- Expedition 4: Caribbean Horizons (Bill Newton, GM Berrow, Dustykatt, FoalPapers)
(CAN'T MAKE IT? Please consider becoming a sponsor (http://seabronies.com/tiers/)! Sponsors get awesome swag (including many exclusive items), and sponsors who do not attend the cruise get $40 in extra store credit instead of their cruise dues. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS ARE LIVE! Go to http://seabronies.com/booking = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Departing from Miami on Sunday, December 8, *2019* (yes, NEXT year), SeaBronies Expedition 4 will take us to three ports of call across the Caribbean, in three different countries (a new SeaBronies record!): Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; and finally a return to Cozumel, Mexico (which we previously visited on Expedition 2). It's like a Caribbean sampler platter! Rounding off the itinerary are two days at sea, which past cruisers know are just as fun as port days, offering community gatherings and tons of fun aboard ship. Full itinerary details are available at http://seabronies.com/e4cruise Joining us will be a record FOUR guests of honor: Voice actor BILL NEWTON, author and episode writer G. M. BERROW, and beloved fandom figures DUSTYKATT and FOAL PAPERS! Sound awesome? Of course it does! Fair warning: This is going to be our LAST cruise with VIPs, so if you want to cruise with the hashtag-horse-famous crowd, this is probably your last shot! This time, we're sailing on Carnival's biggest and newest (as of today) ship, the Carnival Horizon! You can learn more about this incredible vessel at https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/carnival-horizon.aspx. (This will be our third event with Carnival, and the largest vessel we've ever sailed on.) The #1 question we get asked: "How much does it cost?" $576 per person to Carnival for the cruise itself, and $40 to us for dues. (To get this price, you'll need a roomie, but we can help you find one). And FOOD IS INCLUDED! BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Go to http://seabronies.com/booking HOTEL BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS ARE: Coming within a few weeks! Want the best place to discuss this cruise with SeaBronies crew and fellow cruisers? JOIN OUR DISCORD! Simply go to http://seabronies.com/discord and it'll take you to our standing open invite. HAVING PROBLEMS? Email us! We can be reached at [masked]. Our head organizer can be reached at [masked].
- 2019 land excursion: Ponies Plunder Las Pegasus
Avast! Get ready for the shore leave to end them all! The SeaBronies are taking Las Pegasus by storm! That’s right— VEGAS, BABY! The original party city is about to get a whirlwind of activity this coming summer from May 31 to June 3 – that’s Friday to Monday— as SeaBronies presents its 2019 shore excursion. Previous trips have taken us to the world-famous theme parks of Orlando, but this time, we’re taking Sin City to party down, Pinkie-style! We will be staying on the fabulous and glittering Las Vegas Strip, in the New York-New York hotel (“the Greatest City in Las Vegas”). This will keep us close to all the 24/7 action! (Want a more affordable room? A group will also be staying at the Excalibur hotel right next door, connected to New York-New York via elevated walkway.) And did we mention our group hangout will be THE PENTHOUSE SUITE at the New York-New York? We'll have plenty of video games and card games, and the largest suite in the house— enough room for the whole group to hang out! Specific activities are still in the planning stage, but right now we’re looking at checking out some of the better shows (Penn & Teller, anyone?) hitting up the local buffets, a night of casino hopping, and going off the strip for some really offbeat and interesting attractions. We may even work in a trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon, since we’re in the neighborhood. Best of all, our members help us decide what activities we do, so if you’ve got a great idea, chime in! Sounds like fun? We’d love to have you join us, and it’s easy. Just head on over to seabronies.com/vegas for all the details and to RSVP. Then, come join our Discord at seabronies.com/discord, and join the #vegas_trip_chat channel. Don’t have anyone to share a room with? No problem! The Discord channel is a great place to find a roommate, get all your questions answered, and plan for upcoming expeditions, including our big Caribbean-wide cruise coming up in December 2019!
- Expedition 3: The Alaskan Experiment (Featuring NICOLE OLIVER)
(CAN'T MAKE THESE DATES? Please consider becoming a sponsor (http://seabronies.com/tiers/)! Sponsors (http://seabronies.com/tiers/) get awesome swag (including many exclusive items), and sponsors (http://seabronies.com/tiers/) who do not attend the cruise get $40 in extra store credit instead of their cruise dues.) (READY TO BOOK? PLEASE CLICK HERE! (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/50640039)) SeaBronies once again ups the ante: This time, we’re heading NORTH TO ALASKA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSt0NEESrUA)! Our longest (7 days) expedition yet, and the first departing from a foreign port (Vancouver), this northern trek is sure to produce beautiful photos and even more beautiful memories! This cruise departs from Vancouver, BC on May 25th, 2018 and concludes in Seward, AK on June 1, 2018. We will be taking a bus or train back from Seward to Anchorage airport, from whence we will all travel home. We're delighted to announce a truly “stellar” VIP guest for our upcoming cruise from Vancouver in May: Ms. Nicole Oliver (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0646955/)! That’s right— last time (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/227805188/) we partied with Peter New and Jenn Blake; this time, we’ll soirée with the voice of the Princess of the Sun herself! (Not to mention everypony’s favorite teacher, Cheerilee!) Everyone will have the opportunity to attend meals, events, and even an epic shore excursion with Ms. Oliver, but our generous sponsors (http://seabronies.com/tiers/) will get access to even more (including a sponsors-only panel (http://seabronies.com/tiers/) and swanky high-tier cocktail parties and dinners (http://seabronies.com/tiers/)). Plus, every level of sponsor (http://seabronies.com/tiers/) gets awesome SeaBronies swag, much of which is not available anywhere else! Please consider becoming one of our amazing sponsors (http://seabronies.com/tiers/). Just like last time, this Expedition was far-and-away the favorite in this year’s poll (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/polls/1239655/). Apparently, everyone loves Alaska-- and why not? It’s truly stunning. Our staff has been on similar itineraries before, and this is truly set to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all. This incredible 7-night cruise aboard the lovely Celebrity Millenium (http://www.celebritycruises.com/ships/celebrity-millennium) will take us from Vancouver (home of the amazing team that created MLP:FiM, incidentally!) to a number of awesome Alaskan ports of call. After traversing the Inside Passage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Passage) the first day, we will arrive at the quaint fishing town of Ketchikan, “the salmon capital of the world (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketchikan,_Alaska)” and Alaska’s southernmost city. Following that, our voyage will take us to Icy Strait Point (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icy_Strait_Point), a tourist destination owned by a company held by Alaskan Natives which preserves the history of the local Tlingit peoples (and is a jumping-off point for a number of exciting shore excursions, including the ZipRider (http://ziprider.com/rides/icy-strait-point/), claimed as the longest and highest zipline in the world). For the full itinerary, click here ()! And that’s still just the halfway point! The next day, we take the fun to the state capital of Juneau (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneau,_Alaska), Alaska’s third-most-populous city and also the third-largest city in the United States. What? That’s confusing? You see, it’s the third-largest in terms of area, with its 3,255 square miles making the city itself larger than Delaware or Rhode Island! (Did we mention Alaska is BIG (http://www.alaska.org/maps)?) An “island city”, Juneau is unique in that all people and goods must arrive by air or sea-- the city is not connected to the North American road network at all. After Juneau, the next day takes us to Skagway (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skagway,_Alaska), a historic former Gold Rush town (you didn’t know Alaska had a gold rush? You do now! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klondike_Gold_Rush)) with a lovely downtown shopping district and massive Gold Rush-era advertisements painted right on the surrounding cliffs (). This is also the starting point for our first planned shore excursion, a trip on the incredible White Pass & Yukon Route (https://wpyr.com/) heritage railway. Truly not to be missed if you can spare the dosh (approximately $100 per person), this “railway made of gold” travels over a breathtaking route on restored tracks dating back to the 1800s, featuring jaw-dropping views of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and more. Climbing 3000 feet in just under 20 miles and billed as Alaska’s #1 shore excursion, our staffers have been on this one before, and we’re incredibly excited to return! The following day, we depart from the realm of cities and towns altogether, to visit one of Alaska’s many great natural wonders, Hubbard Glacier (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubbard_Glacier). Hubbard routinely calves off icebergs the size of a ten-story building, and is so large and slow that it takes 400 years for ice to traverse its 76-mile span. Finally, the cruise ends in scenic Seward, Alaska (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward,_Alaska), a fishing village surrounded by several of Alaska’s gorgeous wildlife refuges and national parks including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenai_National_Wildlife_Refuge), the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Maritime_National_Wildlife_Refuge), the Chugach National Forest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chugach_National_Forest) and the Kenai Fjords National Park (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenai_Fjords_National_Park). Stay tuned to this space, for we’ll work on planning at least one excursion into the surrounding natural majesty that day. (Note that we’ll find a place to drop off and store our luggage; Seward is the final stop on this cruise.) Transport from Seward home will be available via several options (details will be provided soon, and we will assist in planning at least one optional group departure): Trains and buses are available to Anchorage (home of the Anchorage International Airport (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Stevens_Anchorage_International_Airport) with plenty of flights back to the “lower 48”), or for a more adventurous option, air taxis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_taxi) are available for charter from little Seward Airport (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_Airport) to Anchorage. WHEW! What a trip! Ship is the CELEBRITY MILLENIUM (http://www.celebritycruises.com/ships/celebrity-millennium). This will be our first group voyage on a Celebrity vessel (although at least one of our staffers has traveled with Celebrity before.) Our complete cruising itinerary (with ports of call) is below; note that the times listed for Hubbard Glacier are for a scenic cruise-by, NOT a disembarkation. OUR CONVENTION HOTEL IS THE "ENGLISH BAY HOTEL (https://englishbayhotel.com/)". Just a couple miles from the docks, yet far enough out of the way to provide an authentic local experience, this West End (https://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/neighbourhoods/west-end/) hotel is convenient to beautiful Stanley Park and bustling Davie Village (Vancouver's LGBT hub). Rooms are terrifically affordable, so please book now (https://englishbayhotel.com/) while there is still availability! More information on the cruise is available HERE (http://seabronies.com/e3cruise). READY TO BOOK? GO HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS!!! Please FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO BOOK. (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/50640039) Anyone who books using any other method, we cannot guarantee will be able to obtain our group benefits! IMPORTANT PASSPORT INFORMATION: A passport is REQUIRED for this voyage. Information on applying for a passport is HERE (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html). Please note that OBTAINING A PASSPORT CAN TAKE WEEKS. Don't put this off: If you're interested in traveling with us, start the process TODAY (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html)! If you need to obtain a passport at the relative "last minute", we have worked with the excellent folks at Travel Visa Pro (https://www.travelvisapro.com/) in San Francisco; they can get you your passport in less than a week, but it's not cheap and it IS highly stressful. So get your passport the slow way (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html) today!
- 2017 land excursion: Return of Florida Mare
IT'S BACK! Just like last year, we're doing a "land excursion!" Since our upcoming cruise on Expedition 3 is even further from the East Coast, we're reprising last year's (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/228003084/) epic Walt Disney World trip— this time, with even MORE epic! It's a week long! But don't worry— all days are optional, and we'll schedule the most important and unique events around the weekend for those who can't make it all days. This being a SeaBronies expedition, we'll have our share of nautical-themed activities! Last year, we attended a one-day casino cruise on Victory Casino Cruises (http://victorycasinocruises.com/about-us), puttered about Disney World on the famous "Friendship" boats, and of course enjoyed a ride on "Pirates of the Caribbean". This year, we'll reprise all those activities, plus we hope to up the ante by adding a day excursion aboard a rented pontoon boat (availability TBA). With our crew of former Disney annual pass holders (and maybe a former Disney cast member or two), we know all the best spots in Walt Disney World, and we can help you save money on your trip too! We'll also provide assistance in finding roommates as well, to squeeeeeeeeze that vacation dollar! SCHEDULE: Thursday 11/30: Sea World (optional) Friday 12/1: Victory Casino Cruises (http://victorycasinocruises.com/about-us/) cruise from Port Canaveral, departs 11AM Saturday 12/2: Magic Kingdom Sunday 12/3: Hollywood Studios & Mini Golf Tournament! Monday 12/4: Epcot Tuesday 12/5: Animal Kingdom Wednesday 12/6: Universal Studios & Go-Kart race (last few days are "bonus" days for those who can stay longer) Thursday 12/7: Islands of Adventure (last few days are "bonus" days for those who can stay longer) Friday 12/8: Free Day (last few days are "bonus" days for those who can stay longer) (DON'T FORGET OUR 'MANE' EVENT— EXPEDITION 3 (https://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/238045657/)!)
- Expedition 3 CRUISE PRESELECTION!
It's that time again! Hot on the heels of our awesome Expedition 2, now it's time to pre-select our cruise venue for EXPEDITION 3! Meeting time is: 6PM PACIFIC TIME, Saturday, January 14 7PM MOUNTAIN TIME Saturday, January 14 8PM CENTRAL TIME, Saturday, January 14 9PM EASTERN TIME, Saturday, January 14 EVERYONE is invited to attend. This meeting will be conducted via AUDIO in the SeaBronies Discord at https://discord.gg/X5c6E2w. Join channel #expedition3 to get instructions for how to join the meeting. (If you lack a microphone, that's okay! Just listen in via headphones or speakers, and you can vote via Discord's text chat in the #expedition3 channel.) As per past meetings, this is ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE— staffers and non-staffers have precisely equal say here! We will be meeting to whittle down the list of qualifying cruises (Those being not Carnival, $500 or less choices will be selected as candidates for our meetup.com poll which will decide our final cruise venue for 2018! PLEASE RSVP if you plan on attending!
- Expedition 2: Daring Do & the Marevelous Mayans
(CAN'T MAKE THESE DATES? Please consider buying some merchandise (http://seabronies.com/merch) and/or supporting our Patreon (http://patreon.com/seabronies), both of which help to keep our dues at their present low level!) SeaBronies gears up for its most ambitious voyage yet, which will take us from the storied city of New Orleans to exotic Mexican ports, where we will make an excursion to ancient Mayan ruins! The runaway favorite in this year's poll (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/polls/1215481/), this is set to be an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime trip. This cruise features VIP guests PETER NEW (https://twitter.com/actorpeternew) (the voice of Big McIntosh) and JENN BLAKE (https://twitter.com/jennblake616) (artist for the IDW Select MLP:FiM comics)! Community musical guest TARBY (http://twitter.com/TarbyRocks) adds some musical flair to our lineup. This fabulous, star-studded 5-night cruise will take us to Costa Maya (http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=150), a recently developed purpose-built cruise port that sees less traffic than any other destination we've considered thus far. Just an excursion away are the ruins of the Mayan city of Chacchoben (http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/shore-excursions/excursion/63/), to which we will book a group trip. But wait, that’s not all. We also get a day to ship, swim and sun in ever-popular cruise destination Cozumel (http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=6)! Sweetening the deal is the choice of departing port! New Orleans (http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=53) is an absolutely one-of-a-kind city, and is experiencing a strong resurgence in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. There will be ample time to enjoy beignets in the French quarter while sipping coffee and people-watching the city's always lively crowds. Laissez les bon temps rouler (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/laissez_les_bons_temps_rouler)! We will meet up in New Orleans on January 2nd, the day before the cruise (beginning at 7:30 PM at the famous Cafe du Monde (https://www.yelp.com/biz/caf%C3%A9-du-monde-new-orleans-12)), but don't worry: If you can't make it until the day of the cruise, THAT IS OKAY! We will provide full instructions to the cruise docks here. (Watch this space!) Ship is the CARNIVAL DREAM (http://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/carnival-dream.aspx). This would be our second voyage on a Carnival vessel. Our complete cruising itinerary (with ports of call) is below: More information on the cruise is available HERE (http://www.carnival.com/itinerary-classic/5-day-western-caribbean-cruise/new-orleans/dream/5-days/wcy/?numGuests=2&destination=all-destinations&dest=any&datFrom=012017&datTo=012017&embkCode=MSY). ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW: PRE-CRUISE ACTIVITY SCHEDULE! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Our PRE-CRUISE activities in New Orleans are as follows: Dec 31st: 2PM: Staff lunch (staffers only!) 6PM: Meet in front of Cafe du Monde (800 Decatur Street (https://goo.gl/maps/ZVMqrumEDTQ2)) for New Year's Eve. 6PM-???: NEW YEAR'S ROCKING EVE in Jackson Square! Jan 1st: 9:45 AM: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas outing! Meet in front of Aquarium (1 Canal Street (https://goo.gl/maps/Hhc7YzNpjL42); website is at http://audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium ). Look for Purple Tinker holding a Sea Sailor plush on a selfie stick, or txt[masked]:30 PM: Celebration in the Oaks holiday lights festival! BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE at http://neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in-the-oaks to avoid ticket lines. Meet in front of the main City Park entrance (directions are at http://neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in-the-oaks/directions ). Look for Cloudchaser holding a Sea Sailor plush on a selfie stick, or call[masked] Jan 2nd: 7:45 AM: Breakfast at Cafe du Monde (800 Decatur Street (https://goo.gl/maps/ZVMqrumEDTQ2)). 9:00 AM: Walk to piers for historical riverboat cruise. 9:30AM-12:30PM: Riverboat cruise aboard the Creole Queen! BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE at http://www.creolequeen.com/chalmette-battlefield-river-cruise.html 4PM-6PM: VIP meal; details TBA 6PM-midnight: PONY PUB TROT!!! Meet at SAZERAC bar in THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL (130 Roosevelt Way (https://goo.gl/maps/P3xPs6TJ27o)). Look for Purple Tinker, Cloudchaser, or any other staffer holding a Sea Sailor plush. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE CRUISE IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! For historical reference, information on booking for this cruise was located HERE. (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/49506279) And please, please, PLEASE read the below: IMPORTANT PASSPORT INFORMATION: A passport is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this voyage. Information on applying for a passport is HERE (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html). Please note that OBTAINING A PASSPORT CAN TAKE WEEKS. Don't put this off: If you're interested in traveling with us, start the process TODAY (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html)! If you need to obtain a passport at the relative "last minute", we have worked with the excellent folks at Travel Visa Pro (https://www.travelvisapro.com/) in San Francisco; they can get you your passport in less than a week, but it's not cheap. So get your passport the slow way (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html) and save! If you absolutely cannot obtain a passport, you will NEED two documents: [a] An ORIGINAL, GOVERNMENT ISSUED birth certificate (bearing the raised seal of a city, county, or state) proving birth IN THE UNITED STATES, AND [b] a photo ID. No substitutions will be allowed, and the border crossing laws are very strict. HOSPITAL-ISSUED BIRTH CERTIFICATES ARE NOT VALID; birth certificates used as proof of US citizenship must be issued by an American government authority (be it a city, county, or state). Furthermore, if your name has CHANGED since the name listed on your birth certificate, you will need to bring "connecting documentation" (original name change certification with raised government seal, original marriage certificate documenting change of name, etc.) to prove that you are the named person. If you arrive with insufficient documentation, you will likely NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD THE SHIP! Want to avoid this mess? Just get a passport (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html). It's valid for 10 years and is the absolute best form of ID you can get! Please provide your desired Badge Names here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEm7bFeTzm3HU8sPExexczi9n6AP5BrjVBY6GXGHoP1sOr8A/viewform) by 12/21. This is especially important if you're bringing +1s. If nothing is provided by that date we will use your Meetup name for you and your +1s if applicable.
- 2016 land excursion: Ponies meet the Mouse!
SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY == Evening Victory Casino Cruise (http://victorycasinocruises.com/about-us/)! THURSDAY == Hollywood Studios FRIDAY == Animal Kingdom SATURDAY == Magic Kingdom SUNDAY == Epcot (and FIREWORKS CRUISE (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/specialty-cruises/)!) MONDAY == Magic Kingdom (DON'T FORGET OUR 'MANE' EVENT— EXPEDITION 2 (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/227805188/)!) We don't have the resources to offer two cruises in a year (yet— remember to help us out on our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/seabronies?ty=h)!), but we wanted to make sure we offered something amazing as an alternate for those who cannot make our cruise! (Please note: This event WILL NOT feature any Guests of Honor, though expect to bump elbows with a few #horsefamous folks!) And what can be more amazing than a visit to DISNEY WORLD? We have the answer: A visit to Disney World with ponies! This trip would feature four amazing days at Disney World (though if you can't afford tickets for four, you can join us early or late!), enough to take in one of each of the "big three" parks (Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios), plus one other park of the group's choosing. Our tour will be led by seasoned SeaBronies staffers with dozens of Disney trips under their belts— we have several Central Florida natives on board. We know all the good spots! But since we're SeaBronies, nautical fun will definitely be on offer! The trip will include a one-day group sailing aboard Victory Casino Cruises (http://victorycasinocruises.com/about-us), launching from Port Canaveral! Admission to this fun daily voyage is just $13— they're counting on you betting lots of money. (If you don't— you can still enjoy the food, drinks, and the bracing sea air!) Onboard dining is $15 purchased in advance, $17.50 purchased on the ship. We have cruised with these guys a number of times, and it's always a good time. And the prices can't be beat! Pending availability, after we return to port, we may take a quick trip over to Kennedy Space Center (https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/information.aspx), less than half an hour away. Our four Disney days won't be bereft of watery fun either! We will rent one or more 10-person Sun Tracker pontoon boats (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/motorized-boats/) and engage in a leisurely cruise of the many waterways cris-crossing Disney World itself. This is always a treat! Pending availability, we may also arrange for a brief group trip aboard the Liberty Belle (http://www.disneyparkhistory.com/liberty-belle.html), Disney's amazing recreation of a Mississippi River steamboat! Please note that all excursions on this trip are optional. If you can afford only one day at Disney, we will work with you to ensure you can meet up with the group in the morning. If you wish to take only 3 of the 4 days at Disney, that's also alright! But no matter what, this trip IS happening— rain or shine, with 3 people or 30! As this trip does not involve any group expenses (besides taxis/Lyft/Ubers, which will be negotiated by the group at the point of purchase), there are NO DUES. Pre-purchase of Disney tickets is advised but NOT NECESSARY; you can purchase them at the gate. (Advance prices are likely lower!) We will be organizing group members in this thread to facilitate group hotel rates and room shares to keep costs down. Incidentally, how did we choose these dates? Simple: They fall within the date range that would have been allocated for our runner-up cruise choice from this year's vote (http://seabronies.com/vote)! If the response to this event is large enough, this may turn into a yearly event: "West Coast" voting years (like 2016) will feature an East Coast Disney excursion (to Disney World), and "East Coast" voting years (like 2017) will feature a West Coast Disney excursion (to Disneyland). Header artwork by Katie-W (http://katie-w.deviantart.com/), used with permission.
- Expedition 1 (SeaBronies's first announced cruise!)
Our very first announced event, EXPEDITION 1 promises to offer a warm tropical respite from the winter chill. You can get general information on the cruise here (http://cruises.orbitz.com/sc.do?d=12/14/2015&d2=12/14/2015&i=865223&c=34&v=690&IncludeAlumniRates=false&IncludeSeniorRates=false&zipcode=&statecode=&dsc=y). We will be cruising aboard the NORWEGIAN SKY, departing Miami on December 14. Complete itinerary is: This cruise features VIP GUEST Andy Price, original artist for the IDW Publishing MLP:FiM comics! You can learn about Andy's work at his deviantArt (http://andypriceart.deviantart.com/), and be sure to follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/andypriceart)! TO BOOK YOUR CABIN, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/48777820/)! RSVP here if you're going to our 'Expedition 1', departing from MIAMI to NASSAU (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/getting-to-the-pier) (with additional stops at FREEPORT and GREAT STIRRUP CAY)on DECEMBER 14, 2015! Ship leaves at 5 PM; we need to be registered with the cruise line by 4 PM at the VERY latest. We will start meeting up at 2 PM -- Go to the NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES departure area at the Port of Miami, South America Way, Dodge Island, Downtown Miami. Look for the people holding SEABRONIES signs held aloft on poles or sticks. We'll also be wearing SEABRONIES staff shirts bearing the SeaBronies logo. Driving directions can be found HERE (http://www.ncl.com/getting-to-the-pier/driving-directions#miami). If you don't or can't drive, transportation options are available here (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/getting-to-the-pier). Full public transportation instructions are available HERE (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/49357552). LOST? Call Purple Tinker: (917)[masked]. As we are very close to the date of the cruise, please only RSVP here if you have purchased your ticket. DUES: The $40/head dues pay for our Community Cabin (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/48777877), 835 square feet of space (including a large balcony featuring a 4-person hot tub) which serves as our home base aboard ship. ALL ATTENDEES MUST PAY DUES. Please pay dues as soon as possible, as our leadership is fronting initial costs for these two suites out of pocket. If you do not pay your dues BEFORE RSVPs close 7 days prior to the event, your RSVP will be canceled and you will not be issued a badge, nor allowed into any community activities, community space (e.g. the Community Cabin (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/48777877), where many events will be held), or other community resources (such as our onboard email network and Web mirrors). EVEN STAFFERS MUST PAY DUES. We are a completely self-funded group and cannot afford to grant exceptions.
- Expedition Alpha (2015 West Coast cruise)
Our first event of 2015 (though the second to be scheduled), EXPEDITION ALPHA promises to offer a quick summer getaway in balmy August, just a week after BronyCon. You can get general information on the cruise here. (http://cruises.orbitz.com/sc.do?d=08/01/2015&d2=08/31/2015&i=744653&c=1&v=41&IncludeAlumniRates=false&IncludeSeniorRates=false&zipcode=&statecode=&dsc=y) TO BOOK YOUR CABIN, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/48874354/)! At this point (and since June 15), payment must be made in full. RSVP here if you're going to our 'Expedition Alpha', departing from LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA to ENSENADA, BAJA MEXICO on AUGUST 14, 2015! Ship leaves at 5:30 PM; we need to be registered with the cruise line by 4 PM at the VERY latest. We will start meeting up at 2 PM -- Go to the CARNIVAL terminal at 231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA. Look for the people holding SEABRONIES signs held aloft on poles or sticks. We'll also be wearing SEABRONIES staff shirts bearing the SeaBronies logo. Directions can be found HERE. (http://www.carnival.com/CMS/FAQs/Cruise_Ship_Terminals__Parking__Directions__LONG_BEACH_CRUISE_TERMINAL.aspx) LOST? Call Purple Tinker: (917)[masked]. You do NOT have to have already bought your ticket to RSVP here. But if you are going to try to attend, PLEASE RSVP! :)
- Expedition Alpha Planning Powwow
NOTE: If you cannot read the instructions below, be sure to LOG INTO YOUR MEETUP ACCOUNT. Alternatively, click here for a reposted copy of the instructions (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/messages/boards/thread/48779750). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Join via Internet (at 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific) at THIS LINK (https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=MBZ3F3XNMALRFPFXW56ICJ273F-4O2&rnd=[masked]&expID=17600). If you wish to join via Internet, please join the WebEx TEST MEETING (http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html) BEFORE the meeting time, so that you can set up your computer for WebEx. This will help everyone get into the meeting more smoothly. -OR- Join by phone (at 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific) via the following numbers: [masked] Call-in number (US/Canada) Enter the ACCESS CODE:[masked] (Note that this is NOT the same access code as the last meeting!) Note please that YOU MUST RSVP TO VOTE! RSVPs will close an hour before the event. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - HELP US BOOK MORE VIPs, get an exclusive SeaBronies shirt for just $20! (Limited time offer EXPIRES one week after this planning call!) (http://www.booster.com/seabronies) We will meet via WebEx (URL and phone # above) and pow-wow the first SeaBronies secondary meetup, "Expedition Alpha". (Expedition 1, our first primary meetup, has already been decided upon (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/220405914/).) Which port will we sail out of? (Galveston? LA? Vancouver? Long Beach? New Orleans?) Where will we go? (Mexico? The Pacific Northwest) When will we cruise? (Summer? Winter?) Which cruise line will we cruise with? Note that EXPEDITION ALPHA WILL DEPART FROM A WEST COAST OR GULF COAST PORT. Expedition 1 was voted as (http://www.meetup.com/SeaBronies/events/220405914/) an East Coast itinerary, so Expedition Alpha is specifically setting out to provide a change of scenery. West Coast or Gulf Coast? The choice is up to you! So many questions. Join us as we form a community consensus around which cruise we will all meet up on! Here are the questions we will definitely be voting on: (Familiarize yourself with the available cruise options HERE (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EJKbujGAFXqwyzi7kRsjQcrEvuNs9Wm7giEGnRzwuak/)) 1) What should the DESTINATION be? (a) Mexico (b) Pacific Northwest 2) What should the MONTH be? 3) What should the departing city be? 4) Which cruise should we choose? 5) If cruise is available on multiple dates in the month, which date?