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LezCruise News
October 2006

Greetings!

In last month's newsletter we described our new LezPoints and LezGroups programs. This month we want to announce our 3rd Quarter LezPoints winner, and tell you a little more about our groups.

in this issue
  • And the Winner is...
  • Mind, Body & Spirit Cruise with Crystal Cruise Lines
  • Lez See Alaska with Royal Caribbean
  • Cruise the Caribbean with Regent Seven Seas
  • Lez See Alaska Some More with Holland America
  • Kind of Interested in a Cruise but Kind of Unsure?

  • Mind, Body & Spirit Cruise with Crystal Cruise Lines

    We've booked some group space on a February 2007 7-night Mexico sailing with Crystal Cruise Lines. There are many cool things about this particular sailing:

    • We've arranged a $100.00 per person cruise credit for each cruise booked with LezCruise
    • Because October is National Cruise Vacation Month, we will also throw in either an additional $100 per person cruise credit, or a $100 per person rebate (payable after the sailing), for each cruise booked with LezCruise in October
    • The theme of the Cruise is "Mind, Body, Spirit" so there will be many complimentary yoga, tai chi and fitness classes
    • The cruise is on the Symphony which is going to be completely refurbished at the beginning of November. You can read their press release here.
    • The fare is pretty good for a Crystal cruise, which is one of the top luxury lines. Often their fares run at $2500 - $3000 per person, but this one is $1890 per person for an outside (obstructed view) cabin
    • Because it is a luxury line, the food and service are superb, and
    • All non-alcoholic drinks are included in the fare, as well as at least two parties where alcohol is complimentary.

    The cruise departs February 25 from Los Angeles. We are currently the only LezCruisers booked on this cruise but we're hoping that we can talk a few of you in to joining us!!


    Lez See Alaska with Royal Caribbean

    This 7-night Alaska cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was chosen by our users. There are currently six lesbians booked on this sailing, and four more who have marked themselves as interested. When we saw so much activity, we contacted the cruise line and reserved some group space.

    The cruise line tells us that even though the ship (Vision of the Seas) doesn't sail until August 31 of 2007, the sailing is already almost sold out. We have 8 outside cabins reserved - each with early seating dining and a $25 per person cruise credit.

    Royal Caribbean will only hold our reserved cabins until December 1, so if you'd like to join this group of women, give us a holler before then!!


    Cruise the Caribbean with Regent Seven Seas

    We also have some group space on a November 2007 7-night Caribbean sailing with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. RSSC is another luxury line, and as such it has many cool amenities, in addition to what we've been able to set up:

    • We've arranged a $100.00 per person cruise credit for each cruise booked with LezCruise before March 31, 2007
    • Because October is National Cruise Vacation Month, we will also throw in either an additional $100 per person cruise credit, or a $100 per person rebate (payable after the sailing), for each cruise booked with LezCruise in October
    • The cruise is on the Voyager, which is all-suite and all-balcony. The minimum room size is 356 sq feet (room is 306, balcony 50)
    • As with Crystal, the food and service are superb
    • almost everything is included in the fare - all drinks (alcoholic and otherwise), all specialty restaurants, tips - about the only thing you'll pay for is shore excursions, spa treatments and internet service, and
    • the itinerary is an interesting one, with stops in Costa Maya, Belize, Guatemala, and excursions focused on Mayan history.

    The cruise departs November 30 from Ft Lauderdale. As with the Crystal cruise, we will be sailing and hope some of you will join us!!


    Lez See Alaska Some More with Holland America

    This 7-night Alaska cruise is another one chosen by our users. There are currently 14 lesbians booked on this sailing.

    This is a group of women, mostly from the Phoenix area, ranging in age from from 40ish to 80ish. They met mostly through church and have been traveling as a group for about 3 years or so.

    "We are administrators, artists, retired, attorney, med school prof, educator, nurses, coders..." - even a real live Rosie the Riveter. One of the group's members says it's "really cool because it's a group of women who are hugely diverse. Some folks are really, really active, others are not at all active." They'd love to have more women join them and they sound like a lot of fun.

    The 14 members of this group have actually booked a cruise tour, which includes a 6-night land portion in Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage before the 7-night cruise, which departs Anchorage for Vancouver on August 12, 2007. The cruise tour is already sold out, but there is still some space on the cruise only portion.

    We've managed to secure some group space, but as this sailing is almost sold out (boy! Alaska sells out like crazy!) we could only reserve inside cabins, which means they're only for us - no one else can buy them. As of this writing there are still some outside cabins left (no verandahs), but they are first come first served.

    We're going to put down a deposit for an outside cabin, because this group sounds like so much fun. If you think so too, but aren't sure you can swing it, read the next article


    Kind of Interested in a Cruise but Kind of Unsure?

    If you are interested but unsure, you can always put down a deposit now and get all your money back later if you change your mind. With most cruises you can get 100% of your deposit back as long as you cancel within a stated amount of time (usually 90 - 120 days prior to the cruise.)

    Before we went on our first cruise, we researched and agonized and worried and then finally put down a deposit. We went on that first cruise and loved it so much that we took advantage of the on-board booking bonus which gave us 5% off any cruise we booked on-board. We didn't know which cruise we wanted, but we booked something a year away (to give ourselves plenty of leeway to cancel if necessary). Later we decided we wanted to go to Alaska and transferred the 5% discount to an Alaska cruise.

    As the deadline for getting our deposit back grew near, we decided we couldn't afford to go and, with heavy hearts, we cancelled our cruise. The good news (and the point of this story) is that we got all our money back and it came in very handy.


    And the Winner is...

    The inaugural LezPoints Amazon gift certificate goes to a LezCruise User from Florida. Our winner had 28 LezPoints - 4 posted cruises and 8 Community forum posts. Way to go!!

    This user's favorite cruise line is Celebrity, and she has been on over 12 cruises, including recent cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. We're hoping to talk her into posting reviews on these recent cruises - might as well get started on the next gift certificate!

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