“Let the games begin….”
These words were spoken by the late Ruth Unger, President of the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL), aboard the first International Mah Jongg Tournament Cruise in December 1986. Over 200 Mah Jongg players started a great tradition as they sailed the Caribbean for 7 days aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ “Song of America.”
Twenty Four (24) incredible National Mah Jongg League/Mah Jongg Madness® Cruises followed that first cruise adventure; and in 2019 MAH JONGG MADNESS® will celebrate our 34th ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY CRUISE aboard RCCL’s OASIS OF THE SEAS, sailing out of the Port of Miami.
Mah Jongg Madness® (MJM) has continued the wonderful tradition of these special Cruises, along with exciting weekend tournaments in other locations around the Country including: Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tampa Florida, Chicagoland area, Scottsdale Arizona, Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Boca Raton Florida, Atlanta, Boston, and more. In addition, MJM runs Mini Mah Jongg Cruises and offers our unique tournament services to charitable organizations for fundraising activities. The tournaments continue to provide fun-filled, day-long and week-end events for thousands of players on a regular basis.
Every month, a monthly Newsletter featuring questions and answers, and news about Mah Jongg is sent to thousands of mah jongg enthusiasts all over the mah jongg-playing world. We look forward to our 34th ANNIVERSARY MAH JONGG MADNESS® CRUISE aboard the OASIS OF THE SEAS in December 2019.
Dorothy Krams and her husband Larry, founded Mah Jongg Madness® cruises and tournaments on December 1, 1985.
They began by offering unique and specialized weekend ventures, that combined Mah Jongg with the opportunity to visit terrific locations around the Country. Their first major Mah Jongg venture was in December of 1986, when in conjunction with the National Mah Jongg League – they organized the first ever “Mah Jongg Cruise 1986.”
Mah Jongg Madness’ activities continued to thrive under Dorothy and Larry's leadership.
In 2005, Gladys Grad–Klinsky and Phil Klinsky joined Dorothy and Larry, helping them to conduct tournaments, cruises and events. As a result of their association with Dorothy and Larry, Gladys has been recognized as the Country’s foremost authority on tournament rules and standards, and is known as “the Grand Master of American Mah Jongg.”
In January of 2011, Gladys and Phil took over the operations of Mah Jongg Madness®.
Along with Mah Jongg Inc, Specialty Cruises and Events, Mah Jongg Master Points®, and Mah Jongg Academy®, Mah Jongg Madness® is a Division of Stock Distributors Inc and/or G & G Tournaments and Events, Inc.
TO DOROTHY AND LARRY - WE SEND YOU OUR LOVE AND OUR THANKS
Until February 1990, the company was located in the Los Angeles area. Dorothy and Larry decided it was time toreturn to their roots in Florida and settled in Paradise - Sarasota, Florida - on the Gulf of Mexico.
When Dorothy passed away from breast cancer in 2005, Larry promised he would continue the Mah Jongg tradition that was her vision, so that her many friends could continue the fun and camaraderie of this wonderful game.
Larry passed away and joined his beloved Dorothy August 2011.
IN LOVING MEMORY......OF DOROTHY KRAMS, A PORTION OF THE PROFITS FROM ALL OUR EVENTS WILL BE DONATED TO VARIOUS BREAST CANCER CAUSES
"...Simply the BEST and BEST KNOWN Mah Jongg Tournaments in America........"
Mah Jongg has become the single-most popular activity enjoyed by players in thousands of Churches, Synagogues, retirement communities and community centers throughout the Country. American–style Mah Jongg has grown exponentially since the early 1920’s, and now is in the respected position as “the fastest growing table-game in America.”
Drawing from small and intimate tournaments with as little as 20 participants - to upwards of 500 participants, Mah Jongg Madness® enjoys the reputation of holding the“....best and best known” tournaments in the Country. " And our Director, Gladys Grad, has been recognized as the foremost authority on Mah Jongg rules, strategies, and tournaments in America for the last 19 years.
We invite you to join us at a scheduled tournament. Or, if you would like assistance in arranging your own tournaments (whether for your community or for charitable purposes), you can take advantage of our expertise and knowledge to help plan and organize your events. We are also available to conduct your event at a very nominal fee.
OFFICE PHONE NUMBER:
OFFICE HOURS: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri Eastern Standard Time
Closed: Thursday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
FAX: (941) 351-2323
CANCELLATION POLICY. PLEASE NOTE:
HOTELS have a more stringent cancellation policy for CONTRACTED GROUPS; more restrictive than individually booked reservations. Hotel Room CANCELLATIONS must be received 30 days prior to an event for a FULL refund. Your TOURNAMENT FEE is generally REFUNDABLE, however, if you cancel the hotel room too late (less than 30 days prior to event) and have not paid in full, your deposit may be forfeit.*
A LATE cancellation fee related to the Hotel's Catering guaranty may also result in a reduced refund. TOURNAMENT FEE REFUNDS are provided for in the event of timely cancellations only as stated in the terms, conditions and calncellation penalties above; in some individual cases, partialfund transfers to future MJM events may be allowed.
Payment In full is due at least a month prior to the event.
REFUNDS for payments initially made on guest's credit cards will incur a 5% FEE.
For Cancellation Insurance, you might wish to contact us regarding ALLIANZ TRAVEL INSURANCE.
Please call us at 941-351-9420 for more information.
Please read the terms and conditions and the cancellation penalty details in the Mah Jongg Madness (MJM) literature and acquaint yourself with all the provisions therein. You may purchase a complete Travel Protection Policy such as the plans offered through Allianz or from any other source of your choice; we strongly recommend the purchase of such a plan. Most plans will reimburse money paid toward this event when canceling for a covered reason. Mah Jongg Madness (a division of STOCK DISTRIBUTORS INC) shall not be held liable or responsible for climatic conditions or other events or occurrences beyond its control, including but not limited to war, terrorism, acts of nature, sickness, death, governmental restrictions, or circumstances beyond the control of MJM. The right to revise the format of and/or reschedule any MJM activities is expressly reserved by MJM. MJM is not liable for any accident or injury of any nature en route to or departing from any MJM activities. MJM is acting as an agent for various hotels, cruise lines & other providers or suppliers and shall not be held liable for any actions, errors or omissions or negligence on the part of such providers or suppliers. MJM shall endeavor, to the best of its ability to assure the successful completion of this event, but shall not be responsible for any acts beyond its control.
*UPON OUR SOLE DISCRETION, MAH JONGG MADNESS AND SPECIALTY CRUISES (DIVISIONS OF STOCK DISTRIBUTORS INC AND/OR G & G TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS, INC) RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY AND/OR PARTICIPATION TO OUR EVENTS, BASED ON BUT NOT LIMITED TO RUDE, UNGRACIOUS, OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR.
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