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MAYAN CRUISE HELPFUL INFORMATION NORWEGIAN EPIC Norwegian Cruise Line's 153,000-ton 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, will debut in summer 2010 as the largest, trendiest and most innovative new design ever built by NCL. Moreover, the ship will usher in some of the most revolutionary new concepts in all of cruise travel. It will be "a natural, logical progression of freestyle cruising with more flexibility and more deconstruction [of traditional cruise features]." Specifically, the ship will be almost as notable for what's not onboard as for what is. A large main dining venue capable of accommodating everyone onboard has been replaced with a few mid-sized venues and an array of smaller alternative eateries from a French Bistro to a Chinese Noodle House. In lieu of a main production theater, the ship features a more modest-sized theater alongside multiple entertainment venues (a "big-top"-style venue will host a dinner show with acrobatics; the Second City Improv Comedy Troupe has their own designated club. A sprawling Aqua Park will boast three waterslides, including one that utilizes an inner tube; a twisty slide and one just for kids that actually goes right through the rock-climbing wall. The most unusual is "Epic Plunge," the slide that uses inner tubes. Passengers will zip down a 200-ft. channel into a bowl where centrifugal forces will spin them for a bit before they splash down. There are two pools with lighting effects produced at night and five whirlpools. The rock-climbing wall is 33 feet high, 64 feet wide, the rappelling wall, the first at sea (this is almost the opposite of rock-climbing -- you work your way down a cliff by rappelling off of it). A multi-use sports deck will include a full-size basketball court, batting cage, bungee trampoline, rope adventure course, a 24-foot tall enclosed climbing cage called the Spider Web, squash courts, located in the fitness center, and bowling. On board the public areas throughout all NCL 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). DINING: *** Please be aware that in some restaurants there is a charge per-person. The names of restaurants will be advised before sailing.*** • THE MANHATTAN ROOM: Is a two-story art deco supper club with a dance floor and live evening music. • CAFÉ JARDIN & THE GREAT OUTDOORS: The Garden Cafe is NCL's answer to the traditional cruise ship buffet with an action station-only Lido eatery. • CAGNEY’S STEAKHOUSE & CHURRASCARIA: NCL's signature steakhouse offering Argentinean Churrasco. • LA CUCINA: An olive tree and hanging lanterns will adorn this Tuscan-Style Italian Eatery. • LE BISTRO: French Bistro, features contemporary and traditional paintings and sculptures. • SHANGHAI’S: It will serve a mix of Chinese dishes in a noodle bar setting, wok fried dishes and Dim Sum will be prepared in an open kitchen. Reminiscent of the noodle houses located in Vegas and Atlantic City, Shanghai's is situated in the casino area. • WASABI: Located outside the Teppanyaki Restaurant, Wasabi is an expansive Sushi and Sake Bar. • TEPPANYAKI: The largest Teppanyaki and the largest at sea, seats 115 guests and up to 24 chefs cooking nightly. • O’SHEEHAN’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL: This 24-hour grill is fashioned after a sports bar that serves comfort foods. Here you will find three bowling lanes, dart boards, pool tables, foosball, and arcade games. EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: • CIRQUE DREAMS AND DINNER: This eatery is a combination of an alternative restaurant and a show. This eatery carries an extra cost of $15 per person. • EPIC CASINO: NCL’s largest casino at 13,000 square feet. • MANHATTAN ROOM: Features a big-band music, Salsa Dancing and romantic dinners. • POSH BEACH CLUB: This club has a private area with a pool, waterfall, Balinese-Style beds for lounging and private cabanas. • SPICE H2O: An outdoor movie theater and nightclub. • FAT CATS: A Blues and Jazz Club. • HEADLINERS COMEDY CLUB: A comedy club that houses improv troupe The Second City. MEXICO The United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos) commonly known as Mexico is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering over 760,000 square miles, Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 111 million, it is the 11th most populous country. Mexico is a federation comprising of thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city. HISTORY: In Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacán, the Maya, and the Aztec before the first contact with Europeans. In 1521, Spain conquered and colonized the territory, which was administered as the viceroyalty of New Spain which would eventually become Mexico as the colony gained independence in 1821. The post-independence period was characterized by economic instability, territorial secession and civil war, including foreign intervention, two empires and two long domestic dictatorships. The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system. Elections held in July 2000 marked the first time that an opposition party won the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party. COSTA MAYA: Is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. This municipality is south of Cancun on the border with Belize. The area is generally undeveloped but has been growing quickly and rapidly after construction of a large pier to accommodate cruise ships. The Costa Maya includes two small villages, Mahahual and Xcalak and extends physically from Xcalak in the south to the southern border of the Sian Ka'an in the north, a distance of approximately 62 miles. While Xcalak is approximately 37 miles south of the Costa Maya cruise port, the fishing village of Mahahual is only about 2 miles away. Cruise ships can easily be seen from the village. Mahahual has soft sand beaches, grass thatched palapas, and a coral reef a short distance off-shore, as well as several bars, restaurants, and shops. A new development called New Mahahual was created directly inland from the port. When ships are in port, the village is busy with cruise passengers. Costa Maya's port has a new and modern tourist shopping mall in which the center has a plaza with saltwater pools and 'swim-up' style bars. There are several jewelry stores and many small shops selling souvenir items generally open only to cruise ship passengers. Costa Maya is the closest port of access to many of the lesser known Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan including Chacchoben which we will be visiting. HISTORY: Around 6500 BC the Indians started agricultural activities, implementing the slash and burn method. Around 3500 BC the agricultural skill had developed as such that they formed permanent villages in the center of Mexico. The Olmec were the first known civilization to appear near the Gulf Coast and were followed by the more well known Mayan Culture. The first Maya like tribes appeared around 200 BC in the south of Mexico (Chiapas) and were predominant in three areas: the northern area which is the Yucatan Peninsula, the central area which is the Peten area and the western area which are the lowlands bordering to Belize. The Costa Maya falls under the western lowlands. During the Mayan Period the agricultural skills evolved to the extent that workers could be made available to build the beautiful cities as we know them today. In the area around the Costa Maya the building styles called Rio Bec and Chennes can be found. The Mayan Culture weakened during the period of 900 AD to 1200 AD. Other tribes influenced the building styles in that period (an example of this is Tulum). CLIMATE: In Mexico there are two main seasons. Although there is some variation in temperature over the year, the most obvious difference is between rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season through most of Mexico falls roughly from May through September or October. During the rest of the year there is little or no rain. Don't be discouraged from visiting during rainy season, when you'll see lush, green landscape, as opposed to the dry season's parched, brown landscape and it often only rains in the late afternoons and evenings. The Yucatan Peninsula is very flat, and very close to sea level, so temperatures are quite warm throughout the year. The average temperature in October is a high of 83˚ F and low of 73˚ F. HONDURAS ROATAN: Located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja, Roatan is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 37 miles long and less than 5miles wide at its widest point. The island consists of two municipalities (out of a total of four in the department): Jose Santos Guardiola in the east (named for the former president of Honduras) and Roatan (also including the Cayos Cochinos) further south in the west. The most populous town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatan municipality, located in the southwest. Other important towns include French Harbour, West End, and Oak Ridge the capital of Jose Santos Guardiola municipality. The easternmost quarter of the island is separated by a convoluted channel through the mangroves that is 15 meters wide on the average. This section is called Helene or Santa Elena in Spanish. Satellite islands at the eastern end are Morat, Barbaretta, Pigeon Cay, and Barefoot Cay. Known as Burial Key until 2001, Barefoot Cay now is privately owned and houses a luxury resort popular with celebrities. Located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatan has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders. HISTORY: The pre-Columbian indigenous peoples of the Bay Islands are believed to have been related to Paya, Maya, Lenca or Jicaque, which were the cultures present on the mainland. Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage (1502- 1504) came to the islands as he visited the neighboring Bay Island of Guanaja. Soon after, the Spanish began raiding the islands for slave labor. More devastating for Native American communities was exposure to Eurasian infectious diseases to which they had no immunity (such as smallpox and measles). Diseases became epidemics, and no indigenous people survived. Throughout European colonial times, the Bay of Honduras attracted a diverse array of individual settlers, pirates, traders and military forces. Engaged in various economic activities and playing out political struggles between the European powers, mainly Britain and Spain battled for the Island between 1550 and 1700 during the Imperialist Period. Roatan and the other islands were used as frequent resting points for sea travelers. In 1797, the British defeated the Black Carib, who had been supported by the French, in a battle for control of the Windward Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. Weary of their resistance to British plans for sugar plantations, the British rounded up the St. Vincent Black Carib and deported them to Roatan. The majority of Black Carib migrated to Trujillo on the mainland of Honduras, but a portion remained to be found in the community of Punta Gorda on the northern coast of Roatan. The Black Carib, whose ancestry includes Arawak and African Maroons, remained in Punta Gorda, becoming the Bay Island's first permanent post-Columbian settlers. They also migrated from there to parts of the northern coast of Central America, becoming the foundation of the modern-day Garífuna Culture. The majority of Roatan’s permanent population originated from the Cayman Islands arriving in the 1830s shortly after Britain's abolition of slavery in 1838.For a brief period in the 1850s, Britain declared the Bay Islands its colony, however within a decade the Crown ceded the territory formally back to Honduras. In the latter half of the 19th century the islands population grew steadily and new settlements were established. The 20th century continued population growth resulted in increasing economic and environmental challenges. A population boom began with an influx of Spanish-speaking Mestizo migrants from the Honduran mainland. Numerous American, Canadian, British, New Zealand, Australian, and South African settlers and entrepreneurs engaged chiefly in the fishing industry, and later, provided the foundation for attracting the tourist trade. The rapid and dramatic demographic changes that Roatan had experienced in the 21st century have contributed to the complexity of the environmental challenges of the island. CLIMATE: The average temperature in Roatan in October is 85º F with the trade winds providing a gentle breeze. The relative humidity averages 72% and can be compared to that of Florida with lots of sun and occasional showers. ARRIVAL AT THE CRUISE TERMINAL: Guests who have completed their on-line check in should arrive at the terminal no later than 3:00 PM. We STRONGLY recommend completing the on –line check process in at least four days prior to sailing. Below please find all of the required information and documents for the on-line check-in. • Check-in site: https://www.ncl.com/nclweb/secure/bookedGuestLanding.html • When you enter the above site you will be asked to create an account • You will be asked if you already have an NCL cruise booked. Reply yes and then follow the prompts for: First Name/Last Name/Ship: Norwegian EPIC/Sailing Date and Booking # which you will be provided with. Continue by clicking Submit. • The next page is “Update My Account” – complete all spaces on this form and click Submit. • The next page is Cruise Summary Details. Print this document as this contains all of the necessary information that you will need. There is link the left hand side of the page that reads: Do you need luggage tags? Click the Luggage Tags link and you can down load luggage tags so you can attach these just before checking in. FINAL BOARDING TIME: Please note guests who have not completed their Online Check-In must arrive at port two 2 hours prior to sailing. Any late arriving guest may join the ship at an approved port of call in the scheduled itinerary. Such guest will be responsible for all applicable fees and travel expenses to that subsequent port of call. BOARDING TIME IN PORTS OF CALL: In all ports of call, it is also the guest's responsibility to be back onboard the ship no later than one 1 hour prior to the ships scheduled departure time. Please be aware that shipboard time may differ from the port of call and it is the guest's responsibility to follow the shipboard time. In the event a guest misses the ship, it will be the guest's responsibility to pay all expenses incurred to rejoin the ship. Please note that you are not permitted to bring alcohol on board. DOCUMENTS: For closed-loop sailings (cruises that depart from and return to the same U.S. port), you need a valid passport OR proof of citizenship and a valid government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license with a photo), or any other WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) compliant document. Proof of Citizenship examples include: an original or state certified copy of a U.S. or Canadian Birth Certificate, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization, original certificate of U.S. Citizenship, or a U.S. Consular Report of your birth abroad. A U.S. Passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required to enter Honduras. A visa is not required for American Citizens, but tourists must provide evidence of return or onward travel. http://honduras.usembassy.gov/. If you miss your ship at its scheduled U.S. departure port and need to travel outside the U.S. to meet your ship, or should you unexpectedly need to depart the ship from a foreign port prior to the end of sailing, a passport would be required to leave or re-enter the U.S. by air. NCL strongly recommends that all guests obtain a passport for their voyage on any NCL Vessel. CURRENCY: The unit of currency in Mexico is the Peso and in Honduras the Lempira (HNL), check the Worlds Favorite Currency Site at: www.xe.com/ucc for your current exchange rate. CREDIT CARDS: Credit cards are widely accepted in Mexico and Honduras. Visa is the most common followed by MasterCard. Traveler’s Checks are the safest means of carrying money. ON BOARD: For your convenience, all shipboard expenses are charged to NCL's special onboard credit program. Sign up on the first day of your cruise, by establishing your method of payment with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, traveler’s checks or cash. If you choose to settle your account with cash, a deposit will be required in advance. You may also use your debit card; however, please be advised that NCL obtains pre-authorization which some banks may hold for up to 30 days. SERVICE SCHARGE: There is a fixed service charge for the Crew as they are encouraged to work together as a team. Staff members including restaurant staff, stateroom stewards, and behind-the-scenes support staff are compensated by a combination of salary and incentive programs that your service charge supports. A charge of $12 per person per day will automatically be added to your onboard account. This can be added at anytime up to 24 hours prior to sailing. TIPPING: On board you should not feel obliged, however, if the staff “goes the extra mile," cash gratuities are entirely at the discretion of the guests. Also, certain staff positions provide service on an individual basis, for example, purchasing bar drinks the recommended gratuity is 15 percent. For guests purchasing spa treatments the recommended gratuity is 18 percent. Similarly, for guests using concierge and butler services, we recommend they consider offering a gratuity commensurate with services rendered. TIME ZONE: To check for your time zone please check http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock FOOD AND WATER: We highly recommend that you drink bottled water while on land. Do not drink tap water, despite signs posted. Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. Most of today's Mexican food is based on pre-Columbian Traditions, including the Aztecs and Maya, combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish Colonists. CUSTOMS: Upon your return, United States residents must declare all articles acquired abroad and in their possession when they return to the U.S. This includes items purchased in "duty-free" shops. The standard exemption is $600 - $800, which may include one liter of alcohol (if you are at least 21), 100 cigars and 200 cigarettes. ELECTRICITY: The current on board is 110 volts AC. However, some high-voltage hair dryers, electric rollers, and electric razors may require a converter. CALLING: Calling to the USA always dial 001, area code and number. On Board you will find computer terminals you can rent by the hour at the Internet Café. You can also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. NCL Guests can also be contacted on our ships by calling 1-888-NCSHIPS (1-888-627-4477) from the USA. For the rest of the world please dial -1-732-335-3280. When guests are contacted with the ship via satellite, they can be reached directly, if they are in their stateroom. If not, a message about the incoming call will be delivered to their stateroom and then they can call back the shore via satellite. NCL Ship Telephone & Fax Numbers: When calling from the United States: Dial 1-888-NC- SHIPS (627-4477), select the ship, and enter your credit card information. When calling from outside the United States: Dial 1-732-335-3280, select the ship, and enter your credit card information. TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance as additional security in the case of cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, illness, or accident. Keep all boarding passes, ticket copies and receipts for expenses paid during your trip if it later becomes necessary to file a claim. You may obtain travel insurance through Travel Guard Purchase Protection Plan (www.TravelGuard.com). Please complete the applicable form and mail it back to LTT and we will apply for the insurance in your name or you may choose to apply for the insurance online, in which case, you will be asked for your Travel Agents ID # 00552160, which identifies your booking with LTT. HEALTH: For any concerns, please consult your physician before travel. Before departure please verify with your medical insurance company if overseas coverage is included. Always pack your medication in your carry on, not in the checked luggage. For all health requirements and recommendations travelers should check with a local Department of Health Clinic or U.S Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further information please refer to: http://www.cdc.gov/ . A physician and nurse are on ship to provide medical care and services at customary charges. Commonly used medications are kept on board and may be prescribed by the ship's doctor. There is a charge for this service and it will be added to your bill.Back to Top SUGGESTED CLOTHING: Dress on board is “Resort Casual”, essentials include comfortable shoes for land excursions, clothing you can layer, bathing suit, a brimmed hat, cotton pants, jeans, shirts, skirts. Bring a sport jacket and a dress for dinner on the boat if you prefer to wear one. You may want to carry a small supply of detergent for hand laundry. It is recommended that you leave all valuables at home. RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST: · Small backpack to take while exploring · A small flashlight · Camera · Adapter plugs and converters · Packaged wet tissues (“Wash & Dry”) · Good quality sunglasses-preferably polarized · Sun hat with a brim · Good walking shoes · Sandals or rubber flip/flops for poolside · If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses · Personal toiletries · Moisturizing cream & suntan lotion · Mosquito repellent · Tickets, passports, money etc · Waterproof bags/cover for your cameras · Dictionary · Medical Insurance Card · Medicine Since all suitcases are collected the night before you return home (unless you decide to take your luggage yourself), don't forget to bring an overnight bag packed with a change of clothes, prescriptions and other important 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. SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX: On Board 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 LTT/NCL is not responsible for valuables left in staterooms or elsewhere on board. US EMBASSY IN MEXICO: Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc; Mexico City To call from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000 - To call long distance within Mexico: 01-55-5080-2000. You may contact the Embassy by e-mail or visit the Embassy website. COZUMEL: Plaza Villa Mar en El Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th Ave.) 2nd floor, Locales #8 and 9; telephone 52- 987- 872-4574. US EMBASSY IN HONDURAS: Embajada de Los Estados Unidos de América Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras Telephone Numbers: 236-9320, 238-5114 from the United States: 011 + 504 + phone #
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