The SSQQ Sock Hop
Cruise features the Joe Valentino Show and Ray Covey
Just when you
thought that our Caribbean Cruises couldn't get much better,
we are sure to set a record for FUN on our 2015 Caribbean
For those of you
who recently attended a Chandelier event that featured Joe
Valentino, you know exactly how much FUN we will have!
Valentino is a Blast From The Past, the Clown Prince Of Rock
& Roll. This group creates so much great energy that you
will feel like a teenager again.
This cruise will
have it ALL!
Two After Hours
Dance Parties featuring the
Joe Valentino Show which will
include special guest Ray Covey (Elvis).
Premium Labor Day
Weekend Sailing Time Frame -- September 6th - 13th, 2015
(you only have to use 4 vacation days)
--Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
Dancing--Welcome Aboard Dance Party, Thank You Cocktail
Party, Champagne Party, Dance Classes, After Hours Dance
will be headed back to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica
with three At Sea days--as many of you say--it's not the
destination; it's the FUN times and NON STOP PARTY.
Inside Category M
|| -- $601 per person
|| -- $675 per person
|| -- $786 per person
Balcony Category D2
-- $877 per person
activities include: group shore excursions, group photo,
group dining, pre cruise dance party
We also offer Roommate Matching
if requested PLUS the bonus of my expertise as your travel
For those who are new and don't know me, I have been a
travel agent for over 12 years now and have been in charge
of 31 group trips.
I am only a phone call or email
away, or you can always speak to me in person at any of our
By now, you
all know the drill.
you register, the better chance you have of getting a
premium cabin location and assuring your spot on the trip.
I have a strong feeling that this trip is going to be BIG,
so I suggest signing on sooner rather than later.
I have 110 guaranteed spots with the group.
A $250 deposit reserves your
place. I am unable to "hold" cabin space without a full
Final payment is
due by June 23rd, 2015.
You MUST book
your cruise through SSQQ Travel to be included in any of our
activities. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS
I hope you will join us for this
incredibly FUN trip!
PS - For more
information on how this Sock Hop cruise developed, be sure
to read Rick's
Sock Hop 2015
Week Long Dance
Dancing, & More Misbehavior than
ever thought possible!!!
September 6th -
Return Sunday, September 13th
Port Stops: Cozumel,
Georgetown, Grand Cayman
THE SSQQ TRAVEL
SOCK HOP DANCE CRUISE with JOE VALENTINO
from Galveston 430
Sunday, September 6th -- Return
7 am, Sunday,
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Phone questions to 713 862-4428
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Inside Category M
|| -- $601 per person
|| -- $675 per person
Oceanview Category H
|| -- $786 per person
Balcony Category D2
-- $877 per person
All pricing is per person double occupancy
Our Sock Hop
is the ultimate
'Dance' Vacation Getaway!
and Marla Archer invite you to join us for our
SSQQ Travel Adventure
scheduled for Labor Day week in 2015.
Did you know we have taken
well over 2400 people sailing over the years? And we haven't lost
a single passenger yet!
return to our tradition of taking a Western Caribbean cruise
over Labor Day and will be sailing once again on Royal
Caribbean's fabulous Navigator of the Seas.
This year's trip is scheduled to depart on Sunday, September 6th and cruise the beautiful Western Caribbean through Sunday,
The Navigator has been thoroughly enhanced with many updates
the first signature surf simulator
to debut on the Voyager-class and a
220-square foot outdoor screen
to watch movies or sports events.
In addition, you don't want to miss the Ice Show. It is
This is your chance to
spend an entire week with your friends from Houston's dance
community and enjoy seven nights experiencing luxury and grand style while sailing the
Caribbean Sea on a Voyager Class Ship!
Slow Dance and Romance
As with all our trips, you can expect plenty of Slow Dance and Romance.
Without a care in the world for seven long days and nights, our guests
are free to dance every waking hour and let their heart seek romance wherever
they go. As always on our trips to sea, dance and romance seem to
go hand in hand.
Dancing on each
SSQQ Travel cruise takes a variety of forms. During our days
at sea, we conduct dance workshops in the late morning.
Every evening, there are typically at least two different dance venues
with a live band sponsored by the ship.
special dance parties such as the Captain's Reception and Welcome Aboard
parties for returning guests.
Best of all, we
reserve one of the dance floors for late-night dancing after Midnight.
We have the room to ourselves and we play our own music. This
year, we have gone all out and brought special guest entertainment
onboard to increase the FUN level!
Ladies, Guard your Hearts!
It is important that you know there is all
kinds of danger on SSQQ Travel Cruises, especially for women.
It is a well-documented fact from previous trips that the ladies of
the group always take the risk of being rendered helpless at sea.
That ocean air is intoxicating
and defenses are down. Any man who can dance and smile is certain
to be one heck of a popular guy aboard this trip!
No woman is safe on this trip. In particular, beware of the man
who offers the margarita. He's the one you have to watch out for.
Just ask Marla.
better be careful, guys, you aren't invulnerable either. We know from
experience that Cupid is always lurking just around the corner and he
may just have your number!
You men think you
can dance your way out of any trouble, but you could easily fool around
and fall in love... after all, we have a long list of couples who
connected on our cruises and ended up... well, we aren't allowed to say
how anyone "ended up." Use your imagination.
Itinerary for the
2015 Sock Hop Dance Cruise
Day One: Sunday -
We set sail on
Sunday, September 6th at 4:30 pm out of Galveston.
Now as the evening draws near, we begin our adventure.
It's time to get the party started!
Travel will host a
Welcome Aboard Dance Party
prior to dinner.
everyone the opportunity to say hello and get some dancing in.
We always sit
together as a group in the Main Dining Room. We have the
second seating scheduled.
After dinner, there
is dancing to live music in several venues, or take in the
We start our nightly
after hours dancing at Midnight in our "Secret" Lounge.
on Formal Night
Day Two: Monday - We are at
sea, so this is the perfect time for dance classes.
There will definitely a swing dance class to
get everyone ready for tonight's after hours party with the Joe
Tonight will be our first
We usually head toward the Main Lounge for Ballroom Dancing prior to
This is your chance to join the rest of the
Dance Group to put on a real show. This is the
perfect opportunity to show off your ballroom dance skills in
front of the entire ship.
Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing and Slow Dance
to music played by the ship's band.
"In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade" will
be your inspiration!
We are always the stars of this evening as the other passengers smile
and gaze at our dancing with appreciation. This evening is definitely
one of the highlights of the trip!
Beach Day and Senior Frogs
first stop is to see our old friend Cozumel. We have from
7:00 am until 4:00
to enjoy this tropical paradise. Cozumel is
wonderful because the ship docks so close to the island you swear
you could throw a football to someone on shore.
Cozumel is a large
island about 12 miles off the coast of Mexico. There is no
bridge. As a result, Cozumel is so much safer than the rest of
Mexico because it is easy to defend. This allows people to
appreciate this beautiful island without any fear.
Since we will have had a
late night dancing to the Joe Valentino Show last night, perhaps a
beach day is in order.
There are always lot of
people who like to spend the day at one of the several stunning
beaches of Cozumel.
Sometimes the group goes to Chankanaab
Beach, other times they go San Francisco Beach, but everyone always
seems to head to the beach at some point in the day.
Cozumel beaches are the
The water is crystal blue, there are palm trees everywhere for
shade, and there always seems to be the most wonderful breeze keeps
As if things were not
luxurious enough, there are waiters who come right up to your lounge
chair throughout the day to ask if you want a cold beer. It
doesn't matter what brand of Mexican beer you order, the sun makes
sure that every swallow of cold beer is delicious.
After a while you get
the nicest buzz.
It is so pleasant out there that a nap is
definitely called for.
Besides the many comfortable lounge chairs, maybe
you will get lucky and find one of those cosmic hammocks for your
nap. And maybe you will even have some company!
Some of Mexico's greatest beauty is hidden to the naked eye.
Cozumel has an amazing abundance of fish thanks to its protected
waters. Not surprisingly,
is very popular at all the Cozumel beaches.
Snorkeling is one of the easiest sports imaginable. If you
can swim, you should be able to snorkel. Since Cozumel is an island,
they are able to protect their waters from any mainland pollution.
The water right below our ship is so clear you can almost see the
bottom. Hint - bring some Rice Krispies
from the ship. If you drop some cereal into the water, you
will immediately be the best friend of every fish in the sea.
You will be treated to all sorts of marvelous sights!
Cozumel has always been
the spot where we have our competitive beach volleyball matchups.
Over the years, we have had many royal battles complete with skinned
knees and bruised egos. We play to win! Plus there's the
show-off factor. There's nothing like diving in the sand to
make a great play, followed by a quick glance to see if all the
pretty girls noticed.
If a day at the beach isn't your thing, Cozumel has a terrific shopping
center just a short walk (400 yards) from the ship. You can purchase tee
shirts, onyx chess sets, jewelry, liquor, beach towels; you name it. The
mall is extensive and ultra-safe. We saw police everywhere. And there
were no panhandlers either. You can bargain with everyone and get some
If shopping isn't your thing
and you want to skip the beach, there is a wide selection of
excursions available. You can visit
nearby Mayan ruins
dating back to 600 AD. Another popular
activity is to take a jeep tour of the island.
Some people rent their own motorbikes and
head out in search of adventure.
And of course our notorious troublemakers will surely
want to finish up our day in Cozumel at Senior Frogs. Cozumel is our favorite watering hole.
Over the years, many a margarita has made getting back to the ship
on time a little more difficult than people might imagine. Our
best pictures usually come from the antics of this wild drinking
spree. Maybe we should add our best stories... at least the
ones we can tell... come from the Cozumel bacchanalias. Join at your own risk!
No matter how wild these
drinking sprees get, the nice thing about Cozumel is the ship is
only a couple hundred yards from the bars. Not only can you
hear the horns calling everyone back to the ship, no matter how much
tequila you have had, you can always spot the ship. Even
better, the ship is so close that you can crawl on your knees to the
ship and still make it in time. We know this for a fact
because we've seen it happen.
And that night if you are still standing,
that same night we can hook up the SSQQ
Jukebox and have our own dance party!!
Beautiful Cayman Islands
Day Four: -
mid morning in Georgetown, Grand
Cayman. We have from 10:30 a.m. until
6 p.m. to see the island.
The Caymans are
smack dab in the middle of the infamous Hurricane Alley.
We missed visiting here three years in a row due to
In 2008, 2009, and
2011 we were fortunate enough again to actually make
it to Grand Cayman. We found it to be delightful!
The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world.
Rick will certainly again lead his guided tour of Seven Mile
Beach, a long, comfortable walk along one of the Caribbean's
most famous beaches. There is so much to look at!
On one side you have the stunning blue waters and on the
other side you have an endless of the most expensive condos
and hotels imaginable.
This is a very inexpensive way to enjoy Grand Cayman--all
you need is some cash for cab fare and for your lunch and
Or if you
prefer, take a research submarine and surround yourself with exotic marine
life and huge coral formations as you explore the famous Cayman Wall, or
snorkel with the Stingrays and enjoy the beautiful Cayman waters, or
simply stroll through the quaint village and spend some time shopping.
There is an activity for everyone!
Jamaica Me Crazy, Mon!
Thursday - We arrive in
Falmouth, Jamaica at 8:00 am.
time is 5:00 pm.
Jamaica offers gorgeous
white-sand beaches and mangrove wetlands
that surround Falmouth,
which rests at the bottom of lush green mountains.
You will find
beautiful Georgian architecture in the historic town of
is very close by and offers the best of the Caribbean.
Take a cab and surround yourself with the essence of Jamaica in
the island's friendliest city.
scheduled different group excursion in the past time for Jamaica.
One year we went to YS Falls and
river tubed. In 2014, we will visit the Green Grotto
and climb Dunn's River
The group loves
to party onboard Catamarans and then snorkel. Perhaps
we will do this at this stop for 2015. We have 71
people within the group scheduled for a great Catamaran sail
and snorkel on our October 2014 cruise. Can't wait!
6 and 7:
Friday and Saturday -
Starting back to Home
These are our
final days at sea
and we will have our final group dance classes in the morning.
Perhaps more swing dancing to get ready for another fun
nights of swing dancing to the Joe Valentino Show.
Saturday is pool day. Everyone spends time outdoors in
the hot tub laughing their cares away.
a live band to entertain during the day. As the spirit hits, people
crawl out of the hot tub and
dance to the live music on
the Poolside Deck throughout the day.
Infamous Hot Tub
Final Sea Days -
Sleep in after
partying hard all week long and then enjoy a leisurely breakfast chatting
with fellow SSQQ cruisers in the Windjammer.
Since we are sailing
our way home, we will have our second dance class today.
After the morning
class, enjoy yourday at sea relaxing in the sun
by the pool or frolicking in the hot tub. Speaking
of the Hot Tub, surely someone has warned you about the SSQQ Hot
Tub, yes? We aren't allowed to publicly state what goes on
in the Hot Tub, but there must some reason it stays packed all
on a cruise ship is a special time
for everyone. We all get dressed up to look our best.
Then everyone goes around taking each other's picture. We all
look so terrific all dressed up and fancy.
Not surprisingly, this
is the night we choose to take our Group Photo.
Then we hit the dance
floor and feel so elegant as all eyes watch us perform so gracefully.
The evening seems just like New Year's Eve,
except that we are out at sea surrounded by the splendor of the
Even better, we are
surrounded by our friends.
So What Haven't
Luxury and Recreation
First and foremost, we are sailing aboard
a beautiful cruise ship
for seven nights that offers more activities and fun
things to do than you could ever imagine!
Our ship is basically an enormous floating hotel that has the facilities for
every conceivable type of fun that is legal. If there is something
you desire, they aim to please. Any amenity you might expect at a
four-star hotel is generally there for the asking on a cruise ship as
What is interesting is that just a hotel room in Las Vegas goes for $150-$200 a night.
On board a cruise ship, you get to enjoy the life of luxury for
$100 per day.... and that is with meals
and special entertainment included! This curious fact explains why
"cruising" is considered one of the best travel bargains of all.
One reason our numbers are strong every year is due
to an intangible, best described as the "Group Experience". People
enjoy seeing their friends so much that they don't want to miss the next
adventure... and they haul a couple new people along to join the fun.
One unique feature of a
cruise is the chance to learn first-hand the meaning of the phrase "the
more the merrier". No matter how big our group grows, the
energy just grows right along with it.
If you want to be alone,
there are hidden corners everywhere... or perhaps on the balcony of your
cabin. If you want to be with the group, there's always a party
going on somewhere. If you want to lay out by the pool, go for it. If
you want to compete in trivial pursuits, go for it. If you want to
do karaoke until the wee hours, go for it. Whatever you want to do, the
cruise ship has a spot for you and our group supplies the people to keep
The best example of the
Group Experience is our elaborate Dinner, an event that lasts about two
hours each night. Two hours may seem like a long time, but we are
having so much fun we don't even feel the time pass.
Every cruise ship takes the
dining experience seriously. The dining room is beautiful, the
food is excellent, and the waiters very personable. Our group usually occupies half
the upper floor of the dining room. You cannot help but smile when
you see our group spread out from one side of the ship to the other.
It is true a cruise trip is
often about romance. The ship offers upscale specialty restaurants for those kind of
evenings and it isn't unusual for our guests to spend
a night enjoying their dinner at one. However, as a rule, the SSQQ Cruise is more about
hanging out with friends for the entire week.
Our guests are assigned a
table of friends. I put a lot of thought into this process and generally
match people up very well. Some tables are all singles.
Some tables are all couples. Some tables are groups of friends who
have bonded on previous trips. Or you can even send me your
specific table request.
I aim to please!
The people at your table become your buddies throughout
the trip. You have no idea the stories that people share at
dinnertime. The conversation ranges from the sublime to the silly. This is how people make friendships that
so strong that they carry over right onto shore after the trip is over.
The next thing you know, you are having dinner with the same people back
Dinner with the group is one of the highlights of every day on the trip.
Once people get going, the noise level can get pretty high. The
smiles and laughter are infectious.
evening no matter where you go on the ship, wherever there is music, you
are sure to see our dancers putting on a show. Every cruise ship
has a wide variety of music venues. On any given night, you might
hear Salsa music in one room, Western in another, Popular music and
Ballroom in yet a third spot... all played by live bands.
And that doesn't even
include the Disco which is always in full swing. Before dinner,
after dinner, late night, it doesn't matter. There are
all over the ship till the wee hours of the night.
Throughout the evening, our dancers basically take over the dance floors
much to the delight of
the other passengers.
Historically, our dancing is so
other guests often greet
us as we return to our seats and thank us for being so much fun to
When you add up all the great dancers in our group, we definitely
put on quite a show. There have been several times
where the guests were surprised to find out we are passengers on the ship
just like they are. They had assumed we were professional dancers
hired to be part of the entertainment. Now that is a compliment!
That said, the attention we receive is much deserved. These dance cruises are definitely good for the ego.
It is the ultimate form of
flattery to look up at the levels above and see the railings lined with
people who watch us as if we are the evening's entertainment.
Whether it is a large group or just small pockets of dancers, we take
over the ship every night anywhere we hear music. The rest of the passengers stare in
envy and wish they could join us.
Do you have a child who has
been in a dance recital? A dance cruise is like a recital for
adults. A dance cruise serves as a reward for all those hours of
dance lessons. Good dancing requires a lot of time practicing.
Most of the people in our group have taken dance lessons for months
getting ready for this cruise... or years for that matter! It is
nice to receive recognition for hard work and time well spent. Now
you finally see your hard work pay off.
There is a flip side to the
attention our group receives. Sometimes there is a look of
wistfulness on those faces. "Gee, I wish I could do that!"
Our dancers should not feel guilty. Yes, it is a shame that
so few people in America know how to partner dance, but that isn't our
fault. We are out there showing people what they are missing.
Once they see how much fun we are having, don't be surprised if they
take dance lessons themselves the next time they book a cruise
trip. In a sense, our dancing serves as an inspiration to the
We dance from the moment we
get on the ship. Our SSQQ Welcome Aboard Dance Party begins
soon after the ship departs. Then we schedule
our first dance workshop for the following morning. Some people
"charge" for dance lessons at sea. That is not our style.
Marla and Rick are just grateful to have you on board. We take
delight in raising the energy with fun dance classes.
We will have Dance Workshops on each of our three days
at sea. Yes, we take requests! The workshops are well-attended.
the perfect way to get to
know your fellow guests in
Rick and Marla aren't the only instructors on board.
There are usually other dance classes taught by
instructors who work for the ship.
These ship-sponsored dance classes are usually very well-attended for a
couple of reasons. The cruise industry is well aware how popular dancing
is at sea. They are also well aware that most people don't have a
clue how to dance, so they provide lessons. Typically, once the
passengers see us in action, they flock to the classes in hope that they
might learn enough to join us out on the floor. No one is mean
enough to point out the kind of moves we use cannot be learned in a
couple of hours. Why discourage them?
Many of these classes are line dances.
Partner dancing classes exist as well. Although the material is
geared towards the non-dancing general audience, our dancers thoroughly enjoy the extended opportunities to
dance and dance some more! Don't tell anyone,
but they take the lessons as a way to meet some of the other passengers.
Now isn't that clever?
We save some of our best
dancing of the day for Midnight. Marla secures one of the main
dance venues and reserves it for our group. This makes our late
hours dance party a private event.
We set up our own music system
and dance the night away. This after-hours dancing often goes till
2 AM. Even though this is a "Sock Hop" dance cruise, we will
plenty of Country Western and West Coast Swing on the nights when Joe
Valentino isn't performing.
Join the Club!
Now that Marla and Rick have
organized thirty two trips, one thing is clear -
people love to travel in groups.
They like knowing they will
have company for each activity, they like the safety, and they like
having people they care about to share their experiences. It
doesn't matter whether someone is single or in a relationship, once we
are at sea, we function as a very tight-knit group. We all look
out for one another.
Whether it is a wild
afternoon at Senor Frogs in Cozumel,
through the jungle in
Jamaica, swimming with the sting rays at Grand Cayman,
sailing on a catamaran, walking the
Seven Mile Beach, or dancing with the
group in a workshop, the SSQQ Travel Cruise is a chance to make firm and
lasting friendships that will continue after you have left the ship.
And you never know, you might find the Love
Boat legend is real after all. Many people come on trips to find
love. With a group our size, the sparks are flying right and left.
romance angle is well-known, but less advertised are all the
you will meet on this trip. Dancing is just the
starting point. You will find people that
you will wish to share adventures with long after you return to land.
Over the years, our cruise trips have created an entire community.
Come join our club!
For questions, call Marla Archer at
713 862 4428
or email her at email@example.com