Mediterranean Geocaching Adventure – Fall 2019

13-day Mediterranean Legends Cruise – October 18-31, 2019

Join Landsharkz and a group of adventurous geocachers as we spend 13-days exploring the Mediterranean on Holland America’s, the ms Koningsdam!  Please see full itinerary and map below. The Ship: Here is a link to the layout of the Koningsdam.

 

Benefits of being 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 private shore excursions (not available through the ship and less expensive than the ship’s!) that take in the sights and also stop for a few geocaches. We’ll allow some time to explore on your own also. Please note – this does not apply to all port stops and will vary from cruise to cruise.
  • Custom pre-built Pocket Queries, largely based on favourite points, ready for the cruise and our private excursions/tours.
  • Group dining so that you can share your adventures with other geocachers in a relaxed meal setting.
  • A private group meet-and-greet on day-one so that everyone gets to know each other and touch-base on some logistics related to the adventure.
  • Ship-board activities on at least one sea-day, for example mini-golf or a scavenger hunt with prizes.
  • Optional evening meet and greets to connect about the day and arrange evening social time.
  • Custom coin and tag, lanyard and geo-luggage tags.
  • 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.
  • Private group wrap-up on the last day to discuss logistics of departure, go over any EarthCaches or Virtuals that might have answers sent by one team for the group, and any last minute discussion points.

Itinerary

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

Highly Recommended:

Oct 16/17th 2019 Rome, Italy
You really need to be in Italy one or two days prior to the cruise to make sure your luggage is in-hand and you are settled in, over jetlag, and ready for adventure! 

Oct 18 2019 Rome, Italy
Transfers to the ship and boarding.

The Cruise:

18 Oct 2019 Depart Rome, Italy on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam at 5:00pm
On-board lifeboat station familiarization
Dinner upon completion – Manhattan Dining Room – Note dinner is at 6:00pm.
Group Meeting – 8pm – Private group Meet and Greet in an event room on the ship (location to be announced) – Please be at this meeting.
Upon Completion – self-familiarization with the ship. Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

19 Oct 2019 Cruising (This is a sea-day, we do not leave the ship)
Afternoon (time to be determined) Optional photography seminar: How to get the most out of your holiday photos by Chris Edley (Mr. Landsharkz)

20 Oct 2019 Dubrovnik, Croatia – Ashore from 9:00am – 10:00pm
Breakfast – Daily 7:00am – 10:00am in the Manhattan Dining Room or any-time at the buffet
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 10:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

21 Oct 2019 Kotor, Montenegro – Ashore from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 5:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm (daily when at sea) – Optional informal group get-together.

22 Oct 2019 Split, Croatia – Ashore from 8:00am – 4:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 4:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm (daily when at sea) – Optional informal group get-together.

23 Oct 2019 Ravenna (San Marino), Italy – Ashore from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm (daily when at sea) – Optional informal group get-together.

24 Oct 2019 Koper, Slovenia – Ashore from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm (daily when at sea) – Optional informal group get-together.

25 Oct 2019 Cruising (This is a sea-day, we do not leave the ship)
Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment – there will be an on-board group activity.

26 Oct 2019 Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Greece – Ashore from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm (daily when at sea) – Optional informal group get-together.

27 Oct 2019 Catania, Sicily, Italy – Ashore from 11:00am – 11:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 11:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment

28 Oct 2019 Valletta, Malta – Ashore from 8:00am – 11:00pm 
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 11:00pm

29 Oct 2019 Cruising (This is a sea-day, we do not leave the ship)
Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment – there will be an on-board group activity.

30 Oct 2019 Naples (Pompeii), Italy.Ashore from 7:00am – 6:00pm
Group excursions to be determined.
Depart 6:00pm – Enjoy Holland America’s on-board entertainment
Group dining 6:00pm
8:00pm Private GroupWrap-up get-together on-board. – location to be determined.

31 Oct 2019 Arrive Rome, Italy at 7:00am
7:00am DISEMBARK – transfer to airport provided for those what want it.

Shore Excursions. 

  • Our group shore excursions are not yet determined for this trip. Some will be Landsharkz’ custom arranged excursions that will allow our group to visit the highlights of our stops, plus visit a few geocaches along the way. Some may be ship-organized excursions.
  •  We may not organize group excursions in all ports, some locations may be best suited to self-guided exploring and geocaching
  • Your cruise pricing does not include any shore excursions. The prices and detailed itineraries for the shore excursions will be updated as further information becomes 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! 
  • Please note, the shore excursions are an optional add-on. Most people participate in the excursions and enjoy them immensely.

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 Package Pricing

Our group package pricing starts at $2699 CDN per person plus taxes and fees for inside cabins for the cruise. This pricing includes the cruise and the exclusive group benefits listed above; it does not include the shore excursions, nor does it include hotels costs the night before the cruise. Our group custom shore excursion arrangements are being sorted out, and details including pricing are being added as they become firm. 

Please note: Special promotions or savings may be available at the time of cabin confirmation, please ask Tara 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. Click here to read about our Group Cruising Costs and Fees.

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 last three cruises, 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 be due in late summer 2019 (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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