• This is not a church sponsored cruise.
That means that it will not be advertised at the church, there
will not be any funding or supplies used to promote or accommodate this
trip. While everyone and anyone is welcome to go with us we are limiting
the announcement of this information to those who we think might be interested
in joining us. Certainly, everyone is welcome to come with us, but we
are being sensitive to those who do not think this is a church event.
By all means, invite your friends and relatives to join us.
• There are no up-charges in the plan. I am making
every effort to project some of the prices for your budgeting and planning.
I will attempt to bring flights, hotels, and transportation in under budget.
Any savings will be passed back to you. Included in the quoted prices
are the cruise, taxes, port charges, documentation fees, and gratuities.
The full package also includes an estimate for one night in a Florida
hotel prior to embarkation, airfare to South Florida, and transportation
to the airport, hotel and cruiseport. The package inclusions can also
be made ala carte, so if you choose to drive and want to stay overnight
with us at the hotel I can book you a room for the cost of the room.
• There are no meals included in this fare for “land
based” days. You will be responsible for your own meals
on our pre-cruise day(s) and we will pick a hotel with a suitable number
of eateries within an easy walking distance. If possible, we will choose
a hotel that provides a continental breakfast.
• Children are welcome to join us but you must remember
that children pay the same price as an adult. So, if your child
is the third or fourth person in the cabin they will pay the extra person
rate and standard gratuities. If you purchase a separate cabin for your
kids they will pay full fare and gratuities for the first 2 in the cabin.
The cruise line welcomes children over 6 months of age and provides children’s
programs for children who are 3 years of age and fully potty trained.
Diapers and swim diapers are not allowed in RCL pools. Current third and
fourth occupancy rates are:
|Full $500 cabin deposit
required at booking
• Gratuities for the main cruise ship personnel
are included in our price. This will cover the tips for your
room steward, waiter, assistant waiter, and assistant head waiter. Purchasing
beverages from pool attendants and bar staff will have an additional tip
of 15% added automatically. In calculating the cost of transfers we will
include a 20% gratuity for the driver. Please be aware that airport baggage
handlers and pier stevedores will expect a tip of $2 per bag.
• I know that it is tough to plan something 16 months in advance,
but this is the best way to get good pricing. There are
refunds available and you need to know IN ADVANCE how
those will work.
o If you cancel the cruise there is a mandatory $50 cancelation
fee from the travel agency that I must pass on to you. You may
cancel the cruise up to 70 days prior to cruising and lose only the $50.
o We will be attempting to get the best airfares to Florida. These are
usually non-refundable and can only be purchased 331 days prior to flight.
If you cancel for any reason after we have purchased airfares you will
receive a travel voucher good for one year from purchase date. That voucher
will require a $100 rebooking fee for use.
o If you cancel after July 14, 2010 you will forfeit your deposit
and your airfare. If you cancel after August 20, 2010 you will
lose 50% of your cruise fare and your airfare.
• Payments are acceptable. Final payment
is due by July 3, 2010. You may divide your
cruise minus the deposit by the months remaining to July 3 and make equal
payments by check to CruisinChristians.
• Travel Insurance is available for an additional
fee based upon the age of the traveler and the price of the cruise package.
I always purchase travel insurance for a cruise and this option will be
available when you make your deposit. The cost is usually $75-$175 per
couple. It will cover many of the above cancelations.
• Flights will be from the best available airport
(Newark, Philadelphia, or Atlantic City) and at my discretion. You may
arrange your own flight or drive to Port Canaveral to meet us. Plan on
spending the night of September 18, 2010 with us at the Radisson Resort
by the Port and catch the shuttle the next day leaving your car at the
hotel for pick-up or park at the cruise port. The fee to park at the port
is usually $15/day.
• Others may be driving down. Check with me if you might want to
caravan or carpool.
• I do get a group conductor benefit. However to get that benefit
I must book a minimum of 16 cabins. All of us will receive a $100
cabin credit on this sailing. You may use this to purchase souvenirs,
beverages, excursions, or specialty dining.
• Yes, we are traveling in hurricane season. What
that really means is that the ship could leave a bit early or return a
bit early. It also means that our western Caribbean cruise could suddenly
become an eastern or southern Caribbean cruise if the western route is
rough or unsafe. Be prepared for change.