Come sail away with us on our first Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise! We would love for you to join us (Steve and Ann) along with other friends and readers of our blog, Postcard Jar, on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the beautiful Celebrity Reflection.
Know that, in light of the pandemic, we’ve put a lot of thought and consideration into how and when we’d cruise again. You can read more about our thoughts on cruise safety and that issue HERE.
Why a Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise?
Ten years after our first cruise to Alaska on the Celebrity Millennium, we’re excited to show you, first hand, why we love cruising so much. And, we thought it would be a fantastic way to meet and hang out with you in person!
Your support and encouragement has meant the world to us and we genuinely consider you friends. We can’t think of a better place to get to know one another and enjoy a relaxing vacation together than at sea.
Where we’re going on our first Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise
Our inaugural Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise will be in January 2023 aboard the beautiful Celebrity Reflection. We’re worked with an awesome travel agent and Celebrity Cruises to secure 30 staterooms for our group. Only people who book with our agent can be included in the group, our activities, and our pre-cruise Zoom calls.
We’ll sail away from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 8, 2023, and spend seven nights criss-crossing the Eastern Caribbean. We’ll enjoy port calls in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten in addition to three glorious days at sea.
How we decided on this cruise
With the help of our friend and travel agent, John Walker from Dream Vacations, we chose this cruise for a number of reasons. First, we love Celebrity Cruises and have had a great experience every time we’ve cruised with this line. The ships have always been exceptionally safe and clean and the food and service are impeccable.
We also like that with Celebrity Cruises, the atmosphere is relaxing yet fun, without making you feel like you’re at a college frat party.
Finally, we know from personal experience that The Reflection is a GORGEOUS ship. In 2018, we sailed aboard the Reflection (pre-Noom, as you can see from the photo below) and just loved it!
We also chose a cruise that was more than a year out so that we’d all have plenty of time to plan and save for the trip. We typically book our cruises one to two years in advance (the refundable deposit is only $500 per stateroom for double occupancy so you can book right away) and budget to pay the balance 90 days before our sailing.
That way, we can relax and enjoy the cruise without the burden of paying it off after it’s over. Believe us, it’s a lot more fun to come back home with fond memories instead of bills.
Cruising in 2023 will also give us all something to look forward to. For us, we love marking our calendars, setting cruise dates on a countdown on our phones, and having plenty of time to plan excursions and dream about the travel experiences we’re going to have.
Want to join us on our Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise?
Reserving your stateroom at a special group rate and with a refundable deposit is easy! Just complete the Dream Vacations passenger information form (have your passport ready). Use this link: POSTCARD JAR CRUISE FORM. Important: You MUST BOOK ONLY through this link (and not directly through the cruise line or another agent) to be included in friends of Postcard Jar pricing, meet ups, group dinners & activities.
Below are a few of the other questions we anticipate we’ll get. If you have any others, just let us know in the comments below. And please feel free to share this post or information with your friends–even if they’ve never heard of Postcard Jar.
Frequently asked questions about our Postcard Jar cruise
Q: Is there a secure online payment option?
A: Yes. You can make a secure payment anytime you’d like with Dream Vacations’ secure payment form. The secure on-line payment form will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your booking request.
Q: Is this a private charter cruise?
A: No. It is an “everybody – all are welcome” cruise. We just reserved a block of rooms at discounted pricing for friends of Postcard Jar and anyone else you know who would like to come along.
Q: What if I’ve never cruised before?
A: That’s no problem at all. In fact, that’s what we’re here for. We will have several exclusive Zoom video conferences before our cruise to help guide you and answer all of your questions and concerns. We’ll also invite you to join our Friends of Postcard Jar cruise group on Facebook where you can ask questions, get information, and meet fellow cruisers before the trip.
More FAQ’s about our Postcard Jar Cruise
Q: Will there be private Postcard Jar events?
A: We hope so! If we fill enough cabins, we will earn a private Friends of Postcard Jar event on board. Regardless, we’ll have a designated area in the dining room each night for those who’d like to gather together with Ann and Steve as well as the Friends of Postcard Jar group.
Q: Are drinks included?
A: The Classic Drink Package is included in your cruise fare. It includes: soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, frozen drinks, wines by the glass, specialty coffee, tea, and generic water up to $9 per serving. Martini Bar and World Class Bar not included. If you’d like a drink that exceeds the $9 limit, you just pay the difference or you can also upgrade to the Premium Drink Package onboard for an additional fee.
Q: Do I need a passport?
A: Yes. Every passenger needs a passport to board the ship. In addition, your passport must not expire before August 2023.
**IMPORTANT Celebrity Cruises and Dream Vacations Terms and Conditions
- Prices are subject to change until confirmed with your deposit.
- Refundable $500 per cabin deposit (based on double occupancy) due at time of booking.
- ALL PAYMENTS are non-refundable after Oct., 1, 2022.
- Cancellation/administrative fee of $35 per person.
We hope you’ll CLICK HERE for more information about our first Friends of Postcard Jar Cruise and let us know if you have any questions. We’d love to welcome you aboard the Celebrity Reflection and spend and week at sea with YOU! So, what do you say – are you on board?