Royal Caribbean International took ownership of the world’s largest cruise ship!
Thirty-six months, 4,700 shipbuilders and crew, and one common goal: to deliver the ultimate family adventure. Royal Caribbean International honored the instrumental project team of Symphony of the Seas during the highly anticipated delivery event at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France, led the traditional flag-changing ceremony, which symbolizes the ship’s official delivery from the ship builder to Royal Caribbean.
Symphony of the Seas by the numbers
To book your adventure on Symphony of the Seas or on any vacation, please contact your favorite DWB Vacations agent today!
Royal Caribbean is redefining the family vacation with the most adventurous and dynamic family suite in travel. Set to debut in March 2018 on board the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, the next generation of family accommodations comes to life with the two-level Ultimate Family Suite. Filled with activities and amenities designed for discovery, from an in-suite slide and a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall to a 3D movie theater-style room, the 1,346-square-foot space activates the imagination of travelers of all ages.
Contact your favorite DWB Vacations agent today for more information or a free quote!
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You may have heard a lot of chatter about the changes to driver’s license in the US. If you are planning on flying on or after January 22, 2018, you need to make sure you understand the new requirements and that you meet them. Travel Insured International, the preferred travel protection provider of DWB Vacations, has a great article explaining the changes. Some states have already adopted the changes while others have not.
But how do you know if your state is compliant or not for REAL ID?
You can easily go to the Homeland Security website and check. As long as your state is listed as complaint, your license is acceptable until October 1, 2020. If your state is not complaint, you need to have a secondary form of identification like a passport in order to fly.
How do I get a passport??
- 1) print the application (not sure which form? try the form wizard)
- 2) collect the needed documents
- 3) have your picture taken
- 4) pay the fees
- 5) submit it!
You already know we love the Universal Orlando Resort! If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen our pictures from previous trips, including our trip last December to experience Grinchmas! Well this year they are stepping it up a notch (or two!). Check out this video for what you can expect this year and then call your favorite DWB Vacations agent to book your stay!
In case you didn’t see any of our Universal Orlando Resort trip last year, here’s some of the fun…
Macy’s Holiday Parade
The balloons from the Macy’s Thanskgiving Day parade were one of our favorites!
The Who’s from Whoville came out to say HI!
And remember, #ShopLocalTravelFar and #DWBcanbookthat
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There is absolutely nothing like it at sea! Words can’t describe the thrill known as the Ultimate Abyss onboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas but numbers can!
Watch this for all the details…
And then call your favorite DWB Vacations team member to book your cruise so you can see for yourself!
Over the last 13 years of having children we have taken our children on countless vacations but it recently occurred to me that I have only taken my parents with us 3 or 4 times. We took them to Disney World and on some shorter weekend travel adventures. I have been so busy making memories with my own children that I forgot to make memories with my own parents. This year I plan to change that. They aren’t necessarily up for a cruise around the world or trekking through the trails in a foreign country, but there are plenty of things we can do with them that they will enjoy that my children will also enjoy.
Ideas for multigenerational travel
The options are endless depending on your budget and the health and mobility of your parents. Of course every grandparent wants to see the sparkle of Disney World in their grandchild’s eyes. I think it is safe to say that is on everyone’s (or at least everyone with small children) bucket list.
Cruising is a fantastic vacation for older adults that may not care to run through theme parks or up and down mountains. Cruising is the ideal multigenerational vacation because there is something for everyone. Most modern cruise ships have everything from nurseries and kid’s clubs with Wii and XBox to Bingo and movies.
Many of the newest Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships have zip lines, rock climbing, ice skating and water slides but they also have an area called Central Park where you can just relax and take in nature. There are beautiful sitting areas where you can just read a book or chat with a friend. There really is something for everyone!
For most people there are even great weekend getaways that are in driving distance. Vacations do not always have to be grand events that costs thousands of dollars and last for days. Often, special memories are made in 2-3 days close to home. Anything under 5 or 6 hours may be manageable with an older adult. We are taking my parents to the beach for spring break this year. This will not be an extravagant adventure but it will be meaningful. We can sit and watch the waves crash together. They can eat at our children’s favorite restaurant. Most importantly we will all remember our time together.
IMVoyager.com recently posted some great travel tips for traveling with someone that is older in age. Most of the tips were honestly common sense but they were great reminders of the things we often get busy and overlook. One was a simple as remembering to accommodate their medication. When we traveled to Disney World with them, I made sure we had a working refrigerator for my dad’s diabetic medicine. Not a big deal really, but I took the time to make sure he had what he needed. My favorite tip from the blog’s list was the last one. “Enjoy the time, it will get over soon.” To read the post, you can find it on IMVoyager’s blog.
The most magical place on Earth is not always the most magical place. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and crowded. This can be difficult for any parent to navigate but this task can seem like climbing a mountain with two ton boulders tied to both your ankles for a special needs parent.
As a special needs mom, I can relate. Making the most stressful – I mean, magical place – on Earth more enjoyable may seem like an insurmountable task, but there are some tips and tricks that can make your little one’s experience at Disney the best time of their lives!
Pack light but accordingly
This may seem like a no brainer, but with all the excitement that goes into a Disney trip it is easy to forget something. Most people are great at making sure they bring all their supplies from home, but it’s very easy to leave those supplies right there in your resort as you head out for a fun-filled day at the parks.
During one of our trips my son had a colostomy bag. I thought I had packed everything and was totally prepared. An hour or two into the day at the park, his bag exploded. No big deal, I had supplies right? Wrong! I had left one of the pieces I needed to change his bag back at the resort.
Luckily there were awesome cast members who helped us out, but I have learned since then to always be prepared. I make myself a checklist and post it on the exit door to the resort. I double check my day bag right before I head out the door to ensure that my magical day isn’t ruined by a not so magical moment.
Accessories are a must
There are so many little accessories that can make a huge impact on your trip. Noise canceling headphones can be great to drown out the noise of the crowds, parades, and fireworks. Both of my children have sensory integration disorder, and have a hard time with loud sounds. Headphones are the only way my kids are able to enjoy the firework shows! Even regular headphones can be a huge help if your children have issues with loud sounds or crowds.
Fidget toys are also a great item to have for kids who need a little sensory action while waiting in the long lines or for parades. Sunglasses can also be helpful for the bright lights that can be found all around your favorite parks. If your children have a hard time with the sun or the heat, a hat and a water mister can be a life saver. There is nothing worse than your child having a meltdown when some simple accessories could have prevented the situation.
Turn your stroller into a wheelchair
Another awesomely simple way to help create a safe place for your little one during your Disney trip is to turn their stroller into a wheelchair. My son has PTSD and has a difficult time with crowds. By turning his stroller into a wheelchair he is able to have a barrier between himself and the crowds. Since his stroller is also a wheelchair, he is able to stay in his stroller through the line queue which can be full of noisy, pushy crowds. When the crowds get to be too much my son, he just pulls his hat over his face and lays down in the stroller and is able to hide from the world.
This also allows you to keep your supplies close at hand in case you need them. There is nothing worse than having to leave a line you have been waiting in for hours because your child has a crisis. Making your stroller a wheelchair can erase this problem almost completely.
Use the Program
There have been a lot of complaints among the special needs community about the changes that Disney made to the DAS (disability access service card) a few years ago. The reality, however, is that if you are informed about the new program, it can be a life saver for you and your family. When you enter your first park on the first day of your trip, simply go to guest services and ask for a DAS. They will take the picture of the individual that the pass is for and will link the pass directly to your magic bands. The whole party gets linked, so make sure everyone is with you. Then you just go to the fast pass return queue for each ride and get a return time. That’s it! Then enjoy your time until it’s your turn to ride and simply return with all the members of your party. Everyone taps their magic band and voila! Access granted.
One of the best parts of this new program is the people in queue don’t know you are using the DAS system. They simply think you have a fast pass return time. So no rude looks or comments and you get to enjoy your ride!
Planning to do anything more than just the daily routines for a special needs parent can be overwhelming. The thought of trying to make a place like Disney accessible to your special one can seem impossible. But with proper planning, a few tricks, and lots of pixie dust, your vacation can be one of the most wonderful experiences each member of the family ever has.