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Flights must come into Rome, Italy (airport code: FCO)
Transfers rates $71.95 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 (14JUN2020) 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.

SPECIAL Make the most of your trip to Europe and visit other cities of your choice. Join one of our Group options below or call us to customize a visit to Ireland, England, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and More!
 

Group Option #1

>> This package is currently sold-out. Call us to let us know you'd like to be on the waiting list.

Come into Rome 2 days prior. Package includes 2-nights lodging, one tour and breakfast buffet daily. Base rate starts at $699 pp with options to upgrade your hotel room for $50-100 more per person. Final details about hotel upgrades will be available by October 2019. Airfare and transfers are additional.

  • Frank Garcia will be on this tour!
  • Depart USA on June 11 and arrive in Rome June 12. Stay in hotel the evenings of June 12 & 13. Group transportation to the cruise ship on June 14 will be arranged for an additional fee.
  • June 13's tour: Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, enter monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.
  • To book, call Cruise & Crop. A $250 per person depsoit is required to secure your spot. Space is limited.
 

Group Option #2

Enjoy a 9-day tour around Italy. Click here for all the details and to register.

Book your own air and arrive on 6/13/20 or sooner
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 6, 2020. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 7/12/19, the following hotel was being offered:

  • Hotel Cicerone $250.47 pp, Double occupancy, 1 night.

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $71.95 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 6/14/20.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Rome airport no later than 1:30 p.m. on 6/14/20 and leave Rome after 10:50 a.m. on 6/21/20.  Royal Caribbean's round-trip transfers can be purchased for $143.90 pp if you need same day transfers.

If you come in early and stay near the airport, you can return to the airport on 6/14/20 and still get a RCL transfer. Airport Pick-up/Drop-off is availble. Call for details.

City Center Pick-up/Drop-off is available. Taxi to the Crowne Plaza on 6/14/20 and catch a transfer to the ship for $71.95 pp. After the cruise, on 6/21/20, you can take the ship's transfer into the city. You'll be dropped off at Rome Ostiense Station for $71.95 pp. Call Cruise & Crop to book these transfers.

The deadline to book transfers in advance is 5/29/20.

>> We can also help you book an independent transfer for less. Last we checked, transfers for 2 guests were running around $60 total (one-way).

NOTE:  Click on this link for information on trains and taxi cabs. Cruise & Crop does not operate or control in any respect the services provided by these companies, nor does it guarantee their performance.

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.


Join Frank on these four excursions - Book them direct on www.RoyalCaribbean.com/cruiseplanner

If you are not able to book them on-line, please call Royal Caribbean's pre-cruise planner desk for assistance 1-800-398-9819

6/16/20, Santorini, Greece, 1:30 p.m.
"Island of Santorini & Oia Village" {Shore Excursion Code:SOA8}

5.5 Hours, $119 per adult, $69 per child

Embrace the glorious island charms of Santorini on a 5.5-hour adventure that brings you from the idyllic village of Oia to a local winery for tastings, plus enjoy free time to shop and stroll around the hilltop capital of Fira. Admire breathtaking views of the ancient volcanic caldera while driving around postcard-perfect Santorini Bay to the quaint hamlet of Oia. Perched high above the sea, this white-washed Cyclades enclave is full of narrow pathways that wind around a maze of art galleries, cafes, and artisan shops. Next, you’ll travel to a local bodega where Santorini wine is aged, learning about how the island’s climate and volcanic soil contribute to its fine varietals. Wine has been produced here since the ancient times, and it became world-renowned during the Middle Ages. You’ll taste the pure essence of Greek wine with a selection of three unique wines paired with locally produced cheese, olives, and tomatoes. Your final stop in the bustling capital city of Fira lets you spend an hours’ free time as you wish. This main town’s streets of chock-full of souvenir shops, cliffside tavernas, and plenty of panoramic photo ops. Enjoy free time before the journey back to Athinios port, where tenders will transfer you to the ship. This tour is provided by an operator that has been third-party certified to meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Criteria for Tour Operators.

6/17/20, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey, 9:30 p.m.
"Ephesus, Didyma & Miletus with Lunch" {Shore Excursion Code:KD3R}

7.5 Hours, $103.99 per adult, $103.99 per child

Uncover historic mysteries as you comb the ruins of three ancient Greek cities, including the Great Theater of Ephesus, Miletus' Faustina baths, and Didyma's Temple of Apollo — plus savor a Turkish meal. This 7.5-hour adventure begins with a guided walking tour of the open-air museum of Ephesus. Walk under the Magnesian Gate into the UNESCO World Heritage Site, viewing what remains of its Great Theater and the stately Library of Celsus. Next, you'll travel to the mouth of the Maeander River to discover Miletus, one of the wealthiest cities during ancient Greek times. Trace its roots back to the Neolithic period, learning about its importance as an Ionian harbor town. Your route will take you past its crumbling theater, original reliefs, and Faustina baths where locals once relaxed. In the nearby ruined city of Didyma you will stand before the Temple of Apollo, the fourth-largest temple built in ancient Greece. The temple's oracle, constructed around a natural spring, was known to hold prophetic powers, even attracting the likes of Alexander the Great. You'll then savor an authentic Turkish buffet lunch in a local five-star hotel before returning to Kusadasi, where a Turkish carpet presentation and your cruise ship await. 

6/18/20, Mykonos, Greece, 8:00 a.m.
"Mykonos & Assimomitis Wine Tasting" {Shore Excursion Code:MK46}

3.5 Hours, $89.75 per adult, $69.75 per child

Prepare to take your senses on a journey all their own, as you experience the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors of Mykonos Town. Your adventure starts out on foot alongside a friendly and informative guide through narrow, cobblestone streets of this picturesque Cycladic village. As you pass whitewashed houses, the historic Panagia Paraportiani church complex and stunning Cycladic architecture along bougainvillea-lined pathways, you’ll learn about the rich heritage behind the area. A stop in a neighborhood pastry shop along the way lands you a taste of the city’s signature sweet “amygdalota” almond biscuits and “soumada” beverage. Then hop in a motor coach to Assimomitis Winery & Vineyards, where you’ll meet the owner and hear of the region’s wine producing culture. You’ll also sample three different types of wine – red, white and sweet varietals – paired with a selection of homemade bread, cheese and local meats. This is a tantalizing adventure for even the most discerning gourmand.

6/20/20, Naples (Capri), Italy, 7:30 a.m.
"Capri, Sorrento & Pompeii" {Shore Excursion Code:NP02}

10 Hours, $249 per adult, $209 per child

Enjoy breathtaking seaside scenery as you visit two gems, Sorrento and the idyllic isle of Capri, before scouring the archaeological ruins of Pompeii. Enjoy a scenic 50-minute jetfoil ride across turquoise waters to Capri, then stroll La Piazzetta square. Savor a light tasty lunch in Sorrento. View recovered artifacts once buried in Pompeii, an ancient Roman city destroyed in 79 AD by a Mount Vesuvius eruption.

Click here for a YouTube video of the excursion.


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.

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

Tours & Transfers via Viator: Click Here.

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 2, forward. Be sure to use the forward stairs/elevator to access the Conference Center.

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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
    • Passports are Required
  • 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)
  • Royal Caribbean allows you to bring 2 bottles of wine (750 mL) per stateroom onboard on embarkation day; subject to corkage fees. Guests are allowed to bring on 12 standard (17 oz) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom of non-alcoholic beverages. These must be CARRIED on! If you put them in your checked luggage, they will be confiscated. No beer or hard liquor may be brought onboard for consumption.

...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
  • 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

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.