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  1. Balloon Fiesta HOP Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 5 – October 10, 2018 Option #2: October 10 – October 14, 2018 Option #3: October 5 - October 14, 2018 If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, then join SKP friends for the annual Balloon Fiesta HOP. Each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will be filled with bright, beautiful and palatial hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, with the launch field being the size of 78 acres (54 football fields). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with some events having an excess of 80,000 people in attendance. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the “box effect” comes into play. The “box effect” is a special wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path, allowing them to return to the launch field, or even right next to your RV! The Dawn Patrol lifts off first in the early morning hours, with specially fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The “Zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their own national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too. Some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee’s hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. This Fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - The America's Challange, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Some of the gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and into Canada, and you can track their progress on the Fiesta website. On the launch field, at dusk, you can see the burners of the balloons ignite and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors, as they lift their balloons. The nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. For more information and pricing on this HOP view: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=52 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873
  2. New York City and The Hudson River Valley HOP July 8 – 13, 2018 Experience the best of both worlds with these amazing excursions in the “Big Apple” and the Hudson River Valley! While in the heart of the historic Hudson River Valley, enjoy spectacular farm markets, wineries and the magnificent Hudson Valley scenery; but, let us do the driving into New York City! Board a luxury motor coach with a local tour guide, and enjoy an easy ride into the city. See historical sites, learn about the history of our nation, visit iconic buildings and indulge in New York's decadent cuisine. If you have a passion for all things food, then this HOP is for you! Tour and dine at the world’s best culinary college: the famous Culinary Institute of America, which overlooks the beautiful Hudson River, in historic Hyde Park. Also located on the Hudson River, and founded in 1802, is the famous and historic West Point Military Academy and Cemetery. Bring your camera, and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime! This package includes: Highlights, stops, meals and tours, but are not limited to: Culinary Institute of America – lunch is included Battery Park The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Empire State Building – lunch is included Times Square Fifth Avenue Wall Street 9/11 Memorial and Museum A popular Broadway Play Tour West Point Military Academy and Cemetery – lunch is included (FDR) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home and Museum Souvenir HOP name badge Catered dinner and lunch meals Private tent for announcements and social hours Professional motor coach driver Professional local tour guide Your HOP hosts All gratuities And much, much more! **Rain or shine. Schedule subject to change. **Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. **This HOP contains a considerable amount of walking. When registering for this HOP: You may pay half down and make monthly payments. The remaining balance is payable 60 days prior to the event. Prices for this HOP: Two person rig: $1,465.00 Additional person in rig: $725.00 One person rig: $965.00 Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about tours or prices, please call toll-free: 888-757-2582. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information, email hopinfo@escapees.com After registering Once registered, important information will be sent via email regarding all the pertinent information such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, socials, etc. Please, make sure that Escapees RV Club has your current email address on file. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with mature trees and full hookups. Transportation is provided to/from RV Park to the tours each day. If you have Escapees friends that you would like to park near, please let us know upon registering for this HOP. There is not a guarantee, but we will do our best to accommodate your request. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP, by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV orother vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed, and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 888-757-2582
  3. Fall Foliage Cruise HOP 7-Night Canada – New England Cruise September 16 – 23, 2018 Feel the crisp air and see Mother Nature’s abundant beauty in the vibrant colors of the fall leaves. Trees like the dogwood, sassafras, red oak, and the maples turn crimson and scarlet; hickory, birch and elm change to gold and yellow; mountain maples are reddish-orange and the sumac are purple. As the autumn leaves grace the hillsides and mountaintops along the seacoast, you have a painted scenery that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. On this seven-night round-trip cruise, you will have ample opportunity to experience all the magic of fall foliage aboard the comfort of Royal Caribbean’s ship, Serenade of the Seas. The ship will provide activities, entertainment and incredible food! The ship also offers a wide array of excursions in each port-of-call. These excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights and culture in each of the cities and delight in the warm embrace of the native people. Don’t forget to bring your camera for this wonderful fall foliage cruise HOP as you enjoy the luxury of seeing all the beautiful fall colors from aboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Once on-board, the ship will provide activities, entertainment and incredible food. There will be loads of fun, along with interactive HOP socials, during our days at sea. The ship offers a wide array of excursions to fit your lifestyle in each port-of-call. Excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights in each city, as well as culture, and the warm embrace of the people. Sailing Itinerary Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart Activity SUN.SEP.16 Boston, Massachusetts - 4:00 PM Boarding MON.SEP.17 Portland, Maine 7:00 AM 6:00 PM Docked TUE.SEP.18 Bar Harbor, Maine 7:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered WED.SEP.19 Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay Of Fundy) 7:00 AM 6:00 PM Docked THU.SEP.20 Cruising - - Cruising FRI.SEP.21 Halifax, Nova Scotia 7:00 AM 7:00 PM Docked SAT.SEP.22 Cruising - - Cruising SUN.SEP.23 Boston, Massachusetts 7:00 AM - Departure Interior: Category 6V– Deck 3 – Forward & Aft - approximately 160 sq. ft. $649.00 Cruise Rate $163.53 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $812.53 per person Interior: Category 4V– Deck 7, 8, 9, 10 – Forward & Aft - approximately 160 sq. ft. $659.00 Cruise Rate $163.53 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $822.53 per person Ocean-view: Category 8N –Deck 3 & 4 – Forward, Mid & Aft – approx. 164 sq. ft. $749.00 Cruise Rate $163.53 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $912.53 per person Ocean-view with Balcony: Category 6D –Deck 7, 8, 9, 10– Forward, Mid & Aft – approximately 210 sq. ft. $1049.00 Cruise Rate $163.53 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $1212.53 per person Ocean-view with Balcony: Category 2D- Deck 7, 8, 9, 10 – Forward, Mid & Aft – approximately 210 sq. ft. $1079.00 Cruise Rate $163.53 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $1242.53 per person *The above rates are only guaranteed as long as space is still available in the area reserved for the Escapees RV Club. After the “recall” dates, or if we sell out of our reserved cabins and obtain more from the ship, cabins will still be available, but the prices may go up. View the deck plan: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/ship/decks/deck/home.do?shipCode=SR Booking your cabin early and Recall Dates: Escapees can only hold the discounted group space for a limited time before the cruise line recalls our unused cabins, or if we sell out and obtain more cabins from the cruise line, the rates may go up. Most cruises sell out early, so it’s critical to book early, even if the cruise is scheduled for NEXT YEAR! Recall Date May 19, 2018 Payment A deposit of $400.00 per person is due at time of reservation. Final Payment June 11, 2018 Early Dining 5:30 p.m. To register for this cruise Call the Escapees Travel Agency at 1-855-757-8881 (toll-free) or email them at ETA@escapees.com. Please be sure your email address is current at the Escapees RV Club’s headquarters. Upon registering for the HOP, important information, such as RV storage during the cruise, Escapees socials, directions to the pier, etc., will be emailed to you. To update email addresses, please call 888-757-2582 (toll-free) or, if you are in Livingston, Texas, you may call 936-327-8873. You may also email us, at: hopinfo@escapees.com. Confirmation email Once registered for this HOP, important information will be sent via email, regarding the boarding process, dining times, socials on-board, ship excursions, the port terminal, as well as which RV parks and hotels are located near the pier. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP, by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs View the HOP cancellation policy: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops/cancellation-policy Discussion Forum: Escapees . To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com.has an informative discussion forum Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/club-benefits; then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side. Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control to do so. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV orother vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed, and are granting the full use of such without compensation. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 888-757-2582
  4. Outdoor Adventure HOP Howling with the Wolves August 11 – 16, 2018 Enjoy an amazing wilderness experience beyond what you can ever imagine! Escapees has designed a special package just for you. No RVs are needed for this HOP, as we go Howling with the Wolves! Minnesota is known as the gateway to the legendary wilderness Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the beautiful lakes are teaming with bass, walleye and pike, just to name a few. The BWCA is part of the Superior National Forest, in Minnesota, along the Canadian border, which makes for one of the greatest in outdoor adventures. The multitude of lakes and green lush pine forests allows for the abundance of wildlife: birds, game, fish and wildflowers, and the best way to explore this area is by canoe. So, you’ll want to remember to bring your binoculars! To kick off this incredible adventure, is a night’s stay in the beautiful, rustic cottages located on the “base camp” premises. The next morning, enjoy a delightful breakfast; afterward, you will canoe to the campground that will be called home for the next three nights. While camping, you can enjoy hiking, fishing, birding, stargazing, campfires, wildlife viewing, photography and canoe paddling, on this adventure in the Boundary Waters wilderness preserve. Don’t worry if you’re a novice at camping or canoeing, because you will have an “Expert Wilderness Guide” and the comfort and convenience of the best camping amenities available. So, join us to learn all about the wild and mysterious timber wolf and watch for the chance to howl with the wolves! Rain or shine - included in this package is: · Kick off the canoe trip with breakfast! · 1 cottage night stay prior to camping in the Boundary Waters · 1 cottage night stay after camping in the Boundary Waters · 4 days (3 nights) of camping and paddling the Boundary Waters · Canoes and all equipment · Food during camping, all cooking gear, stove, utensils, soap, and towels, fire starter and matches · Camp-chairs · Backpacks · Roomy tents, air mattress and freshly laundered sleeping bags and pillows · Cold packs to keep food fresh · Water Purification System · A safe parking lot for your car while you are away · Expert Wilderness Guide · Transportation to/from the Boundary Waters entry/exit points · And much, much more! Subject to change. Price for this HOP: $1,240.80 per person When registering for this HOP, you may pay one-third down and make monthly payments. The remaining balance is payable 60 days prior to the event. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call toll-free: 888-757-2582. Payment: A deposit of $413.60 per person is due at time of reservation. Final Payment Due: June 8, 2018 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information, email hopinfo@escapees.com Confirmation email: Once registered, important information will be sent via email regarding the cottage, tours, dates and times. Pets Pets are prohibited by the resort. Pets are prohibited by the wilderness preserve and cannot be taken into the Boundary Waters. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP, by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them eta@escapees.com.at: View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs Discussion Forum: Escapees . To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. has an informative discussion forum Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side. Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV or other vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 888-757-2582
  5. The Best of Ireland HOP World Heritage Sites Castles, Pubs and the Blarney Stone June 13 – 19, 2018 6 days/5 nights The Irish people offer a warm and hearty welcome to visitors. It is one of the most popular places for vacationers and, with this trip, you will visit some of the hottest, “must see” sites it has to offer. Ireland beckons us with its’ lush gardens, beautiful flowers and vegetation in fifty shades of green! This climate allows for beautiful flowers and a wide variety of plants that can only be seen in Ireland. Favorite aquatic wildlife commonly seen off the coast include sea turtles, sharks, seals, dolphins and whales, as well as the hundreds of species of birds that migrate through the island. Some of the most visited sites in Ireland will be on this tour: Blarney Castle, Skellig, Cliffs of Moher, the Rock of Cashel, just to name a few! There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: The Bru na Boinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. You can take Memory-of-a-Lifetime photos as you breathe in the freshness of Ireland’s famous, old-fashioned countryside; admire many stone fences that crisscross the picturesque farmlands. This HOP is action-packed with site-seeing, tours, history, delicious Ireland cuisine and a considerable amount of walking. Your land package includes: Day 1 - Visit some of the most famous sites and historic buildings in Dublin, stopping for a drink at a famous local pub, and ending the day with a nice dinner and an entertaining show. Day 2 - Enjoy the picturesque farmlands, beautiful flower gardens, visiting several castles along the way, kissing the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. Watch a working sheepdog demonstration at one of the local farms. Ending the day with a delicious dinner. Day 3 – Embark on the most popular scenic drive in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry; visit the Skellig Experience which explains the life of the early Christian monks on Skellig Michael, one of the World Heritage Sites, which was featured in one of the “Star Wars” movies. Lunch will be included. Day 4 – Embark on a ferry ride across a river, enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and end the day with a memorable dinner and entertainment at a medieval castle. Day 5 – Explore Galway, a harbor city where Ireland’s western coastline meets the Atlantic Ocean. It’ll be like stepping back into the 18th century, with stone-clad cafes, boutiques, portions of medieval city walls still standing and the pubs offering live Irish folk music. Enjoy tea and scones on this day. Day 6 – Depart Dublin – but first enjoy one more Irish breakfast! Package also includes: · 5 nights in hotels · Admissions to all events · Nine meals · Tea and scones · Professional local tour guide · Sightseeing/transportation by luxury coach to all events · Professional local coach driver · Souvenir HOP name badge · HOP hosts *Schedule subject to change without notice. Flight Date to Ireland: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Tour Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 Leave Ireland: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Promotional booking - early discounted rate: Escapees is offering a promotional booking at a discounted rate. If you purchase your land tour prior to July 14, 2017 your price will be: Double occupancy: $1499.10 per person Single price: $1,765.10 Escapees can only hold the group discounted rate until the above date. Escapees can offer air flights, too, but please make that request when booking your land tour. After July 14, 2017, double occupancy price will be: $1,578.00 per person. After July 14, 2017, single price: $1,858.00. To register for this HOP, call: The Escapees Travel Agency 1-855-757-8881 (toll-free) Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST. For hours closed: Leave a message and they will return your call. Or, email them at ETA@escapees.com Note: If you have food allergies, it’s imperative that you let us know upon registration. Payment A deposit of $300.00 per person is due at time of reservation. Final Payment Monday, April 2, 2018 Confirmation email Once registered, important information will be sent via email regarding the hotels, names of the tours, dates and times. Flying into Dublin Escapees Travel Agency can book your air flight, but if you choose to book your own, please schedule your air flights into Dublin. Please try to arrive between 7:00 a.m. – 12 noon, on June 14, 2018, as transfers are included, both to and from the airport on this day. Leaving from the U.S., you must fly out on June 13, 2018, due to the time zones. If you arrive early or stay later, you can hail a taxi to/from the hotel/airport. During the event dates of Jun 14-19, 2018, your hotel, some meals and transfers will be included in the price of your Ireland HOP. Cancellation and Interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment to Ireland, by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. Passports You will need passports and they must be current. It should be valid for at least six months after you return home, and needs to have two or more blank pages left inside. The travel industry is warning us that it may take up to three months to apply for or to renew your passport. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Dr. Livingston, Tx 77351 888-757-2582
  6. The Rose Parade HOP Pasadena Tournament of Roses December 27, 2017 – January 3, 2018 Hosts: James and Lisa Sudbury Experience the behind-the-scenes magic of the legendary Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and have your fairy tale come true! Help decorate the award-winning floats; see and smell all the vibrant flowers, and the cocoa and coffee beans; learn how the floats are created. In VIP setting, relax and enjoy Equestfest. See the beautiful horses outfitted in stunning parade attire. Watch talented riders perform trick riding, precision drills and amazing rope tricks. Visit the stables and learn about the different breeds of horses. Get up close. Talk with the riders and take pictures; enjoy the vendors, the music and the food court. Listen to the beautiful music of the marching bands during Bandfest. You will quickly see why these outstanding bands were chosen to participate in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade. At the Showcase of Floats, you can walk within a few feet of all the floats and see the meticulous workmanship that went into each one. You can ask questions of the Tournament volunteers located near each float. Escapees has a fun-filled time lined up for you, so expect to have a wonderful time. The Rose Parade is such a unique experience, and sharing it with fellow Escapees makes it even more special. Come with us, meet amazing friends, and take away new lifetime memories at the most-watched parade in the world! If attending this legendary parade is on your bucket list, then jump onboard and join Escapees for the 129th Tournament of Roses, where this year’s theme is “Making a Difference.” Registration includes: · 7 nights, full hookups at an enjoyable RV park · VIP seating at the Rose Parade · Souvenir Rose Parade program · Souvenir Rose Parade pin · VIP seating at the Equestfest · Equestfest welcome souvenirs · Entrance into the Float Decorating · Entrance into the Bandfest · Entrance into the Showcase of Floats · Entrance into the Ronald Reagan Library with docent led tours · HOP welcome bag · New Year’s Eve dinner · Catered dinners · Transportation by motor coach to all events · Souvenir HOP name badge · Your HOP hosts · Gratuities · And much more! Subject to change. **Rain or shine. This HOP includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. **If you have a small electric scooter, it can be stored under the motor coach. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups. If you have Escapees friends that you would like to park near, please let us know. Once you register for the HOP, you will receive all pertinent information at that time. Payment Options When registering for a land HOP (not a cruise HOP), you may pay half upon registering and make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. Ask the HOP department about the payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. If you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call toll-free: 888-757-2582. Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: $1,789.00 Additional person: $695.00 One-person rig: $927.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information, email hopinfo@escapees.com After registering You will receive a confirmation letter with all the pertinent information. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs View the HOP cancellation policy: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops/cancellation-policy Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access the forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you through the Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, click: https://www.escapees.com/club-benefits, then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side. Cancellation Insurance If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881 or email them at eta@escapees.com. Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582
  7. Balloon Fiesta HOP - It's not too late to sign up! Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta There are a few sites left. For more information and pricing, click: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=38 October 6 – October 11, 2017 October 11 – October 15, 2017 October 6 - October 15, 2017 If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, then join SKP friends for the 46th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each morning as dawn breaks over the majestic Sandia Mountains, the skies will be filled with 600 palatial, bright and beautiful hot-air balloons from all over the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest and most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world. It is also the only location where “the box effect” comes into play. This is a special wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path, allowing them to land back onto the launch field or even right next to the RV. The Dawn Patrol lifts off first in the dark, with specially fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The “Zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists from each nation launch while waving their national flag. Even though there are always traditional shape balloons, there will be many special shapes, too. The most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Lady bug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebees have hands with Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. When visiting any of the balloon pilots, remember to ask them for a trading card, which gives pertinent information about their balloon. This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - America's Challenge race, with the winner being the one going the farthest. Some of the gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and into Canada. Their progress can be tracked on the Fiesta website. On the launch field, at dusk, you can see the burners of the balloons ignite and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors. The nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. Escapees will have Boondock camping and a private tent for inclement weather, socials, games and catered dinners. There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars and also a camera for taking photos of the beautiful balloons hovering overhead. Three options will be offered for the Balloon Fiesta HOP. You may purchase option #1: the first five days, (arriving October 6, leaving the morning of October 11) which will include the traditional shape balloons, a special presentation by an experienced hot-air balloon pilot and two entrance tickets, per person, into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below. Subject to change. (Rain or shine) Friday, Oct. 6 Welcome Balloon Pilot presentation Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 7 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Morning Glow Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 8 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Dinner Balloon Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct. 9 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 10 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Farewell catered dinner Wednesday, Oct. 11 Option #1 - Safe travels! Prices for Option #1: October 6 – 11, 2017 Two-person rig: $1050.00 Additional person: $725.00 One-person rig: $925.00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ You may purchase option #2: the last five days, (arriving the morning of October 11, leaving on October 15) which will include the traditional shape balloons, the special shape balloons and two entrance tickets, per person, into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below. Subject to change. (Rain or shine) Wednesday, Oct. 11 Option #2 - Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 12 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 13 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch Laser Light Show Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Saturday, Oct. 14 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Music Fiesta (Extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Farewell Catered dinner Night Magic Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 15 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Farewell Mass Ascension Prices for Option #2 October 11 – 15, 2017 Two-person rig: $1075.00 Additional person: $725.00 One-person rig: $950.00 ____________________________________________________________ Or, you can purchase option #3: the entire stay at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which will include four tickets, per person, into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below for ten days and nine nights. Subject to change. (Rain or shine) Friday, Oct. 6 Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Balloon Pilot presentation Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 7 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Morning Glow Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 8 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Dinner Balloon Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct. 9 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 10 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Farewell catered dinner Wednesday, Oct. 11 Catered breakfast Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 12 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 13 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch Laser Light Show Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Saturday, Oct. 14 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Music Fiesta (Extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social hour Farewell Catered dinner Night Magic Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 15 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Laser Light Show Morning Glow Farewell Mass Ascension Rain or shine. – Subject to change. Prices for Option #3: Oct. 6 – 15, 2017 Two-person rig: $1,275. 00 Additional person: $825.00 One-person rig: $999.00 Registration includes: RV parking at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Entrance tickets to the balloon launch field Access to the flying competitions Catered meals Private party tent with tables and chairs for inclement weather and games Games and prizes Your HOP hosts Souvenir HOP name tag Gratuities And much more! Payment options When registering for a land HOP, you may pay half of the fee upon registration and can then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information, email hopinfo@escapees.com Confirmation Letter Once registered for this HOP, a confirmation letter will be sent to you via email. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files or, email hopinfo@escapees.com. RV Campground Escapees will beboon docking at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 4401 Alameda Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs View the HOP cancellation policy: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops/cancellation-policy Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access the forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you in a Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues, and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, click: https://www.escapees.com/club-benefits; then click the sign-up button on the left-hand side. Cancellation Insurance If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you may consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help cover you from other unexpected emergencies. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling Escapees Travel Agency, at 855-757-8881 or email them at eta@escapees.com. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 888-757-2582 www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeeshops
  8. Caribbean Cruise HOP October 22 - 29, 2017 Enjoy the sparkling blue ocean waters, relax on beautiful sand beaches, sip on a favorite cool beverage and watch the sunset. Once on-board, the ship will provide activities, entertainment and incredible food. There will also be fun and interactive HOP socials during the days at sea. The ship offers a wide array of shore excursions in each port-of-call to fit your lifestyle. Excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights and culture in each of the islands and enjoy the warm embrace of the native people. Enjoy the luxury of seeing the beautiful Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Don’t miss out on this amazing 7-day round trip! Deposit and payment options: When registering for this cruise HOP, a deposit of $300.00 per person is required. Pay the remainder of the balance prior to July 24, 2017. Booking your cabin early – Recall Date Escapees can only hold the discounted group space for a limited time before the cruise line recalls our unused cabins. After the recall date, we may not be able to secure the below rates or your cabin near the HOP attendees. Escapees will attempt to secure your preferred cabin, if space is still available. Most cruises sell out early, so it’s critical to book early, even if the cruise is scheduled for NEXT YEAR! Recall Date 1. June 24, 2017 Cruise Route Galveston, Texas Fun day at Sea! Cozumel, Mexico George Town, Grand Cayman Falmouth, Jamaica Fun day at Sea! Fun day at Sea! Galveston, Texas Interior – Q- Deck 2, 3, 12 – Forward, Mid, Aft- Approximately 150 sq. ft. $499.00 Fare $100.40 Taxes and fees $599.40 per person Interior – N- Deck 3, 6 - Forward, Mid, Aft - Approximately 150 sq. ft. $509.00 Fare $100.40 Taxes and fees $609.40 per person Oceanview Stateroom – I, Deck 2 - Forward, Mid, Aft - Approximately 159 sq. ft. $649.00 Fare $100.40 Taxes and fees $749.40 per person Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom w/Balcony – E2 - Deck 6, 7, 8, 12 - Forward, Mid- Approx. 184 sq. ft. $809.00 Fare $100.40 Taxes and fees Pp $909.40 per person View the deck plan here: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/ship/decks/deck/home.do?shipCode=LB To register for this cruise: Call the Escapees Travel Agency at 1-855-757-8881 (toll-free), or email them at ETA@escapees.com. Please be sure your email address is current at the Escapees RV Club’s headquarters. Upon registering for the HOP, important information, such as RV storage during the cruise, Escapees socials, directions to the pier, etc., will be emailed to you. To update email addresses, please call 888-757-2582, 936-327-8873, or email hopinfo@escapees.com. Confirmation email: Once registered for this HOP, important information will be sent via email regarding dining times, socials on-board, ship excursions, the boarding process, the port terminal, RV parks and hotels near the pier. View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs View the HOP cancellation policy: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops/cancellation-policy Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access the forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you in a Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues, and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, click: https://www.escapees.com/club-benefits; then click the sign up button on the left-hand side. See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 888-757-2582 www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeeshops
  9. The Best of Tucson HOP March 24, 2017 After a busy week at Escapade, you might like to take a relaxing HOP or two. Let us do the driving, while you can sit back, relax and enjoy! HOPs are fun and exciting, especially when shared with your fellow SKP friends. Board a luxury coach with a local tour guide and enjoy the scenic view of the beautiful countryside, the mountains, the deserts, while learning about the rich western heritage of Tucson. On this excursion, we will: · Enjoy a scenic drive through the Tucson Mountain Park, a part of the beautiful Sonoran Desert, to visit the Old Tucson Film Studios. These studios are a re-creation of an old 1880s western town, built by Columbia studios. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movies were shot there, as well as other western movies and TV shows. We’ll watch gun fights, see live shows in the Grand Palace and stroll through the movie museum and a native village. Ride on the Old Tucson train. We will also have a guided walking tour, along with many other fun activities and attractions, as we learn the fascinating history of the Old American West. · Bring comfortable walking shoes and enjoy the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This includes a 98-acre zoo that was founded to help promote conservation. Housed there, are over 200 native mammals, reptiles, amphibian, insects, and birds including several species of hummingbirds. It also has an aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum and an art gallery. · The beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as “The White Dove of the Desert”, was built in the 1700s. It was founded as a Catholic mission and is a National Historic Landmark. The mission is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Spanish Colonial architecture. Schedule is subject to change. There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, as well as a camera for those breathtaking photo ops. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too! There is a $50.00 charge for non-members. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club, please call, toll-free, at 888-757-2582. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department at 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873. For more info on this HOP, click: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=35 View upcoming HOPs: Current Fun HOPs! Stay informed with important club updates. Sign up at: Club News and Benefits Visit the HOPs Facebook page: Escapees HOPs Sit back, relax and enjoy the fabulous history of Tucson! See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582 www.escapees.com/hops
  10. Update with pricing! Escapees RV Club is excited to offer a historical opportunity to travel to Cuba on a cruise, sailing January 8, 2017, for a 7 day-round trip from Miami, Florida, on Fathom’s beautiful ship, Adonia! You can enjoy the rich, vibrant culture and learn about the fascinating history, literature and architecture of Cuba. The pricing will include your cabin, all meals on the ship, lunch during scheduled ports-of-calls activities, on-board immersion experiences and certain on-the-ground cultural-immersion activities. Some of the activities will be: · Enjoying an authentic, home-cooked Cuban lunch, at one of Cuba’s many family-owned, in-home restaurants, known as Paladares. Meet the family that is cooking your meal, and learn about the challenges and joys of being self-employed in Cuba. · Visit Hemingway’s former home in Havana and enjoy an excursion to the nearby fishing village of Cojimar, his favorite retreat and the setting for The Old Man and the Sea. · Enjoy performances by Cuba’s best rumba dancers and musicians. · Tour an organic farm and learn about the agriculture in Cuba. · Visit San Juan Hill. · Visit an Artisans’ Market, the Almacenes de San José - Havana’s largest craft market, and be amazed at the treasures, produced by the local craftsmen. · After the day visiting Havana, enjoy the option of a relaxing evening on the ship or experience a night in Havana at one of the cities tropical Cabarets, arriving in a classic American car. · Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, built to protect the Port of Santiago. · Enjoy breathtaking views from San Pedro de la Roca Castle and tour the castle. On-board the ship: · Relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. · Unwind in the spa, grab a mojito and sit by the pool · Enjoy a card game with your friends. · Experience Cuban music and dancers; Cuban movies. · Attend interactive sessions about Cuba, take a class in basic Spanish, a class in photography · Experience the “Cuban Marriage” - a traditional ceremony that begins with a taste of Cuban rum and ending with the famous Cuban cigar. This HOP includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. Booking your cabin – Recall dates: Escapees can only hold the group space for a limited time before the cruise line recalls our unassigned cabins. After the recall date, Escapees may not be able to secure a cabin and if we can, it will not be at the rates listed here. This cruise to Cuba will sell out quickly, so it’s very critical that you book early, even if the cruise is scheduled for NEXT YEAR! Once the recall dates have passed, it will be harder to get a cabin, if one is left. Recall dates: August 11, 2016 September 10, 2016 Facts about the Adonia: Weight: Over 30,000 tons Built in 2001 Refurbished in 2016 Accommodates approximately 700 guests Amenities – pool, gym, game beck, spa, card room, library and a Cuban specialty restaurant Ports-of-Call Miami, Florida Santiago de Cuba Cienfuegos, Cuba Havana, Cuba Miami, Florida If you are interested in this fabulous cruise, please call as soon as possible, with your name and a down payment to reserve your cabin. The ship is small and will only have 300 cabins available and, as you can well imagine, they will sell out fast! Pricing: Inside (Interior) $2699.00 Fare $283.00 Fees, Taxes, Port Expenses and Visa $2982.00 pp Outside (Oceanview) $3369.00 $283.00 Fees, Taxes, Port Expenses and Visa $3652.00 pp Balcony $4049.00 $283.00 Fees, Taxes, Port Expenses and Visa $4332.00 pp Prices include: · Cabin · All meals on the ship · Lunch during scheduled ports-of-calls activities · On-board immersion experiences · Certain on-the-ground cultural-immersion activities. Additional activities will be offered both on and off the ship for an extra price. These are optional activities. To register for this cruise Call the Escapees Travel Agency Toll-free 1-855-757-8881 Or, email ETA@escapees.com. Passports You will need your passports on this cruise. Once on-board, the ship will help you obtain your VISA. All passports must be current. Even if there are six months left on your passport, you may be denied entry into a country and a VISA cannot be issued. The travel industry is warning us that sometimes it can take up to three months to renew or apply for your passport. Fathom Cancellation Insurance The cruise line is not offering cancellation insurance for this cruise. If you cancel your trip, there is a related cancellation fee: more than 90 days before departure: no fee. 90 to 76 days:fee is deposit. 75 to 46 days: 50% of fare. 45 to 31 days: 75% of fare. 30 days or less: 100% of fare. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk of danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees, or agents. Volunteers might be directing and assisting you in your parking areas, but it is the driver of the RV, or the driver of the other vehicle, who are ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations, and is to be solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed, and granting full use without compensation. View upcoming HOPs: HOPs Stay informed; sign up for the Escapees RV Club News Visit the Facebook Escapees HOPs Join us on the Forum: Escapees RV Forum View the HOP Cancellation Policy See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Dr. Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582 www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeeshops
  11. Alaska Cruise HOP Featuring the Discovery Channel & Animal Planet Excursions August 27 – September 3, 2016 Experience the magic that only Alaska has to offer on this spectacular round-trip 7-day cruise with the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet excursions offered exclusively by Princess Cruise Lines. The highlight of the Inside Passage is Glacier Bay, and Princess is among a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay National Park is part of a Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural World Heritage site and has some of the world's most spectacular glaciers. While cruising Glacier Bay, relax and enjoy the crisp, fresh, clean air. A park ranger will board the ship and share the history of the bay while pointing out some of the wildlife that call the bay home such as humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, and our majestic national emblem, the bald eagle. Excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights and culture in each of the cities and enjoy the warm embrace of the native people. The Discovery Channel excursions will spend time at famous historical sites, while the Animal Planet excursions will take you to some of the favorite play-grounds of the wild and untamed Alaskan animals; you may just come face-to-face with these amazing animals. Once onboard, the ship will provide activities, entertainment, and incredible food. There will also be fun and interactive HOP socials during the days at sea. Witness lush rainforests, colossal mountains, salmon gliding upstream in clear river streams, and bear or moose roaming freely in their natural habitat. You may even catch a glimpse of whales breaching the water. Alaska is a part of the world where Mother Nature has been left alone in her natural state, and wildlife remains abundant. Learn all the things you wanted to know about this amazing paradise on the HOP! Booking your cabin early and Recall dates: Escapees can hold the discounted group space for a limited time before the cruise line recalls our unused cabins. After that recall date, we may not be able to secure your cabin near the HOP attendees and may not be at the same rates. Escapees will attempt to secure your preferred cabin, if space is still available. Most cruises sell out early, so it’s very critical that you book early, even if the cruise is scheduled for NEXT YEAR! Recall Dates: 1st date: February 29, 2016 2nd date: March 30, 2016 3rd date: April 29, 2016 For more info about the Alaska Cruise HOP, please click: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=22 To see the current HOPs, click: https://www.escapees.com/fun/hops To register for this cruise: Call the Escapees Travel Agency at toll-free 1-855-757-8881 or email ETA@escapees.com.
  12. On the way to the 2016 Escapade in Essex Junction, Vermont, join your Escapees friends for jam-packed tours of the “Big Apple” and the Hudson River Valley. Come early or stay late and experience the best of both worlds! While in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, enjoy farm markets, wineries, and the Hudson Valley scenery; however, let us do the driving into the “Big Apple”! Board a luxury coach with a knowledgeable tour guide, and enjoy an easy drive to New York City. See the historical sites, learn about the history, and visit iconic locations. Bring your camera, and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime! Highlights, stops, and tours include, but are not limited to: Empire State Building The Statue of Liberty Times Square Grand Central Station Fifth Avenue Wall Street 9/11 Museum - tour Lunch in or around Times Square Broadway play – Lion King (subject to change for another Broadway play) West Point Military Academy – tour Legendary Thayer Hotel – lunch Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Home and Museum - tour Vanderbilt Mansion - tour Catered meals Your HOP hosts Motorcoach and bus driver Tour guide Gratuities and more Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: $1,210.00 Additional person: $495.00 One-person rig: $725.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information, see: http://www.escapees.com/HOP/NewYorkandHudsonRiver.aspx HOP Cancellation Policy: HOP Cancellation Policy View upcoming HOPs: HOPs Visit the HOPs on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs I know you will have a wonderful time at the New York City and the Hudson Valley HOP! See you at the HOP! Safe travels and SKP hugs, Lisa Koca #86367 HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351
  13. A spectacular 15-day cruise! < What a magnificent time you are going to have on this cruise! Setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, you will have an opportunity to experience the Panama Canal aboard the luxurious comfort of Holland America’s ship, Ms. Nieuw Amsterdam. You will certainly enjoy going through the locks at the canal; coupled with the wonderful shore excursions the ship has to offer, you are certain to have a lifetime of memories. Excursions are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights and culture in each of the cities and enjoy the warm embrace of the native people. The Panama Canal was considered to be one of the largest engineering wonders of its time and onJanuary 7, 1914, this mega ship mover was opened, creating a water passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Cruise ships that pass through the Panama Canal pay toll rates that are based on their passenger capacity, which are the number of berths. Every year 17,500 ships move through the locks. You may want to get a balcony for this cruise, as it will take 8 to 10 hours to navigate the locks. You will be able to see the expansion, often called the “third locks,” which will double the capacity of the Panama Canal once it’s completed in 2016. Bring your camera, and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime! If you sign up for the excursions at the ports-of-call, it may include considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam Fun Ship Facts Ship's registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 2,106 Crew members: 929 Gross tonnage: 86,700 grt Length: 936 feet Beam: 105.8 Maximum speed: 23.9 knots Dedicated: July, 04, 2010, by HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Itinerary Day Arrives Departs 0 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 4:00 PM 1 Fun day at sea 2 Fun day at sea 3 Cartagena, Colombia 7:00 AM 1:00 PM 4 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal 5:00 AM 5:00 PM 4 Cruising Panama Canal 4 Exit Panama Canal Balboa 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5 Fun day at sea 6 Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica 7:00 AM 5:00 PM 7 Corinto, Nicaragua 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 8 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 7:00 AM 5:00 PM 9 Puerto Chiapas, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 10 Huatulco, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 11 Fun day at sea 12 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 13 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 8:00 AM 4:00 PM 14 Fun day at sea 15 San Diego, California, US 7:00 AM To register for this cruise Call the Escapees Travel Agency at (toll-free) 1-855-757-8881. View upcoming HOPs: HOPs Join us on the Forum: Escapees RV Forum Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EscapeesHOPs View HOP Cancellation Policy: HOP Cancellation Policy See you at the HOP! Safe travels and SKP hugs, Lisa Koca #86367 HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582
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