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Flights can come into Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or Southampton, England
Transfers rates $32.95 - 95.95 pp 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 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 (Anthem of the Seas) and sailing date (17JUN2022) 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 6/16/22.
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 9, 2022. After this deadline, hotel packages may not be available.

As of 9/22/21, Royal Caribbean is offering the following hotel in London for a pre or post-cruise stay:

  • Leonardo Royal Hotel, London on River Thames. 5-star. Includes English Breakfast. 35 minutes from Gatwick; 45 minutes from Heathrow. Two hour transfer to your ship on 6/17/22 is included.
    • 1-Night Pre $268.08 pp
    • 2-Nights Pre $468.62 pp
    • 3-Nights Pre $669.16 pp

You’d also need to purchase a one-way transfer from the pier to the airport for after the cruise.  This is $32.95 pp to Southampton and $95.95 pp to London airports.

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 6/17/22.
Book Royal Caribbean Transfers

If you book your own flights, flights must arrive at either London airport (LGW or LHR) no later than 12:00 p.m. on 6/17/22 and leave no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on 6/24/22.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $191.90 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 6/2/22.

Southampton Airport: Flights must arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. on 6/17/22 and leave no earlier than 8:50 a.m. on 6/24/22.  Round-trip transfers can be purchased for $65.90 pp. The deadline to purchase transfer is 6/2/22.

NOTE:  If book your own air & hotel (to arrive on 6/16/22 or sooner), you can return to Heathrow Airport to catch Royal Caribbean's transfer to the ship (call Cruise & Crop to book this transfer).  Or, you can find your own transportation to the pier. Shore Excursions Group offers London to Southampton transfers. London is approx. 2 hours from the pier in Southampton. 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

PIER TERMINAL: 
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.

RAIL TRANSPORTATION:
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
Shore excursions are available to be booked. You can go to Royal Caribbean's Website and click "Manage My Cruise." 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
A schedule of events will be provided closer to sailing. 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.

The Crop Room will be open 8:00 a.m. - midnight.

Meet & Greet - June 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room (crop room on deck 13, aft)

Group photo - Just before lunch on June 18 (after your morning class session)

Connect with us on Facebook.....via our Events Link.
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
    • 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 & 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. 

Vicki will have stencils, stamps and mediums available to share.

**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.

  • Tons of your favorite adhesives - various types - wet & dry
    • 1/8" double sided tape
    • tape runner
    • foam dots
  • Scissors (blades must be less than 4 inches long)
  • 12x12 Personal Trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Paper clips
  • Shareable items: 1" circle punch, hole punch, border punch
  • Ink and Ink Blending Tool (colors TBD soon)
  • Black Pen / Pencil
  • Paper Towel
  • Craft Mat
  • #8 or #10 round paint brush
  • >>> additional tools to be determined closer to sailing
  • Wet-wipes to clean your hands and table
  • Optional: Battery powered crafting light

There will be a store on-board selling basic items.

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