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Family Reunion??

Family Reunion??

Jul 5, 2011

A few months ago I was contacted by a family member about my thoughts on helping to coordinate a family reunion.  “It has been years since all the cousins have gotten together and they are spread all over the US”  they complained.  “I’m sure I don’t even know half of my relatives”. That seed of an idea morphed from the task of tracking down immediate family…into a project to attract every person we could find with our same surname.  Whether they are on the same family tree or not…if they share the same last name…they would be invited.  AND…we are going to have this reunion bash on a fabulous cruise ship in the Caribbean!! With this, the “Gragg Cousin Cruise” was born and in June 2012…we will have a Carnival Funship overflowing with Graggs.  In addition to the normal amenities found on cruise ships like gourmet dining; Las Vegas style entertainment; and exotic ports we are putting together unique features that will make the “Gragg Cousin Cruise” a special event surely to be talked about by the Gragg family for years! Special genealogy workshops will be held on “days at sea” where we’ll explore the Gragg name and attempt to connect those lost branches of the family tree.  We have a welcoming cocktail party planned; specially designed t-shirts; gift baskets in every cabin with specials just for the Gragg family; exclusive shore excursions; a group photo to preserve the memories of new-found friends and cousins; and a few surprises! Special rates were negotiated with the cruise line; a promotional website with secure cabin booking capability has been built; and a powerful “Get Paid to Cruise” program was initiated, making every Gragg a “Bounty Hunter” able to earn financial rewards for locating more Graggs. All this sounds like a tremendous amount of work…but truly its not.  You see…I am a Cruise Event Specialist with Dancing Moon Travel…and putting together special events at sea is what I do.  What we have put together for my family reunion is what Dancing Moon Travel does every day…we produce customized events at sea for any type of group from 50 people to 500.  Do you have a large following? ...

6 Cruise Tips

6 Cruise Tips

Jun 14, 2011

Six tips if you are planning on taking a cruise. No Money Needed (Wrong) – Though cruises are “all-inclusive” meaning your accommodations, dining and basic on-boat activities are included in the cost…there ain’t no such thing as a free ride.  Expect to pay for soda, alcoholic beverages, spa services, shore excursions, casino gambling and more. Some ships have onboard plastic debit cards that makes purchases easy.  It also leads to forgetting just how many Mai Tai’s you’ve had at the piano bar.  Sometimes it’s good to count the change. Cruise Buddies – Decide what kind of crowd you want to hang with before you book your cruise. Some cruise ships cater to families while others have an older demographic. During Spring Break season, it is possible to find ships offering specials for college students. If you have expectations about who will be joining you aboard the ship, advance research is a must. Get Off The Boat – If you want to take advantage of the planned shore excursions—such as snorkeling, bike tours or para-sailing—when your cruise ship docks in a port, decide what you want to do as soon as possible. Exercise Like A Drunken Sailor – Expect to get a healthy core workout in the fitness center because you’ll have to hold yourself on the equipment. The sway of the boat makes it difficult to run on a treadmill or use the elliptical machine. Don’t get too sidetracked watching TV or listening to music because you just might step off the equipment. That’s not to say you shouldn’t workout … Let’s EAT !! – I know…you’re on vacation.  But(t)…here’s a fact you probably didn’t want to know:  “The average person gains 7 to 14 pounds on a cruise”. That’s no surprise considered the rich food and enormous spread of desserts. But(t) you don’t want to feel bloated on the beach and have Captain Ahab chasing you with his harpoon. It’s okay to treat yourself to a little more than you would at home, but don’t forget to throw in a tossed salad and some fresh fruit every now and again. Imelda Marcos Packing Rules – The staterooms on cruise ships aren’t roomy by...

No Cost Cruising

No Cost Cruising

May 5, 2011

Interested in learning more about how you could qualify for a FREE cruise!  Dancing Moon Travel has a great system that makes it VERY easy for our clients to take advantage of this great offer.  The simple “secret” to our offer is group travel.  Our clients simply need to put together a group of just 15 of their fun-loving friends … family … church members … business associates, and then they sail for free! Dancing Moon Travel will even customize special events/activities to make the group cruise a unique experience that no one will soon forget!!  AND…with our seamless processes Dancing Moon Travel will handle 97% of the effort…our clients get 100% of the credit. Start thinking about the group that YOU might be able to put together.  Who is within YOUR “sphere of influence”?  The most common groups that sail like this are friends & family, but the possibilities are almost endless.  Do you have a hobby group?  A group from your place of worship?  Facebook friends?  A fraternal organization or club?  Put on your thinking hat and then check out our special website at www.cruise-for-free.com or check out the new video at www.cruise-for-free.com/video.html Send me YOUR idea and we’ll schedule a free telephone conference to discuss the possibilities! Kevin Gragg kevin@dancingmoontravel.com...

FREE Cruise

FREE Cruise

Apr 19, 2011

We’re all familiar with the famous old adage ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch.’  Personal experience has taught most of us to beware offers that appear too good to be true.  That being the well-documented case, is it possible there really could be such a thing as a FREE CRUISE? The answer, surprisingly, is a slightly qualified yes —  and it actually could be easier to score this attractive travel bargain than you might think.  With no timeshare presentation.  No scams.  No $500 ‘administrative fees.’  No kidding! The secret to your potential free cruise actually lies in group travel.  The advantages of group travel don’t end with the potential for a FREE STATEROOM.   Group rates commonly offer savings off published fares.  Group members may also benefit from an array of special amenities.  Perks such as special onboard credit, wine and canapes in their staterooms, and free photos are frequently provided to group members.   Larger groups often qualify for special meet & greet cocktail parties and other special functions during their trip. Groups can (and do!) come from just about anywhere.  Most people reading this article are part of a  group of one sort or another.  Each of these could potentially comprise a group.  One of the most common groups consists simply of family members or friends who decide to travel together. Church groups, ballroom dancers, business clubs and associations, doll collectors, wine lovers, scrapbookers, Harley-Davidson owners — virtually ANY type of organizational affinity could form the basis for a cruise group. A group function at sea provides a high fun factor for attendees.  No stuffy, boring same-old/same-old here!   The family-friendly atmosphere makes a cruise the perfect venue to combine business & pleasure.  With most meetings & business functions generally held during the cruise ‘sea days,’ group members are free to enjoy exotic destinations, spending port time exploring with friends & family. Seamless first-class events — high fun factor — and a possible FREE CRUISE.  What could be more enticing? CRUISE FOR FREE … yes, it’s entirely possible that you really can.  Why not start putting together your list of potential group members and click on this special link for more info…I WANT TO CRUISE FOR FREE!! Kevin Gragg Dancing Moon Travel www.cruise-for-free.com  ...

FREE Trip to Paris

FREE Trip to Paris

Apr 7, 2011

How would you like the chance to go on a shopping spree in one of the world’s most elegant cities — for free? That’s the prize Lucky Magazine is offering in their $10,000 Paris Trip Sweepstakes. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to Paris, France including airfare, four nights in an Executive Room at the Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, a $500 Fifi Chachnil lingerie shopping spree, and a $1,000 Agnes B. shopping spree. The total prize value is estimated at $10,671.84. Entry into Lucky Magazine’s Paris Trip Sweepstakes is open to US residents (void in Florida) above the age of 18. Enter once before May 30, 2011. CLICK HERE to enter Kevin Gragg Dancing Moon Travel 678-459-4646 Facebook  ...

What The Heck Is A River Cruise?

What The Heck Is A River Cruise?

Mar 30, 2011

In the last few years, river cruising has become the preferred form of travel for people all over the world. Many say that river cruise vessels resemble floating hotels. River cruise staterooms can compete with world class hotel rooms featuring comfortable, luxurious accommodations such as down duvets, flat panel TVs, marble appointed bathrooms, complimentary internet access and much more. Best of all, you unpack only once!  For the duration of your cruise, your cabin is your home, providing plenty of storage space for you to feel settled and comfortable.  Your river cruise will be both relaxing and exciting, giving you an authentic experience in the countries you visit.  You will enjoy scenic cruising from your stateroom, dining room, lounge, sun deck and even the onboard gym.  The ships often dock in the heart of cities, allowing for leisurely strolls into town. A river cruise differs significantly from an ocean cruise experience: no seasickness, no gambling casinos or Vegas shows.  Instead you have evening entertainment with an emphasis on the region you will be visiting.  A small group of approximately 140 passengers provides a much more intimate and interactive setting than that of the 1000+ passengers many ocean lines carry. THE BENEFITS INCLUDED IN A EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE: Superb dining with all meals included in the elegant restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating without fixed seating arrangements Quality wine, beer and soft drinks are free-flowing and complimentary with every dinner Cocktail Reception and Welcome Dinner Included shore excursions as specified in the itineraries Special highlights include folklore performances, lectures, theme dinners and local activities Nightly piano music onboard Onboard amenities can include a Wellness Center with fitness equipment, whirlpool, access to a masseuse, beauty salon, souvenir shop and Sky Bar Bicycles onboard are available free of charge (includes helmets and locks) Bathrobes, slippers, umbrellas, in-cabin safe, individual climate control Complimentary bottled water is provided on a daily basis All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking allowed only on the Sun Deck) Kevin Gragg Dancing Moon Travel 678-459-GOGO River Cruise Facebook I look forward to working with you to provide an enjoyable and memorable River Cruise...