About The New Years Eve Party Cruise
SAVE $100 when you book the pre cruise at same time as your cruise!
Ring in the New Year with STI! Sail from Tampa toward coconut palms, sandy beaches, vibrant cities and tranquil coves, the Caribbean islands offer endless possibilities. What better way to start off the New Year? Just ask our guests from last year!
Set sail from Tampa aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas! This is our most popular cruise of the year! This time we’ve kicked it up a notch. Our party vessel is packed with spectacular features: the FlowRider® surf park, canitilevered whirlpools, ice-skating rink, full-size boxing ring, H2O Zone waterpark and more! This exciting cruise offers a stop in Jamaica and a full day on our own private island paradise!
Inclusive Features of our Cruise:
- 5 Nights Inside, Oceanview or Verandah Accommodations Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.
- Optional Pre Cruise Stay at the Barrymore Hotel just minutes from the Tampa Riverview – Don’t miss the boat! Come in a day early and enjoy Tampa, with other members of the group!
- Extensive WiFi capabilities and connectivity for cell phones
- 6 Sumptuous Meals Daily (35 total) in the 3 story dining room and the Windjammer Café
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room
- Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the three-story Main Theater
- 6,459 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 195 slots and 12 tables.
- 16 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover, including The Colony Club featuring self-leveling pool tables, Scoreboard Sports Bar, and the Schooner Bar
- Duty-free Shops Onboard featuring name brand jewelry, perfumes, apparel and more
- NEW Chic and sophisticated Centrum experience with enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles
- NEW R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails created by a savvy and personable mixologist
- NEW English-style pub
- NEW Vintages, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever wine bar at sea
- 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
- Beautiful indoor solarium
- 2 pools and 2 jacuzzis
- ShipShape Day Spa and Fitness Center
- Sports court with volleyball and basketball court
- Climbing Wall & Fairways of Brilliance Mini Golf Course
- Captain’s Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner
Exclusive Singles Travel International Features :
- ROOMMATE MATCHING TO AVOID THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON YOUR CABIN
- PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES OF $451.38 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARES
- WELCOME ABOARD – ICE BREAKER PARTY – COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE TOAST
- BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
- COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, 70s Dance Party, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Ladies Night at the Spa and STI exclusive Themed Parties.
- THEMES FOR THE CRUISE: To Be Announced 3 months in advance.
- OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT:To Be Announced 6 months in advance.
- HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes may include: Viking, Dress in White Night and more.
- CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
- SINGLES ONLY SEATING (LATE – 8:30 p.m.) IN THE DINING ROOM
- FAREWELL PARTY
- Special Attention from Professional & Experienced, Singles Travel International Concierge
- Custom Daily Agenda Exclusively Designed for STI Members Only
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
- Great Times with other Singles in your Age Group!
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Depart: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Return: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
|Thursday – 12/28||Tampa, Florida||4:30 p.m.|
|Friday – 12/29||Key West, Florida (Pub Scavenger Hunt)||11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m|
|Saturday – 12/30||Cruising|
|Sunday – 12/31||Cozumel, Mexico||8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.|
|Monday – 1/1||Cruising|
|Tuesday – 1/2||Tampa, Florida||7:00 a.m.|
OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN KEY WEST & COZUMEL – ANNOUNCED 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
BOOK EARLY FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL TO GET LOWEST FARES
Please schedule your flight to arrive in TAMPA before 12 noon on December 28 and depart after 12 noon from TAMPA on January 2.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Royal Caribbean without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cruise departs from TAMPA on December 28, 2017 and ends in TAMPA on January 2, 2018. Therefore the cruise is 5 nights/6 days.
Add our pre cruise package in Tampa for peace of mind and to get a head start meeting your cruise mates!
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by September 22, 2017. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after September 22, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $75.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
*Between September 22 and October 20, 2017 – $200 penalty applies per person.
*Between October 20 and November 28, 2017 – $200 penalty applies per person.
After November 28, 2017 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
BOOK EARLY FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL TO GET LOWEST FARES
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Tampa before 12 noon on December 28 and depart after 12 noon from Tampa on January 2.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
Our cruise does not include airfare, transfers in Los Angeles and extra hotel nights before and after the cruise. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), meals not indicated in itinerary, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, gratuities to STI staff ($10 per day) and NCL crew members. Royal Caribbean adds a mandatory $12 per person, per day gratuity to your shipboard account.
Of course. We have a 1 night package before the cruise. Click BOOK NOW, then “Continue” to add this option to your vacation. If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans.
Our 1 Night Package Includes:
*Personal Services of our STI Concierge Team
*Company of other Single Travelers
*Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Room
*Welcome to Tampa Meet & Greet Including 1 Drink
*Optional Dinners & Nightlife at Tampa Riverview
*One way Transfer from the hotel to the Brilliance on Thursday
Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Tampa. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities. If you show up, your card will be automatically charged.
Note: Transportation between the airport and the hotel is not included in our pre or post tour packages.
Yes. We have partnered with Shore Trips to provide pre-booked and pre-confirmed excursions in each port -of -call. Our tours are offered so that you may share your cruise experience with other members of our group, as they are exclusive to our members. In addition, once you make your reservations, you won’t have to spend any more time trying to figure out what to do every day!
Every tour is pre-booked and pre-confirmed. Booking our excursions also allows you to spend your time leisurely on board the ship. You will be sitting by the pool while others are in the shore excursion lines waiting to book. Our prices are competitive and well worth booking.
The Shore Trips site is easy to use. First, CREATE AN ACCOUNT and you may do this by going to website. Once you have created an account and signed in, click on the word FIND YOUR GROUP, then 1 STI-NYE Party Cruise to see the excursions that are being offered for our cruise. A full page description is available if you click on the title of each tour.
Note that all Shore Trips tours are non-refundable once booked unless we find a replacement for you. We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of finding out that the tour you wanted has sold out. In order not to incur an additional $10.00 fee all tours must be booked 48 hours prior to departure.
If you choose to reserve the cruise only and manage your own flights, transportation between the airport and ship is not included in the price. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you at an additional rate of $32 each way in Tampa (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Please schedule your flight to arrive in Tampa 12 noon on December 28 and depart after 12 noon on January 2.
Embarkation and cabin check-in is at 12:00 p.m. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Directors.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 23 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Travel Directors are waiting to meet you at our Hospitality Desk. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by September 22, 2017. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Royal Caribbean. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Our “All Ages” vacations cater to 35+ and our average age range is 45-65+. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.
Let the sun shine in—this is Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you’ll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Bask at the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa, or reach new heights on our signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with Broadway-style shows, Casino Royale®, plus 16 bars and lounges that never feature a cover. It’s the amazing vacation you’ve been searching for.
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All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our Daily STI Program. We reserve late (second) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. Late (second) dining is generally served at 8:30 p.m. and varies by cruise line. If you desire to dine at early (first) seating, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose late (second) seating and by selecting early (first) seating, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.
In addition, there are generally several ala carte, themed restaurants with and without a fee. Singles Travel International reserves tables of 8 for every night. You may sign up for those options, and therefore enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship.
Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.
The average daytime temperature for all the islands is 85-90 and evenings average 75-80 degrees. Expect high humidity.
A passport is required for cruise travel to the Caribbean. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure (July 3, 2018). If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit http://www.travel.state.gov/.
There is no baggage limit onboard ship.
There is no baggage limit onboard ship.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
There is 1 formal evening during our cruise, New Year’s Eve and most guests dress accordingly. Gents in jacket and tie or tuxedo and ladies in a gown or dressy evening attire. The remainder of the evenings are resort wear such as slacks and collared shirt for men and sundresses, slacks and blouse for ladies. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping and beachwear for water activities. As the temperatures are hot and somewhat humid, summer attire should make up most of your wardrobe.
Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Collapsible umbrella (which can double as a sunshade parasol) and/or lightweight raingear.
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor. Sun is much stronger in Caribbean than at home.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Insulated Coffee-To-Go cup for more java to enjoy poolside.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
The currency used throughout our cruise is the US Dollar. Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the Brilliance as well as in major shops and restaurants ashore. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, which can be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement which may be reviewed at any time on your interactive TV in the cabin.
No inoculations are required for travel from North America to the Caribbean. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.
You and your physician can access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information document will be posted to the FAQ tab for this trip 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary, as well as how to contact the ship. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing this at http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/travel. Read the Know Before You Go booklet to confirm the most recent U.S. Customs regulations.