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Experience Adventures by Disney on a Disney Cruise Line European Getaway

This summer, Disney Cruise Line is once again charting a course in Europe. If you’re thinking of cruising this year (a tempting thought for most of us during the chilly winter months), be sure to explore options for enhancing your European cruise with tours from Adventures by Disney. Travel off the beaten path with your Adventure Guides and enjoy immersive experiences and VIP privileges along the way.


Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port. On the 7-Night Magic of the Fjords Cruise you’ll see the breathtaking beauty of the fjords and arctic mountain ranges as you walk the cobblestone streets of picturesque towns frozen in time.

Book a pre-cruise stay in Copenhagen with Adventures by Disney to explore castles and canals, modern architecture and Viking history. Pre-cruise stays in London include visits to castles and cathedrals that have witnessed centuries of weddings and royal events. You’ll also get some of the best this metropolitan city has to offer, including regional cuisine and modern attractions.


Prefer cruising the Mediterranean and soaking in the sights of Italy, France and Spain? On the 7-Night Mediterranean Magic cruise you can also discover the best of every port with special guided experiences from Adventures by Disney. From making gelato in Florence to basking in the sun on a private boat to Capri and learning the flamenco in Barcelona, you’ll be sure to enjoy experiences unlike anything you’ve done before!

Hosted by Adventure Guides, these vacation packages offer VIP experiences and opportunities that immerse your family in the culture and history of the places you visit. Adventures by Disney finds a way to make the incredibly easy process of cruising even more carefree … not to mention unforgettable!


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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The Blue Iguana Cantina On The Carnival Liberty

This week on Travel With Rick, we enjoy The Blue Iguana Cantina onboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship and enjoy the amazing tacos and burritos. We even go backstage to see how all the food is prepared and we discover how they make all those incredible tortillas!

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Daniel And The Mixology Class From The Carnival Liberty Alchemy Bar

This week we learn about the history of spirits, cocktails, and bar tending from Daniel from the Alchemy Bar on the Carnival Cruise Line ship, Liberty from Travel With Rick!

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Enjoy Guy’s Burger Joint on the Carnival Liberty

This week, Travel With Rick takes us onboard the Carnival Liberty to visit Guy’s Burger Joint, one of the incredible new Carnival Cruise Line’s 2.0 features!

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A Conversation with Filipe Couto, Cruise Director for the Carnival Liberty

This week Travel With Rick introduces us to Filipe Couto, Cruise Director for the Carnival Liberty, as he and Rick discuss Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Live, and all the fun for the whole family on a Carnival cruise!

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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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Growing New Cruise Destination: The Philippines

Three of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, said recently.


In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said officials of the three companies provided feedback on how the Philippines could become a cruise destination that would provide their guests with a unique and memorable experience.

“The cruise giants were open to working with the Philippines in destination development while they discussed infrastructure requirements, “ Cuisia said after a recent economic diplomacy mission to the US state of Florida, where he met with cruise-company officials.

During the meeting, Cuisia took the opportunity to emphasize to the cruise-line executives the notable destination possibilities in the Philippines, particularly Vigan City in Ilocos Sur province, which is now vying to be one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.


A favorite tourist destination in the northern Philippines, Vigan has been described as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” and is the only Philippine city on the list of heritage sites declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

At the same time, the three cruise-industry leaders, which already employ a combined total of 61,700 Filipino crew members, disclosed their plans to hire more seafarers from the Philippines as they acquire more cruise ships to support their expansion plans.

“They have nothing but high praises for their Filipino crew. They told us that service is in the Filipino genes,” Cuisia said. “Carnival officials even commented that their company will not be what it is if not for their wonderful Filipino crew.”

Carnival Corp. employs the largest number of Filipinos, with 37,700 crewmen; followed by Royal Caribbean, with 16,000; and Norwegian Cruise Lines, with 8,000.

Balcony Smoking Banned On Two More Cruise Lines

Two cruise industry leading lines announced new bans on smoking outside on balconies. These announcements came within days of each other, first Carnival Cruise Line banned smoking on outside balconies, and then Norwegian Cruise Line has joined its competitors in banning smoking on private balconies on its ships.

The ban will begin on all sailings from November 1. In its casinos, passengers will only be allowed to smoke if they are actively playing.

Smokers will still be allowed to light up on the starboard side of The Waterfront areas on Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway, Norwegian said, except near outdoor dining areas. There is also a designated smoking lounge and cigar bar on ships.

Norwegian allows cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and pipes to be smoked outdoors in certain areas and on open decks, depending on the layout of the ship. It defended its inclusion of e-cigarettes in the ban on the basis that they “look so realistic… other guests’ perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule.”

Last summer, Cunard, P&O and Disney all decided to ban smoking on balconies, although the bans for Cunard and P&O, along with a ban from Royal Caribbean, didn’t come into effect until this year.

Carnival Cruise Line more recently banned smoking on balconies for ships departing after October 9 this year, while permitting it in certain parts of the open deck.

A similar ban applying to balconies is already in place on ships run by Celebrity, Princess, Oceania and Crystal.

The issue of smoking on ships is a divisive one, however, with many smokers feeling that they should have the freedom to light up in private when on holiday, as they would on a hotel room balcony.

Others disagree. “There is nothing worse than being driven from your balcony – for which you have paid a premium – by the smell of cigarette smoke,” said Jane Archer, Telegraph Travel’s cruise critic. “Fires on cruise ships are feared more than anything else so there are also safety issues at play here.

“It is tough for smokers,” she added, “but most ships have a top-deck smoking area and there are still a few vessels where they can light up inside, for instance on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2, which has a dedicated smokers’ room.”

The Holland America line is now the only major line to still allow smoking on balconies.

What do you think about smoking being allowed in certain areas of cruise ships?

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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