Destination Uke

2021 Jam Cruise

benefiting Tampa Bay Ukulele Society

Join Hosts Petey Mack, Marion K. & Chris DeGirolamo

for a 6 night cruise on the Carnival Legend

to Cozumel, Belize City & Costa Maya

Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2021

Itinerary

Jan 30

World Ukulele Day in Dunedin, FL
Optional Hotel Night
Optional Hotel Pre-Party at the Hotel!!

Optional Parking Available for the Duration

Jan 31

Boarding the ship, muster drills, getting settled in.  Program orientation and first jams after dinner!

Feb 1

Today we'll work together to decorate ukuleles for kids in Mexico.  We'll have games, trivia, jam time, and open mic

Feb 2

Get off the boat!  Beautiful Cozumel awaits!

Optional Excursions

Evening Jam/Open Mic/Games

Feb 3

Welcome to Belize!!

Optional Excursions

Evening Jam/Open Mic/Games

Feb 4

Our last international stop, Costa Maya.  This evening will be slower paced, as you'll need time to pack and put your suitcases in the hallway for collection. 

Optional Excursions

Evening Jam/Open Mic/Games

Feb 5

Another full day at sea as we head back towards home.  Are you ready to show your stuff at open mic?  Or does a relaxing day of games and jams sound more your style? 

Feb 6

By the time you wake up, we'll likely be in beautiful Tampa.  Aren't you glad you came?

Optional hotel/airport transfers

Optional hotel night(s)

Optional excursions

No workshops

No drills

No homework

friends and fun and music and food and sun and surf and what more could you want?

Beginner Oriented

No cooking

No cleaning

Just organic learning and music and singing and playing and writing and dancing and eating and napping and ...

Your Hosts

Marion K

DeG

Petey Mack

 

 

Marion K, often better known as Freeda, is a travel agent and 9 year ukulele enthusiast based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  With a background in percussion and barbershop singing, the ukulele is her first stringed instrument.   She was instantly transfixed by the low barrier to entry paired with the ability to perform independently or collaboratively.  She founded the KalamazUkes ukulele club, and has been featured on local news and radio playing ukulele.  When not occupied organizing ukulele trips, you can find her helping out at midwest ukulele events or teaching ukulele at a local high-behavior special education school.   Marion is also a trained facilitator in the Remo HealthRhythms therapeutic group drumming technique.  Her passion is not in high level performance, but on the magic that happens when someone makes the transition from a consumer to a creator of music

Playing many instruments since childhood, Petey Mack found the ukulele 12 years ago and his life was forever changed. He found that the ukulele brings together his two passions, the love of people and the love of music. For the past 8 years he has brought his joy of teaching and arranging music to people on his home turf in Tennessee and all over the world. Pete utilizes group singalongs and jam sessions to encourage and motivate players to have the self confidence to be themselves and to play in public.  His free online music arrangements are an invaluable resource for clubs all ocer the world.

 

Chris DeGirolamo, better known simply as “DeG” (dēg), is a multi-instrumentalist musician and performer from Atlanta, Georgia.  Previously stationed in Hawaii, he did not pick up the ukulele until many years later, when a friend suggested that a guitar was too big to take on Boy Scout campouts, and that DeG should try the ukulele.  That suggestion turned into a life changing event.  DeG founded the Southeast Ukers group in 2009 as a way to meet others who shared his passion.  The club now boasts over 400 members.  DeG has written several songs and has appeared on the Ukulele Underground United CD, as well as the Ukulele Players United to Decrease World Suck CD (Both charity fundraising efforts) His musical interests range from Hawaiian language songs, to instrumentals, to popular music.  He has performed numerous times at the Nezian Polynesian Festival in Atlanta, GA.  Aside from ukulele and guitar, he is also the percussionist for the ukulele reggae trio Drop Ready. 

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Get Signed Up

2-Person Package

pricing starts at

Interior $1750

(that's under $146 per person per night!)

Oceanview $1850

(that's under $155 per person per night!)

Balcony $2150

(that's under $180 per person per night!)

Extended Balcony $2200

(that's under $184 per person per night!)

 

*Includes program fee, 

taxes and fees, and

$50 in on-board credit

  • All first and second passengers in a room receive $50 in on-board credit!

  • Taxes and fees are included. 

  • Optional gratuities are not included. 

  • Photos are examples, not the exact rooms you are booking.  

  • Cruise rooms are sold "based on double occupancy", and prices shown reflect 2 passengers per room. 

  • Traveling alone?  Solo travelers, per cruise line policy, must pay for a second bed but NOT for the taxes and fees on that second bed.  Therefore your pricing will be "more than half of a double, but less than a double". Call Marion to arrange:  800-990-3614 

  • 3rd and 4th passengers in a room are not covered under the contract terms for our room block, and must be booked at the prevailing rate.  Book your first 2 passengers, then email us and we will arrange to add the additional occupants. 

  • Suites are not covered under the contract terms for our room block.  They must be booked at the prevailing rate.  Email us if you prefer a suite.

  • Trip insurance may be booked when you set up your room selection and payment plan.  We partner with Allianz.

  • This button will take you to a dedicated registration page on www.SuesTravelCentral.com.  Don't worry that the screen looks different  - That is the travel agency I work for, and is not an error or scam. Note, you will fill out a credit card authorization form but it doesn't collect your full credit card number.  We will speak on the phone for that information to be conveyed directly.  Note that pricing will also look different on that page because it reflects only the stateroom prices, not the program fee of $275 per person.  

  

Payment Schedule

  • Today

    • $250 per person 

    • this locks in your room

    • this will be billed by Carnival

  • The 15th of next month

    • ​$275 per person

    • this covers your program fee

    • this will be billed by Marion K LLC

  • The 15th of each following month 

    • $200 per person

    • until your balance is paid

    • FINAL PAYMENT OCT 15

    • this will be billed by Carnival

More Details

  • Yes.  You need a passport.  Application form HERE.   

  • I *can* make your airline reservations, but it isn't any cheaper than doing it yourself.  

  • If you need me, email is best so I can keep track of where I'm at with any individual reservation.  You may also receive communications from Sue or Cindy in my office.     

  • When we get 6 months prior to sailing, I'll send out an email about any extras you would like to add.  This is the time we will handle gratuities, excursions, parking, transfers to and from the port, and pre/post cruise hotel nights.  

  • Finally, you will need to accomplish some tasks just prior to sailing.  You will be sent instructions via email on how to check in online (required by homeland security/border control) and print your luggage tags.  

  • One more detail:  the program enrollment fee is non refundable.  The cruise portion will be handled by the cruise line itself, in accordance with their policies.

A Final Word

It's not an overstatement to say that ukulele changed my life.  I look forward to meeting you (or seeing you again) and making this an event  that is a great fundraiser for Tampa Bay Ukulele Society, a "gift of music" miracle for Mexican children, and a new kind of getaway experience with your new and old ukulele friends.  

Love,

Marion