Sailing New Waters: Disney Cruise Lines’ First-Time Sailings

From the Caribbean to Europe Disney Cruise Lines are known for their many choices of destinations. Departing from places such as New York, Miami, or Texas, to name a few, Disney Cruise Lines can take you almost anywhere! With that said, they now have even more exciting news! In the fall of 2018, Disney Cruise Lines will embark on two brand-new adventures to the sandy beaches of Bermuda and the romantic city of Quebec. For the first time in over 21 years, Disney Cruise Lines has expanded its itineraries to Bermuda and Quebec City. The addition of these two destinations brings the chance for new port adventures and experiences for passengers of all ages!

Bermuda

bermuda-1514346_960_720Castaway on a 5-night cruise headed to the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda this October. Board Disney’s oldest ship, Disney Magic, for an adventure you won’t soon forget. Departing from New York, New York on October 4th, Disney Magic will sail you to the beautiful King’s Wharf, Bermuda where you will spend two full days. As if that wasn’t enough, Disney Magic is also sailing out of New York, New York, on October 13th for a 6-night Bermuda Cruise. This adventure will allow you to spend 3 full days exploring the beautiful land of Bermuda. Known for its vast coral reefs and beautiful waters, Bermuda offers a paradise-like experience.

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King’s Wharf, Bermuda provides visitors of all ages with an alluring list of adventures. Take the family on a scuba diving excursion around the beautiful coral reefs of Bermuda. With shallow  and practically transparent waters, this activity is fun for everyone! In addition, you can take the family to climb to the top of the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse or visit the Historic Streets of St. George. Of course, Bermuda is full of great shops for your inner shopaholic. Now don’t worry, you can always trade a day of shopping in for a day on the pristine golf courses of Bermuda. With these just being a few of the many activities Bermuda has to offer, you’ll never run out of options.

Quebec City

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Quebec City

Love romantic cities with rich history? Take on the historic streets of Quebec City. Disney is offering two 7-night cruises out of New York, New York to Quebec City. Each sailing will offer stops in Saguenay and Baie-Comeau along with two full days in Quebec City. Sail your way to endless memories this September on the ship, Disney Magic.

Quebec City Adventures

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Montmorency Falls

Discover the history of Quebec City through antique churches and beautiful stone homes in Old Quebec. Make your way to the Aquarium du Quebec to see 300 species of animals. Then, take a stroll to the outdoor park where you will see polar bears and walruses. When it comes to beautiful landscapes, Quebec City is not lacking. Take your family on a hike to Montmorency Falls where they can see a waterfall that is one-and-a-half times the size of Niagara Falls! With two full days in Quebec City, your options are endless!

Why Carnival Ecstasy?

All aboard the Carnival Ecstasy! Recently renovated, The Ecstasy is one of Carnival’s most experienced ships filled with fun activities for the entire family! With over 850 feet of space for fun and adventure, you’re sure to make memories that will last a life time. From enjoying a juicy burger with the family and Guy’s Burger Joint (Yes, Guy Fieri.. the chef!) to making a splash at Carnival WaterWorks this ship is set to make your dreams come true.

Included Onboard Activities: Dining

Carnival’s Ecstasy offers over 16 different dining options that are included in your cruise price. Not to mention the additional 5 options such as Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast! Click here to view all of Carnival’s Dining options.

Guy’s Burger Joint

Enjoy watching guy Fieri explore new foods and flavors on Food Network? Well know it’s your turn to try his food! Carnival Ecstasy offers Guy’s Burger Joint where you can enjoy juicy burgers and hand-cut fries by the pool!

Pizza Pirate

AHOY MATEY! Watch carnival’s talented pizza chefs toss pizza dough and make you the perfect pizza at Pizza Pirate! From Pepperoni pizza to Margherita pizza they can do it all! Craving some midnight pizza? Pizza Pirate is open 24 hours a day to fill your pizza cravings.

Breakfast Grill: Lido’s Restaurant

Wake up to the smell of bacon at Lido’s Restaurant’s Breakfast Grill. Start your day off with a huge stack of pancakes and eggs or maybe some sausage! With hundreds of choices from fruit to meats, the Breakfast Grill offers any and every breakfast item on your list! Don’t worry, that does include coffee!

Included Onboard Activities: Entertainment and Fun

The Carnival Ecstasy offers activities for all your adventurous desires! Endless indoor and outdoor activities, are offered daily. Majority of the activities offered on board are included in your cruising cost! Spend the day at the pool or go to a show! These are just a few onboard activities that Carnival Ecstasy offers. To see the long list of options, click here.

The Atrium

While the Atrium is the home of the Guest Services Desk it is also home to the life of the party! The Atrium is known as the heart of the ship for a reason! Here you and your family will find live music and an open bar. During all times of the day you will find passengers enjoying the music, socializing and dancing! When it comes to an age range, this area is fun for all members for your family.

Teens’ Party Time

Make new friends and explore your interest at Teens’ Party Time! No party is the same! Each night the Ecstasy offers a different themed party! Get your groove on during that Mexican Fiesta or show your fabulous side at the Red Carpet Party! Each party offers you a chance to express yourself and dance the night away!

Mixologist Competitions

Calling all cocktail creators! During the Mixologist Competitions offered on the ship you will be able to compete against other cocktail master minds to create a cocktail nobody can resist! Provided with all the ingredients you will need, you can create a cocktail that everyone will love! Your friends and other passengers attending the mixologist event on the ship will taste test you’re the cocktails and determine a winner. As if that wasn’t enticing enough, the winning drink will be featured throughout the rest of the cruise! Of course, this event is for those ages 21 and older.

WaterWorks

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In for a hot day? Make your way to Carnival’s onboard water park! This watepark offers fun for mom, dad, and the little ones. Twist your way through the Twister Waterslide or make things competitive at the waterslide race track, Speedway Splash! Not only are their hundreds of feet of water-filled fun, but you also get an amazing view of the sea atop the waterslides!

Piano Bar

Wanting to show off your moves? Carnival’s night club is the spot! Bust a move on the dance floor while the DJ plays your favorite songs! From today’s hits to 70’s funk, they play it all! Grab a drink and dance the night away! In addition, this night club offers themed parties for anyone ready to dress up. Worried about what you will do with the kids while you spend some time at adult only events? No worries! At an additional cost, Carnival offers Night Owls, a daycare for kids 11 and under!

Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean is a great way to keep the young ones busy! Campers will be placed in groups based on age. Each group has a fun marine-themed name! The youngest fish in the sea, ages 2-5, are the Penguins. In the middle are the Stingrays. These kids are ages 6-8. Last, we have the big fish! These are the Sharks, campers ages 9-11. All campers will participate in marine life trivia, arts and crafts, and fun competitions! This is a great way for the youngsters to make friends while the parents get some time to themselves!

Hasbro, The Game Show

Why play board games on the floor of your room when you could play giant versions of them all? Team up with your friends and family to compete against others in games like Sorry!, Connect 4 Basketball, Simon Flash, and more! Win awesome prizes and compete on stage! This event is great for any age whether you are competing or just watching!

Faster To The Fun

Get to the fun activates on your Carnival Cruise faster with Carnival’s Faster To The Fun package! For a small additional charge, your family can get first dibs on almost anything the ship! This package gets you through airport security faster, gives you exclusive access to your state room, and much more! You’ll never miss a luxury dinner with the priority dinner reservations the FTTF package offers you. In addition, FTTF package holders also have priority tender service. Click here to learn more about and purchase your package, to get to the fun faster!

 

 

 

 

Why I chose travel school: Hilary

There are many reasons why people choose to enroll in travel school. It offers many job opportunities and gives versatility to each individual enrolled. In this post, one of our newest agents, Hilary, will tell you why travel school was right for her.

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Why did you choose travel school? I was originally going to the University of Southern Indiana and was paying for school all on my own. I was also working at the mall and planning my wedding at the same time. Paying for college ended up being too expensive for me to afford. I discovered Ambassador Travel offered travel school for a significantly cheaper price. Since it was the same thing I was pursuing at USI, I decided to sign up.

What is travel school like? You receive a book and a workbook, and there are 16 chapters. For each chapter there are vocabulary, worksheets, research papers, and a test. At the end of everything, you get two finals. Everything is open book, even the tests and finals. Overall, I thought it was pretty simple and wasn’t difficult at all.

What are the benefits of travel school? It only takes a year to complete and it’s affordable. For me personally, since I was planning a wedding and working, it was great knowing you can work at your own pace and from home. I even paid off my tuition in six months. Another benefit is you don’t have to finish the travel school in a year. If you want to finish earlier, you have the ability to do so.

Who would you recommend travel school to? I would recommend enrolling in travel school to those who love to travel and want a job that allows you to. Travel school is also great for people who struggle financially and want to go to school. I know from experience that it can be hard going to school when your schedule isn’t flexible, which is another positive thing about travel school. You do the work from home, at your own pace, so it’s nice for people who need that flexibility. For more information about the Ambassador Travel School, please go to our website or call us (1-800-937-8688) for more information.

Livin’ La Vida Vista

Meet Carnival’s newest ship, the Vista! One of our travel agents, Connie Corbett, had the opportunity to set sail on Carnival’s largest ship. This 135,000 ton ship can hold up to 3954 passengers, so there is room to bring the whole family! The Carnival Vista’s home port is currently in Miami, Florida, but will move to Galveston, Texas in September of 2018.

Let the sea set you FREE! There is nothing better that salty air in the middle of no where! Get lost in paradise in one of these tropical ports. The Carnival Vista offers 6 and 8 day Caribbean cruises with ports of call such as Ocho-Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. Dive in to the Caribbean culture and visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza during your stop in Cozumel, or swim with dolphins in Ocho-Rios. Let’s not forget about Grand Cayman Island, the largest of the Cayman Islands. Every member of your family from grandparents to grandkids will love the Coral Garden and Stingray Sand Bar! These destinations have perfect tropical weather year round, so there is no excuse to wait!

Let’s get to what is important…FOOD. Nothing brings people together like good food, and it’s a great thing the Carnival Vista has plenty of it. From quick bites to luxurious dinners, the Carnival Vista has it all. Grab a quick lunch at Guy’s Burger Joint (Yes, that Guy. The food guy. Guy Fieri) or stay near the pool and eat at the Havana Bar. Craving something exotic? The Carnival Vista offers food from all over the world including Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Blue Iguana Cantina, Cucuina del Capitano and Bonsai Sushi. You may be sailing the Caribean, but your taste buds will have traveled the world. Looking for something for the kiddos? Carnival Vista offers a Dr. Seuss themed breakfast buffet called Green Eggs & Ham! Perfect right?

A Connie Cruiser Tip!

On the first day when you board the ship and are looking for great food options, head to one of these venues and bypass the crowds at the first day lunch buffet!

What makes the Carnival Vista so unique? Well, since you asked… let’s talk about SkyRide. SkyRide is an 800-foot-long track suspended around it’s top deck that passengers can circle in pedal powered capsules. Just think about that view! Test your speed by racing with other passengers and winning the quickest  lap time. another unique aspect to Carnival’s newest ship is that it’s home to the very first IMAX on the sea. Watch Hollywood’s latest blockbusters and escape from reality.ccl-vista-rope-course

The Carnival Vista offers activities that are fun for the entire family. I doesn’t matter what age, every member of the family will find something on the Carnival Vista that they will enjoy. Entertainment choices come by the dozens on this ship. The traditional cruise shows are delightful, Flick is full of energy, fun, and full of talent. The Havana Lounge featured Mambo Magic Band including bongo drums! A string trio, String Classics with Essencia, plays most evenings in the main lobby.  One of the most popular attractions with the guests is watching full movies on the outdoor screen around the pool. Evening showings included free popcorn! Who doesn’t love that?! The Clubhouse features indoor activities like mini-bowling and arcade style basketball, soccer, volleyball, and table tennis.ccl-vista-mini-golf

Another one of Connie’s Cruiser Tips:

Travelers that gave been approved for Global entry can bypass the lines when departing the ship and continue though Customs and Immigrations much shorter than the “Global Entry” line.

We could go on and on about everything this fantastic cruise line has to offer, but there is only one way to truly experience it. Call Ambassador Travel today to book your next cruise and ask about the Carnival Vista!

Debunking Destination Wedding Myths

The day of your wedding should be the absolute best day of your life; however, the reality is that sometimes weddings are full of stress. Something is always bound to come up. One of your bridesmaid dresses doesn’t fit or even a possible delay in the flower delivery can make you dread hearing the phone ring with the thought of another crisis. But… wait a minute! It shouldn’t be like that.
Kristie described her wedding day like this…
“The day of my wedding was the best! My best friend and I hung out on the beach in the morning. Then the both of us and my sister-in-law went to have massages. After that, I got my hair done at the resort and just had to show up to my wedding.”
How can you make your wedding day stress free like Kristie’s? Consider a destination wedding! Talking with honeymoon and destination wedding expert, Kristie Staton, allowed us to discuss the common myths surrounding destination weddings. She has planned well over a 100 honeymoons and over 15 destination weddings, including her own! Just 12 years ago, Kristie and her then fiance left the states to head for the tropical island of Jamaica. Accompanied by 19 of her closest friends and family she got married to the love of her life surrounded by paradise. Read below to find out how she debunks the myths of having a destination wedding. 
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The happy couple sharing their first kiss in complete paradise 🙂 

I won’t have any privacy if my guests are staying in the same location.
This can easily be prevented! Stay at a different resort from your guests.

“I stayed at an adults-only resort while the rest of my guests stayed at a resort near-by. This allowed for my husband and I to have private time before and after the wedding. We also stayed in Jamaica for 7 days while our guests only stayed for 4.”
You could also consider traveling to a different location right after your wedding! Talk about the best of both worlds. Have your wedding in Jamaica, and hop on a plane to have your honeymoon on another luxurious island. 

My wedding will be too small.
Not necessarily, Kristie had 19 guests at her wedding. She loved the size of her wedding because of how close they all were at the end of the wedding. Before the ceremony, Kristie and her husband would have meals with the wedding guests and she even planned a trip to Dunn’s River Falls, a popular waterfall in Jamaica. This was a big highlight of the trip. All the close friends and family held hands as they climbed up a waterfall…talk about a bonding moment! Today the group gets together for a Thanksgiving meal and even a yearly summer cookout to reminisce about the vacation 12 years ago.
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Kristie and her wedding party at Dunn’s River Falls for a pre-wedding adventure! 

Also, if you are wanting a big wedding feel, while also having a destination wedding… have a reception when you get back! Kristie’s friends and family who couldn’t get to Jamaica came to a reception once she returned and they all celebrated and even watched the video of their wedding!

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Kristie and her husband at their reception ! 


My wedding dress will be ruined by the time I get there!
Kristie said this…

“Plan and dress for the destination! If you are getting married on the beach you don’t necessarily have to have super fancy attire. When picking out your dress do your best to pick a material that won’t wrinkle easily. You can also make sure that your resort has a steamer available for you to use.”
Most importantly, be friendly to the flight attendants! While flying to Jamaica, Kristie’s flight attendants hung up her dress in the captain’s cabin. (This can’t be guaranteed every time, but it never hurts to be friendly to the flight attendants.)

My guests won’t want to come.
Who doesn’t want to help celebrate your wedding with a vacation? Even though you may think it is an amazing idea to have a wedding in paradise, some of your guests may be a little reluctant. One of the most difficult parts of having a destination wedding is accepting that some people that you want to be at your wedding won’t be able to afford the trip. BUT, Kristie did have some tips to overcome the dilemma. Make a list of the people that you absolutely have to have at your wedding. If these people are really important to you, then you may need to budget covering some of the costs to get them to the destination. 
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Kristie and her maid of honor, who was an absolute MUST to attend the wedding! 

A travel agent can’t help with the planning of a destination wedding!
This is completely FALSE! Having a travel agent assist you with your destination wedding can make it the ultimate stress-free experience. You can refer all of your guests to the agent to have a one-stop booking area. Travel agents that have experience with destination weddings can also let you know about the different rules and regulations for getting married in a different country. Did you know that in some countries you have to have a blood test done before getting married?! An agent could help you navigate these obstacles and help you pick the best location.

If you want the stress-free wedding day, come to Ambassador Travel to talk with Kristie and our other agents about planning your tropical destination wedding!