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|Michelle Kinkaid, agent with Paradise Travel, presents
Sea Magic Cruise
Swing and Social Dance Cruise Adventure
for dancers, friends and family
7-day Pacific Coastal Cruise
September 22-29, 2013
Cruise from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, California
Come and join our fun, relaxed Sea Magic Group as we sail to many
great ports with friends and family on this exquisite 5-star Princess
cruise ship. Let's go cruising with dancing as a bonus
... and everyone is welcome!
Sail from Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada down the Pacific Coast visitng the
ports of Victoria, Canada; Seattle, WA; Astoria, OR; San Francisco, CA;
Santa Barbara, CA and ending in Los Angeles, CA.
Aboard the "5-star" Star Princess
Details subject to change.
ADDITIONAL PRICING DETAILS:
-Single rates begin at $1359* and 3rd person rate begin at $478* for Inside Cabin
-Government Taxes & Fees of $151.34 per person (subject to change)
-*Please let Michelle know if you are a past passenger with Princess Cruises
as at times the cruise line does offer special amenities to past passengers.
Cruise Rates do not include items such as:
Airfare, any transportation costs to and from the ship, tips & gratuities, sodas,
alcoholic beverages, shore excursions/tours, and optional on-board services.
CRUISE DEPOSIT: 20% of Base Cruise Rate (per person); Due upon booking.
Example: Inside Cabin
>>> Base Cabin Rate of $879*pp
>>> Deposit @ 20% = $176pp
FINAL PAYMENT is due by 7/5/13
Cabins may still be booked after that date based on cabin space availability.
Booking is still available after final payment date on a space available basis.
Full Payment will be due upon booking and pricing may vary.
Cancellation fee is $100pp to Travel Agency after booking ... in addition to any
Cruise Line Penalties. Cruise line penalties begin 75 days prior to sailing as follows:
74-57 days = Deposit Amount,
56-29 days = 50% of Total Charges,
28-15 days = 75% of Total Charges,
within 14 days = 100% of Total Charges.
Change fees @ $25 per change are applied after booking.
PRINCESS Vacation Protection Insurance: Click Here for more details
-Standard Level is 8% of Base Cruise Fare
-Platinum Level is 12% of Base Cruise Fare
Example: Inside Cabin
... Base Cabin Rate Cruise Fare of $879pp >>> Standard Level Insurance @ 8% = $70.32pp
PRINCESS Groud Transfers (bus)
-Princess Ground Transfers: $58 round-trip (ship-pier to airport $29one way) via Princess Cruise Bus are
available only on embarkation and disembarkation days.
Start planning now for a fun-filled vacation of cruising & dancing with friends as the Sea Magic Dance Cruises are a Total Dance Vacation Experience. Your group cruise price includes the standard cruise amenities of onboard gourmet meals, outstanding service, a wide variety of entertainment & activities "PLUS" dance classes, group parties and social dancing for our group only - must be booked with our group (Sea Magic via Paradise Travel Service) to participate. (class & dance schedule to follow) The emphasis of our group is on enjoying a relaxed and fun vacation with friends and family with dancing as a bonus!
Our Sea Magic cruise format is very "relaxed" where the days are yours to go ashore and explore the ports of call or simply remain onboard and enjoy the ship. This cruise is not just for dancers - we welcome and encourage friends and family to join our fun group as we dine together, gather for group parties and experience a wonderful cruise vacation. Our group focus is to experience the cruise and our fabulous destinations with dancing as a bonus! Our on board classes, taught by Michelle Kinkaid, will be presented as the ship schedule and space allows ... typically on the days at sea. The actual dances taught will be decided by those that are sailing on this voyage via the "Dance Survey" that is distributed prior to sailing (dances with the most votes in the past have been west coast swing and night club two step with country two step, salsa, cha cha, waltz, rumba and others also rating). We will have special gatherings, parties, and dances for “our group only” in addition to the general pre-dinner and after-dinner dancing available in the open ship lounges. Remember, It is your vacation and it is your choice to do as much or as little as you wish! Our actual group schedule is finalized by the ship just prior to sailing and the schedule is subject to change.
Our group evening dining is typically the Traditional-2nd seating @ approx 8pm due to the late port departure times and our dance schedule. Dining options are on a first come, first booked basis so register early to get your preference. You may also choose other dining options outside the group such as: Traditional 1st Seating (space permitting), the Anytime Dining Room (walk in basis from 5:30-9:30pm, this option may have a waiting list just like in a restaurant), casual dining in the Horizon Court Buffet, Poolside Grill, Poolside Princess Pizzaria and 24-hr room service. There are also two "Specialty" Restaurants available: The Steakhouse/Crown Grille and Sabatini's which charge an additional fee and require reservations.
There are many activity and entertainment choices available onboard the ship. You can dance to the live bands in the lounges, see a variety of shows, relax in a lounge, stroll on the deck, see a movie, read a book or enjoy the many other options the ship has to offer. Reminder: This cruise is not just for dancers -- so, go ahead and bring your family and friends along as there is something for everyone on a cruise!
All cabins have two twin beds (most convert to queen), TV, bathroom w/shower (tub/shower in suites), hair dryer, thermostat controlled heat/air conditioning, safe, direct dial telephone w/voice mail, desk/vanity, plentiful closet space, and complimentary 24-hr room service. (balcony cabin pictured)
The Ship: "Star Princess"
Luxury 5-star ship features:
-2 Swimming Pools
-Many Dining Options
-Many Lounges & Bars
-First Run Movies
-Teen & child programs
… and much more!
Some General Information:
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Please read the requirements for Travel Documents and Ticket purchase.
Please note that if your travel documents are not in order, you will be denied boarding.
*NOTE: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) took effect on 6/1/09.
Passport & Visa Information
(a) - Passport and must be valid at least 6 months past the cruise return date (no exceptions)
For Passport information, Click here
- On the Cruise Registration Form - Your registered name (first & last names) and the name
on your Passport ID must match exactly -- No exceptions ... this is a US Law.
- For non-U.S. citizens, please verify with your Consulate any additional
documents that may be required such as a Visa or Alien ID Card (aka: Green Card).
BOARDING/DISEMBARKING THE SHIP
You may board the ship after 1pm on embarkation day.
Disembarkation typically takes place between 7am-9:30am
Return home flights should be booked after 12pm (noon).
You can make your own air arrangements
or purchase round trip airfare along with your cruise from the Cruise Line.
Cruise Departure City: Vancouver, Canada (YVR)
Cruise Ending City: Los Angeles (LAX)
1. Your Own Air
If you are making airline
reservations on your own, give yourself plenty of time to get to and from
the ship. I NEVER recommend booking your air fights on the same day as the ship sails
as it is too risky. Travel delays and flight cancellations are always a possibility and have happened to
some of our group members in the past.
If you are travelling from a different time zone or great distance, you will definitely want to arrive a day or
so early to allow for any unexpected travel delays and travel fatigue. You will want to be fresh so that you
can fully enjoy your cruise vacation.
In general you should book your return flight departure time AFTER 12:30pm.
Ships generally disembark in the morning however it takes several hours to complete
the process, go through customs and travel to the airport.
Domestic flights typically require at least a 1-hour airport check-in time prior to your departing flight.
International flights typically require at least a 2-hour airport checkin time prior to your departing flight.
Plan your time carefully and please don't miss the boat!
2. Cruise Line Booked Air**
You can purchase round-trip airfare along with your cruise from the Cruise Line. Travel
dates, times and air carrier are selected by the Cruise Line. An additional customization
fee will be assesed for customized air reservations as well as any differences in flight price.
**Please be aware that there are some restrictions on Cruise Booked Air.
PRE/POST CRUISE TOURS & HOTEL
Arriving to the cruise departure city a day or so early is recommended to ensure being on
time to board the ship and being settled from any time zone changes that might be present.
Arriving early would also require booking a pre-cruise hotel stay.
The same would be true for post-cruise tour and hotels.
1. Pre-Cruise Group Hotel (booked w/Michelle)
Please contact Michelle if you wish to stay with our Sea Magic group at our
designated hotel (space is limited).
- Vancouver Hotel ... Rates from $135 (queen bed), $145 (two Doubles or one King bed) + 15% tax
NOTE: non-refundable if cancelled less than 14 days from check-in.
2. Pre/Post-Cruise Hotel Packages (available from Princess)
pre and post-cruise hotel packages in association with your cruise booking.These packages include
ground transfers from the airport to your hotel on the day of your reservation and transfers from the
hotel to the ship on day of embarkation.
All pricing is per person/double occupancy (2 people in a room) + tax and are subject to availability.
TRAVEL INSURANCE I highly recommend having some form of travel insurance.
1. PRINCESS Vacation Protection Insurance
This plan covers a variety of items. This insurance can be purchased anytime from the time of your
deposit until final payment. Coverage begins only upon payment and some exclusions apply.
We strongly recommend the purchase of a vacation protection
program. For your convenience, the cruise lines offers a Vacation
Protection plan. These plans provide what is perhaps the most attractive
combination of protection and flexibility available in cruising today
covering a variety of items.
Vacation Protection includes Trip Cancellation and Interruption Protection,
which provides up to full reimbursement for the otherwise non-refundable
cancellation fees if you must cancel or curtail your trip due to eligible medical
conditions or other specified causes affecting you, your immediate family
members or your traveling companions.
Princess Travel Protection Insurance Cost:
-Standard Care is 8% of Base Cruise Fare
-Platinum Care is 12% of Base Cruise Fare
Example: Base Cabin Rate of $879pp ... Standard Insurance @ 8% is $70.32pp
NOTE: Princess Cruise Vacation Protection must be purchased before or at time of final payment.
See the cruise line website for their complete details.
2. Travel Insurance is available from other companies as well. Some options are:
- Travel Guard
- Insure My Trip.com
Also see Insurance News Aritcle
TIPS & GRATUITIES: (on board the ship)
For your convenience, Most cruise lines will automatically add gratuities for your restaurant and stateroom services to your onboard account on a daily basis in the following amounts, which may be adjusted at your discretion: $10-15 per person per day. These service gratuities are the recommended amounts and may be adjusted at your discretion onboard at the Purser's Desk. Envelopes are also typically available for you to personally deliver the gratuities to dining and stateroom personnel. (subject to change)
CLOTHING/DRESS CODE Descriptions
You should dress for cruising the same way you would for a land based resort. Daywear suggestions include casual sportswear, jogging suits, pants, sweaters, windbreaker/jacket both on board and ashore. Keep in mind that the weather at sea can be unpredictable. You may want to bring a hat, jacket and sweater as well as swim suit, shorts, visor and sunglasses.
Evening - The Cruise Line dress code categories refer to the classification of attire requested for that particular evening.
The ship asks that all passengers follow the suggested attire while in the public areas.
1. Casual - pant, slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters for women; pants, sport shirts/open neck shirts and sweaters for men
2. Formal - cocktail dresses, evening gowns, or dressy pant suit for women; sport jacket & slacks, suit or tuxedo for men
Daytime - During the day there is no specified dress code, however there are some attire restrictions.
Swim suits, cut off T-shirts, halter tops, and torn jeans are not permitted in the main dining rooms.
While swim suits are appropriate attire for the pool and spa areas, coverups are requested for other areas of the ship.
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All details are Subject to Change!
This site was last updated: 8/13/13
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