Monday, June 4, 2018

Dream Vacations Hosting Group on Oceania Riviera 11/15/2019







Back in April, we were invited to a lunch and ship tour of Oceania Marina. Oceania is an upper premium/luxury cruise line with six ships in the fleet, carrying between 684 and 1,250 guests per ship.  Prior to this, I had not been on board an Oceania ship, so was not quite sure what to expect.

Oceania is known for having intimate and luxurious ships, which became very clear as we toured the Marina.  The details and furnishings were fabulous.  There were plenty of intimate spaces as well as spaces for gatherings. Oceania is also known for having the finest cuisine at sea, which became evident as we sat in the Grand Dining Room for lunch.  When sailing Oceania, all dining is open seating, so you can dine when you want and with whom you want.  You can also choose to dine in the onboard specialty restaurants (varies by ship) at no additional charge.



















Service was impeccable. There are more than two crew members for every three guests, which is one of the best ratios in the hospitality industry.  You can find Butler service for all suites (butlers are trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers).  There are dedicated concierges to attend to every request.  This brings your vacation to a completely different level!

A couple of things that really interested me while onboard … On the two larger ships (Marina and Riviera) you can find La Reserve by Wine Spectator.  Here you can find wine seminars and tastings.  But what really got my attention was the gourmet dinner which will pair fine wines with delectable courses (surcharge applies). Also onboard Marina and Riviera, you can visit The Culinary Center, the first hands-on cooking school at sea, teaches you how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Master chefs from around the world offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but each dish is prepared by you. Our Culinary Discovery Tours™ take culinary exploration one step further - at select ports accompany chef instructors while shopping for fresh ingredients ashore at local markets, and experience authentic regional fare in private homes or chef- selected restaurants.

We were so excited about Oceania after we disembarked, we knew that we had to set sail on board. We have decided to do an escorted group on board Oceania Riviera, which will set sail on November 15, 2019, on a 10 night Sun and serenade itinerary from Miami, Florida. The ports of call will be: Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John’s, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Gustavia, St. Barts before returning back to Miami.  Rates start at $2,099 per person for this sailing.  Inclusions with this cruise will be internet, dining in all specialty restaurants, unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffee, teas and juices, and room service to name a few.  You also have a choice from Oceania’s OLife promotion, which you can choose one of the following:  $300 per person ship board credit (guests one and two); three free shore excursions per guest (guests one and two) or a beverage package that will include beer and wine.  Also, as part of our group, you will receive pre-paid gratuities for guests one and two and a $150 ship board credit.

Interested in setting sail with us on board Oceania Riviera?  You can reach us anytime by phone, 321-735-0202 or 888-885-5793; by email at kfreer@dreamvacations to lock in your spot ($750 deposit for two guests in a stateroom) or if you have any further questions.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Tour of Norwegian Bliss


We were fortunate enough to be invited to a two night inaugural cruise on board Norwegian Bliss.  The Bliss is Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, and boy is she a beauty.  The Bliss is built to sail in Alaska, which she will do during summer season.  She will then sail out of Los Angeles doing a Mexican Riviera itinerary before making her way to Miami via a 14 night Panama Canal sailing.

The Bliss is in the Breakaway Plus class, joining the Norwegian Escape.  The Bliss carries about 4,004 guests based on double occupancy.  There are a total of 20 decks on which you will find staterooms, restaurants (both complimentary and specialty), bars, the casino, shops, children's programs, the theater, laser tag and go carts (yes, I wrote laser tag and go carts).

I have always loved sailing with Norwegian Cruise Lines, for many reasons.  I love the Freestyle cruising aspect (no formal nights required).  I love the specialty dining options.  I love the entertainment.  I will be on the Bliss for a full sailing in October for my national conference, so I am really looking forward to experiencing this ship.  We will also be sailing in The Haven, which is an exclusive area which has suites, it's own pool, it's own bar, it's own lounge along with butler and concierge service.  It is really the only way to sail, and once you do it, it is very difficult to sail any other way.

I wanted to share a few photos from our brief sailing.  It is an amazing ship, and it seems with each new ship Norwegian steps up its game.  The ship is classy, fun and comfortable.  There are so many areas to hang out in whether you feel like relaxing and taking in the scenery, or if you are looking for a lively spot.

Ready to set sail on Norwegian Bliss?  I can help with all aspects of your trip and answer any questions you may have!  You can reach me anytime via email, my website, or give me a call at 88-882-5793 or 321-735-0202.


Deck 6, 7 and 8

Kids' Aqua Park

The Observation Lounge

Teppanyaki (my favorite restaurant on board)

The Manhattan Room (main dining room)

Race Track

Race Track

Robert Wyland and Guy Harvey painting onboard.  Wyland did the hull art on the Bliss, Harvey did the hull art on the Escape

The Haven pool

The Haven Lounge

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Extra Onboard Spending for Your Cruise

Happy New Year Everyone!  We are starting 2018 off with a fantastic promotion that offers on board spending money!

We have "The Most Wanderful Sale of the Year" onboard credit promo which starts today, January 2, 2018, and runs through January 10, 2018 (that is the booking window).   You can receive up to $300 in onboard credit!  This promotion is good when booking a cruise sailing between February 2, 2018, and December 31, 2018.   With this sail date window, it is a great time to book your 2018 spring break cruise, your summer cruise, and even your holiday cruise

Your onboard credit will be based on the cost of your cruise vacation as follows:


Cruise Value
Onboard Credit


$1,000 - $1,999
$50 
$2,000 - $2,999
$100 
$3,000 - $3,999
$150 
$4,000 - $4,999
$200 
$5,000 - $5,999
$250 
$6,000 +
$300 

Plus, this offer is from us, and it is combinable with any promotions that the cruise lines may be running.  It is coming up on Wave Season, where the cruise lines offer promotions as well, so it's a great time to book!


So, where do you want to cruise to?  How about Alaska?  Maybe the Greek Isles?  Caribbean is a great choice too!  With the sail date range, you can just about visit anywhere you would like to go.  If you have something in mind, let me know.  If you have some ideas but are not sure, let me know and we will design the best trip for you.  You can visit my website and browse cruises (you can even book your own cruises right on line for most cruise suppliers), send me an email or give me a call anytime at 888-882-5793 or 321-735-0202.  Keep in mind that I do not charge any fees for my services.  You will never pay extra for using a travel agent.  So why not use someone with expertise who has your best interest??

Happy Traveling!
Kathy
Website:  www.MemorableVoyages.com
Website:  www.kfreer.dreamvacations.com
Luxury Website:  www.kfreer.sealuxe.com
Email:  kfreer@dreamvacations.com
Toll Free:  888-882-5793
Local:  321-735-0202
Fax:  321-735-6155

Friday, December 15, 2017

Vacation Superhero Referral Program



There are so many things that I love about being a Dream Vacations agent ... we have access to exclusive promotions, great rates, we help build amazing vacations.  And now, we have just launched our "Vacation Superhero" referral program.  Our marketing team is amazing at coming up with ideas that reward our customers.  This program does just that.  A client referral is one of the best compliments I can receive.  And now, the referrer can get a little something back for each person they refer that books a cruise with me.  I love the opportunity to work with new Dream Vacations clients and new cruisers.  I am so passionate about what I do, and I love when a first time cruiser comes back from their vacation and tells me what a great experience they had.  We create memories, and I love that.

So, how does it work you ask?  Here are the details:

The Referral Program is on my website, http://www.kfreer.dreamvacations.com/referral.  Once the Refer A Friend box is clicked on, a widget will open allowing the visitor to enter their email address and sign up to become one of your referrers. The referrer can then share their unique referral link via email and social media.  It's that easy!  And, the referrer doesn't even have to be an existing customer!  Here are the terms and conditions:

1. All referrals must be made PRIOR to the referred party making a new reservation. 
2. You do NOT have to travel or be a past customer to become a referrer and earn. 
3. Referrer will receive a $10 VISA Gift Card for every new customer they refer to us who books a new cruise, resort or tour reservation. 
4. Flight reservations or individual add-ons such as car rentals, shore excursions, etc. do not apply. 
5. There is no limit to the number of VISA Gift Cards you can earn as long as all terms and conditions are met. 
6. Total reserved package cost of the referred party must exceed $1,000 per booking, excluding port charges, taxes, government fees and security fees. 
7. Offer is valid for new customers only and one gift card will be issued for each new booking regardless of the number of people booked in each reservation. 
8. New customer is someone who has never booked with Dream Vacations, CruiseOne or Cruises Inc. in the past 5 years. 
9. A new customer can only be referred one time. Once the customer makes a new booking, consecutive bookings would not qualify for an additional gift card. 
10. VISA Gift cards will be issued once the new referred customer makes a new booking and completed an approval process to ensure the legitimacy of the booking. The approval process may take up to 14 days post reservation. If a booking is cancelled within the approval process the referrer is no longer eligible to receive the gift card. 
11. Any portion of or the entire Vacation Superhero Referral Program may be changed, amended or cancelled, for any reason, with or without prior notice to existing participants. 
12. Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. travel agents, affiliates, associates or household members are not eligible to enroll in the referral program or become a referrer.   
13. World Travel Holdings employees, associates and affiliates are not eligible to enroll in the referral program or become a referrer. 
14. You must provide a valid email address to participate in the referral program. 
15. Gift cards will be issued in a digital form and delivered via the referrers enrolled email address provided. Gift cards will not be reissued once fulfilled. 
16. Full ship charter bookings are excluded from this program. 
17. Abuse of the program will lead to immediate removal from the Vacation Super Hero program.

If you have any questions on how to get started, please let me know!  You can visit my website, reach me by email, or phone just about any time!

Happy Sailing!
Kathy Freer
888-882-5793
321-735-0202
kfreer@dreamvacations.com

Monday, August 28, 2017

Onboard Credit For Your Cruise



I absolutely love when I can write a blog about a great promotion, so I am a happy travel agent this morning!

We have our "Reveal Your Vacation Deal" onboard credit promo which starts today, August 28, 2017, and runs through September 4, 2017 (that is the booking window).   You can receive up to $200 in onboard credit!  This promotion is good when booking a cruise sailing on one of the following cruise lines:  Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity, Princess or Holland America, and sailing between October 4, 2017 and June 30, 2018.   With this sail date window, it is a great time to book your holiday cruise, your 2018 spring break cruise, and even your 2018 summer cruise.

Your onboard credit will be based on the cost of your cruise vacation as follows:


Cruise Value
Onboard Credit


$1,000 - $1,999
$25
$2,000 - $2,999
$50
$3,000 - $3,999
$75
$4,000 - $4,999
$100
$5,000 - $5,999
$150
$6,000 +
$200

Plus, this offer is from us, and it is combinable with any promotions that the cruise lines may be running.

So, where do you want to cruise to?  How about Alaska?  Maybe the Greek Isles?  Caribbean is a great choice too!  With the sail date range, you can just about visit anywhere you would like to go.  If you have something in mind, let me know.  If you have some ideas but are not sure, let me know and we will design the best trip for you.  You can visit my website and browse cruises (you can even book your own cruises right on line for most cruise suppliers), send me an email or give me a call anytime at 888-882-5793 or 321-735-0202.  Keep in mind that I do not charge any fees for my services.  You will never pay extra for using a travel agent.  So why not use someone with expertise who has your best interest??

Happy Traveling!
Kathy
Website:  www.MemorableVoyages.com
Website:  www.kfreer.dreamvacations.com
Luxury Website:  www.kfreer.sealuxe.com
Email:  kfreer@dreamvacations.com
Toll Free:  888-882-5793
Local:  321-735-0202
Fax:  321-735-6155

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chef's Table Carnival Cruise Lines

I just returned from a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival Liberty.  I had a wedding group on board, and sailed just to make sure everything went smooth.  My family has sailed on Carnival many times, and on Carnival Liberty once before.  It is one of our favorite ships, so we were looking forward to sailing her again.  This cruise was just my husband and I.

Our Menu for the Evening

As many times as we have cruised, we have never eaten at the Chef's Table on any cruise line.  I convinced my husband to do it on this cruise.  He was not too thrilled with me at first, but after participating, we are so thrilled with our decision to do so!  It was an amazing experience from start to finish, so here is my recap!

We met a representative in the Lobby bar at 6:00pm.  She had champagne for us.  There were only three couples for this night, so it was a nice intimate group.  I believe they will take up to twelve people at a time.  A chef came to meet us and whisked us away.  We went through the main dining room and into the galley.  Here we were served four different appetizers.  They were beautiful and delicious.  These are items that you cannot find in any dining room or on any menu.  And the champagne kept flowing here as well.

Beef Carpaccio on Air Pillow, Chocolate Bacon, Apple Ribbons

Double Cooked Lamb, Tapioca Chip


After our appetizers, we went over to the pastry section where a pastry chef gave us an example of how to make Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake.  Now, if you have ever sailed Carnival, you know the dessert I am talking about!  After this demonstration, we were taken into a private room for the rest of our experience.

We sat at our table, and were presented incredible dish after dish.  Each one was carefully explained and presented beautifully.  With these portions, you had a choice of red or white wine.  They do take into account any food allergies, or any foods that you do not eat.  I had decided that I would try things I normally don't eat for this experience.  I was not disappointed!


Beet Blanket

Crab Stack

Duck Textures

Bisque Our way

Sea Bass

Wagyu Beef

Pastry Chef


We were finished around 9:00pm, and completely satisfied and full.  I enjoyed this experience so much, I will most likely try to fit it in on each cruise we do.  On this cruise, it was a  $75 per person cover charge, plus tax and a 15% gratuity added.  I cannot tell you how worth it this was.  It is a definite must do on your next cruise!

If you would like more information, please feel free to reach out to me.  You can get me by phone, 321-735-0202 or 888-882-5793, or by email.

Happy Sailing ... and Happy Eating!

Kathy Freer
Dream Vacations Freer & Associates
www.kfreer.dreamvacations.com