2019 farrar/alexander
family reunion cruise

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Beloved family — 

After a wonderful 2018 Family Reunion hosted by the South Hill Committee, the DC Committee accepted the baton and you know what that means? It’s time to start planning to reunite! Next year, the Farrar-Alexander Family will be ‘Gathering Again’ for a family reunion cruise to the Bahama Islands — Nassau and Freeport — August 12-16, 2019 leaving from Port Canaveral (Orlando), FL. Our travel partner, the Inforno Travel Group, has been secured to assist us in planning this exciting reunion/vacation adventure. 

All of the information that you need relative to cost to plan your trip is detailed below. We have worked hard to get this information to you earlier than usual to allow you to plan and take advantage of the monthly payment arrangements available to you. Also included in this packet are travel tips, frequently asked questions (FAQs), general information on t-shirts and other things to note that we hope will make this an easy process for you. 

We are so excited and eager to kick-off this voyage! Visit www.infornotravel.com today and register to secure your space for the Farrar-Alexander 2019 ‘Gathering Again’ Family Reunion Cruise — August 12-16, 2019!

Peace and blessings…
The DC Family Reunion Committee

Itinerary

Day 1
Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Day 2
Cruising

Day 3
Nassau

Day 4
Freeport

Day 5
Port Canaveral (Orlando)

What will it cost?

*Prices listed are per person for 5 days/4 nights: Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16, 2019
**$150/pp deposit is required by Friday, November 2, 2018
***Prices listed are subject to change until deposit is paid to confirm the rate
****Port of Call: Leaving from Port Canaveral (Orlando), FL, and cruising to Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport, Bahamas
*****Final payment is due in full by June 1, 2019. No refunds after June 1, 2019.
*****Airport Transfers (roundtrip) to/from the Orlando Airport (MCO) is $72/pp
******Total price includes prepaid gratuities, port taxes, and fees
  CABIN COST (per person)TRAVEL PROTECTION (pp)PREPAID GRATUITIES (pp)
Single ** 4 interior cabins left at this price $                            887.32 $                            49.00 $              51.80
Double $                            518.32 $                            49.00 $              51.80
Triple $                            490.32 $                            49.00 $              51.80
Quad $                            433.82 $                            49.00 $              51.80
Wheelchair accessible cabins are $481.52/pp (based on double occupancy)
  CABIN COST (per person)TRAVEL PROTECTION (pp)PREPAID GRATUITIES (pp)
Single $                         1,013.32 $                            65.00 $              51.80
Double $                            581.32 $                            65.00 $              51.80
Triple $                            483.65 $                            65.00 $              51.80
Quad $                            459.82 $                            65.00 $              51.80

Wheelchair accessible cabins are $529.52/pp (based on double occupancy) – 1 left

  CABIN COST (per person) TRAVEL PROTECTION (pp) PREPAID GRATUITIES (pp)
Single  $                         1,233.32 $                            79.00 $              51.80
Double $                            691.32 $                            79.00 $              51.80
Triple $                            560.32 $                            79.00 $              51.80
Quad $                            519.82 $                            79.00 $              51.80
  CABIN COST (per person) TRAVEL PROTECTION (pp) PREPAID GRATUITIES (pp)
Single  $                         1,554.32 $                          119.00 $              51.80
Double $                            898.32 $                          119.00 $              51.80
Triple $                            878.32 $                          119.00 $              51.80
Quad $                            858.32 $                          119.00 $              51.80
  CABIN COST (per person) TRAVEL PROTECTION (pp) PREPAID GRATUITIES (pp)
Single  $                         2,074.28 $                          129.00 $              51.80
Double $                         1,158.32 $                          129.00 $              51.80
Triple $                         1,058.32 $                          129.00 $              51.80
Quad $                         1,048.32 $                          129.00 $              51.80

SUGGESTED PAYMENT SCHEDULE:


Initial Deposit: $150/per person — Due by Friday, November 2, 2018 to confirm your space!
2nd payment: $100/per person — Due Friday, December 7, 2018
3rd payment: $100/per person — Due Friday, January 4, 2019
4th payment: $100/per person — Due Friday, February 1, 2019
5th payment: $100/per person — Due Friday, March 1, 2019
6th payment: $100/room — Due Friday, April 5, 2019
7th and final payment: Remaining balance — Due Friday, June 1st, 2019*


*If the balance is not paid in FULL by Friday, June 1st, 2019, your cabin will be released without refund!
Remaining balance for final payment varies depending on the cabin type selected.

Cruise FYI

CRITICAL INFORMATION

  • Visit www.infornotravel.com  –> GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCES –> FARRAR-ALEXANDER FAMILY REUNION CRUISE
  • A passport is not required but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you do not have a passport, then a birth certificate AND a government-issued ID for each guest are REQUIRED. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to obtain so plan accordingly.
  • Review the per person (PP) prices (ages 2+) listed on the attached flyer for the 5 days/4 nights cruise (Remember that the prices listed may be reduced depending on the number of people in each cabin)
  • Complete and submit the online registration form and the credit card authorization form
  • Expect an invoice to be emailed to you upon receipt of your completed registration/authorization form (You can continue to use the initial invoice received or request a new one prior to submitting payments)
  • Recommended payment process is online via credit card — credit card authorization form is required (No automatic payments. Authorization needed each time payment is being made.)
  • Payment can also be made via check; however, this will delay processing (Ask if you need help paying online…we are glad to assist you) 
  • Submit $150/pp as your initial deposit — required to reserve your space — by Friday, November 2, 2018 (Prices are subject to change until full deposit is paid to confirm the rate.) 
  • Final payment is due in full by Saturday, June 1, 2019 (No refunds will be given after final payment date — Saturday, June 1, 2019) 
  • Total per person price paid will include your prepaid gratuities, port taxes and fees (Airfare and transportation costs to/from port are not included) 
  • Travel protection is not required but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in case of last-minute cancellations, sickness, missing bags, bad weather, etc.

Shirts

T-shirts will be available for purchase. Information will be sent in early 2019 with instruction and timelines for purchasing. We encourage everyone to get their t-shirt and be ready for our family group photo.

Travel Options

The Inforno Travel Group can assist you with your air travel reservations. Make sure to note this request on the registration form if this service is of interest to you. In addition, you can check travel websites on your own and monitor fares. You can also register with services such as www.secretflying.com and www.airfarewatchdog.com to receive notifications on discount air travel, when available. You may also wish to consider making arrangements for your group to charter a bus and start the reunion a little earlier. 

HOTEL OPTIONS

Travel to Orlando, FL a day earlier to avoid panicking about missing the ship when your travel plans are delayed or canceled. Then you can start the family reunion the evening before with a nice dinner and leisurely breakfast before heading to the terminal. If you are driving, allow extra time for traffic, pit stops and unexpected delays. In general, leave plenty of room in your travel itinerary. We are working with Inforno Travel Group to see what group discounts may be available for hotels near Port Canaveral.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What should I pack?
Pack like you would for any resort vacation. Carnival has a ‘cruise casual’ dress code. A dress code may be in effect in the evening, depending on where you choice to eat. Visit Carnival’s website for a cruise checklist on the dress code.

Are any other items needed in my carry-on Bag?
Since your checked luggage will arrive to your stateroom later in the day of embarkation, it is recommended that you pack a small carry-on bag with:
 Proper Travel Documentation (passport, Visas, I.D.)
 Important paperwork (tickets, insurance information)
 Wallet (just the necessities: cash, credit cards, driver’s license)
 Prescription medications in their original containers
 A change of clothes
 Personal toiletries
 Anything else you might want access to before your luggage arrives 

Can I use cash on board the cruise ship?

No. Sail & Sign® is Carnival’s cashless on board credit program, which allows guests to charge onboard purchases and gratuities directly to a personal account for convenience. The Sail & Sign Card must be utilized for all money transactions on board as cash will not be an accepted form of payment. Visit Carnival’s website for general information along with program details and funding. Personalized Sail & Sign cards are provided to all guests (including minors) and are valid for use immediately upon boarding the ship. The following forms of payment are acceptable to open a Sail & Sign account: Credit Cards/Debit Cards-Cash/Traveler’s Checks Remember, you have to manage your expenses. You cannot exit the ship without zeroing out your account.

Can we get discounts on excursions at ports of call?
We are working with the Inforno Travel Group to see what group discounts may be available for shore excursions. You can book shore excursions ahead of the cruise, during the cruise, or when you are disembarking at the port of call. Since it’s difficult to plan as a group, we will leave it up to you to manage your own excursions as long as you are back on the ship before we set sail.

What about tipping?
Pre-paid gratuities are included in your travel costs. However, tipping is a matter of individual preference. In general terms, the average (inclusive of stateroom steward/ stewardess, waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter) is approximately $10-$15 per person, per day. Any shipboard personnel can be tipped for special services received or at your discretion.

What do I do if I experience motion discomfort?
The ship cruises on calm waters. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, availability of advance weather information, and development of effective preventive medications have, for the most part, reduced or eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort. There are medical personnel on the cruise. We recommend that you plan in advance. If you think you might experience motion sickness, purchase an over-the-counter medication such as Dramamine and begin taking it 1-2 days prior to sailing. Ginger root is also a common cure for motion sickness.

Any recommendations on travelling with children and infants?
Cruise fares are per person which includes children and infants. When traveling with 2 full fare guests, additional guests in the same stateroom pay a discounted cruise fare. Children less than 2 years of age are not required to extend gratuities. Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail. Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days.
Carnival does have a youth program that provides activities and entertainment for all kids 17 years and younger. It is broken down into specific age groups which work as follows:

 Camp Ocean: Under the age of 2
 Penguins: 2-5 years old
 Stingrays: 6-8 years old
 Sharks: 9-11 years old
 Circle “C”: 12-14 years old
 Club 02: 15-17 years old

Online pre-registration is required 24-hours prior to the departure date. Registering in no way obligates you to participate in any of the activities. Visit the Carnival website or speak with the Inforno Travel Group representative for more information.

Will the Farrar-Alexander Family Reunion Committee have a check-in room aboard the ship?
Yes, information on the location of the Farrar-Alexander Welcome Room will be communicated to you in advance of your travel.

What about holding special parties or meetings on board?
Absolutely, we are working on making this a special event. Additional information is forthcoming.

Additional FAQs can be accessed directly from the Carnival Cruise website. Visit https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/list/search/1/kw/family%20reunions/suggested/1
If you have specific questions, please feel to reach out to the Inforno Travel Group or a member of the DC Committee.