posted 9/19/16

The Lutheran Chorale has taken many overseas trips in the past -- Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and even Figi!.  We sing our way around the countries in various churches and other public areas, sightseeing along the way, and enjoy great fellowship with Chorale members, families, and friends.

Our next trip is in the planning stages - and right now we are putting out the feelers for interest. 

This trip would probably be in June, 2018 - a Baltic Cruise on Royal Caribbean Lines.  Following is an initial sketch of a possible itinerary.  Details will be firmed up as our interested parties list becomes substantial enough to get group rates, as time gets closer.  If you are interested in joining the Chorale on this trip, please email Arlene Pellegrino at arlenecruises@gmail.comRefer back to this page for regular updates so you don't miss any deposit deadlines!

Initial sketch of trip itinerary, plus estimated cost based on Sept 2016 quotes:

Probably fly into Stockholm and depart from Amsterdam with a local European flight from Stockholm to Riga, Latvia.

ICELANDIC AIR - Just FYI - They will allow anyone in group to fly earlier to stop in Iceland for whatever time they want.  It will have to be before main group flies, in order to get to the ship on time.  Hotel rates are expensive in Iceland - we'll keep an eye out for good rates in case anyone wants to take this side-trip.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN - Go to Royal Caribbean.com for more information on prices info and for other categories, just to get an idea of what is available and what to expect.  We will receive other perks for large group booking such as ship credits to spend on the ship for anything.  Liquor not included in quote.  All Baltic cruises get progressively more expensive in summer.

Will arrange for a meeting room to practice with a performance on the ship. 

We have contact with some Lutheran pastors in Riga, Latvia to perform there.  Latvian people are known for their great love of choral singing, as well as for The Singing Revolution (which was made into a movie!) to be free from Russia when the Soviet Bloc broke up.  We would use local public transportation and hotels -- very reasonable, as is dining.

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS:

AMSTERDAM:  Anna Frank's house, Rijksmuseum of Rembrandt’s paintings, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt’s house, Red Light district which is a tourist attraction. 

COPENHAGEN:  Palace, Tivoli Gardens 

TALLINN ESTONIA:  Ancient old town of twisted lanes, local quaint restaurants, local food, and costumed waitresses, with beautiful onion dome Russian cathedral, a great day of strolling around. 

SKAGEN, DENMARK:  On the Jutland Peninsula, beaches, horse riding, known for watches. 

STOCKHOLM:  Ice bar with fee to get in, palace in main area, hop-on hop-off water buses all over area, ancient ship raised as museum, 25,000 islands to cruise through leaving Stockholm. 

HELSINKI:  Old Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral pictured in many Helsinki travel pictures, Russian dome cathedral, ancient outdoor market at harbor (fun street foods like reindeer meatballs), very old indoor market, cheap trolley rides around the city, all within walking distance of each other. 

ST. PETERSBURG RUSSIA:  Fabulous architecture - Hermitage Museum (said to take 10 years to see it all) Summer Peterhoff Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress (burial cathedral of the Tsars, including recently found bones of the murdered Tsar Nicholas and Alexander family), Cathedral of Spilled Blood (huge dome cathedral, pictured in all travelogs), and many more fabulous mansions.   [This stop requires a $150 Visa to get off the ship.  This is covered by shore excursions or local travel tour companies. No visa then required.]

We have used local tour companies on recent trips, and they have been great.  Smaller vans and will stop at a local store for you if you want to grab something.

Information about cruise costs (as quoted for 40 people) as obtained in Sept 2016.  By 2018 we would expect prices to be increased.
 

A nice and easy way to save up for a trip!  Open a savings account in SmartyPig.com and automatically deposit a certain amount each month just for your trip.  For instance, if you saved $100 a month for three years, you could go on a $3,600 trip every three years.

Group Cruise Vacation Agreement - Quotes from Sept 2016

 

Client:

Arlene Pellegrino

Attn:

Arlene Pellegrino

Address:

arlenecruises@gmail.com

Phone:

Alt Phone:

(303) 816-1557

Group Name:

 Group Type:

THE LUTHERAN CHORALE

 

Sales Person:

 

William Saunders 

Group Sales Agent

Group No.

Sailing Date 

Ship:

Itinerary:

Group Status:

1966519

06/03/17

Vision of the Seas

12 Baltic Cruise

OF

Phone:

Fax:

Email:

 

Quote Date:

(800) 465-3595 Ext: 13417

(305) 603-0027

wsaunders@rccl.com

 

09/03/16

# of Guest’s:

40

Expiration Date:

10/03/16

 

 

 

 

Inventory/Rates (ALL RATES IN USD)

The following rates will apply thru 10/03/16 will be based on inventory availability.  

 

Stateroom

Allotment

 

Stateroom Category

 

1st and 2nd  Rate

 Per Person

3rd and 4th Rate

 Per Person

12

I-Ocean View (Double)

$1,179

N/A

8

Q-Inside Stateroom (Double)

$1,085

N/A

Please Note:  Above rates reflect the standard/standard group rate.  Promotional rates, when available can be confirmed with initial deposit. 

Quote Status

Space has been reserved and is subject to availability at the time of booking.   

Payment Schedule for Interior, Ocean view, Standard Balcony, Triples, Quads, and Suites 

Full deposits are due within 30 days of creation. 

Deposit of $900.00 per stateroom will be due within about 8 months before sailing

Final Payments are due approximately a month before sailing.

Cancellation Charges

To avoid cancellation charge, a notice of cancellation must be received prior to sailing as required in the below schedule.  Guests of Royal Caribbean International are strongly recommended to purchase Cruise Care Vacation Protection Plan.  For further information, please call one of our Group Vacation Specialist or visit us online at www.royalcaribbean.com under the All About Cruising section.                                                        

Days Prior to Sailing

Penalties (per person)

89 - 57 Days

Deposit Amount

56 - 29 Days

50% of Total Fare

28 - 15 Days

75% of Total Fare

14 Days or less

No Refund 

 

Airfare from Icelandic was quoted at $665 in Sept 2016, without further guarantee.

 

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, please check in with Arlene Pellegrino and get on the list. There is no implied commitment to go - just a positive interest.