OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team will get an early start to the 2011-12 season with an August tour of the Bahamas. The team is tentatively scheduled to play four games while in Nassau from August 11-17, 2011 in a tour being billed as the "Summer of Thunder".
A limited number of packages for the trip are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two options, with each costing $1,700 per person. Contact Ron Smith at (386) 956-5480 or email@example.com for reservations and additional information.
The Breezes Resort Hotel option is for seven days and six nights based on double occupancy, though children under 14 are not allowed. All meals, snacks and beverages inside the Breezes Resort Hotel are included in the "All Inclusive" package, as well as all resort facilities, pools, Cable Beach and activities provided at the Breezes Resort Hotel. It also includes ground transportation to/from Nassau International Airport and to/from Creighton's games, as well as admission to all four of Creighton's scheduled games. Airfare to Nassau is not provided.
The Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino option is good for seven days and six nights based on double occupancy, with children under 18 years of age staying free in rooms with parents. It includes resort facilities, pools, Cable Beach and activities provided at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, but is not all inclusive. It also includes ground transportation to/from Nassau International Airport and to/from Creighton's games, as well as admission to all four of Creighton's scheduled games. Meals and airfare to Nassau are not provided.
Ron Smith, a former Greg McDermott staff member at Northern Iowa and Iowa State, will serve as tour coordinator as part of his role with USA Sports Tours & Events. Among the teams that made the trip to the Bahamas last summer were North Carolina, Nebraska and Memphis. Three of Creighton's four games will include doubleheaders with Rick Pitino's University of Louisville team playing in the other game.
Among the activities that are available in Nassau include golf, casinos, boating excursions, snorkeling, scuba diving, water parks, dolphin encounters, guided historic tours, the International Straw Market, jet skiing and scooters.
Though the natives of The Bahamas speak English and accept US Currency, please note that a passport is required to travel to The Bahamas.
NCAA rules permit one foreign tour every four years. Creighton's last trip in 2007 saw the team travel to the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada.
Tentative Game Schedule (All Times Central) Friday, August 12, 2011 Louisville - Game #1 @ 6:00 p.m. Creighton - Game #1 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 Creighton - Game #2 @ 3:00 p.m. Louisville - Game #2 @ 5:00 p.m.
Monday, August 15, 2011 Creighton - Game #3 @ 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Creighton - Game #4 @ 6:00 p.m. Louisville - Game #3 @ 8:00 p.m.