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John's Travel Update July 22, 2022

My family (and I) have made it to beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts! It's HOT (pretty much like everywhere else in America) - and there are some pretty fun updates this week!

Disney Cruise Line Announces Fall 2023 Schedule!

Disney Cruise Line will offer enchanting fall vacations that take families coast-to-coast in 2023, including special sailings with spook-tacular surprises, holiday cheer and the fleet’s first-ever departures from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With cruises from Florida, California and New York, adults and children alike will discover the wonder of the holidays aboard Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises.

Halloween on the High Seas cruises will return from mid-September through October 2023. Aboard these not-so-spooky sailings, you will eat, drink and be scary with your favorite characters dressed in Halloween costumes, celebrate the season at Mickey’s Mouse-querade party, enjoy trick-or-treating at sea and more.

From early November through December, Disney Cruise Line ships will be extra merry and bright during Very Merrytime Cruises that celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. On these sailings, Disney magic will take on a whole new meaning with characters dressed in festive garb from head to (mistle)toe, a special tree-lighting ceremony, holiday décor, and special guests – Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Bookings open on July 28, 2022. Castaway Club and select other affinity groups may take advantage of the following extended early booking windows:

  • Platinum Castaway Club Members, Golden Oak and Club 33 Members: Monday, July 25, 2022

  • Gold Castaway Club Members: Tuesday, July 26, 2022

  • Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club and Adventure Insiders: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

  • Bookings open to all Guests: Thursday, July 28, 2022

CLICK HERE to get started!

MagicBand+ is launching July 27 at Walt Disney World Resort!

Unlike the "classic" MagicBand: MagicBand+ has great new features, including color-changing lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition – plus it pairs to a smartphone using the My Disney Experience app. Once MagicBand+ launches, you can pick the perfect band from more than 25 designs and enjoy several new experiences available at launch.

As part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, you can interact with the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection throughout all four theme parks with the “Disney Fab 50 Quest.” Help Tinker Bell bring the sculptures to life across all four Walt Disney World theme parks using virtual pixie dust from Tink!

Stay tuned for more great details of MagicBand+!

Virgin Voyages Changes To COVID Policies

With the end of the CDC's voluntary COVID-19 program for the cruise industry - Virgin Voyages has announced that pre-arrival COVID testing will be dropped for "sailors" who are booked on upcoming cruises.

In addition to that change - Virgin Voyages will allow 10% of passengers to be unvaccinated - which is a HUGE change. As with everything - there are rules and restrictions and as your travel advisor - I'll help you step through the process and qualification if you're unvaccinated.

I LOVE Virgin Voyages! The cruises are upscale in food and drink but NOT stuffy at all! Their private beach club in Bimini (Bahamas) was AMAZING! The cabins are thoughtful and SMART! I have been on PLENTY of cruises in this career and Virgin Voyages is my TOP PICK - especially if you're wanting an adults-only escape!

Contact me today for more information and to get you booked on a Virgin Voyages cruise!

That's a WRAP for this week! Have a safe weekend and I hope to hear from YOU soon to book your next vacation!

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