Coming to Universal Orlando Resort in 2017

We are very excited to share a first look into Universal’s Volcano Bay coming to Orlando in 2017! Universal Orlando Resort will be opening their third park in the Orlando area.

Universal Orlando Resort tells us there will be no standing in long lines, no wrestling with tubes and no waiting for the fun to begin. It will be a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer.

 

Where will it be on Universal Orlando Resort’s property?

Universal’s Volcano Bay will be conveniently located at Universal Orlando Resort next to Cabana Bay. The new Universal Orlando theme park will be within walking distance of some of the most amazing resort hotels in the Orlando area!

Universal's Volcano Bay

 

To find out more about Universal Orlando Resort or to book your next vacation, contact your favorite DWB Vacations team member today!

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line names the Godfather

Godfather Norwegian Escape

For about 4,000 years sailing vessels have named a Godmother to launch the ship and bless its journey and passengers. In recent years the cruise lines have taken to making celebrities the Godmother of new ships. Sometimes there is a natural tie in between the celebrity and the ship as when Jennifer Hudson was named the Godmother of the Disney Dream in 2011. Hudson formerly worked at Disney World before her American Idol days.

Today, in a step away from the traditional Godmother, Norwegian Cruise Line named Armando Christian Perez to be the GodFATHER of the new Norwegian Escape. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, it is because you probably know him as Pitbull, the miami based singer famous for hits like “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera and “Everything Tonight” with Ne-Yo.

The choice makes sense for many reasons.

First, it represents Norwegian Cruise’s less than traditional cruising style. In the announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line said, “”reinforces Norwegian’s nontraditional cruising that focuses on freedom and flexibility for guests.” Norwegian Cruise Line is known for their “freestyle” cruising that gives guests the freedom to choose. Guests can dress up or down or they can dine in a different restaurant every night. So it only makes sense that this honorary position should be just as nontraditional as the cruise line’s style.

Second, Pitbull has already been a partner with Norwegian Cruise Line The artist performed at the inauguration of the Norwegian Getaway in 2014 and for the Nov 9 pier side inauguration of the Escape he will perform again.

“Pitbull has been an excellent partner and great friend to Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president. “A Miami native, he epitomizes and contributes to the energy, excitement and local flavor that our ships so proudly embody and we’re excited to build upon our relationship and have him serve in this special role as Godfather to Norwegian Escape.”

Currently being built at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Escape will sail weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on November 14, 2015. The 164,600 gross ton ship will be the largest ever to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Escape’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey.

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Key West Vacation Must Do List

Have you ever wanted to visit Key West?  It’s a great vacation spot that you can get to by land or by sea!  Many of the cruise line have a stop on the island during their Bahamas and Caribbean sailings.  Whether you are visiting for a day or a long weekend there is plenty to do on the island.

Here are a few of my top must dos!

Take a ride on the conch tour train – you will get a nice overview and history of the island from your trolley.  The guides are very knowledgeable and you will see attractions you would like to go back to and explore more!

Take a family picture at the Southern Most point of the continental US, its only 90 miles to Cuba!

Key West

Tour Hemingway’s House – Take a guided tour of the house and see the famous 6 toed cats.

Do some shopping in Mallory square, visit the Key West Aquarium, the Shipwreck Treasure Museum during the day and take in the sunset and street vendors at night.  You will see everything from acrobatic cats to fire breathers as the sun goes down over the ocean!

View up to 60 different Buttery species and over 20 exotic bird species at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.

Take a day trip out to the Dry Tortugas National Park.  If you are in town for a few days take the ferry that departs every morning for a day of exploring and snorkeling the beautiful waters.  A sea plane is also available for shorter trips.

FL Keys

Of course no trip to Key West is complete without doing the Duval Crawl!  Start at Hogs Breath on the North End and work your way down.  Make sure you stop at Sloppy Joe’s for some great local music, see where Hemingway used to hang out at Capt. Tony’s Saloon, and have a margarita at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

No matter what you decide to do Key West is a diverse and entertaining destination!

I would love to help you plan your next vacation to the Keys or stop in Key West on your next cruise.Please let me know how I can help!!  – Malia

 

Where is Key West?

You’ll notice Key West is the last key in Florida. Key West is actually farther south than Nassau and only 90 miles from Cuba.

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

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River cruise now available from Adventures by Disney

Adventures By Disney is adding river cruising to their list of exciting adventures! Sailing wiABD Logo Stacked colorth AmaWaterways, the travel industry’s premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for you to experience the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy.

In 2016, Adventures by Disney will offer sailings along the Danube River, allowing your Clients to explore the iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

These 8-day/7-night active departures will take your Clients off the beaten path in search of the culture, art and unique stories intrinsic to each European city and town visited.  From medieval activities at Devin castle in Bratislava and a walk along the tree tops in Kopfing to a visit of locations filmed in “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg and biking in every port, the opportunities for exploration are endless!

 

When?

These exclusive Adventures by Disney sailings will take place July 7-14, July 14-21, July 21-28 and July 28 – Aug. 4, 2016. A special holiday themed sailing, departing Dec. 22, 2016, will also include visits to the renowned Christmas markets in Budapest and Vienna, a Vienna Boys Choir Christmas performance in the Hofburg Palace Chapel and a special holiday menu lunch.

 

Who?

Adventures by Disney is family friendly but there are minimum age requirements and recommended ages for any of their adventures. For the river cruise itinerary, the minimum age is 4 years old, but Adventures by Disney recommends the experience would be best for children ages 8 and older.

 

What is included?

With an Adventures by Disney River Cruise vacation, you can rest easy knowing that the essentials for an unforgettable family vacation are included with your stay:

  • Deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom
  • Your choice of multiple excursions daily
  • Services of Adventure Guides, on-board Cruise Director, on-board staff, and many local experts
  • All Gratuities
  • Fine dining with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on-board the ship
  • Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
  • Select meals off the ship for added experiences with regional cuisine
  • Cocktail reception, special welcome dinner, and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • All entertainment on-board the ship such as a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
  • Bottled water in all state rooms replenished daily
  • WiFi

 

river cruise for the family

For more information or to book this adventure, please contact us today!

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Norwegian Cruise Line Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line brings new fun to the open seas

For The Record: Dear John Hughes on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape 

Norwegian Cruise Line is serving more than Breakfast at The Supper Club. Spend an evening with a Brain an Athlete, a Princess, a Criminal and a Basketcase at For The Record: Dear John Hughes. This unique 360-degree post-modern cabaret brings the movies to life through their original soundtracks. Immerse yourself in the glorious 1980’s at this feast for the senses. “Twist and Shout” with Ferris, “Try A Little Tenderness” with Ducky and let Jake Ryan light your “Sixteen Candles.” No leg warmers required.

 

Food and Fun!

Along with this fun production, you will be able to enjoy new and unique dining experiences like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea, The Cellars (A Michael Mondavi Wine Bar) and more! There will be a bar called “The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar” as well as “Carlos’s Bake Shop” straight from the streets of Hoboken.

Fun for all!

Younger cruisers will enjoy Teenage Mutant Turtles mini golf and everyone will enjoy lots of water fun in the Aqua Park with 4 multi-story slides. The adventurous cruiser can climb on a 3 story ropes cruise while the tired cruisers can relax in the Mandara Spa.

 

Contact your favorite DWB Vacations agent to book your ESCAPE!

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Star Wars at Sea on Disney Cruise Line

Have you heard??

 

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Disney Cruise Line is introducing Star Wars Day at Sea on eight Disney Fantasy sailings this spring!

Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy cruises sailing on January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2 and 16, 2016. Departing from Port Canaveral, the seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and our private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

For more information, check out the Disney Parks Blog!

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YouTube can carry you from your desk to your dream vacation

Have you ever sat at your desk dreaming about a vacation? Do you have a wallpaper picture of something like this on your desktop…

Serenity Bay

Sometimes that sunny picture of your happy place just isn’t enough. This is where YouTube steps in. Sure we all think about YouTube for watching viral videos of cats getting stuck in boxes, but did you know that many of your favorite vacation destinations have their own YouTube channel?

Many popular vacation options have their own channel on YouTube and you can subscribe so that you get notified when they add new video content. Whether you are looking for something fun and entertaining like this clip from Southwest (with a shout out to RDU) or just looking for some mental relaxation like in this video about Aruba from GOGO Vacations, you can use YouTube for a mental getaway.

 

Below you will find links to several of our favorite YouTube channels that we like to subscribe to…

Disney Parks

Universal Orlando

Norwegian Cruise Line

Southwest Airlines

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Azul Resorts by Karisma Hotels

GOGO Vacations

 

So, where do you want to go next?

 

 

 

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Anna & Elsa from “Frozen” moving to Magic Kingdom with Fastpass+

Disney Parks Blog reported today that guest favorites, Anna & Elsa, are moving from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom where they will join their royal friends in Princess Fairytale Hall.  The popular sisters have attracted very long lines with wait times reported up to 4 hours. In their new home, guests will be able to use Fastpass+ to meet Anna and Elsa.

Elsa & Anna

Guests can meet Elsa and Anna using Disney’s Fastpass+ starting April 20

 

For more information, check out Disney Parks Blog.

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Disney adds extra Star Wars Weekend for 2014

Star Wars Weekends

Star Wars Weekends returns to the Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort will be adding a 5th weekend to their extremely popular Star Wars Weekend series for 2014. The weekends for 2014 will be…

  • Weekend I: May 16-18
  • Weekend II: May 23-25
  • Weekend III: May 30-June 1
  • Weekend IV: June 6-8
  • Weekend V: June 13-15

If you would like to start planning your trip to Disney World to experience a Star Wars Weekend, please call or email us today to take advantage of Disney’s spring vacation offer!

 

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