9 November 2016 Update

9 November 2016

Bulldogs:

A truly engaging and adventurous PANAMA REUNION 2018 continues to take shape.  We want you to have an update of the current schedule as well as some of the venues, details, and events to assist in your planning and budgeting.

VENUE

LOCATION

DATES

Country Inn & Suites

Amador

26 – 27 - 28 January

Cubita Resort

Chitre

29 - 30 January

Bijao Resort

Bijao Beach

31 January – 1 February

Wyndham Hotel

Albrook

2 – 3 – 4 – 5 February

Of critical importance to deciding upon this schedule is the associated expense.  The table provided below includes room, board, local transportation and guides and some group activities; it does not include air travel or incidentals such as extra meals, liquor, special events, purchases, etc.

EXPENSE

QTY

UNIT

UNIT $

TOTAL $

Hotel & meals

12/11

Day/Night

$120

$1440 – 1320

Tips/fees/other

10

Day

$15

$150

Transportation

1

Person

$100

$100

Guides

1

Person

$50

$50

Entertainment

1

Person

$120

$120

Current Estimate per person                          $1860 – 1740

We are currently estimating a total cost of $2,000 to $2,250 per person for the Panama Reunion 2018, with the same exclusions as mentioned above.  For those who wish to reduce the expense of attending the Reunion, an option is to delay their arrival date or advance their exit date.  Do bear in mind that those dates include multiple events, including our open-air dance party scheduled for Saturday, 3 February.

Note that these costs are still approximate, but we want each of you to use them as a guideline with which to make a firm commitment to attend.  Know that we will strive to keep costs down as the arrangements evolve.

Room rates are based upon double occupancy.  Additional charges will apply for extra room guests, suites or other special hotel facilities.

We will provide final hotel and resort rates and contact information in the near future, with the objective that each of you will contact and pay for your room(s) directly with the hotel/resort operator.  A Group Identification Code will be provided to ensure that you book and receive the special rates for the Reunion.  Cut-off dates will be provided; it is imperative that you reserve prior to those dates.  Reservations made after those dates may not be available or may not be eligible for the special rates.  Each hotel/resort may require payment of a reservation fee to hold the room and rate.  We will also advise you of further cut-off date(s) to receive a full refund.

Special tours and activities are still under evaluation and their costs are not yet confirmed in this estimate.  Tours may include the Ron Abuelo distillery, a partial Canal transit, an Atlantic-side tour (Panama Railroad/Gatun Locks/Portobelo) and a walking tour of Casco Viejo.  Special activities may include chiva parrandera, golf, fishing, and other favorites (pedicure/manicure/spa?).

Each of you is welcome to expand upon this schedule, either arriving at an earlier date or remaining after the 5th of February.  Trina can assist you with special requests prior to or after the Reunion dates.  The Chiriqui Highlands, the San Blas and Perlas Islands and other wonders of Panama are readily accessible and affordable.

We maintain a list of those who responded to our initial outreach; including those who indicated a firm desire to attend (Claro que si) and those who thought that they might attend (Quizás).  Well, it’s time to confirm those intentions so that we can make definitive reservations at the various locales and events.  The Reunion email address is:  1968bulldogs@gmail.com.

Now you know what to include in your wish list to Santa for this coming Christmas (and the next)!

Saludos a todos,

50th Reunion Committee - Panama