SRQ Bird non Alert August 30, 2005
- Cruise the Bahamas - January 8–12, 2006
Sarasota Audubon Society
Join fellow birders and their friends and families for a fabulous 4-night
Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. Leave Sunday, January 8 at 8:00am from Sarasota,
then on to Port Canaveral for a 4:30pm departure aboard the Carnival cruise
ship Fantasy. We will enjoy wonderful meals, entertainment and shipboard
activities as we sail to the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Freeport and
Nassau—all within an informal atmosphere.
We arrive in Freeport on Monday morning and will have all day to enjoy
Freeport. For those who want to bird, we have arranged an optional birding trip with
Kayak Nature Tours (no kayaking!). We will be picked up at the ship at 8:30am
and return about 3:30pm, including a stop for lunch at a quaint seaside
restaurant. We will be looking for as many of the 200 species of birds found in the
Bahamas as possible. For those not wanting to bird, the Bahamas offers
wonderful diving, snorkeling, beaches, and shopping or you can enjoy one of the
optional trips sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines.
On Tuesday we arrive in Nassau for an overnight stay. We have arranged
another optional birding trip presented by Carolyn Wardle, certified birding tour
guide and president of the ornithogical group at the Bahamas National Trust. We
will bird from 8:00am to 4:00pm with a picnic lunch at the Bahamas National
Trust Retreat Gardens. Once again, we will be looking for birds such as the
Black-faced Grassquit, Western Spindalis, Bananaquit, La Sagra’s Flycatcher,
Bahama Woodstar, Greater Antillean Peewee, Red-legged Thrush and many more Bahamas
species. Since we will be in Nassau overnight, you will have the evening to
explore Nassau or enjoy the amenities of the ship.
On Wednesday we will have time to share our experiences with others as we
enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Thursday morning we will arrive in port and will
return by bus to Sarasota at approximately 1pm.
Price of the 4-night cruise (double occupancy):
$449** per person inside cabin; $489** per
person outside cabin
**These prices include all port and government fees. Prices do not include on
board tipping for dining steward, assistant steward and cabin steward.
Suggested amount is $40 ($10 per day). Prices do not include personal expenses on
board such as cocktails and gambling.
Optional Birding Trips: $70 per person per day
To guarantee the price and your spot, reservations must be received by
September 1, 2005. Please complete the attached reservation form and return with
your deposit. Checks should be made out to SAS. Final payment is due November 1,
Send reservations to: SAS Cruise, P.O. Box 15423, Sarasota, FL 34277
For more information, contact Jeanne Dubi, (941) 355-1709; dubi@...
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SW Florida bird watching related links that may be of interest:
Manatee Audubon Society
Venice Audubon Society
Caloosa Bird Club (Ft. Myers, FL)
Peace River Audubon (Charlotte County, Florida)
SW Florida Birdline
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