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
$2,000 - $2,999
$3,000 - $3,999
$4,000 - $4,999
$5,000 - $5,999
$6,000 +

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!
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