If you’ve never been on a cruise before, now is the time to book one of these soulful, urban-themed cruises coming up in the months ahead! Cruise lines have been expanding the Galveston port of call just south of Houston, so now cruises to Puerto Rico and even Cuba are in the mix. Galveston is about 4-5 hours south of Dallas, depending on if you like to push a hundred down the highway, or you can fly to Hobby Airport in Houston in less time (Hobby is closer to Galveston than Bush Airport). Some urban cruises depart Galveston while others are out of New Orleans and Florida. Before we get into the various cruises, if any of you professionals in Dallas-Ft. Worth plan to travel on one of these cruises, let us know so we can informally coordinate the DFW contingent on each cruise so that those who want to go solo will know of other DFW solo travelers! That’s the spirit of our Happy Hour Buddies.
Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise 2017
A cabin on the Carnival Dram cruise ship
One of the best known urban cruises is the Dallas-based Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage 2017. Joyner’s cruise on the Carnival Dream brings out a star-studded line up of entertainers, and this time, they’ve assembled a big, lit list! Mary J Blige, R Kelly, Ice Cube with Dallas legend The D.O.C. and DJ Quik/DJ Yella/MC Ren, Frankie Beverly and Maze, legendary rap lyricist Rakim, Trick Daddy and Trina, Anthony Hamilton, Fnatasia, K-Ci and JoJo, Silk, Dru Hill, Troop, Anita Ward, Adina Howard, Evelyn Champagne King, The Bar-Kays, Brick, Con Funk Shun, and more!! My goodness, just typing in this list of greats makes a brotha wanna buy that ticket right about now!
As Black Cruise Week puts it, “Tom Joyner and the Sponsors go all out for this event, and it’s is truly one of the best events on the planet. In one week you will get more entertainment them most people get in 2 years.” Cabins on the cruise ship go from $2,000-4,000, and the $2025 cabins are already sold out, so do something about it now! The Itinerary starts in New Orleans and goes to the beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, Belize, and finally Mahogany Bay at the Isla Roatan before returning to New Orleans. You won’t notice the times spent at sea with this A-list of entertainers bringin’ it.
The 26th Annual Festival At Sea Cruise 2017
This is another popular cruise, doing it’s 26th annual cruise July 22 through 29, 2017. Wow! What a run. According to Black Cruise Week, this is the “longest running African-American Themed Charter Cruise in the World!” It departs Miami and heads to the beautiful St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and stunning Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, also stopping in another fave Caribbean spot, Grand Turk. Cabin rates are from about $1400 to a little over $4000. If you book by October 31, 2016, save $250 per person!
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
The Vibe Cruise 2017 and 16th Annual Grown and Sexy cruise
Hosted by Grown and Sexy Travel, this cruise sets sail Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26, from Miami to the Bahamas, returning May 29. Trina is hosting her Toga Party on this cruise. No passport needed. Premium open bar the entire cruise! The ship is Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing. This group is also doing the 16th Annual Grown and Sexy cruise, Feb. 6-11, 2017, which goes from Ft. Lauderdale FL to Haiti and Jamaica. Solo travelers are $1478 per person, and if traveling with someone, it’s $879 per person, so let us know if you are solo and want to pair up with someone from the Dallas Ft. Worth area.
Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
Urban Cruise Weekend 2017
Finally, Urban Cruise Weekend sets sail March 16-20, 2017 from Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise ship is the Carnival Liberty. Cabin rates range from a little over $630 to over $800 per person, and some cabins are already selling out, so be sure to book as soon as you can!
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