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Having fun with a Ferengi aboard the Windsong
in Tahiti, 1997.
Hey there, Cruise Trek Travelers!
As always, we would love to have more of the CT family join us!
We still have cabins available for the British Isle Intrigue adventure
– our first trip to the British Isles! And information on: pre &
post cruise London Hotels; pre-cruise Bon Voyage Party; London to
pier to London or Heathrow Transfers; and pre-cruise London Tour
options for July 12th & 13th (Saturday & Sunday) are
So, if you are interested. . . the British
Isles Intrigue page, right here on the CruiseTrek web site, has the
Booking Information Sheet. Please download same and return . . . as
always, the sooner the better and via email is best. On this topic, the
good news is that we have extended the discounts through February.
Though if we are slow to get back to you on your requests, please
know that we are off in Asia either doing a little R & D for a future
CT family adventure and/or working another Insightcruises.com event.
Yeah … it is work! ;-)) As always, thank you for the patience &
Please also know if we already have your requests for any of the
information below, we will process accordingly and send an invoice
reflecting that same initial request.
As previously mentioned in both emails and on our web site, it looks
like we found a very good option at a great price for pre-cruise London
hotel needs. . . though truthfully, the rates have apparently increased at
this point for new reservations. . . though you never know. . .
What we had described and offered back in October was “up
to 3 nights (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) prior, we have rates starting
at 165 GBP including VAT. For longer stays, the rate will increase. Because
the rate is very, very good and so we do not want to draw too much
attention, less the price go up. . . we would like to offer only the following
description: This Hotel is a traditional deluxe four-star hotel in central
London. Moments from Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament,
the London Eye and Victoria Station, the hotel could not be better
positioned for your business and leisure needs. . . basically, a great
spot for a great price!”
In any case, please get to us ASAP and we will research for the same
~ Fun Tours in London! ~
Option 1 – Salisbury Cathedral, Bath
Option 2 – Hampton Court, Windsor
Castle, and Oxford
Tours are subject to minimum and maximum attendances. Meals
are not included. Payment for tours is due upon cruise final payment
Saturday, July 12 – Salisbury Cathedral,
Bath and Stonehenge
A very full day tour, journeying through the English countryside to
take in Salisbury Cathedral, the ancient Roman town of Bath, and the
twilight beauty of Stonehenge.
An example of Early English architecture, Salisbury Cathedral is
also home to the best-preserved Magna Carta, Europe’s oldest
working clock, and the largest and earliest complete choir stalls.
Founded by the Romans, Bath is also the most complete and
best-preserved Georgian city in Britain. Our visit includes a guided
walking tour of the city center, as well as a tour of the Roman
We return to our motor coach and continue to Stonehenge for an
evening viewing of these ancient monoliths. We’ll learn about
the site’s geography, archaeological and astronomical
background – and the names of the key stones.
Cost is $199pp.
Sunday, July 13 – Hampton Court,
Windsor Castle, and Oxford
A very full day tour takes you to three of Britain’s most iconic
The thousand-year-old Windsor Castle, home of the current Queen
of England, is our first stop, with a guided tour of the famous collection
of fine art at the “House of Windsor”.
We leave Queen Elisabeth’s palace to journey back in time
to the summer palace of King Henry VIII – Hampton Court. Our
guided tour includes the Chapel Royal and the palace’s
Our final stop is Oxford and a guided walking tour of this beautiful
city. We’ll have free time and lunch here.
Cost is $199pp.
Pre-Cruise Bon Voyage Party:
Celebrating Halloween in Paris on the 2013 Seine cruise
– now imagine this crew in London at a traditional pub with
pub grub and grog!
Sunday, July 13th – The evening before
embarkation, our traditional and typically very fun meet & greet
(or “breaking of bread” occasion) will be in a very
traditional local Pub and will include great typical and unlimited pub
grub & grog and within a short walk of our pre-cruise London
hotel above. Please be aware that the private & exclusive
upstairs area we will use in the pub may not have a WC nor an
elevator. . . of which will be downstairs. . . though previous events
here have been fine for all. Start time will be approximately 7pm
– exact address: TBA. We may even have this venue
completely to ourselves!! ;-)
Cost of BVP – If you book the above CT pre-cruise hotel and
the CT transfer to the pier as the cost is $129 pp, otherwise cost is $159 pp.
Sorry, no tickets available for non-cruise event attendees.
Please be aware that there are a very limited number of tickets for
This may be the only spot where things may sound a little complicated
as there are different needs involved. However, we will endeavor to
explain all as thoroughly as possible below.
For London Heathrow arrival transfers, check out the below links –
Super Shuttle – London International Airports
Monday, July 14th – Embarkation day
transfer and exclusive CT Family motor coach will depart (only) from
our CT Family Hotel in London. We will depart at 10am. Cost, to be
pre-paid at cruise final payment date, is $99.00 per person. If you are
staying elsewhere, you can certainly join us for this transfer, if you desire.
You simply have to make your own way to our hotel and obviously on
time. We will meet in the lobby, and then as is typical, each of us will
personally check that our individual luggage gets on the bus… and
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Transfer time from London to the pier in Harwich is approximately 2
to 2.5 hours, depending upon traffic. This will be a relaxed morning
departure with a late morning arrival at the pier. . . Exact timing and other
info will be sent with your E-document package or via email. Cabins may
not be available upon arrival but a buffet lunch will be. Remember our
cruise departure is 5pm and we need to be on board at least a couple
Though it is not recommended to arrive on the day of sailing, transfer
from Heathrow airport can be arranged through the cruise line (on this day
only), but we need to have your air schedule to do so. Cost is $119pp with
fees and needs to be pre-paid on cruise final payment date. Transfer time
is approximately 2 hours. Last transfer departure to the pier is at 11am.
But, oh boy, we do not recommend this option. . . It is just way too tight,
and you could miss the boat!
Thursday, July 24th – Disembarkation day
transfer has options according to your needs. It is important to know
and understand that the cruise line has a 1pm flight departure requirement,
meaning you should not book a flight before that time. Transfer to
Heathrow is 2 to 2.5 hours.
Option 1 — A Cruise Trek Family
exclusive motor coach will depart the Harwich pier at approximately 9 to
9:30am for transfer to Heathrow airport only. And/or when after all
passengers reserved have boarded the coach. Arrival is expected to be
at approximately 11:30am. Cost is $99 pp. I will be aboard this transfer
and flying out this day as well.
Option 2 — If you desire a post-cruise
hotel stay in London, we can reserve this through the cruise line. And
this stay includes your room, taxes, breakfast and transfer from the pier
to the hotel used by the cruise line. No transfer is included after check
out. Hotel costs are explained below.
Option 3 — If you have a flight after
3:30pm this day, you can book a transfer that includes a London
panoramic city tour. You can book this option or another online after
receipt of e-tickets or onboard.
Famous British landmarks, left to right – The Beatles
Story in Liverpool, England; St. Paul’s Cathedral, and St.
Stephen’s Tower and Big Ben.
Images courtesy of Pavel Issac and webmaster
We will personally be departing Heathrow on July 24 (disembarkation
day), but we indeed understand that some of you may wish to stay longer
in London. However, perhaps some of you may only need a hotel near
Heathrow airport, due to flight schedule restraints. Either way, we can
help you reserve these options.
Option 1 — The Heathrow Airport Hotel
option will be the least expensive and booked independent of the cruise
line. But you will need to add the cost (as listed above) of a transfer to
the airport area on disembarkation day as it is not included.
Option 2 — The London Center Hotel
Option, while seemingly expensive (as London can be) is more than
likely best booked through the cruise line, as it will include taxes,
breakfast and transfer from the pier to the hotel. But please be advised,
it will not include any transfer to the airport or other, which will then be
on your own to arrange when once at the hotel. Hotel costs for one,
two or three night stays respectively are as follows: single; $439, $789,
$1,139 — double; $538, $898, and $1258. This option is to be
paid by cruise final payment date.
So, if you are interested in any of these London hotel options, please
contact us ASAP with your request, and we will delve further into the
subject with you.
Confirmations of independent hotel reservations will be sent to you
via email or smail. Any hotel reservations or transfers booked through
the cruise line will be included on your CT invoice and subsequently
included in your travel document package/email.
As described in the sections above, the Pre-Cruise Tours, the
Pre-Cruise Bon Voyage Party and any CT exclusive transfers will simply
be added to your invoice.
At this time, it is expected that our special guests will also join us
for the BVP, CT family pier transfer and perhaps even the pre-cruise
It is possible for the CT office to arrange your airfare through
Celebrity Cruises, though full payment is due for same upon booking,
and it is not refundable. Good thing is that the fares are often less
than what is generally available independent of the cruise line, even
after the $75 fee that will be applied to each CT invoice for this
additional service. For seating, meals, medical needs and/or application
of Frequent Flyer numbers, passengers need to contact the airline
directly. If interested and at time of your request, please provide us your
name as printed on your passport, date of birth, air gateway and exact
dates of travel required.
All costs above are subject to change and availability.
Always Safe Travels,
Charles C. Datin, Cruise Trek
Mail to – PO Box 4277 Malibu, CA 90264
Phone – (310) 456-7544
SKYPE – cruisetrek
Update – December 10, 2013:
Hey, CT Family! Welcome home, those who joined us on CT 2013
and the Seine River cruise!
We have some goodies to share with everyone.
Ashley Collie, a pal of Dom Keating and a reporter for the Huffington
Post, interviewed Dom before the Seine cruise. You can read the full
article, “Enterprise’s Dominic Keeting, Cruise Trek, and How
Star Trek Fandom is Alive and Kicking”, on the
The Huffington Post website.
Technicality’s Bryan Brake visited Geneva, Switzerland, and
toured CERN along with our CT family. His take on CERN and the Cruise
Trekkers he met on the tour are recorded in a podcast,
Episode 36, “Bryan’s Tour de CERN”.
You can listen to the podcast – or download it for later – on
the Major Technicality website.
And last – but certainly not least! – CT family members
Brent Stein and Joni Caplan have kindly shared some photos from our
group’s personal tour of CERN. And our webmaster Cheryl Morris
has put these together in an entertaining slideshow. Take a look at their
collaboration on our CT 2013 Seine
Until next time, always safe travels,
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