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Flights must come into Tampa, FL (airport code: TPA)
Transfers rates $21.50 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 (Brilliance of the Seas) and sailing date (31JAN2019) 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 1/30/19.
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 7, 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:

  • Marriott Courtyard Downtown $152.92 per person
  • Westshore Grand Tampa $143.84 per person

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 1/31/19.
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 1/31/19 and leave no earlier than 12:00 p.m. on 2/4/19.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $43 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 1/16/19.

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: $60 for self-park, $80 Valet, Oversized parking $120
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' 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 5, mid-ship (with access through the Photo Gallery).

Thursday, January 31st

8:00pm Meet and Greet and decorating door anchor (We will have paper and ephemera for decorating but if you have ideas and product you would like to use, please bring it with you.  These are 11"x9" and will hang on our doors)

Friday, February 1st

9:00am - 12:30pm - Album in a Box with Jayne Spanton

Afternoon - Make n Take with Jill Jacobsen (Time TBD)

Saturday, February 2nd: Mexico

Sunday, February 3rd

10:am - 12:00pm - Desk Organizer with Jayne Spanton

Afternoon - Make n Take with Jill Jacobsen (Time TBD)

7:00pm - We need to be out of the room by 8:00pm
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.

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.
  • 1 Semi-Formal, 1 Smart Casual & 2 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.

  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone Folder
  • Pencil
  • Double Sided Adhesive (such as score tape or other brands... 1/4in, 3/8in)
  • Plenty of your choice of adhesive for matting papers (Art Glitter Glue or other wet glue, tape runners)
  • Small tube of E6000 clear glue
  • Paper sanding file
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light + extension cord/power strip (if light is not battery powered)

There will be a store on-board selling the basics such as cardstock, adhesives and embellishments.

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