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Cruising To Norway On The Disney Magic With Travel With Rick

Visit the beautiful country of Norway onboard the Disney Magic with Travel With Rick!

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Cruising Onboard The Disney Fantasy With Travel With Rick

This week on Travel with Rick, we join Rick and Leslie on an Eastern Caribbean cruise onboard Disney Cruise Line’s ship the Disney Fantasy!

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Cruising On Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas

Join Rick and Leslie as they take an incredible cruise on the Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line‘s newest ship.

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Our Favorite Cruise Tips with Travel With Rick And Friends

Rick and Leslie, along with some very familiar faces, bring us some of their best cruise tips to get the most out of your next next cruise! PLUS a very special offer only for friends of Travel With Rick!

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Tips For Cruising With Little Ones On Disney Cruise Line

If you’re considering taking your little one on their first cruise on Disney Cruise Line, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?

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1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!

2. Take your own baby supplies.
Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!

3. Take naps.
You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.

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4. Take time out for yourself.
Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. A cruise favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!

5.Take lots of photos.
Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is a favorite, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.


All About Cruising with John Shallo from Cruise Addicts

Discover all the tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your next cruise with Cruise Addicts’, John Shallo and Travel with Rick!

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All About Carnival Cruising With Amanda Tinney

This week we discover all the incredible benefits of sailing on Carnival Cruise Lines. From the amazing service to the food and activities, Carnival has something for everyone!


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4 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Cruise

For cruisers, it’s like Black Friday. Except these discounts last longer than a day, and you don’t have to wake up at 3 a.m., deal with hordes of people, and break down any doors to get them.

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It’s called Wave Season — that glorious period in late winter when cruise lines offer their best deals. Maybe you were visiting your friends and family over the holidays and thinking about how good it’d be to vacation with them once the kids were out of school. Or maybe you’re freezing your butt off in the winter weather and fantasizing about your future getaway.

Either way, cruise lines know that many are planning their trips now. And the point of Wave Season is to entice you to book your cruises now.

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If you’re thinking ahead to your spring/summer cruise, it’s a good idea to book now.

“Whether you’re in hotels or bed and breakfasts or cruising, January is a huge peak time to plan travel,” says Geraldine Ree, senior vice president of sales and marketing for cruise booking agency Expedia. She says there are some amazing deals for Caribbean, European, and river cruises this Wave Season on some of the newest ships on the water. “The cruise lines are trying to out-value each other.”

But not everyone is that bullish on Wave Season. “We haven’t seen a true Wave Season in 14 years,” says cruise expert Stewart Chiron, also known as The Cruise Guy. He notes cruise lines aren’t that motivated to offer big discounts nowadays because they’re seeing record bookings, especially from passengers who booked their summer trips even before the traditional Wave Season. “The cruise lines aren’t giving anything away,” Chiron says. “The offers that are being made really aren’t different from what’s being offered throughout the year.”

But if you know you’re going to cruise this spring or summer, it’s still an ideal time to book your trip. Here are some tips for riding the Wave.

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You’ll be drinking on the deck with your friends in no time — if you follow these Wave Season tips.

Book Early

Waiting to score last-minute cruising discounts may end badly. “You might get a cheaper fare here or there, but you may be disappointed that the cabin you wanted, the itinerary, the sailing dates you wanted, are no longer available,” Ree says. Chiron agrees, noting that procrastinators often “wind up getting a lower-class cabin and spending more money” than they otherwise would, had they booked early.

And even if you manage to score a cheap, desirable last-minute cruise fare, the small fortune you’ll likely pay for that last-minute plane ticket to the departure port will wipe out any savings. “Why not get a great deal on a cruise and get your airfare and everything you need to have a great vacation?” Ree suggests.

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Experts agree: The sooner you book your cruise, the better off you’re going to be.

Use A Travel Agent

“One of the worst things you can do is book a cruise directly,” Chiron says. “I recommend people research online but don’t book online.” He says only an experienced travel agent can help you navigate all the different cruise lines and Wave Season discounts out there — a point with which Ree, from Expedia CruiseShipCenters, is all too happy to agree. “You want to work with someone that is really interested in asking great questions and really getting to what is important to you on your vacation.” Speaking of which…

Figure Out What You Want

This is crucial to finding the best Wave Season deal for you, as many discounts come in a variety of forms: fares, cabin upgrades, shipboard credits. “Focus on what’s really important to you as a traveler,” Ree suggests. “There are so many great deals in the market, chances are, whichever cruise line you choose, it’s going to have a deal with you.”

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Not all Wave Season discounts are alike. Be sure you book the right cruise for you. 

For instance, if you’re cruising just to see the destinations — and don’t plan to spend a lot of time on board drinking, shopping, or doing much else besides sleeping — a sale package offering a few hundred dollars of shipboard credit is worthless to you; look for a lower overall fare instead. But if you tend to spend a lot on board, that shipboard credit is a lot more valuable (but make sure it doesn’t come with an unreasonably high fare — “Shipboard credits mask higher cruise pricing,” Chiron warns).

Here are some Wave Season deals worth checking out.

Princess Cruises: This is Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary, so the company is definitely doing things up this year. Its Wave Season deal offers savings of $500 per person, plus up to $200 in onboard credit (per stateroom) and free specialty dining for two. Plus, it’s open for all sailing dates.


Royal Caribbean: This cruise line is offering a “buy one, get one 50 percent off” discount, plus up to $200 in onboard credit per stateroom (ocean view and above). The deal expires Jan. 31 and covers all sale departures (excluding Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and China departures).


Disney Cruise Line: Disney wants to welcome you on board to enjoy Broadway-style shows, delicious dining, and incredible deck parties.  Plus, for Wave Season, if you book by February 15, 2015 you can save 50% off the required deposit on any cruise in 2015!  This is the perfect way to turn family time into once upon a time!


MSC Cruises: MSC hopes to make a Wave Season splash with its own promotion, which applies to select Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, Canary Islands, and Transatlantic Grand Voyage sailings that are five days or longer and booked through Feb. 15, 2015. The deals offer a mix of perks, such as up to $200 in shipboard credits, beverage packages, and reduced deposits. Plus, MSC is offering free sailing for children 11 and under.

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – Character Meet & Greets On Disney Cruise Line

Rick and Leslie Howard share all you need to know about meeting your favorite characters on your Disney Cruise.  From Mickey and Minnie to Stitch and Captain Jack,  you never know who you are gong to meet next!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Disney Cruise Line Quick Tip – Wave Phone 101

Rick and Leslie Howard explain what Wave Phones are and how to use them while you are aboard a Disney Cruise Line! Wave phones are a great way for families to stay in touch with one another while on board the ship and ashore at Disney’s Castaway Cay.

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – What To Pack on Your Next Cruise

When you pack for your next cruise, some of the most important items may not be your clothes!  Here’s some great idea on what you can pack to help save time and hassle on your next cruise adventure!

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