This is a women's retreat at sea, over 4 nights (Thursday afternoon to Monday morning, July 19-23).
The ship is the Carnival Valor, sailing from Galveston. You can drive down Wednesday afternoon or evening and stay in a Galveston hotel to decrease your travel stress, or leave early early on Thursday and drive down to arrive around noon or early afternoon. Incidentally, my favorite Galveston hotel is the Quality Inn on the Seawall. (We have to be on board by 3:00 at the latest.)
For those flying in: there is no commercial airport in Galveston, so you'll have to fly into Houston, which has two airports. Hobby (served by Southwest Airlines) is closer to Galveston. If you fly in the day of the cruise, you can use the Carnival shuttle. One-way fare between Bush Intercontinental and the Carnival pier is $47, and between Hobby Airport and the Carnival pier is $37. If you fly in the day before and get a hotel near the airport, you can use the hotel shuttle to go back to the airport in the morning and catch the Carnival shuttle, which only runs on embarkation and debarkation days. Another (and very affordable) possibility are the daily shuttles between the airports and Galveston with Galveston Limo, www.galvestonlimo.com/airport-shuttle.asp
You don't need a passport for this "closed loop" cruise, where we start and end at the same port. Just a copy of your birth certificate.
Here's the schedule:
Here are the per-person double-occupancy prices as of February 4: This includes your room, food and beverage (excluding alcohol), and entertainment. And the retreat sessions!
At the end of the cruise (or in advance, if you prefer), each person pays $12.95 per day gratuity for our cabin steward and dining wait staff.
I'm also asking everyone to send me $50 by June 5, along with your t-shirt size, for retreat expenses.
When you're ready to book:
Call the Groups Department at 866-721-3225
They will ask what dinner seating you want; tell them early dining (6:00).
Any questions? Feel free to ask! firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-977-8301.
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