Z-Far North Queensland Adventure – Feb 2019

This cruise is perfect if you haven’t been cruising before as its a little shorter, which also means its also more affordable but with just as many sea days as some of our South Pacific cruises so you won’t miss out on any scrapping time.

Join me on the Explorer of the Seas (sister ship of the Voyager and just as good) and get a glimpse of our Queensland coastline all the way up to the Barrier Reef at Airlie Beach

Don’t miss out. Get a few of your friends and book together.

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Welcome aboard  EXPLORER of the Seas for this 8 Night adventure.


The incredible Explorer of the Seas® introduced many of the iconic features that Royal Caribbean guests still love today. Conquer the rock-climbing wall, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it’s zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends—with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Departing Sydney 1st February, 2019 and returning 9th February, 2019

Prices below are per person based on a TWIN SHARE – Please request prices for 3rd /4th person or Single Supplement

Prices are now FROM $1550* (*includes classes, includes workshop and classes fee) subject to availability from RCC. 
Original Group allocation is full but cabins still available and will be added to group.  Please contact myself or Geelong Travel for current price and to book

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC


  • Gratuities, Port Fees and taxes
  • All meals (alcohol additional – drink packages available onboard)
  • All onboard entertainment and shows
  • Use of PRIVATE room – Convention Centre 24/7
  • Welcome Gift
  • Prizes and giveaway
  • Classes on cruising days
  • Spectacular ports of call

*Optional Shore Excursions are available


Bookings are made by completing the below online booking form which will be directed to Geelong Travel where an agent will contact you to confirm  and discuss cabin requirements.

A $200 deposit will be required to guarantee your position and this is payable to Geelong Travel. You will receive a reservation number once you have directly paid them the deposit.  Full payment for balance of cruise/any other travel arrangements made and the scrapbooking portion is payable and due by the date indicated on your invoice.



Welcome: Sydney, Australia Australia

Welcome aboard Explorer of the Seas

What’s not to love about Sydney? Home to some of the friendliest people, countless museums, galleries, world-class restaurants and of course, the sprawling Outback, Sydney is a true adventure wonderland that no one can resist.


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  • 9.30-12.30 – Melissa Kennedy – BLESSED Class



Port of Call: Brisbane, Australia Australia

Brisbane has the culture and skyline of a major metropolis without attitude – with great nature and beaches nearby. Opt for urban explorations or head to the hills, rainforest or renowned Gold Coast for other types of experiences.


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  •  9.30-12.30 – Jane Tregenza – JOURNAL – Mini Album Class (Jane is available to help out during the afternoon if so needed)


  • Cruising Willis Island 9-10am  Therefore as many of you may want to see this -we will have class in the afternoon today.
  • 1.30 – 4.30pm – Jenny Heaslip (interactive Layout)

Cruising: Willis Island (Cruising), Australia Australia

This Coral Sea island lies outside the Great Barrier Reef and is the pristine habitat for native bird species as the booy, wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns.

Brown and Red-footed Boobies

A joy to watch, thousands of these ‘dressed up’  seabirds call the island home.


Other than the famous boobies, look above for wedge-tailed shearwaters, sooty terns and more.




Port of Call: Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia Australia

This laidback town on the Coral Sea is the perfect base for exploring the spectacular archipelago of the Whitsunday Islands and the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Village life revolves around nature, the beach and sea.

The Great Barrier Reef

Explore the world’s largest collection of corals, coral sponges and molluscs.

The Whitsunday Islands

Covered by lush landscape and bordered by gorgeous beaches and coral-laden waters.


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  •  9.30 – 12.30 pm Class – Kerrie Gurney – Simple Stories.


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  •  No official class but conference room open to use to complete and catch up on the pages you haven’t completed.



Port of Arrival: Sydney, Australia Australia

Imagine opening your balcony door to see a new and breathtaking part of the world each morning. A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination.

Balcony Staterooms

A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination. These Staterooms offer a spectacular view, small sitting area and a private balcony.

Oceanview Staterooms

Spend the day exploring the world, then come back to your room and never miss a moment as you enjoy the amazing views from the window in your stateroom. These larger staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom.

Interior Staterooms

Spend your days on board by the pool, on sports deck or scrapbooking in the conference room. Then relax at night in the comfort of your interior stateroom.

The standard stateroom offers two twin beds, a private bathroom and all the facilities of our standard staterooms. Some interior staterooms have a virtual balcony.

Promenade Stateroom

For an interior room with a view, opt for a Promenade Stateroom, available on all Voyager Class ships. They offer all the features of a standard stateroom, plus a bowed window overlooking the Promenade.

In regards to photograph requirements – you can either bring from home or if you want to wait to include some of your cruise photographs – please cut up white card stock to relevant sizes so you can use on layouts and replace with a real photo when you have a suitable ones.

Class 1 (Day 2) – Blessed Class by Melissa Kennedy
9.00 am start (WELCOME) – formal class 9.30-12.30pm

You will be working with the fun and beautiful BLESSED collection that was just released last month.
Ever wondered what to do with all the coordinating products that are released in each collection
Basically this class is jam packed full of techniques- Technique overload – showing you the basics and having fun along the way.
From Watercolouring, to Stencilling, Stamping, Layering and even some mixed media techniques.  You will definitely get your hands dirty and have some fun with this bright inspiring collection – that will have you walking away COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS…
You will create 7 Layouts each showing you how to use the different coordinating products released.

– gloves (if you don’t like getting hands dirty….hahaha)
– permanent black ink for stamping
– Stamping Block
– Scissors for fussy cutting
– Foam/Mounting tape
– Glue
– Blending tool and spare foam – if you change for different colours

Photo Sizes
Layout 1 – 4″ Square
Layout 2 – Two 3½” Square Photos
Layout 3 – One 5″x 7″ Photo
Layout 4 – One 4″ x 6″ and One 4″ Square
Layout 5 – One 6 x 4″ that has been cropped down to 4¾” x 3½” rectangle
Layout 6 – Two or three 4″ Square
Layout 7 – Mixed Media – small photograph if you desired


Class 2 (Day 4) JOURNAL – Jane Tregenza
9.30am – 12.30pm

I love junk and hoarding bits and pieces and favorite papers for special projects is one of my more questionable habits. I know I am not alone as most of you also have the same box or even a cupboard full of your own treasures. So when Melissa asked me to teach on a cruise with such talented teachers, I decided to do a mini junk/eclectic album – travel/family themed. This way I can share lots of my own treasures and use stacks of different papers, charms, chipboard ribbons, stamps and much much more and you don’t have to worry about photos. I plan to give you enough stuff to keep you busy for a few days. We will be making one 6×6 inch album and I will include some extras so you can make a second one if you like. You can take photos of our cruise for your album as we go along if you wish too. I have been shopping up a storm and will be giving you your own set of Tim Holtz Mini Motivation set of 12 stamps along with some other lovely goodies. We will also be doing a bit of mixed media in our album just to keep you on your toes. I love this form of scrapbooking and am sure you will be delighted with your album and become as addicted as I am.


My mini album can hold 24-30 photos, it is travel themed but you could use it for a family album.  Please note that some of the papers/embellishments are travel themed though.  All the photos required at 4 x 6″ and most will nee t be cropped smaller.  If you can get some of your photos printed two per a 4 x 6″ print or 1/2 size that would be awesome.  Otherwise you can use this for your cruise album and take photos as you go along, then print them when you get back and add them.
I will include a photo of every page for you to keep and take home..

Class 3 (Day 5) – MINTAY – Marina Class by Jenny Heaslip
Afternoon Class – 1.30pm – 4.30pm


“Sometimes we have way too many photos for just one standard double page layout. In this class we will create a page that can hold 22 photos, most of them full sized 6” x 4” size, that has interesting interactive elements that lift or open to reveal hidden areas. We will be using the gorgeous Marina range from Mintay with colours of navy, red and white with touches of mustard and there will also be a touch of flowers and twine to finish off.  I have also designed an optional bonus double page with the leftovers for you to complete after class. I am so looking forward to joining you in class and also on the cruise in general, it’s going to be awesome”

– Paper trimmer
– Scoreboard
– Double Sided Tape
– Scissors for fussy cutting
– Foam/Mounting tape
– Glue
– Ink –  I have not inked however please bring if you prefer to
– Ruler
– Kraft knife

Photo Sizes
5” x 7” portrait photos x 2
4” x 6” portrait photos x 6
3” x 4” portrait photos x 3
6” x 4” landscape photos x 3
5 ½” x 4” landscape photos x 6
5” x 4” landscape photos x 2

CLASS 4 – (Day 7) – Kerrie Gurney (Simple Stories)
9.30am – 12.30pm

Join me for a fun fresh day of creating. Using Simple Stories Hello Summer collection we will create 1 double layout and 3 single layouts. All the layouts have lots of layering using sprays, texture paste, stencils, threads, crepe paper, gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers, beautiful Simple Stories patterned papers and just a little fussy cutting.

You will have plenty of products left over to create more fun layouts.

(I hope to create some bonus layouts for you all to finish up the collection pack, so bring along some extra photos or you can add them later)

I look so forward to lots of onboard fun with you all.
Photo requirements (all photos can be added later)
One –  4″ x 6″ Landscape
Four – 4″ x 3″ Landscape or Two – 4″ x 6″ Portrait
One – 4″ x 6″ Landscape or Two 3″ x 4″ Portrait
Three –  3″ x 4″ Portrait
One – 4″ x6″  Landscape


You will need to bring along a normal basic scrapbooking tool kit.  Similar to what you would bring to any retreat.

Items to definitely include:

  • craft matt – needs only to be a small A4 mat but something to use with your craft knife.
  • paper trimmer
  • Sanding block
  • craft knife and ruler
  • messy matt or some blending matt (to put ink and modelling paste on etc)
  • small scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″)
  • edge distressor -(to distress the edges of papers)
  • brown ink pad – (e.g. Tim Holtz – walnut ink is my go to ink pad)
  • Blending tool to use with the ink
  • Pallet knife or old credit card (to use with modelling paste)
  • Mini Mister (to spritz and water down inks etc)
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments)
  • Permanent Black Ink (Archival)
  • Acrylic Block for stamping
  • Black Journalling Pen
  • Baby Wipes

Optional Extra’s  (not necessary but certainly helps if you have them)

  • Dimensional Magic (Modpodge) – or Glossy Accents (Ranger)

You will be given kits for each class so its not necessary to bring along other scrapbooking products unless you have something specific in mind you want to work on whilst away.

Closer to the sailing date you will be given more detailed list of requirements.

In regards to photograph requirements which you can either bring from home or cut up white card stock to relevant sizes so you can use on layouts and replace with a real photo when you have a suitable one.