third-party site may feel like the obvious choice, but websites like Expedia can’t connect the dots. Sure, you could book a few nights at a hotel, but can you arrange the car service, the late-night check-in, the adjoining rooms next door to each other? Travel advisors take the hassle out of the trip planning process and can make it fun again. 

By now we’ve probably all heard horror stories of trips booked immediately before Covid, and cancellations or refunds that went awry. When you book with a travel advisor and (for whatever reason) you’re unable to go on your trip – you don’t have to lift a finger. It won’t be you waiting on hold with the airline, or trying to argue about a credit vs a refund. Your travel advisor has your back and is looking out for your best interests every step of the way, and that includes when things go sideways.

Check into your hotel and your room is not to your liking? Your travel advisor often has special relationships with hotels, and they can (hopefully) rectify the situation seamlessly, without you having to get on the phone and ask for the manager. 

Enjoy Upgrades & Connections

Everyone loves a good upgrade. From complimentary breakfast to room upgrades, most travel advisors can score their client’s great perks when they book with them. In addition, travel advisors are well connected. A travel advisor’s job is to be the expert, and this means traveling to countless destinations, and building relationships with hoteliers, tour operators, even restauranteurs. Don’t discount their ability to score you that hard-to-book seat at a new restaurant, or surprise you with an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience while on a tour.

Want to learn more about what I do for my clients as a professional travel advisor? Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today!

Unwrap Wanderlust: Black Friday Travel Deals Await!

Embrace the spirit of wanderlust and dive into a world of exciting adventures with my exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals! From enchanting Disney getaways to sun-soaked beach escapes and thrilling cruises, I’ve curated an array of tantalizing offers that promise unforgettable memories. With limited-time discounts, special incentives, and magical perks, there’s no better time to plan your next dream vacation. Join us as we unwrap these sensational Black Friday travel deals and make your travel dreams a reality!

Disney Destinations

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Book a new Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney or Aulani vacation with me and receive a Disney Gift Card!

To unwrap this special offer, secure your booking with a deposit before November 30th, and let the magic begin! This exclusive incentive is valid for new bookings only. 

Don’t miss out on this enchanting opportunity to add an extra touch of magic to your next Disney adventure! Contact me today to book your Disney getaway! 

Universal Orlando Resort

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Experience all the amazing thrills Universal Orlando Resort’s three incredible theme parks have to offer and save big!

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Vacation Package Promo Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Universal Volcano Bay each day
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

Plus, as my exclusive gift to you, you’ll receive Gringotts™ bank notes which can be used for purchases within Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ and at selected locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort when you book a new vacation package with me by November 30, 2023.

Virgin Voyages

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Save on an award-winning, exclusively adult experience on Virgin Voyages with 30% off select sailings through 2024 — including holiday Caribbean getaways— plus up to $600 in free drinks for an extra sip of celebration. But don’t wait — this (very) limited-time offer ends on November 26th! Book your cruise today

Sandals and Beaches Resorts

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Give the Gift of Blue and unwrap your escape to the Caribbean! Let the extraordinary blues of the ocean and sky lead the way to everlasting memories on your next Sandals Resorts getaway with up to $750 Air Credit + up to $250 Resort Credit when booking a stay of 7 nights or longer plus flights. Learn more here

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Celebrate your best Cyber Monday ever with unbeatable savings on an unbelievable adventure. Uncover hidden ruins in Cozumel. Savor mezes in a taverna in Mykonos. Or find limitless ways to fill your days with endless thrills and chill at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Right now, you can score our biggest savings of the year! Take up to $750 off instantly, plus 30% off each member of your travel squad. And the deals don’t stop there — because for a limited time, kids sail free!

Palace Resorts in Mexico & Jamaica

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The best discount of the year has arrived! Book your vacation to Mexico and Jamaica with up to 50% off* an all-inclusive stay of 3 or more nights, plus 1,000 USD Resort Credit as a gift**, round-trip airport transfer*** and more. The vacation you deserve is possible now. 

  • *Minimum 3-night stay required. The last day of check out must be December 20, 2024.
  • **Resort Credit: A maximum of 200 USD can be applied toward SPA services at Palace Resorts and Moon Palace Resorts, 330 USD at Moon Palace The Grand-Cancun; and 500 USD at Le Blanc Spa Resorts. A 16% service fee applies to services paid with Resort Credit.
  • ***Free Airport Transfers are applicable to stays of 4 nights or more, are on a shared basis and are not applicable to Cozumel Palace.
  • ****Applicable at family resorts for kids and teens aged 17 and under

Book: November 20 – 26, 2023
Stay: November 21 – December 20, 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Black Friday Sale is here! For a limited-time, you can take advantage of 50% Off and $250 Free with CruiseFirst on ALL cruises for your dream vacation, whether that’s surfing in Hawai’i, hiking to Alaska’s glaciers or touring ancient ruins in the Greek Isles. Come aboard Norwegian’s award-winning ships and enjoy Free Unlimited Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining and much more! Take advantage of incredible savings on all ships, all destinations, all over the world. But hurry, this offer won’t last!

You can also check out all my favorite Amazon finds here!

As our special Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals draw to a close, we hope you’ve discovered the perfect journey to fuel your wanderlust. From the magic of Disney to the serenity of beachside retreats and the allure of cruising, these limited-time offers were crafted with your dream getaway in mind. If you’ve found your ideal adventure among these exclusive deals, don’t hesitate to reach out and secure your spot. Remember, these offers are fleeting, so seize the opportunity to embark on an extraordinary travel experience. Thank you for exploring these travel treasures with us, and we can’t wait to create unforgettable memories together!

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Itineraries: Unveiling New Adventures

Open for bookings from November 6, 2023, early 2025 Disney Cruise Line itineraries introduce the new ship Disney Treasure, with its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024 offering seven-night trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Florida’s Port Canaveral. Other ships like Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer three- to five-night voyages from Florida ports, while Disney Wonder features a special 15-night South Pacific trip from Sydney to Honolulu.

Planning your perfect adventure aboard Disney Cruise Line for 2025?

We’ve got you covered with the latest early 2025 itineraries and a sneak-peek of what’s to expect from these fantastic Disney cruises.

  • Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details
  • Introduction of the Disney Treasure
  • Destinations of Disney Cruise 2025
  • Special South Pacific Itinerary with Disney Wonder

Dive in with us and sail through this resourceful guide to ensure your next Disney cruise experience is nothing short of magical.

Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details

Mark your calendars! The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries are set to open on November 6, 2023. For those who’ve been eager to experience the Disney magic at sea, this is your golden opportunity to embark on a journey into a dreamland of unparalleled adventure and excitement. Reserve your spot to be among the first to explore the seas aboard Disney’s state-of-the-art cruise line in 2025.

Introduction of the Disney Treasure

Set sail on your dream voyage with Disney Cruise Line’s newest member of the fleet, the magnificent Disney Treasure. Each corner of the ship is designed to ensure a uniquely magical experience for every member of the family. This one-of-a-kind vessel sets sail for its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.

Embodying the enchantment and spectacle that characterizes Disney, the Disney Treasure offers ostentatious seven-night cruises to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Cruisers can start their journey from the beautiful Port Canaveral, Florida, immersing themselves in a wonder-filled journey through the most stunning jewels of the Caribbean.

Seamlessly blending comfort and fun, the Disney Treasure takes passengers on an unforgettable exploration of sun-drenched beaches, vibrant cultures, and a host of family-friendly adventures. So mark your calendars and prepare to embark on a magical journey that transcends beyond the ordinary.

Disney Cruise 2025 Itinerary Highlights

If you’re a fan of magical journeys and enchanting destinations, Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries are sure to catch your interest. Bookings for these highly-anticipated voyages kick off from November 6, 2023, and promise a variety of experience, ranging from exotic Caribbean adventures to serene Pacific getaways.

The Maiden Voyage of Disney Treasure

The newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Treasure, embarks on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. With seven-night itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Disney Treasure offers passengers an immersive experience full of fascinating sights and sounds, right from the unique departure point of Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Other Destinations and Departure Ports

The Disney Cruise Line fleet—comprising Disney Treasure, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic—also offers splendid three- to five-night voyages, mostly from either Port Canaveral, Florida, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A South Pacific Special with Disney Wonder

An additional highlight of the early 2025 offerings is the Disney Wonder’s 15-night South Pacific Disney Cruise itinerary. This epic journey, setting sail from Sydney, Australia, takes passengers all the way to the tropical paradise of Honolulu, Hawaii, presenting an exclusive combination of thrilling adventure and peaceful relaxation.

Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries truly offer something for everyone, from the scenic beauty of the Caribbean to the exotic allure of the South Pacific. Disney Treasure, the latest addition to the fleet, along with Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder, each offer unique voyages filled with enchanting experiences. From the initial booking opening on November 6, 2023, passengers can look forward to exciting destinations, magical adventures, and quality family time enriched with the distinctive charm associated with the Disney brand.

From the exciting maiden voyage of the Disney Treasure to the exotic destinations travelers can experience, there is a lot to look forward to with the early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries.

  • Bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries open to the general public beginning November 6, 2023.
  • The Disney Treasure, the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will set sail on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.
  • Travelers can enjoy seven-night voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on the Disney Treasure, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral.
  • Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic will offer early 2025 three-to five-night cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • You can experience a unique 15-night South Pacific journey with the Disney Wonder, traveling from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii.

You can view the complete list of dates for early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries here.

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better prepare for the adventure that lies ahead with Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 offerings, we’ve put together answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received. Whether you’re wondering about the booking process, itinerary details, or what to expect on a Disney cruise, we’ve got you covered. 

When do bookings open for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries?

The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries will open to the public on November 6, 2023. Castaway Club members and select others can take advantage of an early booking window. This gives prospective travelers ample time to plan and schedule their magical cruise journey.

What is significant about the Disney Treasure cruise ship?

The Disney Treasure is the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, making its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. This state-of-the-art ship will offer dreamlike seven-night voyages to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral (just one hour from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando).

What voyages will the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer?

Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic all have exciting plans for early 2025. They will offer three- to five-night cruises departing from either Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, giving passengers a variety of options to fit their preferences and schedules.

What is unique about the Disney Wonder’s South Pacific itinerary?

The Disney Wonder stands out with a special 15-night South Pacific itinerary, offering a truly unique experience. The trip starts from Sydney, Australia and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii, allowing passengers to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty and culture of the South Pacific.

Fall 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Feature Halloween on the High Seas & Very MerryTime Cruises

The fun of fall and winter holidays will meet the magic of Disney Cruise Line in fall 2024 with the return of Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises. With rare itineraries to Hawaii and the South Pacific and more opportunities to visit Disney’s newest island destination in The Bahamas, you will have the chance to experience the sea in new and exciting ways.

Embark on a magical voyage to celebrate the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season. Treat yourself to festive fun with Halloween on the High Seas sailings or Very Merrytime cruises—plus discover the wonders of Lighthouse Point, Disney’s newest island destination in The Bahamas.

Cast off on the Disney Magic or Disney Dream from Fort Lauderdale, set sail from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Fantasy, or chart a course from Galveston, Texas aboard the Disney Magic. Whichever cruise you choose, larger-than-life thrills and heartwarming magic are sure to follow—with world-class entertainment, gourmet dining and all the award-winning attention to detail you can expect from Disney.

Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line in mid-September through October 2024. This season of extra-special sailings will bring the fun of Halloween to guests on select cruises across the fleet with a host of added entertainment. Families will dress up and join Disney characters in their Halloween costumes; dance the night away at a spooky celebration on the upper decks; enjoy spine-tingling themed food and beverages; and immerse themselves in a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate décor and a magical Pumpkin Tree.

From Port Canaveral, Florida, the Disney Wish will sail three- and four-night Bahamian voyages full of frightful fun, while the Disney Fantasy will offer these special themed cruises with lengths varying from four, six and seven nights. Four- and six-night sailings on board the Disney Fantasy will take families to The Bahamas, while seven-night escapes will transport guests to fan-favorite destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean.

The Disney Magic will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on vacations ranging from three to five nights to tropical destinations in The Bahamas and Caribbean. Select sailings on both the Disney Magic and the Disney Fantasy will include a chance for families to discover fun and relaxation at Disney Cruise Line’s newest destination in The Bahamas. Located on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point, this vibrant beach retreat will be a unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation.

Very Merrytime Cruises

From mid-November through December 2024, the Disney Cruise Line fleet will be decked from bow to stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic will be unwrapped for the whole family with joyful holiday décor; favorite characters in their finest festive attire; themed activities that are merry and bright; and celebrations on deck that are full of holiday spirit.

Families who want to spend the most wonderful time of the year with Disney Cruise Line will have opportunities to sail from two home ports in Florida, as well as a selection of cruises from Galveston, Texas. 

Short holiday getaways will be offered from both home ports in the Sunshine State, with a selection of three- and four-night Bahamian Very Merrytime voyages on the Disney Wish from Port Canaveral and four- and five-night cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Disney Dream. 

The Disney Fantasy will also embark a variety of four-night Very Merrytime sailings to The Bahamas, along with longer six- and seven-night itineraries in November and December. Select voyages on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will include a day of fun in the sun along the white sand beaches of Disney Cruise Line’s newest destination at Lighthouse Point during the holiday season.  

Cheerful cruises from Galveston aboard the Disney Magic will range in length from four to six nights, allowing families to celebrate the holiday season together while visiting tropical ports of call throughout the Caribbean. 

Special Sailings to Hawaii and the South Pacific

In addition to the festive themed sailings, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience bucket-list itineraries in late 2024. The Disney Wonder will sail from Vancouver, Canada, to Honolulu, Hawaii, in late September with stops on the islands of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii before arriving in Oahu. From Hawaii, the Disney Wonder will embark on a transpacific voyage to Sydney, Australia, that will take families through the South Pacific to visit once-in-a-lifetime destinations such as Fiji, American Samoa and New Caledonia.

Disney Cruise Line will then set sail on its second season of vacations from Australia and New Zealand, bringing the magic of Disney close to home for local families in the region. 

Fall 2024 Disney Cruise Line Destinations

Lighthouse Point

Drop anchor at Lighthouse Point, a new Disney Cruise Line island retreat celebrating the breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture of The Bahamas. Cast off from Fort Lauderdale on a 3-, 4- or 5-night Bahamian sailing on the Disney Magic or Disney Dream. Set sail from San Juan to Galveston, Texas on a 6-night voyage aboard the Disney Magic. Or soak up all the fun and sun of The Bahamas on a 4- or 6-night sailing from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy.

Caribbean

Surrender to swaying palm trees, blue-water bliss and endless sunshine at dreamy locales such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Lucia or Antigua. Indulge in a 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-night Caribbean cruise packed with sun, fun and unique island adventures. Snorkel amid tropical fish, zip-line through jungle canopy or explore ancient Mayan ruins. Most cruises include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay—our private island paradise in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas

Soak up the laid-back pleasures of island life on a 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-night cruise departing from Port Canaveral or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Or sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Galveston, Texas on a dreamy 6-night voyage. Each magical journey drops anchor in sun-kissed ports of call that may include a stop at Nassau, Disney Castaway Cay or Lighthouse Point. From stingray encounters, fly-fishing and parasailing to celebrating the arts and culture of The Bahamas, there’s something for everyone.

Hawai’i

Embark on a sun-splashed Hawaiian sailing aboard the Disney Wonder. Choose from a 10-night sailing from Vancouver to Honolulu with 2 days to explore Nawiliwili and stops in Maui and the Big Island. Or, you can cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver on a 9-night sailing and spend 2 blissful days in Maui, with a stop at the Island of Hawaii. Plus, enjoy fabulous days at sea with amazing Broadway-style shows, themed dining and fun activities for the whole family.

South Pacific

Bask in the enchantment of breathtaking sunsets at sea when you set out on a 15-night South Pacific cruise departing from either Honolulu or Sydney. Sail across the international dateline and drop anchor in dazzling destinations including Fiji, American Samoa, New Caledonia and the Hawaiian Islands. While at sea, you’ll have enough time to delight in all the magical offerings on board from award-winning entertainment and exciting deck parties to imaginative dining, Character encounters and more.

Transatlantic

Set sail from Southampton, England on a 13-night transatlantic adventure to sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida—featuring stops in Portugal, Spain and Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line’s newest island destination in The Bahamas. Experience the culture and natural beauty of the Iberian Peninsula, from touring historic landmarks in Lisbon to exploring the seaside village of Vigo. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the non-stop fun and relaxation onboard while sailing at sea.

New Zealand and Australia

Disney Cruise Line will bring enchantment and cherished Disney friends down under for a new season of 2- to 7-night cruises sailing from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney storytelling with favorite Characters, imaginative dining, spectacular entertainment and themed events throughout your sailing.

Adventures by Disney Sydney Escape

Discover the perfect getaway when you add on a pre- or post-cruise Sydney Escape with Adventures by Disney to your Disney Cruise Line vacation. During this 3-night escape, you’ll have the opportunity to cruise around Sydney Harbour on a jet boat, go on a cultural walkabout at Fitzroy Falls and bike across Sydney Harbour Bridge.

View all Fall 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries here

Bookings are available now. Which one of these fall 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries would you most like to experience?

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line’s Silver Anniversary at Sea

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of Disney Cruise Line and, to celebrate, the entire fleet will be welcoming aboard a variety of delicious eats and sips inspired by the shimmering seas. Disney has just shared a sneak peek at what tasty options you’ll have to sea to believe. As the “Silver Anniversary at Sea” draws near, the talented pastry chefs and mixologists have been hard at work creating items sure to make a splash, because what better way to celebrate than with flavor?

Let’s jump in and take a peek at all of the shimmering sweets, sips, and novelties setting sail this summer from May through September!

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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First up, we’re exploring the treats that will be available. The 25th Disney Cruise Line Cupcake features a decadent vanilla sponge cake topped with vanilla frosting, 25th chocolate décor, and, of course, shimmering sprinkles. It’s not just beautiful, but delicious, too! This sweet selection will be available via amenities on the ship.

If you love chocolate and candy, you’re in luck because there’s a special item specifically crafted for the sweet tooths out there at all the sweet shops on each of the ships – the Mickey Chocolate Sphere. This sweet treat showcases a chocolate Mickey Mouse sphere adorned with the 25th emblem and is filled – yes, filled – with a variety of candy pieces. Simply crack it open and treat yourself.

At both Cabana’s and Marceline’s Market locations, two of the desserts will be getting a Silver Anniversary at Sea upgrade. The 3 Layer Carrot Cake with lemon frosting will be adding 25th chocolate décor and the Disney Cruise Line Anniversary Chocolate Marquise will feature rich chocolate truffle crème topped with the 25th chocolate décor as well!

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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Are you a fan of chocolate cookies? We ‘shore’ hope so! At the concierge lounge, the Chocolate Cream Cookie enrobes a chocolate cream cookie with dulce de leche filling into rich dark chocolate and is decorated with the Silver Anniversary at Sea logo as well as the signature shimmering sprinkles. Also in concierge, the Celebration Cupcake tops a tasty red velvet sponge cake with vanilla frosting, shimmering sprinkles, and 25th chocolate décor.

Captain Minnie is also joining in on the anniversary festivities with the Vanilla Crisped Rice Treat offered at all Cove Café locations. This vanilla-flavored crisped rice treat puts Minnie at the helm with special décor for both her and the anniversary.

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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Last but certainly not least for food, signature desserts throughout the entire fleet will be getting a tasty enhancement. All of these spectacular sweets will be adding a special 25th chocolate piece to their already stunning presentation. At Palo, the classic Chocolate Soufflé with double chocolate sauce, vanilla crème anglaise, and vanilla bean gelato will also have a chocolate 25th anniversary piece for everyone to enjoy!

What makes a refreshing Coca-Cola event better? When it’s decked out in Disney Cruise Line Silver Anniversary at Sea décor, that’s what! At Preludes and beverage locations on board, you will be able to purchase one of these special bottles as a tasty way to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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For those over 21, there is an adult beverage guests won’t want to miss at certain lounges across the fleet. The signature Jubilee by the Sea cocktail combines 818 Blanco Tequilla, Luxardo Marashino, and fresh lemon juice with a sparkly, silver dusting and a shimmering blue sugar rim. Guests who purchase this exclusive cocktail will even get to bring home a special bookmark featuring a recipe for how to make this tasty beverage at home.

Additionally, as you are sipping on your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail, you may even see the exclusive 25th  Anniversary coaster and napkins showcased only during these celebratory sailings.

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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If you are looking to take some of the fun home with you, Disney Cruise Line also has you covered. Available at coffee shops on board, you can find the Specialty Coffee Mug with a unique anniversary design featuring the Disney Cruise Line fleet and even Mickey Mouse himself. These mugs also come with specialty coffee – yum!

The beer drinkers out there can also bring home a special keepsake from their sailing – the 25th Anniversary Beer Mug sketched with the anniversary logo.

Shimmering Sweets, Sips & Novelties for Disney Cruise Line's Silver Anniversary at Sea
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And finally, no Disney celebration is complete without a popcorn bucket! For these special adventures, you will be able to purchase the Silver Anniversary at Sea Popcorn Bucket showcasing 25 years of Disney Ships, from the very first, the Disney Magic, all the way to the fleet’s newest addition, the Disney Wish!

If you are sailing with Disney Cruise Line this summer, I hope you enjoy this Silver Anniversary at Sea with your family, friends, and loved ones – and that your trip is filled with a few shimmering delights along the way!

(Please Note: All offerings are subject to change and availability.)

Earn FREE Gift Cards or Travel Credits through Referral Rewards

Are you ready to take a trip to Europe, a weekend visit to Disney World, or a relaxing cruise? How about getting these trips for FREE! You can even earn money to pay for your next vacation with our Referral Rewards! Refer your friends, family, co-workers, or even the cab driver on your next trip to us and you can earn $25 for every booked and traveled referral. 

Earn FREE Gift Cards or Travel Credits through Referral Rewards

Your family and friends who you refer to us will receive our exceptional service, free perks, and services (valued over $500).  Plus, you’ll receive a thank you gift! What a win-win!

Earning gift cards or travel credits through our referral rewards program is as easy as 1-2-3!

Here’s how our referral rewards program works:

  1. Refer your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances and more to book their travel with me (be sure to remind them to let me know who I can thank for the referral)
  2. Receive a gift card or credit on your own personal travel when they book and complete their travel plans.
  3. Repeat… There’s no limit to the gift cards or credits that you can earn!

Whether you want to treat yourself to a free coffee or work towards paying for your next vacation, you can earn rewards for each and every friend or family member you refer to book their travel with me. 

Our Referral Rewards program does add up!  One of our favorite guests has received enough Referral Rewards to actually pay for a week long vacation to Disney World.  He is now saving up for his second trip on a Disney Cruise.  This is an easy way to make money, just by referring your friends and family to us that already travel.

Start earning your next reward today!

Which referral reward will you choose?

Summer 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Would you like to be among the first to experience Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line’s new island retreat in The Bahamas? This new destination will celebrate both the breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture of The Bahamas. Or, you can set sail on an incredible adventure exploring the history of Europe, the wilderness of Alaska or the tropical islands of the Caribbean. All of these magical adventures and more await you on the summer 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries. Plus, you’ll enjoy the world-class entertainment, gourmet dining and award-winning attention to detail Disney Cruise Line is best known (and appreciated) for!

Summer 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries
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Although destinations like Alaska and Europe tend to be at the top of bucket list destinations, we think this new exotic locale of Lighthouse Point will quickly join your list of “must visit” destinations.

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line's new island retreat in The Bahamas
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Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line’s new island destination in The Bahamas, on the island of Eleuthera will welcome families for the first time in June 2024. Lighthouse Point was designed with families in mind, imbued with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry and developed with sustainability and conservation.

On June 6, a three-night preview sailing on the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale will give cruisers a sneak peek of Lighthouse Point with limited access to some areas of the island.

A seven-night inaugural cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, Florida, on June 8 will allow you to be among the first to make a splash in the crystal-clear waters of this new beach retreat. This ultimate Disney Cruise Line island destination itinerary will feature not one, but two stops at Lighthouse Point … and that’s not all! One day of sun-drenched serenity at Castaway Cay also awaits your family on this once-in-a-lifetime sailing.

After the inaugural cruise, Lighthouse Point will be a featured stop on select three-, four- and five-night sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean on the Disney Magic out of Fort Lauderdale throughout the summer. These South Florida-based itineraries will vary stops between Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay, with five special sailings including both Disney Cruise Line island destinations.

Europe

Can you think of anything better than sailing the Mediterranean with Captain Mickey and Captain Minnie at the helm? Those dreams can come to life in next summer as the Disney Dream returns for the second time to exciting European destinations in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles and popular locales in the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.

These sailings will feature a number of new ports of call, including Valencia, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; and Hamburg, Germany, along with three Mediterranean destinations that will return for the first time since 2014: Catania, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta.

Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) will range from five to 11 nights, while northern Europe and British Isles sailings will offer itineraries anywhere from three nights to one 12-night voyage that includes the Norwegian fjords, three days in Iceland and an overnight stay in Reykjavik. 

Alaska

Cruises to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, will return on the Disney Wonder from May through September 2024, offering more chances for your family to experience the natural splendor and adventure of “The Last Frontier” with five-, seven- and nine-night sailings. Majestic wildlife and stunning scenery in iconic places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and glacier viewing along the Stikine Icecap will blend with Disney’s world-class entertainment, dining and guest service to create a family-friendly vacation that celebrates the spirit of Alaska both on land and on board.

The Bahamas and Caribbean

In addition to the inaugural season of Lighthouse Point sailings from Fort Lauderdale on the Disney Magic, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will sail to sun-kissed islands throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean in summer 2024. All sailings on these Port Canaveral-based ships will feature a visit to Castaway Cay, a Disney’s original private island paradise in The Bahamas that offers something for everyone in the family, from fun and relaxation to adventurous water activities.

The Disney Wish will continue to offer three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral while the Disney Fantasy will visit popular ports in both the eastern and western Caribbean on seven-night cruises. One five-night Disney Fantasy voyage in July will visit Nassau and feature two stops in Castaway Cay, while a special 10-night southern Caribbean sailing will give your family another opportunity to visit Lighthouse Point with additional visits to the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

You can view all summer 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries and dates here.

Summer 2024 Disney Cruise Line bookings open to the general public on March 30, 2023, with early access for Castaway Club members.

Let’s start planning your dream vacation today!

Let’s Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day 2023

Happy National Plan for Vacation Day 2023! Did you know that National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday in January every year? This day is recognized to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the entire year at the beginning of the year, and even inspire you to use those days to explore the USA!

Life is all about the journey, and there’s no better journey than planning for a new adventure. So, make those vacation plans and enjoy the ride!

National Plan for Vacation Day highlights the importance of taking time off to travel, both for personal wellbeing and for the overall economic prosperity of our nation.

Burnout might not reset with the new year, but studies show that planning for a trip boosts morale, reduces stress and prevents burnout.

To inspire your planning for National Plan for Vacation Day 2023, check out the following destinations:

Universal Orlando Resort

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Save 25% on a vacation package at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel, including:

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Vacation Package Promo Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions).
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

Blackout Dates: 3/31/23 – 4/15/23

SeaWorld Orlando

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In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day, save on a fun-filled SeaWorld Orlando hotel package! Book by this Sunday, February 5 for travel dates through June 30, 2023, and you can get a third night FREE with a minimum three-night stay at select hotels. Don’t wait!

As an extra bonus, you’ll also receive a FREE one-time Quick Queue per person when you book a vacation package by February 5. That means in addition to all the amazing animal experiences and attractions, you’ll also enjoy front-of-the-line access to one ride during your stay! Some restrictions and exclusions apply.

Royal Caribbean Cruise

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This is not a vacation. It’s a variety pack of adventure. We’re talking bigger thrills. Better chill. Bolder discoveries. And more of everything you ever wanted in a vacation — including brag-worthy savings. When you book by January 31, you’ll save 30% off your cruise. And why not bring the whole family—because for a limited time, kids sail free!* This is not a vacation. This is all the vacations.

Surf & Turf Fun for Everyone at Jamaica’s Only Beach & Golf Family Resort

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Beaches Ocho Rios has something for everyone in the family. If you are game for “surf & turf,” from a huge action-adventure waterpark to championship golf for the whole family, look no further than Beaches Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, seven gourmet restaurants, three fantastic swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places & things to explore.

Virgin Voyages

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Set yourself up for a bright 2023 with 60% off 2nd Sailors plus up to $600 in drinks for sunset toasts and morning sips. From Caribbean blues to Grecian island views, it’s Virgin Voyages’ most inclusive and irresistible offer of the year.

All Sea Terrace and below categories are eligible for this offer. Sailors on any 2023 6-night voyage or less get a free $300 Bar Tab per cabin. Sailors on a 2023 7-night voyage or more get a free $600 Bar Tab per cabin. This offer ends on January 31st, 2023.

Book your Virgin Voyages cruise today!

Palace Resorts

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Plan your fall getaway now and save up to 45%. Plus, earn $500 USD in Resort Credit that you can use for pampering or adventuring. Contact me today for more information or to reserve your next vacation at Palace Resorts.

We are committed to help you reclaim your vacation days and reconnect with your loved ones through travel.

No matter where this year takes you, we hope you find undeniable joy in the process of planning.

Call Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com to start planning your next vacation in honor of National Plan for Vacation Day 2023.

Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Return to Caribbean, Mexico & More

Get ready to pack your sunglasses and sunscreen because in early 2024 Disney Cruise Line is going to be on island time! Gorgeous, tropical destinations are awaiting your family, including sailings to the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas and — my personal favorite — Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. 

With early 2024 Disney Cruise Line sailings departing from two home ports in the Sunshine State as well as voyages from Texas, Louisiana and California, you can escape the winter blues with a magical vacation at sea from wherever you are in 2024.  

Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Return to Caribbean, Mexico & More
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Sun-Drenched Getaways from South Florida

The Disney Dream will begin early 2024 with an assortment of three- and four-night getaways to the Bahamas and five-night vacations to the western Caribbean, all of which will feature classic Disney Cruise Line experiences such as Broadway-style shows, innovative dining, character encounters and fireworks at sea. 

All sailings from Florida will include a stop at Castaway Cay, a picturesque private island oasis reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Located in the turquoise waters of the Bahamas, Castaway Cay provides the ultimate escape with something for everyone in your family, including adventure, relaxation and quality time with the family.

Tropical Vacations from Central Florida 

The Disney Wish will kick off 2024 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, Disney Cruise Line’s home port located just one hour from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Cruises aboard the Disney Wish combine enchanting entertainment and numerous Disney Cruise Line firsts, bringing to life Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars stories around every corner of the vessel.

Also from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will continue seven-night sailings to the white-sand beaches of the eastern and western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit Tortola and St. Thomas, while western Caribbean itineraries will feature the ports of Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Every Disney Fantasy sailing also includes a stop at Castaway Cay, along with several days at sea, giving your family more time to enjoy all the fun and relaxation offered on board.

Caribbean Adventures from Texas and Louisiana

The Disney Magic will have two limited-time engagements in Galveston, Texas in early 2024. After ringing in the New Year from the Lonestar State, the ship will embark on Caribbean adventures ranging in length from four to six nights through the end of January. Upon returning for another month-long stint between March and April, the ship will sail cruises ranging from four to seven nights to the western Caribbean during the popular spring break period.

New Orleans will welcome the Disney Magic back for a second consecutive year in February 2024 with four-, five- and seven-night cruises to the Caribbean. The Big Easy is the perfect city to extend your vacation either before or after your cruise to enjoy jazz and jambalaya in the city that inspired Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog.”

Mexican Escapes from California

After returning from its inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand, the Disney Wonder will arrive in San Diego, California in March 2024 to offer three- to seven-night voyages to Mexico, including the Baja peninsula. Known for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches and saltwater adventures, your family can visit some of Mexico’s most prized destinations, including Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada, along with stops to the inviting shores of Catalina Island off the California coast.

Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Return to Caribbean, Mexico & More

Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries are now available for booking.

A Disney cruise brings families together to create long-lasting memories with original, musical live shows, spectacular fireworks at sea, incredible destinations and so much more.

Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

2022 Black Friday Travel Deals

Are you ready to end 2022 in a new destination or start planning an adventure for 2023? There are some amazing deals available now that you can take advantage of to make your travel plans even more affordable. Check out all of these Black Friday travel deals and let your next vacation be your best one yet.

Black Friday travel deals

Save up to 50% at Discovery Cove in 2023

Discovery Cove

You can give your family the gift of paradise, and memories that will last long after the holiday season is over. Book an all-inclusive day filled with amazing animal experiences, plus unlimited food and drinks (including beer and wine). 

Save up to 50% on visits through December 31, 2023! Book now- the most popular dates will sell out fast! This offer ends November 25, 2022. 

Instant Savings, Kids Sail Free & More on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean

Embark on an epic adventure with bold offers, big memories and countless thrills onboard Royal Caribbean’s game changing fleet. It’s a vacation – and a deal – you’ll never forget! 

  • Biggest Savings Ever: Score up to $600 off
  • Invite Everyone: Save 30% off every guest
  • Perks of Being a Kid: Kids sail free

Black Fri-YAY: Up to $300 Off + Incredible Discounts & More

Funjet Vacations

Here’s something to SALEbrate: getting a jump (for joy!) on your holiday shopping! The Black Fri-YAY sale is ON, which means no waiting in line, online or… well, no waiting at all to get that good deal! 

Ask me how I can get you up to $300 off nearly ANY package, $100 off United Airlines flights to Hawaii, hotel discounts up to 60% off, bundled transfers and tours, and more when you book travel through December 15, 2023 before Thanksgiving. 

Up to 65% Off, Instant Credits and More at Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Sandals Resorts

No other place in the world captures the imagination more than the Caribbean. Sandals all-inclusive resorts are set along the most gorgeous tropical settings and exquisite beaches in Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados and Curacao. Stay, play and indulge to your heart’s content at any of these Caribbean resorts and experience the best the islands have to offer- featuring unlimited gourmet dining, unique bars serving premium liquors and wines, and every land and water sport, including complimentary green fees at their golf resorts and PADI certified scuba diving. Learn more about Sandals Luxury Included Vacations today!

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Greatest Deal Ever

Norwegian Cruise Line

For a limited time, the second guest cruises FREE to Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and beyond. Come aboard these award-winning ships and enjoy Free Unlimited Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining and more! Take advantage of the Greatest Deal Ever on all ships, all destinations, all over the world. But hurry, this offer won’t last!

Save Up to 15% at Disneyland Resort Hotels This Winter

Disneyland hotels

You can save up to 15% at a Disneyland Resort hotel on select Sunday to Thursday nights now through December 22, 2022. 

Make your visit even more magical by upgrading to a Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package- complete with Theme Park tickets- and you will enjoy a variety of special extras! 

Book your magical vacation by December 15, 2022 for travel through December 23, 2022! 

Secure your Sailing with Virgin Voyages & Let Me Do the Rest

Virgin Voyages

Introducing LetsGoBook- a sharable link connecting your booking with my First Mates account. After using the link to secure your sailing date, I can update and customize your voyage, giving you access to review all the upcoming details. It’s also the perfect way to take advantage of Virgin Voyages’ Sail with Friends offer, which includes both you and your squad receiving a $50 cabin credit when you’re onboard – plus, I can oversee all the details and link your booking together. Explore Virgin Voyages today!

Double the Good Times at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando

You can enjoy four days of fun at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure when you purchase a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket. For even more theme park thrills, you can add Universal’s Volcano Bay at an additional cost. 

Purchase by December 31, 2022 for travel through December 31, 2023. 

Save Up to 30% with G Adventures Cyber Sale

G Adventures

Cue the confetti, it’s officially Cyber Sale season! Running through November 30, you can save up to 30% on a massive number of the best adventures all across the world, including select Antarctica Expeditions, when you travel by April 30, 2023. And if you’re looking to travel a little later, you can still save 10% on select trips departing between May 1 and June 30, 2023. 

Featuring trips from all different Travel Styles, there’s an adventure on sale that’s guaranteed to get you squealing with joy. Immersive Classic trips. Majestic Expedition trips. Zen-inducing Wellness trips. Whatever adventure is chosen, you can feel good knowing it’s covered by Guaranteed Departures. Once you’re all booked and paid, that’s it, you’re going. That’s their guarantee. 

Save 20% or More on Thousands of Hotels

Expedia

With a minimum 20% off thousands of hotels worldwide, we can plan dream trips at dream prices. Book early and secure great deals for winter holidays or spring break next year. 

Book by November 28, 2022 for travel through June 30, 2023.

Receive a Disney Gift Card during Transfer Week

Disney World transfer

Do you want to get up to $100 FREE Disney Gift Card to spend on your upcoming Disney vacation? If you booked a Disney World package (by phone or online directly with Disney World), you can add me to your reservation to help plan the rest of your visit with Mickey Mouse. It is a simple process to get a FREE Disney Gift Card and a lot of free perks! 

  • My services are FREE (Disney pays me to help you plan your visit) 

The Disney Gift Card amount varies based on your package total: 

  • $2,000- $2,999: Free $25 Disney Gift Card
  • $3,000- $3,999: Free $50 Disney Gift Card
  • $4,000-$4,999: Free $75 Disney Gift Card
  • $5,000+: Free $100 Disney Gift Card

To qualify for the transfer, the package must be booked within the last 30 days and not yet paid in full. The gift card will be delivered at check in. 

Support Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village

Did you know that a portion of every booking is donated to Give Kids the World Village? Give Kids the World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in central Florida. This resort is located right down the road from Disney World. GKTW works with Make a Wish chapters to provide children with critical illnesses and their families a week long, cost free vacation. The families stay at GKTW Village and spend their days at the Orlando theme parks. And, in honor of Giving Tuesday, we are doubling our donations for all vacations booked through the end of the month.

Which one of these Black Friday travel deals are you most excited about?

Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information today!