OUR PROUD PARTNERS

We are Partners with all of your favorite companies like Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Marriott, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines and many more.  Clients often ask me if it’s better to book their vacation or cruise direct or with an agent. The answer is simple.  Travel agents have access to and arrange for private sales all the time. You will never pay more than what a cruise line is offering. In most cases, you’ll save money and receive exclusive value added amenities like hotel or shipboard credits, prepaid gratuities, wine, room upgrades, coupon and much more.  You can still support us by clicking on your favorite online booking engine or transfer your cruise to us.

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 TRANSFER YOUR CRUISE BOOKING

To benefit from these extra perks and personal travel assistance, you must book or transfer your reservation to us.

If you transfer the booking to us, then you get to keep the same cabin, same booking number, and the same rate as you have with the cruise line. You will also get to take advantage of our offer. The cruise lines have made the process to transfer your booking over to travel agencies fairly easy.

Simply find your cruise below and fill out the form (if required). As soon as your booking as been successfully transferred, we will automatically add your special amenity.

CRUISE LINES TRAVEL AGENT TRANSFER FORMS AND POLICIES:

CELEBRITY, ROYAL CARIBBEAN AND AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES

-You may transfer your cruise booking up until 30 days from creation as long as your request is made outside of Final Payment period and the booking has not been paid in full.

-If a booking has a ChoiceAir ticket or if the transfer request involves a change in currency we cannot accommodate a transfer.

-In order to Transfer your booking from Celebrity, Royal Caribbean or Azamara, you have to complete the simple Travel Agent Transfer Form and fax it to the cruise line. The Fax number is on the form. Click to Download Form:


CARNIVAL

-You may transfer your cruise booking to us within 30 days of making the original booking as long as it is not past the final payment date. In order to transfer the booking, you will provide us with your booking pin number and we will be able to transfer it over for you. Call 410-292-4222 or email support@cater2utravels.com to begin the process.


CUNARD

-You may transfer your cruise bookings to us any time before final payment.

-If you have made deposit on the booking then you must send a letter to Cunard. Please call 410-292-4222 or email support@cater2utravels.com for the mail address and assistance with the letter.


DISNEY CRUISE LINE

-Bookings may be transferred to us up until 30 days from creation. In order to transfer booking, you just need to send completed transfer form to Disney Cruise Lines. Click to Download Form: Disney Cruise Line Transfer Form


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

-Bookings may be transferred to us up until 30 days from creation

-Your booking cannot have the full payment on it.

– Deposit on Booking: you’ll need to fill out their simple transfer form and email or fax it in.
Click to Download Form: Norwegian Cruise Line Transfer Form


MSC CRUISES

– Direct bookings may be transferred to us up until 30 days from creation

Your booking can not have full payment on it.

– Deposit on Booking: you’ll need to fill out their simple transfer form and email or fax it in.

Click to Download Form: MSC Cruises Transfer Form


HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

-You may transfer your Holland America Cruise booking to us as long as you have not made the full payment.  Please contact us for further instructions, simply email support@cater2utravels.com


VIKING RIVER CRUISES

-As long as you made your Viking River Cruise booking in the last 30 days and have not paid it in full, then you can transfer your booking to us. The process is easy, just email support@cater2utravels.com to get started.


OCEANIA CRUISES

– As long as your Oceania Cruise vacation was made in the last 30 days and is not yet paid in full, then you can transfer your booking to us.  The process is easy, just email support@cater2utravels.com to get started.


PRINCESS CRUISES

– Bookings may be transferred to us up until 30 days from creation. It’s really easy to do. Please contact us for details. Only legal residents of the United States, Canada and Mexico can book and/or transfer a Princess Cruises reservation to us (this is a policy of Princess Cruises, not our agency)


We also work with luxury lines like Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Seabourn Yachts, Windstar Cruises, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.   Most reservations can be easily transferred as long as final payment has not been made and you are within 60 days of the original booking date.  Please contact me for more information.

IMPORTANT:

  • If you live outside of the US, it may not be possible to transfer your reservation to a travel agency outside of your own country due to various promotions and currencies.  Send us a message with any questions and we’ll be happy to review your cruise booking for you to see if you are eligible to work with us.
  • Special perks and amenities are available on upgraded cabins only.  If you’ve booked a short weekend cruise in the least expensive cabin (inside or ocean view) we likely will not be able to add anything extra to your reservation other than our stellar customer service.

Going Places

I’ve had the pleasure this summer to attend a mastermind event with fellow entrepreneurs from all over the US. We meet as a group twice a year to pool resources and ideas to enhance our business with the focus on experiences we can offer to our clients.

One of the best parts of the time we spend together is when we gather in harmony that benefits our personal and internal growth within us as well as our businesses.  This event always overflow with much needed support for us to move forward in our businesses.  It brings up the question of how do you nurture You or your business?  We to often forget about fellowship with the world so focus on division. Thinking that we are all here to fill a purpose and live out the dream we all so desperately strive to achieve. The topic of going places came up which was the discussion of which direction is your life going? Are you excelling or stalled? So, in answer to that question we focused on each of these questions to help one another conquer that obstacle to move forward. My question to you, where are you in all of this?

And if you answer is: You don’t know? Find a group or event that nurtures what you desire. It’s never to late to Go Places.
Wanting a little help or considering options to Go Places. I am available to chat.

Let’s get You started on Going Places. Click the link to book your complimentary session >>>>>>>>http://bit.ly/ScheduleTalkTime

Your Travel Godmother Faye Brown
www.cater2utravels.com 

What to do in a Weather Crisis?

It’s been all to real these last several weeks after Hurricane Florence. Of course we hoped and prayed for the best but it’s also important to be prepared. The agents here at Cater2UTravels, as well as our colleagues throughout the industry have been hard at work these last few weeks rearranging travel plans for those affected. Certainly, storms like this bring up all sorts of questions from travelers.

“What happens if my flight is cancelled?”  As always, your first call when your flight is cancelled or delayed should be to your travel professional here at Cater2UTravels’. If it is during normal business hours, call the office. Otherwise, you are provided with our 24 hour emergency number as part of your final document package.

“I’m supposed to take a cruise, what happens if there’s a storm while we’re at sea?” A cruise is honestly a great vacation choice during hurricane season. I know that might seem like an odd answer, but let me explain a bit. It’s rare for a storm to affect a port for embarkation or debarkation. It’s more common for a storm to be in the Caribbean during your cruise. Should that be the case, chances are that your cruise will experience an altered itinerary. Perhaps you were on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary with ports of call in the Virgin Islands. If a storm is in that area, or headed to that area, the ships have the flexibility to go west. You might not visit the islands you were expecting, but you will still get the vacation you’ve been planning for.

“What should I do if there’s a storm headed towards my home?” It’s certainly a matter of preference for you, the traveler. Some travelers choose to secure their home and heed the advice to get out of harms way by continuing with the vacation plans they already have in place. Others choose to remain at home. Ultimately you have to choose the option that you and your family are most comfortable with.

“What should I do if there’s a storm headed towards my destination?” This one is a bit more tricky than the cruise question. So much depends on the projected path of the storm and whether or not the destination is proactive with tourist evacuations.

“Should we buy insurance?” Yes, you should always buy insurance when you book a vacation! However, if you choose not to take that advice it might be too late. Once a storm is “named” you can no longer purchase a travel insurance policy that will cover for that storm.

Now if you have an itch to travel this summer and you have NOT mapped out your itinerary, and you want to consider your options. I am available to chat.

Let’s get this party started. Click the link to book your complimentary session >>>>>>>>http://bit.ly/ScheduleTalkTime

Your Travel Godmother Faye Brown
www.cater2utravels.com 

Want to know one women’s secret to shattering the world’s travel record?

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Hey, haven’t you often wondered how you could travel the world and how much time it would cost or could you even afford to do so? I couldn’t even imagine the cost of such traveling and I’m a travel professional. Now, you know I am joking but of course I could figure it out. But really can you imagine!

Not only being able to leave for extended time frames but who would look after your home, plants, etc.  All this comes to mind for me.  With that being said, I came across an amazing article from Travel Pulse, that talks about one women’s journey traveling across the world. Seeing 196 nations in 18 months and 26 days. All I can say is wow.  This must have been an extraordinary task to take on with all the flights and logistics to sort out.

Maybe this will help you to plan your around the world journey and tackle some of your Bucket list items. This could be the inspiration you need to give you some perspective of what it takes to travel like this. Check out the whole article here

Have you considered maybe traveling as a group or simply backpacking alone.  Either way you can’t go wrong when you are doing what you love to do.  I know tons of young students that take off a year of school to see the world and all it has to offer.  Most, will call this enjoying life to the fullest because you are waking up to a different destination about every month of so.   What do you say to that? Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? What may you consider to be the ultimate travel around the world scenario for you.

It could be simple as volunteering on a mission for children in another country or as simple as doing the Semester At Sea program that some of the cruise lines offer. Just a few options for you to consider.  

Looking forward to seeing some of the comments or posting I see regarding this women’s amazing journey and how she captured all the wonderful things she encountered or experience during her travels. I can’t imagine how magnificent she felt being able to enjoy time spent with locals, eat with them and to learn all about their culture.  This would truly be amazing for everyone to enjoy. But back to reality, you have to curve out the vision for yourself if you wanted to do this bad enough.

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Want to Avoid Those Long Airport Lines?

Everyone who is a traveler at one time or another has gotten stuck in a long TSA security line. As you stand there waiting your turn, you start to wonder “what are they going to take out of my carry-on this time because it’s not within regulation.

You start stressing wondering if you arrived at the airport early enough to go through security to make your flight without rushing (hoping your deodorant holds). You begin looking around asking yourself “where are all these people going”. Well, there are two different means in which to get quickly through security – not avoid security – but to move swiftly through security.

One is TSA Pre (Transportation Security Administration) which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The second, Global Entry Program, U.S Customs and Border Protection, which is also part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Have you considered getting either a TSA Pre number or a Global Entry card because there is a difference between the two? Have you ever noticed there are two security check points at the airport? At one station, there is a long line but if you look down the hallway a security guard is looking at tickets and/or a card; these travelers have either a TSA Pre number or Global Entry card – expediting their security screening.

If you travel “only” within the confines of the United States, all you need is the TSA PreBut, if you are someone who travels both in and outside the United States, you should consider the Global Entry card which is also your TSA Pre. To obtain either is easy. The TSA Pre number is valid for five (5) years and the cost is eighty-five ($85.00) dollars. To apply, go to www.tsa.gov and complete the application form.

After completing and submitting the application form, if you qualify, you will receive a TSA Pre eligibility notice via email advising the next step. The Global Entry card is also valid for five (5) years and the cost is one hundred ($100.00) dollars. To apply go to www.cbp.gov  complete and submit the application form. If you qualify, you will receive a notice via email advising of the next step. If you have a TSA Pre number, the Global Entry number will supersede that number (TSA number will be voided).

I just completed the process for a Global Entry card and found it not difficult. The worse part was the length of time waiting for the interview date.

I received notification of preapproval in August and was surprise to find the earliest appointment date was in the month of December- a wait of four (4) months.

Whichever one you choose, TSA Pre or Global Entry card, is totally your choice. But think about how you travel or plan to travel in the future. If you plan to stay within the confines of the United States, I would suggest a TSA Pre.  But if traveling both in and outside the United States, think about a Global Entry card.  Two things – (1) The Global Entry card will not eliminate random searching of luggage.  (2) If you violate any rules or regulations, this privilege will be revoked.

Whatever you do, don’t think either of these cards will keep you from a “random search”.  Wrong; no one knows who they will stop at baggage claim and do a random search of your luggage.  No one knows – that’s why it called “random search”.  What you decide is entirely your decision but think about incorporating either a TSA Pre number or Global Entry card as part of your travel information or documents.    Courtesy of B. Hayes

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5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAKING A VACATION

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Americans leave a lot of vacation days on the table. Vacations are not only beneficial to our health but also for maintaining sanity and stability in life. While so many of us envision lazing in the sun on the beach rather than working in the office, there are lots of health benefits of taking a vacation that just traveling to one of the most popular spots in the world with a friendly climate. Vacations makes you feel alive and free from the daily stress of life. According to the 2009 International Vacation Deprivation Study by Expedia, over 30% of Americans do not go on vacation for fear of losing their job. So what exactly are the benefits of taking time away from work?

Relieves stress

Chronic stress causes a lot of health implications to our bodies and reduces performance levels both in the home and at workplace. In order to effectively manage the destructive effects of stress on our body, it is advisable to take a break from daily stress and take a vacation. Escaping from our normal life gives the body a chance to repair some of the health damages caused by stress.

Prevents heart disease

One of the major causes of high blood pressure and heart disease is stress. It is however, proven that taking a vacation will help reduce the risks of heart disease. Reports by the Framingham Heart Study in 2010 shows that people who travel more often are on average 40% less likely to die from a heart disease.

Stay focused

Everyone needs to unplug at some point in life to maintain a healthy life and stay focused. Chronic stress is not good for the busman health as it can disrupt the activities of the brain and makes us lose concentration. Working all year round can make people have difficulties concentrating. One of the best ways of combating chronic stress and concentrating while working is taking vacation.

Improved productivity

Upon returning from a week-long vacation, you will find out that your productivity level will be fostered with a great feeling. Vacation is a great way that allow people reconnect with themselves, feel refreshed and concentrate more while working, thus increasing productivity level.

Prevents illness

Stress can cause severe damage to your immune system thus making your vulnerable to varied degree of illness such as cold, headache, joint pain, flu and even cancer. There is no better way to prevent such illnesses than getting far away from work.