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Genesis Cruiser - Pre-Cruise Event You'd Like Best
Restaurant - Simple Group Dinner Out
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Party at one of the Hotels - no music or dj
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Party at a park or other location - no music or dj
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Party at one of the Hotels - WITH music or DJ
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Party at a park or other location - WITH music or DJ
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Other- Please suggest
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PostSubject: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:01 pm

Since no one else is stepping up to the plate, I'll get things rolling. This is a poll to find out how many are interested in a pre-cruise event. This could be at a restaraunt, outside at a park or even at one of the hotels. If you have an idea, please suggest it. This poll is merely go get an interest count and see if we can get our collective creative juices flowing.
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Good idea starting this poll - I love the party at a hotel with a DJ idea! We must be on the same wavelength Loyal Caribbean, I took it upon myself to go to hotelplanner.com which is a site where you can get group hotel rates and I explained we'll be a large group, and that we'll probably need between 75 to 125 rooms, and, that we don't have an exact date yet for the sailing but that we'll be coming for the Inaugural sailing of Royal Caribbean Genesis and this is the response so far:
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Marriott North is offering $159 per night plus taxes
[tr][td] Location: [/td][td]Fort Lauderdale, FL [Suburban] [url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupLHotelMap('18874', '4400699')]Map[/url] [/td][/tr][tr][td]Rate:[/td] [td]$159.00 USD per night + taxes [/td][/tr][tr][td]Policies:[/td] [td]Group must book rooms no later than 30 days before check-in. Group is responsible to use at least 90% of group room block. Group members may cancel reservations no later than 6PM on day of arrival. 25% is required as a deposit. These policies are specific to your group request as determined by the hotel. [/td][/tr][tr][td]Comments:[/td] [td]Property is a favorite of many of the cruise lines including Royal Caribbean. Beautifully remodeled guest rooms and function space. Brand new restaurant on property and easy walk to many alternative dining options. We can currently offer 50-100 rooms per night depending on the Saturday needed. Banquet Space is ideal for groups of up to 350.
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Ramada Inn at the Cruiseport is offering $145 per night plus taxes
[tr][td]Rate Type:[/td] [td]Direct bid from the Ramada Inn Ft. Lauderdale. Subject to availability.[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Location: [/td][td]Ft. Lauderdale, FL [Highway] [url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupLHotelMap('19004', '4400595')]Map[/url] (~2.87 miles from Fort Lauderdale center) [/td][/tr][tr][td]Rate:[/td] [td]$145.00 USD per night + taxes [/td][/tr][tr][td]Policies:[/td] [td]Group must book rooms no later than 30 days before check-in. The group is not responsible to pay for unused rooms in the block. Group members may cancel reservations no later than 3 days before day of arrival. No deposit required. These policies are specific to your group request as determined by the hotel. [/td][/tr][tr][td]Comments:[/td] [td]We are a full Service Hotel with all rates inclusive of a Hot/cold Breakfast Buffet and Shuttle transfer from Airport/Hotel and back to Airport, or to the cruieport in Fort Lauderdale, rates are for 2 adults in room any additional adults (16 Yrs old and up)will be paying an extra $10.00 each, parking is free while staying at the Hotel, $10.00 while away on cruise per day.Meeting rooms are available/Catering in House upon request. If interested please ask us about our Port of Miami Specials. Rates quoted above are per day. We are not on Beach, but we are only 3 miles away. We can accomodate up to 120 rooms but with advance notice, both dates are $145.00 Single Double $135.00 Triple and $145.00 for a quad.
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Hyatt at Miami Airport West is offering $169.00 plus taxes per night
Location: Miami, FL [Airport] [url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupLHotelMap('25960', '4400730')]Map[/url] (~24.30 miles from Fort Lauderdale center)
Rate: $169.00 USD per night + taxes
[url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupGroupFriendly('4400730', 'Other', '1')]Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote GroupFriendlyThis is a Group Friendly Hotel[/url]
Policies: Group may book under the block anytime before check-in. The group is not responsible to pay for unused rooms in the block. Group members may cancel reservations no later than 6PM on day of arrival. No deposit required. These policies are specific to your group request as determined by the hotel.
Comments: Each room bed type can be arranged individually later. One complimentary room or free banquet or meeting space when more than 10 rooms are booked per night. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale is offering $189 per night plus taxes
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL [Downtown-City Center] [url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupLHotelMap('8688', '4400721')]Map[/url] (~1.82 miles from Fort Lauderdale center)
Rate: $189.00 USD per night + taxes
Policies: Group must book rooms no later than 21 days before check-in. Group is responsible to use at least 80% of group room block. Group members may cancel reservations no later than 1 week before day of arrival. $1500.00 USD is required as a deposit. These policies are specific to your group request as determined by the hotel.
Comments: Each room bed type can be arranged individually later. One complimentary room for every 40 rooms booked. Hotel will be newly renovated and is located across the street from Port Everglades.
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Comfort Inn Oceanside is offering $139.95 plus taxes per night
Location: Deerfield Beach, FL [Beach] [url=https://cruisefreekforums.forumotion.com/javascript:PopupLHotelMap('11675', '4401079')]Map[/url] (~13.19 miles from Fort Lauderdale center)
Rate: $139.95 USD per night + taxes
Policies: Group must book rooms no later than 30 days before check-in. The group is not responsible to pay for unused rooms in the block. Group members may cancel reservations no later than 2 weeks before day of arrival. No deposit required. These policies are specific to your group request as determined by the hotel.
Comments: 25 rooms Run of the house rate -Yes, you can bring in your own food. Yes we have a hotel shuttle. Yes we are by the beach -Take a look>>The Comfort Inn Oceanside in Deerfield Beach, 1/2 bl.from beach&fishing pier. Rates incl.free continental brkfast. Our reg.room rates are 129.95- 159.95 Run of the house rate $139.95 All rooms new bedding,& carpeting. Oceanview rooms have new furniture. We have a 943 sq ft banquet room. Sorry no Suites. We have a Subway Rest. & TCBY yogurt parlor in hotel. There are over 15 restaurants within walking distance. Rooms include,mini fridge,microwave,free high speed internet, heated pool w/dual waterslide tower. We have banquet space for 60 people available. Free meeting space when more than 10 rooms are booked per night.

REMEMBER THESE ARE ONLY ESTIMATES, UNTIL WE HAVE AN ACTUAL DATE, WE CAN'T HAVE ACCURATE PRICING.

As more hotel quotes come through, I will post them.
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:23 pm

Donna this is GREAT thanks for getting some estimates for us!
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:28 pm

If it turns out to be a Western Caribbean Itinerary for the Inaugural, how about a Mexican/Tex-Mex theme - we could do burgers, hot dogs and a taco station
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:31 pm

Andrew wrote:
If it turns out to be a Western Caribbean Itinerary for the Inaugural, how about a Mexican/Tex-Mex theme - we could do burgers, hot dogs and a taco station

That's a fun theme Andrew - wonder how much a Mariachi band would run us - that would really make it fun. If it's an Eastern Caribbean Itinerary maybe we could do a Jimmy Buffet theme - "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" and all
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:46 pm

I say have the party one of the hotels. This way even if it rains, we won't have the party spoiled or worse have to cancel it.

We can do a cash bar, this way everyone is responsible for his or her own drinking. And so far both themes - Mexican/Tex-Mex and Jimmy Buffet sound like fun. I think we should go for some type of music - DJ, band, etc. If we're going to party, let's party!

Great job in getting rate estimates from the hotels Donna!
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 3:53 pm

I thought perhaps the TA would be doing this for us...

Anyhow, I vote also for an indoor party at one of the hotels. Again because there is always the chance of rain, and, this way it can't be cancelled due to weather.

Do we have estimates for party expenses yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 4:01 pm

Hey check out this neat backdrop I found online

http://www.partycheap.com/Tropical_Cruise_Ship_Insta_Theme_s/509.htm

We could order several of them and maybe find other cruise ship items like life preservers - check this one out: http://www.stumpsprom.com/catalog.cfm?caid=666425

And other fun items. What do you all think?
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 4:58 pm

I have a feeling it's going to be a Western Caribbean cruise especially since they made a big deal about Jamaica getting a new pier that could accommodate Genesis.

Love the party at the hotel idea - both Mexican and Jimmy Buffet themes are good. Have no idea what the party will cost but, this is a once in a lifetime event, I wouldn't mind paying $40 or so per person.

Love the cruise theme backdrops and we HAVE to get that life preserver!!
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 5:08 pm

Joe A wrote:
I thought perhaps the TA would be doing this for us...
Ultimately the Admin and I will solidify the plans ... until we have a cruise date it's impossible to get solid commitments out of hotels or other venues. But if the group is excited and revved up and wants to start brainstorming ideas, we aren't going to stop them. Wink We're all excited about this cruise and the suspense is killing us all.

Obviously we ask that no one make commitments on behalf of the group, we'll take care of all that (hotel, party planning, group transportation to the pier, other fun stuff, etc.) ... but don't hold back on any ideas that you may have!!

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Do we have estimates for party expenses yet?
Unforunately, until we have a specific location and date, no estimates on party expenses. Once we know where we are staying (i.e. hotel/s) we can start negotiating the costs for a DJ and for catering, etc.
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I think we're all just getting psyched for this cruise!
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Sorry! Didn't mean to overstep any boundaries, I just know I was curious about pricing and, I'm sure others are too.
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 5:22 pm

I have no idea how the food is from this place but, it's just a way for us to see the cost of catering:

http://www.bocajoescatering.com/

BBQ Package is $13.95 per person with 25 people minimum
http://www.bocajoescatering.com/barbeque-packages.html

I'm sure there are other catering places, this was the only one I could find in the basic area that didn't have there menus in pdf form but, at least it's some place to start with pricing.
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 5:25 pm

ShoeBeeDoBeDo wrote:
Andrew wrote:
If it turns out to be a Western Caribbean Itinerary for the Inaugural, how about a Mexican/Tex-Mex theme - we could do burgers, hot dogs and a taco station

That's a fun theme Andrew - wonder how much a Mariachi band would run us - that would really make it fun. If it's an Eastern Caribbean Itinerary maybe we could do a Jimmy Buffet theme - "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" and all

You asked, I Googled Very Happy

http://www.gigmasters.com/Mariachi/Mariachi_FortLauderdale_FL.asp

Looks like $200 - $400 per hour for a Mariachi band
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Dr Donna wrote:
Sorry! Didn't mean to overstep any boundaries, I just know I was curious about pricing and, I'm sure others are too.
you are not over stepping any boundaries by placing inquires and getitng info, and brain storming ideas Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 6:58 pm

I'm the majority so far, let's have a party at one of the hotels with music, food and the works. Loyal Caribbean, I don't know where you found those party props but, they're perfect! I'm glad you book marked the page.

Can you imagine the look on the face of the CC folks when they see that big life preserver that says "Welcome Cruise Freek Forums"!! I would imagine LS and her followers will have their mouths hanging open eek
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 7:03 pm

Glad you like! Here's more items we might consider:
http://www.cruisenfavors.com/cruise-themes.html
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You guys have some great ideas! We're going to blow CC out of the water - they'll be leaving CC and coming to Cruise Freeks in the hundreds.
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeWed May 14, 2008 8:29 pm

This is an excellent idea for the Inaugural - a pre-cruise party should be a lot of fun and draw a lot of interest in our direction.
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeThu May 15, 2008 11:03 am

I'm all for the party at a hotel with music. Let's kick some CC butt!
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeThu May 15, 2008 11:11 am

Absolutely a party with music! I like the BBQ idea for food, it's pretty universal and should please the majority, not to mention it won't cost us a fortune.
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Absolutely a party with music! I like the BBQ idea for food, it's pretty universal and should please the majority, not to mention it won't cost us a fortune.

I agree - I think we should have staples like hamburgers and hot dogs, then maybe two or three more choices like coconut shrimp, baked ziti and jerk chicken and lots of good appetitizers like mozzerella sticks, cocktail meatballs, peel and eat shrimp cocktail, and of course a few vegetarian choices like bean salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, etc and then I see Boca Joes has a Veinnese Table available for dessert: http://www.bocajoescatering.com/menu_desserts.html but, I also think a couple of sheet cakes might be nice too - meaning in addition to the veinnese table, not instead of...

What does everyone else think?
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PostSubject: Re: Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote   Genesis Cruisers - Please Vote Icon_minitimeThu May 15, 2008 1:28 pm

A party at one of the hotels sounds like fun! Any hint what the news is going to be on June 18th? Like MAYBE they'll let us know when bookings will open!?! We can only hope
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Actually, I've been to a few outings where Boca Joes was the catering service
http://www.bocajoescatering.com/ and for what you're all describing, they might work well for us. Assuming the hotel doesn't have an on site catering company.
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