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About Our Destination

Climate
The temperatures in the Mayan Caribbean during the time of our cruise will range from mid-70s to mid-80s.
Currency
The local currencies are: Mexican peso (Mexico); Guatemalan quetzal (Guatemala); and the Honduran lempira (Honduras). U.S. dollars are also accepted in most ports.
Languages
Spanish and English
Itinerary
  • Sunday, November 23 – Tampa, FL – depart 4 pm
  • Monday, November 24 – At Sea
  • Tuesday, November 25 – Costa Maya, Mexico – 11 am to 7 pm
  • Wednesday, November 26 – Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Thursday, November 27 – Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras – 8 am to 4 pm
  • Friday, November 28 – Cozumel, Mexico – 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, November 29 – At Sea
  • Sunday, November 30 – Tampa, FL – arrive 7 am

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board Holland America’s ms Ryndam
  • All meals on board, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Gratuities, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Boutique, casino and spa services
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals
  • A wide menu of optional excursions and specialty restaurants
  • Ship’s photos, bingo and casino activities
  • Airfare
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Medical attention
  • Other incidentals
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Though none are required, please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
Cancellation policy
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more…
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Joining the Olivia.com trip group
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Mayan Caribbean Cruise 2014 Official group page on Facebook.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Tampa International Airport (TPA), which is located approximately 20 minutes (15 miles) from the port terminal.
Suggested arrival/departure times
If you plan to arrive on embarkation day (November 23, 2014), we suggest you arrive in Tampa no later than 12 pm. Return flights from Tampa on the day of disembarkation (November 30, 2014) should be booked after 12 pm.
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in begins at 11:30 am and will be available until 3:30 pm with all aboard at 4 pm.
Discounted Airfare Offers
The AA discount code A17N4AA applies to flights into and out of Tampa, FL (TPA). Dates of travel are November 20 – December 3, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies) or visiting AA.com/rainbow (no booking fee and please remove the preceding “A” when booking online). In order for discount code to be valid, flight cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines.
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMGKB is good for up to a 10% off and applies to flights into and out of Tampa, FL (TPA). Dates of travel are November 20 – December 3, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting delta.com/booking (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes. Not all fares are eligible for use with this discount code. Fare rules will determine eligibility.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with a full service travel agency, Panorama Travel. They provide excellent service for competitive airfares (business class and economy), additional transfers or hotels/tours outside of Olivia offerings. A $50 per person charge will be assessed for a consultation to discuss travel needs and airfare. This amount will be applied to your overall costs should you decide to use their services. A service fee will be assessed according to the amount of travel booked. For an additional fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Host Hotel
Olivia is proud to partner with Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel for our Mayan Caribbean host hotel. We encourage all guests to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. Please contact this conveniently-located property directly to book your pre-night stay in Tampa.
Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel
725 South Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Rates:
King Guest Room - double occupancy $174 USD/night, single occupancy $164 USD/night
Double Guest Room - double occupancy $174 USD/night, single occupancy $164 USD/night

Rates do not include state and local taxes. Rates include complimentary breakfast buffet, complimentary internet in guest rooms, group rate available three days pre and post cruise dates.

To book by phone, call toll free at (800) 937-8461 and use group code “Olivia”.
To book online, Click here.
Getting to the ship
The Tampa Cruise Terminal is approximately 1 mile from our host hotel. Taxis will be available and the fare will be approximately $10 dollars. From the Tampa airport to the port, you can expect taxi fares to be approximately $25 dollars. The port address is: Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal, 1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602.

During your trip

Accommodations
The Holland America’s ms Ryndam is an intimate 1250-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • Rotterdam Dining Room
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant
  • Canaletto Restaurant
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Terrace Grill
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Boutiques
  • Casino
  • Digital Workshop
  • Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times
  • Fitness Center
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Launderette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pools & jacuzzis
  • Reception
  • Showroom at Sea
  • Wine tasting bar
Room Amenities
  • Flat-screen television
  • 24-hour room service
  • Salon-quality hair dryer
  • Vanity with magnifying mirrors
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Massage showerheads
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Individual thermostats
  • Equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet
  • Personal safe
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • International direct dial phones (extra charge)
  • Wireless internet (extra charge)
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning (extra charge)
  • Cell phone service (extra charge)
  • Elemis Aromapure “Time to Spa” bath amenities
Dining
Seating & Dining Times
You will be assigned a dining time when you book your reservation which will either be first seating or second seating dinner. Restaurant hours will be listed in your daily program.
Solos Seating
We will have a special solos dining area for those traveling alone.
Rotterdam Dining Room
The Rotterdam Dining Room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally inspired cuisine and vegetarian options.
The Pinnacle Grill
The Pinnacle Grill offers delicious Sterling Silver Beef and fresh seafood options (nominal cover charge).
Canaletto Restaurant
Canaletto Restaurant serves dinner and features authentic Italian cuisine (nominal cover charge).
The Lido Restaurant
Lido Restaurant is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world.
The Terrace Grill
The Terrace Grill offers pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and gourmet sausages.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet.
Excursions
Excursions may be booked approximately 30 days in advance. Your booking number and detailed instructions on how to book shore excursions will be emailed to you.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase a wireless plan.
Laundry, dry cleaning and launderette
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning services are available. There is also a self-service launderette. Pricing is available on board.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only which include the starboard (right) side of outside decks and on your verandah.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows.
Spa services
Enjoy the luxurious Greenhouse Spa complete with massage, facials and a myriad of other spa treatments. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
Return flights from Tampa on the day of disembarkation (November 30, 2014) should be booked after 12 pm. For those going directly to the Tampa airport, you can take a taxi from the port to the airport for approximately $20 USD. Taxis can be scarce after a cruise, so we recommend purchasing a transfer on board.

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