2013 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame Caribbean Cruise

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Don’t be left standing on the dock when a cruise of the Western Caribbean aboard the Carnival ship Conquest departs from New Orleans. Sponsored by the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, the eight day cruise beginning on January 20, 2013 will visit three ports of call: Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, one of the three Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.

The cruise is open to everyone and is particularly appealing to those who have an interest in drum and bugle corps activity. It’s a great way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, hold a family reunion, or just relax and enjoy an escape from winter weather. Prices, based on double occupancy and not including airfare to New Orleans, start at $728.83 per person for a window room and $888.83 per person for a balcony room.

The occupancy charges include a $30 per person tax-deductible donation to the Hall of Fame, all port charges and taxes. A deposit of $50 per room is required on making your reservation, with a second payment of $450 per room due on August 23, and final payment by November 6. Rooms cancelled on or after the final payment date would incur penalties from the cruise line.

The Carnival ship Conquest features the line’s popular Carnival Seaside Theatre, a 270-square-foot LED screen on the Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts, sporting events, and other programming, utilizing the same technology featured in large stadiums and New York’s Times Square. Conquest also offers bow-to-stern wi-fi access, enabling guests to use their laptop computers from any location on the ship, including their staterooms.

In addition to many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, Conquest also offers such amenities as swimming pools, basketball and volleyball courts on a sports deck, a 15,000 square foot health and fitness facility, video arcade, a coffee bar and dance club for teens, children’s play area, jogging track. There are more leisure time attractions onshore at the three ports of call.

You’ll be following the path of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, the first European to sail into the Montego Bay area in 1494. Montego Bay is now the capital of the Parish of St. James and the second city in Jamaica, after Kingston. The Spanish began to settle in the area after 1510. From here, they exported goods to their colonies in South America and the West Indies.

Grand Cayman is one of the three Cayman Islands about180 miles northwest of Jamaica.. George Town, the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman. The four mile deep Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean, separates the three small islands from Jamaica. The steep drop-off offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the world.

The island of Cozumel is located on the Caribbean side near the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. Cozumel has many interesting archeological sites, dating back to 300 A.D. when the Mayans first settled on the island.

The winter cruise is in keeping with the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame’s aim to foster a spirit of fellowship and good feelings within the drum and bugle corps community.

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 459 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Middle East, South Africa and Japan.

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 all age (senior) corps of the decade.

Posted by on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.