New England Waltz Weekend & Dance Cruise (Oct 8-15, 2017)


Join  Ari Levitt & Roll Up The Rug  this Fall for a fabulous

New England
 "Waltz Weekend" 
and "Dance Cruise" 

Join us Fri-Sat (Oct 6-8) in Boston for a fabulous "Waltz Weekend", followed by a one-week dance cruise (Oct 8-15) onboard Royal Caribbean's majestic Serenade of the Seas as we sail the spectacular New England & Canadian coastlines, taking in the beauty and splendor of the changing Fall colors!  Sign up for one, the other, or for both offerings -- it's going to be fantastic any way you put it together!

BOSTON WALTZ WEEKEND:  October 6th-8th (Fri-Sun)
NEW ENGLAND DANCE CRUISE:  October 8th-15th (Sun-Sun) 

Departing from and returning to Boston, MA.  

  • CLICK HERE for Full Details, Pricing, & Registration for the Fri-Sun Waltz Weekend (workshops & dances only, housing not included)
  • CLICK HERE for Full Details, Pricing, & Registration for the Sun-Sun Dance Cruise (all-inclusive).  To reserve your spot on the Cruise, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax)or email her at malori@amazingjourneys.net.
  • CLICK HERE  If you are coming from out of town, need a hotel room, or would like to take a day or two before the cruise to explore Boston

Cruise Overview:

DATES:  Oct 8-15, 2017 (Sun to Sun), departing at 4:00pm, returning at 7:00am from Boston

ITINERARY:   Ports of call include Boston (Mass), Bar Harbor (Maine)Portland (Maine)St. John (New Brunswick), Halifax (Nova Scotia), and two days at sea.

DANCE CLASSES & GROUP ACTIVITIES:  Group classes on the ship will include a mix of morning and/or afternoon sessions in a variety of dance styles (swing, social, ballroom, Latin, blues, fusion, WCS, tango, etc), with a strong focus on both partnering & connection, as well as introducing fun new step patterns and stylings.  Other group activities may include afternoon & evening dances; a cocktail social hour, games night, special dance outings in ports; as well as many other fun "non-dancing" activities onboard the ship and on dry land.  

THE "SERENADE OF THE SEAS":  Sailing some of the most popular cruise vacation destinations in the world, this amenity-filled ship is a crowning jewel of the Royal Caribbean fleet.  Our trip will be her last full-week New England run before repositioning to the Caribbean, so be sure to get your tickets early as it promises to be quite popular and will undoubtedly sell out soon!  Incidentally, if you want to buy anything in these beautiful little coastal towns, this is the week to go because everything will be on sale for the end of the season!

PRE-CRUISE BOSTON WALTZ WEEKEND PACKAGE:  If you would like to join us in Boston before the cruise to participate in any part of our Boston Waltz Weekend (Friday night -Sunday morning, plus Fri & Sat night social dances), we will have more information about that soon.

PRE-CRUISE 1 or 2 NIGHT PACKAGE IN BOSTON:  If you are coming from out of town, need a hotel room, and/or would like to take a day or two before the cruise to explore Boston (and/or join in our Friday or Saturday night social dances), check out the pre-cruise package options at: http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-pre-cruise  

CRUISE PACKAGES & COSTS:  There are several cruise packages available for interior, balcony, or suite cabins.  Rooms at our guaranteed group prices are available through Jun 8th.  After these sell out, prices will be subject to change by Royal Caribbean Cruises.  For full details, registration, & pricing information, CLICK HERE (or go to http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-cruise), or call  Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE (or go to http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-cruise)

WHO TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS:  

  • For questions about cruise pricing, registration, booking your cruise ticket, or any other travel plans, contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220.    
  • For dance-related questions, please feel free to contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

 

Why you should join us and what makes this cruise so special:

 

--> IT'S ALL TOP SHELF!:  You'll get world-class dance instruction during the day, with many more opportunities for one-on-one coaching, dancing, socializing, and mingling during the afternoons and evenings. Add to this the ship's own special amenities and many available activities such as the fitness center, spa, pools, live music, sports, golf, theater, lectures, shows, entertainment, and more, as well as the comfort of the ship's 5-star hotel and dining facilities, and you've got yourself one incredible week of no-worries, hassle-free fun!

 

--> A GREAT ITINERARY, A FABULOUS SHIP, AND THE PERFECT WAY TO SEE NEW ENGLAND DURING THE SPECTACULAR FALL FOLIAGE SEASON!  We'll cruise the coasts of New England & Canada, taking in the spectacular Fall colors; We'll visit the historic & quaint seaside towns of Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John, and Halifax; and we'll get two days at sea!  

       Sea days are frequently a cruise passenger's favorite -- they're wonderfully relaxing (or as busy as you want to make them), with opportunities to take advantage of everything the ship has to offer.  We'll do most of our dance classes and privates during the sea days.  

--> IT'S A DANCE ADVENTURE, TAILORED TO YOU!:  You'll meet people from all over the USA and abroad, form great memories, and make lasting connections.  We'll have games, mixers, special discussions, and plenty of non-dancing social activities planned, with lots of room for spontaneity, improvisation, and your input in our activities.  As for dancing, classes will move swiftly, and we'll really be able to take advantage of the many opportunities the ship provides for music and dance, all this while at play with a fun group of fellow dance-enthusiasts!    

FAQ's:

Where does the ship leave from and how do I get there?  The ship leaves from the port of Boston, MA.  If coming from out of town and not using one of the pre-cruise hotel package options, you will need to arrange your own travel to the port which is very accessible from the Boston (SEA) airport, and anywhere in Boston.  There are many shuttles and taxi's available throughout the region, as well as Uber, Lyft, and other shared ride services.   

Who is the organizer and administrator for this cruise?  This cruise is being organized by Ari Levitt at "Roll Up The Rug & Dance, Inc"; and administrated by the travel professionals at "Amazing Journeys, Inc."  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax), or email her at malori@amazingjourneys.net.  
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

If I am single and would like to share a room, how can I find other participants who would like to do the same?   If you are interested in connecting with other single participants who would be interested in sharing a cabin, please indicate this on your registration form.  Alternatively, you can direct any specific questions or requests to Malori at Amazing Journeys and she will be more than happy to help arrange room sharing for you. You can reach Malori at (412) 571-0220 or at malori@amazingjourneys.net.

How can I find out more about the ship?  More information about the ship can be found on the Royal Caribbean website

When do I need to have my down payment submitted by?   A deposit of $350 ($700 for single occupancy) is due with your reservation of the cruise. A deposit of $100 is due with your reservation for the pre-cruise package. Full payment is due June 8, 2017.

What is included in the price?  What additional charges/fee's should I anticipate?  The price includes your cruise, taxes, port charges, dance workshops, and all onboard gratuities. It does not include transportation, optional onboard amenities or incidentals.

Are prices guaranteed?  Yes, but only through June 8th, 2017, or until the number of group cabins allotted to us by Royal Caribbean are sold out.  After that, the pricing cannot be guaranteed, and will fluctuate based on RC's current room charges and availability.  Please check with Malori at Amazing Journeys to confirm the latest status and pricing for rooms (Royal Caribbean frequently runs special deals that Malori can help you negotiate, so be sure to call her and check on the latest offers)

What is the refund policy?    To review the refund policy, please refer to the "Terms" page at http://amazingjourneys.net/trip/dance-cruise (Click on the "Terms" tab at the top of the website to access this page)

What is the typical day's dance schedule?  Dance workshops will take place from 10am-noon during the two days at sea, and on the free morning when we don't dock until the 3pm.  Other classes will be inserted during cruising times when not in port. The schedule will allow you to fully take advantage of all of the ship's activities and amenities during the rest of the day.  There will be plenty of music and dancing in the afternoons and evenings, as well as opportunities for more informal gatherings and "tune-up" lessons.

What kinds of dance classes will be offered?  Specific workshops topics will be decided closer to the sailing date (and on the ship) in order to best tailor the lessons to the group's abilities and interests.  Styles will be selected from among swing, latin (salsa, cha cha, merengue, rhumba), ballroom (waltz, foxtrot, etc), night club 2-step, 1-step, blues, and fusion.  We can be fairly flexible with how all of this is set up.

Will there be opportunities for private lessons?  Yes, these can be arranged individually with Ari onboard the ship or beforehand by email.  If you are taking advantage of the pre-cruise Waltz Weekend in Boston, we can also schedule lessons on shore then.

What level will the dance classes be geared toward and what will be their focus.  Group classes will be geared toward the adv-beginner/intermediate level dancer (ie: you should be comfortable with beginning level dance steps, connection, and framework, and be ready to move forward from there).  If you still consider yourself a novice dancer, not to worry.  You have plenty of time between now and October, 2017, to sign up for some local partner dance classes and get ramped up! (I would recommend classes in swing, salsa, latin, or ballroom, although just about any kind of social partner dance would be fine).  

The class format will be very much geared toward fun, playful social partner dancing, which is to say that we will not be focussing on performance choreography, competition styling, or line-dancing.  In each workshop, we'll start by laying the groundwork for strong partnering foundations, imparting a clear understanding of how connection, framework, and energy can be utilized to create playful movement and improvisations, and reviewing basic steps and combinations. On top of this we build a wide-ranging repertoire of fun moves and variations.

What is the evening dress for the ship?  Each night on the ship, there is typcically a different theme for dress.  Our week of cruising will include two formal nights, two informal nights, and three casual nights.  The recommendations for dress typically applies only to the ship's dining room and public areas after 5:00pm, and are as follow:

  • Formal attire:  For men this might include either a jacket & tie, a suit & tie, or a tuxedo; and an evening dress or gown for women.  
  • Informal attire:  For men this might include shirt, jacket, and slacks; and a summer dress, or slacks & blouse for women.  
  • Casual attire: This is fairly flexible, though the ship does request that you not wear shorts or jeans.

What travel documents will I need?  As per all international travel, you will need to bring a current passport from your country of citizenship.  A driver's license is also recommended.  No special visas or further documentation will be required for US citizens in these ports-of-call.   

Do I need any special immunizations for international travel?  While you should make sure that your regular shots are up-to-date, no special immunizations are needed for travel to these ports.  

 

If I have any questions, who should I contact?  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax)or email her at malori@amazingjourneys.net.  
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

 

Statistics about the "Serenade of the Seas" (from online sources)

  • Guest Capacity: 2,146 guests (double occupancy) • 2,476 guests (total)
  • Tonnage: 90,090 GT, 11,936 DWT
  • Built: Built at Meyerwerft Yard, Papenburg, Germany. Construction began Sept, 2001
  • Inaugural Cruise: August 25, 2003
  • Last Refurbished: December 2012
  • Christener: Whoopi Goldberg, TV & movie celebrity
  • Dining and Snacks: The ship has 10 restaurants and eateries: Reflections Dining Room; Windjammer Café (buffet style); Izumi (Japanese); Giovanni's Table Family Style Italian Restaurant; Chops Grille Steakhouse; Rita's Cantina (Mexican); Park Cafe; Chef's Table; Latte'tudes coffee & snack bar; and 24-hour room service
  • Dinner Seatings:  2
  • Seating Assignments in Main Dining Room:  Our Group has been assigned Late Seating 
  • Dining Hours:  6:15 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
  • Main Dining Room Dress Code: 2 formal nights, 2 informal nights, 3 casual nights. No shorts at night in the main dining room.  If you would like to dine more casually or in shorts, you can always eat at the Cafe Caribe or Horizon Court Buffets.  
  • Tipping Recommended?:  Not necessary.  All gratuities have already been covered in your group pricing.
  • Showrooms/Lounges: The ship hosts a 756-person theater (Tropical Theater), outdoor poolside 220 square foot movie screen, 9 story central atrium with aerial Cirque du Soleil type performances in the evening, Casino Royale with slots & table games, 16 bars & lounges (including one non-alcoholic bar in the teens-only Fuel Disco), Card room, Billiard room with 2 self leveling pool tables, a library, two nightclubs (Fuel Nightclub for teenagers, Vortex for 18 and older), Diamond Lounge, Concierge Lounge, an indoor cinema, and an arcade
  • Guest Services: On the top decks are various services and amenities available to guests: the Day Spa and Fitness Center, Beauty Salon, Solarium (indoor, adults-only, pool area), half court basketball, rock-climbing wall, nine-hole miniature golf course, jogging track, three pools, and three whirlpools. The ship also contains many shops, a photo and art gallery, business center, and medical center.
  • Internet:  On board there is a conference center, and the ship hosts pervasive wireless internet connectivity at a charge of 65¢ per minute. Guests can also access the internet through the RC Online Internet Center.
  • Number of Crew: 891
  • Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Length: 962 ft (293.2 m)
  • Beam:  131 ft  (39.8 m)
  • Draft:  28 ft  (8.5 m)
  • Height: 195 ft
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Speed:  25 knots  (46 km/hr, 29 mph)
  • Guest Cabins: There are a total of 1,073 staterooms aboard, 829 of which are ocean view, 589 of those have balconies. All staterooms convert to Royal king size bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit, flat panel
    LED televisions, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning 
  • Pools: 3
  • Whirlpools Spas: 3