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US WORLD ZAFARRANCHO 2023

 

Arrival of the Great Brotherhood of the Coast Fleet in Galveston!

We have a fantastic week planned, and can’t wait to show you our Texas-style American hospitality! Times have been difficult for us all, and this ZAF is long overdue.  We encourage all who can to come and celebrate finally being able to reunite with our Brothers and Captives/First Mates from around the world.  

Day 1
Sunday March 5


Festivities begin in the afternoon with Registration and Meet and Greet at the luxurious San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center, located on the seawall of Galveston. Come as you are in your travel clothes and catch up with friends you haven’t seen in years.



 

Day 2
Monday March 6

Our first full day starts with a hearty Southern-style breakfast buffet, then we are off to the home of US National Captain Richard (“Pescador”) Hoekstra and his Captive Traci for Texas-style fun.  We’ll have snacks and drinks when we get there to tide us over.  Participate in dance lessons or just enjoy listening to music, meeting new friends, and catching up with old ones.  Later will be a barbecue and “country/western” dance, with plenty of cold beer.  We’ll spread out on the Hoekstras’ big yard and take turns enjoying a drink in their own pirate bar.  Wear your cowboy hat, pirate gear, or whatever you are comfortable with!

    

 Day 3 

Tuesday March 7

 

We’ll have another large breakfast buffet, then hop on the buses again and head to tour Space Center Houston/NASA.  We will enjoy Space Capsule, the Lunar Module, Rocket Park, and other exhibits.  After NASA we will head to the Kemah Boardwalk for dinner at a beautiful waterside restaurant.  Enjoy relaxing or walking around this 60-acre theme park built along Galveston Bay.  The adventurous can experience the intense Boardwalk Bullet roller coaster or one of the other hair-raising rides.  Dress is comfortable casual again today.



      

Day 4
Wednesday March 8

 

Begin the day with a southern-style breakfast buffet at the San Luis then enjoy whatever you choose ...  Your choices are:  


1). Spend the day at the fantastic and exciting Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest.  During the day you can explore the exhibit halls, livestock yards, incredible array of shops, food venues and drinks, or be adventurous and try the carnival rides.  Wear your blue jeans and comfortable walking shoes for this day, folks!  In the evening you’ll be a part of the largest rodeo crowd in the world, with huge live screens so you won’t miss any of the action.  At 9pm the rodeo arena becomes a giant concert stage for a big-name entertainer.  Dress this day is comfortable/casual or jeans and cowboy hat, depending on where you’re going. Price: $135 per person ( includes a meal ) 
 
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2). Experience the beautiful Moody Gardens and dine on the Colonel Paddlewheel boat.  Your Moody Gardens ticket buys you access to the Rainforest Pyramid, Aquarium Pyramid, Discovery Museum, and 3D & 4D theaters.  After a full afternoon exploring, you can have a fantastic dinner on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. 
$60 per person - Moody Garden Visit only
$82 per person - Dinner cruise only
$142 per person - Moody Garden Visit AND Dinner Cruise.

3). If you choose to have a day on your own, you can relax at the pool, walk on the Seawall or the beach, or explore Galveston on the trolley bus. 

Day 5
Thursday March 9

 

big southern-style buffet starts the day off. The National Captains’Meeting will then take place back at the home of the Hoekstras. Everyone else will have the option of either having the morning off or taking a bus into Houston to The Houston Galleria, an upscale shopping mall, for some shopping and lunch on your own, or exploring the shops and restaurants of Galveston’s historic Strand District.        

 
This evening is our big Gala at the San Luis! Come prepared for a fantastic evening of food, drink, dancing, and camaraderie, dressed in battle gear or Brotherhood formal attire.

            

 

Day 6
Friday March 10

We’re winding down the week now, with a big farewell breakfast buffet at the San Luis Resort.

For those who have a late flight or are staying another night, we will offer an afternoon Nations Day Picnic lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, and celebrate the countries who have joined us at the Zaf.
Price: $60 per person - 


 

Thank you Houston!