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Flights must come into Tampa, FL (airport code: TPA)
Transfers rates $21.50 each way, $43 round-trip

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 (Rhapsody of the Seas) and sailing date (09FEB2019) 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 2/8/19.
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 1, 2018. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 5/10/18, the following hotels are available through RCL for a 1-night pre-cruise stay:

  • Courtyard Downtown Tampa $152.92 pp
    • 15 minutes from TPA airport, near museums and the pier
  • Westshore Grand $143.59 pp
    • 3 miles from TPA airport, within walking distance to the Westshore Mall

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $21.50 per person.

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 2/8/19.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Tampa airport no later than 12:00 p.m. on 2/9/19 and leave no earlier than 12:00 p.m. on 2/16/19.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $43 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 1/24/19.

NOTE:  You CANNOT book your own air & hotel (to arrive on 1/30/19) and still purchase Royal Caribbean transfers.  If you do everything on your own, you’ll have to find your own transportation to the pier. Tampa International Airport is about 14 miles (30 minutes) away from the pier. Click here for a list of ground transportation providers. 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: $105 for self-park, $125 Valet. Oversized parking $210
The total fee for the time the vehicle will be parked is due on entry. They accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Pre-Pay for parking & reserve your spot, click here.

Directions to the pier:

Cruise Terminal #3 - Royal Caribbean
815 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

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
The schedule is subject to change. All classes/crops will take place on deck 6, aft (with access through the Schooner Bar >>> Shall We Dance Lounge).

Final letter from your host, click here!

CLASSES: There are 2 classes on each open sea day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We would like to keep each class to under 24 people so we need to divide our crafters into two different groups.

The first morning class will run from 9:00a - 10:30p and second morning class will run from 11:00a to 12:30p. They are both the same class.

The afternoon classes run 1:30p - 3:00p and 3:30p - 5:00p

We will keep you and your friends in the same class based on your reservation.

If you and your friends are staying in different cabins and would like to be in the same class, please let Cruise & Crop know and Lisa will work on the schedule.  We are doing our best to make everyone happy.

MAKE N TAKES: We will have 4 Make n Take projects available from 9:00a -11:00a. You can stop by and work on your project any time between 9:00a to 11:00a. You will usually only need 10 minutes to complete each project. If you can’t make it to the Make n Take we will “Make” it and you can “Take” it. We will keep it for you.

We will have a crafters list on the table each day.  Please mark your name when you check in so we can count how many “Take” projects we have to “Make”.

OPEN CROP: We do have a room reserved for our classes, and it is open most of the time. If you wish to bring some of your own projects on board, there is space that you can use. Please only bring the tools and materials that you need for your own projects. For Local King on board activities all materials and tools are included. Please do not leave your items unattended. We are not responsible for all your goodies.

CARD SWAP: We will have card swap.  Please let Lisa know if you wish to participate in the swap.  The cut off day to sign up for the swap will be Jan 10th.  Lisa will keep you updated on how many cards you will have to make a.s.a.p. and any changing numbers.

The Swap project can be a card or 6” X 6” scrapbooking page, no envelop needed. Please do label your name, state/province, country and e-mail address on the back of your projects.

Local King Stamping cruise is all about having fun, relaxing, learning something new and making friends from different places.

We will collect all of the swap projects in the first class and I will provide a Ziploc bag and have all the exchanged cards back to you in the afternoon class.

Please do finish your swap projects at home and “NOT ONBOARD”, thank you.

GIFT: Every crafter will receive a box of 60 color marker set ($69.99) or a $69.99 shopping credit. Please e-mail Lisa indicating which one you would like, so we know how many boxes of markers we should bring.

NEW IMAGES: We are using some of Local King’s 2019 brand new images for our classes. You are going to be the first ones to try our new designs.

Lisa Yang

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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 Classes, all supplies will be provided.

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. Open crop time, and cropping space (in the conference room), will be limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

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

The following supplies are suggested for open crop time:

  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Stamps
  • Ink Pads
  • Pencil
  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
  • Pop dots
  • Glue dots - Small & Large
  • 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.