Q:    What is included in the price of the cruise?

A:    Room pricing includes ALL EXCLUSIVE Jiu-Jitsu events as outlined on the event’s website: www.grapplersescape.com, shipboard accommodations for 7 nights, most meals in the main dining areas, some beverages (coffee, tea, lemonade and iced tea) and onboard entertainment & activities as provided for all cruise guests. Applicable taxes & fees and shipboard gratuities are additional as outlined on the pricing page and in the registration site.

Q:    What is not included in the price of the cruise?

A:    Air transportation, transfers to and from the ship, optional travel insurance, shore excursions (tours), specialty dining, spa/salon services, photographs, gift shop, some beverages (e.g., sodas, bottled water, alcoholic beverages, etc.), medical services and items of a personal nature (e.g., laundry, telephone calls, Internet access, etc.).

Q:    I was looking at the pricing page … are the prices shown per cabin?

A:    No, all prices shown are PER PERSON and are for the cruise fare only. In addition to the cruise fare, each person will be charged an additional $95.52 for government taxes & fees plus $84.00 for shipboard gratuities, which are for the stateroom service team, dining room service team, and alternative service team (galley, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members).

Casino dealers and spa personnel are not included since not all guests will utilize those services. A gratuity for bar services and servers will automatically be added to the price of your drinks on your bar check.

Q:    What is the Payment Schedule?

A:    At time of booking, attendees are required to pay a $300 per person deposit ($600 deposit for single occupants). Registrations not deposited at time of booking are subject to cancellation. A second deposit equal to 50% of the remaining balance is due by December 8, 2016, and the final payment is due by February 2, 2017. Note: deposits are retroactive, so a booking made on or after December 9, 2016 will be required to pay the initial deposit and the second deposit combined, etc.

All payments are in US dollars, and accepted forms of payment are American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal.

Note the charge on your credit card statement will be LANDRYKLING.

Q:    What is the Cancellation Policy?

  1. Due to the unique nature of this event, all registrations will be subject to the following cancellation policy:
  • From date of booking, through December 8, 2016, a $300 deposit per person cancellation fee will apply.
  • Between December 9- February 22, 2017: a 50% cancellation fee will be charged.
  • A 100% cancellation fee (no refund) will be charged for cancellations made on or after February 23, 2017

No refunds will be given for “no-shows” nor will any refund be made in the event of interruption or cancellation by any passenger after commencement of the cruise.

Any adjustment to the cancellation policy is at the sole discretion of Grappler’s Escape organizers.

Cancellation fees for airline tickets and/or other reservations made by guests are subject to the cancellation policy of the specific airline/supplier.

Q:    I’m a Carnival VIFP Member. Will I still receive the benefits of my membership?

A:    Yes, VIPF program amenities onboard will be available or applicable and you will receive credit for the cruise.

Q:    The lineup of instructors is amazing! Can you guarantee that every instructor will be available during the cruise and I will get instruction from all of them?

A:    It is the intention of GE and all the instructors that every BJJ participant will have instruction time with the 3 champions. Unfortunately we have no control over “unforeseen circumstances” (illnesses or other personal issues experienced by any instructor).

All seminars will have registrations on a first come first serve basis. All instructors will teach multiple sessions, so you should have a chance to train with every black belt you wish. A schedule of seminars will be released shortly before we sail. We will also provide schedules onboard the ship, and it will be posted in your cabin.

Q:    How do I make changes to my existing reservation?

A:    Any changes in registrations must be made via the online registration system. Until approximately 45 days prior to sailing, most changes to existing registrations can be made by logging into the cruise registration system by clicking on the “Book Now” button on the Grapplers Escape website, clicking on the “View My Account” button on the bottom of the screen. Within 45 days of sailing, any change requests will need to be submitted via email Info@grapplersescape.com. Note: a change in registration but not a total cancellation, such as a stateroom category downgrade, may result in additional fees.

Q:    When and how will I receive my cabin assignment and cruise documents?

A:    Approximately 4 weeks prior to the sailing date, guests who have booked and paid in full will receive an email confirming their assigned stateroom number and booking number for the cruise. The email will also contain instructions on how to check-in online via Carnival’s website where guests can sign up for shore excursions, make specialty dining reservations and pre-register a credit card for onboard purchases. All guests are required to complete this online registration at least 3 days prior to cruising. Cruise documents will be available for printing through the cruise line’s online check-in approximately 3 weeks prior to sailing.

Q:    What documentation is required to cruise?

A:    Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise for all guests. Even though a guest has completed the cruise line’s online registration, it is still guest’s responsibility to present the required travel documents at the time of embarkation. Any guest without proper documents will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Carnival Cruise Lines (“Carnival”), Grapplers Escape (“GE”) and its agents/affiliates assume no responsibility for advising guests of proper travel documentation.

Carnival highly recommends all guests travel with a government-issued passport that is valid for at least 6 months following the return of the cruise. Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking cruises that begin and end in the same US port, traveling with a passport may help to expedite your CBP clearance upon return to the US. Additionally, passports are required in the event you need to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port should you miss your scheduled port of embarkation or need to fly back to the US for emergency reasons.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) allows U.S. citizens (including children) sailing on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port to travel with one of the WHTI compliant documents, listed below:

  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Passport Card
  • Original Birth Certificate issued by a government agency along with a government issued photo ID if 16 years of age and older
  • Original Certificate of Naturalization
  • Trusted Traveler Program Membership Card,  e.g., Nexus Card, Sentri Card or Fast Card
  • Enhanced Tribal Card
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) – only acceptable at land and sea ports of entry.  It cannot be used for air travel outside the U.S.  The word ‘Enhanced’ must appear on the driver’s license. The following five states currently issue an EDL: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Copies of US passports/naturalization papers, hospital certificates and baptismal certificates are not WHTI compliant documents and are therefore NOT acceptable.

For more information on the documentation requirements, please see the cruise line’s website.

Q:    Who May Sail?

A:    Guests are responsible to ensure that they are eligible to sail according to Carnival’s requirements, including but not limited to the following:

  • Infants must be at least 6 months old on the day of departure.
  • Women must be less than 24 weeks into their pregnancy on the day of departure and for the duration of the cruise. This policy is due to the risk of premature labor. Pregnant women must have a letter signed by their doctor (on the physician’s letterhead) stating how far along in weeks their pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise, that mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not considered high-risk.
  • Adults must be 21 or older unless the guest is:
    • traveling in the same stateroom with an individual 25 years or older; or
    • traveling in the same stateroom with a spouse (proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required)

Guests not meeting the cruise line’s requirements will be denied boarding, and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. These policies are set by the cruise line (not GE), and no exceptions are allowed.

Q:    What is the Customs procedure upon returning to Galveston?

A:    Detailed instructions about clearing customs will be provided onboard ship near the end of your cruise. Some general guidelines/suggestions to keep in mind as you shop in foreign ports include: keep receipts for gifts and purchases. U.S. residents visiting foreign ports have a duty-free allowance of $400 and those 21 years or older may include one liter of liquor.

Q:    When do we eat?

A:    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the ship’s main dining rooms located on decks 3, 4 & 5. You can also enjoy more casual, buffet-style meals at the Gathering Lido Restaurant located on deck 10. Other options include the Mongolian Wok (which adds some Asian flavor to your vacation with its design-your-own-stir-fry bar), Guy's Burger joint with the most fabulous burgers and fries, a 24-hour Pizzeria offering Caesar salad and several types of pizza and a 24-hour self-serve soft ice cream and frozen yogurt.

The ship also offers a specialty dining experience (reservations recommended and an additional surcharge applies):

  • The Chef's Art Steakhouse – an elegant restaurant serving USDA prime beef and seafood entrées
  • Cucino del Capitano - Fine Italian cuisine
  • Bonsai Sushi
  • Blue Iguana Cantina

All dining options and serving times are reflected in the ship’s onboard daily program.

Q:    What is the bed configuration in cabins?

A:    All double occupancy staterooms have two twin beds, which can be converted to a double-sized bed.

Q:    Can the ship accommodate special dietary needs?

A:    Carnival can accommodate special diets that have been created in consultation with a dietary specialist. Selections offered are for lunch and dinner in the main dining room only. Sample diets include: vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, kosher meals, gluten free and lactose free. Please note any special dietary needs in the Notes section of your reservation.

Q:    Is room service complimentary to all guests?

A:    A select room service menu is available to all guests on a complimentary basis.

Q:    What types of accessibility options are available in cabins?

A:    There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible cabins available onboard the ship. For people that do not use a wheelchair but still need minimal assistance, bars and raised toilet seats can be accommodated in most cabins. In addition, disposal units for needles, refrigerators for medication, and oxygen tanks can be put into most cabins upon request. All of these items are available on a limited basis and should be requested in the Notes section of your reservation. If you have an accessibility need, please send an email to grapplersescape@gmail.com.

Q:    How do I book shore excursions?

A:    You can purchase shore excursions on Carnival’s website once you receive your booking number and online check-in instructions for the cruise (approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to the sailing date).

Q:    Can I take pictures and video onboard?

A:    Yes, you can take photos and videos on board. There will be plenty of time to take photos with each other and the instructors after the classes.

Q:    Can I call my home while onboard?

A:    The ship’s telecommunications network offers direct dialing via satellite from the stateroom telephone, which is available 24 hours a day regardless of the ship’s location until 4:00am on the final day of the cruise when the service is closed. The current rate is $1.99 per minute, and charges will be billed to the room’s primary guest’s on board Sail and Sign account. Since all communication is via satellite, the charges apply to all calls including calling cards, credit cards, 800 toll-free numbers and collect calls. Information and instructions can be found in the Ship’s Directory in the stateroom.

We know many of you would like to leave an emergency contact number for family members not traveling with you. In the event of a TRUE emergency, loved ones may contact Carnival's call center at 1-800-227-6482 on a 24/7 basis. A team member will take down the caller’s name and contact information and pass it on to the Guest Services team onboard for delivery to the person being called.

Q:    Is there Internet access onboard?

A:    To keep you connected while at sea, all Carnival ships provide satellite Internet access facilitated through the Internet Café and through the ship-wide Wi-Fi network. Further details regarding availability will be available onboard ship.

Q:    Will my cell phone work while at sea or in ports of call during the cruise?

A:    Carnival, through agreement with Wireless Maritime Services, proudly offers an advanced roaming network on board Carnival ships, allowing you to make and receive calls while at sea using compatible mobile phones that are set to roaming. International roaming charges will be conveniently billed to you by your home mobile carrier. Mobile phone service will be available for use while the ship is at sea.

Rates for usage of your cellular phone are determined by your home mobile carrier. Please note that calls to 800, 888, 866 and 877 numbers are not toll free. You will be billed by your home mobile carrier for your international roaming usage on your regular mobile phone bill. It can take up to 60 days for charges acquired while using your cellular phone at these times to appear on your phone bill. For more information, please contact your home mobile carrier customer service.

Q:    Is laundry service available?

A:    Yes – We will make special accommodations with Carnival to have laundry service for the cleaning of your Gi made available. Laundry and dry cleaning and pressing services are available for a fee. There are also small self-service lauderettes available on the ship at a nominal cost, available on a first come first serve basis. We recommend bringing at least 2, possibly 4 Gi’s or work out clothes as there is plenty of training to be had. The ship will provide laundry services for Gi/workout clothing. So plan accordingly.

Q:    Are there hairdryers available in the cabins?

A:    Yes.

Q:    Are there irons and ironing boards available in the cabins?

A:    Cabins do not have irons or ironing boards, however there is a full laundry and dry-cleaning service available onboard for a reasonable rate as well as irons available for guest use in the self-service launderettes. Please also note that irons are strictly prohibited from being brought onboard the ship. If you choose to bring one with you, it will be confiscated from your luggage before sailing.

Q:    Do cabins have safes?

A:    Yes.

Q:    What if I have special medical needs?

A:    Any special needs must be indicated in the Special Requests/Notes section of the online registration and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. While there is no guaranty that all special needs/requests can be accommodated, we will make best efforts to accommodate the need or provide an alternative if possible.

Q:    Are wheelchairs available onboard?

A:    The Carnival Breeze does NOT provide wheelchairs for onboard use. However, you can rent a wheelchair, motorized wheelchair or scooter from the following vendors.

  • Care Vacations: 1-877-478-7827
  • Special Needs at Sea: 1-800-513-4515

Q:    I’m bringing my own wheelchair, is the entire ship wheelchair accessible?

A:    Not every area of the ship is wheelchair accessible. However, Carnival has made substantial modifications to enhance your ability to move about the ship. The Carnival Breeze features Accessible Elevators at each elevator bank with tactile controls within reach of guests who use wheelchairs.

Accessible Routes are available throughout most areas of the ship and signs are posted to assist you in locating these pathways. There are also accessible seating within your ship’s restaurants and lounges, and accessible public restrooms.

Q:    Can I bring more than one guest?

A:    While some staterooms can accommodate more than two people with a sofa bed, upper berths stored in the stateroom ceiling, etc., not all rooms can; and such accommodations are subject to availability at the time of registration. Due to Coast Guard safety regulations, there cannot be more guests accommodated in a stateroom than the designated occupancy for that room. Also, please be advised that each guest must be registered and paid for in full in order to be allowed to board the ship.

Q:    Do I need to tip the cruise ship staff at the end of the cruise?

A:    Gratuities are included with the total cruise price, which includes stateroom service team, dining room service team, and alternative service team (galley, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members). If an employee has gone above and beyond to assist you, you are more than welcome to provide an additional gratuity to the employee.

Q:    How do I make purchases onboard?

A:    The cruise ship operates on a cashless system. Guests can validate their Sail & Sign card with their Visa, MasterCard or American Express card, or sign for payment by cash or traveler’s check. Guests can then sign all on-board services and purchases to their account. At the end of the cruise, guests will receive a completely itemized statement.

Carnival does not accept personal checks, and only U.S. currency is accepted aboard the ships. There is an ATM located onboard the ship.

Q:    Does the ship have a fitness center?

A:    Yes, there is a fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day and complimentary to all guests. Grappler’s Escape will also be providing specialty fitness classes. Please see What’s Included.

Q:    Can I bring my own beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) on the cruise ship?

A:    Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board except that guests 21 years of age and older may bring on board during the initial embarkation one unopened/sealed 750ml bottle of wine or champagne in their carry-on luggage. A $15 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room or steakhouse. (A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises.)

Also on embarkation day, each guest may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages on board and only in their carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans, 20 ounces each or less.

All alcohol/hard liquor/beer (sealed, unopened bottles/cans), wine/champagne over the allowable 1-bottle per guest (sealed, unopened bottles) or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages (over 12 per person, sealed, unopened bottles/cans) will be confiscated and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be available for collection onboard in a designated location on the morning of debarkation.  Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case.

Q:    What is the Smoking Policy onboard?

A:    Effective on voyages departing October 9, 2014, or thereafter, all staterooms and suite accommodations are entirely smoke free, including the outside balcony. This policy includes all forms of smoking, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, and personal vaporizers.

Cigarette, E-cigarette and personal vaporizer smoking will continue to be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas, as well as in the night club, and in certain areas within the casino (for playing guests) and casino bar.

Cigar and pipe smoking will continue to be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas and in jazz clubs (where available).

Note: Guests who smoke in their staterooms or on their balconies will be assessed a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee on their Sail & Sign account. Information on this fee is included in Carnival’s cruise ticket contract. Guest agrees to strictly comply with Carnival’s non-smoking policy.

Q:    Who do I contact if I have questions about the cruise?

A:    For questions about the ship or the registration process, email Grapplersescaperuise@landrykling.com.

Q:    Who do I contact if I have questions about the event?

A:    For questions about the Jiu-Jitsu cruise events, email Info@grapplersescape.com.

Q:    What is the closest airport to Galveston?

A:    Houston, TX. There are two airports to choose from: George Bush International Airport (IAH is about 1 hour away) and Hobby International airport (HOU is about 45 minutes away.)  Please click here for information on how to get to the Port from the airports.

Q:    What are the directions to Port of Galveston, Piere 25?

A:    Port of Galveston is located at Pier #25 2502 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX  77550  Once on-site at the port, you can simply follow the signs to the ship and parking area. Here are driving directions from Houston:

  • I-45 South
  • Take Exit 1C - Harborside Drive (Highway 275)
  • Turn left (East) onto Harborside Drive
  • Continue approximately 4.7 miles to Kempner/22nd Street
  • Turn left onto Kempner/22nd Street
  • Proceed to Cruise Terminal - Pier #25

Q:    Is there parking at Port of Galveston?

A:    Parking is available at the port at a cost of $70.00 USD for the week. (rates subject to change by the Port Authority).

Other notables include:

  • Guarded and lighted; 24 hour surveillance and police patrol.
  • Accepted forms of payment: U.S dollars; VISA and MasterCard.
  • Pre-payments may be made by visiting http://www.portofgalveston.com/.
  • No advance reservations required.
  • Vehicles occupying two or more spaces will be charged double the rate.
  • Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit.
  • For Parking Information: 409 766-6100.

Q:    What time should I arrive at the pier?

A:    Guests are required to check-in at least 1½ hours prior to departure and so should plan to arrive at the pier at least two hours prior. If you complete the cruise line’s online registration in advance as requested, this will expedite your check-in process.

Q:    How early can I board the ship?

A:    The ship has to be cleared by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency before guests can begin boarding, which can be as early as 11:30am or noon but varies. Please note, however, that staterooms will not be available until approximately 2:00pm.