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Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Offered By: Van Galder Bus Company
Sail away to sunny skies, sandy beaches, and warm weather!

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 8 Days
Departs From: Madison, WI * Janesville, WI * South Beloit, IL * Rockford, IL

Price:
Inside Stateroom (Per Person Double Occupancy) - $1,999.00
Verandah Stateroom (Per Person Double Occupancy) - $2,389.00

Accommodations:

Mid-size ship (1916 passengers), 4 restaurants, 2 show lounges, 2 outdoor swimming pools, spa and salon, fitness center, duty-free shops, Internet Center, library, casino, wrap around deck, observation deck, Explorations Cafe, and shore excursion desk

 

Tour Inclusions:

Professional tour director, roundtrip motor coach transportation, airport/port terminal transfers, roundtrip air, ship accommodations in category selected, and onboard ship meals excluding specialty dining

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

Jet away to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Holland America Line ms Westerdam cruise ship is waiting to sail you away to sunny skies, sandy beaches, and warm weather, averaging in the upper 70’s - low 80’s, through several destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. Late afternoon, embark this mid-size ship and set sail!

Day 2: At Sea

By day there is so much to do onboard the ms Westerdam. Relax at one of two pools on the Lido Deck and take-in the ocean breeze and sunshine. There are several options throughout the day for dining in either a relaxed or resort casual style. Daily activities hosted by the Holland America Line staff are announced every day to enhance your cruising adventure. Evening venues for entertainment include the Vista Lounge, or try your luck in the Casino.

Day 3: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Welcome to the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, a British Crown Colony, and the location where Christopher Columbus first made landfall in 1492. On land, the architecture of Grand Turk is colonial style with rustic charm. Optional shore excursions explore the island's space history since John Glenn splashed down nearby in 1962. Snorkeling in the outstanding- protected coral reefs of Horseshoe and Round Cay are very popular optional excursions.

Day 4: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Founded in 1521, San Juan’s picturesque cobblestone streets, plazas and chapels reflect its Spanish heritage. The second oldest city in the Americas also boasts fine beaches, lush rainforests, imposing forts, so venture off today on one of the many shore excursions that highlight San Juan historic treasures.

Day 5: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

The capital of the Dutch section of the island, Philipsburg, calls itself 100% wonderful! Situated on a gentle arc where land meets the saltwater, the beaches beckon. From the Esplanade, find one of the best duty-free shopping boutiques in the Caribbean. Easily cross over from shopping to strolling the white sandy beach within moments.

Day 6: At Sea

Another day to relax onboard the ms Westerdam as we cruise towards our next port of call. The Culinary Arts Center provides a wonderful opportunity to pamper your palate and culinary techniques (optional.)

Day 7: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Located 100-miles east of Nassau this pristine island is privately owned by Holland America Line. Tender to shore for a day to play on the blinding white sandy beach, or maybe a cabana beachside is calling.

Day 8: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Arrive back at the port of Fort Lauderdale and prepare for ship disembarkation. Fly back to the Midwest with warm, sunny thoughts of a week spent cruising the Eastern Caribbean.

Important Notes:

  • Medium Level of Walking Involved

  • Deposit: $350.00 per person due at time of reservation; final payment due November 25, 2013. Once payments have been received, stringent cancellation penalties apply

  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended

  • Additional charges may be applicable: airline luggage fees, shipboard gratuities, fuel surcharges and shore excursions

  • Passport valid for six months upon departure from the Bahamas is required

Departure Details:

Departure City
Location Address
Parking Info.
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W Broadway
Lot "G"
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal,
3120 N Pontiac Dr.
Parking pass provided.
South Beloit, IL Road Ranger / McDonald's
I-90 / Hwy 75 Interchange
Parking $3.00 Per Day.
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St
Parking Token Provided.


Terms and Conditions:

RESERVATIONS:
Van Galder Tour & Travel requires advance reservations on all tours. Reservations can be made by telephone at 800.747.7407 or 608.531.4545; in person at The Old Towne Mall - Van Galder Tour & Travel, 20 S. Main St., Ste. 26, Janesville, WI , or online at www.vangalderbus.com Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm. After Hours/Emergency: 800.747.0994, #6
DEPOSIT SCHEDULE

Extended Motorcoach Tours:
require a $50.00 deposit per person within 7 days after making reservation and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
One Day Tours:
require $00.00 deposit per person and a final payment 45 DAYS prior to departure
Flyaway & Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description.
Payment types accepted:
Cash, personal check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY
TRIP CANCELLATION/INTERRUPTION INSURANCE
is strongly recommended on all motorcoach tours and is offered to safeguard your travel investment. Insurance details are available on page 26 and are optional. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance. Travel Insurance premium is non-refundable. If insurance is not purchased, refund/cancellation policy is listed below:
PER PERSON PENALITIES (based on business days prior to departure)

Extended Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $00.00 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a $100 per person penalty plus any unrecoverable fees. 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
One Day Motorcoach:
30 + days prior to departure, there will be a $00.00 per person penalty. 29-4 days prior to departure, there will be a penalty of 50% of the tour cost or the cost of the ticketed event (whichever is higher). 3-0 days (72 business hours) prior to departure, there will be no refund.
Flyaway/Cruise Packages:
Rules/regulations vary by vendor and package. Refer to tour description. **Cancelling passengers on most motorcoach tours can provide a replacement person(s) for the seat(s.) The office must be notified of the name replacement at the time of cancellation or within the timeline provided by tour office. No one is permitted to board the motorcoach whose name is not on the manifest.
DOCUMENTATION:
One Day Tours: An invoice with timing will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) Multi-Day Motorcoach Tours: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Flyaway and Cruise Offerings: An invoice will be issued at time of reservation and emailed to client (or sent via US Mail if no e-mail is available.) A tour itinerary and bag tags will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure and sent via US Mail. Exceptions, due to outside vendors, will be explained at time of reservations.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:
A valid U.S. Passport for travel outside the United States via land, air, or sea is required. All International travel requires a U.S. Passport valid for 6 months beyond departure date from foreign country.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Each tour participant is pre-registered by advance reservation. Upon arrival, room keys will be obtained by the tour director or driver and distributed accordingly. Arrangements will be made for your luggage to be delivered to your room and returned to the motorcoach at check-out time unless otherwise indicated. Room assignments are made by the hotel in an impartial manner. All nonsmoking rooms are requested. If any special service (ex: smoking room, ADA accessible room) is required, please advise at time of reservation.
SINGLE SHARE PROGRAM:
Our “Single Share Program” is offered on most of Van Galder Tour & Travel's motor coach extended day tours (exceptions will be listed on individual tour outlines.) If travelling alone and you would like to share a room with another person of the same sex, please advise the Van Galder staff member assisting you at the time of reservation. The tour MUST be booked at least 45 days prior to departure to take advantage of this offer. Tour & Travel will try and match you with another tour participant traveling alone who would like to share. If there is a match, you and your roommate will travel at the double rate. If no potential roommate is available, you still travel at the double rate. If you CHOOSE not to travel with the tour participant selected, you will travel at the single rate. Van Galder Tour & Travel is not responsible for the personal habits of our clients
PERSONS NEEDING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE:
Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to Van Galder Tour & Travel at time of reservation. Van Galder will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants, but are not responsible in the event we are unable to do so, or if any of the vendors deny services. We strongly advise persons with special needs to travel with a qualified and physically able companion. Van Galder tour directors and/or drivers are not to act as a travel attendant to any client with special needs, or physically lift or assist clients into transportation vehicles. A minimum of 48 hours advance notice in writing is required for a wheelchair accessible bus. ** Please note: the Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside of the United States and facilities for disabled individuals may be limited.
GRATUITIES AND TAXES:
Motorcoach tours include most necessary tips for bellman, doorman, and dining room meals as noted on itineraries, plus all taxes unless otherwise indicated. Gratuities /taxes may vary for flyaway/cruise tours and will be noted on tour itinerary. Tips are appreciated by the tour directors and drivers who work diligently to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Suggested per person amount is $3.00 per day for each tour director and driver, however are optional and at client discretion.
MOTORCOACH:
We use state-of-the-art motorcoaches, which are climate controlled with comfortable reclining seats, footrests, overhead storage, rest rooms, public address system, GPS units, seat belts and large panoramic windows for your viewing enjoyment. Although seat belts are not required at this time, Van Galder strongly suggests the use of seat belts at all times. Note: It is difficult to maintain the motorcoach at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone, a light jacket is suggested.
SMOKING:
Smoking, including the use of electronic simulated smoking materials, e-cigarettes, and smokeless cigarettes is prohibited in all workplaces, facilities and vehicles of Coach USA and its affiliates.
ALCOHOL:
Alcohol is not permitted on board any Van Galder Tour & Travel retail tour. If you wish to bring alcohol, coolers will be allowed and stored under the motorcoach in the luggage bay, only to be taken out and consumed off of the motorcoach upon arrival at the destination.
LUGGAGE:
Each person is permitted to bring one large piece of luggage to be stowed in the luggage bay. Also, a small carry-on size bag is allowed to be stowed in the overhead bin on the motorcoach, and is the responsibility of the client.
MEDICINES:
Take sufficient supply of prescription medication to last duration of the tour. It is very difficult to get prescriptions refilled while enroute. Keep medications on your person at all times.
MOTORCOACH SEATING:
Seat assignments are made on extended day tours only and are assigned based on booking date order from the front of the motorcoach back. No special requests for seats will be honored. All passengers on a three or more day tour will participate in daily rotation. Note: On extended tours, all passengers are required to sit in assigned seats until all clients are on board. If there are ample seats empty in the rear of the motorcoach, the tour director will ask the group if anyone wants to be left out of the seat rotation. If there are enough seats for ALL clients that would like to move, at that time they will be able to switch seats. However, if there are not enough seats in the back for all clients that want to be out of the rotation, then no one will move and everyone will be required to participate in seat rotation.
GIFT CERTIFICATES:
Van Galder Tour & Travel gift certificates are available year-round for any denomination. They are attractively packaged and are available online at www.vangalderbus.com
TRAVEL DOLLARS:
Most Van Galder retail motorcoach tours grant a $3.00 per person, per day, travel dollar to all paid tour participants. Travel Dollars can be used on any future Van Galder retail tour and do not expire. Note: Chicago Fun Days, Casino Tours, Cruises and all Flyaway tours are excluded.
TOUR PICKUP LOCATIONS:
*JANESVILLE, WI Van Galder Terminal 3120 N. Pontiac Dr. *SOUTH BELOIT, IL Road Ranger / McDonald’s ($3 per day) Hwy 75 & I90 *ROCKFORD, IL Van Galder Terminal 7559 Walton St. *MADISON, WI Shopko South Towne Mall 2101 W. Broadway, Lot “G”
OTHER VAN GALDER SERVICES OFFERED:
• Individual Tour Services on: Collette Vacation, Funjet, Apple Vacations, Costa Rica Dream Adventures, Norwegian Cruiselines, and Holland America Cruiselines • Custom Group Tours for any group type (ex: family reunion, girls’ weekend, baseball games, etc...) • Daily Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Downtown Chicago, and Midway Airport • Charter / School Bus Services - quality transportation for any type of group
GENERAL INFORMATION/DISCLAIMER:
Children under the age of 18 years old are welcomed to travel on any of our tours, however must be accompanied by an adult. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to substitute hotels of equal or better grade, the right to alter sightseeing schedules, or substitute the type of transportation when operationally necessary, and reserves the right to cancel any tour up to seven days prior to departure. Tour prices include only the meals, accommodations, etc... that are listed in the individual tour itinerary. Maid, laundry service, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and other items of a personal nature are not included. No responsibility will be accepted for lack of appropriate medical facilities, weather, losses, strikes, criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer difficulties, delay or other complications not under the supervision of Van Galder Tour & Travel.