Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Itinerary

So exciting we finally have our itineraries! Here was the email in case you missed it...

Did someone ask for an itinerary?

So were reading on Twitter that there were a few requests for the Backstreet Boys Cruise itinerary.....Well, your wait is over.....

Attached for your for your viewing pleasure, we present the 2013

Cruise Itinerary
We have just a few updates to mention. We were informed that Balmoral Island is not fully operational. Since we want everyone to have a fabulous experience, we are now sailing to the beautiful Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Half Moon Cay is a private island paradise. You will find a sun-drenched island hideaway where you can play in the turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, and encounter silky stingrays.

If you had previously purchased a shore excursions in either Nassau or Balmoral, Carnival will be refunding your money.  Of course, there are some really great excursions availabe on Half Moon, such as horseback riding on the beach or taking a sail on a glass bottomed boat.

Shore excursions in Half Moon Cay will be available to book by Friday, Oct. 18th, 9am ET.

Half Moon Cay Excursions

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to rent private cabanas in Half Moon Cay. In addition to the below amenities, all paid Cabana guests will receive priority departure to Half Moon Cay.

The standard Cabana is available for $500. You can have a max of 4 guests. Your cabana will be outfitted with a refrigerator, ceiling fan, air conditioner, table and chairs inside, as well as deck chairs and misting shower on the private terrace. You will be provided snacks and an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water to quench your thirst. Snorkel fins will also be available.

Beach Villas available for $1000. You can have a max of 8 guests. Enjoy the ultimate in luxury during your stay on Half Moon Cay with the use of your own deluxe two-story beach villa. For your comfort, you will find your villa outfitted with air-conditioning, a 5 person capacity hot tub, refrigerator, ceiling fan, air conditioner, dining area with table and chairs inside, misting shower, and private sun deck. You will be provided with fresh fruit, vegetables with dip, and chips and salsa to snack on as well as an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water to quench your thirst. Floating mats and snorkel gear are also included for your use throughout the day.”

The Private Oasis is available for up to 12 guests for $2200. In the exclusive 1,620 square foot grand cabana you can enjoy the following: full wet bar and refrigerator, indoor teak dining table seating six people, outdoor teak lounges and bar stools 2, iPod music system, multi-colored Bahamian tapestries, men’s and women’s changing rooms, indoor and outdoor showers with heated fresh water, 100-foot walkway with misting stations and privacy gate. Your package includes the services of a butler, personal chef, bartender, cabana Steward, and lifeguard along with the following:

• Whole fresh fruits, chips & salsa.
• Beverage package with Domestic and Imported beers; house pouring 'wine by the glass' (Red, White and White Zinfandel); Cocktails (Bahama Mama, Rum Punch, and Yellow Bird); frozen tropical classics (Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Banana Colada, Margarita); mocktails (Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri, Virgin Banana Colada).
• BBQ Lunch Buffet with selection of two salads, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh island fish, barbecued chicken, brownies and cookies.
Please submit your Cabana Request below no later than Monday, Oct21st.

Since there are only a limited number of cabanas available, we have decided to randomly select passengers for the rentals. If you are selected, you will be contacted via email.
At that time, we will need the 4 , 8 or 12 names , fin sizes and soda selections for each Cabana.
The Cabana rental fees will be collected at the Cruise terminal prior to boarding the ship at the Customer Service Counter paid in cash only.

Cabana Sign Up

Spa Carnival:
There’s so much to do. So little time. So… just relax. The ultimate mental escape – Relax and rejuvenate in the Carnival Spa. Our onboard spa offers a variety of indulgent therapies and treatments which will leave you utterly relaxed and sumptuously renewed. Choose from an assortment of complexion reviving facials, therapeutic massages, exotic body wraps, restoring Medi-Spa services,and the latest in salon hair and nail treatments.

To book your spa apointment, just log into your carnival account and from the "TO DO" drop down menu -  select the PLAN ACTIVITIES tab

Why Book a Spa Treatment:
  • Pre-booking ensures you will receive the treatment you desire at the time you choose.
  • We offer a vast selection of soothing treatments at a great value.
  • We guarantee exceptional service in a tranquil setting.
  • Ensures you will be at your most refreshed and beautiful during your vacation.
AJ McLean Blackjack Tournament:

Ever dream of playing blackjack on the High Seas? Ever dream of playing blackjack on the high seas with one Mr. AJ McLean?

Well, here is your chance.

On Sunday, Oct. 27th, AJ is hosting his first ever Backstreet Boys Cruise - Blackjack Tournament.

For just $25 dollars (payable to the casino host on-board), you can have a chance to play in the grand finale with AJ. The top six chip winners from the qualifying rounds (starting in the casino at 10am) will test their skills against AJ himself.

The three players with the most chips will win cash prizes. The player with the highest amount of chips will also win a very special BSB Cruise prize!

Submit your name, email address and dining time below. We will randomly select amoung all entries. You will receive a schedule with your table time in advance.

Good luck!

Sign up for Blackjack

So get packed, get excited and get ready to have the time of your life.  See you next week!
BACKSTREET BOYS Cruise 2013 Itinerary

My Analysis
Congratulations if you made it this far in the post. A bunch of items to discuss!
  • Looks like our beach party has been moved from this Balmoral Island to Half Moon Cay. Personally excited about the change, I love Carnival's private island and really have been wanting to go there since day one. Glad I didn't buy any excursions, not that I was planning to, but I think it just reinforces to never do too much planning with BSB. They always like to throw us these last minute curveballs
  • Anyone want to go halvsies with me on a private oasis cabana?? Just teasing....goodness gracious thats a lot of money! Definitely passing on the $2200 cabana.
  • AJ's Blackjack tournament- Sooo happy he's doing a solo event! Following in Donnie's footsteps too; as he does them on the NK cruise. I think its great, just wish I was more skilled to actually feel good enough to enter. I still plan on entering, but realize my odds of actually getting to the point where I'd play with AJ are probably hovering around the 2% mark.
  • Are you Smarter than a Backstreet Boy game show- So appropriate for this group of guys! I'm already laughing just thinking about it.  This is one game show I think I'd feel confident getting up on stage and competing in!
  • AJ's Hip Hop Flip Flop- No idea what this is and Im kind of okay with that. All I need to know is that AJ will be there, thus I will be there. I think this is the solo event I'm most excited for!
  • IAWLT Concert- Yayyy! I have to assume that means they're doing the show they're currently doing on tour and I LOVE that show so I'm more than happy to see it again.
  • Nick at Night- As I said with AJs event, all I need to know is that Nick will be there so Im game. If I was a betting gal though, I'd bet he'll be DJing for us in the atrium. 
  • Rum DMC (Dorough Music and Cocktails)- A very Howie event. Seems like it'll be quite chill hanging by the pool with a delicious strawberry daquiri. What's not to like??
  • Cover Story with Kevin- Based on the earlier rumors it sounded like this might be instrumental/music related. But the word 'story' is throwing me off. This is another one I'll just have to be patient and see.
  • Wylee Fashion Show- It appears a lot of fans were complaining about this event. Now that I have the itinerary I can chime in a bit more educated on the topic. Previously I figured it would be a bonus event and was quite excited about. Now I can step back and see that each boy is having a solo event, and that this happens to be Brian's. I'm still excited, but if Im being honest here, its definitely not the solo event I would've picked for him. So I'll just leave it at that.
  • Q&A- Happy to see that they're only doing one of these and its on the lido deck. This is one of those I would've definitely been trying to sneak my way  in to the other group's if they had two of these sessions.
Overall- I'm getting super pumped. I think by adding these solo events we're getting a LOT more entertainment than we have in previous cruises. I feel like there's a ton more to be said, but my poor head is about the explode trying to process this new information. So I'm going to let this digest some more and check-in later.


  1. You're going to have so much fun. I have never regretted cancelling my cruise reservation more than this moment right now.

    1. Oh, this is Alyssa by the way, from the Fan Club! Realized that that isn't obvious at all based on my google name lol

    2. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it. We'll miss you!! Hopefully you can join us next time. And glad you're still keeping up with my blog :)

    3. I know that reading about the cruise makes me feel worse about not going, but I can't help it! And I always know for sure that your blog will not only have a full update but have a good commentary piece to go with it. Enjoy the cruise, I can't wait for the recap posts! I'm going to be following #BSBCruise2013 on Instagram and Twitter that whole weekend, lol.

  2. Where did you get this from? I didn't receive this :(

    1. They emailed it. If you didn't get it, you can try emailing Jeannie from Rose Tours and asking for it.
      But really all the info should be cited above. There was nothing unique to my booking.