I received the following from a shipmate of the USS Whipple, asking about a reunion in 2010. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, I will post it here. (You might want to visit the Whipple Website's "sub" website http://uss.whipple.org.)
Hello Shipmates, Here is an easy opportunity to hold a reunion by piggybacking on the U.S. Navy Frigates (FF & FFG) Association - Gathering at Sea Reunion on April 26th, 2010. Please read the information below. If there is an interest, then we can contact the association and arrange for dinner tables. To tell you all the truth, we have plans to be on another RV trip in the fall of 2010, not to mention many more trips in 2010. Unless somebody else can step up to the plate, putting another reunion together by a committee of one (me) is not going to happen. This event seems like a great opportunity. I will need to know fairly soon to make the arrangements
Ahoy All U.S Navy Frigate Sailors, Families, Friends and Survivors,
We are extending an invitation to all U.S. Navy Veterans who have served aboard the U.S. Navy's Frigate Class of vessels, (the FF's and FFG's), including those who served aboard the USS Whipple (FF-1062), as well as their friends, families and survivors. You will muster aboard Royal Caribbean's four-star, 73,941 ton super liner, Monarch of the Seas on April 26th, 2010, for a four night Gathering at Sea Reunion. Monarch will be sailing round-trip from Port Canaveral, Florida and her actual cruise itinerary will be as follows:
Day Date Port Arv Dep
Mon 04/26 Port Canaveral, Florida 05:00 PM Tue 04/27 CocoCay, Bahamas 08:00 AM 05:00 PM Wed 04/28 Nassau, Bahamas 07:00 AM 11:59 PM Thu 04/29 At Sea Fri 04/30 Port Canaveral, Florida 06:30 AM
As is always the case with our gatherings, we have a friends and family policy. All survivors, families and friends (military and civilian) of those shipmates who have passed on are invited to sail with us. Members of our brother military branches of service are also encouraged to participate.
All onboard meals, accomodations and entertainment as well as room service (24/7) will be provided. All guests from the same units as well as those traveling with friends and families, will be seated together at the same table in the dining room each night. The entire reunion party will also have tables grouped together in our own section of the dining room. We would be delighted to provide cakes for birthdays and anniversaries, at no charge, as long as you let us know of the occasion at least a month before sailing.
Your cruise fare, (double occupancy) all port charges and all taxes are included in the price. Accomodations, all onboard meals, all onboard entertainment and 24/7 room service is included as well. There are no additional costs other than optional and personal items such as gratuities, optional shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and if you choose, your casino contributions! Trip cancellation, interruption and medical insurance is also optional, inexpensive and available to U.S. citizens.
Unlike cruises advertised at most internet sites, which normally are "entry level" cabins and don't include all taxes and fees, the prices below are TOTAL prices, including ALL TAXES AND FEES, for two people (not per person) sharing a stateroom. None of our cabins are "entry level". ALL are upgraded categories and none of the balcony or oceanview cabins have obstructed views. Also, none of the oceanview cabins have portholes. All of them have picture windows. We are only allocated a very limited number of upgraded cabins at this price, so when they are gone, they're gone. Prices are as follows:
Cat JS - Balcony Suites: $1239.80 TOTAL for TWO people
Cat F2 - Oceanview Stateroom: $ 713.68 TOTAL for TWO people
Cat M - Inside Stateroom: $ 623.80 TOTAL for TWO people
If you would like to add a passenger to the above double staterooms making them into a triple or quad, we would be happy to contact the cruiseline for a quote for the additional person/s.
There is a completely refundable $200.00 per cabin deposit due at the time of booking which is applied directly to your total in order to lock in the above rates. You will immediately receive an e-mail, or snail-mail confirmation if you don't have a computer. Your stateroom number will normally be assigned at that time as well. The earlier you book, of course, the better your choice of cabin locations.
Final payment will be due on February 5th, 2010. You may make payments a little at a time, as you desire, as long as your booking is paid in full by that date. Your deposit can be made on any type of debit or credit card. Also, so that you won't have to worry about marking your calendar, we will send out e-mail reminders and invoices periodically to keep you advised of the date and balance due.
Also, this is VERY IMPORTANT! In the event that you must cancel, all deposits will be refunded directly back to the credit card that was used for payment, 100 percent, with absolutely no penalty and no questions asked, as long as you do so before midnight on February 5th, 2010, the final payment date.
For your convenience and peace of mind, we have provided the following references: