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Flights must come into Baltimore, MD (airport code: BWI)
Transfers rates $37 pp; $74 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 (Grandeur of the Seas) and sailing date (02SEP2017) 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 9/1/17.
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 May 19, 2017. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 12/17/16 the following hotels were available through RCL:

  • Hotel Indigo Baltimore $113.41 pp (based on double occupancy) - 11 miles from the airport; 0.9 miles to the ship
  • Springhill Suites BWI $127 pp (based on double occupancy) - 12 miles from the airport; 15 minutes to the ship

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $37 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 9/2/17.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Baltimore BWI airport no later than 12:30 p.m. on 9/2/17 and leave no earlier than 12:30 a.m. on 9/7/17.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $74 pp. The deadline to book transfers is 8/18/17

NOTE:  If you do everything on your own and want to find your own transportation to the pier, please note that the Cruise Maryland Terminal is 12 miles (20 minutes) from BWI. Taxicabs are available at all cruise terminals on cruise days. Visit http://www.cruise.maryland.gov/content/transportation for a list of Shuttles, Taxies and Rental companies. Click here for Baltimore/Washington International 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
The total fee for the time the vehicle will be parked is due on entry. They accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Directions to the pier:

Cruise Maryland Terminal - Port of Baltimore
2001 East McComas Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

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 crops will take place on deck 6, aft (with access through the South Pacific Lounge).

  • Don't miss the Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 2 @ 3:30 p.m. Meet and Greet will take place in the conference room.
  • September 3 @ 4:30/5:00 p.m. join us for a group photo.  Location TBD


Option #1: If you want to guarantee the availability of the supplies you need, you can preorder direct on Candice Grove's website www.creativememories.com/user/candicegrove and the items will be shipped to you

Option #2: Contact Candice directly at hm2design@yahoo.com for free shipping (these items will be delivered to you onboard).

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 open crop times:

  • Photos
  • Paper / Page Protectors
  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Pencil & Pen
  • Eyelet Setter
  • 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 be a store on-board selling items such as tape, pages, protectors and paper. Pre-ordering recommended. See our note above in the "Class Schedule" section for ordering instructions.

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