Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Q's Creative Cruise UPDATE


I've had to re-post my Cruise information as there has been an important change, so please take note.

When I originally created our group I was told the conference room was available only to find out it wasn't.  Arggggg!

Finally, after many, many emails, phone calls and a very helpful rep we have created a new group.  Bottom line: same cruise line, same cruise, same boat and same itinerary.

Two things have changed.  We are getting better dates (middle of July = warmer) for the same cost of our original dates in June, but there is no senior discount. 

I'm very sorry for this change to our plans, but I'm so happy we were able to resolve it without too much difficulty.  Hope it works with you all.  Royal Caribbean is also offering us a better shipboard credit of $75 per cabin! You can receive this credit back, so technically, it can reduce the cost of your cruise, that is, if you don't spend anything on board :)

Here are the costs.  These prices include all port charges & taxes.
As you can see they have extended the June prices for a costlier cruise for us.
Interior Cabin (Category M) $1062.52 per person based on Double occupancy

Ocean View Cabin (Cat. G2) $1312.52 per person based on Double occupancy

Balcony (Cat. D1) $2152.52 per person based on Double occupancy

Alaska 7-day Cruise



A few of you have asked about triple occupancy...here are those rates:



Interior Cabin (Category M) $1062.52 for first 2 people, $902.52 for 3rd (averages out to $1009.19 per person)

Ocean View Cabin (Cat. G2) $1312.52 for first 2 people, 952.52 for 3rd (averages out to $1192.52 per person)

Jr. Suite $2412.52 for first 2 people, 1102.52 for 3rd (averages out to $1975.85 per person)








Cost of Classes $275.00
2 1/2 days of classes in dedicated conference room (where you can leave your things), goodie bag, prizes (everyone will win something...prizes TBA) and more fun TBA!
Cost of flights: I checked today and there are many flights into Seattle for a little over $300. Otherwise it's a 14 hour drive.
Additional costs:
There are usually $12-$15 per day gratuities expected on cruises
Transport from Airport to Cruise Dock
Any excursions

Deposits:
A deposit of $250 per person is required by September 14th for the cruise
A deposit of $50 per person is required by September 14th for the classes
Balances are due April 7th.

Pay by check (email me) or with a card for a small additional fee (you do not need to be a paypal member to use this service. Use arrow to see drop-down menu and Deposit for classes.



We'll be sailing on the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas, a newly refurbished and gorgeous ship! You can watch a youtube video about the ship here. You can read more about Dining Options, Things to do and Show & Nightlife as well.

Rhapsody of the Seas is known as the 'ship of light' thanks to her two acres of glass canopies, skylights and dramatic walls of glass. When you're not enjoying the sweeping ocean views, quaint towns and ship amenities you'll be taking creativity to a whole new level with fun classes that will teach you new techniques and help you create beautiful projects.
Here is the update itinerary:



Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Activity



Day 1: Fri., July 12





Seattle, Washington





4pm



Meet & Greet after dinner



Day 2: Sat., July 13



Cruising









Classes 9 - 4pm

Evening catch-up





Day 3: Sun., July 14



Alaska Inside Passage

& Juneau, Alaska





Morning

11am





8pm



Cruising

Docked



Day 4: Mon., July 15



Skagway, Alaska



7am



8:30pm



Docked





Day 5: Tues., July 16



Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska



7am



12 noon





Cruising Morning

Classes 1pm - 4pm

Evening catch-up







Day 6: Wed., July 17



Cruising













Classes 9-4pm

Evening catch-up





Day 7: Thurs., July 18



Victoria, BC, Canada



9am



6pm



Docked

Day: Group Butchard Garden & Afternoon Tea excursion

Night: Group Farewell/card swap





Day 8: Fri., July 19



Seattle, Washington



7am






I'll be posting more information about this cruise in the months that follow, so stay tuned for some great adventures, both in the craft room and in Alaska!

If you have any questions, please email me.
Here's a little tidbit about the beautiful wildlife you may see on this cruise...an eagle is a fairly rare sight here in Utah, but in Alaska, you have to stop counting, there are that many! We didn't see a Killer Whale breach like this on our cruise, but we did see a pod of them and many other wildlife.


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