Caribbean Geocaching Adventure – Winter 2019

 

Ten-day Southern Caribbean Cruise    January 20–30, 2019

Join Landsharkz and a group of adventurous geocachers as we spend ten days exploring the Southern Caribbean on Holland America’s brand new ship, the ms Nieuw Statendam! We are pretty sure the paint will be dry, but this will be an opportunity to experience the nieuwest of the nieuw while we light up the geocaching map in some exciting destinations! 

We have been able to secure some great group pricing – Inside cabins start at $1609 CDN! 

 

Why be part of our Group?

We (Helen and Chris – Landsharkz) love traveling and exploring new places; we also love to find a few caches along the way while we take in the sights and experience new cultures. More than this though, we love to share our adventures with friends old and new! We like to make the adventure awesome for the folks that join us, so we do a few things to make the experience special. For example, as part of our group, you will be able to join us for:

  • Customized shore excursions (some not available through the ship) that take in the sights and also stop for a few geocaches (we’ll leave you some time to explore on your own also).
  • Custom pre-built Pocket Queries, largely based on favourite-points, ready for the cruise
  • Group dining so that you can share your adventures with other geocachers in a relaxed meal setting.
  • A meet-and-greet on day-one so that everyone gets to know each other and touch-base on some logistics related to the adventure.
  • Optional evening meet and greets to connect about the day and arrange evening social time.
  • Free custom coin and tag, lanyard and geo-luggage tags for our fellow adventurers.
  • Option to pre-order trackable group T-shirt with your name and personal tracking number if you have one. (leave your metal name-tag at home)
  • Photography Seminar by Chris Edley to help you get the best out of your travel photos.

Itinerary

This itinerary is broken into two parts, the Highly Recommended and the Cruise.

Highly Recommended:

Jan 19th 2019 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You really need to be in Fort Lauderdale at least one day (preferably more) prior to the cruise to make sure your luggage is in-hand and you are settled in and ready for adventure! We are arranging a block-booking at a Fort Lauderdale hotel for the night of the 19th to get the group together. Our booking will include a shuttle to the cruise ship the next day.
Geocaching Event near hotel at 7:00pm

Jan 20 2019 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
9:30am Meet at hotel for group introduction and orientation.
10:00am Optional seminar (at hotel): How to get the most out of your holiday photos by Chris Edley (Mr. Landsharkz)
10:30am – 2:00pm Self directed time and shuttle-runs to cruise ship terminal

The Cruise:

20 Jan 2019 Depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam at 5:00pm
On-board life-boat station familiarization
Dinner upon completion – Manhatten Dining Room – Note dinner is at 6:00pm on other days.
Self-directed evening to familiarize yourself with the ship

21 Jan 2019 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas – Ashore from 8:00am – 3:00pm
Breakfast – Daily 7:00am – 10:00am in the Manhatten Dining Room or any-time at the buffet
Lunch on board – daily 12:00pm – 2:30pm in the Manhatten Dining Room or any-time at the buffet
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 3:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

22 Jan 2019 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos – Alongside from 11:00am – 6:00pm
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

23 Jan 2019 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic – Ashore from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

24 Jan 2019 Cruising (This is a sea-day, we do not leave the ship)
Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

25 Jan 2019 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Ashore from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

26 Jan 2019 Willemstad, Curacao – Ashore from 7:00am – 11:00pm
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 11:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

27 Jan 2019 Oranjestad, Aruba – Ashore from 7:00am – 5:00pm
Shore excursion – see important note below.
Depart 5:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

28 & 29 Jan 2019 Cruising (These are sea-days, we do not leave the ship)
Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
We will be arranging a wrap-up meet and greet onboard on the 29th of Jan.

30 Jan 2019 Arrive Fort Lauderdale at 7:00am

Shore excursions. 

  • Landsharkz are currently arranging shore excursions which will likely be a mix of cruise-line based excursions plus some custom shore excursions that will allow our group to visit the highlights of our stops, plus visit a few geocaches along the way.
  • Half Moon Cay is Holland America’s private island. We will not be arranging a group shore excursion here. There are a multitude of activities ashore, and access to the shore is by the ship’s tender. 
  • The posted cruise price does not include the shore excursions. The prices and detailed itineraries for these excursions will be shared with the cruise participants as soon as the details are available.
  • We will make sure there is time at each port for group members to explore on their own if they wish.
  • If you have a non-geocacher accompanying you, please let them know they will not be bored! We’ll be grabbing a few caches along the way, but these tours will have a strong focus on the culture and the experience of the destination! 

Geocaching

This is a cruise adventure designed for geocachers, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be trying to get as many caches as we can at each stop. Our adventures are all about exploring the destinations, taking in the culture and the food, stopping to smell the roses and recording our adventures with some photo-stops. Along the way, we’ll stop to find a few geocaches… usually seeking out the ones with lots of favourite points! Many of our past group members have travelled with non-geocaching companions – we’ve had consistent excellent reviews from cachers and non-cacher-companions alike!

Group Pricing

Our group pricing starts at $1609 CDN plus taxes and fees for inside cabins for the cruise. This pricing does not include the shore excursions, nor does it include hotels costs the night before the cruise (this will be approximately $200 CDN and will include breakfast, exact pricing to be confirmed). Our group custom shore excursion details are being sorted out currently and details including pricing will be available soon.

The Ship: Here is a link to the layout of the Nieuw Statendam.

Please note: Special promotions or savings may be available at the time of cabin confirmation, please enquire at the time of booking if you qualify for a sale or promotion on your chosen cabin.

Gratuities, drinks, air travel, spending money and insurance are not included – medical insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

Reserve now!

We have a limited number of cabins block-reserved for our group, but Holland America will take unbooked cabins from our reservation if they need them for other cruisers.  On our 2016 Alaska cruise, we had people that could not join us because they decided to join us after the ship was fully booked. These cruises fill up fast, so reserve your place now by paying a refundable reservation fee. Final payment will due in the summer/fall of 2018 (exact date to be determined).

To reserve, contact Tara Bradley (this is the only way to be part of our Group):

email: tara.bradley@marlintravel.ca

Phone: (250) 748-2594  or toll-free: 1-800-748-2594

 

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