Everything is now confirmed with the Hampton Inn & Suites in New Orleans for our cruisers group hotel arrangements and discounted rate. I confirmed the proposal this morning via email with our contact person at Hampton Inn in New Orleans. She is mailing me a contract to sign and return to her. However,in the meantime Iwill be soon posting all the information you need to call the Hampton Inn and begin to book your hotel rooms, including the group discount code name to note when making your reservation. Wewill not haveto wait to begin booking while the mail in contract is in the process.Please wait to call and book untilour groupcode name is posted by me, of which you will need to obtain the group rate discount. :)
There will be 50 rooms blocked off, at a discounted group rate of $129.00 single/double occupancy...but if at least 30 of those rooms are not booked prior to 90 days before arrival date, which can be either April 5th or 6th, possibly sooner if you request it...remaining rooms will be released to the general public. With only 50 rooms available to us, I would suggest you call as soon as you can to book your rooms, AFTER I have posted all the information you will need to book. :)
There are many false rumors circulating, creating panicaround the Kid Rock related websites in regard to hotels being booked full in New Orleans, as well as the oil leak/spill preventing the port being in New Orleans, etc.. In an effort to discount some of these rumors I'm posting the facts as I know them to be based from talking to Sixthman staff directly,as well as hotels and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce...not hearsay, speculation,or Facebook rumor. I went directly to those who know facts.
Fact:A majority ofhotels in New Orleans are NOT BOOKED FULL due to the festival that is taking place at the same time the cruise ship leaves the New Orleans port. These rumors began when many looked at hotels to book on line and noted the hotels stated they were booked full. However, when inquiring of the hotels directly by phone, the hotels stated that they block off rooms showing they're booked full when a date is as far in advance as April 2011, to prevent on line bookings at a previous years rate. Once the rates have been established for 2011, they will allow booking on line. In the meantime, they are accepting bookings by calling the hotel directly.
Fact: May at Sixthman has stated clearly, that they DO NOT foresee any problems at this time with the port being in New Orleans, due to the current oil leak/spill. Ships, including cruise ships...are entering and leaving the port daily. New Orleans and it's port are accustom to the risk of oil spills, and they have many measures in place of which can prevent such from hindering one of their biggest industries. Needless to say, there are no 100% guarantees with anything in life, but Sixthman is prepared to handle any problems that may arise related to their cruises.
Fact: May told me directly, they will not be pre-arranging with a hotel in New Orleans for a cruisers group rate discount. Respectivelyand understandably they want to focus their efforts on the cruise experience itself, rather than the pre-cruise hotel arrangements. With Sixthmans blessing, so to speak...we've been given the go ahead to make arrangements ourselves with a hotel for a discounted group rate. My dear friend of many years, and fellow Kid Rock fan Beckxy...and I have been communicating over the last couple of weeks related to making group arrangements with a hotel in New Orleans. I was unable to help last week, due to a family crisis situation, however...that situation has quieted down for now, and I'm now able to help Beckxy with her efforts...as she works many long hours, and can't devote the time by herself...understandably that these arrangements may take. I have more free time, and am glad to help any way I can.
I've not spoke with Beckxy this week, but as of last week...The Hampton Inn near the port of New Orleans was to send Beckxy a proposal related to a group discount for Kid Rock 2011 cruisers. We're talking 50 rooms being blocked and made available to cruisers only. The hotel offered a $30 per night discount at a rate of $129.00 per night, including many ammenities, as well as trolley service provided to and from the French Quarters, and a shuttle to the nearby port if necessary. Many cruisers prefer not to stay at a hotel in the French Quarter for a variety of reasons, one of which is preferring to be closer to the port. Once details have been confirmed with the Hampton Inn, then the information to book a room will be made available here, at Facebook, and at the official cruise forums too. There is NO NEED to panic people...plenty of hotel rooms are available at many hotels in New Orleans.
FACT: May told me directly, that Sixthman will be arranging and hosting a pre-cruise party at a location in New Orleans, just as they did atGaspars Grotto inTampa. The location will be determinedat a later date, when the cruise date is closer than it is now. They will have contests and other entertainment just as they did at Gaspars. There is no need for people to arrange a pre-party themselves...unless they simply choose to, and not attend Sixthmans official pre-party.