SEPTEMBER UPDATE - September 14, 2018
We are about 4 months until we sail and we like to give you a important update.
We currently have about 350 booked to join us on this awesome vacation, which is the largest group we ever had.
ROOM TO $500
If you booked your room onboard the last cruise with us, your deposit was $200.
We must get these rooms to $500 so we can pull these bookings into the Group ID
code, so we can allocate space for you to eat with the group. If you do not have
your booking to $500 by Sept 24, we can not guarantee you will eat with the group
for dinner; so please get your payment in ASAP. If you can pay your cruise in full
at this time, you can do so; which helps us process them without having to
process 350+ payments at once. For payments:
You can make payments at any time, for any amount.
Your final payment is due October 5, 2018.
• Name on Card
• Card Number
• Expiration Date
• Billing Zip Code
• Amount to charge
We do NOT need the 3 digit code on that back of the card.
2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK BEFORE WE LOOSE GROUP RATED ROOMS
If you have a friend or family member that is considering going the cruise, you
need to let them know that we will loose our “group rate” rooms on Sept 27, 2018.
These “group rate” rooms are the ones we are promoting on the website and flyers.
After September 27 the rates will be at “prevailing rates”, which in many cases are
double the price. There is also a kids (under 12) sail free promo as well thru the end
of the month. There are not many rooms left on this ship and it is code red. So please have your family/friends book their rooms and hold their spots now.
Note: As we process everyone into the group ID, it will deduct our available rooms to sell, which will happen next week.
We are working to get everyone allocated to 6:00pm dining.
If you prefer to be on 8:00pm dining or My Time, please let us know.
If you like to be a seated with someone, please let us know this week, and
we will do our best to accommodate you. Nothing is guaranteed, but
we will make the request.
If your stateroom shows “GTY”, the room has not been allocated yet.
This process is controlled by Royal Caribbean and we are waiting for them to
allocate everyone’s room. Once we get room numbers allocated, we will send
another booking form with that info out to you. they have to get this done before
we sail, so sit tight and it will fall into place. If there is any critical needs for rooms
(adjoining rooms, locations, deck, etc… ) please let Paulette and I know.
We do not recommend you book the drink packages yet.
We are watching this daily and will send out an update when we think the
sale is worth grabbing. They change the promo all the time and we feel
there will a better deal in the future and we recommend you wait to get the
If you are celebrating a special event (Anniversary, Birthday, etc.. ), please let us know.
At this point, you should have your passport.
Make sure your passport is valid thru February 2019.
If you do not have a passport at this time, you will need
to do this TODAY. With all the holidays coming up, it will be delayed
to get this done and you can not sail without this.
You can go to Walgreen’s and ask for a passport photo and then go to
select post offices and fill out the passport application.
Do not overlook this and make sure you check your passport’s expiration date.
What is your shirt size for each person in your room. Reply to this email.
We have secured numerous hotels for our group, you can book those here:
We are still waiting for links to some of these hotels with group booking codes, so
if a hotel you’re interested in doesn’t have a link, let us know and we’ll update you
a update when they are available. There is a Miami Marathon happening the weekend we are there, so be prepared for limited space at hotels in the downtown area. Also, make sure to read some reviews of hotels you are considering to stay at. A great place to visit the night before is the “Bayside Marketplace”. A excellent outdoor mall of shops, restaurants and live music.
Please let us know what hotel you are booked at.
FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE
If you are on Facebook, please join this page and click yourself as “going”.
This will be a great way for people to interact with each other before we leave.
also - make sure you list it as “going” - https://www.facebook.com/events/1253358458132608/
Many are starting to book their flights to MIAMI for the trip. You can also fly to Ft. Lauderdale, which is about a 45–60 min drive to the pier. If you are in Chicago, you can fly out of O’Hare or Midway.
We have seen flights as low as $111 round trip. Typically any flight $200 or less is best. Paulette is a ninja at getting great airfares. While you will book your flights direct with the airlines, feel free to ask Paulette her tricks. Also, many have asked about times for their flights. We highly suggest you fly in the day before we leave on Friday, January 25, 2019. Weather can be all over the place and it’s
best to allow time to get out of the cold. The ship will want everyone onboard by 3pm Saturday, January 26, 2019. We suggest you get to the pier between 12 noon and 1pm. As for coming home, any flights after 10am (Miami) / 11am(Ft. Lauderdale) should be safe. Ft. Lauderdale airport is much more efficient than Miami’s. The ship will dock back in Miami at 6am Saturday Feb. 2, 2019.
It will take about 30-60 mins for the ship to clear customs and you will be able to walk off the ship with your bags at that time (around 7am) We will discuss this in greater detail at the pre-cruise party.
We are having a very informative pre-cruise dinner party
on Thursday January 10, 2019.
Time is 6pm - 9pm
Location is at Belvidere Banquets in Elk Grove, IL
1170 West Devon • Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 • Phone: (847) 534-0600
This event is only for paid guests that are sailing with us. Please RSVP.
Lastly, check your documents and make sure your name is spelled correctly, and
matches your passport. If there is a problem, let us know so we can fix it.
NEXT UPDATE COMING IN OCTOBER
• FINAL PAYMENT
• CRUISE PLANNER
• ROYAL IQ
• Website - www.ChicagoMusicCruise.com
• Website - www.NTDVacations.com
• Paulette Lewis - firstname.lastname@example.org - 847-774-8677
• Alan McRae - email@example.com - 630-842-9129
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