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Flights must come into New Orleans, LA (airport code: MSY)
Transfers rates $20 per person, each way

Book Royal Caribbean’s Airfare

Choice Air:
If you'd like to choose your routing schedule, you can choose to book "Choice Air". These rates are subject to change until paid in full. Transfers are not included in the price but can be added. In most cases, flights are non-refundable and no changes can be made once booked. Flights are customizable and you can choose to book Coach, First Class or Business Class.

To book your own Choice Air reservation, go to www.ChoiceAir.com Check rates as often as you'd like and then when you are ready...go ahead and book. You will need your reservation number, Ship name (Vision of the Seas) and sailing date (23FEB2019) in order to book. Full payment is due at the time of booking. Once booked, Cruise & Crop will receive notification and we'll send you an updated confirmation.

Book your own air and arrive on 2/22/19.
Book the pre-cruise hotel & transfers through Royal Caribbean.

Call Cruise & Crop for current rates on 1, 2 or 3-night pre-hotel options through Royal Caribbean. These rates would also include your transfer to the pier (but you’d have to get your own transfer from the airport to the hotel the night before). Hotel stays must be booked before November 15, 2018. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 6/1/18, the following hotels were being offered by RCL:

  • Intercontinental New Orleans $274.67 pp
  • Renaissance Pere Marquette $274.67 pp
  • Westin New Orleans Canal Place $160.84 pp

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $20 pp.

Hotel rates vary based on how many people are in the room. Rates are subject to change. {Post Cruise packages are also available}

Book your own air and arrive on 2/23/19.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans (MSY) airport no later than 1:30 p.m. on 2/23/19 and leave no earlier than 12:00 p.m. on 3/2/19.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $40 pp.

NOTE:  If you do everything on your own and want to find your own transportation to the pier, please note that the Port of New Orleans is 16 miles (25 minutes) from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY). Visit http://flymsy.com/groundtransportation for a list of Shuttles, Taxis and Rental companies. Taxicabs are available at all cruise terminals on cruise days. Cruise & Crop does not operate or control in any respect the services provided by these companies, nor does it guarantee their performance.

Drive to the Pier

Parking Fees: $20/day for vehicles up to 20 feet in length
The total fee for the time the vehicle will be parked is due on entry. They accept cash, Visa and Mastercard. Debit cards are not accepted.

Pier Address:
Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal #2
920 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70160

From New Orleans International Airport and I-10: Take I-10 East to New Orleans, follow the signs for Westbank (Business 90) as you approach downtown. Exit at Tchoupitoulas St./South Peters St. exit. Continue to Convention Center Blvd. Right on Convention Center Blvd.  Continue to Henderson St. Left on Henderson St. Continue to Port of New Orleans Place. Left on Port of New Orleans Place to cruise terminals.

For Guests Being Dropped Off at Terminal (not parking):  
Turn right on Convention Center Blvd. Turn left on Henderson St. Turn left on Port of New Orleans Place to Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal.

For Guests Parking at Terminal:  
Turn right on Convention Center Blvd. Turn left on Henderson Street. Turn left on Port of New Orleans Place to Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal. You will drop off your luggage with SeaCap in front of Julia St. and then be directed to WHALE LOT for parking (left onto Julia St. at the stop sign).

Shore excursions are available to be booked. You can go to Royal Caribbean's Website and click "Before you Board". Excursions can be reserved on-line up to 4 days before your sail date. Crafting activities will not interfere with your days in port - so feel free to go and explore at each stop.

Save on Excursions
Book shore excursions for less on Dream Vacations's website! Go to http://www.DreamVacations.com/gpastor Click "Tours/Excursions" at the very top of the page. Be sure to book them at least 15 days prior to sailing to avoid an expedite fee! For a direct link, Click Here.

Coming into town early or staying a few extra days? Click Here for some tour options.

class schedule
The schedule is subject to change. If you are signed up to crop, you'll be in Conference Room A, deck 6 aft (with access through the "Some Enchanted Evening Lounge"). If you are signed up to take the classes only, you'll be on deck 4 in Conference Room B at scheduled dates/times.

2/23/19 - Meet & Greet - 3:00 p.m. in Conference Room A - All are invited to this meeting whether you are just taking the class or cropping and taking a class.

Classes will be held on the Sea Days.

For those of you taking ONLY Classes - please note these class times:

  • 2/24/19 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Meet in Conference Room B (deck 4)
  • 2/25/19 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Meet in Conference Room B (deck 4)
  • 3/01/19 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Meet in Conference Room B (deck 4)
Connect with your fellow cruisers on Facebook.....via our Events Link.
Chat with your fellow cruisers about your upcoming trip. Go Here.

travel insurance
If you have not already purchased travel insurance, we recommend that you do. Insurance covers you in case you had to cancel due to a medical reason or death in the family. It also covers your baggage, emergency evacuation and more.

You can find a document of coverage by clicking here.

What you'll need...

...Personal Packing List

  • Proof of Citizenship
    • Option #1: *RECOMMENDED* Passport (valid at least 6 months after you return) & a drivers license
    • Option #2: A CERTIFIED birth certificate with a raised seal + a government issued photo ID such as a drivers license {plus, a bridging document if the name on your drivers license and birth certificate do not match - such as a marriage license}
    • Non US Citizens are required to have a passport.
  • e-Docs & Set Sail Pass, luggage tags, Transfer/Hotel Vouchers
  • Shore Excursion Tickets (if you booked your excursions through Dream Vacations/Shore Excursions Group)
  • Casual clothes for during the day - dress in layers as the temperatures can change through out the day and will vary from port to port.
  • 2 Semi-Formal, 2 Smart Casual & 3 Casual outfits for dinner
  • A light jacket in case the crop room is chilly
  • Work-out clothes
  • Bathing suit, cover up & sunscreen
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries (hair-dryer, soap and shampoo are provided)
  • Tennis shoes & flip-flops
  • Lighted alarm clock (or you can use the Wake-up call system)
  • Power strip (so you have extra outlets in your room)
  • Royal Caribbean allows you to bring 2 bottles of wine (750 mL) per stateroom onboard on embarkation day; subject to corkage fees. These must be CARRIED on! If you put them in your checked luggage, they will be confiscated. Water, Soda, Beer and liquor are prohibited.

...Crafters Packing List

For the Open Cropping times, please bring your own paper/photos/accessories/tools that you'll need to complete your own cards/pages.  Please also bring your own supply of wet-wipes to clean your hands and your workspace. 

**Be sure to pack all sharp objects in your CHECKED Luggage, all together in a plastic bag**

The following supplies are suggested for your classes.
Subject to change.

  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Pencil
  • Black & Brown Ink
  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
  • Wet-wipes to clean your hands and table
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light + extension cord/power strip (if light is not battery powered)

There will not be a store on-board so be sure to bring enough cardstock, adhesives and embellishments.

don't forget to download and create your cruise & Crop passport before you go. Go here for more information.