Overnight Weekend Party Cruise (Vancouver to Seattle)

A couple of years ago we did one of the overnight / re-positioning cruises on Princess and it's time to do it again!  This time we'll try out Holland America ms Oosterdam.  This a great event for solo travelers, people wanting to get a taste of cruising and/or a short getaway - for foodies, party people, etc. After attending a AAA Cruise show in January, Cynthia and Claudette are gung-ho to do this short cruise with Meetup and share the fun. There's a lot of info below, please read all the details before asking questions. A Passport is required for this trip. Sorry - Enhanced Washington Driver Licenses are not enough for cruises.

If you want to join us, act fast! These May cruises tend to book up quickly.
Guests are welcome, the more the merrier!!

Why do an overnight cruise?: This is a great way to dip a toe into the water, without a big investment of time and money. We'll board in time for dinner, maybe even a late lunch, and have breakfast on board when we dock in Seattle - and the food tends to be GREAT.  While the food is a big part of cruising, the night life and dancing on these overnight cruises can be a great thing as well (depending on the ships schedule - which we should get info on closer to the sailing time).  Check out the activities available on the last overnight cruise we did in 2010:  Cruise Activities-sample.  And don't forget your swim suit -there are pools and hot tubs to lounge in and around - last time Claudette was in 3 of the 4 hot tubs.  ;)

Price: We have a block of cabins held for us.  Here are the prices for the different cabin types at double occupancy.

  • Interior cabins @ $99 ($162.63 w/ tax & fees per person)
  • Oceanview cabins @ $129, $139, $149 ($192.63, $202.63, $212.63 w/ tax & fees per person
  • Verandah/Balcony cabins @ $179 ($242.63 w/ tax & fees per person)

When you think about it, prices aren't that bad for a night on the town, out of town! Lodging, Lunch, Dinner (fine dining at that!), breakfast, some drinks (wine, cocktails, etc.), night clubs and other activities. Not to mention once you’ve done this cruise, you can get discounts on future cruises. :D

How to book: Contact our travel agent Rosemarie and book under the group name - "Eastside Social/Meetup".

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  • The info needed:1) Your passport, 2) Address and phone number, 3) Cabin type, 4) Note Meetup group name, 5) Name of roommate or if you need one.

Don't worry if you don't have someone to join you. This will be a multi-meetup event so more people will be attending that what you see RSVPd here.  We will also do our best to get everyone roommates from the same Meetup based on Gender and Cabin type before matching you with someone from another Meetup.  If you already know who you want as a roommate or need one, please say so when you book your ticket through our travel agent.

Want meet some of the other cruise go-ers? Join us for VIP Happy Hour Saturday, 4/13.  Click here to RSVP and for more details: http://www.meetup.com/socialnetwork-1351/events/112540132/

** See the complete list of who's going, cabin and dinner assignments at:
http://files.meetup.com/1507210/Meetup%20Cruise%20List.xlsx

And if we have a good time, perhaps we'll want to plan a longer 3 day Pacific coast cruise or 7 day Caribbean cruise later on in the year.

Transportation: The two modes of transportation that come to mind are the Bolt Bus and the Amtrak train.

  • The Bolt Bus is a very economical and easy way to get from Seattle to Vancouver. The schedules and prices are posted on the website 4-6 weeks before the departure date. And the prices tend to be better the earlier you book. Looks like the 10am departure is the best option, which arrives in Vancouver at 2pm for the 4:45 sailing. However, for those of us who would like to err on the side of caution and arrive earlier, there is a 6:30 am Seattle departure that will arrive in Vancouver at 10:30AM. The price for this one way ticket should be about $15.
  • The Amtrak Cascades train is another option for those of us who enjoy the waterfront views as the train wends its way up to Vancouver  (took this the last time). This fare is normally $36-40 (or more the closer you get to the date of departure). Amtrak ay still be running a $29 special. See options of 6:30am or 7:40am departures to arrive in Vancouver by noon, just in time for lunch.

Credentials: Since this is technically an international cruise, a Passport is required. Unfortunately an enhanced Washington Driver License will not be enough.

For those who need a passport or renewal: Seattle has a designated Passport Agency office where expedited passports can be obtained. There is a $60 fee to expedite. Takes 5 days to 3 weeks depending on your travel schedule.
http://travel.state.gov/passport/npic/agencies/agencies_901.html

Want to head up Friday? A group of us will be heading out Friday morning and afternoon. We'll be staying at Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park.  You can use comments to coordinate getting a room with other group members.  You can also join us for dinner at the popular India restaurant Vij's around 5 or 6pm. See more details like all attending Meetups, Friday travelers and other lodging options, download word doc at: http://bit.ly/CruiseMeetup

**Also see the note from Rhonda (click hyperlink to open word doc) about Friday's nights plans and how to catch up with her, Claudette and the rest of the group.

More details to come: Such as when and where we'll meet on the ship, onboard activities, etc.  If you'd like to coordinate travel up, please post a comment.

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  • Claudette

    Hey all, just wanted to give you a heads up that we're planning 1 and 3 night cruise events (can also combine the 2) for Sept. Check out the details at: http://www.meetup.com/BonVoyage/events/118238412/

    Also wanted to check again to see if anyone happened to find my camera and hopefully just hadn't gotten around to letting me know. Please do. And in the interim, if you haven't post pics yet, please do. I would, but...

    June 1, 2013

  • Claudette

    Remember to post your photos - especially since I lost my camera with all my shots.
    **Say did anyone come across an extra camera when unpacking? It's a Fujifilm- please let me know if you did-thx!** I'm compiling all the photos in the album on http://www.meetup.com/BonVoyage/photos/14742872. Stop by and check them all out and other Bon Voyage events and travels. Looking into the repositioning cruises this Fall if the interest is there. RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BonVoyage/events/118238412

    May 9, 2013

  • Claudette

    The 1st 25 photos were taken by JP (thanks JP!!). He has more and I'll post the link to his website when it's ready. Enjoy!

    May 5, 2013

  • Claudette

    Thank you all for such a great time. You were a great group - makes me want to do this again! Happy to announce I hit al 5 hot tubs. Sad to say I lost my camera - if you happened to pick it up for me, please, please, please let me know. Have some great photos on it to share with you. For you can visit the other pages (see http://bit.ly/CruiseMeetup for links) to see photos posted by members. Also be sure to check out my newest Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/BonVoyage for more travel ventures like Vegas and 50% off at a Cabo resort!

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    brilliant t of fun and met a lot of wonderful people

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Linda B

    Will be in Vancouver late tonight. Let us know where you will be after dinner and we will meet up with everyone.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK hope that I get all things together I will take the Friday 4 PM Amtrak Bus and hope to get a room at Rosellen Suites

    April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just check via web site the room sice and there is space for three.;-)

      May 3, 2013

    • Katrina

      :) see you on the bus tonight... :D

      May 3, 2013

  • Claudette

    Final Note from your Hostess, Claudette:
    Wow, we have 52 people! The "HUDSON" is specially reserved for us from 3-6:30 where you can check yourself off the list & pick up a Meetup sticker to wear so you can find each other on the ship.
    **Meet back in this room at 6pm for a pre-dinner happy hour - BYOB & to meet the group.**

    **Change for dinner** Just learned the ship has done away w/ the dining times (also happened last time). So we'll all have dinner together, requested 6:30pm in the formal dining room. See the newly added Cruise List in the event details for more info. I've set tables up by groups & to spread the guys around so they're not all at one table. If you're not sitting w/ your friends, that's okay - make new ones. Anything else, again read the event details. Also see comments in the other invited groups. Ok, still have work to finish up tonight, plan my costume changes then pack & maybe have dinner & sleep. Sleep??? LOL. I'm too freaking excited to sleep.

    May 2, 2013

  • Katrina

    FYI - I will have a working cell phone in US and Canada. Anyone else??? I was able to get it setup via verizon for just the weekend/week. :D

    May 2, 2013

  • Katrina

    What is the roommate status for Fri Night?? 2 girls needing hotel :P

    May 2, 2013

  • Katrina

    Hi - late but hoping there is still space available. Checking now (fingers crossed)...

    April 28, 2013

    • Katrina

      We are in and I am excited - I have not had a REAL vacation in a long time. much needed. Thankyou Claudette for setting this up. it should be Awesome!!! :D

      May 2, 2013

  • Claudette

    ***Another note from your TA, Rosemarie***

    Just wanted to send a quick note to you, to email me back, when you have received and reviewed your documents. This expedites your check-in process, at the dock, thus the reason to have your passport numbers, issue and expiration dates, at time of booking.

    If you are not certain that you gave me all your details, send me a separate, personal email, with the info. It is better for me, to receive it again, than not have it.

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    I will be doing a final review, tomorrow, Fri, 5/3, to make sure everyone’s passport details are submitted to the cruise line.

    May 2, 2013

  • Claudette

    Hi Cruisers... Friendly message from your TA, Rosemarie...

    1) The most important docs to have with you, prior to cruise check-in, your passport and the 1st page of your documents, with your cabin details, etc... Also, your credit card, to settle your bill, for your added expenses.

    2) For the folks heading up on Fri, 5/3, if you do not receive your mailed documents, by the end of the day today, Thu, 5/2, you will receive an emailed one. If you do not have it by Fri, 5/3, contact me,[masked]-3640. I will get it to you, before you leave.

    3) For the folks headed up on Sat, 5/4, same message, as above.

    4) For the folks headed up on Sat, 5/4, Bolt Bus, 1000am. So far, there's 4 for us, that I know of, who are scheduled for this departure. I can put a meetup sign on my bag, so you can find the group of us. You can also call or email me, so I can look out for you, at the station.

    May 2, 2013

  • Claudette

    I've updated the Friday-goers file/link in the event details with more people going and those still looking or open for roommates.

    May 2, 2013

  • Claudette

    Heads up, if you go to the Holland America website, you can do a virtual tour of the rooms on the Oosterdam. They have lovely fluffy white robes shown hanging up in each room (for those of you going to the hot tub) - http://www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/CruiseDetails.action?destCode=L&voyageCode=O320B

    May 1, 2013

  • Claudette

    Just added to the event details "Note from Rhonda", who arranged dinner for those going up on Friday. Check it out. Also with the weather forecasted to be so nice- don't forget to bring your swim suit - I just bought a new 2 piece! FYI - if I get wi-fi, I may be able to check email via my phone (click on my photo to email me). Otherwise, see you on the ship. I'll let you know when and where the group will all meet on-board when that's firm. So can't wait and thrilled we have real cruise weather this weekend!!!

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Claudette

    Have a couple of updates for the group for our cruise this weekend - Yay! And the weather forecast shows sun and upper 60's to 70's. Love it!
    ~Boarding starts at noon
    ~Safety drill around 3:45/4pm
    ~Departure at 4:45pm
    ~Early Dinning 5:45pm
    ~Late Dinning 8pm
    ~Arrival 7-7:30am Sunday

    Looking to have a quick group Meet and Group around 5:15-5:30pm. Also, instead of dictating the time for dinning, click like on the comments below for your preference. I say preference since I'm not sure if we can change, but we can try. Please select one by Wednesday. I also have a couple of t-shirts, pins and for all Meetup tags so we can ID other Meetup members as well mingle about. Any questions, please post by Thursday. I will be offline Friday until we return Sunday. No phone either.

    One last thing - does anyone have a copy of events from a previous Holland 1-night cruise to share? Please email me (click my photo). Thanks!

    April 30, 2013

  • Claudette

    2 weeks (+1) and counting. Already hearing people planning parties for the hot tub, getting together for dinner and more. Just wanted to provide you a quick update. 1) We'll be able to board the ship around 11am-noon. 2) Meetup's sending us some stickers/buttons/t-shirts for us to wear to find others in our 45+ group. I'll update you on when/where we can all meet on the ship, dinner groupings and more the closer we get. Reminder, use the link under the Friday section in the event details to check out the other group and see comments of who's going when to meet up with other Meetup goers on the bus or train.

    April 19, 2013

  • anthony

    SOUNDS LIKE THE THING TO DO WHERE DO I SIGN UP

    April 12, 2013

    • Claudette

      It's all in the event details, of course. ;)

      April 19, 2013

  • Claudette

    I've updated the list of those going up Friday, who's looking for a roommate and places to stay. See the file under "Want to head up Friday?".

    Hope to see you at the happy hour this Saturday (see comments/event details for more info)! Yay - our travel agent Rosemarie will be attending to, so get to meet her in person as well!

    April 10, 2013

  • Claudette

    Hey Folks - we're doing a Pre-Overnight Weekend Party Cruise Happy Hour PARTY next Saturday at Blue Martini. If you'd like to meet the other cruise goers, learn more bout the trip, etc. come join us. Those who have already booked will get a special treat! RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/socialnetwork-1351/events/112540132/

    Open to guests you'd like to have join you on the cruise. Just make sure you've RSVPd for them here, too.

    April 3, 2013

  • Claudette

    Say, anyone want to head up the day before? About a dozen of us are staying at Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park 1 mile from the terminal and got a suite for 6 people which comes to $50/per. Check out that place. We plan to take the 1pm bus up and have dinner at VIJ's Indian restaurant. You all are welcome to join us.

    March 15, 2013

    • Claudette

      Posting a list of Meetups going on cruise in the event details and those who've noted they may want to go up to help people coordinate better.

      April 1, 2013

  • Claudette

    The Bolt Bus has posted schedules! Book early to get a seat as the price goes up the more tickets are sold. Note at minimum this route has taken me three hours. (FYI a group of us are heading up 10am Friday if you want to join us.)

    For Amtrak travelers, note that construction along the route may also add time to your journey. See link and other info for travel/lodgings in the event details.

    Boarding on Holland starts as early as 11-11:30am (just in time for lunch) - plan to be there by 3pm at the latest to board for the 4:45pm departure time. More updates to come. ~Cynthia and Claudette

    April 1, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Does a passport card (credit card size) work in luie of a passport?

    April 1, 2013

    • Claudette

      Hey Dennis: Check the link in the Credentials section of the event details if you haven't already. That's the official site and it should tell you or contact our travel agent.

      April 1, 2013

  • Carmen A.

    only me

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone! For those of you who RSVP'ed yes and have already made your reservations.....WOOOO HOOO!!!!!!......WELCOME TO THE PARTY! :-D

    For the the rest of the party people, you should know that we have SIX spaces left in our block of reserved rooms. If you don't want to miss the boat, contact Rosemarie by Friday 3/15/13 to make your arrangements so you can be guaranteed a space.

    March 14, 2013

  • Carmen A.

    there will be two of us

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of our fellow cruise enthusiasts reported that PCC may have vouchers for companion fares on Amtrak. If the one way fares are eligible, buying two tickets and splitting the savings may make the transportation to Vancouver a bit easier on the pocketbook.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Party People! I am excited to see your enthusiasm and interest. I am looking forward to meeting you and partying Holland America style.

    Here are a few updates:

    DEADLINE
    o At this writing, we have 12 people confirmed and many more of you that Have said that you are interested. SO to give the people who haven’t done so already a chance to join in on the fun, the deadline has been extended to March 15, 2013. Please contact our travel agent to make your arrangements/book your space at[masked] or [masked].

    TRANSPORTATION NOTE
    o I recently took a jaunt up to Vancouver on the Bolt Bus. It was a clean, inexpensive and pleasant way to travel. I bought my tickets two days in advance for a total of $42 ($19 Sea-Vanc, $22 Vanc-Sea plus a $1 handling fee) online.

    More to come!

    February 27, 2013

  • Harold R

    I will be in Europe.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will check it out Melissa thanks

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Shannon - Seattle has a designated Passport Agency office where expedited passports can be obtained. There is a $60 fee to expedite. Takes 5 days to 3 weeks depending on your travel schedule.
    http://travel.state.gov/passport/npic/agencies/agencies_901.html

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure if my passport will be ready by then. I think it takes 60 days or so to process??

    February 21, 2013

    • Claudette

      I got mine in a couple of weeks, but it was a renewal - after the grace period. I can't say, but doesn't hurt to check. But cabins may book up before then, check with our travel agent for options. Good luck - hope it works out. :)

      February 21, 2013

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