The other day I came across a post for a concierge service for Trinidad carnival 2014. I have seen several concierge services over the last few years but this one was different because of a couple features. The MAIN standout for me was the introduction of a monthly payment plan for your trip!
I got in touch with one of the founders, Malika, and this is what she had to tell me.
“I am an Independent Travel Consultant with Expedia CSC. I combined my love of travel with my love of carnival to come up with the concept for Carnival Made Easy (CME). I have worked out arrangements with major airlines, hotels, and with my transportation manager. My business partner Matthew brought his relationships with mas bands and fete promoters (scorch & caesars army) to CME. As a result, we are able to offer an semi-inclusive package for Carnival 2014 on a payment plan. Our packages include the following:
Return Flights from DCA, FLL, or JFK
Return airport transportation
Hotel accommodations at the Normandie or Ambassador Hotels
Band Registration in Yuma
Jouvert with iJouvert
and tickets to the following events:
A choice between (Beachhouse/Cest La Vie/Tribe Ignite)
Blue Range Cooler Fete
Sunny Side Up
Ash Wednesday Cool Down Cruise
Additional fetes and transportation options can be added to the package. Additionally, several options are customizable upon request like fetes.
Payment can be made in 7 installments starting June 30 and ending Dec 31.
We also offer accommodations only or flights only or fetes only.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions at [email protected]”
I also found out some additional info.
“A partial refund is available for cancellations up to Dec. 31. After that, no refunds. Partial includes airfare, hotel, fetes, and transportation. As Mas bands do not offer refunds that portion is non-refundable.”
Finally I asked about their history and where they were located.
“This carnival was our first year up and running. The idea for our business grew out of requests from friends to help them or others organize themselves for carnival. As you know, to the average foreigner, Carnival can be very complicated to plan (ESP when it comes to fete tickets or band registrations or reliable transportation).
I live in the states and Matthew just relocated back to Trinidad after finishing his MBA.”
There you have it. Something new and exciting for those of you willing to give them a shot. It certainly makes things easier if you can pay in parts rather than all up front.