Travel Agent Interview

Check out the latest interview I had with Host Megan Chapa of Travel Agent Interview. Just click the link below to listen.

Megan and Lauren talk about her specialty planning high luxury trips for her discerning clients. There is above and beyond and then there are the things that Lauren does for her clients!

https://fireside.fm/s/qzoAPI7O+HxtdETtM

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I am very sad about today’s news in Paris. This is why I always suggest my clients to register with the State Department when traveling outside of the United States.

Given today’s very sad news about the lives lost in Paris and those American travelers stuck for the moment in the city, I urge you to register your trip with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

http://step.state.gov/step/

PURPOSE: To notify U.S. citizens/nationals in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination, the information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to appropriate agencies whether federal, state, local, or foreign, to assist the Department in the evacuation or provision of emergency service to U.S. citizens, or for law enforcement purposes. The information is also made available to private U.S. citizens, known as wardens, designated by U.S. Embassies to assist in communicating with the U.S. Citizen community in an emergency.

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Starting back in 2013, Royal Caribbean became the first cruiseline to undergo full certification with Autism at SeasTM.  Their Staff is Silver Certified in Autism Awareness.   All Youth staff are required to have a four year University degree or international equivalent in education, recreation or a related field. They also have at least three to five years qualified experience in working with children ages six months to 17 years.

Royal Caribbean offers an Autism friendly initiative for families living with Autism.  This includes sensory friendly films (low-lit & low volume environment) and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism friendly training for Adventure Ocean staff and more.  Beginning late October 2015, The Autism Channel will be available via the complimentary on-demand section in guests’ stateroom televisions.  There will be over 35 TV shows and short programs for children and parents to choose from.

In addition, Royal Caribbean offers a wide range of autism friendly products and services, and they include:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and departure
  • Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free and dairy-free
  • Adventure Ocean flexible grouping by ability for children 3 to 11 years old
  • Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exception
  • Pagers/phones for parents of children in Adventure Ocean program while signed into our care

This month, I completed the Royal Caribbean’s Autism Friendly Certified Training Program in order to better understand and serve my clients.  It was important to me to understand the needs of families with Autism and make sure that ALL have a great vacation.

For those of you out there that are my clients or follow me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/Lauren.Ticket2Travel, know that I provide my clients with gift baskets, along with their travel documents.   E-Documents or plain ole paper documents are so boring!

These Mickey Mouse Baskets are looking for new homes!  (Since I took this picture yesterday, the Mickeys have multiplied – haha)

Mickey Mouses are looking for new homes!

Mickey Mouses are looking for new homes!

So if you want one of the AWESOME Mickey Mouse Baskets stuffed with goodies personalized for your trip, book any Disney Deluxe Resort Package at Walt Disney World or a 7-Day Disney Cruise in a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Verandah with me and one of these Mickeys will be yours!  (While supplies last)

So give me a call or contact me at lauren@aticket2travel.com or visit my website at www.laurenliebert.com

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Now everyone, sing along...

 

It’s a Small World 50th Anniversary

 

Now that you will have this stuck in your head for the rest of the day…let me just say you are Welcome!

A fun fact – “It’s a Small World” is played on a continuous loop for at least 16 hours a day at 5 different theme parks around the world!  (Truly, you have to admit that having this iconic song running in your head is just a little less time…)

If it has been awhile since you have visited the Original at Disneyland, it is time to give me a call to discuss your next visit.  Disneyland made a few upgrades a couple of years ago to add in some of your favorite Disney Characters, such as Mulan, Pinocchio, et al.  Do agree or not with this change?

It’s time to get your Mickey fix and sing along with everyone else in your tour boat.

 

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So in following up from my past post about the Quantum of the Seas (https://travel-rrific.com/2013/02/06/royal-caribbeans-sunshine-project-quantum-class/), let me introduce to you my exclusive web page that gives you the entire Quantum Experience.

Royal Caribbean’s dedication to innovation continues!  From new experience of  a 360-degree view from a glass capsule at 300 feet in air, North Star cannot be found on any other cruiseline.  Experience RipCord by iFly (the first sky diving simulator at sea), to the SeaPlex where you can roller skate or smash into your family and friends with Bumber cards.

So take a few minutes to experience what your next vacation will be like at – http://laurenliebert.com/quantumoftheseas.html

 

Enjoy!

 

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Beginning in July of this year, you can step aboard select Celebrity Cruiseships and discover new ways to thrill your palate, master culinary skills, and take your vacation to the next tantalizing level!

For dedicated foodies, there are four Top Chef Signature Sailings, where you’ll be joined by some of the show’s most popular and talented chef’testants.  Rub shoulders with the chefs and sample some of their creations at special Meet & Eat gatherings (featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared from the chefs’ recipes) on vacations in Bermuda, Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean.  With as many as four chefs per sailing, you’ll have the opportunity to get the low-down on what it was like to be on the show and find out what they have in store next.

http://www.creative.rccl.com/e-lite/CEL/14037258_Top_Chef_at_Sea/Top_Chef_Video.html

Four theme cruises:

• Celebrity Summit – July 27, 2014 – 7N Bermuda cruise

• Celebrity Solstice – August 15, 2014 – 7N Alaska cruise

• Celebrity Infinity – September 19, 2014 – 12N France & Iberian Discovery cruise

• Celebrity Reflection – November 15, 2014 – 7N Eastern Caribbean cruise

Programming on the cruises:

• Cooking demonstrations — at least two per sailing per chef — complimentary

• The show’s famous Quickfire challenges – at least two per sailing – complimentary

• Top Chef-inspired menu in the main restaurant once per cruise

• Private cooking classes – at least one per sailing per chef – for a fee (Price- COMING SOON)

• Chef-hosted specialty dining dinners – at least one per sailing per chef – for a fee (Price- COMING SOON)

• Other exclusive complimentary events

Contact me for further details at my website http://www.laurenliebert.com to book your next YUMMY vacation!

Top Chef Flyer for Celebrity

 

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This week, Ticket To Travel named Francisco Montoya, Business Development Manager with Blue Sky Tours, Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations and United Vacations (The Mark Travel Corporation) as our 2013 Business Development Manager of the Year!

Francisco was acknowledged for his continued support, outstanding partnership and commitment to our agency’s growth and falling under the Ticket To Travel credo “Relationships Matter”.

Francisco with the plaque

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100% Off! Sale” on select 3- and 4-day roundtrip Los Angeles, Princess Getaway cruises.  Book with me a qualifying voyage by October 31 and get 100% of your cruise fare back as a credit on a future 7-Day Princess cruise departing in 2013 or 2014.  

Qualifying voyages on Golden Princess: 

  1. 3-day, Monday, October 21, 2013 departure with Ensenada
  2. 4-day, Thursday, October 24, 2013 departure with Santa Barbara and Ensenada
  3. 4-day, Monday, October 28, 2013 departure with San Diego and Ensenada
  4. 3-day, Friday, November 1, 2013 departure with Ensenada
  5. 3-day, Monday, November 4, 2013 departure with Ensenada

So pull out that credit card, call me, gather your family & friends and get sailing!!!

Call me at (650) 906-6000 or e-mail me at lauren@aticket2travel.com, to get you booked TODAY!