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It pays to use a Travel Agent who knows how to get things done! We have had our family Thanksgiving cruise booked since last October and I JUST realized that we were set for “anytime dining” as is our usual preference for the two of us. However, I thought a set early dining time would work best for us with the kiddos. When I contacted Pat Hand, she recommended “Family Time Dining” which I never knew existed in spite of our extensive cruising. Royal Caribbean only offers Family Time Dining at the early seating...kids are served their meals while adults have appetizers, then the workers from the kid's program come and collect them to enjoy fun activities while adults finish a leisurely meal. Unfortunately, as she feared, early dining was already closed (popular since it's a holiday sailing with lots of families onboard). BUT she made a call, gently tugged a couple of strings, and they got all of us cleared for early dining! The two grand girls are now enrolled for the Family Time dining and our grandson, who is maxed out as the age just goes to 11, is old enough to take himself to the activity center after finishing his dinner. Of course, we can also choose to eat in other dining rooms if we want but this gives us GUARANTEED dining plans without having to take our chances with our large group of 8. YIPPEE! Thanks for coming through for us once again, Pat!
Best travel Agent I know. Deals galore and service Unsurpassed.
Very excited to attend the World Cruise conference.
Gorgeous sunset in Punta Cana last night!
Thanks, Pat, for the Starbucks gift card for my contest win the other day! You are the BEST! :-)
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Let Dancing Moon Travel make your dream trip a reality! Whatever your vacation needs, call today. We choreograph dreams! Contact [email protected] Members of CLIA; ASTA; IGLTA; Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Dancing Moon Travel is a full service leisure travel agency with agents in metro Atlanta and Southwest Florida. We provide leisure travel services to clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. Save time, money & frustration when you utilize our services -- we have a strong specialty in cruise travel with all destinations and cruise lines -- all-inclusive vacations -- and European destinations. We have a major emphasis on group travel as well. Owner Pat Hand is certified as a Master Cruise Counselor and is a Certified Group Travel Specialist.

Mission: We save busy people time, money and mistakes and help them turn dream vacations into reality!

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Kevin Needs Help

Kevin from Dancing Moon Travel just recorded his first video for the new Dancing Moon Travel YouTube Channel. Check it out...if you dare!!

Kevin introduces Dancing Moon Travel and Pat Hand in a very disturbing video. It's 6 minutes you'll never get back in your life.

IRELAND

Second annual 8-Day small group tour of Ireland with your host Kevin Gragg. September 2020.

First class all the way!!

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Travel Advisors Feeling the Affects of Coronavirus Outbreak

I found the results of this poll especially interesting since I was one of the participating agents.

travelpulse.com A recent Travel Weekly survey sheds new light on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on clients' attitudes.

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Pat Hand, owner of Dancing Moon Travel addresses the myth that you can't enjoy a cruise if you are motion sensitive

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Here's a unique excursion option for Rome!

Get an update from Pat Hand regarding Coronavirus and cruising by clicking the link:

https://youtu.be/JOMiW57kUSo

DANCING MOON TRAVEL NEWS!!

We have launched a YouTube channel.
Please visit and subscribe.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBQQa3dFBPI2AEnJaDAscBQ

Check out the video posted February 10 where Pat updates us on the Coronavirus situation

Thank You

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A Day of Terror for Israel: Many Injured After 3 Terror Attacks in Just 12 Hours

Repeated attacks in Israel today ... Hamas has called for "escalating confrontations with the occupation and its settlers and fighting their assaults against the land and holy sites, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque." While I a not at this time seeing new travel advisories from the State Department, we advise you to exercise increased caution and awareness in connection with Israel travel.

www1.cbn.com Israelis are on high alert Thursday after suffering three terror attacks in just 12 hours.

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- Cruises from $69 per person/per day
- 50% reduced deposits
- FREE room upgrades

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[01/31/20]   CORONAVIRUS: WHAT CRUISERS NEED TO KNOW
(info provided by Fran Golden on Cruise Critic)

Following an outbreak of coronavirus that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100, Cruise Critic answers some of the questions travelers have. Read on to learn about what the virus is, how cruise lines are handling the unfolding situation, whether it's safe to visit China and whether travel insurance will cover you if you cancel.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS AND WHY AM I HEARING ABOUT IT?
There has been an outbreak of a potentially deadly virus known as coronavirus (or novel coronavirus), which has been traced to a market in Wuhan, China. There have been more than 4,000 cases of the respiratory illness identified in China, most in the inland province of Hubei, and more than 100 deaths have resulted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is believed the spread of the virus is mostly through close contact, specifically "respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread." The risk to the general American public is low at this time.

WHAT ARE CRUISE LINES DOING ABOUT IT?
Although risks to passengers and crew are low, cruise lines are implementing screening, prevention and control programs. Lines are also denying boarding to people who have traveled recently to Hubei Province or Wuhan in the past 14 days. Cruise lines have also begun canceling sailings and making itinerary changes.

SHOULD I CANCEL MY CRUISE TO CHINA?
The CDC is recommending avoiding all non-essential travel to China.

DOES MY TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER ME IF I CANCEL MY TRIP?
An outbreak of virus is not covered under most travel insurance plans for trip cancellation purposes, according to Stan Sandberg, co-founder of TravelInsurance.com. If you purchased a Cancel for Any Reason optional upgrade, however, there should be some level of trip cancellation protection available.

DOES TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER IF I GET SICK WHILE TRAVELING
You might be able to claim benefits under the trip interruption coverage and the emergency medical coverage, according to Sandberg. The medical coverage should reimburse you for medical expenses incurred during the trip.

It's Time to Start Thinking "SUMMER VACATION!!"

From tropical beaches to bustling metropolises, there’s an inspiring accommodation for every family occasion. Our collection of over 1,100 hotels and resorts includes a variety of stays to perfectly complement your next vacation. Whether you are embarking on an epic adventure, a journey to gain cultural insight or a relaxing retreat, enjoy our exclusive privileges to make your vacation even more incredible.

Make your next vacation a memorable Group Cruise!

Traveling in a group can be the most amazing experience EVER! A cruise provides a wonderful venue for group leaders to take center stage and conduct workshops aboard exciting cruise ships. You can turn ordinary family gatherings into something truly amazing. Transform an annual school reunion into an event no one will EVER forget or a boring business convention into an exciting corporate extravaganza.

AMResorts is a collection of luxury resort destinations, each with its own unique personality. Raising all-inclusive to a new Level of Luxury®, every resort features elegant accommodations, a world-class spa, gourmet dining, unlimited premium drinks, entertainment and special events, and many other pampering amenities.

Contact us to get info about fabulous AMResorts in Cancun, Punta Cana, and Cozumel

National Plan for Vacation Day is Coming January 28

National Plan for Vacation Day is January 28, but it's never too early to start putting those hard-earned vacation days to use.

Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day is a day to encourage all Americans to commit to their time off for the rest of the year before it's too late.
After all, more than half of Americans (55 percent) left vacation time on the table in 2018, and research shows that those who plan are more likely to use their time off for travel compared to those who don't (39 percent to 20 percent).

National Plan for Vacation Day is an excellent time to reach out to a travel advisor (Dancing Moon Travel) who can save you time, money and stress.

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WAVE SEASON DEALS CONTINUE!!

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Honored and excited to be nominated as Port Charlotte's Alignable Small Businessperson of the year. Winner will be determined by number of "Likes" on the post ... you can vote here!

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WAVE SEASON DEAL FROM AMAWATERWAYS

“Ama” means love – and AmaWaterways puts love in everything we do. It all starts with the warm hearts of our extraordinary crew, who always go above and beyond to turn every moment you spend with us into a cherished memory. From a variety of included excursions to exquisite locally-sourced food and wine to unparalleled service, we invite you to join us aboard our award-winning river cruise ships in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa – and fill your heart with Ama.

TRIPLE SAVING OFFER

Book by March 31, 2020 and receive Triple Savings on a variety of popular European itineraries along the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, and Bordeaux rivers.

Save up to $2,000 per stateroom, plus complimentary stateroom upgrade and $100 per stateroom onboard credit.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Pic is Captain Geoffrey of Amawaterways

And the Wave Season deals just keep coming!! We can't post them all so give us a call to see what your cruise line of choice is offering!!

If this deal doesn't "float your boat"...give us a call. We are seeing new deals every day!!

If this deal isn't for you, give us a call. We are getting new Wave Season Deals daily!!

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Our affiliate in the Carolinas has this amazing Ireland trip coming soon in April -- fabulous pricing. Only two seats remaining so reach out today to reserve your space!

Exciting trip to Ireland April 2020. Join me in this wonderful tour of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Discounted international flights available from your location. Limited seating. February 7 is the final day to save your place. Additional information available!!

CONSIDERING A VACATION IN IRELAND?

JOIN KEVIN GRAGG, RESIDENT OF IRELAND AND DANCING MOON TRAVEL ASSOCIATE IN SEPTEMBER 2020

We were notified by a client that will be traveling out of Dallas that flight prices to Dublin have dropped considerably in the past day or so.

If you are serious about experiencing Ireland you might want to look at our offering and flight prices ASAP!!

As always, we recommend the purchase of flight insurance. If the airline doesn't offer it, contact us as we have other resources.

Go to http://eire.thegroupguru.com for trip details

NOTE: Pic is the group that joined Kevin in 2019. They were at a whiskey distillery.

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Happy New Year!

New Year's wish with breathtaking scenery from around the world and soundtrack by Sissel. This pretty much embodies all my wishes for our clients in the coming year. Enjoy! l

biggeekdad.com Auld Lang Syne performed live by Sissel as part of a Happy New Year video greeting card.

It's time to start thinking about a cruise.

I SEE 5 NEW SHIPS THAT WILL BE CALLING FLORIDA HOME IN 2020

1. CARNIVAL - Mardi Gras, sailing out of Port Canaveral, will have the first-ever roller coaster at sea and will be the first cruise ship in North America to run on liquified natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel.

2. VIRGIN VOYAGE line will begin sailing ships from Miami in March with the debut of the adults-only Scarlet Lady.

3. ROYAL CARIBBEAN - Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) will become home to Odyssey of the Seas.

4. CELEBRITY APEX - This new and innovative ship will be sailing out of Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) beginning in November

5. PRINCESS - Enchanted Princess will also begin new sailings out of Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) beginning in November.

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Great value here ... if you are in need of an inspection, you can't do better than Terry at Absolute Home Inspection!

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I saw this on a post from Carnival Cruise Line and I LOVE it.

What do you think?

Your transformative journey begins the moment you start dreaming about where you want to go. Then we enter the picture. With our worldwide expertise, we can bring the most remote destinations within your reach and create life-changing moments — from grand gestures to thoughtful details. We can introduce you to new and unique experiences for the new year, like an irresistible adult-by-design experience at sea, to connecting the minds and creating the future at the world’s greatest show.

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HAWAII

FREE or Reduced Airfare is now offered on select Hawai'i cruises.

With Norwegian's Free at Sea promotion, Balconies and above receive All 5 Free Offers.

Oceanviews receive 2 Free offers and Inside and Studios receive 1 Free offer.

PLUS, for a limited time, get 30% off fleetwide sailings in addition to all the Free at Sea perks.

This is a GREAT deal...but if you don't want any more kids, just let Dancing Moon Travel know. You are not required to accept the "free kids" offer. We'll ask if we can substitute free chocolates and strawberries in your room instead.

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Best Cruise Private Island Now Open: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

MSC Cruises

Sail away with MSC Cruises on the world’s most beautiful ships and enjoy onboard amenities as captivating as the destinations you’ll visit.

Experience Cirque du Soleil at Sea with a choice of 2 entertaining shows, SONOR or VIAGGIO, created exclusively for MSC Meraviglia.

Feel the sea breeze on MSC Seaside’s expansive boardwalk and feel like royalty on MSC Divina's dazzling Swarovski crystal staircases.

Experience the stunning beaches and spectacular sunsets of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, a new private island in the Bahamas, now open!

RESERVE NOW WITH ONLY $99 DEPOSIT PER PERSON

7-NIGHT CRUISES FROM $399/per person

*Offer expires December 18. 2019

NEW STUDY ABOUT TRAVEL ADVISORS

Travel advisors continue to be popular with Millennial and Gen Z travelers, according to new research from Travelport. The company surveyed 23,000 people from 20 countries, including 1,000 travelers from the United States, found that Millennial and Gen Z travelers nearly always turn to a travel agent when booking as compared to their older counterparts.

WHY USE A TRAVEL ADVISOR?

The report found a high degree of frustration when it comes to travelers booking by themselves online. Fifty-nine percent of Millennials said that they find booking with online travel agencies harder than shopping online for other products and services, while a high percentage of Gen Z (69 percent) and Gen X (54 percent) found it frustrating not being able to see the availability and cost of extras, such as pre-booked seats, food, Wi-Fi and baggage.

The majority of travelers – 62 percent of Gen Z, 56 percent of Millennials and 50 percent of Gen Xers – said that they found the complicated rules, terms and conditions around cancellations or changes frustrating.

Call Dancing Moon Travel and talk to a real live person you can trust.

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Call us at 404-913-4386
Or visit www.dancingmoontravel.com

On its Best in Travel 2020 list, Lonely Planet picked Salzburg, Austria as the number-one city to visit in 2020, ranking Washington, D.C. second and Cairo, Egypt third.

UPDATED GUIDE TO CRUISE SHIP GRATUITY FEES AND SERVICE CHARGES

In the world of cruising, gratuities and service charges are the apex controversy.

Many of the biggest cruise lines, including Carnival, Princess and Norwegian, automatically add to passenger bills, saying that money will be passed on to crew members in recognition of their service.

Fees factored into the bill can range up to $23 per person, per day, and some lines recommend even higher gratuities.

Here are the current fees for a few of the top cruise lines (as of Dec 2019). The rates for the daily charges listed below are per person, per day.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
Daily gratuity charge: $13.99-$15.99
Note: Passengers in standard staterooms pay $13.99 while those in suites pay $15.99. No gratuities are collected for passengers under the age of 2.
Additional charges: An 18% gratuity is added to bar bills.

DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Daily gratuity charge: None
Note: The line has suggested gratuity amounts for staff, but guests can use their discretion. Passengers can add suggested gratuities to their bills in advance or during the cruise if desired. Additional charges: A 15% gratuity is added to bar bills; an 18% charge is added to bills for spa services.

MSC CRUISES
Daily gratuity charge: $8-$14.50
Note: Gratuity charges vary for MSC's itineraries. Children 2-11 pay half the adult rate on most cruises. Children under 2 years old are not charged. In summer 2021, fees will increase. MSC does not recommend tipping the staff individually. Additional charges: None

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
Daily gratuity charge: $14.50-$18
Note: Passengers in staterooms pay $14.50 or $15, and those in suites pay $17.50 or $18, depending on when the cruise was booked. Some locations and all-inclusive ships may have additional charges. Additional charges: A 20% gratuity is added to bar bills, the bills at extra-charge specialty restaurants and for services at ship spas.

PRINCESS CRUISES
Daily gratuity charge: $14.50-$16.50
Notes: Passengers in interior, oceanview and balcony staterooms pay $14.50. Passengers in minisuites and club class pay $15.50, and those in suites pay $16.50.
Additional charges: An 18% gratuity is added to bar bills.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Daily gratuity charge: $14.50-$17.50
Note: Passengers staying in junior suites and below pay $14.50, those in grand suites and above pay $17.50.
Additional charges: An 18% gratuity is added to bar bills as well as services at ship spas and salons.

The charge is levied whether or not a passenger feels he or she has experienced good service, though on most lines it can be adjusted or removed while onboard. Just visit with Guest Services.

Our Story

We save busy people time, money and mistakes and help them make dream vacations a reality!

We recognize the power of travel to refresh and rejuvenate -- to enrich lives, expand perspectives, broaden awareness and build cultural connections. Travel is not only be enjoyable ... but satisfyingly experiential and the building block of lifetime memories.

Dancing Moon Travel is a full service leisure travel agency with agents in Southwest Florida, metro Atlanta and the Carolinas. We provide leisure travel services to clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, saving you hours of time and endless frustration. Take advantage of our expertise in cruise travel with all destinations and cruise lines -- luxurious all-inclusive vacations -- escorted tours to the world’s most fascinating destinations -- and independent travel throughout the world, including Hawaii, Alaska and all European destinations. We have a major emphasis on group travel., photography tours, and customized Special Events at Sea Owner Pat Hand is certified as a Master Cruise Counselor and is a Certified Group Travel Specialist. Contact us for your next cruise or land vacation.

At Dancing Moon Travel, we choreograph dreams!

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