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  • Writer's pictureJohn Dostaler

John's Travel Update October 27, 2023

Happy Halloween! Fall is upon us with cooler weather and this is right about the time I start thinking of warm, sandy beaches and a frosty drink in my hands (sorry Pumpkin Spice Lattes - I love you too)! Lets talk travel!



Disney Cruise Line Opens Early 2025 Sailings


I feel like I'm beating a drum: but if you want the BEST pricing on a Disney Cruise Line vacation: booking EARLY is the best way to find the "lowest" pricing. Is Disney Cruise Line expensive? Yep. I can't argue with that!


However: the value and quality is what makes a Disney Cruise Line vacation stand out. From the rotational dining to the amazing kids clubs (oh wait, there's a wonderful spa too!): a Disney Cruise Line vacation FEELS like a true vacation. Characters wait around every corner with (for the most part) short lines! If you want ALL the magic of a Disney vacation but don't want to ruin your feet running around the theme parks - this is the trip for you!

Bookings open up to the general public on November 6, 2023. However: if you're a member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club (Silver, Gold, Platinum or Pearl) - you can book earlier!


In early 2025, the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream and Disney Magic will all offer an assortment of three- to five-night getaways from Florida to Disney Cruise Line’s Bahamian destinations – the new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point and the beloved Disney Castaway Cay. The Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while the Disney Dream and Disney Magic will voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Following its maiden voyage on Dec. 21, 2024, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Treasure, will embark on an inaugural season of seven-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Eastern Caribbean sailings will take families to the beautiful island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Disney Castaway Cay and either San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Thomas, while Western Caribbean sailings will bring families to destinations such as Falmouth in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. The week-long voyages will offer at least two days at sea, giving families more time to enjoy the unique spaces, immersive dining and world-class entertainment onboard the Disney Treasure.


Ready for YOUR Disney Cruise Line adventure? Click the button below to get started!


 

ALL ABOARD!


I have some several (amazing) clients who LOVE rail journeys! And honestly: What's NOT to love? We aren't talking the L in Chicago, folks: comfortable rail cars with amenities for days. But the BEST part of a rail vacation is you will venture into areas that very few have traveled! You will scale mountains that only the train (and you) will see! Check out some of the best trips below (just click on the right side of the slide to see them all!):


 

How YOU Can Travel And Save Money!


Don't worry: I'm not trying to recruit you into an MLM - but many people don't know the benefits of traveling in a group! Do you belong to a club or have a big family and want to take a group vacation? Every cruise line (almost) and my trusted travel partners offer GROUP travel discounts - and the savings can be VERY good. How Good? So good that if you have enough people in your group - you can travel for free!


WHAT? FREE?!?! Yes - but as with anything in life: it comes with some restrictions and rules. But here's the quick overview of the benefits of a group vacation:



  • Free Cabin (on a cruise) or Room at a Resort if you have enough travelers!

  • Upgrades and/or On-Board-Credit

  • At Resorts: private cocktail hours and dinners

  • Booking Discounts/Savings For Everyone In Group

I work with MANY group travelers: Birthdays, Bachelor/Bachelorette Trips, Destination Weddings, Clubs, Multi-generational Families!


The minimum amount varies by season and destination/type of travel. In some cases, you'll receive a refund AFTER the trip in the amount of a room (or two).


You can even SHARE the discount: I have a group of travelers who created their own "Travel Club". They vacation to different All-Inclusive Resorts all over Mexico and the Caribbean. They receive a refund after the trip and use that amount to place deposits on their NEXT trip for everyone in the group! It's a great way to keep the fun going!


The savings are great BUT: the biggest perk is you won't do ANY of the work. I can create a unique webpage for your group with ALLLL the details! I take everyone's information, coordinate with each traveler: you won't need to hunt people down - that's MY job!


I'm probably doing a TERRIBLE job of describing this in writing because there are differences with each destination/company. But I can get these types of offers from African Safaris to a cruise in the Med and even a tropical trip to Mexico!


Here's a little more information about Group Travel:




Drop me a line at john@travelprojohn.com and let's talk about a group vacation!



LAST MINUTE SAVINGS (HUGE!) ON VIRGIN VOYAGES!


I just returned from ANOTHER amazing Virgin Voyages cruise! I'm not kidding: the pizza and the Greek salad are the BEST I've ever had! Have dietary restrictions? Virgin Voyages has you covered with plenty of Vegan/Vegetarian and Gluten Free options!


CHECK OUT THIS LIMITED-TIME OFFER:


40% off + $300 in free drinks

Sail and save on one of our two exciting itineraries on Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady, or both — and score 40% off plus a free $300 Bar Tab, on us. But hurry, you only have three days to score these savings that sail away on October 29, 2023.

WHAT YOU GET

  • 40% off Scarlet Lady’s 5-night Riviera Maya November 5 - 10, 2023 or November 19 - 24, 2023

  • 40% off Valiant Lady’s 6-night Western Caribbean Charm November 26 - December 2, 2023 or December 10 - 16, 2023

  • $300 Bar Tab per cabin on any of these sailings

  • Florida residents get an extra 15% off with code FLRate

  • Loyalty Sailors get an extra 10% off and sail with Deep Blue Extras

  • I can get you an ADDITIONAL $100 in Bar Tab!

NEED TO KNOW

  • This limited-time offer of 40% off the voyage fare is valid between October 27-29, 2023. It can be used towards two 5-night Riviera Maya Scarlet Lady voyages and two 6-night Western Caribbean Charm Valiant Lady voyages. A free $300 Bar Tab will be added per cabin. All voyages include 20+ eateries, fitness classes, tips, WiFi, and essential drinks.

TRAVEL DATES

  • Nov 5, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023


Click the button below and check out these savings!

That's it! Next blog post will be ALLL about Black Friday sales!


- John


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