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Flights must come into Miami (airport code: MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (airport code: FLL)
Transfers rates $16 - $29.95 pp.

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 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 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 (07FEB2021) in order to book. Once booked, Cruise & Crop will receive notification and we'll send you an updated confirmation.

Choice Air 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 and arrive on 2/6/21.
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 October 29, 2020. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 7/2020, Royal Caribbean is offering the following hotels for a 1-night pre stay:

  • Hyatt Centric Bricknell $198.22 pp
  • Biscayne Bay Marriott $180.99 pp
  • Courtyard Marriott South Beach $216.66 pp
  • Crowne Plaza Miami Airport $148.93 pp
  • Marriott Miami Airport $148.59 pp
  • JW Marriott Downtown $175.19 pp
  • Hilton Miami Downtown $165.72 pp

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $16-29.95 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 2/7/21.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at the Miami airport airport no later than 1:00 p.m. on 2/7/21 and leave no earlier than 11:00 a.m. on 2/12/21.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $32 pp.

Flights must arrive at the Ft. Lauderdale airport no later than 12:00 p.m. on 2/7/21 and leave no earlier than 12:00 p.m. on 2/12/21.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $59.90 pp.

The deadline to purchase transfers is 1/21/21.

NOTE:  If you do everything on your own and want to find your own transportation to the pier, please note that the Port of Miami is 30 miles (45 minutes) from the Fort Lauderdale airport; 10 miles (25 minutes) from the Miami International airport. Taxicabs are available at all cruise terminals on cruise days. Visit http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/directions-transportation.asp for a list of Shuttles, Taxis and Rental companies. Click here for Miami Airport 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: $20/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. Debit cards are not accepted.

Directions to the pier:
http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/parking-transportation.asp

Port Of Miami
1015 N. America Way
Miami, Florida 33132

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Crop room will used primarily for classes. Each crafter will receive a half of a table during class times.

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Chat with your fellow cruisers about your upcoming trip. Go Here.

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
  • 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)
  • 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

**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.

  • 12" Personal Trimmer
  • Crystal Katana
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light

There will be small store onboard.

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