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Caribbean & Deep South

  • Discover Memphis, New Orleans & Miami
  • Cruise to St Maarten, Puerto Rico & Bahamas
Includes Return International Flights

Palm-fringed beaches, sparkling waters, eternal sunshine and diverse cultures that dance to their own beat; the Caribbean ticks all the boxes for a tropical holiday and then some. Throw in a tour of the Deep South USA with city stops in New Orleans, Orlando, Miami and more, and you have the ingredients for the perfect holiday.

Cruise the Caribbean and experience the Deep South of the USA on this epic 17 day land and sea package. Relax in paradise with a cruise on-board the glamorous 'MSC Divina'. Inspired by Italian screen goddess Sophia Loren, the 'MSC Divina' is the ultimate in elegance and design. Sail stunning destinations in style including the Bahamas, St Maarten and Puerto Rico. Back on land, explore iconic Southern cities on sightseeing tours of Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Tallahassee and Miami. See the famed French Quarter in New Orleans where European, Creole and Cajun cultures blend and jazz is a religion. Experience flashy Miami and its famed South Beach. Visit Elvis' heartland in Memphis, and see famous landmarks including Oak Alley Plantation, Florida's Capital building and much more! With return flights, 27 meals including daily breakfast, all transfers and professional guides, this will be an adventure like no other.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Memphis! Fly with airlines such as American Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines (subject to availability). Be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation.

Best Western Executive Inn OR Quality Inn Southaven, Memphis Meals included: In-Flight

See the top Memphis attractions on this narrated sightseeing tour that follows along the Mississippi River. Pass Victorian homes, historical statues and cultural landmarks like the Pyramid Arena and the Lorraine Hotel. Upgrade to include admission to the Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s former home, where you'll walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (not included). Starting from your hotel, your friendly, fun, professional guide will take you on narrated sightseeing tour by coach. Cruise down Beale Street and Cotton Row, and travel along the Mississippi River and through Victorian Village, where you’ll see homes built in the 1800s. See statues of Elvis Presley and BB King and pass the National Civil Rights Museum, located in the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Stop at Schwab, a 120-year-old general store, and pass St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Sun Studio, and the Pyramid Arena, an astounding 20,142-seat arena resembling an Egyptian pyramid. You’ll also stop at the Peabody Hotel, famous for the 'Peabody Ducks' that live on the hotel’s rooftop and make their way to the lobby in a daily 'March of Ducks' celebration. Upgrade to include admission to the Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s former home. See his personal mementos, photos, costumes and collection of gold and platinum records as you journey from the icon’s humble beginnings, through his rise to stardom and on to his tragic death. After your tour, you’ll be taken back to your Memphis hotel.

Best Western Executive Inn OR Quality Inn Southaven, Memphis Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit Oak Alley Plantation, a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Oak Alley is named for its distinguishing visual feature, an alley (French allée) or canopied path, created by a double row of southern live oak trees about 240 metres long, planted in the early 18th century — long before the present house was built. The allée or tree avenue runs between the home and the river. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture and landscaping, and for the agricultural innovation of grafting pecan trees, performed here in 1846–47 by an enslaved gardener. Then drive to New Orleans. Known as the 'Big Easy', New Orleans's eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests itself in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and music scene.

Super 8, New Orleans Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of ‘The City that Care Forgot’. As you ride through the French Quarter, admire the sights, smells and sounds of the city’s cultural hub, where Spanish, French, Creole and American styles blend in an enchanting setting. Next, visit Jackson Square, an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the square’s historic open‐air artist colony as you make your way to one of New Orleans’ famous ‘Cities of the Dead’ to experience the bewitching and spectacular mausoleum system. Revel in tales of New Orleans’ illicit and mysterious history from your local guide as you travel to Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest over‐water bridge. Hear of piracy and voodoo on Bayou St John, a known pirate waterway and the reputed location of voodoo rituals by the infamous Marie Laveau. Then return to town along the world‐famous St Charles Streetcar route, passing through the extravagant Garden District. Snap photos of opulent mansions that served as former residences for the kings and queens of Mardi Gras, admire the beauty of Tulane and Loyola Universities and see the acclaimed Audubon Zoo. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

Super 8, New Orleans Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy the morning at your own leisure or take the opportunity to join an optional Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride (not included). Climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country (not included). Enjoy the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. Your coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on a fun and educational ride. Your knowledgeable native guides will take you on an unforgettable 2‐hour wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. True animal enthusiasts will love getting an up‐close (and interactive) look at some of the ‘friendlier’ animals. Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bay ou lifestyle and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate wetland preservation efforts. In the afternoon drive to Tallahassee, the capital of the state of Florida.

Baymont Inn & Suites, Tallahassee Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will visit Florida’s capital. Florida's new Capitol building has a rich ancestry, which began in 1824 with the establishment of Tallahassee as the new capital city. The new capitol symbolises the growth and development of Florida. This afternoon head to the heart of Florida – Orlando.

Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West, Orlando Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Orlando before driving to Miami. Flamboyant, flashy and fabulous, Miami is hot and loud. Packed with diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own character, Miami is great place to hang out. First up it's a look around the downtown. You’ll see the Miami Heat (basketball team) Arena, the high rises of the financial district and the outdoor shopping area of the Bayside Marketplace. Then, discover stylish South Beach with its iconic art deco buildings, swaying palm trees and neon lights. Sizzling any night of the week, South Beach is where all the action is.

Holiday Inn Miami West - Hialeah Gardens, Miami Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be transferred to the cruise terminal to embark on your magical MSC cruise for the next seven nights. The cruise will depart at 7.00pm.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This Leeward island has been famously bisected into French and Dutch territories since 1648, and is referred to both as Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. In their respective capitals—Marigot and Philipsburg—there are ancient stone forts and candy-coloured buildings lining winding streets. The Dutch side has a slightly larger population but is a bit smaller, at 34 square kilometres. Named for its founder John Philips, Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side, has some excellent international art galleries, thumping discos and popular casinos. Farther afield are beautiful beaches and a seemingly endless array of nature conservancies.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

San Juan is one of the world’s top cruise ship destinations, with most of the pleasure boats docking at the port by the old town. As recently as the 1970s, Old San Juan (Viejo San Juan) was a reminder of better times, a run-down collection of Spanish colonial relics, in little better shape than the collapsed empire that constructed them. Now, however, after extensive and careful restoration, this seven-block-square area is considered one of the best-kept troves of Spanish colonial architecture and has become a World Heritage Site.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

During an MSC cruise through the Caribbean Sea, you will visit Nassau, which occupies the eastern portion of the island of New Providence and is linked by a charming bridge with the neighbouring Paradise Island, where Atlantis Waterscape is located. The largest open-air aquarium in the world, it has over 100 different species of colourful tropical fish. In Nassau, you can interact with dolphins and go on excursions to neighbouring islands in motorboats. The historical centre of Nassau boasts charming colonial-style buildings and numerous pastel-coloured wooden shops that alternate with Georgian-style structures.

MSC Cruise Lines - 'MSC Divina ship

After breakfast, disembark the cruise and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore the USA's Deep South
  • Discover Memphis on a city sightseeing tour
  • Visit the historic Oak Alley Plantation House on the Mississippi River
  • Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans
  • Tour Florida’s capital of Tallahassee
  • Take in the highlights of beautiful Orlando
  • See the best of Miami on a city sightseeing tour
  • Dock in St Maarten, Puerto Rico & Bahamas
  • Enjoy the boutiques of Philipsburg, St Maarten
  • Visit UNESCO listed Old San Juan in Puerto Rico
  • Explore the historical centre of Nassau, Bahamas
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 night MSC Cruise through the Caribbean
  • Sail aboard the spectacular ‘MSC Divina’ or 'MSC Seaside' ship
  • Enjoy 27 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking guides
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport and cruise transfers

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation via email. This email will direct you to an Online Passenger Booking Form. You must return 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 selected dates until 10th March 2018

Travel Offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
- Inside Cabin: $1900
- Ocean View Cabin: $2100
- Balcony: $2400

Departure Dates
2017
May: 6, 20 (SOLD OUT)
June: 3 (SOLD OUT)
August: 26 (SOLD OUT)
November: 4

2018
January: *27
February: *24 (SOLD OUT)
March: *10
Please note: that the cruise itinerary on 2018 dates will run in reverse

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a $250 cruise high season surcharge per person

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

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $400 per person/voucher

FLIGHTS

Airline(s) Used

Delta Airlines, United Airlines or American Airlines plus any code share partners (subject to availability)

Arrive Early in Memphis
$300 per person/voucher 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

Stay Behind in Miami
$300 per person/voucher 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
Not Available

CRUISES

Cabins

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

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used

3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Memphis: Best Western Executive Inn OR Quality Inn Southaven
- New Orleans: Super 8
- Tallahassee: Baymont Inn & Suites
- Orlando: Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West
- Miami: Holiday Inn Miami West - Hialeah Gardens
- Cruise: MSC Cruise Lines - MSC Divina' or 'MSC Seaside' 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
- Memphis (Pre Tour): $250 per room including breakfast
- Miami (Post Tour): $250 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

Maximum Room Capacity
2 people

Child Policy
- No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 2 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
Not available

Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

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

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 24, maximum group size 50 per coach

Optional Tours / Activities
Day 2:
*Graceland Entrance: $39 USD (approx. $51 AUD)
Please note: entrance fee must be paid direct on tour, in the currency specified (unable to be pre-paid)

Day 5:
*Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour: $160
Please note: amount is payable direct to TripADeal upon confirmation of your booking, due to limited availability
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability and weather conditions
- 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)

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Cabin Experiences:

*Bella
‘Bella’ fares are the great-value way to enjoy the comforts of life on board an elegant, modern cruise ship.
- Enjoy a wide choice of superb cuisine to celebrate the tastes of the Mediterranean with a chance to indicate preferred dinner sitting.
- Access to gourmet buffets with 13 different gastronomic corners open for 20 hours a day
- Daily cabin service and goodnight turn down service

*Fantastica
‘Fantastica’ fares offer all the benefits of ‘Bella’ plus a variety of extra privileges.
- Cabins on the upper decks and in the most convenient positions on the ship
- Priority in choice of dinner sitting
- Complimentary continental breakfast on every morning except morning of departure
- Cabin service 24 hours a day

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 speciality restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping
*Mandatory cruise: $13 USD per person/day added to the onboard account
*Recommended land: $8 USD per person/day payable on tour
- 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

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. Any additional costs that may be incurred in order to arrange Visas to the USA are at the expense of the traveller and will not be covered in the package deal promoted by TripADeal. 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 Travel Voucher 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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