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Flights must come into Southampton or London (LHR or SOU)
Transfers rates $32.95 - $95.95 pp each way

Book Royal Caribbean’s Airfare

If you'd like to choose your routing schedule, you can choose to book "Air2Sea". These rates are subject to change until locked in. Transfers are not included in the price but can be added. Royal Caribbean offers both refundable and non-refundable fares. If you select a refundable fare, payment can be made later, with your final payment. Non-refundable fares must be paid in full at the time of booking. Flights are customizable and you can choose to book Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class or First Class.

To book your own Air2Sea reservation, go to https://www.royalcaribbean.com/flights/bookFlights 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 (Anthem of the Seas) and sailing date (04AUG2023) in order to book. Once booked, Cruise & Crop will receive notification and we'll send you an updated confirmation.

Air2Sea is the only air booking site that Cruise & Crop recommends. For FAQs on Choice Air and their flight assurance policies, click here.

Book your own air
Book the pre-cruise and/or post-cruise hotel through Cruise & Crop / Dream Vacations.

Royal Caribbean no longer offers hotel + transfer packages. Cruise & Crop is happy to help you find area hotels for your pre & post cruise stays. Transfers to/from the ship will not be included. You will need to use taxi/Uber/public transportation services to travel between the airport, hotel and ship.

To request a hotel quote - please complete this form and we'll get back with you shortly: Hotel Request Form

Hotel rates may be non-refundable and payment is usually due at the time of booking.

Book your own air and arrive on 8/4/23.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at either London airport (LHR or LGW) no later than 12:00 p.m. on 8/4/23 and leave no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on 8/13/23.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $191.90 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 7/20/23.

You can return to London Heathrow and catch a "pick-up" transfer to the ship for $95.95 pp.

If you book your own flights into Southampton Airport, flights must arrive at no later than 3:00 p.m. on 8/4/23 and leave no earlier than 8:50 p.m. on 8/13/23.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $65.90 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 7/20/23.

NOTE:  You CANNOT book your own air & hotel (to arrive on 8/3/23) and still purchase Royal Caribbean transfers.  If you do everything on your own, you’ll have to find your own transportation to the pier. The airport is approx. 2 hours from the pier. 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

101 Berth, City Cruise Terminal
Southampton SO14 3QN

London Heathrow Airport 
70 miles to pier, approximate driving time 1 3/4 hours.

London Gatwick 
Airport 91 miles to pier, approximate driving time 2 hours.

From London Heathrow Airport 
Take A3113 from the airport to M25 (M25 is the London Orbital Freeway) follow signs for M3 at junction 12 - join M3 and head south following signs for Southampton and Southampton Docks. On leaving the M3 take the M27 following signs Southampton Docks. At junction 3 - join M271 and continue to follow signs for Southampton Docks. Dock Gate 10 is the entrance to the terminal area.

From London Gatwick Airport 
Take A23 from airport to junction 9a where you join the M23 driving to junction 7 where you join the M25 following signs for M3, which you join at junction 12 - join M3 and head south following signs for Southampton and Southampton Docks. On leaving the M3 take the M27 following signs for Southampton Docks. At junction 3 - join M271 and continue to follow signs for Southampton Docks. Dock Gate 10 is the entrance to the terminal area.

From London Waterloo Station 
The closest station to our terminal is Southampton Central and a Direct Train Service is available with South West Trains from London Waterloo, approximate journey time is 1 hour 20 minutes. Timetable information can be obtained on the internet at *www.nationalrail.co.uk A one way fare from London’s Waterloo station is approximately $65 (35 British Pounds). The Pier terminal is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the Southampton train station, approximate cost for taxi journey is 10 British Pounds.

PIER LONG TERM PARKING: Parking at the Port of Southampton can be arranged in advance only by calling locally at 0870.085 6030 or visit *www.abparking.co.uk and make your car parking reservation online. There is very limited space available for cars not holding an advance reservation. For directions to the "Long Stay" parking facility, follow the above directions, however enter the Southampton Docks through Dock Gate 8.

SECURITY AT THE PIER: Please expect delays related to security and immigration procedures when arriving at the pier to board the ship. These procedures have been designed for your safety and all attempts will be made to expedite you through the process as quickly as possible.

For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact our local cruise line representative, Intercruises at +44.207.462 1584 or us at 1.800.256 6649.

*Note - Regarding phone numbers on third party websites:  Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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/cthomas 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.

Book a tour with Viator.com. They have a massive list of excursions. It will be your responsibility to check the departure and arrival times and make sure they fit within the time your ship is in port. We recommend a tour start time of at least 1 hour AFTER arrival. Tours should return to the ship at least 1 hour before your ship is schedule to leave. For a direct link, 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 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.

Crop room will be open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sea Days (August 5, 11 & 12)

Crop room will be open from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Shore Days (August 7 - 10) depending on Magali's return from booked excursions.

Evening crafting is available from 8:00 p.m. - Midnight is available on request.

Friday, August 11 - Fiesta Day: Pack a flower headband and/or a top with flowers/polka dots/ruffles (think along the lines of flamenco). Be prepared for lots of photos!

Crafting Projects

  1. Mixed Media Canvas
  2. Album (containing about 15-20 photos)
  3. 8 Scrapbooking pages
  4. 6 cards
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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
    • Passport (valid at least 6 months after you return) & a drivers license
  • 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
  • 2 Semi-Formal, 2 Smart Casual & 5 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 may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom. Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.  These must be CARRIED on! If you put them in your checked luggage, your suitcases will be held in security.

...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.

Your craft projects will have everything you need for each project: papers, embellishments, stencils and other freebies. You will be crafting with a European flair as all craft products are either French products from ‘Florileges Design’ or British from ‘Aall and Create’. Your goodie bag will include a pot of embossing powder, wet glue and a roll of double-sided tape as well as some useful bits and pieces for the cruise and a Special Gift. On top of that, you will have an allowance of 15 photos to be printed on the Selphy printer.(*)

There will be a sharing table with a Scan N’ Cut machine, a Sizzix die cut machine, a foiling machine, and a Selphy photo printing machine (*) for everyone to enjoy. So there is no need for you to bring anything along those lines.

There is also a mini craft shop with papers, inks, dies, stamps and embellishments.

(*) Please be aware that the Selphy machine will only work if you buy the onboard internet package.

**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.

  • Craft Mat
  • Crafting knife
  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer (preferably with folding/scoring lines)
  • Ruler
  • Stamp Blocks
  • Your own stamps, papers and photos for your own projects
  • Black Ink
  • Pen / Pencil / Eraser
  • Bone Folder
  • Pokey tool
  • Wet-wipes to clean your hands and table
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light

There will be a store on-board selling papers, stamps, dies, stencils, embellishments, washi tapes & inks.

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