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".
- Email: [masked].
- 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:
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.
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.