Black Friday and End of Year Travel Deals

Black Friday and End of Year Travel Deals

We’ve been working hard to round up some of the Black Friday/Cyber Week deals that have been released, as well as deals that will make you look like a hero when you surprise your family with their next vacation as their holiday gift!! Here are some of the amazing travel deals you can find in the coming days and weeks. One of our skilled travel agents would be happy to help you choose the best vacation for you and your loved ones.

Walt Disney World Resort

Save Up to 35% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels in Early 2021
Available to book now through March 15, 2021 for most nights January 3-April 17, 2021

Disney Visa Cardmembers: Special Rates on Select Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels
Available to book through February 28, 2021 for most stays through February 28, 2021.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i

Save up to 30% on select rooms at Aulani Resort for stays of 5 consecutive nights—valid from January 4, 2021 through March 11, 2021. Book through March 7, 2021. Book by December 1 to enjoy a $250 Resort Credit for stays of 5 consecutive nights, or a $150 Resort Credit for stays of 4 consecutive nights.

Disney Cruise Line

25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Verandah Category with Restrictions (Category VGT):

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Dream)
March 26, 2021 | April 30, 2021 | May 7, 2021 | May 14, 2021 

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Disney Dream: March 22, 2021 | May 10, 2021
Disney Fantasy: May 29, 2021 

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
March 20, 2021 | April 17, 2021 

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy): April 10, 2021 


25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Oceanview Category with Restrictions (Category OGT):

4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 7, 2021


25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Inside Category with Restrictions (Category IGT):

4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 26, 2021 

5-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 2, 2021 

Universal Orlando Resort

Ticket Promo: Buy 2 Days, Get 3 Days Free – available for 2 park base tickets as well as park-to-park tickets. Book by 1/6/21 | Travel by 8/31/21

Save up to $800 Package
4-night minimum stay at any of the on-site resorts at Universal Orlando; 2-park, 2-day park-to-park and get 3 days free. Book by 1/6/21 | Travel by 8/31/21

Black Friday Sale – Save up to 40%!!
4-night minimum stay at Cabana Bay Resort – Deposit due upon booking (no courtesy holds). Available Sunday-Thursday (Friday and Saturday night will not be discounted); 2-park, 2-day park-to-park and get 3 days free

Available for booking 11/27/20 *will be very limited and likely to sell out quickly*
Travel Windows: 11/29/20-12/25/20 ** 1/1/21-3/25/21 ** 4/11/21-4/30/21

Sandals and Beaches 

Thanksgiving Sale
Book any qualifying Sandals or Beaches Resort vacation of 6 or more paid nights and receive a pair of Waterford Elegance Collection Wine Glasses when you book by November 26, 2020. Travel through December 26, 2021. Blackout dates may apply. Trip must be registered within 72 hours of booking to qualify. Combinable with other Sandals and Beaches promotions (such as 7-7-7). 

Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Cyber Sale
The Cyber Sale is here, meaning the best rates of the year are available for a limited time. Treat yourself to the getaway you deserve — it’s been quite a year — and enjoy beachfront bliss, soothing spa treatments, Gourmet Exclusive® dining, unique experiences, and more. It doesn’t get any better than our Cyber Sale rates, and they certainly won’t last. So secure your tropical getaway and give yourself something to look forward to. Rates as low as $99 per person, per night. Up to 80% off. Some resorts and/or room types offering up to $1000 in resort credit, as well as $1 swim-up upgrades. Discounts and availability may vary by resort.

Riu

Black Friday Sale
Take advantage of riu.com’s Black Friday sale to book your next beach or city vacation. Enjoy up to an extra 15% OFF in all-inclusive beach resorts, or up to 20% OFF* in your favorite city hotel. Book by December 4, 2020 for through Dec 23, 2021. Changes made to reservations after December 4, 2020 will null the promotion. Rates and discounts vary per hotel and travel period according to availability.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale
Dive into the clear turquoise waters of South Florida and go where the weather’s always warm with our largest annual flash sale of the year! Enjoy up to 30% off guest rooms and suites for stays November 27, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Don’t wait too long – flash sale ends November 30 at midnight!

No minimum length of stay required. Offer subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Full pre-payment is required at time of booking. Payment is refundable without fees if cancelled or rescheduled prior to 72 hours of arrival. Offer cannot be combined with other 3rd party bookings, rate discounts, packages, promotional or group offers.

Margaritaville Orlando Resort

Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale
You can receive up to 30% off of the retail rate at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and a one-time $50 resort credit when you book on Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30, 2020)! Plus, for this deal, we will have a flexible cancellation policy. 30% off of the retail rate will also be available to book December 1-4, 2020 (no resort credit offered when booked these dates). Available for travel through 12/30/2021.

Hotel Blackout Dates: 12/26/2020 – 12/31/2020, 2/5/2021, 5/11/2021 – 5/12/2021, 6/4/2021 – 6/6/2021. Cottage Blackout Dates: 6/4/2021 – 6/6/2021. Additional restrictions may apply.

Encore Resort at Reunion 

Black Friday/Cyber Week Flash Sale
You can receive up to 30% off of the retail rate at Encore Resort at Reunion, as well as a one-time $100 resort credit when you book on Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30, 2020)! Plus we will have a flexible cancellation policy. 30% off of the retail rate will also be available to book December 1-4, 2020 (no resort credit offered when booked these dates). Available for travel through 12/30/2021.

Encore Resort at Reunion is right in the heart of all of Central Florida’s world-class attractions. When you stay at Encore, you get more time to relax and have fun, with free transportation to and from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando, which are all just minutes away!

Available through 12/31/2021. Blackout dates: 3/23/2021 – 4/4/2021. Additional restrictions apply.

Royal Caribbean

Cyber Week Sale!!!
Save up to $550 when you book now.  60% off the second guest. Children 12 and under sail free all year long. And “Cruise with Confidence” (for sailings through April 30, 2022): Guests can cancel their reservation up to 48 hours before they sail and receive a Future Cruise Credit. And you’ll get our Best Price Guarantee.

Available for booking from November 24, 2020-December 1, 2020 for sailings starting January 1, 2021 and beyond.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Black Friday Sale 
30% off all ships and all destinations + 5 FREE offers, including FREE Open Bar, FREE Specialty Dining, FREE Excursions, FREE WiFi, and FREE Kids – a total of $2,900 in value! Feel free to Break Free with Norwegian! Must book by November 27, 2020 for sailings starting January 1, 2021 and beyond. 

Carnival Cruise Line

Cyber Blowout Early Saver Sale
Cruises from $65 per person/per day; Reduced deposits as low as $50 per person (deposit may vary by ship); FREE room upgrades!! Must book by November 29, 2020 for sailings through April 2023.

Azamara

Thank You Sale
In the spirit of giving, we have extended our Double Upgrade offer and added a little something more to ignite your wanderlust. With our new Thank You Sale, enjoy up to $1,000 in onboard credit, plus a complimentary two-category stateroom upgrade on select sailings when you book by December 5, 2020 for select 2021 sailings.

Palace Resorts

Gather Everyone for the Holidays

BOOK 1 ROOM, GET 1 ROOM FREE
Give the best holiday gift t—exclusive 2-for-1 savings for stays December 22 through January 3. Set the scene: You and those you love celebrating the season wrapped in all-inclusive luxury, enjoying fine cuisine, premium beverages, amazing entertainment every night, and a resort specially decorated for the holidays.

  • Kids & Teens Stay Free at Select Resorts
  • Free Airport Transfer at Select Resorts
  • 250+ Preventive Health Measures at Every Resort


You can use both rooms at the same time, or you can enjoy your free room to try out one of our other fabulous resorts on a separate vacation. What’s more, you can even gift their second room to someone they love. And don’t forget about Purely Palace, our comprehensive sanitation program with more measures in place to assure everyone’s health and safety.
Book by December 4, 2020/Stay Through January 3, 2021.

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island, | Atlantis Resorts | The Bahamas

Cyber Week Sale
2021 Rooms for $202.10 – plus Book Now, Pay Later! No deposit due at time of booking!! Pay just $202.10 per night for stays at The Royal at Atlantis for stays of 2 nights or more. Offer available for select room types and is based on availability. Book by December 1, 2020. Available for travel December 10, 2020-November 30, 2021. 

Trafalgar
festive street Locorotondo Christmas markets in Italy
It’s here! Enjoy BIG savings of up to $650* pp across our “Best of” trips on all 2021 departures. Now is the time to book your 2021 trip with us, with our risk-free, flexible booking conditions and the added assurance of knowing your wellbeing is our priority.


Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that the availability and terms of any of the above deals are subject to change at any time. Please check with one of our travel agents for the most up to date availability.

 

A big shout out to Aly Hirst for rounding up the best deals!!
Top 10 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

Top 10 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

Now, more than ever, travelers are seeking assistance from travel professionals with planning their future vacations. With so much uncertainty in the world, having an expert in your corner helping you every step of the way not only helps to give you peace of mind when planning your trip, but it also ensures that you will be able to rest easy knowing that  your Travel Agent has thought of everything for you.

So, why should you use a Travel Agent?

  1. You won’t pay anything additional for your vacation package when you book with a Travel Agent versus booking your vacation directly through the destination. Utilizing an expert that can personalize your entire vacation is truly invaluable; the expertise and knowledge you’ll gain from using an agent will help ensure your vacation is as relaxing and worry-free as possible!
  2. Using a Travel Agent is a huge time-saver! There are way more important things you could be doing than wasting time comparing prices on countless confusing travel websites.
  3. Travel Agents have access to quickly find deals and special offers that may not be clearly visible for you to find in your searches.
  4. You can’t beat the customer service when you book with a Travel Agent. You’ll never get an automated answering service when you call your Travel Agent. Need suggestions or help sorting something out? You’ll get through to your agent a lot quicker than you would if you booked through some of those websites you search through. And your agent will do everything they can to help you get what you need, stat!
  5. Your Travel Agent will be your main point of contact from the time you start planning until after you return from your trip. They can also be as much (or as little) involved in the planning process as you’d like them to be.
  6. Not sure where you want to travel? Your Travel Agent will help you come up with some great ideas for destinations, while also keeping your budget in mind.
  7. Your Travel Agent will follow up and follow through to see that all of your special needs and requests are met whenever possible, as well as make sure you are aware about any deals that you may be entitled to.
  8. When you use a Travel Agent, you can rest assured that in the event something goes wrong on your trip or you have an emergency requiring last minute changes, your Travel Agent will be there to do the legwork for you so you don’t need to worry about any of that.
  9. Most online travel booking sites require you to pay your entire trip cost up front, regardless of when you book. When you book with a Travel Agent, you may be able to set up a payment plan to make smaller payments over time.
  10. Travel Agents love what they do and truly value your business!

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Volcano Bay Re-Opening Updates

Volcano Bay Re-Opening Updates

Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort is re-opening this week!!! Team Members had a chance to preview the new operations for re-opening today. Here’s what we know so far – please keep in mind that this is subject to change at any time and I’ll do my best to keep you informed.

Upon arriving to the park, your temperature will be checked, then you’ll head to security. Once you’ve cleared both of these areas, you’ll be allowed to board the bus where a team member will ensure parties are seating at least 6 feet apart from one another. Take note of the social distancing markers on the ground as you approach the line for the bus. Masks are required from the moment you arrive at Universal Orlando Resort until after you enter Volcano Bay.

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When you arrive at the entrance of Volcano Bay, your ticket will be scanned and a team member wearing a mask and gloves will give you your Tapu Tapu. Once you have received your Tapu Tapu and have entered the park, you only need to wear a mask when you’re by the lockers, restaurants and merchandise stores.

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If you plan to rent a locker, you’ll see that locker area has social distancing markers on the ground. They are only letting 10 guests at a time into the locker area. To limit capacity and safely expedite this process for all guests, please have only ONE guest from the party bring your belongings to your locker. The locker will be yours for the day; they will be sanitizing them at the end of the day when the park closes.

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For the lazy and rapid river, once you get out of the water, you put your life jacket in the bin provided. A team member will be taking them aside to be properly sanitized before hanging them up for reuse.

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The cabanas at Volcano Bay will be available for rent. The only change from their previous policies is that the family cabanas will be capped at 10 people rather than 16.

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As previously mentioned, you will need to wear your mask when you’re near the dining locations. For the larger dining locations with seating areas, a line will form and they will pull parties one at a time to seat them in an area to maintain social distancing. There are team members sanitizing the tables after each use before seating the next party.

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Side note, which is SUPER IMPORTANT… Don’t skip the ice cream at Volcano Bay… it is SO GOOD You can choose up to 3 different flavors swirled together for cones or cups! The cone pictured in here is from Koka Poroka – highly recommend!!! This was vanilla/blue raspberry/pineapple!!

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Universal Orlando Updates

Universal Orlando Updates

We are excited to bring you a few updates on the new guidelines for the reopening of Universal Orlando! Remember things are constantly changing so be sure to ask your Living With The Magic Vacations travel planner if you have any questions!

Getting into Universal Orlando: Once you enter the park (every other car), you will have your temperature screening before heading to security. Then you can pick your park and head to the gates. No fingerprint will be needed to enter the parks, your ticket will simply be scanned. Be sure to pay attention to the social distancing marks on the ground at each of these aforementioned areas.

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 Social distancing marks on the ground all through the queue

Lockers: lockers are sanitized after every use, also after someone uses a locker, that locker is than blocked out for around 3 hours and can’t be used by another guest.

Hand sanitizer is given put before getting on your vehicle by an attractions attendant.

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Masks are required everywhere in the parks, even on attractions.

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 There are social distancing markers on the ground, and in some cases, there may be a rope to ensure you maintain your distance from characters. You’ll have to take selfies or have someone in your party take your picture as character attendants will not be permitted to take photos with your phones or cameras. You do have to wear your mask when meeting characters, even if you are distanced. It also looks like they’re grouping characters together to take one great picture.

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 When entering restaurants you instantly run into a hand sanitizer dispenser. Next you will be told where to be seated for social distancing, and you will order at your table from the app.

The dining plan doesn’t work on the mobile app yet* so if you have a dining plan, ONE person from your party will walk up through the line and pay with your dining plan at the register.

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Universal will be utilizing virtual lines via their mobile app, as well as through virtual line kiosks they’ve set up at the parks in the event someone doesn’t have the app. If an attraction has a virtual line, that is the only way you currently can get into the line. If you do not have a virtual line reservation, you will not be allowed to join the line. You may only join one virtual line at a time. Single rider lines are not operating at this time. If you’re staying at one of Universal’s resorts that entitles you and your party to Universal Express Unlimited, you may enter the lines as you normally would.

BONUS! Hagrid’s now will use the Virtual Line Feature!

Epic Character Race Packages

Epic Character Race Packages

As an avid runDisney runner and a long time Universal Orlando fan, I have been not so secretly hoping for a Universal Orlando race series.   I started getting my hopes up last year with the inaugural Minions run at Universal Hollywood.

And then it happened.  Universal Orlando announced their Epic Character Race 5k & 10k for February 1st and 2nd of 2020.

The races will consist of a 5k on Saturday, February 1st. This race will wind through Universal Studios Florida and hit some of the backlot.   The 10k will be on Sunday and will hit both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.  

While the course maps and characters have not been released yet. It makes my Universal heary giddy to think of the potential run through Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.  Through the Streets of New York and or Hollywood or the crazy curves of Suess Landing. 

While the races are currently open to register for Annual Passholders only. Universal Orlando has released Epic Character run Packages that will allow non-passholders early registration access.  With a minimum of a three night stay at Universal Orlando resorts you can secure your registration and have all the benefits of staying with Universal. Plus they truly have a price range for every budget.

There are options for both the standard registration and the VIP registrations for both the 5k and the 10k.  The VIP registrations jnclude a Post race breakfast, commemorating water bottle and exclusive charcter meet and greets and photo op.

For non-runners Universal Orlando has got you too with the Epic fan registration which includes reserved seating and complimentary snacks to cheer on your favorite runner or just to watch the action.

It looks to be, ahem, an Epic time and you know Inaugural races are always the best. With the race distances being 5k and 10k, you don’t have to be Fast or Furious to take part 

I’m going! Who wants to join me? Contact me today to get your Epic Character Race Package quote or for more details.  

Suzanne Prevost