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Winter cruise getaways with Wishes

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Winter cruise getaways with Wishes

Winter 2019 doesn’t have to mean snow and cold. It can mean warm water and white sands, especially when you join Wishes Family Travel on a group cruise from Charleston, SC!

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Wishes Family Travel is blessed that our “home base” is just a few short hours from one of Carnival Cruise Line’s ports, Port of Charleston. There are sailings that depart year-round onboard the Carnival Ecstasy, a Sensation class ship with casino, lounges and nightclubs, Carnival WaterWorks and more.

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Wishes will offer two group sailings leaving from Charleston during the winter 2019. The first is to the Bahamas, leaving on Jan. 22 and returning Jan. 27. During this sailing guests will visit both Nassau and Half Moon Cay.

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If you’d like to join us, then you’ll need to have a deposit ready by September 18, 2018. The remaining balance is due in full by November 23, 2018.

I recommend arriving a day or two prior to your sailing or extend your vacation a few days to enjoy the Southern hospitality you’ll find in Charleston as well! There is so much to see and do in this historic city – so much, in fact, that it is covered in a blog post of its own!

 We hope you’ll join us as we warm up winter! You can request a quote via email to info@wishesfamilytravel.com with the subject line January Carnival Group Cruise or March Carnival Group Cruise.

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Book by: 12.31.18 Fairmount Southampton in Bermuda

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Book by: 12.31.18 Fairmount Southampton in Bermuda

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Horsin’ around at Walt Disney World

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Horsin’ around at Walt Disney World

By: Corrie Krpejs
8.9.18

Have someone in your family that loves horses? Walt Disney World has plenty to offer outside of the parks for your horse enthusiast. From carriage rides to trail rides, be sure to take some time to “horse” around.

 

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Carriage Rides

                  Take a 25-minute ride on a horse-drawn carriage ride. You have your choice of two beautiful resorts. At Port Orleans Riverside you will travel along the Sassagoula River. Or if you prefer a wooded trail, consider boarding your carriage at Fort Wilderness Resort.

Holiday Sleigh Rides

During the month of December at Fort Wilderness Resort you can enjoy a decorated “sleigh” ride. Rides are 25 minutes long.

 

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Tri-Circle-D Ranch

                  Head on over to the stables to see a variety of horses! You might even see Cinderella’s ponies. You might also see some of the horses being prepared for their trip down Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. Here at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch is where you can enjoy trail rides, wagon rides and pony rides. Some of the activities here do have a cost but it is free to just visit the ranch.

Trail Rides

Take a 45-minute guided trail ride and enjoy the beauty that surrounds Fort Wilderness Resort. Riders need to be 9 years of age and up to enjoy. This is perfect for beginners and intermediate riders. More experienced riders might find the pace too slow, but still might enjoy riding at Walt Disney World.

Pony Rides

                  Perfect for your little ones! Pony rides are offered daily from 10:00-5:00 pm. Riders must be over the age of 2 years, under 80 pounds, and no taller than 48 inches. Cost is $8 (cash only) and reservations are not required.

Wagon Rides

                  How about an activity that you can all enjoy together? Experience a 25-minute wagon ride that departs daily from Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Current cost is $12 for ages 10 years and up, and $8 for ages 3-9 years. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Have a large family gathering? Consider a Group wagon ride for 30-35 guests at $300 and is available with a 24-hour notice.

 

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Resorts for Horse Lovers

                  Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – There is so much to see and do at this resort that you could just spend an entire week here. Offering four different types of campsites that include tents to large RV’s, include a picnic table, grill, water, electrical, and cable hook-up. These sleep a maximum of 10 guests. Or consider staying in a Cabin. These accommodate six people and have a full kitchen.

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa- This resort is themed to represent the love of Horse Racing in late 1800’s Saratoga Springs, New York. You’ll enjoy the Victorian beauty of this Deluxe Resort and Disney Springs is only a boat-ride away! Spread out in Studio Rooms, or villas with full kitchens. Or else consider their Treehouse Villas that sleep nine. There is also so much to do at this resort, from enjoying the Paddock Pool and it’s 146-foot-long waterslide, to golfing, or just relaxing at the Senses Spa.

Be sure to contact me for more information on any of these add-ons or resorts! Also, be sure to follow my Facebook page for daily updates.

 

Corrie Krpejs

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corrie@wishesfamilytravel.com

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Confirms Orders for Fifth and Sixth Ships in Next Generation of Newbuilds for Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Confirms Orders for Fifth and Sixth Ships in Next Generation of Newbuilds for Norwegian Cruise Line
By: Norwegian Cruise Line Blog 
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Confirms Orders for Fifth and Sixth Ships in Nex

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), (together with NCL Corporation Ltd., “Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings”, “Norwegian” or the “Company”) today announced it confirmed its previously announced options for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships with Fincantieri S.p.A. for Norwegian Cruise Line for delivery in 2026 and 2027.

“These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild program and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “Our six-ship Leonardo Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests.”

At 140,000 gross tons and accommodating approximately 3,300 guests, this next generation class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found across Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet, including the most recent Breakaway Plus Class ships, and feature a host of inventive designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience.  A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. The smaller footprint will also broaden deployment opportunities around the world.  Details on the many innovative guest-facing and first at sea features will be announced at a later date.

“Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in our Company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

With today’s announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for a total of eight vessels for delivery through 2027.  The Company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.

The effectiveness of these orders is contingent on the Company’s entry into committed financing arrangements.

About Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort- style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including studios for solo travelers, connecting staterooms, spacious suites, in addition to the exclusive The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe to nearly 300 destinations, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships.

About Fincantieri S.p.A.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is a leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems, and components production and after-sales services.

Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With almost 19,000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is a partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programmes.
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Originally published: https://www.ncl.com/travel-blog/norwegian-cruise-line-holdings-confirms-orders-fifth-and-sixth-ships-next-generation

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Jedi Training: A Memorable Experience For Any Young Star Wars Fan

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Jedi Training: A Memorable Experience For Any Young Star Wars Fan

By: Shania Brainard
8.7.18

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers one of the most unique, exciting experiences for the youngest of Star Wars fans: Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This exhilarating experience allows children between the ages of 4 and 12, to join the league of Jedis and train to use both the force and lightsabers to battle the villains of the Dark Side. And currently, this amazing opportunity is included in the price of your park ticket.

 

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On a recent family trip to Disney, my son was able to participate in this amazing experience, and he still claims it to be the highlight of his trip. There are some important things to know when considering adding Jedi Training to your Hollywood Studios touring plan.

Participation in Jedi Training availability is first come, first serve. There are only a certain numbers of spots available each day for children to take part, so it is important to arrive early and sign up for a spot. My son and I arrived about twenty minutes before the park opened, and there was already a line of people ready to sign up. Upon entering the park, cast members were standing along the path with signs directing the crowd to Jedi Training sign-ups. This is something to consider if you plan on “rope dropping” any other rides on your morning at Hollywood Studios, because sign-ups took us about a half hour.

 

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Jedi Training is strictly for children ages 4 to 12, and they must be present with you at the time of sign-up. When we were there they were very strict on ages. Before assigning a child a show time, they asked each child their age directly. Before signing your child up for this experience, please take into consideration if your child has stage fright, a true fear of masked characters, or may be too overwhelmed to participate, as I saw a few children crying before show time.

Jedi Training takes place throughout the day. There are multiple showtimes and cast members assign children a return time to come back and participate. They did allow us to give preference as to our show time when we asked, but as spaces fill up options become very limited.

When you return for your time slot (at Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost), they take attendance and children are assigned spots to stand in line with all of the other children participating in the show. One parent must remain at the outpost with the child, but if there are other adults visiting the park with you, I would encourage them to go find a spot near the stage.

While at the outpost cast members have fun with the kids, telling Star Wars jokes and funny stories while they fit children for Jedi robes and pass out lightsabers to borrow. When all the children are ready to train, they march the children over to the stage area while Star Wars music plays loudly over speakers, setting the mood. Children gather on the stage and the show begins.

Children are led through different exercises using the force and their lightsabers. Once children learn a short routine, each child has a chance to show off their skills. They are each brought to the center of the stage and walked through the routine, this time facing none other than the most despised villains of the Empire, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. The build-up to this is monumental and I had goosebumps watching my son battle Darth Vader.

 

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The show itself lasts about twenty minutes, but from arriving at the outpost I would plan for an hour. It was well worth the time spent that day, as it was certainly a fun adventure for my son, and so memorable for me. I am a huge fan of this unique experience for any young Star Wars fan!

I would love to help you plan a trip to Hollywood Studios so your young Star Wars fan can become the next Jedi. Follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shainabrainard.wft or email me at shaina@wishesfamilytravel.com so we can start planning your magical vacation!

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Book By: 10.7.18 Fall into a season of fun at Walt Disney World!

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Book By: 10.7.18 Fall into a season of fun at Walt Disney World!

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Book through 12/24/18 for stays most nights 11/11–12/24/18.

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#BeattheHeat – Vol 2 Disney Pools

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#BeattheHeat – Vol 2 Disney Pools

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes

By: Christina Szewczuk
8.2.18

Among the many unique dining experiences at Walt Disney World is the trendy bowling alley-restaurant, Splitsville! It’s located in Disney Springs in the West Side area near the Super Hero Store and the Star Wars store (two of my favorites)! Splitsville does accept the Disney Dining plan (one table service credit per person). You book your dining and bowling separately, so if you just want to bowl or eat dinner you can do that. Your Wishes Family Travel Agent can book it for you however you’d like!

 

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The style of the restaurant gives the feeling of a modern, elegant 50’s bowling alley. There is plenty of red neon inside and out, but it doesn’t feel overdone. You get a retro feel from it but contemporary touches such as cool star-like light fixtures as shown in the photo keep its modern style in tact.

 

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When you walk in, the hostess stand is to the left, but they are waiting to greet you near the doors to check you in. You will eat separately from your bowling experience so you’ll have a dining time and a bowling time. There are clusters of bowling alleys interwoven through the dining areas and you can see people bowling throughout the restaurant. We were seated in the upper level by the window, which gave us a nice view of Disney Springs. When we were there, there was a private party at the bar upstairs and there was not much action on the lanes.

 

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All of our meals were tasty, no complaints. The kids enjoyed pizza and chicken fingers – standard dietary staples for kids. I had a glass of wine with the delicious Buffalo Chicken Sandwich off the “Handhelds” section of the menu. It was a nicely sized chicken patty with buffalo sauce (not too spicy), ranch, lettuce and tomato situated on a toasty bun. My husband had a salad, which he deemed a “typical salad” paired with a beer.

 

Overall the modern-retro design was nice and the upbeat atmosphere made for a nice meal shared together. For the “Luxury” denotation, we expected the bill to be higher, but it was a reasonably priced meal. I would recommend this place to anyone. It’s a good place for a couple to enjoy a date and equally good for a family meal such as ours.

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If you have any questions or comments about this restaurant, please feel free to contact me at Christina@WishesFamilyTravel.com. For more tips and tricks, follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

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Photo Highlights from the New Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

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Photo Highlights from the New Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

by , Public Relations Manager, Adventures by Disney
Originally Published 7.17.18

This summer, guests are now enjoying the all-new Adventures by Disney Iceland vacation for the first time. Adventurers are enjoying the unparalleled natural beauty of this island nation as they explore its dramatic landscapes and coastline that feature majestic waterfalls, lunar-like valleys, mountainous glaciers and stunning volcanoes.

Our Adventure Guides are sharing some of their favorite photos from the adventure thus far. These pics are sure to inspire you to book a future Adventures by Disney vacation to Iceland!

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

First up, what trip to Iceland would be complete with a visit to the legendary Blue Lagoon? Here guests can achieve spiritual serenity as while soothing their mind, body and soul in this blissful oasis.

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Iceland on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

The Blue Lagoon, along with many other breathtaking sights, are located near the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. A hub of art and culture, Reykjavik is home to unique cuisine and fascinating architecture, such as the iconic, and hard to pronounce, Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland.

Icelandic Horses on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

Animal lovers on our first departures were excited to saddle up and ride through the scenic Southwest Coast on an Icelandic Horse, just like the Vikings who introduced this unique breed to Iceland.

Traveler taking photo at Seljalandsfoss on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

Iceland is known for its abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls, and with Adventures by Disney you can see some of the grandest the country has to offer. At Seljalandsfoss guests hiked behind the falls for a truly special view – the backside of water!

Traveler taking photo on Skaftafell Glacier on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

After departing Reykjavik, adventurers headed East for a hike on Skaftafell Glacier. Here they explored the dramatic terrain of ice formations, glacier-carved landscapes and vast panoramic views of the surrounding mountains (and got a little wacky with their photo ops).

Vatnajokull and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon on Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation

Next up, a boat ride amongst the massive icebergs broken off from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, now adrift on the iconic Jökulsárlόn Glacier Lagoon.

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A snowball fight with these ice chunks would surely be epic, if they weren’t too massive to lift!

As amazing as all these destinations look, we’ve only made it to Day 3 of this unforgettable vacation! I’ll be back with more photos from the Adventures by Disney Iceland vacation soon. Keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog to follow along!

 

Originally Published: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/07/photo-highlights-from-the-new-adventures-by-disney-iceland-vacation/

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Things to Know When Planning a Disney Cruise!

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Things to Know When Planning a Disney Cruise!

By: Anna Trosper
7.31.18

You have taken the first step and have decided to go on a Disney Cruise. Now, how do you pick what cruise destination to go on? Disney has four ships in their fleet: the Disney Dream, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Magic and the Disney Fantasy. And each offers several itineraries to choose from, making it easy to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing only one. This is where I come in to help. As your Wishes Family Travel agent, I will get to know your likes and dislikes and your wants and needs. I will help you find the right cruise for your trip!

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Here are a few things to think about when picking a Disney Cruise for your trip.

  1. Where do you want to go? That sounds easy right? Well it can be but with all the great itineraries to choose from this also can become a challenge. What is your main objective? Are you looking to escape to warmer weather? Or maybe you would like to discover the beauty of Alaska? Maybe you are thinking of something international? Whatever your travel goal is, I can help match it to the perfect itinerary.
  2. When do you want to go? That is a big question. This also depends on where you want to go. Do you want to go to the Bahamas during hurricane season? Not so much. I will help you pick the best time of year for the destination you want to visit.
  3. Choose the itinerary. So, you say you want to go to the Caribbean. Great! But where to? Do you know how many islands make up the Caribbean? Disney has many itineraries to choose from. We can go over them all and find the right one for you.
  4. Choose a Departing Port. This kind of goes along with number three, but it is important to mention. You may live close to a port and that is your first criteria. Choosing a port is important for many reasons, but most important is cost. How much is it going to cost to get there? While, in my opinion, the southern Caribbean itineraries are more exciting than maybe the Bahamas, for example, but it is also much, much, MUCH more expensive to get there. It is more affordable to get my family to Port Canaveral versus getting them to the Port of San Juan. So, make sure you take into consideration your departing port when choosing your cruise.
  5. Which Disney cruise ship do you want to sail on?If you are like me, you may not care, but to some this is the most important aspect of taking a Disney cruise. Each ship offers something different. If you are one of those who absolutely MUST sail on the Disney Dream, THIS needs to be your first step. The ships in the Disney fleet only sail certain routes during specific times of the year. Also note that not all ships travel to all destinations. If your vacation bliss depends on sailing a specific ship, make sure you begin your travel planning with that ship in mind.

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So, as you see there is a lot that goes into planning and booking a Disney Cruise. I would be very happy to help you with any and all of your questions. This only covers selecting and booking your cruise. I will then help you with all the other planning and fun that goes along with rest of a Disney Cruise experience. For a no obligation, FREE Quote call me at: 1(817)304-0326 or you can fill out the quote request form by Clicking HERE!

I look forward to helping you plan a very magical vacation!

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