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Seven Night Mexican-Riviera Dance Cruise January 24, 2010 – January 31, 2010 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BOOKING THE CRUISE: I have a local travel agent I'd like to use - is that OK? To be part of our group and attend the classes and dances, you must book through Sundancer Cruises who is a travel agent. Sundancer Cruises has setup the group with the CCL, arranged all the activities, and is handling all concerns in booking the group. You can have your travel agent contact Cathy Paxton at info@SundancerCruises.net for questions. Or call Cathy Paxton at 303-250-7344 in Colorado or toll free at 866-409-SAIL (7245), or visit our website at www.SundancerCruises.net CAN OTHER PASSENGERS JOIN OUR GROUP? The CCL treats our Dances and Workshops as Private Parties. ONLY passengers with our group, booked through Sundancer Cruises will be permitted into the dances or workshops. There will be special badges issued to our group at the Welcome Aboard party. However, if you have family or friends that are non-dancers, Sundancer will book them at a $50 per person discount and they will be seated with us for dining purposes, but will not be issued the name badge or activities schedule. I WOULD LIKE TO SAVE MONEY AND SHARE A CABIN - CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A ROOMMATE? Yes! Call Sundancer Cruises, book your cruise double occupancy, and give us you roommate preferences. We cannot assign roommates, but we can help you find someone. HOW MUCH CASH DO I NEED: For your convenience, the cruise line uses a cashless system on board. You will find your Guest Cruise Card in your cabin upon boarding. An imprint of your credit card (Master Card, Visa or American Express) will be taken on board ship during the first 3 days of the cruise. Check the Daily Program for locations and times. Charges to this card are put on a credit card of your choice or a cash deposit is required. Once you are aboard this is to purchase anything you might need aboard ship. soft drinks, alcohol, specialty restaurant meals, golf packages, gift shop purchases, spa purchases, shore excursions, photographs, and dry cleaning and laundry services, etc. Alcohol purchased in the gift shop or on shore will be held for you until disembarkation. WHAT IS THE SMOKING POLICY ABOARD SHIP? Smoking is allowed in public areas of the ship and in staterooms. There in no smoking in the main dining rooms and in the show lounge. But note: we have never noticed staterooms smelling smoky as in hotels, nor have any of our 100s of guests ever complained of this problem. During our dance activities we request our guests honor our non-smoking policy. I’M SENSITIVE TO MOTION SICKNESS; WILL I GET SEA-SICK Today’s Cruise Ships have Vertical Stabilizers. These stabilizers greatly reduce the pitch; roll of the ship. Some passengers may still experience motion sickness or feel sea-sick. The symptoms are generally mild nausea and dizziness (or vertigo). There are a number of over-the-counter as well as prescription medications and non-pharmaceuticals available to help curb the symptoms of sea-sickness. If you think you may be affected, check with your doctor. Motion sickness medication will be available at the Guest Services Desk. The Medical Center is on Deck 0 and typically open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and there is a charge for services. DANCES AND WORKSHOPS: Could you tell me about the Workshops? There will be classes for beginner and intermediate levels. We are less than 10% of the total number of passengers cruising. So we have REQUESTED all the space necessary for classes and dances. BUT CCL must consider the needs of other groups and passengers on board cannot confirm all of our requests till just prior to sailing. As soon as we can confirm space, we will publish a schedule!! What workshops are being taught? Tentative classes will be in Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Salsa, Tango, Fox Trot and Waltz. If time permits, classes in styling and technique and possibly other dances. Will the workshops be inside or outside? Possibly both. We try to get the largest floors available and preferably wood. How are the dances being organized? We are hoping to dance every day. Until the ship releases more information regarding the floor space available and its entertainment schedule -- we just won't know. We are checking regularly for updates -- as soon as we know, we will pass it along. What Should I Pack? To give you an idea of what to toss into your suitcase, we've got answers to some of your questions like: Can I wear something casual to dinner? Do people dress up at night? Can I wear my swimsuit day and night? The answer to all the above is yes - you're pretty much welcome to wear whatever, whenever. Our philosophy is resort casual and with the widest range of dining venues, tons of entertainment options and bars and lounges, you'll find there are places for your style all over our ships, day and night. Daytime, it's basically all fine since we know you're probably headed to the pool or out for a fun Shore Excursion. Casual shorts, jeans, tops and sundresses are welcome everywhere. You can even wear your swimsuit to the poolside grill or the buffet. Resort casual dress gets you into every venue at night too. Some people like to add a jacket, or when celebrating a special occasion, get all decked out. This too is welcome everywhere. And if you're tired from a long fun day and just want to wear shorts; our buffet is the place for a casual dinner. Some people prefer nice jeans. They're welcome in many of our restaurants as well, but not in all. It's your vacation so dress comfortably, and you'll find a venue that suits your style. It is usually in the 80s this time of year, with lows in the 60s. Usually shirt sleeves outside are fine. You will want to bring your shorts and your swimsuit! Another suggestion is to bring boating shoes. Many of the guests spend time sunbathing as well. Also, especially for the ladies the dining rooms can be cool. We suggest a shawl for light wrap for your arms for the evening meals. Sundancer will have two formal nights (men may choose from tuxedos or suits and ladies wear evening or cocktail dresses). Sundancer will also advise as to any theme dances as we get closer to the sailing. This ship has tuxedo rental available. Are Dance Shoes needed? Yes. Plan to bring your dance shoes and something with a soft sole like dance sneakers would also be recommended. It is also recommended to bring gel inserts or padding for your dance shoes as this would provide extra cushion. Since all suitcases are collected the night before we return home, don't forget to bring an overnight bag packed with a change of clothes, prescriptions and need-to-have items. Thanks to Freestyle Disembarkation, you'll have time on your final morning on board for breakfast and some last minute sunbathing or even a workout. Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking. LAUNDRY: There are self-service laundry facilities on Decks 2, 7 and 9 and ironing facilities on Decks 1, 6 and 8. There is also laundry service available on board for a fee. CABINS: As to cabins, with our group rates we get a block of cabins in different categories. As your deposit is paid, the ship assigns your cabin number. If you want a cabin category other than what is in our block we can price that for you as well. You can view additional information about the ship and ports on CCL’s website: www.carnival.com. Inside Stateroom Cat 4A - Riviera Deck Combines luxury and comfort with value. Two lower beds that convert to a queen, complete with TV and refrigerator. Oceanview Stateroom Cat 6A - Riviera Deck Two lower beds that convert to a queen, picture window. Balcony Stateroom Cat 8A - Upper Deck Two lower beds that convert to a queen, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass door opens to private balcony. INTERNET CAFÉ: The ship has an Internet Cafe that is open 24 hours. There is also wireless connection available in cabins and throughout the ship. CELL PHONES: You can now stay connected on the high seas using your own compatible mobile phone thought Carnival's agreement with Wireless Maritime Services. International roaming changes will be billed to you by your home carrier. You may want to check with your carrier regarding their fees. Please note that 800, 888, 866 and 877 numbers are not toll free. See www.cellularatsea.com for more details. As a courtesy to other guests please set your ringer to vibrate and avoid loud conversation while in public areas. DANCE ACTIVITIES: As to our private dances, we hire our own DJs who always have a wonderful selection of a variety of music. Our DJs will be playing a mixture of music at our social dances and taking requests as well. As to the dance floors, we will not be able to confirm the location of the private dances and workshops with the ship until after final payment as well. We have requested the largest floor. What does my cruise fare include? Your cruise fare entitles you to accommodations, meals and entertainment aboard ship. Certain specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus; la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program. Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all Dive In programs). Government taxes and fees are also not included. All of Sundancer’s private social dance parties and private workshops are included in your price. What about currency? You may cash travelers checks at the Reception Desk. Currency exchange, at prevailing rates, is available on some cruises. Travelers checks and most major credit cards are accepted in the ports we visit. Proper ID is required when cashing travelers checks. We recommend you carry a small amount of local currency when visiting foreign ports, although credit cards are commonly accepted in shops and restaurants. How many suitcases can I bring? Each person is allowed up to 200 pounds of personal luggage on board. However, if you are traveling by air, ask the airline if it has different restrictions. Airlines and CCL have limited liability for loss, so be sure all baggage and personal belongings are properly insured. Suitcases should be securely locked and tagged. You should hand-carry medication, jewelry or other valuables and important documents. What about smoking, drinking and gambling on the ship? We want you to be comfortable on board, so public areas throughout all CCL ships are smoke free. If you smoke cigarettes, you can do so in your stateroom, on your balcony, in the casino or Cigar Bar (where available). If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Also, you can smoke cigarettes, pipes and cigars outside on open decks (just not around food venues, sport decks, kids' pool areas and other designated non-smoking areas). CCL permits guests between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty (20) to purchase and personally consume wine and beer while on CCL ships with the consent of an accompanying parent or legal guardian on the same sailing once the vessel is outside the US state territorial waters (3 miles out). Complete details and special consent form are only available onboard at the Reception Desk. *If you want to gamble in our casinos, you must have a valid ID showing you are 18 years or older. If a guest under the age of 18 wins in the casino and can not provide proof of age, he or she will not be paid the winnings. There are no casinos on our ships in Hawaii.* CCL encourages the responsible use of alcohol and accordingly reserves the right to permanently or temporarily revoke the drinking privileges of any guest who violates CCL's Guest Code of Conduct or who is deemed a danger to himself, herself or others by vessel management. Continued abuse of alcohol while sailing and/or violation of CCL's alcohol policy may result in immediate disembarkation. Will I need an electrical converter? The current on board is 110 volts AC. However, some high- voltage hair dryers, electric rollers and electric razors may require a converter. Are there any pool regulations? According to United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) regulations, no diapers of any kind are permitted in the swimming pools or jacuzzis, including those marketed as swimmers. Where can I keep my valuables? Security envelopes and/or safe deposit boxes are available from the ship's purser at no charge. Most staterooms and suites have mini-safes. Please note, however, that CCL is not responsible for valuables left in staterooms or elsewhere on board. Are visitors allowed on board? Due to security reasons, unfortunately, no.
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