Posted by: Bill MacBride | December 6, 2013

Coronado Springs Resort October 2013

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

By Bill MacBride

I recently stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort while attending the Home Based Travel Agent Forum.  Some of my pictures from Coronado Springs are included in this post.  Most of my pictures are at http://www.pinterest.com/billmacbride7.   Coronado Springs is the only Disney Moderate resort with a convention center. It’s also the only Disney Moderate Resort with a fitness center, spa, and hair salon.  The convention center offers many rooms of varying size in a total of 220,000 square feet of space, all on one level.

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Coronado Springs has no resort fee.  Ample complimentary self parking is available.  Guests can take advantage of complimentary transportation to Disney theme parks.  Free WiFi is available in guest rooms and all public areas of the resort.

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The resort is very spread out with a large lake in the middle of the property, Lago Dorado.  There are three sections of guest room buildings; Casitas, Cabanas, and Ranchos.  The Ranchos section is farthest from the convention center and main building where the restaurants and front desk are located.  Fortunately for convention guests we were mostly accommodated in Casitas buildings 1, 2, and 3 which are closest to the convention center.  Some others were in Cabanas building 9B where the Business Lounge is located.

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Dining options include the full service Maya Grill, a food court called The Pepper Market and quick service at Café Rix.  There are 3 bars; Siestas Pool Bar, Laguna Bar and Rix Lounge.  Gifts and sundries are available at Panchito’s.

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Every Disney resort has a theme.  The theme at Coronado Springs is the desert Southwest and Mexico.  It’s very well themed and the landscaping is beautiful and immaculate.  The main pool area is called the Dig Site.  The theme is an archeological dig site in Mexico complete with a Mayan temple.  There are three other pools throughout the resort including the only lap pool at any Disney Moderate Resort.

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The conference organizers did a great job with this event and Disney Cast Members were always there help in any way they could.  The presenters were all experts is their fields and obviously care about what they’re doing.  The conference was educational and fun. If they return to Coronado Springs next year I just might have to find a way to be there.

Coronado Springs is a convention resort but it’s also a family resort.  Don’t let the conventions keep you away from Coronado Springs.  Conventions just mean that the buses, pools and food court will be less crowded.  Conventioneers are in the convention center all day so you’ll hardly see them at all.

Again, to see more of my Coronado Springs pictures visit my Coronado Springs Resort board at http://www.pinterest.com/billmacbride7

Posted by: Bill MacBride | November 30, 2013

El Morro

This is a slideshow of my visit to El Morro during our stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | July 30, 2009

NCL Freestyle Certified

 Contact:  Bill MacBride
                   302-355-0502
                   800-636-7230
                   bmacbride@cruisesinc.com
   

Bill MacBride EARNS TOP HONORS AT NCL UNIVERSITY
 Award-winning cruise line graduates its first class of
 Freestyle Certified agents   

 Newark, DE 02/13/2009
 Norwegian Cruise Line is proud to announce that Bill MacBride is among the first to graduate from its new online travel agent university, NCL University.  This progressive, state-of-the art online school is geared to deliver an enhanced level of knowledge and insight into Freestyle Cruising – NCL’s popular style of cruising, as well as NCL destinations, NCL ship programs and operations, and many other “behind-the-scenes” elements not available anywhere else. Each graduate is required, within one year, to earn a minimum number of credits through a choice of accredited courses and electives. The rigorous curriculum includes testing at every level in order to move forward.
 
 Norwegian Cruise Line’s online university opened its virtual doors in 2008 and is one of the most innovative and successful programs available to travel agents today. With thousands of registered students and growing, NCL U plans to expand its training from the interactive experience of its online program to a continuing educational experience that includes a Ph.D. @ Sea™ program aboard its ships.
  
 “At NCL, we highly recommend the use of a travel professional when booking an NCL cruise,” says Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Passenger Services.  “With NCL U, we are investing in our travel partners’ product knowledge, marketing and sales skills so our guests will know they are relying on an expert who knows our product inside and out.”
 
By earning NCL U’s Freestyle Certification, Bill is considered among the most qualified and expert representatives for NCL’s cruise product. To reach Bill, please contact at bmacbride@cruisesinc.com.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | July 29, 2009

Free Disney Dining

Once again Walt Disney World is offering free dining.  This time it’s for most nights between 9/27 – 12/17.  You just need to book a Magic Your Way package with at least three nights hotel and one day theme park tickets.  You must book by 9/26/09.

Guests staying at Disney’s Value Resorts will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan for free while guests of Disney’s Moderate and Deluxe Resorts will receive the standard plan.  It’s a good idea to book this package as soon as possible becaue FREE Dining is very popular so rooms can fill up fast.  Another good reason to book ASAP is the possibility of Disney raising theme park ticket prices.  They usually seem to raise ticket prices in early August.  The rumor mills are churning along with rumors of price increases coming as soon as August 1st or 3rd, depending upon which rumor message board you read.  So beat the increase, book your trip today.

Free Dining is a little different this time around.  The quick service version for Value Resort guests gives you 2 counter service meals and 2 snacks per person, per night of your package and 1 refillable mug per person per package.  You can upgrade to the standard plan and just pay the difference.  The standard plan for Moderate and Deluxe guests gives you 1 full service meal, 1 counter service meal and 1 snack per person, per night.  Value Resort guests used to get the standard plan when they offered free dining.  Either way it’s a good deal. 

Disney is one of my specialties.  I’m a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and I’d be glad to help you with your Disney vacation plans.  Give me a call at 302-454-7804 or 800-636-7230 to book your trip today or send an email to bill@islandmagictravel.com.   Have a magical day!

Posted by: Bill MacBride | November 1, 2008

Introducing Celebrity Solstice

Introducing Celebrity Solstice

 

The largest ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet will be setting sail in November with our exclusive 2-night sailing.  Join us and be a part of this truly innovative experience.

 

Only on the brand new Celebrity Solstice will you be able to inhale the fragrance of a beautifully manicured lawn or watch glassblowers create art before your very eyes.  You’ll dine in restaurants capturing every mood.  You’ll experience the height of thoughtful design in open spaces and small details.  And you’ll retreat to accommodations inspired by Celebrity’s Five Leading Ladies, including AquaClass, which centers around your love of the spa.  Embark on a journey of imagination onboard Celebrity Solstice, where every moment exemplifies Celebrity’s tradition of impeccable service.

 

The Lawn Club is just one of the many firsts found on Celebrity Solstice.  We invite you to stroll across this expanse of pure innovation.  The refined setting is reminiscent of a country club, offering a casually sophisticated environment where you can practice putting, partake in the pleasures of an afternoon bocce tournament or just breathe in the fragrance of a freshly manicured lawn. As evening falls, witness the spectacle of molten glass being transformed into art at the adjacent Hot Glass Show, another ocean-going first fashioned through a unique collaboration with the Corning Museum of Glass.

 

Embark on a spirited culinary journey with some of the world’s finest chefs.  Celebrity Solstice offers a vast assortment of refreshingly innovative dining experiences – complemented by one of the world’s most expansive floating wine cellars – rivaling anything found at sea or on land.  Working closely with Elizabeth Blau & Associates, who helped orchestrate the culinary reform of Las Vegas, Celebrity has created a scintillating variety of choices to suit any mood and satisfy any craving.

 

Relish the dramatic sparkle of the Grand Épernay Main Dining Room, whose extensive champagne menu helps recreate the feel of a Hollywood venue.  Treat yourself to one of the exceptional specialty restaurants – like the Italian-inspired Tuscan Grille or Silk Harvest Restaurant, their new Asian fusion creation.  Or try something lighter and less formal, like a freshly baked scone in Café al Bacio & Gelateria or a freshly made crepe from Bistro on Five.  As with every Celebrity cruise, what distinguishes the dining experience onboard Celebrity Solstice is the attentiveness of the staff, all of whom have been extensively trained in the fine art of presentation and eagerly anticipate guiding you on the culinary journey of a lifetime.

 

Nightfall is more than a time to go out, it’s a chance to immerse yourself in a myriad of places designed to elevate your evening.  And when it comes to the allure of excitement after dark, nothing delivers like Celebrity Solstice.  Feel the warmth of Cellar Masters, where you may eagerly anticipate the pouring of an exquisite cabernet while surrounded by inviting colors and enveloped by a soft chair.  From there, move on to plan the day to come in the Passport Bar, which takes its cues from the map rooms found in the luxurious ocean-going yachts of old, or the Ensemble Lounge, whose elliptical bar can either bring you together to listen to music or serve as a stepping stone for more exciting events. 

 

Slip into a classic cocktail in the Martini Bar, or move over to the adjacent Crush, where ice-filled tables unite the tastes and textures of vodka and caviar – exotic pairings that excite the palate.  Venture further into your enchanted evening to Quasar, their exciting refreshing nightclub where retro styling fuses with contemporary rhythms to create a pulsating energy.  Be seduced by the lights and the movement on the spacious dance floor, or take it all in from the VIP section, yours to reserve.  Feel free to elevate the moment by ascending to the Sky Observation Lounge, where the canopy of stars appears to lie just within your grasp.  Or feel the favor of fortune’s smile in Fortune’s Casino, inspired by Monte Carlo.  Onboard Celebrity Solstice you don’t just go out for the evening, you surrender to the possibilities.

 

When the evening comes to a close, retreat back to your redesigned, more expansive staterooms, created to accommodate all of your desires.  Your first step into your personal retreat will evoke a distinctive feeling of “ahhh,” but more importantly a feeling of gratitude for five very special women, their Five Leading Ladies.  These five discerning travel connoisseurs – a frequent cruiser, a travel agent, a travel writer, a potential cruiser and a hotelier – contributed intuitive ideas about comfort, as well as their own personal wish lists, to the design of the staterooms and suites. 

 

For a twist on the standard stateroom, you’ll find the new AquaClass, 130 contemporary staterooms dedicated to spa lovers like you.  Created just for Solstice Class, these serene double occupancy accommodations allow you to enjoy a Celebrity cruise from an entirely new perspective – connected to it all yet secluded in your own hideaway.  Allow a Personal Spa Concierge to arrange treatments for you at the nearby AquaSpa by Elemis.  Or relax in the AquaSpa relaxation room and Persian Garden, both yours to enjoy at no charge.  You’ll also enjoy complimentary dining in a specialty restaurant, Blu, dedicated to AquaClass guests, serving healthful yet delicious cuisine.

 

Be the first to discover this unparalleled class of ship on our exclusive 2-night sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 21, 2008.  This weekend discovery cruise is the perfect way to experience all this new ship has to offer. This is an exclusive charter and only available through us.  You still have time to book this cruise but hurry, call 1-800-636-7230 today or click here for more information.

 

Posted by: Bill MacBride | August 14, 2008

Disney World October through December Discount

 

YOUR 5-NIGHT/6-DAY MAGIC YOUR WAY PACKAGE INCLUDES:

• Accommodations for 5 nights at select Disney Value Resorts or select Disney

Deluxe Villa Resorts.

Magic Your Way Base Ticket with admission to one of the four Walt Disney World®

Theme Parks for each day of your package stay (must be used within 14 days of

first use).

Disney Resort Guest benefits like Extra Magic Hours, where each day one Theme

Park is open extra time to enjoy select attractions (valid Theme Park admission

required) and Disney’s Magical Express Transportation with complimentary

round-trip motor coach transportation from Orlando International Airport to

your select Disney Value Resort or select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort.

 

SELECT DISNEY VALUE RESORTS

5-night/6-day package

including Theme Park tickets.

$49 * a day, per person for a family of 4

In a standard room. Rate valid

for stays most nights 9/28/08 –

11/25/08, 11/29/08 – 12/3/08,

and 12/13/08 – 12/23/08.

Total package price $1,168.

 

 

SELECT DISNEY DELUXE VILLA RESORTS

5-night/6-day package

including Theme Park tickets.

$94 *  a day, per person for a family of 4

In a studio. Rate valid at

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort &

Spa and Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

Available for stays most nights

9/28/08 – 11/25/08, 11/29/08 –

12/3/08, and 12/13/08 – 12/23/08.

Total package price $2,236.

*Rates are based on two adults, one junior, one child. The number of

packages available at these rates is limited. No group rates or other

discounts apply.

But Hurry!  Call 800-636-7230 and book between 8/14/08 – 9/24/08

Posted by: Bill MacBride | August 2, 2008

Celebrity Solstice Exclusive Cruise

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Be the 1st to Set Sail on the Brand New Celebrity Solstice!

We have chartered the first exclusive 2-night sailing aboard the brand new Celebrity Solstice. This extraordinary experience is available only to Cruises Inc. clients.  You can be the first to discover an unparalleled class of ship with features you’ve only dreamed of.  This weekend discovery cruise is the perfect way to experience all this new ship has to offer at an amazing price. Why not book this as a back to back cruise with the maiden voyage on November 23rd?   

 

CEL Pricing

 

The ship sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on Friday, November 21st and returns on Sunday, November 23rd.  Only Balcony and above staterooms will be available.

 

Contact Bill MacBride at 302-454-7804 or 800-636-7230 today

 

 

Prices per person, double occupancy; Fuel surcharge, gov’t fees, taxes and gratuities are not included.  Availability is limited.  Not responsible for last minute changes of price or itinerary by cruise line, or any errors or omissions in the content of this ad. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply. Ships Registry: Bahamas .  2008 © Cruises Inc. 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Bill MacBride | July 26, 2008

NCL’s You Cruise, We’ll Drive Sales Event

Call 800-636-7230 to book your cruise today    
3-category upgrade & up to $400 on-board credit per stateroom.
You Cruise, We'll Drive Sales Event
  You’d better step on it to take advantage of this great offer before it passes you by.

Book before August 17 and you will get:
• Great pricing on itineraries fleetwide* sailing
  October 1, 2008 to April 30, 2010
• From $50 up to $400 on-board credit per stateroom
• Up to a 3-category upgrade, but book early to get
  the best stateroom

Plus, a whole new array of Freestyle Cruising innovations including:
• Totally mouth-watering cuisine creations including
  lobster dishes every night
• A complimentary glass of bubbly upon boarding
• Upgraded linens, pillows and luxury bath amenities
  in every stateroom
• Extended Kid’s Crew hours
• Exciting new, ultra-hip entertainment options like
  Wii on a two-story screen

   Click the banner for all the details
Posted by: Bill MacBride | July 2, 2008

Spotlight Cruise – Carnival Fascination

Carnival

  

Take a long weekend vacation to The Bahamas next spring.

Bring the whole family April 23, 2009 for Sun & fun aboard the newly remodeled Carnival Fascination. 

 

Swim with Dolphins, visit the fabulous Atlantis Casino, relax on a beautiful beach, go shopping.  There are countless fun things to do on your Fun Ship Bahamas cruise.

 

Take advantage of our great prices and added onboard amenities on this cruise.  Book this cruise and receive $50 Onboard Credit and one (1) bottle of wine per stateroom. 

This is a limited time offer.  Call 800-636-7230 to book your space today. 

  

 

 

Click here for more details.

Posted by: Bill MacBride | June 26, 2008

Disney Late Summer Offer

Walt Disney World has just released a new offer for late summer.  This is a room only discount off the regular room rates but it can also be combined with part tickets and Disney’s Dining Plan.  Stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort Hotel:

Select Disney Value Resorts $69* per night, plus tax. In a standard room for stays most nights 8/9-8/26, 9/1-9/15, and 9/22-9/27/2008.  A savings of $13 per night

Select Disney Moderate Resorts $109* per night, plus tax. In a standard room for stays most nights 8/3-9/27/2008.  A savings of $40 per night.

Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts $179* per night, plus tax. In a Studio for stays most nights at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa or Disney’s Old Key West Resort 8/3-9/27/2008.

Other room types are available at varying rates.

Don’t miss this limited time offer!  Call 1-800-636-7230 to book by July 27, 2008.

*The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room in a Value or Moderate Resort. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required.

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