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Flights must come into Sydney Kingsford International Airport, Australia (airport code: SYD)
Transfers rates $30 pp, 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 (Ovation of the Seas) and sailing date (07DEC2017) 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.

Extend your trip - Experience Australia

We have 3 different options for pre-cruise tours. Airfare can be added to these packages. We can also customize your perfect package and we do offer post-cruise packages as well. Call for a quote.

Option #1 - 3 Nights in Sydney with hotel and tours

Package Includes:


December 4
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • 3-nights in a standard room at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel (or similar).
    • Check-in December 4, Check-out December 7; Free Wi-Fi
  • TOUR: Twilight Dinner Cruise
    • 2-hour harbour cruise on a large and stable 1850s style tall ship
    • Delicious Dinner
    • Watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour
    • Live music
    • Opportunity to hoist the sails or steer the ship if you wish
    • Meeting Point: Campbell's Cove Floating Pontoon, The Rocks, Sydney (15-20 minutes from the hotel via taxi)

December 5
  • TOUR: City Tour with Opera House Tour
    • 5.75 hour tour
    • Coach touring
    • Sydney Opera House Tour
    • Meeting Point: Wheat Road, Streetside behind Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour. Hotel pick ups available from selected properties on request (10-15 minutes from the hotel via taxi)

December 6
  • TOUR: Grand Blue Mountains
    • 10.5 hour tour - with hotel pick-up
    • Lunch and beverage included
    • Entry to Waradah Aboriginal Centre
    • Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway
    • Admission into Featherdale Wildlife Park
    • Parramatta River Cruise
December 7
  • Transfer from the hotel to the cruise ship terminal

Double Occupancy Total for 2: $1,546.00 (+/- Depending on when you book)

Single Occupancy Total for 1: $1,167.00 (+/- Depending on when you book)

$100.00 pp Land Deposit is non-refundable.

{Rates are subject to change and are based on availability. An additional fuel levy may apply to all tours. The levy may fluctuate depending on world oil prices}


Option #2 - 3 Nights in Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) + 4 Nights in Sydney with hotel and tours

Package Includes:

November 30
  • Transfer from the Cairns airport to your hotel
  • 3-nights in a deluxe room at the Pacific Hotel Cairns
    • Check-in November 30, Check-out December 3
December 1
  • TOUR: Great Barrier Reef Adventure
    • 7 hour tour
    • Catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
    • Morning & Afternoon Tea
    • Eco Reef Talk
    • 3 hours at Great Barrier Reef platform
    • Snorkeling equipment use (fins, mask & snorkel)
    • Hot and cold buffet lunch
    • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
    • Underwater Observatory
    • Use of buoyancy vests
    • Environmental Management Charge and Administration Charged included.
    • NOT INCLUDED: Transfer from your hotel to tour's meeting spot. Optional Extras - Scuba Doo underwater scooter, Guided snorkel tour, scenic helicopter flights, wetsuit, optical mask and lycra suit hire, underwater digital camera available for hire.
    • Meeting Point: Reef Fleet Terminal (2 minutes from the hotel)

December 2

  • TOUR: Kuranda Rail, Rainforestation and Skyrail
    • 11 hour tour - with hotel pick-up
    • Kuranda Boarding Pass
    • Kuranda Scenic Rail
    • Free time in Kuranda, approximately 3 hours
    • Heritage Markets
    • Rainforestation including Army Duck and Wildlife Park
    • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway


December 3
  • Transfer from your hotel to the Cairns Airport
  • Air arrangements from Cairns to Sydney are additional. We can help arrange flights which are usually $150-200 pp. Air TBA
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to your hotel
  • 4-nights in a standard harbourview room at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel.
    • Check-in December 3, Check-out December 7; Free Wi-Fi
  • TOUR: Twilight Dinner Cruise
    • 2-hour harbour cruise on a large and stable 1850s style tall ship
    • Delicious Dinner
    • Watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour
    • Live music
    • Opportunity to hoist the sails or steer the ship if you wish
    • Meeting Point: Campbell's Cove Floating Pontoon, The Rocks, Sydney (15-20 minutes from the hotel via taxi)
December 4
  • TOUR: City Tour with Opera House Tour
    • 5.75 hour tour
    • Coach touring
    • Sydney Opera House Tour
    • Meeting Point: Wheat Road, Streetside behind Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour. Hotel pick ups available from selected properties on request (10-15 minutes from the hotel via taxi)

December 5
  • TOUR: Grand Blue Mountains
    • 10.5 hour tour - with hotel pick-up
    • Lunch and beverage included
    • Entry to Waradah Aboriginal Centre
    • Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway
    • Admission into Featherdale Wildlife Park
    • Parramatta River Cruise

December 6
  • TOUR: Hop on / Hop off Harbour Express + Taronga Zoo
    • All day cruise ticket including Taronga Zoo entry including Sky Safari cable car
    • 24 hour pass visiting Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Manly & Garden Island
    • Main Harbour sights and commentary
    • Meeting Point: Jetty
December 7
  • Transfer from the hotel to the cruise ship terminal

Double Occupancy Total for 2: $3,176.00 (+/- Depending on when you book)

Single Occupancy Total for 1: $2,347.00 (+/- Depending on when you book)

$100.00 pp Land Deposit is non-refundable. Air from Cairns to Sydney is additional.

{Rates are subject to change and are based on availability. An additional fuel levy may apply to all tours. The levy may fluctuate depending on world oil prices}


Option #3 - Want to stay longer or add on a post-cruise trip as well? Thinking of adding on a trip to the South Pacific or Hawaii before your after your cruise? Let us customize a tour for you. Call to discuss.

Book your own air and arrive on 12/6/17 or earlier.
Book the pre-cruise hotel & transfers through Royal Caribbean.

{Cruise & Crop HIGHLY recommends that you arrive at least one day early}

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 August 29, 2017. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 1/5/17, the following hotels were being offered through RCL:

  1. Park Royal Darling Harbour
    • 1 Night $215.61 pp
    • 2 Nights $363.11 pp
    • 3 Nights $510.61 pp
  2. Rydges World Square Hotel
    • 1 Night $200.61 pp
    • 2 Nights $333.11 pp
    • 3 Nights $465.61 pp

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

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

Book your own air and arrive on 12/7/17.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

{Cruise & Crop HIGHLY recommends that you arrive at least one day early}

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Sydney airport no later than 12:30 p.m. on 12/7/17 and leave no earlier than 11:30 a.m. on 12/17/17.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $60 pp.

NOTE:  If you do everything on your own and want to find your own transportation to the pier, please note that the Overseas Passenger Terminal is 30 minutes from the Sydney Kingsford International Airport. Taxicabs are available at the airport and all cruise terminals on cruise days. Visit http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/go.aspx for a list of Shuttles, Taxies and Rental companies. 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
From the Sydney Kingsford International Airport
Follow the signs to city. Take Southern Cross Drive, which becomes South Dowling Street all the way to the city. Cross to the western side of the city to the famous ROCKS area, traveling down George Street towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is located on the right side - opposite the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Directions to the pier:

Overseas Passenger Terminal
West Circular Quay
The Rocks, Sydney

NOTE - There is no short or long-term parking at this terminal.

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.

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 13, aft. You will walk down a hallway of cabins before you find the conference center. The conference center has breathtaking views off the back of the ship.

Connect with us 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.

Passports & VISAs
US Citizens
Passports are Required. If you do not have one or yours is expired, please visit travel.state.gov for information on how to apply/renew. Your passport should be valid 6 months after the conclusion of your trip.

It is also necessary to get a Entry Visa for Australia. You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. 

What you'll need...

...Personal Packing List

  • Passports are REQUIRED for everyone! They should be valid at least 6-months after you return home.
  • Australian Visa - to apply for your Electronic Visa (ETA), go here.
  • 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 & 6 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.

  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Quick Quotes Chalk Inks - Colors TBD
  • Crop-A-Dile
  • Hole Punch (large and small)
  • Paper Piercer
  • Corner Rounder
  • Pencil
  • Brown & Black Pen
  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
    • Optional - Scor-tape
    • Scotch Tape
  • 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.