Sail Away Deck Party on Disney Cruise Line

Music and dancing is all that matters! This is my son, Jack, with his big sister, Natasha. Jack had to "break it down" right away when he heard one of his favorite songs from the ship's DJ! And FYI: This is a very common appearance on board a Disney Cruise, anywhere, any time. #DCLhappy

River Cruising with Adventures by Disney

If you've ever wanted to experience Europe on a river cruise and have a luxury experience, Adventures by Disney is the way to go. 

You'll experience firsthand the people and culture of the places you visit – and enjoy the ease of travel, service, VIP experiences and unique local opportunities that sets Adventures by Disney apart from the rest. For 2016, the Danube River Cruise is sure to be unforgettable and magical! Contact me today to find out more!

When is the Best Time...

Disney's  Private Island: Castaway Cay
Here are 2 super quick insider tips for you:

When is the BEST time to go to Disney or sail with Disney Cruise Line?

Look at a school holiday calendar. If school is out or if there is a large holiday upcoming, chances are, everyone is scheduling their getaway at the very same time.

When is the best time to book your vacation? 
With anything, the sooner the better. Inventory goes down and prices go up.
Opening day for new bookings are wildly popular to get the best deals and when the inventory is the highest.

If you'd like to be an "insider" and get more out of your vacation without all the planning stresses, get on my "alerts" list by sending me your name and email address to:

Have a magical day!

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Transatlantic Crossings on DCL

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Boat Building Contest - with our X-Wing Fighter
This past September, my family and I spent two weeks vacationing. We traveled to Barcelona, Spain and then headed onto the Disney Magic to cross the Atlantic Ocean and head to Miami, Florida -all within 11 glorious nights.

We had a Frozen-themed party "Freezing the Night Away", the traditional DCL pirate night, formal nights, officer pin trading events, tea parties, mixology classes, boat building contests, scavenger hunts, etcetera, etcetera! It was really, really amazing.

I know that some of you might be hesitant to take a look at the longer cruises that spend a long time on a ship -especially those that have so many sea days. I cannot tell you the amount of people who completely LOVED the idea of not seeing any land, no bugs, no birds, NOTHING... for days! It was relaxing. We had terrific weather. Captain John steered us away from a then tropical storm (later turned into Hurricane Joaquin!) - and we had a sun shower for a couple of brief moments. Weather could not have been nicer.
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At the Oceaneer's Club - The Avengers Academy

Many people onboard also talked about the amazing bargain this particular cruise provided - in my professional opinion, if you booked this cruise in May 2014 and happened to book while cruising with "the mouse", then you really got THE Disney Cruise Line deal of 2015.

It was a long cruise and very affordable.

There were not a lot of port stops for the Westbound Transatlantic (WBTA) this year, so that kept the pricing very low.

Next year's crossings have a lot of stops, so port fees and taxes are configured into the overall cost of the cruise - but in all honesty, it's the re-positioning cruises (such as the East/West Atlantic crossings, the Panama Canal) that are some of the most enjoyable if not the best bargains out there offered by DCL.

In the next coming days, I'll post more info about our overall experience and lots more pictures.

Wishing you all a magical day and smooth sailing no matter where you might be right now...!

On Board Credit - What You Need to Know Now

A lot of first time, second time and even multiple-time cruisers don't know: an AUTHORIZED
Disney vacation planning service can apply on board credit (OBC) to your reservations with Disney Cruise Line.

If you book direct with Disney for your first cruise, there will not be any OBC available. Going through me at Hi Ho Vacations will get you that added bonus.

Better yet, on ANY on board bookings where you get up to $200 from Disney for being a repeat cruiser, I can also add to that amount if the reservation is transferred to me at our earmarked agency.

As a vacation planner at Hi Ho Vacations, I work for you -and best yet, I work for free on your behalf. Disney pays me a small commission to do all the planning for you, never a fee and we love to add pixie dust to each reservation.

If you booked on board within the last 30 days, or if you're looking to book for the first time,  please contact me ASAP to find out more information.

I specialize in everything Disney - from the parks, resorts to the cruises and Adventures by Disney experiences. Most of all, I love making your travel experiences as magical as possible! Let me know how I can help. Happy to be of service!

Leaving Barcelona: All Aboard

Jack and his sister, Natasha ready to go!
A little funny moment of truth here.

While we meticulously kept pretty much everything about a Disney Cruise vacation from our naturally inquisitive preschooler a huge secret, the big reveal was more of an epic failure.

Honestly, Jack's favorite vacation is a Disney Cruise. He talks about it constantly. While keeping it secret for months, he continued to ask, "Mommy, when are we going on our next Disney Cruise?" with his little blue eyes batting at me with all his hopes and dreams waiting on my positive answer. I had to reply, "I'm not sure, but I'll try to do it soon."

Inside, I was squealing with happy anxiety. I wanted him to know! We're going! We're going! But no. We kept it quiet. And it wasn't easy.

It didn't help that our hotel in Barcelona also had a hospitality desk for DCL that was right there in the lobby! He asked about it, but kind of shrugged it off because he thinks that everything Disney is an everyday occurrence for just about everyone. It really is his normal since I plan Disney vacations for a living now. Jack might think the entire world only goes on a Disney Cruise Line vacation at every possible turn. (We have some work to do as parents, I know!)

Our Mickey Shirts
After spending 3 beautiful days in Spain, phase two of Operation Surprise Jack was in full swing. We decided to wait until the day we departed by taxi to the port in Barcelona to finally fess up and tell the tyke what was really up. It was a lot of excitement!

We all wore a Disney shirt before leaving the hotel. Still, Jack was not even remotely tipped off that something was going on. At the hotel, a huge bus load of cruisers were getting ready to depart for port. He didn't really flinch. We were waiting on our private transfer "to fly back home to New York." Jack was more concerned about the size of the taxi being large enough for us. I'm not kidding. This child has a penchant for these things.

Anyway, before entering the taxi, I explained to the cabbie that our son thinks we are going to the airport but we were surprising him with a cruise. the driver nodded and understood...

After a ten minute ride towards the ship, I pulled out my cell phone. I had pre-recorded Mickey and Goofy messages for him. The character calls were wishing him a magical time on our transatlantic journey! I played them and he just looked completely confused.

He stared out the window and kept talking about going on a Delta plane back to New York. I think our Spanish cab driver thought we were American morons that didn't know how to really surprise a four year old with a vacation.

Once we got closer to port and he saw the Magic sitting there at the dock, that's when it clicked. He jumped out of his seat!

Yay! We were going home the long way and it was MUCH better than sitting in an aircraft for 8 hours.  And the story continues....
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