Update on Our WHS Class of 1963 55th Reunion, Especially the Carnival Cruise


Just as a reminder our 55th Reunion has 3 separate activities on Friday, February 23, Saturday, February 24 and Sunday through Thursday, February 25 through March 1, 2018.  You are encouraged to attend any or all of these events.  They are all a la carte.  You pay for only those events you attend.
The events are:
1)The pizza party at a pizza parlor very near Whittier ($10 per person Friday, February 23rd, 2018)
2)The potluck at Palm Park ($20 pp Saturday, February 24th, 2018 1 to 5 PM)
3)Carnival Cruise February 25th through Thursday, March 1st, 2018 (details below).
Also, I have reserved a block of rooms for out of town classmates at the Whittier Doubletree Hilton, the old Whittier Radisson, at a rate of $139 plus tax.  This block is held until 1/13/2018 or until they inform me that they can confirm the use of these rooms immediately.  Then we have 72 hours to book these rooms. 
Doubletree phone (562) 945-8511 use room block name: “Whittier High Class of 1963 55th Reunion”

Carnival Cruise

Here is the information I have gotten from Carnival Cruise Lines concerning the cruise portion of our 55th WHS Class of 1963 55th Reunion.
The ship we will be sailing on is called Carnival Imagination and can hold over 2000 people.  It leaves on Sunday, February 25th, 2018, at 5 PM from Long Beach.  You can board as early as 1 PM.  We will visit Catalina Island, Ensenada, Mexico and return to Long Beach at 7 AM Thursday, March 1st, 2018.  There are two ways to book this cruise.

Group Rate

On June 21, 2017, I spoke with Carnival group sales and the group rate for interior cabins is $214 per person double occupancy and tax of $88.94 pp.  For ocean view cabins the rate is $259 pp with the same 88.94 tax pp.  These reservations will require a $150 booking deposit with the total remaining balance due by December 27th, 2017.  These rates cover all food, accommodations, shows, and activities.  To get a group benefit we need to book 8 rooms during a 14-day period.  I am ready to book, but I want to book my room during a 14-day period when 7 other rooms will be booked to get the small benefit.  Each of you will make reservations by phone (1-800-764-7419 extension 70232) after I send out the group booking number and hear from classmates that 7 additional rooms are ready to be booked.

So, let me know by return email (jchamilt@umich.edu) when you would be ready to book.  When I know there are 7 rooms to be booked, I will make my reservation to start off the 14-day period and pass on the group booking number that we need to use to get a group benefit.  When the next 8 rooms are booked there will again be a benefit for that group.

Online Booking or Individual Booking

No group benefit is available online.  You can still book online, go to a travel agent or call Carnival Cruise to book a room, but with no group benefit. Also, I was told that only a certain number of rooms are available for group booking.
I found it difficult to get the right date for this cruise online when I investigated booking online.  I do not know why. 

Additional Information

When I investigated booking online I was given an opportunity to add in the gratuity of a little over $100 per room.  I guess we will be hit up for this later?
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know by email.
Buddy Hamilton
P.S. Please let any classmates know about this if they do not know about or use our website (whscardinals1963.com) or our classes’ Facebook page.


Posted March 27, 2017    **************************

Your 2018 Whittier High School 55th Class Reunion -- Save the Dates

Dear Classmates,
Yes, our 50th reunion was great.  If you don't believe me go to our website (whscardinals1963.com) and take a look at over 75 pictures of your classmates having fun.  But everything we do can be improved.
February 2018 Our Next Reunion
Highlights of your WHS Class of 1963 55th reunion  are:
1.  Each of the three events is a la carte.  You pay only for what you attend
2.  Two of the three events are currently estimated to be $10 to $20
3.  We are scheduling our reunion on February  23rd, 24th, and 25th to March 1st, 2018.  This will give those classmates who are coming from colder climates a chance to enjoy the warmer Southern California weather.
4. Fun starts on Friday night with a pizza party at a pizza restaurant in or near Whittier.  Cost estimate is $10 per person and all the pizza you can eat.  Drinks are extra.
5. Saturday afternoon we will have a potluck at Palm Park in the "Palm Room with kitchenette and patio."  This will run from about 1 PM to 5 PM and estimated cost is $20 per person which will cover the rental and insurance of the room, kitchen and patio, plus utensils and plates and incidentals.  Those classmates, like me, who are coming from out of town will just get some takeout food from a local restaurant.  We will supply serving spoons for those take out dishes. 
6. Sunday we leave on a 4-day Carnival cruise from Long Beach going to Catalina, Ensenada and back to Long Beach on Thursday.
I will send out more info on the cruise since there are many options as to rooms and other items that I will try to explain in another email and a post on our class Facebook web page.
Just save the dates that you want: Friday February 23;  Saturday February 24; Sunday to Thursday, February 25 to March 1, 2018.
As always please let me know your questions and concerns.  I do enjoy communicating with my classmates.
Buddy Hamilton
(734) 761-5743
PS  If you feel the need to talk with me, it might be easier if you could give me some times that I could call you since I am often on the tennis court or otherwise not available.
PSS  This is being placed on our website (whscardinals1963), sent by email and placed on our classes' Facebook page.   Let me know if you see this so we know not to send it by US Mail.