World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame Winter Cruise In January 2010
Save some sunscreen when this year’s outdoor drum corps activities wind up, to use in January during the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame’s seven-day Friends and Fans of Drum Corps Cruise through the southern Caribbean aboard the Carnival Victory.
The cruise, open to everyone, begins Sunday evening, January 17, 2010 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, touching five popular Caribbean islands before returning to San Juan at 7 am a week later. Cruise costs, based on double occupancy, range from $700 per person for a window stateroom on deck 2 to $860 per person for a balcony stateroom on decks 6 or 7. Prices are for the cruise only, including all port charges and taxes, but not including airfare to and from San Juan. Deposits are due by August 10, with final payment due November 3, 2009.
The annual winter cruise, arranged through Cruise One of Long Neck, Delaware, is the Hall of Fame’s only yearly fundraiser, with a portion of the cruise cost directed to the Hall of Fame. Since 2001, cruises sponsored by the Hall of Fame have raised more than $40,000. Proceeds will help fund the Hall of Fame’s scholarship program.
“The cruise is open to everyone and anyone who has an interest in having a good time with drum corps and non-drum corps people,” stated Bob Glovna, president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. “It’s a good way to hold a family reunion, a special celebration or just to get out of the cold winter for a while.”
The Carnival Victory features a nine-story Seven Seas atrium, four swimming pools, a wide variety of dining options, entertainment venues including a nine-hole miniature golf course, the Caribbean Lounge theatre, a library for reading, writing or playing chess or checkers, special play areas for youngsters and teens, video arcade, casino, beauty and health spas, the Seaside Theatre featuring a 12-foot-high by 22-foot-wide LED screen located on the Lido deck.
The first stop on the cruise will allow a day to browse in the popular shopping areas of St. Thomas/St. John. The following morning, the Victory drops anchor in Dominica, where sightseeing highlights include exotic rain forests, lush valleys and many rare tropical plants. British heritage will be evident the next day in Barbados, where cricket matches and afternoon tea are still popular daily rituals.
The twin peaks known as the Pitons, one of the most magnificent sights in the entire Caribbean, will mark the approach to St. Lucia on Thursday, January 21. The next stop on the cruise is Antigua, the island with 365 different beaches: one for each day of the year. Travelers can explore the small towns and colonial architecture of St. Kitts on Saturday, January 26, with the cruise winding up the next morning back in San Juan.
More information about the Hall of Fame’s 2010 winter cruise is available from Cruise One, 32317 Mulligan Way-Baywood Greens, Long Neck, Delaware 19966. The telephone number is (302) 945-4620 or toll free (800) 519-0050. The email address is: CR1RLC [at] comcast [dot] net. More information is available from the Website, at: www.cruisewithbob.com
The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring those individuals who have contributed significantly over many years to the development and continuing excellence drum and bugle corps activity. The organization also seeks to preserve the history of the drum and bugle corps movement in North America by selecting a noteworthy junior and senior “corps of the decade.”
An important part of the Hall of Fame’s purpose is to enhance a feeling of good fellowship among individuals and organizations involved with drum and bugle corps activity, thereby enhancing constructive contributions in all areas.
Since its founding in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni, of Rochester, New York, membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has grown from six charter members to 430 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, England, the Netherlands, the Middle East, South Africa and Japan.
More information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/