Reservations, Details and Costs
Arrival for the Sailing on the 18th:
We'll pick you up at the airport. If the ship is ready for boarding we will take you directly to the ship. If you arrive earlier, we will take you to the InterContinental for drinks or a meal until it's time to board our ship. Please make sure we have your arrival time and flight number.
Arrival for the Pre-Trip:
We will start the party on the evening of Monday, October 15. The last ferry is usually at about 6PM. In order to make that ferry you will have to arrive at the International Airport in Papeete, on the main island of Tahiti, by around 3PM. This will give us time to pick you up, take you to the ferry and move you to Moorea, (which is about a 40 minute ferry crossing). If you arrive too late to make the transfer that evening we'll put you up at the InterContinental in Papeete, near the airport, and we will catch the morning ferry. You could also arrive one night early, on the night of the 14th , and stay in Papeete and move to Moorea on the morning of the 15th. If you choose this option we will be happy to make your reservation at the InterContinental in Papaeete. Please let us know when you've finalized your air reservation and whatever day and at whatever time you arrive, we will greet you at the airport and get you where you need to be. We will send out more information on the various flight options before the end of the year, which is when ticket reservations for next October will first be available.
We've tried to make this as all-inclusive as possible. All taxes and fees that the ship usually applies to the individual guest have been covered. All meals are included: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have arranged for an open bar throughout the day and night. We have prepaid gratuities to all of the ship's staff, our tour operators and hotel/hospitality staff. The ship has lots of water sports equipment, which they offer at no charge (snorkeling, kayaks etc.) Any event that Castles and Concerts has organized is included, but the ship will also offer specialty services that are not included. (Massage, Scuba, Parasails, Helicopter flights etc.).
Cost for the Sailing:
The cost of the trip is $5,950 per person, double occupancy, in a superior room. For $450/person you can upgrade to the "AX Deluxe" cabins. All cabins are the same size and have the same amenities but these 22 "AX Deluxe" cabins have the best location, on the upper deck and in mid-ship.
Cost for the Pre-Trip to the InterContinental on Moorea:
The basic price is $2,350 and includes all accommodation, our organized tours, concerts, transportation, and meals with wine and beer. You will pick up your own bar tab at the InterContinental. If you want to be in a sea view bungalow there is a $550/person supplement; and for the bungalows on stilts out over the water an $875/person supplement. Please indicate to us on the enclosed RSVP card if you are interested in the upgrades.
Deposits and Cancellations:
A $500 deposit will hold your place. As always, your deposit is fully refundable for any reason, up to the time of your second payment, which will be due in January. Your deposits are fully transferable to someone else at any time. If you need to cancel after the second payment, you will receive a full refund if either you or Castles & Concerts can find a substitute traveler to take your place.
We will sail back into Papeete in the early evening on Wednesday, October 24. It seems that all the flights back to the U.S. mainland leave late at night, so those few of you who need to rush back may head to the airport for the midnight flights back to the US. Everyone else will stay for a final banquet and show in Papeete. We will disembark on Thursday morning, but as an incentive to stay on through the last day and fly out Thursday night, (October 25) we are currently in negotiations to have lunch and a concert at the Presidential Palace.