Small ship cruising with Tauck is a wonderful way to explore the Central American countries of Panama and Costa Rica. We spent time on land – including two nights each in Panama City and San Jose – but most exciting was our six-night voyage aboard the recently renovated m/v Tere Moana. Carrying a maximum of 90 passengers and a crew of 60, the ship sometimes felt as if it felt as if we were on our very own yacht. The crew was extremely attentive, and we loved the elegant ambiance, roomy accommodations and gourmet dining.
By: Lin Humble
Vice President, AffordableTours.com
Last Christmas our family celebrated the winter holidays aboard the Disney Magic®. As promised, Disney delivered an unforgettable journey. In fact, our trip began before we even set sail out of Galveston, Texas. My sons, ages 6 and 5, received a phone call from Mickey a day prior to our sailing, which brightened their day and only heightened their anticipation of the cruise. Of course, I strategically planned this call as I preregistered for the cruise. However, it shows just that extra effort that Disney puts into the whole vacation.
AffordableTours.com started as a family-owned operation out of a modest two-story home. Needless to say, we understand the importance of family, and no other brand is more aware of strong family values than Disney. That’s why we’re extremely happy and excited to be able to share with you some Affordable Magic! With its timeless characters that are household names and classic movies we all know and love, Disney is indeed magical. Our partnership with this beloved company brings you incredible savings on Disney vacations—whether you are looking for a beautiful getaway on an ocean cruise, weekend resort and theme park, or a combination of all, Affordable Magic will get you and your family to your destination…with a little bit of Pixie Dust!
Walt Disney World Resorts
It’s like stepping right into a dream—only the places seem real! A place of magic…a place of discovery…one of adventure…one with spotlights and showbiz. The four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks make the real world seem far away, and make-believe as real as the smile on your face. They are the places where innocence is reborn, memories are made, and fun, imagination and excitement surround the young, and young at heart.
There’s more to see and do at the Disneyland® Resort than ever before! Get ready to discover an amazing entertainment, dining and shopping district; three incredible Resort Hotels; and, of course, two magical Disney Parks—including the expanded and transformed Disney California Adventure® Park—complete with amazing new entertainment and attractions, and a spectacular all-new Cars Land!
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is a family paradise with a touch of magic, where everyone can enjoy amazing adventures, both together and on their own. Adults, teens and kids each have their own special places here. And there’s plenty of family fun, too. Spend the day at the greatest pools in all of Hawai‘i. Stroll down to the secluded cove for a day at the beach. Or do some exploring with guided excursions and activities. Then, enjoy an evening of incredible dining and spectacular entertainment.
Disney Cruise Line
Created with all the imagination of Disney dream makers, Disney Cruise Line features spectacular innovations that will make dreams come true in memorable ways. Legendary Disney service, unique personal touches and elegant details all come together on this incredible cruise line to create spaces and experiences designed to delight kids, teens, adults and families in enchantingly different ways.
Adventures by Disney
It’s a big world. An amazing world. Let’s adventure together. Let Adventures by Disney® be your guides, your storytellers, your local experts and your masters of hassle-free guided group travel. We’ll take you where you want to go. Bring you closer to the places you visit. See to every last detail. And make sure every moment of your vacation, for everyone in your family is a moment you’ll want to remember again and again.
Two Perspectives on One Vacation.
Land and sea packages—sometimes called “cruisetours”—give travelers two wonderfully different ways to vacation: by land and by boat. Typically, these are trips that include some time spent on a cruise ship, with all of the fabulous amenities you’ll find at sea: casino, live shows, spa and incredible included meals. Plus, there’s time spent on an escorted tour, where you will stay in one city or town and take day trips from the area, or overnight in several cities, sightseeing in fascinating locales that simply aren’t accessible by boat. An ideal combination!
While some land and sea itineraries are as short as seven days, many last 10 days, two weeks or more. The in-depth exploration from two different perspectives gives travelers the opportunity to truly get to know an area of the world in detail. You’ll immerse yourself in the land, culture, people, history and food of a region. Also, with land and sea packages, all of your arrangements have been made for you. That is, you don’t have to worry about transferring from the tour portion of your vacation to the dock for embarking on your cruise. With land and sea packages, all of your transfers—for you and your luggage—have been taken care of for you.
Finally, pricing of land and sea packages is generally lower than if you combined a tour and cruise on your own. Not only are these types of vacations hassle free, but they are reasonably priced, too, given the amount of ground (or water!) you’ll cover on a land and sea vacation! Here are 2 popular cruisetour destinations:
While a cruise can be an enjoyable way to spend a vacation and a great break from the usual holiday routine, many people who have never been on one may shy away from trying something new because it may seem intimidating. Others may spend too much time worrying about what they need to know to relax and have fun. Well, if you’ve been considering a cruise for your next vacation, fear not, because AffordableTours.com is here with some advice to make sure your first cruise goes smoothly and that you have everything you’ll need. Here are 20 tips we’ve compiled from experts and ordinary people alike: