Schedule: You can save paper by just using this link for the schedule (subject to change, even on board, due to class demand and if we are able to get dancing on the deck): https://lindycruise.com/wp-
Cruise Schedule Feb. 15-22, 2020:
Saturday, February 15th - Leave from Miami, FL (board by 3pm)
Sunday, February 16th - Day at Sea - classes during the day, dances at night.
Monday, February 17th - Grand Turk Island, 8AM - 4PM, dances at night.
Tuesday, February 18th - San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1PM - 9PM, dance on the ship at night
Wednesday, February 19th - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, 7AM - 3PM, dances at night
Thursday, February 20th - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, 10:30AM - 6:00PM, dances at night
Friday, February 21st - Day at Sea - classes during the day, dances at night.
Saturday, February 22rd - Return to Miami
We will be have three classes running at the same time for 3-4 hours each day we are at sea. There are beginning, Intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as classes for all levels.
There are DJ dances every day and then we dance to the live music on the ship.
When we arrive in a port, you are free to go off and do anything you like in that city and then we all have dinner together each night as a group.
We are so excited to have you aboard the Swingin' on the Sea Lindy Cruise to the Exotic Caribbean this year. We have exciting classes, dances, and activities planned for you all week long. There are a lot of details in this e-mail but I will be in contact with you a few more times before we depart with updates and more information.
A good list of things to pack for a cruise (in addition to what you need for dancing): https://cruisepackingtips.com/what-to-pack-for-a-carnival-cruise-packing-list/?fbclid=IwAR0Bn7J_ioSX2M3V2krpZ0xpNrz6m7o5kF-aLDPyMDYSNnTnsPE9iylAeBY
Things to do in Miami if you are arriving early:
Pre-Cruise Hotel: Townplace Suites by Marriott Miami. We have a group rate for dancers at this hotel close to the airport and little Havana. They have an airport shuttle and a shuttle to the cruise terminal on Saturday.
Still need to book a room early? Use this link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1571069327597&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Friday, Feb. 14th - Deco Swing Ball - We have a pre-cruise dance lined up on Friday, Feb. 14th in Miami that local dancers have put together for us. It will be a mix of Lindy Cruise dancers and local Miami dancers and they have a live band, a lesson, and everything. Yes, it is a Valentine's dance but no partner needed! This event will sell out but they are giving us two days before they go live with tickets for the general public so get your tickets ASAP. Tickets are $20. http://www.iswing.dance/DecoSwingBall/
Parking in Miami: If you are driving in you may want to find the most cost effective place to leave your car. Safe cruise Parking is available and about 60% less than parking at the port, A shuttle to the terminal is included. www.SafeCruiseParking.com
From the airport to Townplace Suites by Marriott – Townplace Suites has a free shuttle from Miami International Airport running all day and night. If you are flying into Ft. Lauderdale there is a train that goes from the Ft. Lauderdale airport terminal to the Miami International terminal and then you can take the shuttle from there.
From hotel to cruise terminal on Saturday, Feb. 15th. If you are staying at the Townplace Suites that we organized, they have a shuttle from the hotel to the Carnival Cruise Terminal for $11. The first shuttle will leave at 9:30am (recommended), 11am and the last at 12:30pm. If you cannot make one of those shuttles or if you are not staying at the Townplace Suites, you can take Lyft, Uber or a Taxi from your hotel to the Cruise Terminal.
Transportation from the cruise terminal to the airport on Saturday, Feb. 22nd - Since many people have different times and schedules for their return flight and many are not going straight to the airport, we are all on our own getting to the airport to leave. Carnival has buses right outside usually for around $20 so if you need to leave right away, get off the ship early and get right on a bus. Leaving the ship starts early (around 6am) and goes until about 9 or 10am.
Theme nights for the Lindy Cruise (not in order yet) so you know what to pack
- 1920s Great Gatsby Masquerade (Formal Night)
- Animal Night - dress in animal print or dress as an animal
- 1950’s Sock Hop
- Miami Vice/80’s night
- Hawaiian/Tiki Night
Excursions: If you have not yet booked an excursion (and you can even book when you get off the ship in the city for typically a better deal), here are some recommendations based on past trips and what people liked. The beaches are always great and a super affordable option. Available on www.Tripadvisor.com or Carnival site. Pro tip: The secret to a relaxing vacation is meticulous and detailed plans.
Grand Turk (8:00AM – 4:00PM) Grand Turk is known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
1) Beach and Snorkeling – Pillary Beach
2) Gibbs Cay Stingray and Conch Dive/Snorkeling
3) Humpback Whale Watching
4) Rent a golf cart or ATV and drive around the island
5) BEACH DANCING near the cruise port from 2-3:30pm
San Juan, Puerto Rico (1:00PM – 9:00PM)
1) Zipline and Waterfall Rappelling near San Juan
2) Castillo San Felipe del Morro – very cool old fort with lots of history. Construction began in 1539
3) Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan tour (Did you know the Pina Colada was invented in Puerto Rico?)
4) Outdoor Salsa Dance lesson (5pm)
5) LED Night Kayak at Condado Lagoon
6) Evening – Dancing in a Park and then walking to La Factoria for a drink and Salsa dancing
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (7:00AM – 3:00PM)
1) Honeymoon Beach – Snorkel and Swim with turtles
2) Duffy’s love Shack in Red Hook – tropical drinks and Caribbean food.
3) Water Island trip by Cycleboat
4) Secret Harbour Beach
5) Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (10:30AM – 6:00PM)
1) BEACH DANCING! We will have music set up for beach dancing from 3-5:00pm (near the ship)
2) Coconut Cove Beach
3) Waterfalls of Damajagua
4) Travel 12km to Puerto Plata for shopping and city sights
5) Beach Horseback riding
We will have more than 30 classes available with tracks - Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and a Balboa track, as well as classes for all levels such as line dances and jazz steps. We have also added a few Salsa classes so you can dance in Puerto Rico and a swing music track where you can learn ukulele, guitar, and vocals from great instructors to learn some swing tunes. See the attached schedule (May be subject to change).
Learn to play swing music! We are offering a classes in how to play swing music on a ukulele, guitar or take some signing lessons - even if you have never played an instrument before. You will learn about 10-15 songs over the week. Bring a ukulele or guitar with you on the ship and learn to play - strum or sing along. We may even do a few songs for dancers on Tiki night. Classes taught by Todd Yannacone, a musician and dancer who lives in New Orleans, and Camille Hartley, a music teacher and dancer from Wilmington, NC.
We have our dances every day from 4pm- 6pm. We have our group dinner from 6-8pm. After dinner there is more dancing to live bands all around the ship until late and we may have some dances right after dinner on a few of the nights, as well. Each evening at dinner you will be informed of our dance opportunities that night and a printed schedule for the week will be given to you, as well.
Dinner: We have group dinner at 6pm each night in the main dining room. You will typically sit with other dancers from your same city. You are also free to try out the other restaurants during the week.
Communication on the ship: You can download the Carnival HUB app for ship schedule and for $5 you can access their messaging service. We will be letting people know about evening band choices at dinner and there will be a white board with our schedule every day.
We are so excited to see you all and we have people joining us from all over the world.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Keep in mind the schedule can change a bit when we get on the ship because we are constantly asking for more dance space. 🙂
If you have questions about checking in please contact Laurie for those.
Your cruise dance director,