Frequently Asked Questions
Are the P&P vacation events private?
Pirates & Paradise – a pirate themed event vacation is open to anyone and everyone who wants to enjoy a great time with a great group of people in a great location. Pirate or not – you’re most welcome!
How much is the deposit?
The deposits vary by destination and type of trip. You can expect to make a deposit of anywhere from $50 to $400 per person depending on the resort/vacation.
Are Deposits refundable?
100% of your deposit is fully credited to your vacation. Most times they are 100% refundable if your plans are cancelled by a certain date set by the resort. In some cases (of smaller deposits) they are not refundable as they are applied to administrative costs.
Can I Make Payments?
Yes, After you make our initial deposits you can make payments on the vacation until the final payment is due, usually 90 days before the event!
What are the deadlines?
Deadlines for booking and payments are set by the Cruise line or resort company. Usually 90 days before the event the final payment is due. Usually there is NO deadline to join if there is space available, but you may expect to pay in full.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, your passport should be valid for six months AFTER the date of your return.
Can I get my own room?
Yes, you can get your own room – the price is dependent on your room category and because the pricing is based mostly on double occupancy you can expect to pay more per person with one in the room than with two – sometimes it is actually the two person rate with no discount for one person in the room. This is set by the resort/cruise line.
What if I need a room mate?
Please contact me and I will try to connect you with another who is looking for a roommate as well. firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-882-5006
What is your refund policy?
Refund policies are set by the resort or cruise line. It is usually done on a specific timeline – if you feel you need to cancel and do so early enough most offer 100% refund. If you cancel 2 weeks before the trip you can expect to lose all monies you have paid towards your vacation.
What about travel insurance?
Travel insurance is highly recommended. Please ask me for a quote. Travel Insurance covers many more things than you may think – including, in some policies, emergency medical while you are on vacation. Please ask for more details
What is the weapons policy in regards to garb?
We do NOT recommend bringing any of your weaponry – real or replica – it WILL get confiscated by the customs authorities at our destination.
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A personal note from the owner of Hibiscus Travel – Our preferred agency and host of Pirates & Paradise!
Please allow me to introduce myself…I am Louise (Byrda Paradise)’s sister, Terese Ternullo, the owner of Hibiscus Travel! After 2 successful Pirates and Paradise events, I thought it was time to send a ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ to everyone! 🙂
Since the beginning of my career twenty years ago, and owning Hibiscus Travel for over 11 years, I have specialized in Caribbean travel. While continuously traveling the islands, I visit MANY resorts to learn all I can for our clients. Our knowledge, experience, and relationships are vital to our success.
There are hundreds of resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico from which to choose, therefore, when it comes down to recommending and choosing resorts for our clients, a lot of factors come into play.
When choosing the island and resort for Pirates and Paradise 2016, Louise and I discussed every factor at great length. We have chosen Grand Pineapple Antigua as the destination for April 2016.
From the very beginning of P&P, we focused on the Sandals Resorts because of our confidence in them and their ability to deliver what they promise. Of course, there are many other resorts available, however, most are public corporations and mega-sized and do not offer the personal connections with travel consultants or their guests.
Understanding that the Sandals Resorts were designed for ‘couples,’ each resort has a different and unique ‘ambience.’ In saying that, some resorts are more able to “open their arms” to our unique social group, Pirates & Paradise, than others. Having been to every Sandals, Beaches, and Grand Pineapple resort, I am able to discuss the pros and cons with Louise in recommending the most welcoming resorts for P&P. I work, closely, with the management teams when sending clients to their resorts. We take pride in being honest, knowledgable, and “matching” our clients to the ‘right’ resort for them.
Grand Pineapple Antigua is one of the moderately priced resorts owned by the Sandals family, however, they offer most of what we need and want for P&P 2016. With this resort, we are able to open reservations to include singles so they may reserve their own room without incurring a huge price/penalty. However, one of the most important factors in choosing GPA is the fact that Mr. Patrick Drake, your host and Hotel Manager of P&P 2015, has sent his personal invitation to our group to join him, in his new home of Antigua! How flattering is that? 🙂
The island of Antigua is known as the island with 365 beaches – one for every day of the year! Antiguans are a friendly people with a rich British history. Personally, I have visited the island 4 times and have met many wonderful people and experienced the island in different ways during each visit. Louise and I look forward to hosting you on this beautiful island, in April 2016, so you may experience all the island has to offer!
Terese M Ternullo, CTIE, DS, ACC
“Concierge of Luxury, Romance, & Adventure”™
Platinum Preferred Sandals Agency/Certified Sandals Specialist
Caribbean Destination Specialist