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Offline cmhjeff

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2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« on: January 01, 2008, 09:29:12 AM »
2008 POZ Cruise Retreat:
October 26 November 2, 2008

Gay website
www.hivcruise.com

Hetro website
http://www.abcwebservice.com/hetero_poz_cruise/


Day 1 - Departs from Fort Lauderdale
Day 2 - Princess Cays, Bahamas
Day 3 - At Sea
Day 4 - St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Day 4 - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 5 - Grand Turk
Day 6 - At Sea
 Day 7 - Ft Lauderdale

Ship - Crown Princess
http://www.princess.com/learn/ships/kp/index.html


Offline ubotts

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2008, 08:53:28 PM »
Would they take medicade? :P
Sounds lovely and I could sure use a change..

Guess I have to keep buying lottery tickets, cuz thats the only way this girl is gonna get there............

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Offline mjmel

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2008, 07:04:33 AM »
You know, it may be a winning idea to have this particular cruise on the 2009 ballot, for consideration. Costwise it's not pricey as long as one does a roomshare........room and food cost are included......just that, it runs a little more than a the land oriented AMG gathering when one factors in the extra cost incurred for any excursions taken. Excursions, with this particular outfit, are arranged to be with other HIV+ exclusively so they would offer a comfort zone as well. Some cruisers don't do excursions at all (or anymore) and just walk around the port towns instead of the adventuresome excursions.

Thing is, too.......I wonder if this would complicate processes of the Grants Committee disbursing monies. One has to put a deposit down at time of booking and the balance is paid in full well before the cruising dates.

Mike M

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2008, 01:06:54 PM »
Only 296 days and counting  ;D

Offline newbernswiss

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2008, 04:01:03 PM »
Well I printed out the reservation form and called "Paul", will know in the next 2 weeks if we can make it, right now I'd say 95% yes we will be going. Sounds like a nice trip.

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2008, 07:42:55 PM »
I'm with Ubotts on this one.  Living on disability doesn't afford one the luxury of these things.  It sounds like a blast though!
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Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2008, 04:26:29 PM »
I plan to be on board, along with other SIN-NYC members...anchor's aweigh
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Dripping water hollows out a stone...Ovid

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2008, 10:20:14 PM »
If you want to go, you can.  There was lots of guys on the last one who are on disability.  They either had a sponsor or they paid a little each month.  It's not expensive.  Besides, my friends on disability make more money that I do at work!

Good luck,
Sam

Offline budndallastx

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2008, 02:40:44 PM »
Booked, vacation approved and just waiting for the day to come!!!

Now to figure out what kind of costume to wear ... :-(

Hugz,
Tom 
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Offline joe_in_tampa

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2008, 03:50:25 PM »
My roommate just told me it's going to be segregated (gay separate from straight).  I wonder why?  I would like to meet all people with HIV, not just gay boys.

I think that's a big mistake.  I feel like I'm segregated enough as it is!

Joe
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Offline budndallastx

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2008, 04:42:15 PM »
My roommate just told me it's going to be segregated (gay separate from straight).  I wonder why?  I would like to meet all people with HIV, not just gay boys.

I think that's a big mistake.  I feel like I'm segregated enough as it is!

Joe

That's really not the case...

We are all on the same ship and there will be both mixed (gay/straight) evens as well as events catering strictly to heteros and gays.  The cruise originally was a hetero only cruise and several years ago they started allowing everyone with HIV to join.  We'll still be seeing our old friends and the excursions will be joint.  The idea is to broaden the number of people going.  It'll going to be a fun cruise.

Tom
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Offline DCGUY2007

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2008, 01:47:06 AM »
I have been on other Gay cruises before but never a cruise dedicated to poz people. This one seems interesting. I hope I get to go.

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2008, 01:50:16 PM »
I wish they could figure out a way to make it more family friendly.  I looked on the website and no where did it mention any activities for children or even if children were allowed.  Not everyone who is HIV+ is over 20+, single, or married with out children.  And, there are some of us where our pozzie IS our child.  It would be great if they could incorporate entire families.  There's a lot of support that kids could get from each other, not to mention meeting kids "just like them" - whether they are jr. pozzies or children w/ pozzie parents. 

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Offline newbernswiss

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2008, 02:50:55 PM »
Well we made a tough decision. The 5% won out. We own a small place up on Beech Mountain in North Carolina and decided to take both our families up for the summer. I'd love to enjoy the company of other HIV positive folks but family first. Maybe next year. Anyway going up to the cool mountains is a nice getaway from the heat of Florida.

Offline budndallastx

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2008, 04:14:28 PM »
I wish they could figure out a way to make it more family friendly.  I looked on the website and no where did it mention any activities for children or even if children were allowed. 

It sounds like a great idea but perhaps that would be another cruise.  Perhaps on a Disney ship which caters more to children than the one currently planned out.  Maybe you should contact the organizer of the cruise and share the idea to see if he's heard from others in the same situation.  Paul (the organizer) is a very experienced travel agent and I am sure he'll work with you on this.

Tom
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1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
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12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline budndallastx

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2008, 09:31:16 AM »
For those of you thinking about going, Paul just indicated there is a special $100  deposit for reservations if you place them by 1/21.  Normally, there is a $250 deposit required.  The balance is due in early August.

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9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2008, 11:48:55 AM »
 ;D
Got our confirmation and cabin assignment yesterday...YEAH!

Only 289 days

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Offline Jody

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2008, 06:22:06 PM »
I faxed my form today to Paul...I guess I will get my confirmation soon...Any ideas on good flights and a good time to wait to book the round trip, what time to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale that Sunday, what time to book flight home the following Sunday.  I know I need to bring a suit or sports jacket and I guess a costume for Halloween... EEK!!! I'm scary enough!!!

Jody :D
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Offline Iggy

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2008, 06:36:14 PM »
Frankly I think it would be a hoot, unfortunately between Jeromy and my desire to attend AMG in August, family commitments in NY for May & June, and a recent offer from friends for a Las Vegas trip in July....I'm thinking it is kinda impossible for either of us to get the time off from work (and me not yet employed adds to the issue)

We do want you guys to have a ball though....so I'm gonna send my friend who was born with only one testicle.

Offline David_CA

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2008, 08:04:58 PM »
We're going to try and do the cruise, but, between AMG and bills, it'll be a while 'til we have a clue as to if we'll be able to go.  I wasn't all that interested in it initially, but after reading up on it, it sounds like a blast!

David
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2008, 08:42:15 PM »
An idea, I would like to throw in the ring for a future AMG is www.windjammer.com.  They have a selection of cruises and boats, the guests can assist in sailing the vessel or play and party.  Given the size of these sailboats, the entire guest list would be our group as a charter.  Have the best day
Michael


Offline cmhjeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2008, 09:11:39 AM »
Frankly I think it would be a hoot, unfortunately between Jeromy and my desire to attend AMG in August, family commitments in NY for May & June, and a recent offer from friends for a Las Vegas trip in July....I'm thinking it is kinda impossible for either of us to get the time off from work (and me not yet employed adds to the issue)

We do want you guys to have a ball though....so I'm gonna send my friend who was born with only one testicle.
Wish you boys could join us! I hope to meet you both someday!

I faxed my form today to Paul...I guess I will get my confirmation soon...Any ideas on good flights and a good time to wait to book the round trip, what time to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale that Sunday, what time to book flight home the following Sunday.  I know I need to bring a suit or sports jacket and I guess a costume for Halloween... EEK!!! I'm scary enough!!!

Jody :D
:)  Very good...the more the merrier!  :) We flew in the night before for the pre-cruise party and so I wasn't feeling rushed the morning of debarkation.  Halloween was to fun! I can't remember the last time i laughed and smiled so much.  ;D

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2008, 09:17:13 AM »
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2008, 07:53:41 PM »
Just want to ask a quick question (excuse it's stupidity)

From where I sit In the little island in the Caribbean called Trinidad this trip is a steal of a deal and my neg boyfriend would love to go with me to the hetro cruise is that cool?

Kim

Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2008, 05:52:58 PM »
Hi all.  I, as well as some of the last SIN-NYC gang, and maybe a few more, will be back on board creating havoc.  I / we had a great time, met some great people, and I'm looking forward to do it again.  Hope to see some of you on board as well
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2008, 06:16:25 PM »
2008 POZ Cruise Retreat:
October 26 November 2, 2008

Gay website
www.hivcruise.com

Hetro website
http://www.abcwebservice.com/hetero_poz_cruise/


Day 1 - Departs from Fort Lauderdale
Day 2 - Princess Cays, Bahamas
Day 3 - At Sea
Day 4 - St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Day 4 - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 5 - Grand Turk
Day 6 - At Sea
 Day 7 - Ft Lauderdale

Ship - Crown Princess
http://www.princess.com/learn/ships/kp/index.html



I can't decide whether to go on the cruise or AMG Mexico City...I can only do one. Right now I'm leaning towards the cruise since I'm only lukewarm about to Mexico. Now if Amsterdam had won...
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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2008, 04:10:05 PM »
Just want to ask a quick question (excuse it's stupidity)

From where I sit In the little island in the Caribbean called Trinidad this trip is a steal of a deal and my neg boyfriend would love to go with me to the hetro cruise is that cool?

Kim
Kim I've e-mailed Paul to confirm but I think POZ/negative couples are welcome on the cruise. I know of one neg/poz couple on the last cruise.  When he responds I'll post again herebut if you wanted to cal him in the meantime his toll-free number is 800-735-0401 ext 241

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2008, 04:16:20 PM »
hi cmhjeff,

Thank you very much don't think I need to call him just yet if you get the info and post it soon that should be right on time.

hugs
Kim

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2008, 07:38:57 PM »
I faxed my form today to Paul...I guess I will get my confirmation soon...Any ideas on good flights and a good time to wait to book the round trip, what time to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale that Sunday, what time to book flight home the following Sunday.  I know I need to bring a suit or sports jacket and I guess a costume for Halloween... EEK!!! I'm scary enough!!!

Jody :D

On the airfare front, contact Paul and he'll be able to help on the best price.  He's got a discount established with American Airlines but there may be alternatives.  It's always better to book sooner than later.  I would get to Fort Lauderdale the day before so you can attend the pre-cruise party.  Also, you never know what the weather will be like so it's a bit of insurance to make sure you are not delayed and end up missing the ship.  Paul can be reached via email at paul@universal-travel.com

Everyone else thinking about going, it is fun and you don't have to participate in *everything*.  Sometimes it's just good to get away from it all and enjoy the calm of the seas with people waiting on you.  I was unplugged (no computer or cell phone) for a whole week.  It was incredible and I am eagerly looking forward to the next opportunity to become 'unplugged'.
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6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2008, 12:10:39 PM »
hi cmhjeff,

Thank you very much don't think I need to call him just yet if you get the info and post it soon that should be right on time.

hugs
Kim
Hello Kim and and others who may be wondering,  Paul responded and the answer is yes. As long as one person is POZ then you can bring a negative partner or friend.

Hope this helps  :)

Jeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2008, 07:41:11 PM »
 Thank you. I am  looking forward to coming, now that I know that, it is time to start making plans.
and of course time to get new bathing suits lol

Thanks again
Kim

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2008, 07:55:27 PM »
Thank you. I am  looking forward to coming, now that I know that, it is time to start making plans.
and of course time to get new bathing suits lol

Thanks again
Kim
Don't forget the Halloween costumes  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2008, 04:59:26 PM »
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2008, 02:39:41 PM »
There is a good video explaining what goes on the cruise.  This was an interview with the organizer (Paul) that was done for a local television show. 

http://www.gaytravelfl.com/gay_mens_hiv_retreat/google_video.htm


Enjoy.
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« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2008, 10:31:49 AM »
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2008, 08:16:03 AM »
Note from Paul the cruise organizer........Princess has allowed me to offer another one week sale where you are
able to sign up with only a $100.00 deposit. The promo will be begin on
this coming Monday, February 25 and end on Sunday, March 2.

I will need to receive filled out res forms in order to get you set up.
Please feel free to pass this on to your friends who may be thinking of
joining us.
Thanks,
Paul

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2008, 04:43:41 PM »
Well, it looks like I'm on board for the cruise... Budndallastx tried to get me to go last year and this year he talked long enough that my paperwork is in.  Thanks Bud!  I'm excited about doing this... nervous, but excited.  And how many days do I have to wait cmhjeff???
David
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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2008, 04:52:20 PM »
Well, it looks like I'm on board for the cruise... Budndallastx tried to get me to go last year and this year he talked long enough that my paperwork is in.  Thanks Bud!  I'm excited about doing this... nervous, but excited.  And how many days do I have to wait cmhjeff???
That would be 247 days  ;D  I've got a countdown on our My Space page so I always know how much longer. Guess we'll be seeing you in Fort Lauderdale then. You'll have a great time!

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2008, 06:13:33 PM »
My partner and i are considering it. We are planning on travelling around Florida for 2 weeks prior to the cruise, then the cruise and return to Israel from Miami.
Seems like a wonderful thing to do, esp the cruise. most exciting indeed.
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2008, 09:03:58 PM »
wtb sugar daddy, so I can afford to go!

sigh

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2008, 11:43:30 AM »
Message from Paul copied from PozHealth@yahoogroups.com

Hello to All,

I am the person who coordinates and arranges the annual Poz Cruise Retreat.
I have been quite fortunate that this year we have two of the very best
guest speakers who will be on board with us to lead informative lectures and
workshops in addition to an open Q&A session. Both nationally known, Dr Michael
Wohlfieler and Nelson Vergel present clear, concise and highly informative
discussions.

It has proven over the last couple of years to be quite an exciting event
with a perfect blend of both social and educational events. Strong friendships
develop and yes we've even had proposals and weddings

The strong sense of bonding and community is like an aphrodesiac. It is contagious!

Each year it gets larger and larger and we hope that one day we can charter an entire ship. Ahhh wouldn't that be something special?

The dates are October 26 - November 2 and I invite you to please visit our
web sites.
www.hivcruise.com for our gay guests while www.positivecruise.com is for our straight guests. Rates begin at only $609.00 per person plus taxes.

All the best,

Paul Stalbaum
800-735-0401 ext 241


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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #41 on: March 11, 2008, 12:29:40 PM »
Each year it gets larger and larger and we hope that one day we can charter an entire ship. Ahhh wouldn't that be something special?

We'd better be careful there; you never know who might just decide to sink that ship!   :D  Seriously, we'd like to join in, but I'm not sure if we can this year (I just got another hospital bill from '06 ???); plus, we'll be doing the AMG thing.  Hopefully, we can participate next year if not this year.

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #42 on: March 12, 2008, 10:08:06 AM »
 I am very excited about this.  I've looked into gay cruises before and they have been very expensive.  This one is very reasonable.  (Even for a single room)

I've only taken one cruise before and it was a four day cruise.  I did not meet any gay guys on board and I was placed in the dining room with a family of four ladies. Two in my age range.  They were nice, but it was a bit awkward.  The highlight of that cruise was the dining.  The highlight of this one will be meeting people.
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2008, 08:58:44 PM »
Paul is once again offering the chance to reserve for this
year's cruise with only a $100.00 per person deposit. This will be
valid for the week of April 1 - 7 only.

www.hivcruise.com


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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2008, 11:08:06 AM »
Yeah!!! I sent in my registration form for me and my partner.

Our plans are to be in the US 3 weeks, begining with a visit to a friend in Hueston for a couple of days.
Then hit Florida for a week and a half and end off with the cruise.

Very exciting indeed.
Cruise on down the High Way

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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2008, 08:06:03 AM »
Yeah!!! I sent in my registration form for me and my partner.
Our plans are to be in the US 3 weeks, beginning with a visit to a friend in Hueston for a couple of days.
Then hit Florida for a week and a half and end off with the cruise.
Very exciting indeed.

FABULOUS! Lets fill the boat  :)
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2008, 09:15:05 AM »
Yeah!!! I sent in my registration form for me and my partner.

Our plans are to be in the US 3 weeks, begining with a visit to a friend in Hueston for a couple of days.
Then hit Florida for a week and a half and end off with the cruise.

Very exciting indeed.


Sounds like a good trip.  So how many days are you spending at Disney World???
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2008, 01:29:47 PM »
Sounds like a good trip.  So how many days are you spending at Disney World???



OOOO we want them all...Orlando is a big wonderful place.

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"When people who are not ready jump in, things can go horribly wrong. For most of us, there is always time to take a deep breath, consider one's options and make a careful, sound decision based on clinical fact, not emotion."
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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #48 on: March 19, 2008, 01:24:03 PM »
Couple of notes on the cruise:


 Once again be offering the chance to reserve for this  year's cruise with only a $100.00 per person deposit. This will be valid for the week of April 1 - 7 only.


Also, air fares are going up again because of fuel costs so book your flight early if you're going !


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Re: 2008 POZ Cruise Retreat
« Reply #49 on: April 08, 2008, 10:35:12 PM »
The HIV Cruise Retreat Raises $6000 for HIV/AIDS Causes
       FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 8 (AScribe Newswire) -- Last October, a group of 225 HIV positive men and women went sailing away from the worries of the disease while obtaining key health information and raising funds for HIV non profit projects. In this 10th year, the retreat raised $6,000 for the non-profit Program for Wellness Restoration for their project to support the HIV international program of Doctors Without Borders. Over $30,000.00 has been raised over the past 10 years.
       "It is great to have people who have been challenged for years with fears of death enjoy life in the company of others who are on the same boat as they are," said Nelson Vergel, AIDS activist and lecturer on the cruise. "I am glad our project leader Paul Stalbaum has been able to make this possible for so many people to spend a week sailing the seas at affordable prices while they get key medical information and bond with others," added Vergel.
       "As a doctor who treats hundreds of HIV patients, I must say that spending a week with so many people having fun while being helped with medical information is an ideal scenario," said Dr Michael Wohlfieler, a leading South Florida HIV physician and featured speaker on the cruise.
       Sam, a long term survivor from San Francisco and participant of last year's cruise said: "We remember all too well when the virus was considered more or less a signal that it was time to get one's affairs in order. Thankfully those days are behind us. A week like the one I had on this cruise reminds me that life is rich and full and when the good times roll it can be downright amazing."
       "I will definitely not miss this year's cruise!" added Sam.
       "This year's cruise promises to be even better with a very exciting itinerary sailing over Halloween from Ft. Lauderdale with stops at Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Princess Cays," said cruise organizer Paul Stalbaum. "We will actually have separate fun activities for gay and straight groups, with some intermingling," added Stalbaum.
       For more information please call Paul at 800-735-0401 ext 241 or visit his two web sites: http://www.hivcruise.com for the gay group and http://www.positivecruise.com for the heterosexual group.
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       CONTACT: Paul Stalbaum, Paul@universal-travel.com, 800-735-0401 ext 241

 


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