Join Roll Up The Rug 

for an incredible week of tropical adventure, travel, dance, and fun onboard the brand new 

Celebrity Reflection 

April 13-20, 2013

 as we explore some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean! 


DATES:  April 13-20, 2013 (Sat to Sat), departing at 4:30pm, returning at 7:00am from Miami

ITINERARY: Ports of call include Miami (Florida), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (St Maartin), Basseterre (St. Kitts), and three days at sea.

DANCE CLASSES & GROUP ACTIVITIES:  Group classes include eight morning workshops in a variety of swing, social, ballroom, and latin styles.  Activities include afternoon & evening dances; a group outing in San Juan to one of Puerto Rico's top salsa clubs; fun non-dance programing; opportunities for "holistic dance & wellness" education and discussion (a new medical field pioneered by Ari), and more!

THE CELEBRITY REFLECTION:  The newest, most beautiful "Solstace" class ship in the award-winning Celebrity fleet, the Reflection was inaugurated in Oct, 2012, and will spend only six months in the Western Hemisphere.  Our trip will be her last North American cruise before repositioning to Europe, so be sure to get your tickets early as it promises to be quite popular and will undoubtedly sell out soon!

PACKAGES & COSTS: There are several packages available.  Registration required by Dec 15th.   For details, Click Here (or go to  

TO REGISTER: Click Here (or go to

WHO TO CONTACT FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS:  For questions about your travel plans, contact Rosie at 410 224-4555.  For questions about the dance workshops, contact Stephanie at 410 913-0111

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 in paradise!


--> A BRAND NEW SHIP WITH A SPECIAL DANCE-DEDICATED BALLROOM!:  In the cruise industry, you should always try to book onto the newest ships.  That's because cruise companies put all of their best resources (entertainment, staff, amenities, crew, etc) on their newest ships in order to get the highest ratings and draw.  Ladies & gentlemen, this is the newest ship on the market of any cruise company!  And not only is it new, it has a specially built ballroom designed for the European market -- something you typically won't find on cruise ships in American waters!


--> A GREAT ITINERARY, WITH A SPECIAL GROUP-ONLY NIGHT OUT IN SAN JUAN!:  We'll visit Miami, San Juan, St Maartin, St Kitts, and enjoy three days at sea.  Sea days are frequently a cruise passengers 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.  In San Juan (Puerto Rico), you'll have a chance to explore the beautiful old city on your own by day, then join the group in the evening for a special outing to one of the city's great salsa clubs with live music and entertainment. We'll meet at the ship. Transportation and club admission are covered by us.


--> 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!   


Where does the ship leave from and how do I get there?  The ship leaves from the port of Miami. You would need to arrange your own travel to the port which is very accessible from the Miami or Fort Lauderdale airports.  There are many shuttles and taxi's available throughout the region. 

Who is the organizer and administrator for this cruise?  This cruise is being organized and run by the professionals at  For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Rosie at (410) 224-4555 or email her at  For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Stephanie at (410) 913-0111

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 send your contact information (name, email, phone number, and any specific requests or conditions) to Rosie at Best Connection Travel and she will be more than happy to help arrange room sharing for you. You can reach Rosie at (410) 224-4555 or at

How can I find out more about the ship?  More information about the ship can be found on the Celebrity website at:

When do I need to have my down payment submitted by? Down payments were due on December 15th, 2012 for guarenteed room rates.  However, there are still spaces available and great deals on rooms.  Call Rosie for details.

What is included in the price?  What additional charges/fee's should I anticipate?  The price includes your cruise, port taxes, dance workshops, and the group excursion in Puerto Rico. It does not include tips, transportation, or incidentals.

Are prices guaranteed?  Yes, but only through Dec 15th, 2012.

What is the refund policy?  The deposit is refundable until January 27th, 2013.  Anyone canceling after that date will lose their deposit.

What is the typical day's dance schedule?  Dance workshops will take place from 10am-noon during the three days at sea, and on the third morning when we don't dock until the 3pm (8 classes in all). 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 or Whitney onboard the ship or beforehand by email.

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 April 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 the cruise and/or to your travel, please contact Rosie at (410) 224-4555 or  For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Stephanie at (410) 913-0111

Statistics about the Celebrity Reflection (from online source)

  • Year Built:  2012
  • Tonnage: 126,000 tons
  • Registry: Malta
  • Length:  1,047 feet
  • Beam: 121 feet
  • Passenger Capacity:  3,030
  • Crew Size:  999
  • Total Inside Cabins:  102
  • Total Outside Cabins:  1,323
  • Cabins & Suites w/ verandas:  1,177
  • Suites:  56
  • Maximum Occupancy per room:  5
  • Age Restrictions:  One person must be 21 or older
  • Dinner Seatings:  2
  • Seating Assignments in Main Dining Room:  Assigned
  • Dining Hours:  6:15 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
  • Dining Room Dress Code:  7-night cruise: 2 formal nights, 2 informal nights, 3 casual nights. No shorts or jeans at night.
  • Tipping Recommended?:  Yes
  • Tipping Guidelines:  Added to onboard account. Cabin Steward/Butler, $3.50 per person/day ($4.00 for Concierge/Aqua class). Waiter, $3.65 per person/day. Asst. Waiter, $2.10 per person/day. Maitre'd, $1.00 per person/day. Other personnel, $1.25 per person/day. Total, $11.50 ($12.00 for Concierge/Aqua class) per person/day. 15% tip included on beverage orders.Onboard CurrencyUS Dollar 

Services & Amenities
Bars/Lounges 14
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes
Casino Yes
Chapel No
Disco/Dancing Yes
Elevators Yes
Hot Tub 10
Cell Phone Service Yes
Internet Center Yes
Wireless Internet Access Yes
Note: Available in certain areas
Laundry/Dry Cleaning Yes
Library Yes
Movie Theatre Yes
Outdoor Movie Screen No
Onboard Weddings Yes
Self Serve Laundromats No
Shops Yes
Showroom Yes
Spa Yes
Video Arcade Yes
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball Court Yes
Fitness Center Yes
Golf Driving Net No
Golf Simulator No
Ice Skating Rink No
Jogging Track Yes
Mini-Golf Course No
Rock Climbing Wall No
Swimming Pool 3
Tennis Court No
Water Sports Platform No
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room Service Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Safe Yes
Telephone Yes
Television Yes
Kids Facilities
Babysitting Yes
Children's Playroom Yes
Kiddie Pool No
Supervised Youth Program Yes
Teen Center Yes
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
     (private connecting doors)
Kosher Meals Yes
Single Occupancy Cabins No
Single Share Program (through the ship) No
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins 30