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2018 Reunion Information


49th USS ESSEX Association Reunion

Our 2018 reunion will be held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino located at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd, South Las Vegas, NV 89109 the week of Sunday August 26th, 2018 to Saturday September 1st, 2018. To make your Hotel reservations please call the Hotel direct at 1-702-967-4111 or 1-800-358-8777. You MUST indicate the group name USS Essex Association in order to receive the group rate. NOTE: The Hotel cut-off date is JULY 25th 2018. You will not get a room after that date unless Bally’s has room availability. We will have a Reservation link for Bally’s posted on the website at a later date. You can also book directly on the Hotel website when they open up the Room Block Registration early next year.

RATES: The Hotels in Las Vegas, NV have their room rates based upon a Sunday through Thursday night rate stay and significantly higher on Friday and Saturday night stays. Our negotiated room rate for Sunday through Thursday is $79.37 which includes a discounted resort fee and tax. Friday and Saturday night is $144.00 a night with fee discount plus tax.. If you add the room rates for six (6) nights ( Sunday night to Friday night checking out on Saturday morning) that comes to an average of $ 93.35 a night.
**Bally’s Hotel will also include two FREE breakfast buffet tickets for the Paris-Le Village Buffet per room. This makes the entire Bally’s Hotel package a fantastic deal.**

AMENITIES: The resort fee includes a number of amenities such as access to the pool, fitness center, Internet service to mention a few.

PARKING: Self-parking has been discounted at $5.00 a day. Valet parking is available for $18.00 per day.

Please make your Hotel Reservation & your Reunion Registration EARLY.
ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THIS ARTICLE WILL APPEAR IN THE April 2018 Edition of the Buccaneer, and on this webpage.

TRANSPORTATION: Bally’s is 3.7 miles from the Las Vegas, NV Airport (Airport code is “LAS”). If you choose to take a TAXI, the fare is approximately $22.00 to the Hotel and not including tip. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending upon local traffic.

HOTEL SHUTTLE: Arrivals at Terminal #1, will exit at Door # 9, turn left and proceed to the Gray Line Kiosk and purchase your transportation voucher to Bally’s. Arrivals at Terminal #3 will exit at Door #52 and proceed to the Grey Line Kiosk. As of July 2017 the price was $7.75 per person each way, you can purchase a round trip voucher for $15.50 per person. Hotel Shuttles take approximately 25 to 45 minutes depending upon how many stops it makes.

NOTE: You can cancel your Hotel reservation up to 72 hours before your 1600 hours check in time & date.

The following is a list of the possible tours that we are working on at this time..
1: Hoover Dam, 2: Atomic Museum, 3: Mob Museum, 4: Pahrump Valley Winery, 5: Grand Canyon West Rim

Reunion Chairman, Tom Ferelli (602-882-0375) email:

We encourage you to send us your own photos from previous reunions, and we will post them for all to enjoy!

Let's make this the most successful reunion yet!

Facebook page(s) for the Essex Association will also carry the full disclosure of events and information. Any questions regarding this event, email us or send a text message to: 602-882-0375.

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Old and New Shipmates at the 2013 USS Essex Association Reunion in Nashville, TN

Pictured left to right: Eric Peterson, Tom Ferelli, Eugene Schmidt, Richard Scales, Scott Packer, Bob Nause, and Travis Harder


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