Brandi Comeaux

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( 03 ) Fruit Cove Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Dec 2022

Dec 1, 2022 to Dec 5, 2022
Kentucky
Ark Encounter, Creation Museum & Newport Aquarium,
 
Please read first: 
 
This is a lot of information to digest. If you have questions, PLEASE READ through this entire PAGE FIRST---before emailing/texting.  I understand it can be overwhelming, but all I ask is that you attempt to digest the information I have put together here before reaching out. Once you've read through the details, if you still have questions, you are welcome to email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com or text me at 337-349-2813. 
 
 
Before you register for the trip, please read over: 
 
There is a charge for ages 3 and older;  some of the places we will be visiting has a per body (regardless of age) price, however, I considered this is my package pricing and will not be charging for those  2 and younger.  It's important to understand that the places we are visiting are businesses and their choice to charge for all bodies is not of my control. 
 
Be prepared to be in a bus for an extended period of time on travel days.  
 
You will need to bring sleeping bag, pillow and a towel.  
 
It's imperative that you are at the designated meeting spot ON TIME.  
 
Group Travel is unique.  Be understanding. The flow of the itinerary is pretty much set in stone, but anytime you work with small businesses you should anticipate a slight change in things. I will do my best to not have to make changes to the itinerary that will significantly impact the flow of this rough itinerary I've put together here, but if a change is to be made, it's imperative that you are able to "go with the flow". 
 
Here is a preview of the Client Agreement the primary traveler from each family unit will have to agree to in order to secure traveler spots: 
 
 

What's included in per person price:

  • Charter from Jacksonville, FL to Kentucky and back to Jacksonville.
  • Stay at Laurel Bend from Dec 1-5, 2022  (4 nights/5 days)
  • Breakfast  on December 2, 3, & 4  (3 mornings)
  • Ark Encounter entry 
  • Lunch at Ark Encounter
  • Creation Museum entry
  • Lunch at Creation Museum
  • Newport Aquarium entry
  • Lunch at Newport Aquarium
  • Taxes & Tips 
 
 
What's not included:
  • Travel insurance- a quote will be provided after booking (optional but highly recommended). To give an idea of cost, a family of three (3) one adult, two children, insuring a trip for $1200.00, base rates start at $32. Adding cancel for any reason will increase your rate by  approximately $40, and adding interrupt for any reason  will increase your rate by approximately $10. A quote will be provided after registration for each individual family. 
  • Dinner on ALL DAYS. Breakfast and lunch on TRAVEL DAYS:  Dec 1  & 5. 
  • Souvenirs 

Rough Itinerary:

 
  • Day 1  December 1  TRAVEL DAY: Jacksonville, FL  to Falmouth, Kentucky
 
 
4AM hit the road! 
Pick up location:  Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 SR 13, Fruit Cove, FL 32259. 
Drive time: 12 hours. Anticipate 13.5-14 hours of time on the charter, to account for a stop or two along the way.
Restrooms are onboard. 
6PM Check-in  Laurel Bend 
 
 
 
 
About Laurel Bend:
 
Laurel Bend is a beautiful property on 27 acres located at 86 Oldham Drive in Falmouth, Kentucky.  The Licking River bends around the lower portion of the property, that wraps under the bridge to town, allowing for a beautiful river view and an amazing cleared space under the bridge and in the pine trees.
 

Laurel Bend's Purpose:

 

When the Miller’s daughter, Lauren, was diagnosed with developmental disabilities, her parents put every effort into helping her succeed. As a child, numerous programs were available, but as an adult, options have been limited-to-none for Lauren. So, her parents are creating them. Not just for her, but for others like her, too.

After years of praying and planning about how to provide for Lauren’s needs, the Millers saw the old Camp Northward for sale in Falmouth and knew it would be the perfect place to foster and grow their ministry.

Laurel Bend privately funds programs by utilizing every inch of their 27-acre property with family-friendly lodging, wedding chapel and reception rentals, meeting spaces for reunions/retreats and a breakfast and lunch buffet opening to the public soon.

Alpacas, fiber goats, and more are patiently waiting offsite while funds are raised for fencing and shelter at Laurel Bend. They’ll provide essential esteem-building, learning, teaching, crafting and agritourism components.

 
 
 
  • Day 2:  December 2 , 2022 Williamstown, KY Ark Encounter
7AM-815AM Breakfast at Laurel Bend, included 
 
830AM head to Ark Encounter
 
9:15AM arrival time. 
 
9:30AM enter Ark Encounter
 
12:30PM  Lunch, included
 
*4PM head back to Laurel Bend
 
Dinner -TBD
 
*time may change
 
Have You Ever Wondered . . . How big was Noah’s Ark? How did Noah fit all the animals? How did Noah feed and care for all the animals? How did Noah build the Ark? Join us as we learn about the real Noah's Ark, how Noah might have cared for the animals and how all of the animals fit on the ship! Learn about what legends from around the world tell us about the flood, what happened to Noah, the animals and Earth after the flood. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Day 3  December 3, 2022  Petersburg, KY Creation Museum
7AM-815AM Breakfast at Laurel Bend, included
 
830AM head to Creation Museum
 
9:45 AM arrive at Creation Museum
 
10AM enter Creation Museum
 
12:30 PM lunch, included
 
*4PM head back to Laurel Bend
 
 *time may change
 
Have You Ever Wondered . . . Why Creation and Not Evolution? At the heart of the Creation Museum is a chronological retelling of biblical history in seven parts called the Seven C´s. Guests step back in time, beginning with Creation, and fast-forward to Christ´s return. Along the way, they see how God´s Word provides the big-picture answers for our most difficult questions, whether about science, the Bible, or our personal relationship with God. 
 
 
  • Day 4: December 4, , 2022  Newport, KY Newport Aquarium
7AM-815AM Breakfast at Laurel Bend, included
 
830AM head to Newport Aquarium
 
9:30AM arrive at Newport Aquarium
 
9:45AM enter Newport Aquarium
 
12:30PM Lunch  included
 
*4PM head back to Laurel Bend.
 
*time may change
 
  SEA thousands of the world’s most exotic aquatic creatures as you waddle with playful penguins, meet rare white alligators, be surrounded by sharks and surprised by smiling stingrays 
 
 
 
  • Day 5, TRAVEL DAY  December 5, 2022 Falmouth, KY
 
Head for home 
 
4AM hit the road! 
Pick up location Laurel Bend
Drive time: 12 hours. I anticipate 13.5-14 hours of time on the charter, to account for a stop or two along the way.
Restrooms are onboard.
 
 
Registration Closes: 10/15/2022.
Final Payment Due: 10/15/2022
 
Deposit: $50 per person (nonrefundable) 
 
 
Payment Schedule: 

$200 per family on June 1

$200 per family on July 1 

Final payment due October  15

 

If you register AFTER  5/31/22, you will need to "catch up" the monthly payments--the deposit will be the initial deposit as stated above PLUS the monthly payment that has been paid up until that point and then you can make regular monthly payments until final due date. Email me for questions: brandi@theansweristravel.com
 
The invoice that is calculated during booking has a final due date of 10/15/22. I will email an  updated invoice AFTER the booking is completed which will reflect the above payment schedule. 
 
 
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when traveler cancels. 
 
60 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATES- 100% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees
45 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE- 50% IS REFUNDABLE, less registration/deposit fees.
30 DAYS FROM TRAVEL DATE- 0% IS REFUNDABLE
 
 
 
FAQs:
 
Are we able to accommodate dietary restrictions? Unfortunately, no.
 
Is the bunk house stay a requirement? Yes.
 
Why do we have to make periodic payments instead of one final due date ? The vendors we are working with all have their own terms that we must follow in order to secure our spots. In order to meet their terms, I must collect partial payments periodically.
 
Do you have an itinerary? The document serves as the ROUGH ITINERARY. FINAL ITINERARY will be emailed 10 days before travel.
 
How will we communicate during travel? We will use GroupMe during our trip. I will add the primary traveler to the group and if you would like to add additional travelers to the group chat, feel free to do so. The group chat will be created after final payments are made and final rosters are confirmed. 
 
How many travelers will be on this trip? 40-55. I anticipate 40-50 based on interest of this trip.
 
Can I pay in full at time of registration? Yes. 
 
 Why is there an additional fee for those 11 and older?  The pricing for older children and adults at some of the establishments we will be visiting is more than the  younger child pricing.
 
What is the additional cost for adults?  $42
 
 
Do children travel without parents/chaperones? No. Every child must have a chaperone/parent present. A chaperone/parent can choose to chaperone multiple children, but no one child can travel with the group without a parent/chaperone present.
 
Is a COVID-19 vaccination required to travel? We follow the local mandates of the places we visit. As of now, there is no vaccination mandate in the area.  If you are concerned about anything COVID-19 related, I would highly recommend you purchase travel insurance, whether purchasing the policy I quote for you after you register, or another policy is completely up to you.
 
PLEASE read the instructions below  to ensure that your package cost is correct.  You will have a base per person package cost and the 11+ supplement will be  a required add-on to the package for anyone 11 and older. 
 
Instructions for Registering For Trip:
 
  1. Choose Base Package
    1. The base package is for ALL PERSONS AGE 3 AND OLDER. There is NO CHARGE for a child 2 or younger.
    2. Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' . Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 
  2. Choose Add-ons
    1. Age 11 and older supplement-required for everyone age 11 and older.
  3. Enter Primary Traveler
    1. This is the person who I will be communicating with. This will also be the person  who will be agreeing to the Client Agreement that will be emailed AFTER the initial deposit is made on the trip.
    2. When entering the total number of travelers, INCLUDE ALL AGES--- those younger than age of 3  as well so we have a TOTAL PERSON COUNT for the establishments we will be visiting.  
  4. Enter Additional Travelers
    1. This is the information for those ages 3 and older. You will not need to provide details about those ages 2 and younger as their is no cost of them joining the group. 
  5. Enter CC info
    1. The payment schedule on the booking page shows the final payment and due date of 04/152021, however, the UPDATED invoice that I will send you AFTER the initial deposit is made will reflect the payment schedule indicated on this booking page.  The UPDATED INVOICE EMAIL WILL INCLUDE A LINK FOR FUTURE PAYMENTS. MAKE SURE TO MARK THE UPDATED INVOICE SO YOU CAN MAKE TIMELY PAYMENTS.
  6. Pay deposit or in full
    1. Choose to pay deposit due or in full at time of booking.
    2. Read the Terms & Conditions
    3. A receipt will automatically be sent to you after payment is processed. 
 
After Registering For Trip:
 
  1. A travel insurance quote will be provided. This is optional, but highly recommended. 
    1. I will provide a comprehensive travel insurance quote that will include cancel for any reason and interrupt for any reason coverage.  If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, I will request that a travel insurance waiver be signed. This is simply me doing my job as a travel professional make sure your investment is protected. It is certainly optional, but highly recommended. 
    2. If you would like to purchase the policy, I will send over a separate invoice for payment to be processed.  The travel insurance premium will be paid directly to Travel Insured and must be paid in full at time of purchase. You have 14 days to purchase the policy from time of initial booking in order for you to secure the cancel for any reason or interrupt for any reason coverage.
  2. Client Agreement will be emailed to primary traveler. 
    1. This is a requirement to secure your spot on this trip. If a deposit is paid, and the agreement is NOT received within 7 business days of deposit, your spot may be forfeited and no refund will be given. 
  3. An updated invoice reflecting the deposit and payment schedule will be emailed to primary traveler.  A link is provided on this  invoice to make payment on future date (s). 
    1. It is YOUR responsibility to make timely payments. If a payment is missed, you risk your spots being forfeited and no refund will be given. 
 
Welcome to the family!  Your spots are now secure for this trip! 
 
Until the above happens, your spot is not guaranteed. 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com or call/text 337-349-2813.
 
Ciao! 
 
Brandi

Available Packages

Base Per Person Price
Unavailable as of October 15, 2022

$356.00
Deposit: $50.00

  • Charter from Jacksonville, FL to Kentucky and back to Jacksonville.
  • Stay at Laurel Bend from Dec 1-5, 2022 (4 nights/5 days)
  • Breakfast  on Dec 2, 3 & 4  (3 mornings)
  • Ark Encounter entry 
  • Lunch at Ark Encounter
  • Creation Museum entry
  • Lunch at Creation Museum
  • Newport Aquarium entry
  • Lunch at Newport Aquarium
  • Taxes & Tips 
 
Select total number of travelers ages 3 and OLDER from drop down menu above. This is to ensure that you are NOT charged the base price for the youngins' .  Later in the registration process, you will be asked to provided a TOTAL NUMBER of travelers, regardless of age, so I can have a total body count. 

Extra Options

11 and older supplement
Unavailable as of October 15, 2022

$42.00

Required for those 11 and older. The pricing for older children and adults at some of the establishments we will be visiting is more than the  younger child pricing.