4 Days Bahamas from Jacksonville, FL
Dates: MAY 11 - 15, 2023
Boarding Location: Jacksonville, FL..
Cruise Ship: Carnival Elation
FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Carlos Dimeria - Carnival Cruise Lines
This cruise is already at 65% capacity!
Don't miss your opportunity to book your cabin.
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MORE ABOUT OUR TRIP
It's that time again...to make your reservations to JOIN US for our 8th annual FAMILY & FRIENDS CRUISE to the BAHAMAS!
If you love a sunny vacation, powerful music, delicious food, and inspiring moments, then this Cruise is for you! This is going to be one of the most unforgettable adventures of your life!
Our cruise ship for the week is the beautiful CARNIVAL ELATION. This ship is a destination within itself! The bright lights of the grand atrium will remind you of the big city… and that you’re not on just any ship!
You’re on a ship that features great fun for the kids with our range of supervised youth activities for cruisers ages 2–17…
(all available at NO additional cost!)
Ice Cream & Candy Shop, and countless other activities for the kids!
Playlist Productions for anyone who appreciates a good song-and-dance revue, and Hasbro, The Game Show for those who take their fierce competition with a soft side of fun. Speaking of fun and competition, there’s Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, so bring your moves and hit the stage. Dive-In Movies,
So — young or old, no difference — as long as you have a healthy appetite for fun, there’s reason to get excited about a cruise aboard Carnival Elation!
This ship serves delicious food. Guy’s Burger Joint (Guy Fieri, that is) and BlueIguana Cantina (tacos and burritos) serving up casual bites throughout the day, and Cherry on Top to hit the sweet notes between meals, after meals…or whenever. They even have a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!
We'll set sail from sunny Jacksonville, FL. and we will sail for FOUR glorious nights.
ARE ALL OF MY MEALS INCLUDED IN MY CRUISE FARE?
You eat three amazing meals a day - plus snacks and more - without paying!
ARE DRINKS INCLUDED ?
Non-bottled water, lemonade, iced tea, hot chocolate and some coffees and teas for free. Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, specialty coffee and bottled water are available for a fee. You may want to consider the CHEERS! all-inclusive beverage program or Bottomless Bubbles unlimited soda package which can be purchased for a small fee after your reservation is completed.
WHAT IS THE CRUISE CURRENCY ?
Cruise Fare is in US Dollars.
DO MINORS RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ?
All guests, regardless of age, receive third and fourth guests special fares.
Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise. Even if a guest has completed registration using Online Check-in, it is still the responsibility of the guest to present the required travel documents at the time of embarkation. Any guest without proper documents will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Carnival and RW assumes no responsibility for guests without proper travel documentation.
U.S. Citizens: Carnival highly recommends all guests travel with a passport. Although a passport is not required. The following items ARE required to set sail with Carnival cruise lines.
• Original or suitable quality copy of a Birth Certificate (Issued by a government agency: state/county/city) and a government issued photo ID if 16 years of age and older.
In addition to proof of citizenship, a non-expired government-issued photo I.D is required of all guests 16 years of age and older. The
following are acceptable:
• Driver’s License
• Driver’s Permit
• School/Student I.D
(acceptable ONLY for guests under 19 years of age)
• Government-Issued identification card
ALL guests are required to carry proof of citizenship
AND proof of identification.
DIRECTIONS TO CRUISE PORT
Cruise port is located at:
9810 August Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226
• Follow signs for A-Side (North) Terminal and continue toward Cruise Terminals #5 or #6. You will be boarding the CARNIVA LELATION!
Florida 511 service provides callers with free information on roads, transportation agencies and travel times.
Travel Time: 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and 40 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport.
Does Carnival Cruise Lines Offer Transportation Service Between the Airport and Pier?
YES! You can book transportation service through Carnival Cruise Lines by going to: https://www.jaxport.com/cruise/parking-directions/
However, many of our guest drive directly to the port or hire their own transportation to/from the airport. If you need more information or assistance in regards to this, please give us a call.
Parking rates are subject to change by the Port Authority
4-day cruise - $75
• Paved, gated, outdoor parking lots with 24-hour surveillance
• Full payment due upon entering the parking lot
• Accepted forms of payment: Cash (USD), Visa, MasterCard and American Express
• Advance reservations are not required but can be made by accessing the port website at: https://www.jaxport.com/cruise/parking-directions/
• Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit.
• Vehicles over 20 feet in length: 4-day cruise - $130
LUGGAGE TAGS & CRUISE DOCUMENTS
Access your luggage tags, boarding pass, and all additional travel documents by viewing cruise documents. You will receive your personal cruise documents approximately (2) Two weeks prior to sailing via e-mail from Redemption World.
When you arrive at the cruise terminal, please make sure you collect all your carry-on luggage. Once you are approaching the port, you will need to identify your luggage to a porter. The porters will ensure your luggage is taken on board so that shipboard staff may deliver it to your stateroom. The customary tip for porter service is $1.00 per bag. When done, you will be directed inside the cruise terminal.
You will then follow the signs to the terminal. For guests who will park their car at the port, once you are at the Baggage Drop-off area, everyone aside from the driver may come inside the terminal while the driver continues to the parking area. At most of our ports, the walking distance between the parking area and terminal is a short one, making it an easy walk for the driver. Depending on the walking distance, some cruise terminals have a complimentary shuttle to and from the parking area/terminal.
Embarkation Process - what to expect:
You will go through the x-ray security machines with your carry-on luggage. If your luggage exceeds 24"W x 16"H x 30"L, you must see a porter to have it checked in.
From the security checkpoint, you will be directed to the check-in line. Once you reach our check-in agent, you will need to present your picture I.D. and proof of citizenship, as well as establish your Sail & Sign on board account. Once our check-in agent completes your registration, they will provide you with your Sail & Sign card.
The Sail & Sign card is also used to access your stateroom and serve as your boarding card to get on and off the ship while in the ports of call. In addition to the Sail & Sign card, a check-in agent will provide you with a stateroom key as well.
APass (second security checkpoint)
This is your final embarkation step. Everyone's photo, including infants, will be captured through our APass kiosks. Your photo will be linked to your Sail & Sign card and used at security checkpoints when getting on and off our ships.
CAN I USE MY CELLPHONE ON BOARD?
Carnival Cruise Lines offers an advanced roaming network on board Carnival Cruise Lines ships, allowing you to make and receive calls while at sea using your own mobile phone and telephone number. However, International roaming charges will be billed to you by your home mobile carrier. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST that you turn off your phones while at sea. For questions about service or billing, please contact your mobile carrier directly.
For your convenience, Carnival automatically charges the gratuities for dining and stateroom staff to your onboard Sail & Sign account ($12 per day). HOWEVER, We recommend for each person to go to the Guest Services desk by day two and request that tips are NOT charged to your sail & sign card. At that point, you can tip at your own discretion.
Room Service staff may be tipped as service is rendered. *Gratuities do not apply to guests less than 2 years of age
Lunch and dinner are also available bistro-style on the Lido Deck.
All dining rooms are smoke-free.
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Lunch: Noon – 1:30 PM
For breakfast and lunch, the main dining rooms are organized as "open seating," where you may come and go as you please during the set hours and are not obligated to sit at your assigned table.
You can also enjoy a continental breakfast in your stateroom until 10:00 AM or a limited breakfast menu on deck.
Seating for Dinner will be a specific time designated for everyone in our group. You will be notified the time and place to attend dinner upon arrival.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Casual attire is the order of the day. We suggest shorts, sundresses, tank tops, etc. for the ladies, and for men; shorts, polo shirts, T-shirts, etc. will do. We suggest you wear rubber-soled, low heeled or flat shoes for extra traction while onboard. The use of any footwear with wheels, including but not limited, to Heelys© shoes, is prohibited on board our ships. For dining you may want to dress up a bit and/or bring along a light sports jacket or cardigan.
Most evenings we have a Cruise Casual dress code, but there is the Cruise Elegant evening throughout your voyage, where you will have the opportunity to showcase your more elegant attire. For those who want casual attire for dinner time, the Lido Restaurant is open nightly, and has a more relaxed theme. However, shirts and shoes/footwear (flip-flops) must be worn at all times inside the Lido Restaurant.
Both dress codes for the dining rooms are described below.
Cruise Casual Dining Dress Code: Gentlemen - Sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts; Ladies - Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants.
Not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: cut-off jeans, men's sleeveless shirts, gym or basketball shorts, baseball hats, flip-flops and bathing suit attire.
Cruise Elegant Dining Dress Code:
Gentlemen - Dress slacks, dress shirts. We also suggest a sport coat. If you wish to wear suits and ties or tuxedos, by all means we invite you to do so.
Ladies - dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses; if you‘d like to show off your evening gowns, that's great too!
Not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Elegant dinner for ladies and gentlemen: jeans, men's sleeveless shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sportswear, baseball hats, flip-flops and bathing suit attire.
You’re invited to join us on one of the most memorable adventures of your life as we sail to the beautiful BAHAMAS. Our trip will bring together so many things unique to our annual 'Family & Friends Cruise.'
What started as a "staff only" cruise for our team and their families, has grown into something much more! It has become a chance to reunite with old friends and make new ones.
Now, the word is out and YOU'RE INVITED!
Get ready to relax in the sun, experience inspiring worship, and connect with like-minded people from all over the world!
This will be the cheapest vacation you've ever taken!
As in past years, we’ve worked diligently to create a vacation that offers the perfect balance of leisure time, Christian entertainment, benevolence opportunities in the public schools while in Freeport, powerful praise and rejuvenation. We’ll be surrounded by turquoise waters and gorgeous sunsets. We’ll explore sunny beaches and charming ports.
We’ll then take the experience one step further—giving passengers the opportunity to join us on Day 2 as we travel to the public schools of Freeport to Minister to the students there. This is an experience you will never forget! What an amazing memory you’ll create among like-minded Believers. Singing for hundreds of students that are hungry to hear the message of Christ!
Making this cruise extra-special, we’ve added
(and brought back) some of the outrageously fun events for those traveling with us!
"Sunrise morning devotionals"
"Concert AT SEA"
“Pajama Karaoke Night”
"Late Night Jam Sessions"
and of course, "The Not-So-Newlywed Game"
where some of our featured artists will be contestants!
After four glorious days, you’ll return home renewed, refreshed and blessed beyond measure.
Space is LIMITED! The annual popularity of this cruise means it will sell out quickly, so register today to make sure you have a place on the 'Family & Friends Cruise.' It’s going to be an uplifting time filled with some of the best music on earth. See you there!
INTERIOR STATEROOM CABIN
Starting at $689
An Interior stateroom is the most affordable way to cruise, and interiors are not just cozy, but are full of things you'd expect from any Carnival stateroom: a full private bathroom, Carnival Comfort Collection linens and more.
OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM CABIN
Starting at $789
Catch a glimpse of what's going by from your Ocean View stateroom where you'll get views you won’t find anywhere on land. Don’t miss sunrise and sunset at sea — your comfy stateroom is the best way to experience these!
BALCONY STATEROOM CABIN
Starting at $989
Balcony staterooms were designed for maximum sea breeze and the most stunning views! Any time you’re in your room, you’re just steps away from your own personal outdoor oasis!
SUITE STATEROOM CABIN
Starting at $1,198 - $1,798
A suite is the ultimate way to cruise! With more space for stretching out indoors, plus a large balcony for kicking back outdoors, try an Ocean Suite to experience private, luxurious relaxation. Ocean Suites also include VIP check-in, walk-in closet and bathroom with whirlpool.
We will meet at 2:00 p.m. on the top deck (Sky Deck) for a quick briefing and a gift from us! This ship takes off to sea around 3:30 p.m. and your vacation has began!
The ship will dock at Freeport around 8:00 a.m. You are free to leave the ship and enjoy beautiful Freeport! It's beaches, attractions, and excursions won't let you down! For those of you that choose to join us, our tour bus will be awaiting us when we step off the ship around 9:00 a.m. to head to the public schools of Freeport to sing, minister, and share the love of Jesus to the children of Freeport! Everyone must be back on the ship by 4:00 p.m.
The ship will dock at Nassau around 8:00 a.m. You are free to leave the ship and enjoy beautiful Nassau! Shop at the famous 'straw market,' visit Paradise Island, the Atlantis, or other beautiful places on the island. This is your full vacation day! ENJOY IT!
Everyone must be back on the ship by 4:00 p.m.
Fun Day At Sea
This is our day at sea and the chance for you to enjoy all the ship has to offer! That evening, we will host our annual 'Concert At Sea' featuring great singers and ministries from across the globe!
WHAT TO EXPECT
We start each day with morning devotions on the top deck (optional) where one of our host Pastors / Ministers host a short, (but always thought provoking) devotional to inspire us throughout the day.
Along the way, we always stop and visit our young Bahamian friends in the public schools of Freeport. All passengers in our group are welcome to join us as we take the Gospel into the schools as we sing, minister and pray for these young people. Bus ride and a tour of beautiful Freeport is included in your package.
Then we will sail over to Nassau to take in the gorgeous beaches, plenty of activities, and local cuisines you’re sure to love! This is the "fun day" in the Bahamas for you to enjoy with your family, take an excursion, visit one of the many beautiful free beaches, or whatever you choose to do! You can even stay on the ship which is docked during the day for your meals or if you choose to stay aboard.
On the evening of our final day at sea, we have our annual "Concert at Sea" and it is open to the public. We always have a great crowd and unforgettable worship experiences!
Soooooo? Are you ready?