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Bahama Reunion Cruise Booked

Cruising:  April 22-26, 2018

Departure Port: Port Canaveral FL - The only reunion option voted on and approved by those present was for a cruise reunion in 2018, with the departure port to be determined in the near future. We have been given the opportunity to vote and the results are in. The port will be Port Canaveral, hosted by Kay Boudreaux Weaver, class of 1963 and assistance from Kit and Jeanne Wildinger.

Booking your Cruise - Kay has chosen the date of 22 April 2018 for the reunion cruise. We are now in the "Put your $150 down to hold your space" timeframe. This amount is per person double occupancy, due when you book your cruise.  Click here to see Flyer with cabin rates.  Click here to see information you will need to book your cruise.

Reunion Registration $25 each - You will still need to send Kay $25 each for your Cruise T-Shirt, lanyard, name badge and other reunion expenses. The T-Shirt and lanyard will help you recognize the other Falcons at the reunion. If you are planning to attend the 2018 JHS Reunion, please fill out this Registration Form and send it with your check or money order payable to JHS Alumni Assoc. in the total amount of $25.00 per person for each person registered on this form:

Kay Weaver
2018 JHS Reunion
P.O. Box 515
Tavares, FL 32778

REMINDER: Make your cabin reservation now to ensure a better choice of location and price. Do not wait ! ! Because prices and availability of cabins will change the longer you wait. Only $150 per person double occupancy deposit will secure your cabin on the Carnival Liberty.  Call Cook’s Travel Center at 352-291-2665.

Undecided - Talk to Don Cook of Cook's Travel; if you are not certain you will go or have not decided, Don can help you; he will tell you in advance how you can get your refund, if you decide not to go. It is to your benefit to book early. Speaking from experience, the prices will never be this low right now for our cruise. My rule of thumb for pricing a cruise: "If you take the cost of the cruise and divide by the number of days you are cruising -- anything under $100 per night is a steal!" Kay got us a bargin!

Final payment for reserved cabin is due on or before February 6, 2018. If you have questions, please contact  Kay Boudreaux Weaver at JHSinfo@sbcglobal.net.


When Booking your Cruise . . .

Kay Weaver, our host - Our travel agent Don Cook from Cook’s Travel has negotiated a very good deal with Carnival on the ship Carnival Liberty (110,000 gross tonnage) going to the Bahamas (voted by JHS members as our destination) departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Many cruise ships were reviewed, which departed from Port Canaveral. We wanted to make sure the ship we picked not only had the best pricing, but also offered all three cabin categories – interior, ocean view and balcony – on a large nice ship, recently refurbished.

The cruise we selected is a 5-day cruise for the same price as a 4-day cruise! We are going to two ports of call – Nassau and Freeport – with one day at sea! By booking now, everyone will have plenty of time to save their money for the Final Payment on February 6, 2018. It is important to remember that these prices, which include taxes and port charges may not last unless we book our cabin as soon as possible. If you wait until cruise time, there will be fewer cabins and higher prices. (See Cruise Flyer)

Everyone -- This is the "You snooze, you loose" moment in your JHS reunion adventure.

Early CancellationIf you book early, but later find you cannot go, you can cancel your trip up to 31 DEC 17 and still get a refund of your deposit, but fees may apply. See Carnival’s rules for cancellation and check with Don Cook, our travel agent for more information.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Please review your confirmation, which you receive from Cook's Travel for accuracy. Also, if you complete the Cook's Flyer Back Page, it will help you to make your reservation with Cook's Travel.

  • Cancellations made 30 days after booking will be assessed appropriate cancellation penalties.
  • All staterooms, inclusive of the balconies, are an entirely smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited in all guest staterooms and balconies. Guests who smoke in these areas will be assessed a $250 USD cleaning and refreshing fee on their Sail & Sign account.
  • Service charges will be applied for changes made within 60 days of sailing.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines must be advised of any guests medical or physical requirement at least 14 days prior to departure by contacting Carnival's Guest Access Services desk at specialneeds@carnival.com.
  • Your booking is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in Carnival's Cruise Ticket Contract. You can access the Cruise Ticket Contract through www.carnival.com/bookedguest. It is important for you to read the Cruise Ticket Contract and become acquainted with the specific conditions and limitations of your cruise, including time limitations and the proper venue in which to file suit. You can also view a copy of the Cruise Ticket Contract in Carnival's website (www.carnival.com) under the Customer Service section.
  • If you wish to review the Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights, you may do so by clicking on the following hyperlink or by going to http://www.carnival.com/about-carnival/legal-notice/passenger-bill-of-rights.aspx.

 


GUEST NOTES

Cancellations prior to final payment due date will be assessed a $50 pp service fee. Contact your Travel Agent or www.Carnival.com for specific terms & conditions. Price protection doesn’t apply to group rates, membership programs, charters, select promotional fares, travel agent rebates, or other travel agent promotions not offered by Carnival to the general public.

 

So come go on a cruise with JHS on April 22, 2018 and have the time of your life at sea with your fellow classmates from Johnson High School Japan Alumni Association.

We are planning a JHS Meet & Greet onboard the first day, as well as more Meet & Greet times on the following days with a Cocktail Party the afternoon of the last day when we will find out the next reunion destination!

Don’t miss out, book now!

Cook's Travel: (407) 239-1477

Pre-Boarding Hotel

Kay has negotated with a local hotel in Orlando, Florida, for hosting our pre-cruise stay and Bon Voyage party. On 9/29/17 information was emailed to currently booked passengers for the cruise.  Hotel rates are too low to publish.  A charter bus is being arranged to take passengers from the hotel to the cruise ship and return to hotel or airport after the cruise.  If you are NOT going on the cruise but are interested in coming to the hotel to join the JHS Reunion Cruisers, you may take advantage of the low hotel rates by filling out the Registration Form indicating HOTEL ONLY and sending it with your $25 per person check payable to JHS Alumni Assoc. to Kay Weaver as set out above.  You will receive a T-Shirt, lanyard and name badge at the hotel.  Once your form and check are received, hotel booking information will be sent to you. 


First Time Cruisers 

Carnival Liberty is as relaxing or as lively as you want it to be. Whether you’re zooming down waterslides or joining a conga line by the pool, you’re in for a lively vacation on Carnival’s party-centric ships. But if you're new to cruising, these big ships can seem a little daunting when you first board. Here are some helpful tips for your first Carnival cruise that will have finding your sea legs in no time.

Download the app. 

With the Carnival HUB app, you can text your travel companions for free, check the daily schedule and deck plans, track how much you’ve spent, and get recommendations for upcoming ports of call. There's a one-time fee of $5 to download the app, but we think the convenience factor is totally worth it.

Some of the best food is actually free. 

In our opinion, the food at Guy’s Burger Joint and Blue Iguana is some of the best on board — and these poolside spots are complimentary. Just don't be surprised to find lines, since the burgers and burritos are made to order.

You don’t have to disconnect.

This isn’t your grandmother’s cruise ship. Today, the Wifi is 10 times faster than it used to be on Carnival ships, and packages are way more affordable than those ancient "75 cents per minute" rates. Best of all, if you’re most interested in checking Facebook and posting to Instagram, you can choose a social media for package for just $5 per day, and access to internet and email is just $16 more per day.

Formal night isn’t that formal.

Don’t show up decked out in a ball gown on this cruise line ... ever. These ships are generally pretty informal: Most people wear shorts and flip flops most days in the afternoon — and, to be honest, you’ll probably see some shorts on nights designated as "cruise elegant," too.


JHS Cruisers need to Know

This link takes you to a list of Important Information.

  • Before you cruise
  • Sail and Sign Card/Account
  • Tipping/Automatic Gratuities
  • Embarking
  • Once on Board
  • Cabin
  • On Deck
  • Dining
  • Food & Beverage
  • Ports & Excursions
  • Casino
  • WIFI
  • Freebees on Board
  • Debarking

 


Carnival Ship the Liberty

The Carnival Ship, Liberty features three swimming pools, a giant waterslide and an outdoor movie screen. The Liberty has a lot of fun spaces and features where you can find the perfect party spot. The Bronx Sports Bar is perfect for a brew and Jeanne’s Wine Bar is the place for passengers with a love of all things vino. The ship uses lots of lights to make each space bright and inviting. Be sure to check out Rosie’s Lido restaurant with its giant Rosie the Riveter mural and the Lincoln Restaurant for its elegant chandeliers.

The Liberty has a Gross tonnage of 110,000, with passenger capacity of 2,974 and a stellar onboard crew of 1160. She was built in 2005 and recently refurbished in 2011. This ship will stop in two really fun ports: Nassau and Freeport Bahamas, providing lots of fun activities to keep our JHS 2018 Reunion fun and exciting.

Click here to see the video on the Carnival Ship, Liberty .


A Reunion Cruise is in our 2018 Future

  • Day 1 - 22 Apr  -- Port Canavaral Boarding, Sunday 4PM 
  • Day 2 - 23 Apr  -- Freeport, Monday 8-5PM 
  • Day 3 - 24 Apr  -- Nassau Bahamas, Tuesday 8-5PM
  • Day 4 - 25 Apr  -- Fun Day at Sea, Wednesday
  • Day 5 - 26 Apr  -- Port Canavaral Arrival, Thursday 8AM

The Plan

Everyone will meet at a hotel in Orlando the night before the cruise. Arrangements are being made for charter bus service from our hotel to take you and your luggage to the ship. For those of you with a car, their will be limited parking at the hotel so you can join your classmates on the bus to the cruise ship. You will be returned to the hotel or Orlando International Airport at the end of the cruise.  Hotel information will be posted as soon as available.

 

DON COOK
Worldwide Group Cruise & Tour Specialist
Cook's Travel Center, Inc.
7041 Grand National Drive, Suite 235
Orlando, Florida 32819-8991
(407) 239-1477

eMail: info@cookstravel.us


 Walking Tours

Freeport Walking Tour - 

 

Nassau Walking Tour 

  • Senior Frog's - Good place to meet up with Falcons on the Walking Tour.  You can start here or end up here.  Close to the ship.
     
  • Queen's StaircaseThis limestone staircase was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria's help in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas.
     
  • Straw Market - historic straw market where the locals make their crafts by hand for purchase.
  • John Watling's Distillery - home to JOHN WATLING'S rum and RED TURTLE vodka, the "Spirit of The Bahamas" offers complimentary tours at its home, the Buena Vista Estate, in Downtown Nassau. The historic Estate, founded in 1789 and overlooking the harbour. At the Estate, John Watling's features a production and museum-like tour, shopping and signature Bahamian cocktails at its Red Turtle Tavern. John Watling's Distillery is located on Delancy Street and is open from 10am-6pm, seven days a week and on Friday's until 9pm. Free Tour

  • Pirates of Nassau - Wax exhibits celebrate the history of pirates in the Bahamas. Self guided tour.

  • Parliament Building - With a statue of Queen Victoria situated in the center, this square is where most of Nassau's main government buildings can be found.

 

JHS On Shore Meeting Place

Pelican Bay at Lucaya Sea Horse Road at Port Lucaya

 

Green Parrot Bar & Grill on East Bay Street - Drop in for authentic Bahamian Cuisine with a gorgeous view of Nassau harbour. A great dinner spot or weekend hangout, close to the bridge and just minutes away from downtown.  Address: East Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas; Hours:  11:30AM–12AM  
Phone: 1 242-328-8382  (There are two -- this one is nearest the ship.     NOT on Paradise Island)