Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dream Vacations Freer & Associates Has A Great On Board Credit Promo!

So now that most of us have got the kiddos back to school, we can start thinking about our next vacation.  I don’t know about you, but I certainly could use one after getting three kids off to school (and they are in three different schools might I add)!  We are so fortunate that we are just kicking off another on board credit promo.  We have been lucky this year that we have had a few of them.  These are my favorite promotions for my clients because it offers some extra on board spending money.  And really, who doesn’t love free cash??  Our current promotion is centering around the Olympics and all the excitement that goes along with it!

Here are the details for this one:

The following cruise lines apply for this promotion:
Royal Caribbean
Holland America
Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise must be booked between Wednesday, August 17, 2016, and Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  The departure date must be between September 17, 2016 and July 31, 2017.  (I am so happy that 2017 sailings are included in this one!)

The on board credit amount is dependent on the room type you choose and the length of sailing, as listed out below:

This promotion is for new bookings only, and cruise line promotions are combinable as well!  This promotion covers a lot of sailings, so if you are looking for a holiday sailing this year, next year or a summer sailing, now is the time to book!  You can cover Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Spring Break and Summer Vacation all under this promotion!

I would be more than happy to send some rates and information or answer any questions you may have!  Feel free to send me an email at, visit my website at or give me a call anytime at 888-882-5793 or 321-735-0202.

I look forward to helping you plan your next trip.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Up To $225 Free Money To Spend On Board!

Okay, have I mentioned that I just LOVE this promotion?  Who would love some extra spending money while they are on a cruise?  Um, me please!  So, if you are looking to book your cruise and sail this year, this promo is for you.  Here are the details:

Any cruise that is booked from May 2, 2016, through May 6, 2016, and sails June 6, 2016 through December 31, 2016, is eligible for this promo, as long as the cruise is three nights or longer and your stateroom is at least an ocean view (inside staterooms do not apply for this promo).  How simple is that?

If you are looking for that summer cruise, Thanksgiving or Christmas cruise this year, or just a getaway, now is the time to book!  Any cruise line, and the best part is that it IS combinable with any promotions that the cruise line is offering.  This is a great opportunity to stack promotions.

What are you waiting for?  Give me a call at 888-882-5793, send me an email, or book online.  It's that easy!

Happy Sailing!
Kathy Freer
Dream Vacations Freer & Associates

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dream Vacations Freer and Associates Has Launched!

Today is the day that we have officially re-branded from CruiseOne Freer & Associates to Dream Vacations Freer & Associates.  We are so excited about this new chapter.  Nothing is changing in the way we service our clients.  We are still under the umbrella of World Travel Holdings and have access to all of the same incredible rates and promotions that we have always had.  Dream Vacations shows that we do not only do cruises, but we can help with land vacations as well.

To celebrate our re-branding, we have some really great offers out there.  My favorite promo is back … Mystery Money Onboard Credit Offer (although I take the mystery out of it by explaining the details).

Here are the details:

Cruises booked from April 5, 2016, through April 14, 2016, that are sailing between May 10, 2016 and December 31, 2016, are eligible for onboard credit.  The onboard credit varies and is dependent on length of sailing and stateroom type, as displayed below:

And, as usual, this promo is combinable with any promotions that the cruise lines may be running.  There are some great rates and great promos out there!

Some of our suppliers have also stepped up to offer special promotions to celebrate our launch of Dream Vacations as well.

Celebrity Cruises is offering $75 on board credit on select sailings that are booked between April 5, 2016 and April 10, 2016, in an ocean view stateroom or above.

Norwegian Cruise Lines is offering an additional $100 on board credit on select sailings booked between April 4, 2016 and April 14, 2016, in a balcony stateroom or above.

Royal Caribbean is offering up to $200 on board credit for all 2016 sailings that are six nights or longer, booked between April 4, 2016 and April 13, 2016.

There are also some land promotions as well for certain land suppliers (Apple Vacations, Globus, Monograms, Avalon and Collette Vacations).

It is a great time to reserve your vacation!  Want details?  Of course you do!  I am always happy to check rates and availability for you.  You can give me a call at 888-882-5793 or 321735-0202, send me an email, or take a look at our newly designed website.  So, where do you want to go?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mystery Money plus Cancun Resort Giveaway!

Okay, we have TWO very exciting things going on right now ... an on board credit promo for cruises (up to $225, details below) and a 3 night stay in Cancun!

So, lets start with the on board credit promo ... For cruises booked from February 19th through February 29, 2016, that depart from March 29th through December 31, 2016, we will fund up to $225 on board credit.  Here is a simple grid that shows what types of sailings get what amount of on board credit:

And, one of the best things about this promotion is that it IS combinable with any cruise line promos that might be out there.  For example, many cruise lines are running their own promotions now (Celebrity Cruises has the Go Big, Better Best promo, Royal Caribbean has 30% off promo, Norwegian has their Pick 2 promo).  You would get any promotion from the cruise line that your cruise reservation qualifies for PLUS our on board credit promo.  Pretty sweet deal I would say!  So, if you are thinking of escaping the winter, booking your summer cruise or a holiday cruise, now is the time to do so!  What are you waiting for?  Give me a call,888-882-5793!

Now, on to our giveaway ... 

Would you like to win a 3 night stay at an all inclusive resort in Cancun?  Silly question, of course you would.  To honor National Umbrella Drink Day (which is February 24th) all you have to do is post your most creative photo of your favorite umbrella drink with the hashtag #umbrelladrinkday on the social media site of your choice (does not matter which one, the hashtag is being monitored).  This part of the promo will run from February 19, 2016, through February 24, 2016. There will be a random selection for the winner on February 25, 2016.   I would love for you to post a copy on my Facebook page as well so I can see all of those amazing Umbrella Drinks (I am a sucker for a great umbrella drink)!  You can also send me a tweet with your photo @CruisingTheSea.  If you would like to see the details, here is a page on my website that gives you all the details.  You can also find a yummy recipe for The Blue Dreamsicle on this page.  Feel free to add whatever ingredients you choose!

So, ready to book that cruise?  Ready to show us that fancy umbrella drink?  Give me a call, send me an email, or visit my website.  

Happy Cruising and Happy Umbrella Drink Day!  I cannot wait to see your photos!

Kathy Freer
CruiseOne Freer & Associates

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mystery Money has returned, but only for two days!

I absolutely loved this promo when it ran last year … and so excited that we have it back.  But it is for a very limited time.  This only applies to new bookings that are made from today, February 10, 2016, through Friday, February 12, 2016.  Sailings must depart between March 18, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Mystery Money gives the cruiser an on board credit ranging from $50 up to $225, which is dependent on the length and category the cruise is booked for.  Here are the details:

On board credit simply comes off your bill at the end of the cruise, which is great extra spending money!  So, for example, if you spend $500 while you are on board your 7 night cruise in a balcony stateroom, you would have received $125 on board credit from us.  That $125 comes off of your $500 bill, so you are only responsible for paying $375.  (Of course this is dependent on if you book within the promotion guidelines).

So, if you are looking to book that Spring Break sailing, that Summer sailing, holiday sailing, or anything this year, now is the time to do so!  Give me a call and let me help you plan your trip!  You can send me an email or visit my website as well.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your cruise!

Happy Sailing!

Kathy Freer

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Picks for the Best Family Cruise Vacations

A cruise is a great way to travel for a family vacation, whether you have 2 people or hundreds.  With today’s ships there is so much to do and there is something for everyone.  You can do as much or as little as you wish!  When I started my business over six years ago, I knew that I wanted to focus on family cruises.  Having four children between my husband and I, we know first-hand how challenging it can be to plan a vacation for six, much less plan one that makes everyone happy!  Knowing that I am not the only one in that boat, I have focused on creating family vacations that keep the kids happy and the parents relaxed (and sane!).

Here are some of my favorites for family cruise vacations, in no particular order.

Disney Cruise Line:  There is really nothing like a Disney cruise.  Let me start off by saying that yes, Disney cruises can be twice the cost of other cruises (sometimes more), but you do get what you are paying for.  I like Disney cruises for families with younger children.  The ships are absolutely gorgeous!  The access to the Disney characters is incredible.  The kids club is very large and has so much to offer for the kiddos, you might not even get to see your kids often it is so much fun!  The staterooms on board Disney are very spacious and are smartly designed.  They are larger than other cruise lines’ standard rooms and have a split bathroom design (sink and shower/tub in one room and toilet and sink in another).  This makes getting ready much easier!  Disney’s rotational dining is also a hit.  There are three main dining rooms that you rotate through and your wait staff travels with you.  If you have younger kids, Disney is definitely worth it.  To get a taste, try a 3 night sailing on the Disney Dream, which departs Friday afternoon and returns Monday morning.  For some savings, go off season.  My husband and I always say that if Disney had a casino we would sail without the kids!  Yes, there is no casino on board.  The kids club is so large, not sure they could even fit one in!  You can read one of my Disney Dream reviews here.

Norwegian Cruise Line:  I absolutely LOVE the new Norwegian ships (Epic, Breakaway, Getaway and Escape).  The Freestyle cruising makes Norwegian ideal for families.  There are no set dining times, no formal nights.  I don’t know about you, but our kids do not want to dress for dinner.  It’s hard enough to get them to meet us for dinner, let alone get dressed up!  The food on board these ships is incredible and there are so many dining options if you choose to take advantage of them.  There are plenty of included dining spots, but lots of other options that have either a cover charge or a’ la carte pricing that are definitely worth it.  When we travel with all the kids, we usually end up in adjoining balcony rooms, which makes it nice.  The kids have one room and their own bathroom and we parents have the same.  Norwegian also has an area called The Haven on some ships, which is an exclusive area accessed by key card only.  It is amazing!  You have a butler, concierge, and your own pool, lounge, bar, restaurant … talk about being spoiled!  We are actually doing the Haven over the summer with the kids in a 2 bedroom suite.  We cannot wait!  There are plenty of areas for the kids as well and lots of places for them to venture off to, whether it’s the arcade, pool or kids club.  The price point on Norwegian is good as well, and if you are able to combine it with one of the promos that Norwegian has been running it is a very good value.

Carnival Cruise Line:  This is one of our most popular lines when we sail with family.  The value is excellent and there are quite a few options for adjoining rooms if needed.  The service is always very good and the food is very good as well.  The atmosphere is fun for all of us and the ships are very nicely designed.  Carnival has some great itineraries as well.   The kids love roaming around the ship too.  We place some money on their account for spending so they can use it as they wish.  The most popular is the Cherry on Top (candy store) and the arcade.  The Carnival Vista comes out very soon, I am so excited to see this new ship.  We will be on board in November for our National Conference.

Royal Caribbean:  I love the environment of the larger Royal Caribbean ships.  They have a design unlike any other with the Royal Promenade down the center of the ship.  These ships feel so open and roomy.  Of course having the largest ships at sea helps too!  The larger of the Royal Caribbean ships (Voyager Class, Freedom Class, Oasis Class and Quantum Class) are a family vacationers dream.  There is so much to do on board for everyone such as ice skating, cupcake decorating, surf simulators, rock climbing, a carousel (Oasis Class), bumper cars (Quantum Class) and much more.  Plenty of food choices around as well, included and some for an additional fee.  The kids clubs are fantastic on board as well.  You can read my review of Allure of the Seas here and my review of Quantum of the Seas here.

So, are you ready to start looking for your next family cruise?  Give me a call and I can help with the entire process.   Keep in mind that by using CruiseOne Freer & Associates as your travel agent, you are getting incredible service at no additional charge!  Having been on over 30 cruises, and doing extensive training, I can help you find the perfect cruise vacation for your family, whether it is a small family traveling, or a large family reunion!  Give me a call today for details 888-882-5793!  I can also be reached via email, or feel free to browse my website for information.  I look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vacation Dollars Promo!

Happy New Year everyone!  To start off 2016, CruiseOne has launched the Vacation Dollars Promotion.

Here are the details:

The promotion runs from January 19, 2016, through January 26, 2016.  Cruises must be booked during this promotion window.

The promotion is applicable to sailings that depart from February 19, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

On board credit amount ranges from $50 per stateroom, up to $250 per stateroom, and it is dependent on the cruise length and stateroom category booked.  This is an exclusive offer from CruiseOne, so if the cruise line has their own offer, it is combinable!

Here is the on board credit amounts, based on sailing:

We also have some resort credit for some land vacations as well, based on length of stay (not all land qualifies, please inquire for details):

This is one of our richest promotions and one of my favorites.  We had one similar the same time last year, and it was fantastic.  It’s a great way to get some extra spending money for your vacation.  It is a great time to book that Spring Break, Summer or Holiday cruise!  Especially when this promotion is combinable with any promotions that the cruise lines may be offering.

Visit my website, send me an email or give me a call, 888-882-5793 to check sailings and rates!

Happy vacationing!
Kathy Freer
CruiseOne Freer & Associates