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Benefits of Using a Travel Agent

As Travel Planners, we are often asked “Why should I book with you?”, or “What are the benefits of booking with you?”. Below are just a few of the benefits of trusting your travel plans to a professional Travel Planner. If you’d like more information, or to be connected with one of our amazing Travel Planners, simply respond to this post. We’ll be happy to connect you with a Must Love Travel Planner today!

Adding Universal Orlando to your Walt Disney World Vacation!

Universal Studios is home to some incredible thrill rides, as well as the super-popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I want to make sure you are aware of how easy it is to get over to Universal Studios from your Walt Disney World hotel!

Universal Orlando Resort sells a variety of ticket options for their 2 theme parks and 1 water park – Universal Studios Park, Islands of Adventure Park, and Volcano Bay Water Park. With all of these options, we can completely customize a day (or more!) to spend at the Universal Orlando Resort.

And to make it even easier, Universal Orlando offers round trip transfers that will pick you up at your Disney Resort and drop you at the Universal parks. Easy-Peasy!

Want even more? Let’s add a few nights at one of Universal’s On-Site Hotels to the beginning or end of your Disney vacation. This is a great way to include some amazing On-Site Hotel guest benefits, such as early entrance to the parks and even a FREE Universal Express Pass*, allowing you to skip the lines at most attractions.

Here at Must Love Travel, we love Universal Orlando! Your Travel Planner would be happy to help you work a day or two at the Universal parks into your next Disney Vacation!

*FREE Universal Express Pass is available for guests at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Stone Harbor Lounge at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Do you want to know the secret to my heart? Tell me I’m about to stay in a Club Level room at Disney’s Beach Club Resort! We just enjoyed our second stay, and it was as amazing as ever.  

The fun begins when you arrive, as you are escorted upstairs for your private checkin on the 5th floor. You’ll be offered a refreshment…I highly recommend the specialty cocktail, which is usually some sort of bellini. Of course, you can opt for a glass of sparkling wine, or a beer…just let them know what you prefer. After you are checked in, you’ll be given a tour of the Club Lounge.

The Club Lounge is open from 7am – 10pm daily, and it does close for about 1/2 hour in the late morning so they can clean.

In the morning, you’ll be treated to an amazing continental breakfast. I like to think of this as “Continental Breakfast PLUS” because on top of the usual offerings of cereal, pastries, bagels and toast….you’ll also be offered hot oatmeal or grits, a beautiful smoked salmon or meat platter, hard boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, homemade granola…just to name a few. The coffee and tea selection is top-shelf, including a cappuccino maker.

Around 11:30am the snacks come out – with a selection of housemade chips and dip, veggies and hummus, yogurt covered dark cherries, candies, gummy bears, fruit.

In the early evening, the Club really comes alive with hot hour’derves! You could absolutely make a meal from these offerings. Also this is the only time during the day that there is a Club cast member available to pour wine and beer.

Speaking of which – I haven’t mentioned my favorite part – even though wine and beer is only served in the evening – you can request it at any time!! Just grab one of the cast members, there are always plenty of them keeping the Lounge in perfect condition.  Just ask for that class of wine and they will bring it out to you!

And the day ends with my favorite – dessert! Lots of tasty little bites, including rice crispy treats, cookies, cakes, cupcakes…it’s a great selection! They also put a selection of Cordials and Liquors out with the coffee.

The other amazing benefit of being a Club Level guest is the personal concierge available to you. All day long, there are special cast members available in the lounge to assist with absolutely anything you need – private car service, dining reservations, fastpasses, special occasions and celebrations, park details…you name it, they can help!

I am often asked if the Club Level rooms are worth the extra cost. My answer is, that depends…if you are thinking you are going to eat and drink the value of the room…I highly doubt that is possible, unless you have 4 teenage boys in your room, and eat 3 meals a day in the lounge. I think the value of the Club Level rooms come in the form of the incredible service offered by the staff. If you need anything at all during your stay, you simply stop at the Concierge desk, or email/text a cast member, and they are on it. Having the flexibility to stop in for a glass of wine, or a snack, or ask about a dining reservation or help with fastpasses…they are just incredible!

Ask your Must Love Travel Planner for more information! Club Level is available at ALL Disney Deluxe Resorts.

Introducing Margaritaville Island Reserve Resorts, by Karisma

Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma, Riviera Cancun provides the perfect setting for guests who want to escape the everyday with a tropical change in latitude.

Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma, Riviera Cancun is unique in that it has all the world- class amenities of a luxurious, all-inclusive hotel coupled with a laid-back, beachy vibe – making it the perfect place for people who value exceptional quality without any pretense.

From the moment guests enter the property, they are greeted with a welcome refreshment and flip flops and are immediately transported to a seaside paradise.

Whether guests want to spend the day relaxing in one of our beach hammocks, partaking in margarita inspired spa treatments, or celebrating that it’s always 5 o’Clock somewhere with a poolside margarita, there are unique, authentic experiences for all. With exceptional Island Reserve Inclusive restaurants, specialty bars, and daily live music, Margaritaville® Island Reserve By Karisma Riviera Cancun is a place to raise a glass and take a bite out of paradise.

Quiet Spots at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World is fun, fast and exciting! But sometimes you just need a few minutes to sit quietly, unwind, relax and catch your breath. Here are a few spots you’ll find throughout the Walt Disney World Resort to give you those few precious moments of peace and quiet.

Magic Kingdom

Tom Sawyer Island
Featuring trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and shady benches you can get to via boat from Frontierland. It’s the perfect place for a stroller nap, quiet walk or just to get away from the bustle of the Magic Kingdom.

Hidden Cove on Main Street USA
Sounds crazy, since Main Street is always super crowded. But if you are walking down the street, about halfway down on the right, there is a tiny little alley just after Uptown Jewelers, you will find a quiet little nook.

Epcot

All of my suggestions for Epcot are in the World Showcase.

Canada
Victoria Gardens features a totally charming walkway of gorgeous rolling hills, waterways and flowers. Look for a nearby bench or just take a slow walk with a stroller and enjoy the relative quiet.

Japan
As you enter the pavilion, look to your left. There is a beautiful koi pond, and just behind it there are stairs to a quiet spot to sit and eat.

Future World entrance to World Showcase (Showcase Plaza)
Keep walking straight (between Port of Entry and Disney Traders) and you’ll find a lot of open space with a beautiful view of the World Showcase Lagoon.

Animal Kingdom

Wildlife Express Train
This is a perfect way to rest and cool off with kids while still taking in some of the sights at the park. You’ll see behind-the-scenes in Harambe, Africa, while the kids snooze.

Flame Tree BBQ
Go through the restaurant to the outdoor seating. It is pretty secluded, and never as busy as inside.

Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Hollywood Studios is filled with shows. Most shows are outdoors, but the Voyage of the Little Mermaid is an indoor, air conditioned theater that is great to relax and cool down.

Resort Hotels

This is my favorite way to take a break!

If you are in Magic Kindom, hop on the Monorail and stop at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Check out the lobby, grab a drink at the Enchanted Rose, and listen to the jazz band or grand piano player in the last afternoon and evenings.

If you are in Epcot or Hollywood Studios, walk or take the boat to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Tons of shopping and dining, and far less crowded than the parks!

If you are in Animal Kingdom, take the bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Enjoy the stunning lobby, grab a drink at Victoria Falls, or go out onto the lookout and check out the animals.

Cruise to Hawaii with Must Love Travel

Must Love Travel is thrilled to announce our Exclusive 7-Night Cruise to Hawaii on Norwegian Cruise Lines!

February 20 – 27, 2021
Norwegian Pride of America

The Norwegian Pride of America is the only ship that allows you to sail direct from Honolulu! This gives you an incredible 7-night sailing to 4 ports plus a day of sailing the Napali coast.

Ports of Call:
Honolulu, Kahului (Maui overnight), Hilo, Kona, Nawiliwili (Kauai overnight) and cruise Napali coast

Must Love Travel Exclusive Offer!

Balcony (BB) $2,665.77 per Guest 1 and 2
(additional pricing guest 3 and 4, other categories available)

Price Includes: Hawaii Beverage Package** | Ultimate Dining Package** (3 Meals) | $50 USD Shore Excursion Credit, per cabin | Internet Package (250 minutes) | $100 Onboard Credit

** Applicable for guest 1 and 2 additional charges for guests 3 and 4
** Guests are responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Beverage and Specialty Dining Package. 

Contact your Must Love Travel Planner TODAY and join us in Hawaii!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! If you haven’t experienced it yet, just imagine that you are literally stepping inside the books and movies. It’s unreal!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter allows you to follow in Harry Potter’s footsteps as you walk through the streets of London, and enter Diagon Alley where you’ll find many of the wizarding world’s most famous establishments. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders wand shop, and get ready to travel deep below Gringotts bank for a multi-dimensional thrill ride.

Contact your Must Love Travel Planner TODAY to plan your next Universal Vacation!

Adult Exclusive Spaces on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone, including the grown ups!

Disney takes excellent care of the kiddos, but just as equal on a Disney Cruise is the care given to the Adult Only spaces. All of the spaces are closely monitored. So don’t worry, you won’t find any Little’s splashing around in your Adult Only pool, or running through the Spa. These are YOUR spaces to enjoy, while the kids party on their own at the Oceaneers Club.

Let’s take a look at the different Adult Exclusive spaces on Disney ships!

Quiet Cove Pool

Escape to this onboard oasis exclusively for adults and enjoy a serene atmosphere and cocktails. This quiet pool area invites adults to unwind in a tranquil kid-free setting. A main pool and nearby whirlpool spas allow Guests 18 years of age and older to relax, recharge and soak up the sun. Within these subdued surroundings, sip on cocktails and specialty coffees, read books and magazines, or watch TV at nearby Cove Café.

Senses Spa & Salon

The Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering and relaxation with a multitude of spa and beauty treatments. Dive into pure bliss, indulgent luxuries and inner contentment in an environment designed to soothe the senses. This pristine setting features rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam rooms, a dry sauna fashioned after a Roman bath, private luxury villas and so much more. Enjoy this impressive retreat at sea, offering therapeutic and beautifying personal care services for both men and women.

Nightclubs & Lounges

During the day, the lounges serve as activity centers for adults, families and kids. But after dark, these venue’s become ADULT ONLY, with special entertainment, activities, themed dance parties and more!

The specific venue’s vary by ship, but here are a few of my favorites:

Cadillac Lounge (Disney Wonder)

Surround yourself in the glitz of classic Hollywood at this adults-only nightclub featuring live piano music nightly.

O’Gills Pub (Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy)

Share a pint and watch all your sports teams on TV at this rollicking, shamrock-sprinkled Irish pub and sports bar.

Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar (Disney Dream)

It’s sparkly, fizzy fun at Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar, an intimate space with cozy nooks to provide the ideal romantic setting.

Upscale Dining: Palo & Remy

Every Disney ship has either one or two Adult Exclusive restaurants, offering upscale dining options for brunch and dinner.

Palo is available on all 4 ships!

Remy is available on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Flying with Babies

Travel is fun! Travel is exciting! Travel is…..stressful! That’s why you have us, your trusty Travel Advisors, to guide you through the journey.

Today let’s focus on a particularly stressful part of travel – Traveling with Babies!

Yes, you need to prepare and plan, but I promise you, it’s not as bad as it sounds! Follow these tips and you’ll find that traveling with babies can be incredibly rewarding.

Book a Direct Flight

If possible, book a direct flight. But if you absolutely have to include a layover, make sure you allow plenty of time for your connection. You don’t want to feel rushed, running through the airport to try to catch your next flight. Allow 2 – 3 hours minimum, so you can take your time, stop at the bathroom, have a snack and just spread out for a little while.

Book your Baby a Seat

If you can, book your baby their own seat. You will need to bring your own car seat for the plane, so make sure it is up to code for air travel. Book a seat with extra legroom, so you have a few extra inches to move around.

Hit the Bathroom before you Board the Plane

You always want to board the plane with a dry diaper on your little one. You may even want to use 2 diapers for extra leak coverage. If your baby is potty training, you want to give them one last opportunity to use the potty before you board.

Pre-Board your Flight

Take advantage of being allowed to pre-board! This will give you a few extra minutes to get yourself settled once you board the plane. If you board with general boarding, you’re going to have a lot of angry stares from folks behind you as you rush to get situated. Avoid this by boarding as early as possible.

Gate Check Baby Gear

At no additional charge, most airlines allow parents and caregivers to gate check bulky baby gear like strollers and car seats. Simply request gate check tags from the attendant at your airline’s gate. Attach one tag to each item and deposit it at the bottom of the jetway. Be sure to fold strollers before boarding. Gate checked items will typically be waiting for you in the same spot at your destination when you disembark. Sometimes, though, they must be retrieved from baggage claim. Check with your airline before your flight regarding their gate check policy.

Bring Double the Baby Gear

Bring twice as much formula, diapers, bottles, baby food and snacks on the plane as you think you will need. This includes an extra change of clothes for both you and the baby! If your plane becomes severely delayed or canceled, you will thank me. The last thing you want to deal with is a hungry, thirsty, dirty-diapered baby when stuck on the tarmac, circling above a storm, or bedding down in a hotel room for an unexpected overnight.

Protect Baby Ears

Sucking or chewing helps ease ear pain caused by pressure changes in the airplane’s cabin. Bring formula or pumped breast milk and give your baby a bottle during take-off and landing so you can keep your baby safely buckled. Breast milk is exempt from the 3.4 ounce liquid rule. If your child doesn’t take bottles, then a sippy cup or pacifier works, too. Chewing a cracker or cookie can also help older toddlers.

Universal Orlando Premier Hotels

Universal Orlando is home to 8 incredible on-site hotels. Each one offers incredible benefits, on top of being super close to the Universal Parks.

Today let’s focus on the ‘Original 3’ – Universal’s Premier Hotels. These hotels offer upscale accommodations, are close to the fun and include some exclusive perks!

Universal’s 3 Premier Hotels offer 2 exclusive benefits not available at any other on-site hotel, including Universal’s Express Pass, which has a value of over $100 per person, per day! This could end up saving your family a ton of cash! And the priority seating can save you hours of time!

These exclusive Premier Hotel benefits include:

  • FREE Universal Express Pass (skip the lines!)
  • PRIORITY SEATING at select restaurants throughout the Resort

You’ll also receive the following Universal Hotel On-Site Benefits:

  • FREE Early Entrance to Volcano Bay and Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Close proximity to the Universal Theme Parks
  • Complimentary access to the Water Taxi
  • Easy Access to walking paths to the parks
  • Resort-wide charing privileges with room key
  • Complimentary access to Live Shows and evening activities at City Walk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise to your hotel

Let’s take a closer look at the 3 Premier Hotels!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Experience La Dolce Vita—The Sweet Life!

Relax in surroundings inspired by the beauty, romance and charm of the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Wonderfully appointed rooms and suites welcome families home each day. Tempting outdoor cafes and shops dot the piazza around a serene harbor. Three enticing pools offer every level of relaxation. Incredible restaurants tempt every palate with flavorful culinary tours of Italy. Nothing could be sweeter.

Hard Rock Hotel

Live like a Rock Legend!

Live like a rock star and savor the perks of rock ‘n’ roll royalty with impeccable surroundings, posh laid-back style and show-stopping service. Supremely talented chefs offer culinary nirvana from a famed steakhouse to delicious American classic cuisine. The California mission-style design—inspired by classic rock music—welcomes you to escape to a sensational world with a palm-lined swimming pool featuring underwater music, rock memorabilia and recreation featuring live music—including some famous names.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

An exotic South Seas paradise!

Get swept away to a place filled with tropical wonders, exotic food and carefree fun. A sparkling lagoon-style pool surrounded by a white sand beach and palms invites you to escape. Delectably innovative food and drinks delight every palate. Mingle in a laid-back lounge in Polynesian paradise. Take part in a traditional luau on select nights (fee applies), or curl up in the comfort of your elegant island room or suite. Enter this tranquil South Seas retreat, leave the rest of the world behind and unwind!

Vibe Teen Club on Disney Cruise Lines

Disney takes care of everyone onboard their ships, and that includes creating extra special spaces just for teenagers! Let’s be real – Teens have very specific needs! They want to relax, they want to make friends…but they have to stay cool while doing it.

Disney has taken care of all of this, by creating a teen-exclusive space to relax, chill out, listen to music, watch TV, play group games and more at…

Vibe, a Happening Haven Just for Teens!

From teens-only dance parties to karaoke to just kickin’ it, there’s tons of fun stuff to get psyched about!

While the Vibe experience aboard each ship differs, the idea behind them is the same: Vibe provides Guests ages 14 to 17 with their own special place where they can break off from the family and connect with other teens from around the world. Designed with their interests in mind, each lounge is laden with amenities and activities that will keep them engaged and entertained while encouraging them to mingle. With so much to do, Vibe is bound to become your teen’s favorite on-ship destination!

While designated as a teens-only hangout, Vibe is chaperoned by some of the coolest counselors at sea, in a laid-back way that allows teens to feel as unrestricted and comfortable as they can possibly be.

Beverages and Snacks 
Vibe features a coffee bar serving a wide selection of nonalcoholic beverages, including fruit smoothies and more.

Now let’s break it down by ship!

Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

Part nightclub, part sundeck, totally awesome: Hang out, kick back and make new friends at this super-cool teen retreat. 

What’s the Vibe Like?
Vibe aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy has the look and feel of a hip urban night spot, with multiple areas, a secret entrance and its own outdoor deck space. Its plush interior boasts sleek design, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and movable modular furniture that invites teens to get situated in style.

Vibe’s hangout central is its high-tech media room, where teens can watch movies or play video games on a 103ʺ LCD screen with digital surround sound. Comfortable, plentiful seating makes this gathering place your home theater away from home.

In a separate stage area, talent shows, karaoke contests and dance competitions let teens own the spotlight. A dance floor and video wall set the stage for day-and-night dance parties, and aspiring DJs can even spin and mix tracks! For a more mellow experience, recline in your own built-in oval wall pod and game or watch a movie on a personal video screen.

Catch Some Rays
Vibe’s outdoor sundeck at the ship’s bow lets teens work on their tan without ever having to leave their private club. Retro-mod chairs and chaise lounges beckon sunbathers while splash pools, pop jets and misters help teens maintain their cool. Deck games such as ping–pong, foosball and “old school” board games set on a giant checkerboard floor offer further amusements.

Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

Housed in the iconic red Forward Funnel of your ship, this open-plan lounge is the spot to socialize with other teens. This highest point of the ship is sure to also be the high point of your teen’s cruise!

What’s the Vibe Like?
On the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, Vibe invites teens to unwind at an urban, loft-inspired haven where stylish industrial elements merge with music, gaming and all the latest trends. Amid brick, concrete and technical architectural flourishes, teens can sip on a flavorful coffee or smoothie, play the latest tunes and socialize with kids their own age during fun video and virtual-reality game sessions.

 

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sandals Resorts are known to be some of the most impressive and popular Adult Only destinations in the Caribbean. Today I’d like to highlight Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas.

Offshore Island

Sandals private island, located just minutes away from the main resort, is available via private ferry. It’s like having 2 resorts in 1! offshore adventure with two secluded beaches where you can relax, go for a leisure swim or explore the Bahamas’ best snorkeling. The Beach Club is your complimentary membership to a pool, whirlpool, swim-up bar, and the region’s best seafood house. Throughout the natural landscape you’ll also find shaded hammocks, private cabanas, and a Zen garden with fire pit seating.

Luxurious Accommodations

Sandals Royal Bahamian offers luxurious rooms and suites including the magnificent River Pool Swim-up Suites. Also featured are walk out suites set directly on the beach. Upgrade your experience with a Butler Suite, providing an unimaginably supreme standard of service and luxury, where your every need is anticipated.

What’s Included at Sandals Royal Bahamian

You’ll receive all of the amenities you’ve grown to love from Sandals Resorts, including:

  • Unlimited fine dining at 11 restaurants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime snacks
  • Unlimited Premium Liquors
  • 8 bars, including swim-up bars
  • Stocked bars in every room
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines
  • All tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • PADI-Certified SCUBA diving (and all equipment)
  • Snorkeling (and all equipment)
  • Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks
  • Professional instruction for water sports
  • Beach volleyball, basketball, pool tables
  • Day and night tennis
  • Unlimited land sports and state-of-the-art fitness centers
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • Free WiFi (in room and all common areas)
  • Free wedding (for stays of 3 nights or longer)

 

Skyliner at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney World has always offered a varity of transportation options….bus, monorail, boat, Minnie Van…and now there is a brand new way to get around, with the Disney Skyliner!

You can now cruise around Walt Disney World Resort in style – with Disney’s amazing new aerial gondolas!

Glide across the sky and add an extra dash of pixie dust to your day. This new state-of-the-art gondola system conveniently connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot to the following Disney Resort hotels:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort

Plus, the new Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot is located just a short walk away from Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

 

Edge Tween Club on Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Cruising is an amazing way to spend time together as a family, but it’s also a great opportunity for kids to enjoy their own special vacation designed just for them, while the parents get a little alone time and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Most cruise lines have an activity area for Children, and some cruise lines have activities for Teenagers… but what makes Disney Cruising extra special is how much attention has gone into creating a space that is specifically for Tweens, ages 11 – 14, called EDGE!

Edge is an activity center just for Tweens! Watch movies, play games, enjoy arts and crafts and more with other cruisers your age.

While the Edge experience aboard each pair of Disney ships differs, the idea behind them is the same: Edge provides Guests ages 11 to 14 with their own special hangout where they can connect with other tweens from around the world. Equipped with high-tech entertainment including flat-screen TVs, computers and video games and featuring daily guided activities, this interactive play space is bound to become your tween’s favorite on-ship destination!

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