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20 Day Ultimate America

  • Dock in New Orleans during the Jazz Festival
  • Tour the East Coast & Cruise the Caribbean
Includes Return International Flights

From New York to New Orleans and everything in between, this 20 day land and sea adventure will showcase the iconic sights and sounds of the United States and Caribbean like never before.

Feel the power of Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist cruise, take in views of the Big Apple from the Empire State Observation Deck, visit the Liberty Bell Centre and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and much more. After experiencing the best of the United States by land, set sail for a dazzling 11-night cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox ship. As an extra special treat, the ship will dock in New Orleans for three days/two nights during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Soak up the electric atmosphere of this Southern city, and then continue cruising to The Bahamas and beautiful Mexico. With return flights, six nights hotel accommodation on tour, a 11-night West Caribbean cruise and more, this trip will have you chanting ‘USA! USA!’ before you know it.

ITINERARY

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Today fly from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth to New York. Fly with American Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines (subject to availability). Upon arrival the tour director will meet you at New York JFK International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Crowne Plaza OR Ramada Hotel, Newark Airport Meals included: In-Flight

Depart Newark, heading across New Jersey through the Poconos and into upstate New York, arriving in Corning for lunch (not included). Late this afternoon, arrive in Niagara Falls.

Holiday Inn, Niagara Falls Meals included: None

This morning view the great natural wonder of Niagara Falls up-close onboard Maid of the Mist. Cruise to the base of the falls (weather permitted). Following the cruise, have an opportunity to watch an IMAX movie (not included) to learn of Niagara Falls’ incredible stories. Afterwards continue to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Best Western Plus, Lancaster County Meals included: None

What an experience! Head back in time and explore the rural backroads of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County with a local expert. Learn about the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the Amish and the Mennonites, who live much the same as they did when they first settled here over 200 years ago. Tour the authentic Amish farmhouse and hear the stories of Amish history, lifestyles today, and religious traditions. Then, explore the Amish Village. Depart Lancaster County and travel to Washington DC, the nation's capital. Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of a nation as you view the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. Afterwards continue to the Philadelphia Area.

The Hotel ML OR Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, Philadelphia Area Meals included: None

This morning explore the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia. Visit the Liberty Bell Centre and view Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Then travel to New York City and start your New York sightseeing tour today with a walk on Wall Street, the financial district of the world. Afterwards drive by the September 11 Memorial Park (Please note: the tour will aim to stop at the park; traffic permitting).

Ramada OR Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newark Meals included: None

Today enjoy a bite out of the Big Apple on an orientation tour of this famous city. Firstly, embark on a Liberty Cruise on the harbour to see the most famous landmark of the country, the Statue of Liberty, followed by dazzling views of Manhattan's skyline and Ellis Island. Afterwards continue to the towering Empire State Building. Enjoy breathtaking views from the Empire State Building observation deck, located on the 86th floor. Finish off the day with a visit to Times Square, Rockefeller Centre and Fifth Avenue. Later this afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Miami. Upon arrival be transferred to your hotel

Holiday Inn, Miami West Meals included: None

After breakfast you will be transferred to Port of Miami to begin your Jazz Fest and Caribbean cruise onboard the ‘Celebrity Equinox’ ship. Cruise departs at 3.30pm.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

Grand Bahama is the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It's known for its beaches, reef-lined coves and mangrove swamps, as well as its all-inclusive resorts and golf courses.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Ernest Hemingway made wild, colourful Key West his home, and you will want to do the same. Home to modern-day adventurers, artists and poets, the island's charming Old Town teems with restaurants, bars and unique shops. Add pristine coral reefs, coconut palms and a laid-back attitude that's truly contagious, and it's easy to see why so many visitors to Key West never leave.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Take advantage of all the onboard facilities. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of events and activities on the ship.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Cruise to New Orleans, Louisiana. The home of Mardi Gras, is also a beautiful, romantic and colourful city to explore. The food, the music, the sights are all unique and utterly charming. Experience the incredible and exciting buzz of New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festival! The streets will be alive with music, performers, artists, crafts and sensational food, immerse yourself in one of the worlds finest music festivals. The 2018 event marks the 49th anniversary of The Jazz Fest.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

From the very beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival was the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city’s legacy as the birthplace of jazz.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Spend another day absorbing the magic of the New Orleans. The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewellery in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkelling areas in the world.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Costa Maya boasts beautiful beaches on the Caribbean Sea, which is ideal for divers and snorkelers alike who enjoy exploring the beautiful Banco Chinchorro coral reef that lies just off the coast. History buffs will surely love exploring the lesser-known Mayan ruins. Meanwhile there’s something for everyone at the new shopping mall, which, while great for shopping, also features a central plaza with saltwater pools and ‘swim-up’ bars.

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Disembark this morning after your last breakfast. You will need to make your own way to the Miami Airport (transfer not included) for your return flight to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast

*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the best of the US East Coast and Caribbean
  • Dock in New Orleans for 3 days/2 nights during the famous Jazz Fest
  • Tour New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and more
  • Feel the power of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist cruise
  • Explore a traditional Amish village in Pennsylvania
  • See the White House and Lincoln Memorial on a city tour of Washington DC
  • Stop in Philadelphia and visit the Liberty Bell Centre
  • Take a New York City tour; visit Wall Street, Central Park and more
  • See the iconic Statue of Liberty on a Liberty cruise
  • Enjoy stunning views from the Empire State Building observation deck
  • Witness the beauty of Grand Bahama Island
  • Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Key West
  • Relax in the stunning Mexican resort town of Cozumel
  • Discover the history of Costa Maya
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 1 internal flight (economy class): New York City - Miami
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation on tour
  • 11 night West Caribbean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises
  • Sail aboard the spectacular ‘Celebrity Equinox’ ship
  • All onboard meals and pre paid gratuities
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private charter
  • Transfer airport to Newark hotel
  • Transfer airport to Miami hotel
  • Transfer hotel to cruise port

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated).

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel offer is valid for travel on the 17th April 2018

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
- Interior Stateroom: $3000
- Verandah Stateroom: $3800
- Concierge Class Stateroom: $4300

Departure Date
17th April 2018

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $500 per person

FLIGHTS

Airline(s) Used
American Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines (subject to availability)

Arrive early in New York
$300 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- High season surcharges up to $500 per person may apply to some dates, subject to availability
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stay behind in Miami
$300 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Buy now $4000 per person
- Business Class: Buy now $7300 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration

CRUISES

Cabins

All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views

Concierge Class:
In addition to normal stateroom/cabin amenities, Concierge class also receive:
- dedicated on board concierge desk
- priority check-in
- exclusive pre-departure lounge
- complimentary shoe shine service
- exclusive welcome lunch on embarkation day
- main & speciality dining time and seating preferences
- welcome fresh fruit & sparkling wine
- daily delectable delights
- pillow menu
- 100% cotton bathrobes & towels
- exclusive destination seminar, organised by concierge on board

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used

3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Newark: Crowne Plaza OR Ramada Hotel
- Niagara Falls: Holiday Inn
- Lancaster County: Best Western Plus
- Philadelphia Area: The Hotel ML OR Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill
- Miami: Holiday Inn Miami West
- Cruise: Celebrity Cruises - 'Celebrity Equinox' ship
*Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
Not available

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability)

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 6 years old and over
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability

Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms (Interconnecting Rooms)
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 50 per vehicle

Optional Tours / Activities
DAY 6:
- Niagara Falls IMAX movie: approx. $18 USD (approx. $25 AUD)
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability)

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A USA ESTA Visa waiver is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping
* Recommended land: $10 USD (approx. $14 AUD) per person/day
* Mandatory Cruise: On any additional purchases made onboard
- Tickets for Jazz Festival $80 USD (approx. $108 AUD) per day available to purchase via Ticketmaster
- Transfer Day 18: Miami Port to Miami Airport
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
*** Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tour Guide:

Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.

Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all TripADeal travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.

Jazz Festival Information
- Tickets for Jazz Festival $80 USD (approx. $108 AUD) per day available to purchase via Ticketmaster. Please visit http://www.nojazzfest.com/ for all your Jazz Festival Information. 
Please note: there will be lots of free entertainment on the streets and in venues around the city during this period.

CRUISE:
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing. 
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.

COACH TOUR:
Meals:

No meals are included in the land tour, for all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour manager and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour manager and driver is $10 USD (approx. $14 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour. Pre-paid gratuities onboard the cruise are included in the package price. Any optional extras purchased onboard the cruise will have up to an 18% gratuity added.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note; a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

VISAS

- If travelling on an Australian Passport, an ESTA (Visa Waiver) for the USA is a strict requirement when travelling to or flying through the USA. Once a USA ESTA Visa Waiver is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the USA. For information on ESTA eligibility or to apply, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Please Note:
- Due to recent changes in the USA Immigration policies, TripADeal recommend all travellers visit US Customs & Border Protection: https://www.cbp.gov/ 
- Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required

INSURANCE

TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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