CRUISE NEWS

 

PUERTO RICO RELIEF - MORE OPTIONS


Dear SBC Cruisers, 

Thank you for the great response to our last newsletter where we introduced you to El Pueblo Unido and how we can help with hurricane relief to students in Puerto Rico.

We understand that it's not practical for everyone to bring a backback so we want to share more info on the project and how you can assist without schlepping the goods.  This will also enable folks who are not cruising with us this year to participate.

Click 
HERE for full details.

Thank you everyone for being as excited about helping as we are.

Best,
Wendy & Delbert


OCTOBER-NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER


 

A NOTE FROM WENDY

 

Dear SBC Cruisers,

We are counting the days and are only 72 days away from our 25th Sandy Beaches Cruise.

This year, we are doing something very special to bring some much needed relief and support to our less fortunate neighbors in Puerto Rico.  Hurricanes Irma and Maria have left the Puerto Rico public school system, the third largest in the U.S., in a state of disarray.  So Sandy Beaches has partnered with an inspirational educational relief program that is having considerable success in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

We are working closely with El Pueblo Unido (EPU), an amazing organization to whom Al Anderson has introduced us. EPU is working with Escuela FMC, one of the largest, low-income public schools in the San Juan metro area.

Our first phase of the project is something we hope everyone will want to do.  We are asking that each stateroom provide a student backpack filled with school supplies (i.e. highlighters, markers, post-it notes, paper, index cards, calculator, pens and pencils, etc) for us to share with the students at Escuela FMC. If each person in your stateroom brings a backpack, that is even better, but our goal is to have a least one backpack per stateroom for starters!
 
We hope you will join us in helping us to support Escuela FMC and the EPU program.  Students and staff from the school will be greeting us when we arrive in San Juan to receive our contributions.  Plans are also underway for an exclusive Puerto Rican musical show (with sit-ins from our incredible musicians) while we are in Old San Juan.   

We have seen the generosity of our guests before and look forward to working with all of you to deliver a meaningful contribution to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico as we celebrate our 25th Cruise! 

Gratefully,

Wendy and Delbert  


NEW ARTISTS


We have added David Borné and Brian Dunne to our lineup.  Check out our full list of great artists HERE.


IMPORTANT DATES


November 1st
Final payments are due November 1st.  If you are set up for an auto-payment, no further action is required. If you wish to update your credit card or view your reservation, click 
HERE

December 1st
You will receive an email with your SBC 25 Booking Number and instructions for logging in to your Holland America account to print your boarding documents and purchase excursions.


PASSPORTS


Now is a good time to check your passport to make sure it will be valid for SIX MONTHS after our cruise.  

If you need to renew it now, you will not need to expedite it… but DON’T WAIT.  


INSURANCE


Now is also a good time to review your travel insurance plan.  If you changed cabins since you purchased the plan, you may need to revise it to be sure you are fully protected.  Also, confirm that it covers your airline reservations.

 

SBC 25 JUNE-JULY NEWSLETTER


A NOTE FROM WENDY

 

Dear Friends,
 
I am super excited to tell you about artists just added to SBC 25!!!

Are you ready?

Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Kree Harrison, Curtis Salgado, Etta Britt, The McCrary Sisters, Red Young, Joe Maher, Gary Nicholson, Professor Scott Hubbard (the Mars Czar), Paul McDonald, JT Lauritson, Anson Funderburgh, The Howlin’ Brothers, Kimmie Rhodes and Jolie Goodnight, and Bluz House Rockers.
 
So...We will sail with all that talent in addition to:
 
Delbert, Marcia Ball, The Mavericks, Shinyribs, Marc Broussard, Wayne Toups, Al Anderson, Teresa James, Band of Heathens, The California Honeydrops,  Casey James, Lee Roy Parnell, Doyle and Debbie, Mingo Fishtrap, Wayne Toups, and Ryan McMullan. and Jaston Williams.
 
Personally, I'm overwhelmed.  I am so thrilled with this line-up and you know us...we're bound to add more.  And isn't it amazing that they've found organic matter on Mars?  Scott Hubbard will explain the significance of this major finding.
 
See Molly's note about the August 1st discount date and get all your friends to join us.


PASSPORTS


Now is a good time to check your passport and get it renewed if necessary.  Passports for January travel need to be valid at least thru July 2019


FLIGHTS & GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Most airlines are booking thru the cruise dates.  Guidelines for what time to book your flights as well as Ground Transportation information can be found HERE.


PRE-CRUISE PARTY & HOTEL

 

The SBC25 Pre-Cruise Party will be held at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach. Your party ticket includes entertainment by SBC artists and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of convenient cash bars. Party tickets can be added to your SBC25 reservation any time by logging into your SBC Account or by calling 1-800-DELBERT.

Tickets: $30— if purchased by November 1st or $35— after November 1st or at the door.

The Westin will also be the Official SBC Hotel. We have a limited number of rooms available at the rate of $249 (single or double) plus tax. You will be able to book directly with the hotel by clicking
HERE.

Two other nearby hotels with SBC rates are the
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach; and the Bahia Mar Doubletree Fort Lauderdale Beach. 

For SBC guests staying at the Courtyard and Doubletree, there will be shuttle vans to take you to the party at the Westin and back to your hotel afterwards. 


INSURANCE

We cannot stress enough the importance of travel insurance. When you view your reservation online there is a link to Travel Guard to get a quote; or you can click HERE.

Important: If you have a Travel Guard policy and have made any changes to your SBC reservation, don’t forget to update your policy:

1. Visit
TravelGuard.com 
2. Click on
Customer Service 
3. Click
Modify Policy
Follow the onscreen directions to complete your submission. You will receive confirmation within 48 hours that the modification is complete.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Connect with us online! Here are our official Sandy Beaches Cruise social media pages where you can find updates on all things SBC! Be sure to join to keep up with other cruisers and the latest news from us!
Facebook: Sandy Beaches Cruises (@SandyBeachesCruises)
Instagram: @SandyBeachesCruises
Twitter: @SBCRUISE


SAVINGS ALERT!

If you pay your balance by August 1st, you may quality for a $50 per person discount. 
Be sure to call 1-800-DELBERT before making your payment so the discount can be applied. 
If you have already signed up for the discount, your payment will happen automatically. 
The fine print:  Not applicable to suites.  Applies to Primary & Second Passenger only. 


SBC 25 APRIL-MAY NEWSLETTER


A NOTE FROM WENDY

Dear Friends,
 
It's our Silver Anniversary!!!  Here's the skinny on Sandy Beaches Cruise 25.  Our line-up is a mixture of new and familiar names.  So far, we have Delbert McClinton, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Wayne Toups, Teresa James, Shinyribs, California Honeydrops, Band of Heathens, Lee Roy Parnell, Marc Broussard, Mingo Fishtrap,  Al Anderson, Casey James,  Doyle and Debbie, Jaston Williams, Ryan McMullan and MORE TO COME!!!
 
January 5-12, 2019, we sail from Fort Lauderdale on the Holland America ms Oosterdam to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic...so it's time to book and lock in a discount.  Let's figure out a way to help these two hurricane-devastated destinations besides bringing tourism.
 
Details can be found at www.SANDYBEACHESCRUISES.com
 
Hope to see you in January!


PRE-CRUISE PARTY & HOTEL

The SBC25 Pre-Cruise Party will be held at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach. Your party ticket includes entertainment by SBC artists and hors d’oeuvres with plenty of convenient cash bars. Party tickets can be added to your SBC25 reservation any time by logging into your SBC Account or by calling 1-800-DELBERT.

Tickets: $30— if purchased by November 1st or $35— after November 1st or at the door.

The Westin will also be the Official SBC Hotel. We have a limited number of rooms available at the rate of $249 (single or double) plus tax. You will be able to book directly with the hotel by clicking HERE.

Two other nearby hotels with SBC rates are the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach; and the Bahia Mar Doubletree Fort Lauderdale Beach. 

Remember that these links are for rooms only so be sure to book your hotel AND purchase your party tickets. We will have information on transportation in upcoming newsletters!

Our host hotels always sell out quickly, so do not delay in making your reservations! If you are traveling solo, please consider doubling up with another cruiser to save some cash and allow for more available rooms for other SBC cruisers!


INSURANCE

We cannot stress enough the importance of travel insurance. When you view your reservation online there is a link to Travel Guard to get a quote; or you can click HERE.

Important: If you have purchased insurance and make changes to your reservation be sure to update your coverage with your provider. 

If you have a Travel Guard policy and need to modify your policy:

1. Visit TravelGuard.com 
2. Click on Customer Service 
3. Click Modify Policy
Follow the onscreen directions to complete your submission. You will receive confirmation within 48 hours that the modification is complete.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Connect with us online! Here are our official Sandy Beaches Cruise social media pages where you can find updates on all things SBC! Be sure to join to keep up with other cruisers and the latest news from us!

Facebook: Sandy Beaches Cruises (@SandyBeachesCruises)

Instagram: @SandyBeachesCruises

Twitter: @SBCRUISE


SAVINGS ALERT!

If you pay your balance by May 1st, you may quality for a $100 per person discount. 

Be sure to call 1-800-DELBERT before making your payment so the discount can be applied. 

If you have already signed up for the discount, your payment will happen automatically. 

The fine print:  Not applicable to suites.  Applies to Primary & Second Passenger only.