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3-Night Cruise on the Mariner of the Seas

Join the Chamber Ambassadors

Weekend cruise to Nassau and Coco Cay!  

Everyone's invited!

 

January 27, 2023

Contact Gerry at Ash Travel with questions. Gerry@AshTravel.com (352) 552-0421

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Itinerary

 

 

Click to tour:   Perfect Day at CocoCay

Ash Travel is holding 50 cabins at a low group rate, that comes with a $50 onboard credit per cabin.

Reserve before July 27th and recieve an additional $50 onboard credit.

Pricing

Our group rates are locked in and will stay the same as long as we have cabins available. These rates are only good for a cabin holding 2 guests.

Prices are the total per cabin with two guests, including taxes, fees, and port expenses.

$1,026  Balcony cabins are on deck 7, just behind the main/back elevators - Category '4B'

   $674  Inside cabins are on deck 7, just behind the main/back elevators - Category 4V'

   $688  Inside cabins are mid-ship deck 9 - Category '2V'

   $858  Ocean View cabins are on the lower decks with large round windows - Category '2N'

    $728  Inside cabins with window overlooking the Promenade - deck 7 and 8 - Category '2T'

Call for pricing on cabins with more than 2 guests, Jr Suites, Grand Suites, or any other cabin type on this ship. We can move these into the group after deposited.

With our group rate, the $100 per person deposit is fully refundable - until the final payment date of November 13, 2022.

If you don't have a roommate, we will add a fake name with your $200 deposit. We can change the 2nd name up to 2 weeks before sailing, or you can cruise single - but it will only save the cost of taxes for the 2nd guest.

You should not be able to book this cruise cheaper on your own. We can get your discounts from Crown & Anchor, senior, military, etc.  If you book any other way, you will miss out on the additional onboard credit with the group and our guaranteed group dining.

Call or email Gerry with all your questions. Gerry@AshTravel.com   (352) 552-0421.


Travel Protection

Ash Travel recommends travel protection, especially during the pandemic. For sailing until the end of the year, this is required.

For this cruise, without airfare, we recommend using Royal Caribbean's vacation protection. This is an optional purchase and can be taken or declined on a per cabin basis. The total per cabin price is $78 per balcony and $58 for inside.   

  • Royal Caribbean travel protection offers:
    • Full cash refund for cancellation due to an emergency or medical reason
    • 75% future cruise credit for any non-covered cancellation.
    • Emergency medical care on the ship and in the ports.

The cruise line does not cover cancellation due to a problem with a pre-existing condition, but, you would get a 75% future cruise credit.  Contact us for more details.

 

 

VACCINE-REQUIRED CRUISES

As of August 1, 2021 the age requirement for vaccination is 12 and older. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. The US recently announced that no test is needed to fly back to the US from international locations. We hope this will have an effect on vaccine requirements soon. 

Royal Caribbean is allowing some adults without vaccination for medical or religious reasons, but it is on a limited basis.  Call Gerry for more information (352) 552-0421.

Guests under the age of 12 don't need to be vaccinated and will receive a COVID-19 test at the terminal before boarding. If a guest younger than the age requirement happens to be fully vaccinated, they should bring their original vaccination record card to board and should follow all vaccinated guest protocols while boarding and throughout their vacation.

Read more about what vaccines are accepted and what documents are accepted as proof of vaccination.



 

Drink packages

With Royal Caribbean, if one passenger in a cabin wants to purchase an alcohol package, other adult passengers in the same cabin also have to purchase the package. Royal Caribbean does provide an exemption to that rule for guests that do not consume alcohol for personal, health or religious reasons.  Instead, those guests may purchase the Royal Refreshment package which includes all non-alcoholic drinks (specialty coffees, bottled water, soda, smoothies, virgin pina colada, etc.).  To arrange for an exemption, you must call Royal Caribbean and let them know that the other adult can't drink alcohol for a specific reason. Not drinking enough to make the cost worth it is not an acceptable excuse (ask for details). 

 

Other Common Q & A

Q:  How much are gratuities (tips) and when do we pay them?

A:  Current Gratuitie rates for RC are $43.50 per person ($14.50pp per day). Gratuities on suites are higher (ask for details). Royal Caribbean will add them to your room key account. Or, at any time before the cruise, we can add a payment to your credit card to cover the gratuities. Some clients do this because they don’t want to see that expense a month after the cruise on their credit card bill.

Q:  Do I have to have a passport to go on this cruise?

A:  No. An original copy of your birth certificate and your driver's license will work for this cruise. We also note a passport is better.

Q:  Why purchase Cruise Protection? (Insurance)

A:  Your personal health insurance policy will not work on the cruise ship. And most will not work internationally, Along with cancellation coverage, cruise protection will cover the cost of emergency medical care on the ship

Q:  What is the dress code?

A:  The café requires a cover-up and shoes, at a minimum. For breakfast and lunch, shorts are acceptable in the main dining room. For dinner, we suggest Dockers & Polo shirt/golf shirt or better for men, and slacks and blouse or dress for women. Nice jeans with a nice blouse or shirt is acceptable. One night on your cruise will be the Captain’s Dinner, also known as Elegant Night. The menu is a little better and you will have a chance to dress up and have pictures taken. There will be a dozen or so photo ops set up around the ship. There is no cost to have pictures taken; you can purchase if you choose. Even if you don’t want to bring a jacket or cocktail dress, you can dress nicely and go to the Captain’s Dinner, dine in a specialty restaurant, or dine in the café.

 Q:  How much luggage can I bring?

A:  Two bags per person is the suggested limit. We have taken more than this with no complaints from anyone.

 Q:  Can I bring drinks/alcohol on the ship?

A:  Each adult can bring one bottle of wine or champagne in their carry-on luggage. The rules state that you can't bring liquor, beer, more than 1 bottle of wine, or bottles/cans of water or soda with your carry-on bags (and none in your checked bags). The cruise lines are checking more bags than in the past and confiscating excessive soda and bottles of alcohol. We hear stories of how some people get booze aboard, but we always point out that the fine print states that if you are caught trying to take items on board that are forbidden, the cruise line can deny you passage on the cruise. We have heard of many bottles being confiscated but never heard of them not letting you cruise if you were caught. If it happens, we can say "We told you so".

 Q:  What if I require a special diet?

A:  We will state your requirements on your booking, and your waiter will be aware of this and take care of you.

 Q:  Do I have to pay for food and drinks?

A:  You will find plenty of good food on board that will be at no charge. There are some specialty dining restaurants that charge an additional cost of ~$45pp. Pizza is available almost any time of the day or night. You will find milk, tea, water, coffee, and some kind of punch/lemonade available at no charge. Sodas, orange juice, and bar drinks will be at an additional charge.

 Q:  Is there a cost for room service and what can I order?

A:  Room service is available any time of the day or night - simply order from the room service menu located in your stateroom/suite (latest update - service charge of $7.95 applies). An 18% gratuity is additional and will automatically be added to your check. The new room service menu features several upgraded selections including a Wagyu Beef Hamburger, Philly Cheesesteak, and Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Mint Yogurt and Roasted Asparagus.

Q:  Is there a charge for shows?

A:  There is no charge for any entertainment on cruise ships. You will have much to choose from. Comedy shows, Vegas-style song & dance, piano bar, live audience game shows, poolside shows and activities, movies on a 22' screen poolside, and more are included. 

 Q:  How do I book a shore excursion?

A:  Closer to the cruise date, you can book online with the cruise line. We can answer questions and help with excursions if needed.

Q:  What if I don’t have a roommate?

A:  We can book a cabin with a second name and change the second name with no problem until a week before the sail date. For the best rate, go ahead and book your cruise with you and 'Mr/Mrs. Smith' traveling with you. Pay the deposit and work on a roommate for now. When your new roommate pays their deposit, we will apply the full amount you paid to your name on the booking. If you travel solo, you will pay double the base rate, only saving the taxes for the second person.

Q:  Can we add a 3rd/4th person to our cabin?

A:  Yes. When we book a cabin for 2, we may use a cabin that only holds 2 passengers and is less expensive than a category that is the same size but has a pull-down bed.  To add a 3rd/4th person, we may have to move you to a different cabin (that will hold up to 4) and the cost on the first two is a little more, but the cost on the 3rd/4th could be $100+ less. When we average this out, everyone in the cabin pays less. This may not be the case if you deposit on a cabin now, and want to add another person later. Remember – the rooms are small, but the bathroom gets very small when 4 adults need to shower and get ready for dinner at the same time.

Q:  What can I purchase on the ship and how do I pay for it?

A: When you do your online check-in, you will enter the credit card that will be used for all purchases on the ship. You will purchase items (gifts, drinks, excursions, etc.) using your room key. You can go to the service desk at any time to see the details/balance of your onboard account. During the cruise, you can have the cruise line apply a cash or credit card payment to your room account. Most commonly, guests will leave the ship without doing anything and the cruise line will apply the charges to your card after the cruise. On the last night of the cruise, each cabin will be given a printout of the charges to review. So, if you review this and see no problem, just allow Royal to charge your card on file and don’t worry about it.

 As I get more questions from the group members, I will add them here, to supply the answers to everyone.