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Sandos SMART Agents Certification | Tonya Walker

Travel Agent Academy, in conjunction with Sandos Hotels & Resorts, is excited to announce Tonya Walker is their newest Sandos SMART Agents Certified agent.

Sandos Hotels & Resorts are known for providing vacationers with unforgettable all-inclusive vacations along the best beaches Mexico has to offer. During this highly interactive and entertaining course, Walker learned about their three distinct experiences – luxury, beach and eco – and how to match the right clients with each.

In addition, Walker learned about all of the options available for Sandos Hotels & Resorts group clients as well as their one-of-a-kind wedding venues.

Graduates of the SMART Agent Program are uniquely qualified with the information they need to better sell the four Sandos Hotels & Resorts in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos.


Ready to plan your Mexico Adventure? Connect with Tonya today!

Disney Cruise Line

Book Your Next Disney Cruise While Onboard!

Save on your next Disney Cruise with this exclusive onboard booking offer!

With so much for the whole family to experience, we know you’ll want to sail again. So why wait? As an onboard Guest, you’re entitled to not one, but three money-saving benefits when you book a future Disney cruise before the last night of your current voyage.

When you rebook with Embrace The Journey Travel and your Journey Planner,  you are eligible for our  One Day Rainforest Spa Day Pass and Onboard Credit offer. Please ask the Future Cruise Desk Cast Member (located on Deck 4) to rebook you with your current Journey Planner. Ask for the new reservation confirmation in writing and be sure Embrace The Journey Travel is listed as the agency. Contact your Journey Planner when you get home and begin planning your magical experience!



Disney Announces Winter 2018 Discounts

Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500* on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 1-March 10, 2018 when you book Oct. 3-Dec. 22, 2017.

When your family purchases this package and stays at a Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, they’ll enjoy the Disney Dining Plan, which allows them to savour a variety of delicious dining options. When you purchase this package and stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you’ll get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan that offers convenient meals and snacks throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package for 2 adults, 1 junior, 1 child in the same room. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid standard rooms.

Dining plan excludes gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Theme Park admission is required for some dining locations.

Save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1 – April 14, 2018 when you book Oct. 3, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018.

Embrace the Magic – Let’s begin your adventure!


The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Disney’s Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts for booking 10/3/17-1/2/18; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

*Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018.


College of Disney Knowledge | Tonya Walker

Murphysboro, Illinois — Don’t be surprised if you see pixie dust twinkling around Tonya Walker.

Walker, who is affiliated with Embrace the Journey Travel, joins an elite group of travel industry professionals who have attained a special knowledge of the Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line® Adventures by Disney®, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. As a recent graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, Walker has now become part of this elite group.

“The College of Disney Knowledge was extremely beneficial to me,” said Walker. “It was a fun and informative way to learn more about the Disney vacation portfolio. I also feel more confident about selling Disney destinations.”

Anyone who plans to visit the Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line® Adventures by Disney®, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will benefit from Walker’s added expertise. “The College of Disney Knowledge has taught me how to add more value to each Disney itinerary so that I can help make every client’s magical dreams come true,” said Walker.

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Princess Cruises Academy, Commodore | Kristi Peek

Kristi Peek Becomes Cruise Expert by Earning Prestigious Top Rank in Princess Cruises Academy

ENIS, Texas – Kristi Peek has achieved prestigious Commodore status in Princess Cruises’ Academy training program, certifying her as an expert cruise professional. As a Commodore, Peek of Embrace The Journey Travel joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are now recognized by Princess at the Academy’s highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional. Peek earned this distinction after completing the minimum 25 courses necessary to graduate from the program.

“We at Princess are very proud of Peek’s dedication, as she put in extra effort to offer clients exceptional knowledge regarding our cruise vacation product as well as our worldwide destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Sales at Princess. “Travel agents who reach this top level in our Academy program have completed hours of course work to become a cruising expert, which will prove invaluable to providing clients with a great vacation.”

Princess Academy is the cruise industry’s most comprehensive online training program available to travel agents in the U.S. and Canada. Agents who complete the extensive coursework become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travelers full knowledge of important details about a Princess vacation such as the different passenger amenities on the line’s 17 ships, the company’s worldwide destinations and the many special programs available onboard.

“I’m thrilled to be a Princess Commodore and expand my expertise about cruising. The knowledge I’ve gained makes me a more valuable resource for my clients, and enables me to recommend the very best vacation which matches all of their needs,” said Peek.

To become a Commodore, travel agents must fulfill 25 required and elective classes, representing approximately 15 hours of total course work covering worldwide destinations, onboard programs, and customer service skills. As they complete courses, agents receive their “stripes” through four levels: First Officer, Staff Captain, Captain and finally Commodore. Agents can continue to take elective courses to expand their knowledge and keep their Commodore status current.

Ready to set sail? Begin Your Adventure here!

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