BassolOgy at Sea 2020 Caribbean Cruise

Cruising from Tampa, Florida, USA
November 15 – 22, 2020

Veendam Cruise Critic Awards

BASSOLOGY AT SEA 2020 CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Cruising from Tampa, Florida, USA
November 15 – 22, 2020

Veendam Cruise Critic Awards
Included in Bassology at Sea 2020:

-22 hours of world-renowned, results-oriented Bassology curriculum for any instrument to get you out of a rut and moving towards your goals 

– Music theory and its application explained in the Bassology way so anyone can understand and use it to immediately improve their playing. Topics include soloing, improvising, melody, harmony, rhythmic subdivisions, time signatures, dexterity, and ear training

– 2 pre-cruise Bassology private lessons with Anthony Wellington to help you prepare for the Bassology at Sea classes

– Small class size to give you personal access to one of the most in-demand yet approachable music educators in the world who welcomes, motivates, and challenges players of all levels

– Price of guest is included so you can bring a friend or family member to enjoy the beautiful Holland American Veendam ship and all her amenities and amazing ports of call

– Cruise amenities include pool, spa, fitness center, culinary and video editing classes, formal and informal dining, twice daily stateroom service, theater shows, live music, and clubs

– Leave the cruise not just with knowledge and “homework” that will continue to develop your musicianship for a lifetime, but friendships and memories that last a lifetime, too!

-22 hours of world-renowned, results-oriented Bassology curriculum for any instrument to get you out of a rut and moving towards your goals 

– Music theory and its application explained in the Bassology way so anyone can understand and use it to immediately improve their playing. Topics include soloing, improvising, melody, harmony, rhythmic subdivisions, time signatures, dexterity, and ear training

– 2 pre-cruise Bassology private lessons with Anthony Wellington to help you prepare for the Bassology at Sea classes

– Small class size to give you personal access to one of the most in-demand yet approachable music educators in the world who welcomes, motivates, and challenges players of all levels

– Price of guest is included so you can bring a friend or family member to enjoy the beautiful Holland American Veendam ship and all her amenities and amazing ports of call

– Cruise amenities include pool, spa, fitness center, culinary and video editing classes, formal and informal dining, twice daily stateroom service, theater shows, live music, and clubs

– Leave the cruise not just with knowledge and “homework” that will continue to develop your musicianship for a lifetime, but friendships and memories that last a lifetime, too!

Where Will Bassology at Sea 2020 Take Us?

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Tampa, Florida

Gorgeous white sand beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida and home to Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium

The sprawling subtropical metropolis of Tampa sits along the Gulf Coast of Florida, encircling Tampa Bay from Sarasota to Clearwater Beach. It’s a quintessentially American spot, with white-sand beaches sharing space with shopping malls, and a multicultural mix of residents that ensures flavors from Mexican to Vietnamese are always close at hand. The local lore is rich with moneyed magnates: Both Henry B. Plant and John Ringling, of the Ringling Brothers Circus, left their marks on the region in the form of palatial buildings which now house museums.

A tour of Ybor City offers a look at the other side of Tampa and its working-class past. Small cigar makers first opened here at the end of the 19th century. After the cigar industry’s eventual decline, the neighborhood managed to rise—pun intended—from the ashes, and it has become a thriving, colorful destination steeped in history. While there, grab a Cuban sandwich from Florida’s oldest restaurant and shop for cigars and other souvenirs at Centro Ybor. And, of course, Florida has no shortage of family fun. The Pier 60 Park in Clearwater Beach makes for a perfect day on the sand, while the Busch Gardens amusement park boasts adrenaline-pumping rides and exotic animals.

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Key West, Florida

Discover an island with a fascinating history that is one of the most stunning examples of colonial life in the Western world!

One of the first things you’ll notice about Key West, after the colorful gingerbread wooden houses and the amazing sunsets, is the constant crowing of roosters. Hundreds of the noisy birds—along with their quieter-clucking mates—roam the streets at all hours, and are nearly as synonymous with Key West as its six-toed cats, the famous furry residents of Ernest Hemingway’s mansion in the Old Town district. They’re all part of the quirky charm of the United States’ southernmost point, whose compact 11 square kilometers (4.2 square miles) pack in everything from gorgeous historic architecture and spectacular fishing and sailing to a raucous party scene along famed Duval Street.

While the island is known for its laid-back approach to life—“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett developed his signature musical style in bars around town—it also has a flourishing creative scene, with many galleries and artists’ studios as well as live theater. But back to those brilliant sunsets: There is no shortage of places in Key West to soak in the fiery spectacle, from sunset cruises to rowdy waterfront bars to peaceful beachside parks.

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Banana Coast, Honduras

Beaches and rain forest surround this UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Christopher Columbus arrived in this Honduran town on his final voyage to the Americas in 1502, grateful to escape a treacherous tropical storm. You’ll be grateful for different reasons: The Banana Coast port city of Trujillo offers a fascinating glimpse into Spanish-Caribbean history. The local mix includes everything from the architectural vestiges of the Spanish colony that inevitably sprang up in Columbus’s wake to the living culture of the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna, whose language, dance, and music have been jointly declared a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Then there’s the natural beauty of the area: the wide sweep of the Bay of Trujillo, the carpeted slopes of Mount Capiro and Mount Calentura and the dense cloud forest of the Mahoguay River Valley, to name just a few.

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Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala

Gorgeous rain forests, shopping, and Mayan ruins

Uncharted and authentic—that’s the best way to describe a visit to the Central American country of Guatemala. Mexico’s neighbor to the south is blissfully devoid of overdevelopment, even as the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla—established in the 1960s and only recently open to cruise ships—expands. The former Belgian colony (Belgium occupied Guatemala from the 1840s to 1854) now welcomes visitors seeking soft adventure. Activities include hikes to waterfalls, explorations of the surrounding rain forest, tropical bird–watching and treks around ancient Maya cities, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is also a smattering of colonial buildings, including a 16th-century Spanish fort, Castillo de San Felipe. Plus, look for excellent authentic shopping: Handicrafts are made by locals and—the best part—prices are negotiable. Nearby Puerto Barrios offers a lively mix of restaurants, bars and nightlife.

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Costa Maya, Mexico

Beaches, resorts, shopping and excellent snorkeling and diving

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is, in some ways, a world apart from the rest of Mexico, thanks in part to its geography. That’s never deterred visitors from coming here, however; Costa Maya, like the larger resort towns on the Yucatán, attracts scores of visitors each year. Eager to enjoy the sun and fun, they are also keen to explore the region’s cultural attractions, including dozens of Maya sites, some of which were only recently rediscovered, excavated and opened to the public. In addition to seeing the pyramids, temples and ceremonial centers of Maya sites like Chacchoben and Kohunlich, modern-day visitors to Costa Maya can experience the Western Hemisphere’s longest reef and cenotes, the sinkhole-formed pools that dot the region. Freshly caught fish and seafood dominate the menus here, as is to be expected, and restaurants are mostly casual in ambiance, with friendly, welcoming service. Shoppers will likely be drawn to Costa Maya’s many jewelry shops, where you can buy rare gems set into stunning souvenirs or more affordable pieces that are believed to have healing properties.

 

BASSOLOGY AT SEA 2020 RESERVATION

Choose your stateroom and make a Bassology at Sea 2020 deposit. Price includes a guest!  This deposit* secures your spot as a Bassology at Sea 2020 student and a stateroom on Holland America Veendam for you and your guest.  

*Deposits are nonrefundable.

Bassology at Sea offers students three pricing options based on the type of stateroom you choose:  interior, ocean view, or veranda.  For each stateroom type, the price includes a student and guest, Bassology curriculum on the cruise for one student, two private Bassology lessons for the enrolled student with Anthony Wellington before the cruise departs, meals in most ship dining venues, and many cruise ship ammenities such as pool, hot tub, fitness center, housekeeping services, activities for kids, culinary and video-editing classes, and music venues.  Staterooms are available with one queen bed or two twin beds.   

INTERIOR
$983 deposit*   |   $2458 total
Interior room without window

OCEAN VIEW
$1079 deposit*   |   $2698 total
Window with unobstructed ocean view

VERANDA STATEROOM
$1623 deposit*  |   $4058 total
Private balcony with unobstructed ocean view

*deposits are nonrefundable

OTHER STATEROOM OPTIONS
Pricing is available for other options such as a stateroom suite, family suite, two Bassology students, wheelchair accessible, etc..  Please email Bassology at Sea Cruise Director Tamatha Bechtel at bassologyatsea@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

TRAVEL
Travel to and from the cruise as well as hotel stays before or after the cruise can be arranged by Bassology at Sea Cruise Director Tamatha Bechtel.  Please send an email to bassologyatsea@gmail.com if you would like help planning and making travel arrangement.

 

You may enroll in Bassology at Sea 2020  with a deposit before August 1, 2020.  You may make partial payments towards the balance due at any time.  Or, Bassology at Sea can set up regular monthly payments for you if you prefer.  In either case, final payment is due by August 1, 2020.  

We will have staterooms available at the Bassology at Sea group rate until August 1, 2020.  Bassology at Sea will not enroll more than 20 students and enrollment is given on a first come, first served basis. 

After August 1, 2020, you may still enroll in Bassology at Sea 2020 if there is space available on the cruise ship and the classes.  After August 1, 2020, please contact Bassology at Sea Cruise Director Tamatha Bechtel at bassologyatsea@gmail.com for pricing and availability.  Payment in full will be due upon enrollment.

Bassology at Sea enrollments and deposits are nonrefundable by Bassology at Sea.  We want dedicated, serious students and we are taking a maximum of 20 students to give every participant the time and attention they deserve from a world class teacher on a world class trip.  

The travel insurance provided through Holland America may provide full or partial refunds on the cruise portion of Bassology at Sea depending on the circumstances and how close the cancellation is to cruise time.  The Holland America travel insurance is optional but we strongly urge you to purchase this insurance. Bassology at Sea has no affiliation with the insurance provider and therefore does not coordinate with or have any authority with the insurance provider and its refund policy or decision making.  It is simply a service that Holland America provides for a fee that you choose at the time of your enrollment.    

Bassology at Sea 2020 will not accept enrollments after October 15, 2020.  Students are receiving two Bassology lessons with Anthony before we cruise to help prepare for the classes. He is extremely busy and needs time to add Bassology at Sea students to his regular schedule.  These lessons are via Skype or in-person depending on your locale and his travel schedule. 

Taking your two included pre-cruise Bassology lessons is not optional.  We respectfully request that you schedule your first lesson within one month of your enrollment and the second lesson one month or less after the first. This is to ensure you have time to practice and incorporate the new skills you learn in the lessons before Bassology at Sea cruise departs.  We will make exceptions to this if absolutely necessary but it’s best for you and for Anthony if you take the precruise lessons shortly after enrolling.  The cutoff date for the precruise lessons is October 31, 2020.  

When we receive your enrollment deposit, you will receive a welcome email from bassologyatsea@gmail.com and be added to a Bassology at Sea 2020 private Facebook group. The welcome email will have attachments that must be returned promptly in order to validate your enrollment in Bassology at Sea and secure your stateroom on the cruise. These attachments are a liability waiver and your personal information that Holland America must have book your stateroom.  These documents MUST be received to validate your enrollment.

Important note: Prices include two private bass lessons before the cruise, bass classes during the cruise for one student, stateroom for a student and guest, meals and soft beverages. Prices do not include airfare, transfers to/from airport, shore excursions or gratuities. Estimated taxes and certain fees have been estimated by Holland America and the estimated fee has been included in the prices quoted above; however, there may be additional fees which will be billed at the time of final payment.  Deposits are nonrefundable.  Please contact Bassology at Sea Cruise Director Tamatha Bechtel at 786-584-2429 or bassologyatsea@gmail.com for more information, questions or special requests

Bassology at Sea 2020
Interior Stateroom

$ 2458 Deposit $983*
  • Interior Stateroom & Ship Amenities for student and guest
  • Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-cruise private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Personalized ship service
  • *deposits are nonrefundable
BAS 2020 Deposit Interior

Bassology at Sea 2020
Ocean View Stateroom

$ 2698 Deposit $1079*
  • Ocean View Stateroom & Ship Amenities for student and guest
  • Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-cruise private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Personalized ship service
  • *deposits are nonrefundable
BAS 2020 Deposit Ocean View

Bassology at Sea 2020
Veranda Stateroom

$ 4058 Deposit $1623*
  • Veranda Stateroom & Ship Amenities for student and guest
  • Bassology curriculum for one student
  • 2 pre-cruise private lessons with Anthony Wellington
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Personalized ship service
  • *deposits are nonrefundable
BAS 2020 Deposit Veranda
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