Brandi Comeaux

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05 Feb 2023 Swim With Manatees & Experience Universal

Feb 5, 2023 to Feb 11, 2023
Florida
Did you know manatees are naturally curious creatures? More often than not, manatees will swim right along side your kayak or try to investigate you while snorkeling. Join us on 2 different guided tours to kayak and then swim with manatees. Our certified guides will give an in-depth briefing along with a manatee talk explaining why these beautiful mammals are now on the endangered species list. We will get to know and fall in love with Sea Cows while learning how we can conserve their natural habitat, the species itself, and so much more!
 
Join us for one of the only places in the United States to legally swim with the manatees!!  
 
Note: I have repackaged everything into one --- so you will not see an activity fee separate from the room fee. It's all in one! 
 
Trip Leader:  Karolyn Davis 
 
Travel dates: February 5 to 11, 2023
 
Minimum age: 5 and older
 
REGISTRATION DETAILS:
 
 
Double room: $1323 per person ($2646  PER ROOM)
Triple room: $1163 per person ($3489 PER ROOM)
Quad room: $1083 per person  ($4332 PER ROOM)
 
Family of 5....$1153 per person ( $5765 TOTAL)
Family of 6....$1103 per person ($6618 TOTAL)
Family of 7....$1138 per person ($7966 TOTAL)
Family of 8......$1098 per person ($8784 TOTAL)
Family of 9.....$1134 per person ($10206 TOTAL)
Family of 10....$1105 per person ($11050 TOTAL) 
 
We will be staying at :
Holiday Inn Express Crystal River-February 5-8, 2023. 
 
Endless Summer Dockside Resort @ Universal February 8-11, 2023
 
 
I will offer my travel planning services (planning fees are waived for any traveler on my group trips)  to extend the trip before or after the group will be in the area. With so many unique towns in Florida, there's much to see and do.  During the registration process, I ask if you need assistance with flights/rental vehicle, etc. If you would like to have me plan additional nights for you and your family, please indicate so at that part of the booking and I will reach out to you. 
 
Registration Closes: 12/15/2022 or WHEN WE HIT THE  MAX OF 60 TRAVELERS.
Final Payment Due:  12/15/2022
 
Deposit:
$225 per person (nonrefundable).
 
Payment Schedule: 

$175 per family on June  15 

$175  per family on July  15 

$175  per family on August  15 

$175 per family on September  15

$175 per family on October  15

$175 per family on November   15

FINAL PAYMENT (balance of invoice) on December 15

A $25 late payment fee may be applied to invoice if funds are not received 10 days after due date. *****I will work with a family who may not be able to make a monthly payment on time, however, you must reach out to me before it becomes a problem and you must stick to your word that you will be by X date. I know this trip is going to be a huge investment for families so I am willing to work with those who may need some extra time to make payments, but I need to make sure funds are available to pay our vendors.****** 

If you would like to pay more than minimum of $175 per month or pay a lump sum one month, I will manually adjust your invoice to reflect that payment schedule. The key is to meet the minimum of $175 per month, per family to stay in current status with payments.  To request an adjustment to your invoice, email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com. 

 

If you register AFTER 6/15/22, 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 12/15/22. I will email an  updated invoice AFTER the booking is completed which will reflect the above payment schedule. 
 
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deposit AND membership is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when traveler cancels. 
Activities: 
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
 

 

 
If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $25 per person fee.
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 

What's included in this trip:

  • Cinch bag & lanyard

  • 3 night stay at Endless Summer Resort in Universal

  • 2 day, park-to park Universal tickets

  • 3 breakfasts at Endless Summer Resort in Universal
  • 3 night stay at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes 

  • Meet & Greet 

  • 3 dinners

  • Pictures with Mermaids! 

  • Tie-dye t-shirt project

  • Manatee presentation with an educational specialist

  • 3 breakfasts at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes

  • Archeological State Park

  • Eco-boat Tour

  • 2 lunches 

  • Self-guided tour of Rehab Center at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

  • Night Sky Discussion

  • Imperial Living Wonders & Restoration Project

  • Night Sky Study on Fort Island Beach 

  • SWIM WITH THE MANATEES 

  • Surprise fun-group activity

  • Mangrove Hike & Study with other Native Plants at Fort Island Beach

  • Manatee Art project

  • Manatee Kayaking 

 

What's not included:

  1. 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. 
    • Breakfast and lunch on Feb 5 (travel day) 
    • Lunch and  Dinner on  Feb 8 (traveling to Universal)
    • Lunch and Dinner on Feb 9/10  (Universal days)
    • Lunch and Dinner on Feb 11 (travel days) 
    • Flights
    • Rental Vehicles
    • Hotels to extend your stay
    • Additional activities if you decide to extend your stay.
    • Souvenirs

 

Rough Itinerary:

Times, itinerary or meals subject to change.

Sunday , February 5, 2023 : 
 
3PM Check-in to Holiday Inn Express-Crystal River 
 
 
****optional group hike at Three Sister Springs for those who may arrive early
 
***Be ready to meet up with group at 3:45PM.***
 
Meet & Greet Dinner hosted at King's Bay Pavilion.  
Photos with a mermaid!
Tie-dye shirts with Karolyn-this activity is for the children only. 

Manatee talk by an educational specialist. 

 Bags will be handed out and groups will be assigned (Kayakers & Manatees)

Dinner will be  burgers, hot dogs  chips, grilled street corn, fresh fruit, and s'mores. Tea, lemonade, and water for drinks. 

 
Monday, February 6, 2023
 
Today will be a full day of activities. Utilize the cinch bag to make sure you have everything you need for the day. Water,  snacks, meds, etc.
 
Breakfast at hotel
 
Archeological State Park- take a tour of the ground, including ancient Indian Mounds! 
 
Eco Boat Tour
  
Lunch @ Homosassa Springs Wildlife Star Park. Lunch will be turkey and cheese subs, chips, fruit and drinks
 

Tour of Rehabilitation Center

Night Sky Discussion

Imperiled Living Wonders and Restoration Project

Free time to explore on your own

Dinner at Women's Club in Crystal River. Pasta, veggies, bread and cake for dessert. Tea and lemonade. 

 

Night sky study on Fort Island Beach

Tuesday, February 7, 2023:

 
Today will be a full day of activities. Utilize the cinch bag to make sure you have everything you need for the day. Water,  snacks, meds, etc.
 

Breakfast at hotel

Manatee Swim. All equipment will be provided. Safety guidelines will be discusses prior to the swim. 

Pizza lunch

Surprise activity after lunch

Mangrove Hike and Study with other Native Plants at Fort  Island Beach Trail

Taco dinner

Art project after dinner-this activity is for the children only. 

 Wednesday, February 7, 2023:

We will end our time in the Crystal River area with kayaking. We will be heading to Universal after lunch on this day.

Breakfast at hotel 

Manatee Kayaking. All equipment will be provided. Safety guidelines will be discussed before kayaking.  NO CHILD under the age of 13  will be in a kayak without a parent/chaperone.  

 

Check out of hotel 

Lunch on own.  Suggestions will be provided. Maybe  invite a new friend or two to have lunch with you :)

Check into Endless Summer Resort @ Universal

Dinner on own. Suggestions will be provided. Maybe  invite a new friend or two to have dinner with you :)


Thursday, February 8, 2023:

Breakfast at hotel

 
Universal on your own or with other friends you've connected with!  See details about parks below.
Lunch/dinner on own.  Suggestions will be provided. 
 
Friday, February 9, 2023:
 
Breakfast at hotel 
 
Universal on your own or with other friends you've connected with!  See details about parks below.
Lunch/dinner on own.  Suggestions will be provided.
 
Universal Islands of Adventure
 
Take an unforgettable journey as the world's most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic books and children's tales to life. Islands of Adventure is modeled after a journey of exploration, where guests embark on an adventure to visit a variety of themed islands, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmead, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, and Skull Island: Reign of Kong. This is where it goes down. And up. And down again. To those who say “Yay adventure” we’re here for you. Superheroes. Magical creatures. A school of witchcraft and wizardry. Even dinosaurs (turns out, not so extinct). Take a ride, multiple rides. Some will drench you. Some will just mess up your hair. Some will make your head spin (figuratively speaking). All of them will say: Every island is a new reality.
 
Universal Studios of Florida
 Universal Studios Florida is divided into six sections. 
1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley is part of a two-park experience. Diagon Alley is in Universal Studios while Hogsmeade and Hogwarts is located in Islands of Adventures. Diagon Alley brings to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films. It features shops, a restaurant, and an innovative attraction based on Gringotts Bank in addition to many more themed attractions. Diagon Alley includes:
The Knight Bus
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Hogwarts Express – King’s Cross Station
Ollivanders Wand Shop
Knockturn Alley
 
2. Production Central brings to life some of the experiences and places found in some of Universal’s famous films and late night TV shows. This area within Universal Studios features shops, themed restaurants, and immersive attractions. Here you can become a minion, save Earth from Megatron, or race through New York with Jimmy Fallon, anything is possible!
 
3. New York takes guests back to the classic 1930’s version of the city. This section of Universal Studios is filled with small alleyways and roads filled with stores and shops guests might have seen back in the day. Here guests can eat at themed restaurants, look through the shops, or experience one of Universal’s most thrilling attractions! New York includes:
 
Revenge of the Mummy
The Blues Brothers Show
 
4. San Francisco in Universal Studios features themed restaurants, shops, and one of Universal’s most thrilling attractions! San Francisco includes:
 
Fast & Furious – Supercharged<<<< I am spending ALL OF MY TIME HERE! 
 
5. World Expo gives you the chance to visit and become a part of many beloved movies and TV shows. This area of Universal Studios features attractions, shops, and restaurants from Men in Black, Fear Factor, and even the Simpsons! Have a Flaming Moe at Moe’s Tavern, become a contestant on Fear Factor, or see if you’re agent material in the Men in Black attraction.
 
6. Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone brings to life some favorite characters for your little ones. This area within Universal Studios features shops, character meet & greets, and immersive attractions sure to delight any age. Here you can help E.T. phone home, watch animal actors perform amazing stunts, or walk through the world of Curious George! Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone includes:
 
Animal Actors on Location!
Curious George Goes to Town
Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
Fievel’s Playland
E.T. Adventure
 
 

 
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

Swim with Manatees & Experience Universal
Available until December 15, 2022

Starting At: $983.00
Deposit: $100.00

  • Cinch bag & lanyard

  • 3 night stay at Endless Summer Resort in Universal

  • 2 day, park-to park Universal tickets

  • 3 breakfasts at Endless Summer Resort in Universal

  • 3 night stay at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes 

  • Meet & Greet 

  • 3 dinners

  • Pictures with Mermaids! 

  • Tie-dye t-shirt project

  • Manatee presentation with an educational specialists

  • 3 breakfasts at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes

  • Archeological State Park

  • Eco-boat Tour

  • 2 lunches 

  • Self-guided tour of Rehab Center at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

  • Night Sky Discussion

  • Imperial Living Wonders & Restoration Project

  • Night Sky Study on Fort Island Beach 

  • SWIM WITH THE MANATEES 

  • Surprise fun-group activity

  • Mangrove Hike & Study with other Native Plants at Fort Island Beach

  • Manatee Art project

  • Manatee Kayaking 

DO NOT BOOK THIS ! Base Per Person Price- Wander Membership Level
Unavailable as of December 1, 2022

$828.00
Deposit: $75.00

Because I changed the packages before the trip took place, I cannot delete this package. 
 
  • Cinch bag & lanyard

  • 3 night stay at Endless Summer Resort in Universal

  • 2 day, park-to park Universal tickets

  • 3 breakfasts at Endless Summer Resort in Universal

  • 3 night stay at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes 

  • Meet & Greet 

  • 3 dinners

  • Pictures with Mermaids! 

  • Tie-dye t-shirt project

  • Manatee presentation with an educational specialists

  • 3 breakfasts at Holiday Inn Express Crystal Lakes

  • Archeological State Park

  • Eco-boat Tour

  • 2 lunches 

  • Self-guided tour of Rehab Center at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

  • Night Sky Discussion

  • Imperial Living Wonders & Restoration Project

  • Night Sky Study on Fort Island Beach 

  • SWIM WITH THE MANATEES 

  • Surprise fun-group activity

  • Mangrove Hike & Study with other Native Plants at Fort Island Beach

  • Manatee Art project

  • Manatee Kayaking 

Extra Options

5 person supplement- per person
Available until December 15, 2022

$70.00

Add if 5 travelers

6 person supplement-per person
Available until December 15, 2022

$20.00

Add if 6 travelers

7 person supplement- per person
Available until December 15, 2022

$55.00

Add if 7 travelers

8 person supplement-per person
Available until December 15, 2022

$15.00

Add if 8 travelers

9 person supplement
Available until December 15, 2022

$51.00

Add if 9 travelers

10 person supplement- per person
Available until December 15, 2022

$22.00

Add if 10 travelers