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Just the Basics

Flights must come into Seattle, WA (airport code: SEA)
Transfers rates $27 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 (Explorer of the Seas) and sailing date (30JUN2017) 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 6/29/17.
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 March 22, 2017. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 9/30/16, the following hotels were available through Royal Caribbean for a 1-night pre-cruise stay:

  • Courtyard Seattle Southcenter $171.32 pp
  • Fairmont Olympic $233.61 pp

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $TBD 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 6/30/17.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Seattle airport no later than 12:45 p.m. on 6/30/17 and leave no earlier than 11:45 a.m. on 7/7/17.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $54 pp.

NOTE:  You CANNOT book your own air & hotel (to arrive on 6/29/17) and still purchase RCL transfers.  If you do everything on your own, you’ll have to find your own transportation to and from the pier.  The airport is approx. 30 miles from the pier. Visit http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/default.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

Drive to the Pier

Parking Fees: $26/day for vehicles up to 20 feet in length. You can pre-pay and save $1/day.
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:

Smith Cove Cruise Terminal @ Pier 91 {RCL}
2001 West Garfield Street 
Seattle, WA 98119

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 Vacation'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 to our custom group page, Click Here.

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

class schedule
All classes/crops will take place on deck 2, forward. Be sure to use the forward stairs/elevator to access the Conference Center.

Pre-Cruise Meet and Greet 
May 27 at 10:30, Brunch at 11:00
Q&A after brunch. We will go over supply list, schedule and pass out kits to everyone. 

June 30: Meet & Greet on the Ship - after the Lifeboat Drill, in the Conference Center, Deck 2

July 1 - Crafting Day at Sea, Meet in the Conference Center

9:00 a.m. - Noon: Travel Journal and Recipe/photo frame
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Train Case

July 2 - Sailing the Inside Passage, Meet in the Conference Center

9:00 a.m. - Noon: Train case & Luggage Tag

July 5 - Crafting Day at Sea, Meet in the Conference Center

9:00 a.m. - Noon: Alaska Book
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Alaska Book Continued + Group Photo

Tag Swap - Create a tag that is Alaska/outdoor/cruise related. Bring tags with you on the cruise for a fun swap. Please put your name and e-mail on the back. More details to come.

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.
  • 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
  • Binoculars - for wildlife viewing!! A must have in Alaska!
  • 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.

  • Train Case or Small Case:   This can be an old piece…We will be altering it in Tracy Pound’s Workshop. Bring something that will work as a carry on for those of you who are flying to Seattle. If you are coming to Whitworth Ranch for the Meet & Greet, Miss T will be bringing several train cases for anyone who would like to purchase one. They will range in price from $10-$15 dollars. This case will be perfect to keep your Alaska ART Adventure projects and mementos in.
  • Scissors – Tonic (red handled scissors)
    • Scissors cannot exceed 4 inches in blade length
  • Paper Trimmer, Craft Knife, Paper Piercer
  • JUST ADDED: 2 Bottles of either Scotch Tacky Glue or Helmar 450 (preferred)
  • Scoreboard, Bone Folder
  • Cropadile
  • Blow Dryer – Heat Tools are not allowed
  • Foam Brushes – Bring 4
  • FabriTac Glue, E6000 Glue (Clear)
  • ScorTape (double-sided tape), Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Chalk Ink or Distress Inks: Brown and Black
  • Ink Blending Tool with Foam Applicator
  • Pigment Ink Pad: Black (StazOn or Memento are great choices)
  • Optional: Travel Stamps and acrylic block if needed
  • 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.