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Flights must come into Ft. Lauderdale, FL (airport code: FLL) or Miami, FL (airport code: MIA)
Transfers rates $16.75 pp each way Ft. Lauderdale; $30 pp each way Miami

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 (Independence of the Seas) and sailing date (19FEB2018) 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 2/18/18.
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 10, 2017. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 5/25/17, Royal Caribbean was offering a 1-night Pre-Cruise stay at the following hotels:

  • Autograph Collection, Turnberry $155.63 pp
  • Aventura Courtyard Marriott $154.70 pp
  • Aventura Residence Inn $153.93 pp
  • Embassy Suites $198.41 pp
  • Hyatt Regency Pier 66 $198.41 - $212.66 pp

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $16.75 pp (FLL), $30 pp (MIA).

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 2/19/18.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Ft. Lauderdale airport no later than 1:00 p.m. on 2/19/18 and leave no earlier than 11:30 a.m. on 2/24/18.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $33.50 pp.

Flights must arrive at the Miami airport airport no later than 12:00 p.m. on 2/19/18 and leave no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on 2/24/18.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $60 pp.

>>> The deadline to purchase transfers is 2/2/18.

NOTE:  If you do everything on your own and want to find your own transportation to the pier, please note that Port Everglades is 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale airport; 45 miles from the Miami International airport. Taxicabs are available at all cruise terminals on cruise days. The fare between the Fort Lauderdale Airport and Port Everglades is an estimated rate of $17.00. Visit http://www.broward.org/Airport/Transportation/Pages/Default.aspx for a list of Shuttles, Taxies and Rental companies. Click here for Miami Airport information. 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: $15/day for vehicles up to 20 feet in length. Rates are payable by credit card or cash upon exiting the facility.

Directions to the pier:
http://www.porteverglades.net/cruising/

Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

SHORE EXCURSIONS
Shore excursions are available to be booked. You can go to Royal Caribbean's Website and click "Before you Board". Excursions can be reserved online 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.

Enjoy a local Resort for the day, Click Here.

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

class schedule
A schedule of events will be provided closer to sailing. The schedule is subject to change. All classes/crops will take place on deck 2, forward. Be sure to use the forward stairs/elevator to access the Conference Center.

Connect with us on Facebook.....via our Events Link.
Chat with your fellow cruisers about your upcoming trip. Go Here.

Download this app today!

New for 2017 cruise season - Mobile Passport

Mobile Passport is the first Smartphone app authorized to expedite a traveler's entry process into the United States. This free app, available for Android and iOS phones, will allow you to submit your passport and customs declaration via your smartphone or other mobile device instead of using the traditional paper method. You'll "sail" through Customs using Mobile Passport! CLICK HERE to learn more about Mobile Passport or to download the app. {Download this app before you sail and get it all set-up. Then, fill out your customs form on 2/24/18 right before you disembark the ship}

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 licence 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.
  • 1 Semi-Formal, 1 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 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.

  • Copic Makers (**SEE BELOW**) **Be sure to mark your Markers in some way - either add your initials with a sharpie marker or wrap them with washi tape! It is easy to get markers mixed up with your friends.
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Brown & Black Distressing Ink - only if you want to ink the edges
  • Pencil
  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
  • Pop dots
  • Wet-wipes to clean your hands and table
  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long). Small tip recommended for fussy cutting.
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light + extension cord/power strip (if light is not battery powered)
  • Your host, Ronnie, recommends the use of cheaters (magnifying eye glasses from Walgreens, CVS, etc).  They make her coloring easier as I can see the finer details of the images. 
  • Your host, Ronnie, will have markers to sell on board the ship for $5.65 each.  If you wish to purchase your markers from Ronnie, please let her know which ones you would like.  You can email her at vd335@drexel.edu  or call her at 361-800-5981.

There will be a store on-board selling Copic Markers and General Supplies. Cash only please.

Be sure to bring the following markers based on your skill level.
Beginners Advanced

E00
E04
E11
E31
E33
E35
E57
E79
YG03
YG17
YG67
Y21
RV13
RV14
RV17
YR15
YR27
YR68
B91
B93
Blender

All of the beginner’s markers plus the following:
C00
C1
C3
C5
R24
R46
R59
E44
E47
E70
E71
Y02
Y06
Y08
B0000
B000)
B00
BG11
BG13
BG15
BG49

 

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