Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Hi travel friends! Here are our most popular posts for September 2019. Some of them were actually written before September (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
When the very first Disney Cruise set sail in 1998, it was an immediate success. The Disney Magic sailed on three- and four-night trips to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, and introduced cruise enthusiasts, who were used to ships that mainly catered to adults, to a new concept they called “family cruising.”
Cruises on the Disney Magic were so popular that more Disney Cruise ships were added in 1999 (Disney Wonder), 2011 (Disney Dream) and 2012 (Disney Fantasy). This has allowed Disney to offer cruises of a variety of lengths to a variety of ports. Three more Disney Cruise ships are on the way in 2021 (Disney Wish), 2022 and 2023.
Disney cruises have set industry-first standards. For example, most of their cabins have balconies and most staterooms have bathtubs, which was not the case of most cruise ships in the late 20th century. They created a rotating dining experience instead of the traditional “same seat in the same room every night” that most cruise ships offered. They were the first cruise line to launch the “soda card” concept. And, of course, Disney ships were planned with kids in mind, instead of adults (although there are lots of adult-only areas onboard).
Disney ships still offer traditional cruise amenities such as movie theaters, spas, arcades, fitness centers, shopping, beauty salons, numerous bars/lounges, laundromats, etc. The only thing they don’t have that people have come to expect to see on a cruise ship are casinos. There are no casinos on any Disney cruise ship.
Disney cruises have become so popular that some people go back time and time again. In fact, I’m sure some people would love to live on a Disney Cruise ship. But Disney cruises aren’t cheap and can you imagine what it would cost to just live there? Well, no worries…someone already did the math for us…
When you travel by land, there are lots of reminders of how establishments are trying to make their carbon footprint smaller, decrease waste, protect the environment, etc.
There’s also growing awareness of how airplanes are affecting the environment, discussion of how that can be improved, and actions by some airlines that, although not nearly enough yet, are a start to change the industry so it can be safer to the environment.
However, there’s significantly less talk about the negative ways that cruise ships are affecting the planet and it’s a dialogue that should be had if we want to keep our water and air as clean as possible for as long as possible.
Meanwhile, an environmental advocacy group recently evaluated and graded sixteen cruise lines on several environmental factors, and the results were….not good.
One of the credit cards I’ve had for the longest is the Disney Visa card issued by Chase. In fact, I’ve had many versions of Disney credit cards but when this particular card was launched, I’ve been a cardholder since, like my card says, “Day 1”
And yes, we do have the Tinker Bell version of the Disney card (Note from Sharon: my choice. But if they had the flamingo from Fantasia 2000, I’d get that one in a millisecond!).
So why do I keep this card? One reason is the card has no annual fee, so why not? Since I’ve kept it so long, it now helps my credit rating by increasing my average account age, one of the factors considered in your score. That’s enough of a reason to not close the card, but I find that for a Disney fan, this card provides several perks you only get by being a cardholder: