Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beach Party in Cozumel

While I realize they announced this beach party a while ago, here is the email that we received from Rose Tours and my thoughts on the matter:

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Beach Party in Cozumel - Playa Mia Beach Resort

Reservations are now being accepted for the Backstreet Boys Cozumel Beach Party Shore Excursion on Saturday December 11, 2010. All Backstreet Boys Cruise Passengers who booked through Rose Tours are welcome to join.

COZUMEL PREMIER BEACH PARTY:

Enjoy a Four-hour party including a DJ and appearance of the Backstreet Boys at the Playa Mia Beach Resort! The Beach Excursion will include an unlimited domestic open bar including Draft Beer, Purified bottled water, Soft drinks, Tequila, Mezcal, Brandy, Rum, Vodka, Rum Punch, Margaritas, Pina Colada and assorted flavor Daiquiris. You will also enjoy a delicious International Buffet which will include a menu of Grilled Chicken breast, Pork loin in mushroom sauce, Fish Filet, Fettuccine Alfredo, Rice with fried bananas, Cesar Salad, Guacamole, a variety of Desserts and MORE! You can eat, dance, swim and relax on a sun chair enjoying the beautiful beach! We will even have special beach games available in which you can participate. Your beach party will include round trip transportation from the ship to the beach resort, Buffet, Domestic open bar and beach activities.

The price of the Beach Party is $119.00 per person and will be charged at time of booking. This charge will appear as Rose Tours & Travel. If you are interested in attending, please follow the link below and submit your reservation now as space is limited. (RAIN OR SHINE)

Final payment for your cruise will be charged by Carnival Cruise Line the week of 10/1/10. It will be billed to the card you have on file There is nothing that you need to do.

Your Documents will be emailed to the email address on your reservation approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.

You will be able to pick up your beach party tickets on Thursday December 9th at the Hospitality Desk in the Universe Dining Room between 1:00PM - 4:00PM.

*Questions, please call Rose Tours at (888) 491-7673 or (215) 663-8800.
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Playa Mia

I know there was a lot of controversy over this activity. There seems to be a pretty even split on those that think we shouldn’t be charged for this, and those who don’t mind shelling out the extra money. I fall into the latter category. While I fully understand why people would be upset over this, I see it as an excursion that just so happens to be with the Backstreet Boys. All excursions on a cruise cost extra and I don’t see why this should be any different. I booked this in about the first 20 seconds after receiving the email and don’t have any second thoughts.

My only slight concern is over the phrasing “appearance of the Backstreet Boys”. I’ve attended events in the past that promised this ‘appearance of the Backstreet Boys’ and unfortunately I left quite disappointed. I think 15 minutes of time from AJ and Howie just about barely qualifies as an appearance by the Backstreet Boys. So while I’m hopeful that this will not be the case for the beach party, I’m trying to go in with realistic expectations. I anticipate having a great time with my friends on the beach with the idea that I will hopefully at least see the guys. I don’t, however, expect that Nick will be rubbing suntan lotion on my back while Brian serves me a pina colada. Though that certainly is a nice thought

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