Last May we where on the Disney Dream cruising in the Bahamas. We loved it a lot and as you might remember we booked a placeholder on board, this means you get a discount on a future cruise next 2-years. Before we got home from our last vacation we found a very nice cruise on for later this year.
After a couple of weeks we booked the 7-Night Halloween on the High Seas Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral and we will celebrate Halloween on board! And today it’s just 8 weeks until we are sailing away for an itinerary taking us to Cozumel in Mexico, Falmouth in Jamaica, Georgetown on Grand Cayman in Cayman Islands and not to forget Castaway Cay!
We’ll be cruising on the Disney Fantasy, the sister ship from the Disney Dream. Funny enough this is not the first time we will see this cruise ship as we were on a city trip in New York the day the Fantasy for its christening. The first picture we took from the top of the Empire State Building while it was sailing in to port. The second picture we took a couple of days later when it was actually docked.
But before we sail away we fly to Orlando from Pearson a day before to stay in a Walt Disney World Resort for the first time ever. After we land we will take the Magical Express to Port Orleans French Quarter. Here we will stay one night till the Disney Cruise Line bus will pick us up and drive is to the port to embark the Fantasy. After we disembark we’ll be taking a the Disney Cruise Line bus back to the Airport where we’ll be renting a car from SIXT for the last part of this vacation.
This time we did not rent a villa but a townhouse in Windsor Hills a gated community very close to Walt Disney Resort. The house has a private pool and the resort itself has a lot of interesting amenities including a huge zero entrance pool, that’s what Emily likes a pool she can just walk in…
We can’t wait to get back to the magic of Disney and see how much the experience with Emily is different this time.
Since our vacation is coming closer we are starting to prepare more things. After arriving on LAX the first thing we need is a rental car. As usual we’ve compared prices and came out by usa-reisen.de which is the address where we’ve booked our cars for the last 3 trips to the USA. They have the best rates for the luxury packages for rental cars. We book the luxury package because it includes multiple drivers over 25 years and it’s also no costs for bringing the car back empty. Which means we do not have to search for a gas station when returning the car.
Last time in New York City we’ve booked a Mid Size SUV but on location we got it upgraded to a Full size SUV. Since we already had plans for this West Coast trip we said to each other that this should be the way how we travel through California, Nevada and Arizona. From experience I know that in LAX they don’t offer upgrades easily and that made us book the Full size SUV from the beginning.
We are already curious about what car will be brought to us at Alamo, but one thing is sure it’s going to be a big one!!!!
Almost a year ago we received an invitation for the wedding of Glenn & Gina. They both live in New York and that is also the location for the wedding. This made us decide to visit New York City in 2012.
In december we started booking our flights and we ended up booking with Lufthansa. We leave from Nürnberg Airport and fly to Dusseldorf for a direct flight to Newark. On the way back at home 9 days later we depart from John F. Kennedy Airport and fly to Munich. In Munich we fly back to Nuremberg.
The first half of our trip we wanted to stay as close to Time Square is possible. And due to the prices of the rooms we decided to go for a Priceline hotel. After 3 bids we ended with booking the Crown Plaza Time Square hotel for only 150$ a night.
Since we are also invited for the rehearsal dinner which takes place at Staten Island we decided to book 1 hotel night there. We selected the Indigo and got a nice rate from 89$ a night.
And for the last 3 nights of our trip we stay in the Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights which is also near the party location from the wedding.
These last days we will also have a rental car to visit some places in New Jersey. Danielle wants to visit the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. This is a huge outlet center with 220 stores.
All the others we’d like to visit are not yet planned. We will figure out what to plan the upcoming weeks or see what we’d like to do when we are in the big apple!