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About Caribbean Bliss 50+
Escape those winter blues, with STI, aboard the BRAND NEW BLISS, with Studio Cabins, so singles pay no more for their own cabin! Think coconut palms, sandy beaches, vibrant cities and tranquil coves; the Caribbean Islands offer endless possibilities. What better way to vacation?
Set sail from Miami aboard the new NCL BLISS for a winter escape. This is our most popular cruise of the year and the Single Studio cabins will sell out like lightning!
Norwegian Bliss is the new ultimate ship and her unique venues celebrate luxury and adventure! Indulging every whim and chasing every sunset along the waterfront is what unforgettable vacations are made of. Explore flavors, both fantastically familiar and intoxicatingly foreign, at The Food Republic, by the Pubbelly Boys or Texas Smokehouse BBQ, with live music; taste new wines with the Mondavi Family at Cellars; and go back in time, to the prohibition era, with a night at Madam Lulu’s. Seeking every thrill with hairpin turns on the largest racetrack at sea, or a heart stopping free fall slide in Aqua Park is sure to satisfy your sense of adventure. Bliss & Escape also have the only Margaritaville at Sea restaurants; who else embodies island life as well as Jimmy Buffet?
Thanks NCL, you’ve done it again! Another fun-filled ship with top notch entertainment, gourmet to on-the-go dining options and staterooms priced especially for SOLO Cruisers!
You’ve seen how much fun we’re having on the Epic, Getaway and Escape, now we’re taking it over to NCL’s newest dream boat, the Bliss!
- 7 Nights Aboard the NEW Norwegian Bliss
- Port Stops in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.
- Cool, New Single Studio Accommodations – Just what you’ve told us you’re waiting for! – This is a new category of stateroom with a truly innovative approach to solo guest accommodations. You’ll experience a thoughtful, contemporary design, a comfortable layout, and best of all; pricing tailored to you. You’ll also enjoy exclusive key card access to the Studios Lounge: your own private spot to meet up with friends, have coffee or make plans for the day.
- Yum Yum – 16 Different Dining Options include an upscale steakhouse, gourmet French restaurant, authentic teppanyaki, traditional Italian, tempting Chinese, sensational sushi, Ocean Blue for seafood lovers, Texas Smokehouse & premier Mexican restaurant, Los Lobos, Food Republic by the Pubbelly Boys; a fusion of foods and cultures from around the globe, Coco’s Chocolate Cafe and Margaritaville at Sea with burgers and cold beer any time! Additional, ala carte fees apply and are paid directly to Norwegian Cruise Line.*
- 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
- Pools and Jacuzzis including Spice H2O (free) and Vibe Beach Club FOR ADULTS ONLY with Oversized Hot Tub, Full Service Bar, Water Spritzers, Chilled Towels (additional fee).
- Better than Las Vegas! – FREE Entertainment Galore! Journey back in time for a drink at Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical, or jump forward several decades to the rockin’ Sixties with the Tony Award®-winning musical, Jersey Boys, stop on the middle with Live Beatles Music in the Cavern Club. Plus all the other live shows and entertainment like no cruise line but NCL! Watch for more announcements as we near the inaugural.
- Relax, Chill Out – Sit back, Surrounded by the beautiful scenery from Bliss’ 180-degree Observation Lounge, Get Lucky in the Full-Action Casino, Get Pampered in the First-Class Mandarin Spa, Get Fit at Pulse, the State-of-the-Art Fitness Center, Get Out of the ordinary at the Upscale Skyline Bar or Sugarcane Mojito Bar.
- Challenge Yourself! – Conquer new heights and new thrills at our Sports Complex. Swing into loads of adventure at our expanded, three-story Ropes Course. Grab your friends for a game of bocce ball at our new court. Or perfect your jump shot during a friendly game of basketball. It’s game time! Or take a free fall in the Aqua Racer, the newest tandem waterslide at sea. Bring out the kid inside!
Exclusive Singles Travel Features :
- STI Concierge Team service assures that you get the most from your “big ship” cruise experience. With all the innovation and what seems like so many things to do, so many dining choices, leave it to us, your Bliss EXPERTS.*
- OPTIONAL, ALA CARTE SPECIALTY DINNER & SHOW RESERVATIONS COORDINATED ONBOARD BY STI CONCIERGE SO THAT YOU DINE & PLAY WITH OTHER SINGLES**
- WELCOME ABOARD ICE BREAKER PARTY WITH COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE DRINK
- 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, Adventure Team Sport Events, Golf Tournament, Ice Cream Social, Pub Crawl, Ladies Night at the Spa, Meet the Captain and Dine with the Officers.
- HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes will be announced before your cruise so you have plenty of time to prepare!
- CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
- FAREWELL PARTY
- MEETUP IN EACH PORT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS TO GET TOGETHER BEFORE GOING ASHORE
- OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT-TO BE ANNOUNCED 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
- PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES OF $366 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARE
- SPECIAL ATTENTION FROM SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL CONCIERGE
- GREAT TIMES WITH MATURE SINGLES IN YOUR AGE RANGE!
*STI will provide each member with a Singles Travel International Activities Calendar so that you are prepared once you board. STI reserves the same shows for our group as part of our services. We will offer VIP reservations for specialty restaurants in advance on our website. Prefer to do your own thing? Make your own individual dinner and show reservations in advance at www.NCL.com. BLISS restaurants may change, we listed those from sister ship Escape. All changes will be updated as we discover.
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.
ULTIMATE DRINK PACKAGE TERMS: Includes a variety of spirits and cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to $15. Includes fountain soda and juice, and non-alcoholic beer. A 20% discount will be given on bottles of wine (champagne and sparkling included) purchased on board. Does not include room service, package sales, bottled water, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated super premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, fresh squeezed juices, Lavazza coffee beverages, wine dispenser, energy drinks or vending machines.
SPECIALTY DINING PACKAGE TERMS: Members in Oceanview & Balcony cabins have 3 specialty dinners included in our cruise. Specialty Dining Packages include NCL’s steakhouses, French, Japanese, Mexican and Italian restaurants. You may choose to dine in entertainment-based and à la carte priced restaurants for an additional charge. Dining options vary by ship. Read the FAQs and Terms & Conditions for more details.
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.
Cruise Departs from Miami, Florida: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cruise Ends in Miami, Florida: Saturday, February 9, 2019
OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN ST. THOMAS, TORTOLA & NASSAU – TO BE ANNOUNCED 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
BOOK EARLY TO GET LOWEST FARES
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Miami (MIA) before 1:00 p.m. on February 2 and depart after 12 noon from Miami on February 9. Add our party in Miami package for peace of mind and a positive social start!
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Norwegian Cruise Lines without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
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A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.
Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 14 days prior to trip start date.
Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cruise departs from Miami, Florida (MIA) on February 2, 2019 and ends in Miami (MIA) on February 9, 2019. Therefore the cruise is 7 nights/8 days.
ULTIMATE DRINK PACKAGE: Includes a variety of spirits and cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to $15. Includes fountain soda and juice, and non-alcoholic beer. A 20% discount will be given on bottles of wine (champagne and sparkling included) purchased on board. Does not include room service, package sales, bottled water, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated super premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, fresh squeezed juices, Lavazza coffee beverages, wine dispenser, energy drinks or vending machines.
Absolutely. But book early and take advantage of the new Solo Studios with no single supplement! If you miss out, not to worry, 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 28, 2018. Of course, single cabins (non Studio) are available at an additional rate assessed by Norwegian Cruise Line. 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 guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 120 days prior to departure.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.
We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.
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 28, 2018. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to call us with your credit card details to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after September 28, 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. STI fees will apply in addition to the cruise line price and range from $120-$300 based on the length of the cruise and our expenses to create our enjoyable, singles only program.
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 28-November 15, 2018 – 25% penalty applies.
*Between November 16- 29, 2018 – 50% penalty applies.
*After December 28, 2018 – 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 Miami (MIA), before 1:00 p.m. on February 2 and depart after 12 noon from Miami on February 9.
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.
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-$15 per day) and NCL crew members. NCL adds a mandatory $14.50 per person, per day gratuity to your shipboard account. Please advise your STI vacation specialist in advance if you’d like to add this charge to your final payment. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.
Of course. We have a 1 night package before the cruise. Click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP 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 at the Hyatt Miami
*Welcome to Miami Meet & Greet
*One way Transfer from the Hyatt to the Bliss on Saturday
Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Miami. 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- Caribbean Bliss 50+ 2019 Group” (available 6 months prior to departure) 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.
Transportation between the airport and ship is not included in the price. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you to the ship at an additional cost (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Please schedule your flight to arrive in Miami (MIA), before 1:00 p.m. on February 2 and depart after 12 noon from Miami on February 9.
Taxis are available for all transportation and may be acquired outside the baggage claim area. Another option is the Miami Airport Shuttle. Rates and schedules are listed on their site, click here to learn more.
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 Concierge Team.
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The Solo Studios break the mold of traditional cruising again – with a truly innovative approach to solo guest accommodations. You’ll experience a thoughtful, contemporary design, a comfortable layout, and best of all, pricing tailored to you. You’ll also enjoy exclusive key card access to the Studios Lounge: your own private spot to meet up with friends, have coffee or make plans for the day.
**In Stateroom: **
- Full-size bed – so feel free to stretch out
- Private access to the Studios Complex & Studio Lounge
- Innovative bathroom design – separate sink and shower provide more personal space
- Window to the corridor – you see out but others can’t see in
- 100 sq. ft. of space also includes unique storage areas, flat screen TV and a desk
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 24 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 Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. 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.
Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. 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. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
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.
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. The STI group dining reservations begin at 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. We reserve 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.
Singles Travel International also hosts our Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Travel Director/Concierge once onboard and advised to you via our Weekly STI Program.
In addition, on the Bliss, there are over 16 themed bars and a la carte, specialty restaurants in which to dine and play. Reservations for SPECIALTY DINNERS are generally from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Singles Travel International will provide a Singles Only Dining & Show Schedule in advance and members may sign up for VIP reservations on the STI site before the cruise. Signing up early ensures that you will be guaranteed a chance to enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship. Charges are ala carte, approximately $50 per dinner experience and will be charged to our cabin account at time of consumption.
NCL’S SPECIALTY DINING PACKAGE TERMS: Members in Oceanview & Balcony cabins have 3 specialty dinners included in our cruise. Specialty Dining Packages include NCL’s steakhouses, churrascarias, French, Japanese, Mexican and Italian restaurants. You may choose to dine in entertainment-based and à la carte priced restaurants for an additional charge. Dining options vary by ship. Read the FAQs and Terms & Conditions for more details.
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. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit there website.
We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.
Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for required documentation. Please check with your local consulate for any needed passports or visas for entry into each country on our itinerary.
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.
Freestyle Cruising is not too dressy, not too casual. We call it “resort casual”, you’ll call it being on holiday. When you’re ready for dinner, it’s collared shirts and pants or nice jeans for men. Slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops are perfect for women. If you want to dress up and add a little glamour when you dine out, feel free. Swimwear, T-shirts and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants after 5:30. An exception will be made with respect to shorts in the buffet and outdoor restaurants. Presentable jeans may be worn in restaurants in the evenings with the exception of a designated “dress up” restaurant. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping. As the temperatures are warm in the Caribbean, you’ll prefer summer wear.
There really isn’t a “formal” night on NCL. They call it Captain’s night and our group dresses a bit better than the rest of the crowd, but it isn’t mandatory. NCL does not promote it as formal, they are strictly “Freestyle” which means, dress up if you want, but if not, that’s ok too. Having a fancy dress or suit along just in case you need it is a good idea, but absolutely optional.
Our Concierge Team will create several theme nights and costumes are recommended, although optional. More information about themes will be disclosed closer to departure via our chat and direct emails from our Concierge Team.
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).
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear. 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.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor. Sun is much stronger in Caribbean than at home.
– Insulated Coffee-To-Go cup for more java to enjoy poolside.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– 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 (iphone/smart phone) 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 ship, 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. 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” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 14 days prior to trip start date. It will include a phone contact number for the Bliss. Instructions on international dialing codes will be provided. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.