Don The Cruiser

Vacation Planning Specializing in Cruises.

http://www.donthecruiser.com Hi. Just want to share my story. My wife, Kim and I fell in love with cruising back in 1998. Since then we have tried to take as many cruises as we could afford to spend time and money on. Since then we have taken almost 30 in total with about half of them over the past two years. What has really helped us take more vacations is becoming a certified expert in what we love, vacation travel. What made it possible is finding a host agency that allowed me to come on board and become a member of the team. They provide me all the support I need to become successful working from home, setting my own hours. I now have many others on my team and we work together in supporting each other for success in making others dreams come true and marketing one of the largest industries in the world, travel (8 trillion). It is bigger than nutrition, coffee and many other markets, COMBINED! We work directly with big names like Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Expedia, Priceline and many, many others providing the same pricing and value for your vacation with the addition of personal service and we get paid the commissions that would normally go to an unknown that works for the big companies. If you are interested in making your dream come true or just want to make some additional income, go to http://www.donthecruiser.com and get back in contact with me after viewing the information. Thanks and God Bless, Don

Where can we help you get away to?
Our little snowbirds are ready to cruise!

Wednesday 7 PM CT

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Miami Heat owner Micky Arison donates $1 million to Australian bushfire relief efforts

He's also the Chairman of Carnival Cruise Lines!

miamiherald.com Miami Heat Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine pledged $1 million to Australian bushfire relief efforts. Their donation joins a $250,000 commitment from the Carnival Foundation and its other brands.

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I Love being a Travel Advisor helping others to have a once in a lifetime experience every time they cruise! I WON a free cruise by attending an online webinar by one of our vendors! The story of the ship we are cruising:
It used to be the Carnival Celebration, now owned by Bahamas Paradise Cruises called the Grand Celebration.
So, in 2005 my wife Kim and I cruised Carnival for the first time and it was on the Celebration and our Honeymoon. Here it is 15 years later, I won this cruise. I called to make the reservations and ask is there anyway to get the same cabin we had? They said YES! I found out from Carnival what our exact room number was and we are set! One is a pic of the ship before and the other today. Can you tell which is the Carnival Celebration and Which is the Grand Celebration?

[01/08/20]   We fly Southwest whenever possible - we don't mind choosing our own seat, and we usually pay for Early Bird check-in. There are usually better flight options out of Birmingham on Southwest than on other airlines - and with 2 free bags, it is almost always less expensive overall. Today we experienced another benefit - we rebooked 3 upcoming flights under their current sale - quick and easy and 10 minutes later, we save over $120. This is credit on our account that we can use within the next year.

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The Original Cozumel Bar Hop - Top Cozumel Cruise Excursions

One of our favorite activities in Cozumel!

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We often get comments and questions about how we can afford to travel so much -
#1 - I became a travel agent to help finance our cruises. As a travel agent, I can get you the same rates you get directly from the cruise lines AND offer onboard credit. I can help you get started - you can book your travel and earn commissions!
#2 - We primarily cruise when prices are lower - September-October and January-March.
#3 - We try to plan our travels around Kim the Coder's business trips - Conference in Orlando? Let's cruise! Conference in Boston? Let's tour the New England states. Conference in Vegas? A chance to visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Mesa Verde National Parks!
#4 - It's a lifestyle choice for us right now. We are in our late 50s and even though we are in good health, you never know how long we will be able to do this. We choose to make travel a priority - we live in 1/3 of the house that the bank says we can afford, and we drive 6,7,9-year-old cars. We don't have cable, and we rarely eat out unless we are traveling. Our bills are paid, our kids are grown, and we don't have any pets.

I'd love to help you travel more!

One new port for us in 2020 - Bermuda! And one new-to-us Carnival ship, the Sunrise. We are going back to Alaska in May and would love for you to join us! Where are you going in 2020?

Merry Christmas!

Don't worry - Santa will find you wherever you are!

Merry Christmas!

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To all my cruising friends!
Carnival is going "Over Board" to help guest with the delay of the Mardi Gras, much more than the cruise contract of all cruise lines! I have been helping my clients with their bookings working direct with Carnival.
Here is the offer taken from an email direct to me from Carnival:

Officials at the Meyer Turku shipyard have informed us that the delivery of Mardi Gras will be delayed, please be advised that the first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020. Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug. 31 have been cancelled, including European, transatlantic, New York-based itineraries and four Port Canaveral itineraries.

As a gesture of goodwill, we'll be offering a 25% future cruise credit (FCC), in addition to providing a full refund of cruise fare (and applicable fees, taxes and other pre-purchased cruise components). We will also be assisting with non-refundable airline and hotel reservations already booked. If your clients rebook their vacation on any Carnival cruise using the 25% FCC by February 18, 2020, they will also receive a US$100, per person, onboard credit for that cruise.

God bless!
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Adolfo Perez

Did you hear the exciting news? Carnival Panorama features the most expansive onboard retail collection in our fleet! We’re bringing your clients a brand new shopping experience where they can buy the newest Carnival merch, enjoy a beauty space jam-packed with mini-makeovers, makeup workshops, and more and of course, everyone’s favorite – Cherry on Top – our largest in the fleet! We’re packing in the fun! Ready to shop til’ you drop? #ChooseFun

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Carnival’s Largest Cruise Ship Ever: How It Fits 6,000 People | WSJ

We are already booked on this amazing new ship! Two options to join us (or I'd be happy to find another great deal for you!)
September 30, 2020 - 15-night from New York City to Port Canaveral with stops in Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk
February 13, 2021 - 7-night from Port Canaveral to San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk

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2020 plans are coming together for me and my research assistant (aka my lovely wife, Kim the Coder!) We'd love for you to join us!
*Coding in the Caribbean aboard the Carnival Legend to Roatan, Belize, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel (Kim's 50th Carnival cruise, my 51st)
*Carnival Sunrise to Nassau and Princess Cays
*Astoria and the Oregon coast
*Alaska aboard the Carnival Spirit
*San Francisco
*Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge aboard the Carnival Miracle
*15 nights onboard Carnival's newest ship, the Mardi Gras - including stops in Aruba, Curacao, St Kitts, St Thomas, St Maarten

2019 was an amazing year in travel for us! Beginning with Kim the Coder's annual Coding in the Caribbean cruise followed by a Southern Caribbean cruise that included Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Croix. We tried Norwegian for the first time and enjoyed a day on their private island. We took a trip to New England and added 6 new states to Kim's quest to see all 50 states. Kim and her best friend Pam took a trip out west to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Mesa Verde National Parks. We cruised with family and then friends on a back-to-back cruise on the Carnival Valor from New Orleans. Kim made a trip to New York City with friends. We cruised all the way through the Panama Canal from Tampa to Long Beach, California, experiencing Colombia and Guatemala for the first time. We added 5 new ships to our list of Carnival ships cruised. (We're at 25 now!) Throw in a few trips to Florida to see our sweet grandbaby and 5 (yes, 5!) business trips to Chicago for Kim - and whew!
Lots of fun coming in 2020 - we'd love for you to join us - or we can help you plan your own adventure!
We'd also love to help YOU get started as a travel professional!

Adolfo Perez

Carnival Panorama is finally here! I am definitely experiencing a little bit of FOMO from last night’s naming ceremony. They celebrated in style, with special guests like our Godmother Vanna White, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodamin and everyone’s favorite, Guy Fieri. Check out the video below to see a recap of the night! Who’s excited for Carnival Panorama?! #TravelAgentsRock

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Good News for those who have been wanting Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew - but not so good for Coca-Cola drinkers. Remember that you can take a 12-pack per person of whatever non-alcoholic drink you prefer!

Carnival Cruise Line Selects PepsiCo as Preferred Beverage Partner

Carnival Cruise Line will begin serving PepsiCo products in January 2020

Nov. 13, 2019, Purchase, NY -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) is partnering with Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s most popular cruise line, to become the preferred beverage partner for its North American fleet. Beginning in January 2020, Carnival Cruise Line will begin serving a variety of beverages from the PepsiCo portfolio featuring premiere brands from Starbucks ready to drink coffee to fast-growing bubly sparkling water. When the transition is complete, Carnival guests will have a broad selection of beverage choices, from iced tea, sparkling water, coffee drinks and sports drinks to juices and soft drinks, including an array of low calorie and no sugar options.

“At Carnival Cruise Line, we invite our guests to Choose Fun, and now with PepsiCo’s extensive portfolio of brands, we’re able to give them more ways to choose a beverage that suits their taste, mood and preference,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “PepsiCo’s line-up of beverages will give our guests access to leading brands in growing non-soda categories like iced tea, juice and sparkling water, as well as popular soft drink brands that consumers love. We’re also excited to work with PepsiCo on our shared commitment to sustainability, including a reduced reliance on plastics, and alternative ways to deliver and serve water and other beverages.”

As they cruise, Carnival Cruise Line guests will be able to enjoy some of their favorite PepsiCo brands such as bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, MTN Dew, Starbucks, Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Sierra Mist and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar among others.

“Our brands both celebrate having fun and offering something special for everyone, making PepsiCo and Carnival Cruise Line a great match,” said Anne Fink, president of PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “We’re excited to share the voyage as we create enjoyable, seamless experiences for Carnival Cruise Line passengers while they enjoy their fun vacations at sea and ashore.”

As "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®," Carnival Cruise Line annually sails more than 5.2 million guests Its fleet of 26 ships will grow to 28 with the delivery of Carnival Panorama in December 2019 and Mardi Gras in August 2020.

I wanted to share this news with you all. Now I know that some will ask if the cost of Bottomless Bubbles will go up and if they can still bring 12 cans of soda on board with them. The answer is no price increase and yes you can still bring on your own soda , 12 cans in your carry on is still allowed. And of course having seen so many people ask me over the past months why we don’t have more sugar free options and the massive amounts of requests for Mountain Dew, this partnership will allow us to offer so much more…………..take a look at some of the choices you will have next year.

Pepsi*
Diet Pepsi*
Pepsi Zero Sugar*
Caffeine Free Pepsi*
Diet Pepsi Caffeine Free*
Sierra Mist*
Sierra Mist Zero Sugar*
Mug Root Beer*
Diet Mug Root Beer*
Mountain Dew*
Diet Mountain Dew*
Bubly Lime Sparkling Water*
Bubly Grapefruit Sparkling Water*
Bubly Orange Sparkling Water*
Naked Green Machine

Naked Mighty Mango
Naked Strawberry Banana
Half Naked Lively Greens
Half Naked Peach with Ginger
Pure Leaf Honey Green Tea+
Pure Leaf Tea & Lemonade+
Pure Leaf Unsweetened Black Tea+
Pure Leaf Sweet Tea+
Gatorade Lemon Lime+
Gatorade Fruit Punch+
Propel Electrolyte Water+
Propel Strawberry Raspberry+
Propel Peach Mango+
Starbucks Frappuccino+
Starbucks Double Shot Espresso+


Pepsi has also pledged to work with Carnival in our ongoing efforts to reduce single-use plastics on board as we move more beverage products to aluminum, glass and soda dispensers where space and access allows.

I will have more news in the weeks ahead for you and as always I would appreciate your thoughts.

Cheers.

Just completed my 50th Carnival cruise - on my 25th Carnival ship!

[10/28/19]   ALASKA CRUISE: Special pricing expires in 3 days, $100 or more on board credit. PM me

Don The Cruiser

ALASKA CRUISE!
Special pricing plus $100+ on board credit. Must book and deposit before Nov. 1st. Message me for details.

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SPECIAL!
Feb 9, 2020 7 days from Tampa. $100 On Board Credit
Message me for current pricing. Staterooms still available. Past guests may have more discount. NO BOOKING FEES!

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Travel Agent Income Report, 2019 [+Infographic]

Earn vacation income part time from home!
Annual income report below, message me for details.

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hostagencyreviews.com The results of our 2019 income survey are here and we couldn't be more excited! Read up on the latest travel agent income trends here. (Psst...it's good news!)

CRUISE SPECIALS!
Special pricing, no extra fees charged.
Must book early with a deposit to get the best pricing:

*2/9/2020 Carnival Legend 7 day R/T Tampa, $100 OBC (on board credit). Western Caribbean.

*5/7/2020 Carnival Fantasy 4 day R/T Mobile, $50 OBC plus cocktail party. Cozumel.

*5/26/2020 Carnival Spirit 7 day R/T Seattle, $100 OBC. Alaska.

*6/7/2020 Carnival Glory 7 day R/T New Orleans, $50 OBC. Western Caribbean.

*2/13/2021 Carnival Mardi Gras 7 day R/T Port Canaveral, $100 OBC, Eastern Caribbean.

Contact me for detailed personalized quote.

Adolfo Perez

The new Carnival Sunrise!

The newly upgraded Carnival Sunrise is here and so is its first virtual ship tour! Our very own Mike Julius, VP of Field Sales of North American, and Justin French, Regional VP Northern US & Canada, are here to walk you through it all - watch below! #TravelAgentsRock #ChooseFun #CarnivalSunrise

Cruising out of Long Beach, California can take you to the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, and sometimes even Alaska. The Carnival terminal in Long Beach was once the home of Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose. Staying at the Queen Mary is a great option, pre- or post-cruise. You can simply roll your luggage across the parking lot (or hotel staff will usually assist you). The QM is a wonderful historic hotel, originally an oceanliner, now restored to hotel and museum.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - cruises available from Long Beach - we're looking forward to being there again!

We usually stick to ship-sponsored excursions, but we do love this private excursionl
Cozumel Bar Hop

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Major Changes Coming To Carnival’s Half Moon Cay

https://cruiseradio.net/major-change-coming-to-carnival-cruise-lines-half-moon-cay/

cruiseradio.net Carnival Corporation has been approved by the Bahamas to build a dock at Half Moon Cay, eliminating the need to tender to and from the island.

[07/25/19]   Alaska cruise, $49 per person deposit, $150 on board credit, prices starting at $966 per person plus taxes, double occupancy. TODAY ONLY! (Ends 7/25/2019). Contact me for more details.

[07/25/19]   TODAY ONLY: Alaska cruise, $49 per person deposit, $150 on board credit, prices starting at $966 per person plus taxes, double occupancy. (Ends 7/25/2019). Contact me for more details.

Adolfo Perez

Gratitude for gratuities

This one means a lot. Very excited and proud to finally share our new video series: Crew Gratitude. Hear from our very own crew members how your clients' gratutiies are changing their lives and their familiy's.

Three more videos coming over the next month, I hope you'll watch, share with all your clients, and continue to encourage generosity! Feel free to show Kevin some love in the comments! #CrewGratitude

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Where The Boat Leaves From - Zac Brown Band Lyrics

Where The Boat Leaves From - Zac Brown Band with Lyrics

[07/09/19]   LOOK!!! Carnival's Journeys Cruises:
Featuring longer itineraries and new exotic locations.

Some of the extra activities you will experience on board- copied from Carnival info -

For those that have never done a Journey's cruise-
Academy of Fun
Who knew it would be fun to learn while on vacation?

You will be invited to attend a series of five classes, featuring a guest lecturer who will talk about photography, cooking art, stargazing, and technology and social media. Complete a lecture and you will receive a relevant pin.

Shipboard Team Member Connections
Here, Carnival Journeys participants can learn more about shipboard life held at different times throughout the voyage.

Q&A Sessions
Love getting the 'inside scoop' about the shipboard cruise life from your favorite crew? This is your chance to ask our team members anything about anything and everything! Throughout the voyage there will be three Q&A sessions to cover various topics from the following departments - Maritime, Hotel Operations and Entertainment.

Galley Tour
Ever wonder what it takes to prepare meals for an entire cruise? Join our Maitre d’ for a fun, behind-the-scenes experience of our massive galley, including facts about food operations and minor cooking and prep demonstrations. A Carnival Journeys exclusive!

Crew Meet & Greet Event
Get to know your crew on a more personal level. Following introductions of a number of selected crew, there will be time for you to interact and mingle.

50s Dance Class
Are you a dancing machine? Then swing down and get ready to bop, jive and boogie with our talented dancers in this easy and fun class for all levels! This activity is a crew connection with our onboard dancers. Once the dance is taught, the dance captain will select six guests who will receive two private dance classes with our performers to learn a simple one minute routine that you will perform in the ‘Back to the 50s’ show later on in the cruise.

Glee Club
Love to burst into song? Join our talented cast in this fun singing class for all levels and you will be singing like a star in no time! This activity is a crew connection with our onboard vocalists and dance captain. There will three singing classes (Glee Club) where you will learn songs and movement that you will perform in the 'Back to the 50s' show later on in the cruise.

Back to the ‘50s Crew Show
Swing into our one-of-a-kind show inspired by the Fabulous ‘50s and starring none other than your fellow guests and our crew as they rock, roll and sock-hop the night away!

The Crew Connections show is an interactive performance showcasing our singers and dancers and those guests that have been rehearsing all cruise long for the ‘big’ show. The show will also showcase some of the team members working on your ship.

At the Hop Atrium Party
A continuation of the ‘Back to the 50s' show, it is themed around a 1950s Sock Hop. This party will include guest competitions and line dances.

Throwback Sea Day
We are throwing ourselves back to 1987. Throwback Sea Day will turn the ship around to the wonderful decade of the 80s. All of our activities for the day will be recreated to resemble the way they were played in 1987 including a version of the old style ‘Carnival Capers’, the 1987 version of the Fun Times newsletter.

Dive In Movies and in-Stateroom Movies
Nothing better for an 80s-inspired Throwback Sea Day than some classic Action and Adventure flicks from circa 30 years ago. We have totally channeled that ‘Back to the Future’ vibe in addition to ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. The in-stateroom movie channels feature ‘E.T.' and the original ‘Ghostbusters’.

Trivia 80s Challenge
Are you an everything-eighties expert? Put your knowledge to the test and join the Fun Squad as they take you through exciting trivia challenges! From sitcoms to dramas and everything in between, try our 80s-themed TV trivia and see if your rerun marathon days have paid off! Test your cinematic savvy from the days of big hair, big shoulder pads and big movies in our exciting 80s throwback movie trivia challenge! Or try our general knowledge trivia consisting of questions that would have been asked in 1987.

Morning Stretch and Walk-a-Mile
Working out has never been this fun! Join your Cruise Director and the Fun Squad for an exciting morning fitness class and start your day energized and invigorated! Recreating a morning from 1987 with a traditional Morning Stretch and Walk-a-mile with the Cruise Director.

Morning Show
Wake up on the fun side with your Cruise Director and special guests! What a great way to be in the know about all the exciting activities and events of Throwback Sea Day! The Cruise Director will take calls from guests who will reflect on their favorite part of the 80s.

80s Dance Class
From the Safety Dance to the Electric Slide, join our cast as they teach you the hottest dance moves from the 80s in this easy and fun class for all ages.

Bingo
Swap the new with the old traditional bingo cage and balls.

Horse Racing
A traditional activity enjoyed by our guests in the 80s – six wooden horses lined up at the starting line of the track...with a roll of the dice, the horses move forward. First one to reach the finish line is the winner!

Ping Pong Bathing Suit Challenge
Dive in and collects the most ping pong balls in your bathing suit in an allotted amount of time, is the winner!

Frog Racing
One of the most exciting activities of the day. Purchase a frog for $5 USD, decorate him or her if you choose and race them across the pool.

Knobby Knees Competition
The guest with the most unique or knobbiest knees is the winner.

Glamorous Grandmothers Get-Together
Calling all glamorous, gleaming and graceful grandmas! Join our get-together to share photos and stories of what is surely one of your favorite topics–your gorgeous grandchildren!

Captain’s Cocktail Party
Join the ship’s senior officers in an unforgettable and fun night of dancing, food and drinks and get the unique opportunity to have your photo taken with the Captain! Just like the Captain's Cocktail Party from the 80s, guests will be greeted at the entrance of the main lounge for a photo opportunity with the Captain, followed by music and dancing. Waiters will serve the traditional cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 1987, followed by the Cruise Director introducing the Captain and his senior officers.

Variety Show
Get ready for some awesome entertainment! Hosted by your Cruise Director, join us for an amazing evening of fun and excitement that will surely be the talk of the ship tomorrow!

80’s Night at the Disco
This 80s party won't be the same without you, so time to channel your inner Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and hit the dance floor to show off those totally righteous moves!

Photo FunBooths
Relive the past to the max with fun 80s-themed backdrops and hilarious props in our outrageous Photo Fun Booths. Grab a prop and strike a totally bodacious pose!

Midnight Gala Buffet
Similar to our Midnight Gala Buffet from the 80s, the buffet will feature ice and fruit sculptures as well as a large variety of food and snacks.

Our Story

http://www.donthecruiser.com My wife, Kim and I fell in love with vacationing and particularly cruising back in 1998. Since then we have tried to take as many vacations and cruises as we could afford to spend time and money on. Since then we have taken more than 35 cruises in total with about half of them over the past three years. What has really helped us take more vacations is becoming a certified expert in what we love, vacation travel, and being able to work directly with the big vendors, essentially being the "middle man". So essentially, I can plan a vacation for you with the same pricing you would get if you called them direct and they pay me a commission for that, or, I can show you how to do the same and get those commissions. What made it possible is finding a host agency that allowed me to come on board and become a member of the team. They provide me all the support I need to become successful working from home, setting my own hours. I now have many others on my team and we work together in supporting each other for success in making others dreams come true and marketing one of the largest industries in the world, travel (8 trillion). It is bigger than the sports industry, nutrition, coffee and many other markets, COMBINED! We work directly with big names like Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and many, many others providing the same pricing and value for your vacation with the addition of personal service and we get paid the commissions that would normally go to someone unknown that works for the big companies. So now I work part time, 5-7 hours average per week and make enough additional income to pay for our vacations and in the meantime, I am building a retirement that will even be there for my children. If you are interested in making your dream come true or just want to make some additional income , go to http://www.donthecruiser.com and get back in contact with me after viewing the information. Thanks and God Bless, Don

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