Oct 24, 2018 8:30 AM

Join us at the SeeClickFix Fall Workshop 2018! On October 24th and 25th, we will be continuing our SeeClickFix workshop tour in our hometown of New Haven, CT! Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate with other cities and organizations around best practices in work and request management, pro-tips on how to implement and scale SeeClickFix as tool for public and organizational communication, and discover new and innovative ways you can improve your community. Breakfast & lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing [email protected]  Hope to see you there! --- Travel by Plane TweedNew Haven, CT BradleyWindsor Locks, CT LaGuardiaNew York, NY John F. Kennedy InternationalNew York, NY Newark Liberty InternationalNewark, NJ Philadelphia International*Philadelphia, PA *Pro tip: If you can fly through Philly then you can get to New Haven easily via US Air. Highly recommended! Travel by Train Amtrak Metro North Questions? Reach out to [email protected] at any time.

Sep 14, 2018 6:30 PM

Join us at the VIP Reception to benefit the CT Cycling Advancement Program. This prestigious event will celebrate the 4th annual New Haven Grand Prix and recognize its amazing impact to transform our City’s and State’s youth cycling landscape. Enjoy cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres in the company of professional cyclists, connect with passionate community leaders and stakeholders, and hear from New Haven’s most respected dignitaries. Upon conclusion of the VIP Reception, guests are invited to continue the celebration at the vibrant downtown Apizza Feast festival and New Haven Grand Prix bicycle races. Don't miss out on experiencing first-hand what the event has to offer! Union League Cafe is a French-inspired brasserie combining Old World charm and cosmopolitan ambiance. It is sought out not only for its superb cuisine and acclaimed wine list, but for its service and professional staff as well. Highly rated by The New York Times, Connecticut Magazine, Zagat, and Travel and Leisure, it is consistently identified as one of Connecticut’s best.   --- What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The closest parking garage is located at 213 Crown St, New Haven, CT. Is there a dress code?Business casual is suggested. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?Please email us! [email protected]    

Oct 28, 2018 5:00 PM

The production is MICStores.com - This abbreviation stands for Made In Connecticut. The ultimate vision is to bring together local food and beverage Manufacture and Craft makers.  Event product participation although community-based attendees travel from the near and far to attend the unique collection of products all in one central location.  The tickets can be purchased online at TheBallRoomevents.com This Includes the day of the event admittance for one. The show will celebrate Beers Made In CT. We will watch a documentary about making craft beer. You can learn from craft beer makers and taste beers. We look forward to seeing you on the day of the show. We will be sending updates to the email you provided just sign up when you enter to win A bicycle from College Street Bicycle type “I AM A WINNER” on the contact page TheBallRoomevents.com

Oct 20, 2018 8:00 AM

This year we are partnering with Yale New Haven Hospital 2018 PresentersMark Cicero, MDAssociate Professor of PediatricsDirector Pediatric Disaster PreparednessMarcy Kane, PhDVice President of Child ServicesWellmore Behavioral HealthDr. Kane is the Vice President for Child Services at Wellmore located in Waterbury, CT. Wellmore is a regional behavioral health and substance abuse treatment provider for adults, children, and their families offering services in 49 towns in the Northwest area of the Connecticut. Wellmore’s mission is to promote life time wellness through essential and innovative treatment and support. Wellmore envisions a community where individuals are empowered to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.Dr. Kane is a CT Licensed Psychologist who received her Ph.D. (Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology) from New School for Social Research in New York City in 2000. She has been providing mental health services, supervising staff of all levels in delivering both mental health and substance abuse interventions and levels of care, and administering services in the community for adults children and families for over 20 years.Victoria Barnes, RN, BSNProgram CoordinatorConnecticut Emergency Medical Services for ChildrenVictoria is the coordinator for Connecticut’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, a federally funded grant program that ensures that “every ill and injured child, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel in Connecticut, receive appropriate emergency medical care”.  Vic is working with police, fire, EMS, and community ED’s across the state to ensure day to day pediatric readiness.  She began her career as an EMT, volunteering with the Watertown Fire Department and working for American Medical Response and the United States Forest Service. Most recently she worked as nurse on the trauma and emergency surgery/critical care surgical step down unit at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She remains an employee of YNHH, where the EMSC grant is housed. She completed her BSN degree at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.Jessica Walrath, MDYale School of MedicineInstructor & Wilderness Medicine Fellow, Department of Emergency MedicinePediatrics in the WildernessDeborah Kotrady, RN, BSNDeb has over 25 years’ experience in emergency and critical care nursing.  She is currently a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team out of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.  She has extensive air and ground transport experience in CT and UT.  She also serves on the Pediatric Rapid Response Team at YNHCH.  She has developed and taught many educational programs and lectures in the fields of trauma, sepsis/SIRS, vascular and IO access, Quality Metrics in the field, as well as instructing Pediatric Advance Life Support, Emergency Nursing Pediatrics course, and various topics to paramedics and nurses.  Deb received her diploma in nursing at Concord Hospital School of Nursing in Concord, NH and her BSN at Lincoln College of New England, where she was valedictorian of her class.​Sara PreziosiSara Preziosi holds her MA degree and is a Certified Critical Care Paramedic. She has worked in EMS for eight years, and is currently operating as a paramedic with Danbury Hospital. Additionally, she instructs for multiple programs including: Danbury Hospital, Yale Center for EMS, and University of New Haven. She teaches topics ranging from AHA and NAEMT courses, to EMT and paramedic curriculum. Sara is also the Prehospital Liaison for Connecticut EMS for Children and is passionate about pediatric care. TOPICS:Pediatric traumaPediatric sepsisDifficult airwaysAutismDomestic Minor Sex Trafficking training for EMSIMental Health in Children for EMS Providers Please register and and email will be send for payment of $75.00 by credit card with $3.95 processing fee. EMS Symposium Registration Fee Refund Policy: Requests received by October1, 2018 are subject to a $25.00 service charge. All refund requests are subject to review and will not be processed until at least two weeks after the conclusion of the EMS Symposium. There will be no reimbursement for EMS Symposium Registration Fees requested or received after October 6, 2018.There will also be no reimbursement for "no shows". Registration refund requests must be submitted in writing and must include confirmations/receipts before a refund can be processed. Submit these requests to: [email protected]

Mar 02, 2019 12:00 PM

UPDATE #1: I’ve announced the New Zealand pre-trip dinner.  If you’ve already made payment or deposit for the New Zealand trip and can make the dinner, please RSVP for the dinner but do NOT make payment, as the dinner is FREE for those joining the New Zealand trip itself. Please do so by Wed. Aug. 1st. After that date, if you’ve made payment or deposit for the New Zealand trip, and you’d like to RSVP for the dinner, please send me a message through my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting), and I’ll manually add you to the dinner event. I look forward to seeing you there! — Natural beauty abounds in New Zealand! Rated the 3rd most beautiful country in the world in 2017 by influential travel guide, Rough Guides, (beating out the likes of Italy, Iceland, and South Africa), New Zealand’s scenic beauty includes active volcanoes, amazing caves, deep glacier lakes, verdant valleys, dazzling fjords, long sandy beaches, and the spectacular snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps. It’s no wonder that this is the land where “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” took place – Middle Earth. This action-packed tour of New Zealand’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Let’s get our adrenaline pumping, go on an exciting whale watching expedition, explore amazing glowworm caves, go swimming with wild dolphins, take a scenic nature cruise to see cascading waterfalls / stunning fjords (and much more). Our Adventure Tour Leader will help us find the secluded spots only the locals know. Does this sound like a fun and relaxing vacation to you? Seven Reasons to Book This Trip: Affordable Adventure — Did you know that this trip INCLUDES a private sightseeing bus tour of Christchurch, an exhilarating whale watching expedition, a wild dolphin encounter, an exploration of magical glowworm caves, a breathtaking nature cruise of the spectacular Milford Sound, an Adventure Tour Leader for the full duration of our adventure, 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, transfers from and to the airport, all in-country transfers between cities, 8 nights in a hotel, 3 events in DC (2 dinners and 1 Embassy visit), plus a New Zealand book discussion (book included) during the trip… all for less than $245 a day?? Shared Photos — As with all of our events, we can all upload our pictures to this website to share the best of our photos and multiply the memories! Make New Friends — We are the ONLY Meetup group that offers us the opportunity to travel abroad with other globally-minded people from the DC area, PLUS arrange 3 more events for the group that take place in DC to make sure that we will make friends that we will continue to see in DC! Leadership — I (J.T., your organizer) will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible. Book Discussion — We will each receive, read, and discuss sections of “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand,” a tale of one man’s life in the New Zealand outback through 4 seasons that will help paint a picture for us of the culture and beauty of New Zealand. Please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained. Unforgettable Memories — New Zealand truly is a beautiful and adventurous place. Let’s experience it together and make some wonderful memories! Escape the Cold Winter — Let’s get away from the cold DC winter and the occasional snowpocalyptic storm that comes through our area. This 9-day exciting expedition through New Zealand is crammed with all the energy and activities deserving of our group. We’ll begin our journey in DC with a fabulous dinner at Blackfinn restaurant. Then, before departing on our trip, we will have a private visit at the Embassy of New Zealand featuring diplomats who will teach us about their country. Shortly after we return stateside, we’ll reunite at DC’s popular Cassett’s restaurant in Arlington with an evening of New Zealand food and a recap of our travel experience for our reunion dinner! To help us pass the time while traveling and to learn even more about this culture-rich society, we’ll read the book “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand” by Jonathan Tindale during our trip. At certain points during the trip, I (J.T., your Meetup organizer) will lead discussions of the book for anyone who wants to participate! Please note this is a joint trip with the 30s & 40s Going Out Group, and the Global Travelers Going Out Group. Our traveling group will likely consist of members with an average age in their 30s. Questions? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. We’ve got an early bird special for this trip of $2195! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sat. Sept. 1st (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the trip price will go to $2295, then $2395, then $2495. Our past trips have always sold out quickly! We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. I hope you can join us on this amazing adventure! — J.T. — ITINERARY (Blackfinn) Fri. Aug. 17th: Pre-Trip Dinner at Blackfinn This delicious meal at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) in DC is open to other group members as a paid event, but is FREE for those attending the trip. It is wonderful way for all trip-goers to meet each other for the first time, and it’s a perfect time for those who haven’t yet signed up to ask any questions related to the trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who signs up and makes payment for the New Zealand trip AFTER our dinner! (New Zealand Embassy) Thurs. Jan 24th: Pre-Trip Embassy Visit We will meet with New Zealand diplomats and receive an official country briefing including the history, geography, culture and tourism of New Zealand (pending embassy approval). This event is organized exclusively for trip-goers and will NOT be open to other members of our group. (Christchurch) Sat. Mar. 2nd: Day 1, Christchurch Arrive at any time in Christchurch, then check in and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome dinner where we’ll meet with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members. We’ll gather in the lobby of our hotel at 7pm before heading off to eat! Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture, and exhilarating activity. Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity, and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene, and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel. It’s the gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region, featuring dramatic vistas and a backdrop of lofty peaks. Bordered by the snowcapped Southern Alps in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east, the region is a playground for outdoor adventures. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand! It was first settled by humans around 1250 and became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand. With 740 parks, covering about 7400 acres, Christchurch is known as the “garden city.” We can bungy jump, hike, mountain bike, raft, surf, swim, golf, visit wineries and gardens, shop, be entertained and awed, and so much more, all within a 2 hour radius. Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 20 minutes. Approximate Distance: 6 miles (New Regent Street) Sun. Mar. 3rd: Day 2, Christchurch After a hot breakfast, we’ll get ready to see the sites! During an informative and comprehensive 2 – 3 hour private bus tour, we’ll uncover the history and explore the must see sites of New Zealand’s oldest city up close. Our friendly and knowledgeable Christchurch tour guide will give us insights into the people, places, and events of this beautiful city. We’ll spend time wandering through the stunning Mona Vale Gardens, a gracious historic site that is surrounded by 14 acres of gardens, landscaped lawns, and a heritage homestead. At the Sign of the Takahe, a function center built in the style of an English manor house, we’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city (Christchurch), mountains (Southern Alps), and the ocean (Pacific). Other highlights include: 1) Hagley Park, the 3rd largest urban park in the world (behind Central Park, New York and Hyde Park, London); 2) Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral (the only cathedral in the world made from sustainable cardboard); 3) Provincial Chambers, the only purpose-built provincial government buildings in New Zealand still in existence; 4) Catholic Basilica, a listed Category I heritage item by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust; 5) Art Deco New Regent Street, an entire street made up of small specialty shops that was marketed as “The most beautiful street in New Zealand” when it opened in 1932; 6)Port Hills, a range of hills so named because they lie between the city of Christchurch and its port at Lyttelton. They are an eroded remnant of the Lyttelton volcano, which erupted 12 million years ago; 7) Antigua Boatsheds; 8) Botanic Gardens; 9) River Avon; 10) Canterbury Museum; 11) Arts Centre; 12) Christburch Art Gallery; 13) Bridge of Remembrance; 14)Friendship Corner; 15) Re:start Shipping Container Mall; 16) Christchurch Cathedral After our tour, we have the rest of the day to pick optional activities according to our interests. There are many great possibilities, from taking a local bus or taxi to visit the Gondola (a cable car that traverses the slopes of Mount Cavendish where we can enjoy 360 degree views from 1600 feet above sea level) to visiting the International Antarctic Centre, where we can journey through modern day Antarctica and experience a taste of the unique and breathtaking continent. Or we can return to any of the sites we received as an overview during our morning tour for a more in-depth exploration! Let’s see why the New York Times ranked Christchurch no. 2 on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014! Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar (Kaikoura) Mon. Mar. 4th: Day 3, Christchurch / Kaikoura In the morning, we’ll board our private coach for Kaikoura, traveling through the stunningly magnificent Waipara Valley region. With the majestic Alps to the west and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean to the east, Waipara is home to 100+ wineries and vineyards, which collectively produce around 100,000 cases of award-winning wine a year. Kaikoura is one of the most picturesque places in New Zealand. It is famous for the spectacular marine life that inhabits the coastline including whales, dolphins, albatross, penguins, fur seals, and orca. A scenic peninsula town backed by the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura Range, there are some epic views and few places in the world are home to such a variety of easily spottable wildlife. (Swimming with dusky dolphins) Once we’re in Kaikoura, we’ll board a boat and head off on a half day dolphin enounter tour. We’ll get up close and personal with Kaikoura’s incredible resident dusky dolphins in their stunning natural environment. Dusky dolphins have a playful, sociable characteristic, which makes them absolutely perfect for swimming with. Under the guidance of our experienced dolphin tour team, we’ll jump into the dolphin’s natural habitat and sharing a special moment with these gorgeous mammals. Those of us who choose not to swim with the dolphins will still have the chance to experience the entertaining actions of the frolicking, acrobatic dolphins as they interact with the other swimmers. It will be an experience that will put a smile on our face for years to come! During our ride, we’ll also enjoy the sea breeze in our hair and the taste of salt on our lips as we look for other marine life, such as albatross, fur seals, and hopefully even an orca or two. Overnight: Donegal House or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours. Approximate Distance: 115 miles (Whale watching expedition) Tues. Mar. 5th: Day 4, Kaikoura In the morning, we’re off on an exciting 2 – 3 hour whale watching expedition! Kaikoura is ranked as the best destination in the world when it comes to watching the world’s largest toothed predator, the giant sperm whale, which are present year round. Growing up to 60 feet long, the sperm whale of “Moby Dick” fame can dive as deep as 10,000 feet and remain below for more than two hours. Just offshore from Kaikoura, a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life. We may also encounter fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the wandering albatross. Humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales are also visible depending upon the season. The world’s largest dolphin, the orca or killer whale (yes this is actually a dolphin!) can be spotted, as well as the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin – the hector. Nowhere else in the world can this combination be seen in a such a small area. After our tour, we have the rest of the day to choose our own adventure. We can hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, which winds from the town center to lookout points at Point Kean. This 2 – 3 hour walk shows off the stunning Kaikoura coastline and all kinds of marine life. We can visit a seal colony, go on a kayak tour, snorkel or scuba dive, or go on an ATV tour. There are cafés, restaurants, and shops to explore and numerous galleries showcasing the knitting, pottery, and jewelry of area artisans.  Overnight: Donegal House or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 40 minutes. Approximate Distance: 15 miles (Queenstown) Wed. Mar. 6th: Day 5, Kaikoura / Queenstown In the morning, we’ll travel back to the Christchurch airport for our flight to Queenstown, enjoying the scenery along the way. Once we land, we’ll then take a ride to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for us to explore New Zealand’s ultimate destination. Rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations, in 2014 Queenstown was named New Zealand’s number one destination in the Travelers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor as well as the second best destination in the South Pacific. Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in Queenstown, which is also known for its Hobbits — much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the area. We’ll recognize many Middle‑earth locations here. Queenstown was also the base for the Mission Impossible movie team during filming for the latest film. Tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu surrounded by majestic mountains, amazing views are guaranteed from every angle. According to Lonely Planet, Lake Wakatipu has the world’s second-purest lake water. Overnight: Hurleys Queenstown or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours. Approximate Distance: 310 miles (Bungee jump option) Thurs. Mar. 7th: Day 6, Queenstown Today is a free day to for us to see why Queenstown is world-renowned as the “adventure capital of the world!” We can pick optional activities according to our interests. The outdoor enthusiasts among us can go kayaking, bungee jumping, jetboating, white-water rafting, ziplining, canyon swinging, horse-trekking, paragliding, and skydiving. The bungee was invented in New Zealand, and Queenstown is known as the “world home of bungee jumping.” Here we can jump 140 feet off the historic Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungee jump in the world! The more mild-mannered adventurers among us can experience one of the many walking and hiking trails; enjoy its cosmopolitan dining, arts scene, excellent boutique shopping, and the diverse range of bars that can make evenings as fun-filled as the days; or sample pinot noir from one of the region’s 80 wineries (only a couple of hours away). For panoramic views of Queenstown, board the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the southern hemisphere. It carries us 1500 feet to the top of Bob’s peak where we can sit back, relax, and marvel at the stunning views. The region has some amazing and dramatic scenery which is why it’s no surprise that Peter Jackson was inspired to film the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies here. We can take specialized tours that take us to the epic locations that some of the films were shot! Overnight: Hurleys Queenstown or similar (Te Anau) Fri. Mar. 8th: Day 7, Queenstown / Te Anau In the morning, we’ll board our private coach and travel to Te Anau. Picturesque Te Anau is nestled on the edge of a pristine lake of the same name, New Zealand’s largest lake by water volume (with depths of up to 1300 feet), whose glacier-gouged fjords spider into lush virgin forest on its western shore. To the east are the pastoral areas of central Southland, while west across Lake Te Anau lie the rugged World Heritage-status mountains of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu. The proximity of 3 of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks places Te Anau firmly on the map as “the walking capital of the world.” It’s home to the Milford Track, Kepler Track, and Routeburn Track. Te Anau is well known for its fine restaurants and 7-days-a-week shopping facilities with competitively priced goods, including high quality apparel, gift, and souvenir shops. (Glowworm caves) Once we arrive, we’ll tour the glowworm caves, where we’ll be awed and astonished by the wonders of this mysterious underground domain! Our 2 – 3 hour trip begins with a scenic cruise across the beautiful Lake Te Anau. On the tour of the caves by foot and small boat, our friendly and knowledgeable guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history. We’ll experience a magical underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand and one that is nothing short of extraordinary. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, tunnels, whirlpools, and a roaring underground waterfall! Overnight: Explorer Te Anau or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 2.25 hours. Approximate Distance: 110 miles (Milford Sound nature cruise) Sat. Mar. 9th: Day 8, Te Anau / Milford Sound We’ll depart in the morning for Milford Sound in our private coach, taking in all the highlights and breathtaking beauty of this world-renowned region. We won’t want to miss views of the mountains, glaciers, and rainforest… yep, we’ll need a camera on the coach! Once we arrive at the wharf, we’re off on a 2 – 3 hour Milford Sound nature cruise! For mind-blowing eyeball-popping tear-inducing scenery that New Zealand is oh so famous for, Milford Sound is our number one choice. With a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, we’ll see towering cliffs and peaks – including the most photographed and iconic Mitre Peak that rises more than a 5500 feet straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fjord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces in this exceptional place. We’ll get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls (jackets are provided to keep us dry!). Called the “eighth wonder of the world,” Milford Sound is the most well-known and most accessible of all the fjords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage area. We’ll have great viewing from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge on our purpose-built sightseeing vessel. We’ll learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of the region from our specialist nature guides with insightful and entertaining commentary. Let’s watch out for dolphins, seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. We’ll also get to enjoy a tasty lunch provided during our cruise! After our cruise, we will be taken back to our hotel and in time to shower and head out for a final meal and night on the town! Overnight: Explorer Te Anau or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 75 miles (Black Dog Bar option) Sun. Mar. 10th: Day 9, Te Anau / Queenstown We’ll leave Te Anau in the morning for Queenstown. Depart anytime after 3pm (do not book onward travel until after this time in case of delays… see the “Flights, Days Off, & Airport Transfer” section of the trip posting for full details). Estimated Travel Time: 2.25 hours. Approximate Distance: 105 miles (Cassatt’s) TBD: Post-Trip Reunion Dinner at Cassett’s Dates and details TBD. We will feast on a sumptuous New Zealand meal at Cassatt’s (or similar)! Dinner attendance will also be open to non-trip goers in our group. — PRICE Price below reflects double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $675. Full payment is due by Tues. Dec. 18th. $2195 if booked before Sat. Sept. 1st (or whenever early birds sell out) $2295 if booked before Thurs. Nov. 1st $2395 if booked before Tues. Jan. 1st $2495 on or after Tues. Jan. 1st * Starting Tues. Jan. 1st, spaces are subject to availability. If booking on or after Tues. Jan. 1st, do NOT purchase your airline ticket until you have been confirmed on the trip by the Organizer. DEPOSIT Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at booking, full payment due by Tues. Dec. 18th or at booking, whichever is later. This deposit locks in a price per the “Price” section. TRAVELER INFORMATION The travel company needs the following information for final booking. Please send me a message (through my Meetup profile) with this information as soon as you’ve secured your spot by making payment (you can get to me your flight information later, but please get to me everything else that you can): 1. Full name as it appears on passport 2. Passport number 3. Passport issue date 4. Passport expiry date (as a general rule, passport must be 6 months valid beyond date of return from another country) 5. Date of birth 6. Nationality 7. Existing medical conditions 8. Meal requirements 9. Emergency contact / next of kin. 10. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the hotel upon arrival? 11. Cell phone number 12. Will you be getting a single room for an extra $675? 13. Sex 14. Roommate’s name (if you have one; otherwise, a roommate of the same sex will be assigned to you) 15. Arrival flight airline, number, and landing date / time; and departure flight airline, number, and take-off date / time (when you secure it). ACCOMMODATION Price is based on double occupancy. If you have a preference for a roommate, please let me know full first and last name (send me a message through my Meetup profile). Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate (same sex). Single supplement is $675 to stay in your own room. Optionally, and pending availability, if you plan to stay additional day(s) in New Zealand either before our after our tour, and wish to book pre or post-tour accommodations, you may do so for $155 per night (Christchurch pre-tour) or $185 per night (Queenstown post-tour). Please click here (pre-tour) or please click here (post-tour) to make payment, and also send to me a message (through my Meetup profile) the exact date(s) you are looking to book. REMAINDER BALANCE PAYMENT DUE PayPal account not required. DO NOT use the links in this section if you are making initial payment (please follow the steps in the “Payment” section above instead). If and only if you’ve already paid the initial non-refundable $500 deposit, please follow the instructions below for making the balance payment (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). Balance payment must be made by Tues. Dec. 18th, otherwise you will lose your deposit and your spot on the trip. If you would like to pay your balance in installments, please message me through my Meetup profile. Double Occupancy: To pay the balance ($1695) for the $2195 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sat. Sept. 1st) To pay the balance ($1795) for the $2295 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Thurs. Nov. 1st) To pay the balance ($1895) for the $2395 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Tues. Jan. 1st) Single Occupancy: To pay the balance ($2370) for the $2870 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sat. Sept. 1st) To pay the balance ($2470) for the $2970 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Thurs. Nov. 1st) To pay the balance ($2570) for the $3070 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Tues. Jan. 1st) INCLUSIONS Pre-trip dinner at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) in DC Pre-trip Embassy of New Zealand visit with diplomats (pending approval) “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand” paperback version and book discussions during the trip (please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained) Accommodations as stated above (hotels 8 nights, based on twin-share rooms) 8 breakfasts 1 lunch 1 dinner Private sightseeing bus tour in Christchurch Wild dolphin encounter Whale watching expedition Glowworm caves visit Milford Sound nature cruise Group arrival and departure transfers from / to airport All transfers between destinations and to / from included activities (in-country flight, private coach, boat) English speaking travel guide Meetup group facilitation with book discussion by J.T. (Organizer) Local guides / representative assistance Post-trip reunion dinner at Cassatt’s (or similar) Tips for our Adventure Tour Leader (a $100 value) EXCLUSIONS Entrance fees not listed International airfare Applicable tourist visas Incidentals Insurance Airport taxes Tips or gratuities for day / excursion guides, porters, etc. (typically $5 for excursion guide [half day], $1 – 2 per bag for porter) Beverages Meals not mentioned above Excursions and activities listed as optional or suggestions TRIP CONFIRMATION This trip is confirmed when 15 people sign up and make at least the deposit payment. An email will be sent to the yes RSVPs when it is and I will also update the trip posting at the top of the page. Do not purchase your air ticket until the trip is confirmed (see the “Flights, Days Off, & Airport Transfer” section for full details). FLIGHTS, DAYS OFF, & AIRPORT TRANSFER Please do not purchase your air ticket until this trip is confirmed (see the “Trip Confirmation” section for full details). We can coordinate air schedules in the comment box of this page to try to get the same flights. When buying your air ticket, make sure it arrives on Sat. Mar. 2nd into Christchurch and departs on Sun. Mar. 10th from Queenstown (see paragraph below) after 3pm (do not book onward travel until after this time in case of delays… see Day 9 in “Itinerary” section). Also, depending on how many transfers you get, you may need to request off of work Thurs. Feb. 28th – Mon. Mar. 11th. Please send to me your flight information through my Meetup profile. I typically use Expedia or Travelocity’s multi-city option. Also, please see here for recommendations on when best to buy your airplane ticket… https://cnb.cx/AG1h3h . Note that I have had mixed results following these general rules of thumb in the past. Upon arrival on Sat. Mar. 2nd, our group transfer from the airport (Christchurch International Airport – CHC) to the hotel will depart the airport at 5pm so we can get to the hotel in time for our recommended welcome meeting at 7pm with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members. If you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be sure to arrive before then. Look for the person at the arrival gates with the sign that says “J.T.’s DC New Zealand Meetup Trip.” If you are unable to take advantage of our group transfer, you can use these following alternatives… 1) Bus – Departs from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall, between the terminal and the Long Stay car park (exit through door 9 past the Vodafone counter). The Number 29 bus runs every 30 minutes towards the city center and you can buy your tickets from the driver. Tickets cost is ~$6 USD. Travel time is ~30 minutes. Operates from 6am – 10pm.  2) Taxi – The taxi stand is located outside the International Arrivals Hall (exit through door 7). Typical cost is $25 – $30 USD. Travel time to the city center is 15 – 20 minutes.  3) Super Shuttle – Shared van similar to our own. The shuttle stand is is located outside the International Arrivals Hall, next to the taxi stand (exit through door 7). Travel time is typically 15 – 30 minutes. Typical cost is $15 – $20 USD. Travel distance to the city center is 5 – 10 miles. LUGGAGE Luggage for our in-country flight includes a checked bag, to a maximum weight of 23 kg or ~50 lbs, and 158 cm or 62 inches of linear length (length + width + height). Travelers can have one carry-on with maximum weight of 7 kg or 15 lbs and 118 cm or 46.5 inches of linear length. Generally fees for excess luggage can be high, and would be communicated by the authorized agent when we are checking in. VISAS, VACCINES, & IMMUNIZATIONS For U.S. citizens with a U.S. passport, a visa is not required. Please take a look at the State Department website for visa information here… https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html (click on the destination country, then click “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements”). Please take a look at the CDC website for recommended vaccinations and medications here… http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/ . I suggest visiting a travel clinic prior to departure, since they can make recommendations on vaccinations that may be useful for travel to this country. TRAVEL INSURANCE You are required to purchase an all-inclusive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation, medical, and evacuation for a combined minimum amount of $200,000. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss and accidents should also be included. Costs vary by age, travel dates, and when you purchase, but an approximate quote is $100 – $150 for a 30-year-old. You should extend the insurance to cover your entire journey if you are arriving before or departing after our trip. Please secure full coverage (rather than coverage for covered reasons). You will need to book your air flights first before getting insurance coverage. ELECTRICAL POWER Mains electricity in New Zealand is 230V 50Hz and utilizes plug type I. Depending on your appliance, you may need a converter and an adapter. Please see the following link for more information… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. REFUND POLICY Since payment is made in advance for this trip, all sales are final unless the trip is canceled or rescheduled. Thanks for understanding. =) SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING 1. USD cash 2. Credit and / or debit card 3. Pre-departure information and trip details 4. Passport, with photocopies (as a general rule, passport must have at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of return from another country) 5. Travel insurance (with photocopies) 6. Airline tickets (with photocopies) 7. Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required (with photocopies, see “Visa, Vaccinations, & Immunizations” section) 8. Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries) 9. Reading / writing material 10. Binoculars 11. Day pack 12. Plastic bags or cover for backpacks 13. Lock for luggage 14. Fleece top / long sleeve top 15. Windproof / waterproof jacket 16. Small towel and swim wear 17. Shirts / t-shirts 18. Water shoes / sports sandals / flip flops 19. Sun hat 20. Shorts / skirts 21. Long pants / jeans 22. Hiking pants / track pants 23. Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes 24. Rain poncho / umbrella 25. Sunblock 26. Sunglasses 27. Toiletries 28. Watch or alarm clock 29. Water bottle 30. Pocketknife 31. Flashlight 32. Insect repellent 33. First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) 34. Ear plugs 35. Eye mask 36. Moneybelt 37. Outlet adapter 38. Sleepwear OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Our local Adventure Tour Leader will be able to help us with optional activities we may be interested in and to answer any questions. Some optional excursions require advance signup. So please take a look at the following helpful link if you are interested pre-booking activities during our free time (see the “Itinerary” section of the trip posting for full details)… http://www.newzealandsightseeing.co.nz/

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UPDATE #1: I’ve announced the New Zealand pre-trip dinner.  you’ve already made payment or deposit for the New Zealand trip and can make the dinner, please RSVP for the dinner but do NOT make payment, as the dinner is FREE for those joining the New Zealand trip itself. Please do so by Wed. Aug. 1st. After that date, if you’ve made payment or deposit for the New Zealand trip, and you’d like to RSVP for the dinner, please send me a message through my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting), and I’ll manually add you to the dinner event. I look forward to seeing you there! — Natural beauty abounds in New Zealand! Rated the 3rd most beautiful country in the world in 2017 by influential travel guide, Rough Guides, (beating out the likes of Italy, Iceland, and South Africa), New Zealand’s scenic beauty includes active volcanoes, amazing caves, deep glacier lakes, verdant valleys, dazzling fjords, long sandy beaches, and the spectacular snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps. It’s no wonder that this is the land where “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” took place – Middle Earth. This action-packed tour of New Zealand’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Let’s get our adrenaline pumping, go on an exciting whale watching expedition, explore amazing glowworm caves, go swimming with wild dolphins, take a scenic nature cruise to see cascading waterfalls / stunning fjords (and much more). Our Adventure Tour Leader will help us find the secluded spots only the locals know. Does this sound like a fun and relaxing vacation to you? Seven Reasons to Book This Trip: Affordable Adventure — Did you know that this trip INCLUDES a private sightseeing bus tour of Christchurch, an exhilarating whale watching expedition, a wild dolphin encounter, an exploration of magical glowworm caves, a breathtaking nature cruise of the spectacular Milford Sound, an Adventure Tour Leader for the full duration of our adventure, 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, transfers from and to the airport, all in-country transfers between cities, 8 nights in a hotel, 3 events in DC (2 dinners and 1 Embassy visit), plus a New Zealand book discussion (book included) during the trip… all for less than $245 a day?? Shared Photos — As with all of our events, we can all upload our pictures to this website to share the best of our photos and multiply the memories! Make New Friends — We are the ONLY Meetup group that offers us the opportunity to travel abroad with other globally-minded people from the DC area, PLUS arrange 3 more events for the group that take place in DC to make sure that we will make friends that we will continue to see in DC! Leadership — I (J.T., your organizer) will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible. Book Discussion — We will each receive, read, and discuss sections of “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand,” a tale of one man’s life in the New Zealand outback through 4 seasons that will help paint a picture for us of the culture and beauty of New Zealand. Please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained. Unforgettable Memories — New Zealand truly is a beautiful and adventurous place. Let’s experience it together and make some wonderful memories! Escape the Cold Winter — Let’s get away from the cold DC winter and the occasional snowpocalyptic storm that comes through our area. This 9-day exciting expedition through New Zealand is crammed with all the energy and activities deserving of our group. We’ll begin our journey in DC with a fabulous dinner at Blackfinn restaurant. Then, before departing on our trip, we will have a private visit at the Embassy of New Zealand featuring diplomats who will teach us about their country. Shortly after we return stateside, we’ll reunite at DC’s popular Cassett’s restaurant in Arlington with an evening of New Zealand food and a recap of our travel experience for our reunion dinner! To help us pass the time while traveling and to learn even more about this culture-rich society, we’ll read the book “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand” by Jonathan Tindale during our trip. At certain points during the trip, I (J.T., your Meetup organizer) will lead discussions of the book for anyone who wants to participate! Please note this is a joint trip with the Global Travelers Going Out Group, and the 20s & 30s Going Out Group. Our traveling group will likely consist of members with an average age in their 30s. Questions? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. We’ve got an early bird special for this trip of $2195! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sat. Sept. 1st (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the trip price will go to $2295, then $2395, then $2495. Our past trips have always sold out quickly! We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. I hope you can join us on this amazing adventure! — J.T. — ITINERARY (Blackfinn) Fri. Aug. 17th: Pre-Trip Dinner at Blackfinn This delicious meal at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) in DC is open to other group members as a paid event, but is FREE for those attending the trip. It is wonderful way for all trip-goers to meet each other for the first time, and it’s a perfect time for those who haven’t yet signed up to ask any questions related to the trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who signs up and makes payment for the New Zealand trip AFTER our dinner! (New Zealand Embassy) Thurs. Jan 24th: Pre-Trip Embassy Visit We will meet with New Zealand diplomats and receive an official country briefing including the history, geography, culture and tourism of New Zealand (pending embassy approval). This event is organized exclusively for trip-goers and will NOT be open to other members of our group. (Christchurch) Sat. Mar. 2nd: Day 1, Christchurch Arrive at any time in Christchurch, then check in and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome dinner where we’ll meet with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members. We’ll gather in the lobby of our hotel at 7pm before heading off to eat! Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture, and exhilarating activity. Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity, and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene, and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel. It’s the gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region, featuring dramatic vistas and a backdrop of lofty peaks. Bordered by the snowcapped Southern Alps in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east, the region is a playground for outdoor adventures. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand! It was first settled by humans around 1250 and became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand. With 740 parks, covering about 7400 acres, Christchurch is known as the “garden city.” We can bungy jump, hike, mountain bike, raft, surf, swim, golf, visit wineries and gardens, shop, be entertained and awed, and so much more, all within a 2 hour radius. Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 20 minutes. Approximate Distance: 6 miles (New Regent Street) Sun. Mar. 3rd: Day 2, Christchurch After a hot breakfast, we’ll get ready to see the sites! During an informative and comprehensive 2 – 3 hour private bus tour, we’ll uncover the history and explore the must see sites of New Zealand’s oldest city up close. Our friendly and knowledgeable Christchurch tour guide will give us insights into the people, places, and events of this beautiful city. We’ll spend time wandering through the stunning Mona Vale Gardens, a gracious historic site that is surrounded by 14 acres of gardens, landscaped lawns, and a heritage homestead. At the Sign of the Takahe, a function center built in the style of an English manor house, we’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city (Christchurch), mountains (Southern Alps), and the ocean (Pacific). Other highlights include: 1) Hagley Park, the 3rd largest urban park in the world (behind Central Park, New York and Hyde Park, London); 2) Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral (the only cathedral in the world made from sustainable cardboard); 3) Provincial Chambers, the only purpose-built provincial government buildings in New Zealand still in existence; 4) Catholic Basilica, a listed Category I heritage item by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust; 5) Art Deco New Regent Street, an entire street made up of small specialty shops that was marketed as “The most beautiful street in New Zealand” when it opened in 1932; 6)Port Hills, a range of hills so named because they lie between the city of Christchurch and its port at Lyttelton. They are an eroded remnant of the Lyttelton volcano, which erupted 12 million years ago; 7) Antigua Boatsheds; 8) Botanic Gardens; 9) River Avon; 10) Canterbury Museum; 11) Arts Centre; 12) Christburch Art Gallery; 13) Bridge of Remembrance; 14)Friendship Corner; 15) Re:start Shipping Container Mall; 16) Christchurch Cathedral After our tour, we have the rest of the day to pick optional activities according to our interests. There are many great possibilities, from taking a local bus or taxi to visit the Gondola (a cable car that traverses the slopes of Mount Cavendish where we can enjoy 360 degree views from 1600 feet above sea level) to visiting the International Antarctic Centre, where we can journey through modern day Antarctica and experience a taste of the unique and breathtaking continent. Or we can return to any of the sites we received as an overview during our morning tour for a more in-depth exploration! Let’s see why the New York Times ranked Christchurch no. 2 on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014! Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar (Kaikoura) Mon. Mar. 4th: Day 3, Christchurch / Kaikoura In the morning, we’ll board our private coach for Kaikoura, traveling through the stunningly magnificent Waipara Valley region. With the majestic Alps to the west and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean to the east, Waipara is home to 100+ wineries and vineyards, which collectively produce around 100,000 cases of award-winning wine a year. Kaikoura is one of the most picturesque places in New Zealand. It is famous for the spectacular marine life that inhabits the coastline including whales, dolphins, albatross, penguins, fur seals, and orca. A scenic peninsula town backed by the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura Range, there are some epic views and few places in the world are home to such a variety of easily spottable wildlife. (Swimming with dusky dolphins) Once we’re in Kaikoura, we’ll board a boat and head off on a half day dolphin enounter tour. We’ll get up close and personal with Kaikoura’s incredible resident dusky dolphins in their stunning natural environment. Dusky dolphins have a playful, sociable characteristic, which makes them absolutely perfect for swimming with. Under the guidance of our experienced dolphin tour team, we’ll jump into the dolphin’s natural habitat and sharing a special moment with these gorgeous mammals. Those of us who choose not to swim with the dolphins will still have the chance to experience the entertaining actions of the frolicking, acrobatic dolphins as they interact with the other swimmers. It will be an experience that will put a smile on our face for years to come! During our ride, we’ll also enjoy the sea breeze in our hair and the taste of salt on our lips as we look for other marine life, such as albatross, fur seals, and hopefully even an orca or two. Overnight: Donegal House or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours. Approximate Distance: 115 miles (Whale watching expedition) Tues. Mar. 5th: Day 4, Kaikoura In the morning, we’re off on an exciting 2 – 3 hour whale watching expedition! Kaikoura is ranked as the best destination in the world when it comes to watching the world’s largest toothed predator, the giant sperm whale, which are present year round. Growing up to 60 feet long, the sperm whale of “Moby Dick” fame can dive as deep as 10,000 feet and remain below for more than two hours. Just offshore from Kaikoura, a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life. We may also encounter fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins, and the wandering albatross. Humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales are also visible depending upon the season. The world’s largest dolphin, the orca or killer whale (yes this is actually a dolphin!) can be spotted, as well as the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin – the hector. Nowhere else in the world can this combination be seen in a such a small area. After our tour, we have the rest of the day to choose our own adventure. We can hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, which winds from the town center to lookout points at Point Kean. This 2 – 3 hour walk shows off the stunning Kaikoura coastline and all kinds of marine life. We can visit a seal colony, go on a kayak tour, snorkel or scuba dive, or go on an ATV tour. There are cafés, restaurants, and shops to explore and numerous galleries showcasing the knitting, pottery, and jewelry of area artisans.  Overnight: Donegal House or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 40 minutes. Approximate Distance: 15 miles (Queenstown) Wed. Mar. 6th: Day 5, Kaikoura / Queenstown In the morning, we’ll travel back to the Christchurch airport for our flight to Queenstown, enjoying the scenery along the way. Once we land, we’ll then take a ride to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for us to explore New Zealand’s ultimate destination. Rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations, in 2014 Queenstown was named New Zealand’s number one destination in the Travelers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor as well as the second best destination in the South Pacific. Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in Queenstown, which is also known for its Hobbits — much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the area. We’ll recognize many Middle‑earth locations here. Queenstown was also the base for the Mission Impossible movie team during filming for the latest film. Tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu surrounded by majestic mountains, amazing views are guaranteed from every angle. According to Lonely Planet, Lake Wakatipu has the world’s second-purest lake water. Overnight: Hurleys Queenstown or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours. Approximate Distance: 310 miles (Bungee jump option) Thurs. Mar. 7th: Day 6, Queenstown Today is a free day to for us to see why Queenstown is world-renowned as the “adventure capital of the world!” We can pick optional activities according to our interests. The outdoor enthusiasts among us can go kayaking, bungee jumping, jetboating, white-water rafting, ziplining, canyon swinging, horse-trekking, paragliding, and skydiving. The bungee was invented in New Zealand, and Queenstown is known as the “world home of bungee jumping.” Here we can jump 140 feet off the historic Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungee jump in the world! The more mild-mannered adventurers among us can experience one of the many walking and hiking trails; enjoy its cosmopolitan dining, arts scene, excellent boutique shopping, and the diverse range of bars that can make evenings as fun-filled as the days; or sample pinot noir from one of the region’s 80 wineries (only a couple of hours away). For panoramic views of Queenstown, board the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the southern hemisphere. It carries us 1500 feet to the top of Bob’s peak where we can sit back, relax, and marvel at the stunning views. The region has some amazing and dramatic scenery which is why it’s no surprise that Peter Jackson was inspired to film the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies here. We can take specialized tours that take us to the epic locations that some of the films were shot! Overnight: Hurleys Queenstown or similar (Te Anau) Fri. Mar. 8th: Day 7, Queenstown / Te Anau In the morning, we’ll board our private coach and travel to Te Anau. Picturesque Te Anau is nestled on the edge of a pristine lake of the same name, New Zealand’s largest lake by water volume (with depths of up to 1300 feet), whose glacier-gouged fjords spider into lush virgin forest on its western shore. To the east are the pastoral areas of central Southland, while west across Lake Te Anau lie the rugged World Heritage-status mountains of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu. The proximity of 3 of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks places Te Anau firmly on the map as “the walking capital of the world.” It’s home to the Milford Track, Kepler Track, and Routeburn Track. Te Anau is well known for its fine restaurants and 7-days-a-week shopping facilities with competitively priced goods, including high quality apparel, gift, and souvenir shops. (Glowworm caves) Once we arrive, we’ll tour the glowworm caves, where we’ll be awed and astonished by the wonders of this mysterious underground domain! Our 2 – 3 hour trip begins with a scenic cruise across the beautiful Lake Te Anau. On the tour of the caves by foot and small boat, our friendly and knowledgeable guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history. We’ll experience a magical underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand and one that is nothing short of extraordinary. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, tunnels, whirlpools, and a roaring underground waterfall! Overnight: Explorer Te Anau or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 2.25 hours. Approximate Distance: 110 miles (Milford Sound nature cruise) Sat. Mar. 9th: Day 8, Te Anau / Milford Sound We’ll depart in the morning for Milford Sound in our private coach, taking in all the highlights and breathtaking beauty of this world-renowned region. We won’t want to miss views of the mountains, glaciers, and rainforest… yep, we’ll need a camera on the coach! Once we arrive at the wharf, we’re off on a 2 – 3 hour Milford Sound nature cruise! For mind-blowing eyeball-popping tear-inducing scenery that New Zealand is oh so famous for, Milford Sound is our number one choice. With a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, we’ll see towering cliffs and peaks – including the most photographed and iconic Mitre Peak that rises more than a 5500 feet straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fjord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces in this exceptional place. We’ll get within touching distance of impressive geological features and close enough to feel the full force from the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls (jackets are provided to keep us dry!). Called the “eighth wonder of the world,” Milford Sound is the most well-known and most accessible of all the fjords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage area. We’ll have great viewing from both the outdoor decks and indoor lounge on our purpose-built sightseeing vessel. We’ll learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of the region from our specialist nature guides with insightful and entertaining commentary. Let’s watch out for dolphins, seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. We’ll also get to enjoy a tasty lunch provided during our cruise! After our cruise, we will be taken back to our hotel and in time to shower and head out for a final meal and night on the town! Overnight: Explorer Te Anau or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 75 miles (Black Dog Bar option) Sun. Mar. 10th: Day 9, Te Anau / Queenstown We’ll leave Te Anau in the morning for Queenstown. Depart anytime after 3pm (do not book onward travel until after this time in case of delays… see the “Flights, Days Off, & Airport Transfer” section of the trip posting for full details). Estimated Travel Time: 2.25 hours. Approximate Distance: 105 miles (Cassatt’s) TBD: Post-Trip Reunion Dinner at Cassett’s Dates and details TBD. We will feast on a sumptuous New Zealand meal at Cassatt’s (or similar)! Dinner attendance will also be open to non-trip goers in our group. — PRICE Price below reflects double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $675. Full payment is due by Tues. Dec. 18th. $2195 if booked before Sat. Sept. 1st (or whenever early birds sell out) $2295 if booked before Thurs. Nov. 1st $2395 if booked before Tues. Jan. 1st $2495 on or after Tues. Jan. 1st * Starting Tues. Jan. 1st, spaces are subject to availability. If booking on or after Tues. Jan. 1st, do NOT purchase your airline ticket until you have been confirmed on the trip by the Organizer. DEPOSIT Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at booking, full payment due by Tues. Dec. 18th or at booking, whichever is later. This deposit locks in a price per the “Price” section. TRAVELER INFORMATION The travel company needs the following information for final booking. Please send me a message (through my Meetup profile) with this information as soon as you’ve secured your spot by making payment (you can get to me your flight information later, but please get to me everything else that you can): 1. Full name as it appears on passport 2. Passport number 3. Passport issue date 4. Passport expiry date (as a general rule, passport must be 6 months valid beyond date of return from another country) 5. Date of birth 6. Nationality 7. Existing medical conditions 8. Meal requirements 9. Emergency contact / next of kin. 10. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the hotel upon arrival? 11. Cell phone number 12. Will you be getting a single room for an extra $675? 13. Sex 14. Roommate’s name (if you have one; otherwise, a roommate of the same sex will be assigned to you) 15. Arrival flight airline, number, and landing date / time; and departure flight airline, number, and take-off date / time (when you secure it). ACCOMMODATION Price is based on double occupancy. If you have a preference for a roommate, please let me know full first and last name (send me a message through my Meetup profile). Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate (same sex). Single supplement is $675 to stay in your own room. Optionally, and pending availability, if you plan to stay additional day(s) in New Zealand either before our after our tour, and wish to book pre or post-tour accommodations, you may do so for $155 per night (Christchurch pre-tour) or $185 per night (Queenstown post-tour). Please click here (pre-tour) or please click here (post-tour) to make payment, and also send to me a message (through my Meetup profile) the exact date(s) you are looking to book. REMAINDER BALANCE PAYMENT DUE PayPal account not required. DO NOT use the links in this section if you are making initial payment (please follow the steps in the “Payment” section above instead). If and only if you’ve already paid the initial non-refundable $500 deposit, please follow the instructions below for making the balance payment (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). Balance payment must be made by Tues. Dec. 18th, otherwise you will lose your deposit and your spot on the trip. If you would like to pay your balance in installments, please message me through my Meetup profile. Double Occupancy: To pay the balance ($1695) for the $2195 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sat. Sept. 1st) To pay the balance ($1795) for the $2295 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Thurs. Nov. 1st) To pay the balance ($1895) for the $2395 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Tues. Jan. 1st) Single Occupancy: To pay the balance ($2370) for the $2870 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sat. Sept. 1st) To pay the balance ($2470) for the $2970 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Thurs. Nov. 1st) To pay the balance ($2570) for the $3070 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Tues. Jan. 1st) INCLUSIONS Pre-trip dinner at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) in DC Pre-trip Embassy of New Zealand visit with diplomats (pending approval) “Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand” paperback version and book discussions during the trip (please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained) Accommodations as stated above (hotels 8 nights, based on twin-share rooms) 8 breakfasts 1 lunch 1 dinner Private sightseeing bus tour in Christchurch Wild dolphin encounter Whale watching expedition Glowworm caves visit Milford Sound nature cruise Group arrival and departure transfers from / to airport All transfers between destinations and to / from included activities (in-country flight, private coach, boat) English speaking travel guide Meetup group facilitation with book discussion by J.T. (Organizer) Local guides / representative assistance Post-trip reunion dinner at Cassatt’s (or similar) Tips for our Adventure Tour Leader (a $100 value) EXCLUSIONS Entrance fees not listed International airfare Applicable tourist visas Incidentals Insurance Airport taxes Tips or gratuities for day / excursion guides, porters, etc. (typically $5 for excursion guide [half day], $1 – 2 per bag for porter) Beverages Meals not mentioned above Excursions and activities listed as optional or suggestions TRIP CONFIRMATION This trip is confirmed when 15 people sign up and make at least the deposit payment. An email will be sent to the yes RSVPs when it is and I will also update the trip posting at the top of the page. Do not purchase your air ticket until the trip is confirmed (see the “Flights, Days Off, & Airport Transfer” section for full details). FLIGHTS, DAYS OFF, & AIRPORT TRANSFER Please do not purchase your air ticket until this trip is confirmed (see the “Trip Confirmation” section for full details). We can coordinate air schedules in the comment box of this page to try to get the same flights. When buying your air ticket, make sure it arrives on Sat. Mar. 2nd into Christchurch and departs on Sun. Mar. 10th from Queenstown (see paragraph below) after 3pm (do not book onward travel until after this time in case of delays… see Day 9 in “Itinerary” section). Also, depending on how many transfers you get, you may need to request off of work Thurs. Feb. 28th – Mon. Mar. 11th. Please send to me your flight information. I typically use Expedia or Travelocity’s multi-city option. Also, please see here for recommendations on when best to buy your airplane ticket… https://cnb.cx/AG1h3h . Note that I have had mixed results following these general rules of thumb in the past. Upon arrival on Sat. Mar. 2nd, our group transfer from the airport (Christchurch International Airport – CHC) to the hotel will depart the airport at 5pm so we can get to the hotel in time for our recommended welcome meeting at 7pm with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members. If you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be sure to arrive before then. Look for the person at the arrival gates with the sign that says “J.T.’s DC New Zealand Meetup Trip.” If you are unable to take advantage of our group transfer, you can use these following alternatives… 1) Bus – Departs from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall, between the terminal and the Long Stay car park (exit through door 9 past the Vodafone counter). The Number 29 bus runs every 30 minutes towards the city center and you can buy your tickets from the driver. Tickets cost is ~$6 USD. Travel time is ~30 minutes. Operates from 6am – 10pm.  2) Taxi – The taxi stand is located outside the International Arrivals Hall (exit through door 7). Typical cost is $25 – $30 USD. Travel time to the city center is 15 – 20 minutes.  3) Super Shuttle – Shared van similar to our own. The shuttle stand is is located outside the International Arrivals Hall, next to the taxi stand (exit through door 7). Travel time is typically 15 – 30 minutes. Typical cost is $15 – $20 USD. Travel distance to the city center is 5 – 10 miles. LUGGAGE Luggage for our in-country flight includes a checked bag, to a maximum weight of 23 kg or ~50 lbs, and 158 cm or 62 inches of linear length (length + width + height). Travelers can have one carry-on with maximum weight of 7 kg or 15 lbs and 118 cm or 46.5 inches of linear length. Generally fees for excess luggage can be high, and would be communicated by the authorized agent when we are checking in. VISAS, VACCINES, & IMMUNIZATIONS For U.S. citizens with a U.S. passport, a visa is not required. Please take a look at the State Department website for visa information here… https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html (click on the destination country, then click “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements”). Please take a look at the CDC website for recommended vaccinations and medications here… http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/ . I suggest visiting a travel clinic prior to departure, since they can make recommendations on vaccinations that may be useful for travel to this country. TRAVEL INSURANCE You are required to purchase an all-inclusive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation, medical, and evacuation for a combined minimum amount of $200,000. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss and accidents should also be included. Costs vary by age, travel dates, and when you purchase, but an approximate quote is $100 – $150 for a 30-year-old. You should extend the insurance to cover your entire journey if you are arriving before or departing after our trip. Please secure full coverage (rather than coverage for covered reasons). You will need to book your air flights first before getting insurance coverage. ELECTRICAL POWER Mains electricity in New Zealand is 230V 50Hz and utilizes plug type I. Depending on your appliance, you may need a converter and an adapter. Please see the following link for more information… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. REFUND POLICY Since payment is made in advance for this trip, all sales are final unless the trip is canceled or rescheduled. Thanks for understanding. =) SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING 1. USD cash 2. Credit and / or debit card 3. Pre-departure information and trip details 4. Passport, with photocopies (as a general rule, passport must have at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of return from another country) 5. Travel insurance (with photocopies) 6. Airline tickets (with photocopies) 7. Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required (with photocopies, see “Visa, Vaccinations, & Immunizations” section) 8. Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries) 9. Reading / writing material 10. Binoculars 11. Day pack 12. Plastic bags or cover for backpacks 13. Lock for luggage 14. Fleece top / long sleeve top 15. Windproof / waterproof jacket 16. Small towel and swim wear 17. Shirts / t-shirts 18. Water shoes / sports sandals / flip flops 19. Sun hat 20. Shorts / skirts 21. Long pants / jeans 22. Hiking pants / track pants 23. Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes 24. Rain poncho / umbrella 25. Sunblock 26. Sunglasses 27. Toiletries 28. Watch or alarm clock 29. Water bottle 30. Pocketknife 31. Flashlight 32. Insect repellent 33. First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) 34. Ear plugs 35. Eye mask 36. Moneybelt 37. Outlet adapter 38. Sleepwear OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Our local Adventure Tour Leader will be able to help us with optional activities we may be interested in and to answer any questions. Some optional excursions require advance signup. So please take a look at the following helpful link if you are interested pre-booking activities during our free time (see the “Itinerary” section of the trip posting for full details)… http://www.newzealandsightseeing.co.nz/

Sep 22, 2018 12:00 PM

Nomadik Fest launches its first series of travelling micro-music festivals held in the northwest. This Bohemian themed fest features a lineup of 7 live bands and DJ's between live sets for 9 hours of cont.inuous music. Nomadik Fest is committed to providing a safe, sustainable and inclusive environment for everyone of all ages to enjoy. Proceeds benefit Arms Around Bainbridge, and organization that offers financial support for community members with life-threatening illness for Bainbridge Island residents. Lineup includes: Ceschi Ramos (New Haven, CT), High Step Society (Eugene, OR), Terror / Cactus (Seattle), hERON (Seattle), Strawberry Mountain (Seatte), Todd & The Toots (Bellevue), Pickled Okra (Tulalip). There will be a variety of Boho-themed food vendors and merchant booths throughout. Festival takes place at the new recently reconstructed Waterfront Park which boasts beautiful backdrop of the Puget Sound.  Festival will happen rain or shine. Sorry no refunds based on inclement weather. Attendees are recommended to bring a concert chair and umbrella. There are areas outside of the main stage suitable for families who want to stretch out on the grass with picnic blankets. Main stage beer / wine garden is standing room only.

Sep 18, 2018 5:00 PM

Please Register At: https://citi.uconn.edu/community/events/eventid/197 UConn, Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI), UConn Werth Institute and DappDevs Presents: UConn, CITI and its partners, DappDevs and the UConn Werth Institute, are bringing Blockchain development to UConn Stamford and the surrounding area. These organizations believe in community empowerment via access to knowledge, and consider themselves to be community builders and educators. CITI is sponsoring the creation of a Blockchain chapter in Stamford in order to facilitate the development of an education-based micro community designed to connect decentralized application developers. This community, in hand with Stamford’s established financial enterprises, will play a key role in further establishing Connecticut as a USA crypto capital. Speakers:  Debbie Gunzelman Debbie Gunzelman is the Director for Non-Credit Programs at UConn's School of Business Connecticut Information Technology Institute (CITI). She works directly with national accrediting agencies to bring certification, re-certification and credential program offerings to the corporate and institutional communities throughout the state of Connecticut. Debbie actively collaborated with the corporate and institutional communities to insure CITI offers the most appropriate professional development in IT training, courses, services, seminars and events. Don Tirea Don spends most of his time building a value driven partnership ecosystem that enables growth and opportunity for Checkmate Digital, an award winning digital product studio in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2018, Don co-founded a blockchain developer learning community known as DappDevs. Operating in New Haven, Stamford, and Hartford Connecticut, DappDevs has grown to 180 members and has successfully provided educational seminars for both the public and private sector. Outside of work: Don is actively involved with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through active participation in: UN Youth Delegate Programme, Novus, and the Global Sourcing Council. Don enjoys visiting North America’s beautiful national parks and traveling the world. Don resides in a beach town just outside of New Haven, CT with his wonderful girlfriend but you’ll likely catch them in line at Modern’s Apizza on State St.   Wilson Withiam  Wilson Withiam is the Stamford Chapter Head for DappDevs, coordinating events and partnerships in the greater Stamford area. He is currently studying computer science and economics at the University of Connecticut-Stamford in addition to working on a number of projects under Dr. Phillip Bradford, the director of the Computer Science Program at UConn-Stamford. His projects have included creating high-level educational content for blockchain technology and developing smart contracts for specific use cases. Prior to DappDevs, Wilson was Head of Content Development for a local sports technology startup. He was a pre-med student at Springfield College, where he earned a BS in Kinesiology

Aug 26, 2018 9:30 AM

Details Who can do FITBANKER Treks? Anyone! The age range on our treks is from 4 months to 73 years olds - we are committed to bringing communities together, create new socialising norms, new quality 'family time', have individuals experience new adventures, enjoy nature, and connect with like-minded leaders. All fitness levels are welcome, and especially if you have never done a trek before - we would love to meet you and have you discover your limitless Self! Of course, pets are welcome too. Trek Overview: This is a classic cliff-top walk – one of the finest coastal walks in England – affording stunning (and very famous) views of the white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, starting from the seaside town of Eastbourne before ending in Seaford. Difficulty level: This is a strenuous and 'good paced' walk. Apart from the start, finish and a short section around Cuckmere Haven, almost none of it is flat, and there are several steep climbs. It is a long, though relatively gradual, climb up to Beachy Head, the very scenic section between Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven, in particular, is a series of steep ascents and descents. Length: 21km (13.1 miles)Duration: Approxinately 5 hours walking + 1.5 hours break + 4.5 hours travel (train from London Victoria)Start: Eastbourne StationFinish: Seaford Station The Route: You are advised to take care near the cliff edges on this walk, as they are crumbly and liable to collapse. the official advice is to keep 5 metres from any cliff edge 1. Eastbourne to Beachy Head Pub: (4.4 miles) – Toilet break only at pub & eat your own snacks outdoors, 15 min break  2. Beachy Head Pub to Birling Gap: (2.4 miles) – Snack break, 15 min2. Birling Gap to Cuckmere Inn (4.1 miles) – Lunch at Cuckmere Inn Pub, 1 hour3. Cuckemere Inn to Seaford Station: (4 miles) – End  Travel, Train Time & Tickets: Departure From London Victoria: 7:02am, Southern Railway - arrival 9:15am at Eastbourne. Open return for the same day.  We should be back in London by approximately 7pm. Train Group Save Discount Recommendation: An off-peak pass available for 3 or 4 people travelling together (which can be a combination of Adults and Children) unlimited travel on off-peak Southern services on the date shown on the ticket i.e. 4 x Adult £39.00. Travel costs are in addition the Trek registration fees. If driving, you could either park at Lewes and catch trains to Eastbourne and back from Seaford, or drive stright to Eastbourne station and bus/cab back to Seaford. Important Disclaimer: By participating in this trek I acknowledge that hiking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities.

Aug 17, 2018 6:00 PM

CLICK LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFO AND TO BOOK YOUR WEEKEND!https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/young-professionals-camp-thrillist-kent-august-732113**Group Name: Meetup**Coupon Code: MEETUPAYP18 - $50 off total price***If this weekend is not good, see dates+links to other weekends at bottom of this email, hope you can join for at least one!Weekend Description:(I have been several times, so direct message me with any questions, Scott)At Club Getaway you can Get Out and Play every sport under the sun. Head out on new adventures. Take lessons from a Pro. Dine on an abundance of delicious food. Socialize. Dance all night. Go a little crazy. Laugh. Relax. And just have Fun. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, CT, Club Getaway is just 90 minutes from New York by car or Getaway bus.Get Active... Team up for Color War or Archery Tag. For the adventurous… Check out our Adventure Base Camp for our Ziplines, Aerial Park High Ropes Course, Geronimo Jump, Giant Swings and more… Interested in Beer and Wine… Join the Pub Hike as you hike from keg to keg, relax at Paint and Sip or play Flip Cup, Slap Cup and Beer Pong with friends. Fitness Fanatics… Join a Zumba, Yoga or Pilates class.Love the water… Play like a kid on our Wibit Waterpark Inflatables, learn to Waterski or Wakeboard, or relax in a Kayak or on a Paddle Board. Just for fun… Try Archery, Mountain Biking, White Water Canoeing or Arts & Crafts. Like to party... enjoy live bands with dinner or dance the night away at our Boat House Club. Live music and s’mores at the Campfire.What’s Included:At Club Getaway we take care of everything! All accommodations, all meals including wine with dinner, all sports and activities and evening entertainment is included. The only additional cost is for any drinks purchased at the bar. We can take care of that too…. For $100 you can add an All-Inclusive Cheers Package to your reservation (see coupon code at top of email!)Accommodations:Staying in the great outdoors doesn’t mean roughing it! Guests stay in comfortable rustic chic country cabins overlooking our beautiful lake and mountains. Think heat or air conditioning, private bathrooms and even daily housekeeping.Dining: Our breakfast buffet is like none you have ever seen. Lunch is an activity within itself – salads, sandwiches, carving stations, pasta, tacos, pizza, BBQ, sea food – the list goes on, and we haven’t even got to dessert! Dinners are special occasions, where wine and conversation flow freely.How to get here:The party starts before you even arrive! The Getaway Bus departs from NYC at 5:30pm on Friday and returns on Sunday around 6:30pm ($65 round trip fee). Alternatively, we have ample parking at camp and you can join at our Welcome Cocktail Party from 5:30pm.CLICK LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFO AND TO BOOK YOUR WEEKEND!https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/young-professionals-camp-thrillist-kent-august-732113**Group Name: Meetup**Coupon Code: MEETUPAYP18 - $50 off total priceOTHER REMAINING WEEKEND DATES COMING UP:Labor Day Weekend (August 31st - Sept 3rd)http://bit.ly/2JUO5m0**Group Name: Meetup**Coupon Code for Cheers Package: meetupaugust31Fall Finale (Oct 5-7):http://bit.ly/2Mqg77i**Group Name: Meetup**Coupon Code for Cheers Package: meetupfall

Oct 07, 2018 12:00 PM

PARADISE ISLAND CRUISE "THE ULTIMATE LAND & SEA PARTY EXPERIENCE!" OCTOBER 7th - 14th, 2018   7 DAY WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE FROM NEW ORLEANS Sailing to: COSTA MAYA, MEXICO~ MAHOGANY BAY, HONDURAS ~ BELIZE ~ COZUMEL, MEXICO DAYPORTARRIVALDEPART SUN NEW ORLEANS 4:00PM MON FUN DAY AT SEA TUES COSTA MAYA, MX 12:00PM 8:00PM WED HONDURAS 8:00AM 6:00PM THURS BELIZE 8:00AM 5:00PM FRI COZUMEL, MX 7:00AM 5:00PM SAT FUNDAY AT SEA SUN NEW ORLEANS 8:00AM  ***All itineraries are subject to change without notice.   Your Room Type Rates are INCLUSIVE of the following: Cabin Accommodations of Choice Port Charges Government Taxes and Fees  All Meals including room service, coffee, ice tea, lemonade & juice ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON TRAVEL PROTECTION INSURANCE                INTERIOR STATEROOM            Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins do not have balcony or window and are located on Deck 1, 2 & Upper level inside cabins on deck 6 of the ship.    Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!                OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM       Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins have a window only, no balcony and are located on Deck 1 & 2 of the ship. DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILTY THESE CABINS REQUIRE A HIGHER DEPOSIT PER PERSON - $250 PER PERSON   LOWER LEVEL CABINS - DECK 1 & 2  CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!                      BALCONY STATEROOM                 Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins have balconies and are located on Deck 6 & Deck 7 of the ship.      LOWER LEVEL BALCONY CABINS - DECK 6  UPPER BALCONY CABINS - DECK 7 & 8  Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!! -                 AFT EXTENDED BALCONY      Sleeps up to 3 guests These Cabins have exntend balconies and are located on Deck 6 towards the back of the ship.    UPPER LEVEL CABINS - Deck 6 CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            WRAP AROUND BALCONY      Sleeps up to 2 guests These Cabins have wrap around balconies and are located on upper level of the ship.    UPPER LEVEL CABINS - CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            SPA CABINS                                 Sleeps up to 4 guests  Cloud 9 Spa accommodations have private access to the spa,  Thalassotherapy pool and are eligible for exclusive spa packages and discounts. These staterooms have additional in-room, spa-related amenities and decor different than other accommodations. SPA ACCESS FOR FIRST 2 GUEST ONLY  BALCONY SPA CABINS -  DECK 10  CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            SUITE CABINS                            Sleeps up to 3 guests With more space for stretching out indoors, plus a large balcony for kicking back outdoors, try a Suite to experience private, luxurious relaxation. Suites also include VIP check-in, walk-in closet and bathroom with whirlpool. OCEAN SUITES - PRICES STARTING AT $1555 PER PERSON FOR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY GRAND SUITES - CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a full deposit!!! THESE CABINS REQUIRE A HIGHER DEPOSIT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION AND EACH OCCUPANT MUST MAKE DEPOSIT AT SAME TIME IN ORDER TO LOCK IN THE CABIN AND RATE.  PAYMENT A minimum $100 deposit for each person in the cabin ($250 per person for Specialty cabins) to reserve. Both deposits are required to hold a cabin for all category cabins including Suites. Additional minimum monthly payments of $150.00 per person are required every month until paid in full. You must make the minimum monthly payments. In addition, for all cabin categories, any remaining balance must be received no later than JuLY 13TH, 2018.   TRAVEL INSURANCEBecause of the nature and uniqueness of this event, we have strict cancellation policies. The Paradise Island Cruise is non-refundable, regardless of your reason for cancellation. Travel insurance must be purchased at the time of registration. If insurance is NOT paid within 14 days of making your deposit, it will not be added and will have to purchase via a 3rd party.  Dell-Way Travel does not sell insurance and highly recommends the purchase of Carnival's Travel insurance to protect you against non-refundable costs and fees due to unexpected cancellations and travel emergencies.  Travel insurance also protects you against emergencies during travel, such as trip interruption, trip delay, missed/canceled flights, lost or stolen baggage/personal items, illness/injury and much more.   In the event of cancellation, you must first contact Dell-Way Travel in writing by sending an email to [email protected] Then, you must contact Carnival Cruise directly to submit a claim and request a refund. Carnival Cruise Line will determine the amount of your refund based on the documentation you provide to them. Carnival Cruise insurance rates are based on your trip costs. You will be offered the opportunity to purchase or decline travel insurance once you've paid the deposit on your Paradise Island Cruise reservation. To review Carnival cruise policy benefits, please click here: https://www.carnival.com/%7E/media/CCLUS/Images/pdf/vacation-protection-201205pdf.ashx For questions, please call our Support Team at 914-375-7106 or email [email protected]     PARTY BAND  INCLUDES ACCESS TO: THEME EVENTS 4 OPEN BAR PRIVATE PARTIES KARAOKE SCAVENGERS GAME SHOW  POOL/ BEACH PARTY  T-SHIRT FOR EACH GUEST TOTE BAG FOR EACH GUEST Please Note: You must purchase a band to be included in the Paradise Island Cruise onboard events.                GROUP LEADER INCENTIVES                Are you bringing a group of ppl onboard with you? Sign up for our Group Leader program and get rewarded for your guests that attend.  The goal of our group leader program is to introduce folks to The Paradise Island Cruise and to reward our Group Leaders for their hard work.  The policies and procedures of our Group Leader Program are listed below.  Incentive awards are as follows:​ 16 passengers - One complimentary passenger cabin fare. (BASED OFF OF INSIDE CABIN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY RATE) 32 passengers - Two complimentary passenger cabin fares.​ 48 Passengers - Three complimentary passenger cabin fares.​ 64 Passengers - Four complimentary passenger cabin fares.*​ (​No rebate is given for partial groups e.g. 15 full paying passengers etc.) A GROUP CONSISTS OF A MINIMUM OF 8 CABINS.  THE GROUP LEADER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING HIS/HER OWN AIRFARE AND GRATUITIES. HOTEL NOT INCLUDED IN INCENTIVE. Incentives are based on double occupancy, interior cabins. You have the option to upgrade your cabin for an additonal cost. In addition, if passengers also purchase party band, you will receive, ONE Free Band per every 16 people. If your group falls short, you will receive a discounted band or a Free band, depending on the number of guests attending.  Promoters and Travel agents welcomed. Contact us - [email protected] to sign up or for more details.   CANCELLATION POLICY A portion of your payment today will be non-refundable. Please review the cancellation policy when making your reservation. Our cancellation policy supercedes that of Carnival Cruise Line.    $100.00 Deposit per person is non-refundable and non transferrable. (This applies even if insurance is purchased.) 100% is non-refundable from FINAL PAYMENT until the day of sailing. (unless Travel insurance is purchased and paid in full)  Please Note: Any name changes AFTER FINAL PAYMENT is $75.00. Any changes after October 1st, until the day of sailing will be $150.00 Please remember you must keep your monthly payments current to avoid forfeiting any discounts, penalties or complete cancellations without refund.  Deposits, as well as all subsequent payments, are NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON TRANSFERABLE. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your vacation investment. Click the link to view insurance policy.  https://buy.travelguard.com/TGI2/proc/stateselector.aspx?br=agentlink&arc=00384425&agentlinkasp=yes   Prices listed are per person and include taxes and fees. Airfare is not included.Single occupancy is 200% of the per-person price, plus taxes & fees.Gratuities of $12 per person, per day are not included. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and water is not included in the cruise package, this can be purchased onboard the ship at an additional cost. Carnival Cruise Line reserves the right to effect a fuel surcharge if a rise in the market price of oil necessitates a supplement. There is no fuel surcharge currently in place. Taxes, fuel surcharges, port charges and all fees are subject to change.. Carnival reserves the right to effect a fuel surcharge if a rise in the market price of oil necessitates a supplement. There is no fuel surcharge currently in place. Taxes, fuel surcharges, port charges and all fees are subject to change. Currently, only proof of citizenship and a government issued photo ID is required to cruise to the ports on our schedule. However, passports are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to take this cruise, due to the nature of the itinerary. Without a passport, you will not be permitted to fly into or depart some of the islands by air if necessary, even in case of an emergency. Also, be sure to read the proof of citizenship requirements for cruise travel to the Caribbean  https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/category/c/173,406   DELL-WAY TRAVEL DISCLAIMER Dell-Way Travel (DWT), will not be responsible for any accidents involving bodily injury or death, property damage, charges of libel, slander, arrest, detention or imprisonment incurred while traveling during an event sponsored and/or booked by Dell-Way Travel. By attending this event, you agree to not hold Dell-Way Travel (or any DWT entity), responsible for any errors or omissions relating to this event. . Dell Way Travel reserves the right to use all client images or likeness in connection with still photography or recorded video.  Attendance at any Dell Way Travel event gives consent to be photographed for use in print or electronic publicity on social media sites.To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will NOT be identified using full names or personal identifying information if we receive documentation from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian, declining to be photographed. If you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please send all request to [email protected] or [email protected] 24hrs. before the event. Please not the itinerary and events planned are subject to change.  DELL WAY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO NOTICE Dell Way Travel retains the right to use all passenger's images and/or likeness in connection with any still photograph, live or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction of the event, in whole or in part. These images may be used for advertising, websites, videos and promotion.  TERMS AND CONDITIONS DELL WAY TRAVEL INC PARTICIPANT’S AGREEMENT The PARADISE ISLAND CRUISE is non-refundable once purchased. There are no refunds for cancellations, regardless of the reason. The payment of your deposit or any other payment or by attending the 2018 Paradise Island Cruise confirms that you accept and agree to these Terms & Conditions including our Cancellation Policies The minimum age for The Paradise Island Cruise is 25 without an accompanying adult. PAYMENT SCHEDULE & PAYMENT PLANSThere is a payment plans available for The Paradise Island Cruise! The date you make your reservation will ultimately determine your total deposit due at the time of booking and the subsequent payment dates.PAY IN FULLYou may pay in full at the time of booking. No additional payments will be needed, unless you later modify your reservation by upgrading/changing your stateroom or by adding additional cabin mates. MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN$100 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for all cabins. $150 is due for single occupancy cabins.$250 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for Specialty cabins. $500 deposit is due for single-occupancy suites. Your monthly payment will NOT automatically charged to your credit card on the first of each month. It is your responsibility to know your due dates; payment reminders will be sent. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan dates, please email us @ [email protected] Name ChangesAll guest NAME changes can be made up until FINAL PAYMENT. (if allowed by the cruise line), and will be assessed the following administrative fees per name change:$50.00 per person, per change for name changes after final payment date of June 22, 2018 (if both parties cancel, name change is not allowed, it will be considered a FULL Cancellation)$100.00 per person, per change for name changes after July 13, 2018 Your cabin number is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the cruise line and/or Dell Way Travel.Cabin Occupancy ChangesRates are based on the number of people in your cabin. Changes in occupancy will result in a rate increase or decrease depending on the type of change. Late Payments & Declined Credit Card Fees A late fee of $10.00 per person will be added to your reservation if your payment is not received by the due dates listed on your invoice. If your reservation is still unpaid after our final payment date, your reservation will automatically be cancelled without refund. DELL WAY TRAVEL CANCELLATION POLICIES ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! There are NO exceptions to our cancellation policies. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance! ALL payments (including your pre-sale deposit) are non-refundable.Cancelling your Paradise Island Cruise reservation:All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Please email [email protected] to cancel your reservations. Dell Way Travel inc and The Paradise Island Cruise cancellation and payment policies supersede that of Carnival Cruise Line and any Carnival Cruise Line staff information or website payment or cancellation terms are invalid. TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS  In the event a category/item is listed at an incorrect price or with incorrect information due to typographical error or error in pricing, Dell Way Travel Inc shall have the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for category/item listed at the incorrect price. Dell Way Travel Inc shall have the right to refuse or cancel any such orders whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged. If your credit card has already been charged for the purchase and your order is canceled, Dell Way Travel inc shall immediately issue a credit to your credit card account in the amount of the charge. PASSPORT & LEGAL DOCUMENTATION NO PASSPORT NEEDED!!  *Currently, only proof of citizenship - Birth Certificate, Green Card and a government issued photo ID is required to cruise to the ports on our schedule. However, passports are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to take this cruise, due to the nature of the itinerary. Without a passport, you will not be permitted to fly into or depart some of the islands by air if necessary, even in case of an emergency.  Although a Passport is NOT required, Carnival Cruise Line and Dell Way Travel Inc strongly recommend that all of our guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel). Having a valid passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation, or to fly back to the U.S. should you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise for any reason. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) stipulates the following information with regards to closed-loop cruises, which are sailings that originate and terminate in the same U.S. Port. Please note that this information could change at any time without notice. U.S. Citizens (including children) taking closed-loop cruises will be able to enter or depart the country with either a valid U.S. Passport - or - Proof of citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate (or a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization), along with government issued photo identification, such as a State issued driver’s license.U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card.Non-U.S. Citizens: You will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or “Green Card”) and any other documentation the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please contact U.S. Immigrations at 1-800-375-5283 to be sure your identification will be satisfactory for both entry into the U.S., and for the cruise. Citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries will require a machine-readable passport valid for the duration of their voyage. For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov. All guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Guests without the requireddocumentation will be denied boarding and no refund will be issued. Please understand that Carnival Cruise Line will strictly enforce this requirement to be in compliance with this important U.S. Government mandate.Dell Way Travel and the other Released Parties (as herein defined) assume no responsibility for advising you of immigration requirements. Non-U.S. citizens, including resident aliens, must contact the appropriate consulates, embassies and/or immigrationoffice(s) to inquire about necessary documentation for the Cruise’s ports of call. Your name, as listed on your travel documents, must exactly match your name as listed on your Cruise documents. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have the proper documents to board the ship. Dell Way Travel and Carnival Cruise Lines are not responsible for denied boarding due to insufficient documents. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SERVICE FEESCarnival Cruise Line charges a mandatory, non-refundable service fee to all passengers for tips/gratuities for ship staff. This is not included in your cruise fare. This fee will be added to your shipboard account by Carnival Cruise Line when you board the ship.Current fees are below; however fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Carnival Cruise Lines:Guests staying in all cabins: ($13.95 per guest per day)Guests staying in Suites: ($15.95 per guest, per day).FUEL SURCHARGESIn the event that the cost of fuel increases between now and the time we sail, Carnival Cruise Line reserves the right to impose a fuel surcharge of up to $11.00 per person per day. Carnival Cruise Line also reserves the right to impose surcharges for government taxes and fees, security, and incidental costs. The surcharges will be added to the passenger’s cabin costs and must be paid in full by the cruise date in order to board the ship. All passengers will be notified via email if such fuel surcharge is added to the cost of your cabin.CANCELLATION OF PARADISE ISLAND  CRUISE BY DELL WAY TRAVEL INC AND/OR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINEIn the event of strike, lockouts, riots or stoppage of labor from whatever causes, or for any other reason whatsoever beyond the control of Paradise Island Cruise / Dell Way Travel inc or Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line in its sole discretion may cancel, advance, or postpone any scheduled sailing or call at any port and may (but is not obligated to) substitute another vessel, and neither Carnival Cruise Line nor Paradise Island Cruise nor Dell Way Travel inc shall be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, or substitution. Thereupon, Carnival Cruise Lines shall return to you, if the Cruise is completely canceled, your cabin fare, prepaid gratuities, cruise line transfers and related taxes and fees, or, if the Cruise is partially canceled, a proportionate part thereof. Under such circumstances, Paradise Island Cruise and Dell Way Travel inc shall have no further liability for damages or compensation of any kind. Please note that the availability of any refund for travel insurance and/or other travel products (airfare, hotel, car rental), even if purchased in conjunction with the Cruise, will be determined in accordance with the applicable cancellation policies for such other products or services. RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARYDell Way Travel inc and/or Carnival Cruise Line reserve the right, at any time, to change the cruise itinerary whenever advisable or necessary. In this case, Dell Way Travel inc and/or Carnival Cruise Line will NOT be responsible for any loss or expenses caused by reason of such changes or abandonment. Refunds will NOT be made to passengers who elect not to complete the cruise for any reason or cause whatsoever. SAFETY WHILE IN PORTS OF CALL AND ONBOARDYou assume sole responsibility for your own safety onboard and in any port of call. Dell Way Travel and Paradise Island Cruise does not guarantee your safety at any time. You may find information about the scheduled ports of call through the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governmental and tourist organizations. Dell Way Travel inc / Paradise Island Cruise and the other Released Parties assume no responsibility for gathering and/or disseminating any such information. You acknowledge that all shore excursions and tours, however conducted, airline flights and ground transportation, and any ship physician, nurse and on board concessions (including, without limitation, gift shops, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, golf and art programs, and video/snorkel concession) are operated by independent contractors. Dell Way Travel inc neither supervises nor controls their actions, nor makes any representation, whether express or implied, as to their suitability. These services are provided only as a convenience for you, and you are free to use or not use them. You agree that Dell Way Travel inc assumes no responsibility, does not guarantee performance and in no event shall be liable for any negligent or intentional acts or omissions, loss, damage, injury or delay to you and/or your property in connection with these services. You use them at your own risk. REFUSAL OF PASSAGEDell Way Travel inc acts only as sales and marketing agent for the purpose of booking travel arrangements on Carnival Cruise Line and various airlines. Dell Way Travel inc expressly disclaims any responsibility for personal injury, property damage, loss, delay, inconvenience, or other matters due to negligence, wrongful acts, errors or omissions on the part of any third party, or any supplier of services of goods or of agents selected by you or your travel agent. Participation on the Cruise may be denied to any person who, in Dell Way Travel inc or Carnival Cruise Line sole discretion: (1) is or becomes in such a condition as to be unfit to travel; (2) is dangerous or obnoxious to others; or (3) is inadmissible under the laws of any country of debarkation. In addition, Dell Way Travel and Carnival Cruise Line reserve the right to refuse passage, disembark or confine to a stateroom any person whose physical or mental condition or behavior they consider, in their sole discretion, to constitute a risk to the person’s own well-being or that of any other person.Dell Way Travel inc shall have no liability to any such person or any third party arising out of any such decision. Any costs resulting from Dell Way Travel and/or Carnival Cruise Line’ decision, including, without limitation, costs of lodging and transportation, shall be the responsibility solely of the person. DECISIONS OF CARNIVAL CRUISE LINEYou will receive Carnival Cruise Line Standard Contract of Passage Terms and Conditions (the “Carnival Cruise Line PASSENGER CONTRACT”) with your Cruise ticket. The Carnival Cruise Line Contract constitutes your agreement with Carnival Cruise Line. The Carnival Cruise Line Contract provide that Carnival Cruise Line may exercise its rights in a variety of matters, including, without limitation: Its right to alter the ship’s course, ports of call, and itinerary, activity and shore excursions, for reasons set forth therein. DELL-WAY TRAVEL, LLC shall not be liable to you or any third party for any claim or cause of action arising, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, out of Carnival Cruise Line’s exercise of any of its rights as provided in the Carnival Cruise Line Terms. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties such as DELL-WAY TRAVEL, LLC shall not be liable to any Cruise passenger for a full or partial refund of any Cruise fare, or for any lodging or transportation expenses, as a result of Carnival Cruise Line’s exercise of its contractual rights. LIQUOR & BEVERAGE POLICYGuests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles .A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard on embarkation day and must be in the guest's carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception - At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day only, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage. All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of this exception are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided.A $15 USD corkage fee, per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, steakhouse or bar. A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle served that was not bought on the premises.Bottled WaterWe know some of our guests are accustomed to bringing on their own supply of bottled water so as part of this policy we have significantly reduced the pricing for (purified) bottled water which will be conveniently delivered directly to your stateroom. Once onboard, the purchase is non-refundable; guests may take home any unopened bottles.Current pricing is as follows:$4.50 USD for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for pre-cruise purchase during the online check-in process within 30 days of sailing.* $4.50 USD (plus gratuity) for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for purchase onboard by contacting Room Service.** Bottled water rates are set by Carnival Cruise Line and subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the cruise line. Purchasing Liquor During the CruiseLiquor purchased onboard and taken home may be subject to Customs duty and must be declared on the Customs Declaration form. Ports of CallAll alcohol purchased in ports will be stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained items will be available for collection in a designated lounge on the morning of debarkation for cruise durations 5 days and less; for cruise durations 6 days and more, alcohol will be delivered to guest staterooms after 7:00pm, the evening prior to debarkation (some exceptions may apply).A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased onboard. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person. LUGGAGE Each guest may bring onboard a reasonable amount of baggage. All luggage must be stored in the passenger’s cabin. Pets, dangerous or illegal items such as weapons, explosives, combustible substances, non-prescription controlled substances, or illegal drugs may not be brought onboard the ship. Any such items shall be surrendered to security at embarkation and may be disposed of at the sole discretion of Carnival Cruise Line. All luggage hand-carried or checked, and your person are subject to security inspections that may involve physical search. Curbside porters are available at the pier during embarkation to take luggage to the vessel. Please be sure each piece of luggage is locked and has a tag listing your name, ship, and stateroom number. Carnival Cruise Line and Dell Way Travel inc assume no responsibility for carry-on luggage. Any luggage left at the pier will be forwarded at the guest’s expense. Claims for luggage loss or damage must be made in writing to debarkation personnel prior to leaving the pier area. All luggage must be stored in the passenger’s cabin.  All luggage hand-carried or checked is subject to search. ZERO TOLERANCE DRUG POLICYDell Way Travel inc and Carnival Cruise Line, have a zero tolerance policy regarding the use, possession, purchase or distribution of illegal controlled substances. Any violation of this policy will result in disembarkation from the vessel as well as the individuals being turned over to the local law enforcement officials for appropriate legal action. In such cases Dell Way Travel inc and Carnival Cruise Line shall not be liable for any refund or other compensation or damages. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SMOKING POLICYCarnival Cruise Line has instituted changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players.Public areas throughout all ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship's management based on the ship's specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children's pool areas. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location.Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages. Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests' perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule. MEDICAL CAREYou assume all risks associated with travel and transportation on the Cruise. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited and/or delayed. You acknowledge that all or part of the Cruise may be in areas where medical care and/or evacuation may not be available. Dell Way Travel inc shall have no responsibility to advance any such costs. W