Air & Hotel Information for Kenda Cruise
Here is information about our optional pre-cruise hotel. For the night of Saturday, January 27, 2018, we have booked a block of rooms at this hotel: www.qualityinnandsuitesftlauderdale.com.
For a room with one King Size bed, our V.I.P. group rate is $169.
For a room with two Double beds, our V.I.P. group rate is $179.
These prices represent a discount off the lowest available rates. The rates include complimentary ground transportation from Ft. Lauderdale Airport on Saturday, January 27, 2018, pre-registering of guests for speedy check-in, two welcome drinks per room, and complimentary ground transportation from the hotel to the ship on Sunday, January 28, 2018, plus breakfast that morning! The above rates do not include gov't taxes of 11%.
I've been organizing cruises for 17+ years and I can highly recommend booking a pre-cruise hotel for several reasons:
1.) If you try to fly in on the same day as the cruise, your flight could be delayed due to weather or mechanical reasons. Despite what you may have seen in an episode of "I Love Lucy" you cannot be helicoptered onto the ship after it has departed. Don't miss the boat!
2.) If your luggage is temporarily lost or delayed, flying in the day before gives the airlines time to deliver it to you before you board the ship.
3.) It gives you another full day of "fun in the sun" during the dead of winter - lounging by the pool and meeting fellow members of our group.
4.) We'll begin to distribute our complimentary souvenir Kenda Cruise T-shirts at the hotel, so you won't have to stand in line on the ship to get it - and you'll get to board ship while wearing it!
5.) In the spirit of "Lead by Example" Joe Kenda, Carl Marino (and their wonderful wives) as well as me and my team will all be arriving in Ft. Lauderdale at least one day prior to the cruise.
There is no charge to make your reservation, but we have a limited block of rooms so call the hotel right away: (954) 922-1600. Please call between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday and ask for John or Melody in the Group Sales Department. Tell them you are on the Kenda Cruise so they'll be sure to give you our special V.I.P. rate. Your credit or debit card will secure your reservation with the hotel and you may cancel up until three days prior without charge.
For those of you who plan to drive to the hotel, you can park your car for $35 plus tax for the length of this cruise, which is a fraction of what you would pay to park near the pier. You'll receive a complimentary shuttle from the ship back to the hotel on disembarkation day.
If you'd like to extend your stay further, we have blocked some extra space for our group, however please be aware that the rates will be approximately 50% higher for the Saturday before and/or after.
Again, please call the hotel ASAP to hold your room: (954) 922-1600.
Kenda Cruise Flight Information
Book flights on Southwest, which usually has the best fares and allows you to check two bags for free. Visit www.southwest.com. If Southwest does not fly from your city or if you'd prefer to explore other airline options, please contact our air specialist, Ana Maria at 703-583-2008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.