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Flights must come into Houston, TX (airport code: HOU or IAH)
Transfers rates $31.95 - 39.95 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 (Harmony of the Seas) and sailing date (28JAN2024 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.

Your group leaders are staying here:

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston North at I-45
1002 63rd St, Galveston, TX US

Book your own air and arrive on 1/28/24.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

Transfers from HOU: $31.95 each way, $63.90 round-trip
Transfers from IAH: $39.95 each way, $79.90 round-trip

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the HOU airport no later than 12:00 p.m. on 1/28/24 and leave no earlier than 12:00 p.m. on 2/4/24.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $63.90 pp.

Flights must arrive at the IAH airport no later than 11:00 a.m. on 1/28/24 and leave no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on 2/4/24. Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $79.90 pp.

NOTE:  If you book your own air & hotel (to arrive on 1/27/24) you can go back to the airport on 1/28/24 and take Royal Caribbean's transfers to the pier. Call Cruise & Crop for details and to pre-book this transfer. Or you are welcome to book your own private transfer. Houston Hobby airport is approx. 45 minutes from the pier. Intercontinental Airport is approx. 1.5 hours from the pier. Visit http://www.portofgalveston.com/index.aspx for a list of Shuttles, Taxis 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

Parking Fees: $140-189 plus tax 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, Mastercard and Traveler’s Checks issued in U.S. dollars. Visit this link to reserve your parking spot.

Directions from Port of Galveston

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.

Enjoy a local Resort for the day, Click Here.

class schedule
The schedule is subject to change. All classes/crops will take place on deck 3, forward. Be sure to use the forward stairs/elevator to access the Conference Center.

Hello Everyone!

April and I are very excited for our upcoming cruise!!  

For the crafting portion: We plan to order and ship some supplies directly to you the first week of January to the address in the survey.  You will need to bring them all on the cruise for your projects.  So, if you use them before we go, you may not have what you need to make your 6 classes.  You will receive more stuff for the classes on the cruise.  As for packing for cropping on your own, you can bring whatever you want (except a heat tool/things that create heat, power strips, blades over 4"), and I recommend bringing your stuff in a rolling suitcase - it will be easiest to get on the ship.  Really think about what you will work on so you don't bring too much.  April and I will bring limited supplies for you to use: some stamp sets (bring your own clear blocks), ink pads, punches, die cutting machines, dies, etc.  We are not allowed to cash and carry cardstock/etc, so only adhesive will be for sale (possibly some past class kits). You can also partner with your friends to share supplies.  We do not have any extra cardstock on hand, so be sure to bring what you need for swaps and personal projects.  (Note: we do supply extra if you have a stamping accident in our classes).

You will be cutting your own designer paper and ribbon on the cruise for your class projects.  We plan to send the project directions to you via email/post in the FB group before the cruise. For the classes you will need to bring: scissors (blade under 4"), paper trimmer, adhesive (tape runner - we will have a small amount for sale), bone folder, paper piercing tool.  If you have, we also recommend: Stampin' Pierce Mat (foam mat) and Silicone Craft Sheet.  

If you need to order anything additional we can place an order for you to ARRIVE TO YOU by the time you leave for the trip (I would allow 10 business days to arrive).  Or, we can also order a little later to ship to us and we bring to you on the ship (we usually expedite orders the Monday before the trip). 

Sat, Jan 27: group dinner – 6:30 The Original Mexican Cafe located at 1401 Market St., Galveston TX 77550 (menu link if you want to add: http://www.theoriginalgalveston.com/menu.html)

Sun, Jan 28: Craft room open at 7:30 pm after dinner for a meet & greet game! Please feel free to bring your guests (non crafting) to this event. Please do not enter room before this time. We do have helpers. Thank you!

Mon, Jan 29: 10:00 am: IMPORTANT (informational) meeting for crafters

Tues, Jan 30: Craft room is open. PHOTO at 10:00 am – meet in craft room and wear cruise shirt you received Monday. BINGO approximately 10:30 am right after photo!

Wed, Jan 31: Roatan, Honduras 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thurs, Feb 1: Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fri, Feb 2: Cozumel, Mexico 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat, Feb 3: Craft room is open. 3:00 pm we will start cleaning up/packing. Make sure you finish your self-paced classes by 3:00 pm! SWAP and CREATIVE CONTEST DUE 1:30 pm. Vote for swap by 2:00 (tip: be there at 2:00 to see who our winners are). We all have to be out of the crop room before dinner.

*Jennifer & April will be in the craft room every day. We will be in the craft room a majority of the day on days at sea. We will normally be in the craft room after breakfast, after lunch, and a short time after dinner - to help you! On port days we will go into port, but the craft room will still be open. Giveaways every day (no need to be present)! Come and go when YOU want – it’s YOUR cruise!

Card Swap: We have an optional card swap!  The number of swaps you make depends on the number of people who participate.  The maximum you will have to make is 15.  The number will depend on how many people participate.  If we have over 15 swappers you will not receive back one of everyone's - we'll swap them out so that you get back 15 different cards (could include one of your own).  ALL SWAPS MUST BE THE SAME DESIGN (example 15 of the same card).  The swap deadline to RSVP is December 27.  By January 1 we'll email out the final count.  You can choose to make your cards before cruise or on cruise.  Please make full cards (minimum 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 closed).  You do NOT have to provide envelopes.  Please no creator markings on the back.  Any theme!  Swaps will be due by Saturday, Feb 3, 1:30 pm.


Jennifer & April

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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
    • 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.
  • 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 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. 

Jennifer & April will bring the following items to share: Die cut machine, embossing folders, punches, dies, ink pads, markers & stamps.

**Be sure to pack all sharp objects in your CHECKED Luggage, all together in a plastic bag**

The following supplies are suggested for your self-paced classes.
Subject to change.

  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Paper Piercer
  • Glue Dots
  • Bone Folder
  • Clear blocks for open crop time
  • Your own projects for open crop time
  • Pen / Pencil
  • See Letter above for full details
  • Wet-wipes to clean your hands and table
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light

There will be a store on-board selling only adhesives.

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