South Pacific & Fiji – April 2017

9th – 22nd April, 2017

Three of my favourite islands; Lifou, Mystery Island and Isle of Pines, all in the once cruise – who could ask for more.

Take advantage of the great group price, grab a few friends and join me for a great fortnight of scrapbooking and island hopping aboard the fantastic Explorer of the Seas

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SHIP:
Welcome aboard Explorer of the Seas for this 13 Nights adventure.

Explorer

Is it adventure you seek, or a restful retreat from life on land? Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, 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.

WHEN:
Departing Sydney 9th April and returning 22nd April 2017.

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

from $1678* – Interior room
from $1926* – Promenade Room
from $2050* – Oceanview
from $2360* – Balcony
PLUS  Scrapbooking FEE $450

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC

OUR PRICES INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Goodie bag (or should I say box)
  • Prizes and giveaway
  • 5 Classes on cruising days
  • Spectacular ports of call

*Optional Shore Excursions are available

BOOKINGS /  DEPOSITS / PAYMENTS
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 arrangments made and the scrapbooking portion is payable and due by the date indicated on your invoice.

DAY 1 – DEPART SYDNEY

  • Welcome aboard Explorer of the Seas
  • Access to your cabins after 2pm. Take this opportunity until your cabin is ready to explore and navigate your way around the ship.
  • 30pm feel free to come down to the conference room, meet a few people and drop off your scrapping supplies.
  • Say Bon Voyage around 18.30 and admire the iconic sights of Sydney such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour from the deck as we sail out to the South Pacific
  • Tonight enjoy the welcome shown the Theatre

DAY 2 – (CRUISING)

  • Welcome and general meet and greet your fellow crafters 9.30am
  • First Class 10.00 – 12.30pm. Enjoy the spacious teaching space and get ready for an awesome class to prepare you for what is to come over the next two weeks.
  • Feel free to shop an onboard scrapbook store
  • Lunch
  • Free to return to conference room to complete any uncompleted work from this morning’s class or just enjoy onboard activities.

DAY 3 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 2 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Again feel free to return to work on projects or be a little adventurous and take on some of the onboard activities.
  • Cocktail Party – Get to know your fellow cruisers. Time TBA

DAY 4 – Noumea, Caledonia

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

New Caledonia is home to the world’s largest lagoon, spectacular reefs, beaches, mountains and more. The casual-chic capital of Noumea blends Melanesian tradition, Asian-Pacific influences and French style in a stunning hillside setting.

DAY 5 – Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

A tranquil haven of unspoiled nature and enduring indigenous traditions, this island is called Kunie by its Melanesian residents. Explore its turquoise bays and emerald lagoon, powdery white sands and lush tropical landscapes.

This tiny island is huge on adventure! Enjoy some snorkelling or a scenic tour

 

DAY 6 – Mystery Island, Vanuatu

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

Uninhabited Mystery Island is a tiny islet at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago, less than a kilometre from Aneityum Island. White sands fringed with palm trees and crystal-clear seas make it an idyllic beach getaway.

Enjoy the peace and serenity of this tranquil island by spending a day at the beach or

Grab your snorkel gear, dive into the turquoise waters.

DAY 7 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 3 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Feel free to return to conference room to complete class work or do your own pages.

DAY 8 – Lautoka, Fiji

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

Fiji’s second-largest city has been dubbed the Sugar City, given the importance of this crop. In Lautoka you can admire the tree-lined streets and colonial homes, and shop for Indian saris and traditional Fijian handicrafts in the market.

– OPTIONAL CLASS MAY BE OFFERED IN THE AFTERNOON.  (*additional cost)

DAY 9 – Suva, Fiji

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (DOCKED)

Sparkling white sands, cobalt seas, verdant rainforest and brilliant sun define the islands of Fiji. The largest is Viti Levu, home to most Fijians and the vibrant capital, Suva, the national and regional centre for politics, business and education.

The museum offers wonderful insights into Fiji’s history, culture, people and languages.

DAY 10 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 4 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy onboard activities or return to scraproom to work on your own projects.

DAY 11 – Mare, New Caledonia

ARRIVES 08:00 DEPARTS 17:00 (TENDERED)

NATURE’S AQUARIUM

The best kept secret of all of New Caledonia’s islands, Maré is about as close to paradise as any will ever come.

Divided into eight districts, Maré has a truly untouched beauty. Jagged basalt rocks are evidence of the island’s first volcanic activity, dark forests stretch to the cliffs’ edges and its central plane is scattered with grottos and natural pools where fish and turtles abound. To explore this place is to journey into the most colourful of the Pacific Islands.

DAY 12 – (CRUISING)

  • 10:00 am – 12.30pm Class 5 Commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Again feel free to return to work on projects or be a little adventurous and take on some of the onboard activities.

DAY 13 – (CRUISING)

  • No class today.
  • Conference room open to finish off any projects during the day
  • All personal supplies to be packed up and taken from room back to your cabin by 4.00pm
  • Enjoy your last day onboard.

DAY 14 – ARRIVES 06:30  Sydney, Australia

Get on deck early and see the ship sail back through the harbour.

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.

Balcony

Oceanview Staterooms

Spend the day exploring the world, then come back to your room and don’t miss a thing. Take in the spectacular sights and enjoy the amazing views from the window in your stateroom. These larger staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom.

Oceanview

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.

Interior

Promenade Stateroom

This stateroom has all the features of a standard interior stateroom, plus a bowed window overlooking the Royal Promenade.

Promenade
Promenade

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS for class layouts.

An email was sent out on the 6th March, with sneak peak pics – please check you have received this.  If not please email me at melken777@icloud.com as there may be something wrong with the email address I have for you.
In regards to the photo requirements – READ BELOW
The order of these are not necessarily the class order on board so please label according to title.

Many of you don’t bring photos as you would like to use ones that you have taken on this trip.  This is great but if you want to go home with a finished album and only have to insert photos could you please cut some white paper to the photo sizes, allowing you to fully complete the layouts in class.

There is Sunshine in My Soul 

This class consists of 6 layouts, one double page and four singles.  Do not worry it is not intended you have to finish all in class time.  
You will need the following sizes:

  • four 6″ x 4″ landscape
  • four 4″ x 6″ portrait
  • one 4″ x 4″ square

Take the Road Less Travelled

This class consists of 4 single page layouts.
You will need the following sizes;

  • two 6″ x 4″ landscape orientation
  • one 4″ x 6″ portrait orientation
  • two 4″ x 4″ square

Every Summer Has A Story

This class consists of 5 layouts, two double page layouts and one single.
You will need the following sizes;

  • two 6″ x 4″ landscape
  • three 4″ x 6″ portrait
  • one 5″ x 7″ landscape
  • three 4″ x 4″ square

Delight in the Simple Joys

This class consists of 5 layouts, one double page layouts and three singles, one of those being a gorgeous mixed media page using the new distress oxide ink pads.
You will need the following sizes;

  • one 6″ x 4″ landscape
  • two 4″ x 6″ portrait
  • one 5″ x 4″ landscape
  • one 5″ x 5″ square
  • one 5″ x 7″ landscape
  • one 4″ x 4″ square
  • two 3″ x 4″ portrait

Not All Who Wander are Lost

This class consists of 5 layouts, one double page layouts and three single, one being a mixed media layout.
You will need the following sizes;

  • two 6″ x 4″ landscape
  • one 4″ x 6″ portrait
  • two 3″ x 4″ portrait
  • two 4″ x 4″ square
  • one 8″ x 6″ landscape (perfect for your welcome aboard pic)

Level of Experience Required

Regardless of the level of scrapbooker you are, the classes have been designed with that in mind.  If you are a beginner then you will be able to keep things simple and for those advanced paper crafters the options are there for you to take it to the next level with the addition textures of background stamps and templates etc.

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 mat – needs only to be a small A4 mat but something to use with your craft knife.  Moreso required to protect the tables onboard
  • craft sheet – to spray mists onto (usually those brown blending sheets)
  • craft knife (optional) – probably not necessary if you fussy cut with small scissors
  • paper trimmer – prefer you all to have one.  If sharing only do so between two as this will hold you up in class.
  • *** SMALL scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″) pack these in with your toiletries.
  • edge distressor
  • black/white gel pens
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments, shells/starshifh)
  • Glue PEN (for adhering fussy cut shapes and die cuts)
  • Walnut distress Ink and Blending tool (my go to for inking edges) – if you have another preference then that is OK too.
  • Old Credit Card or palette knife for modelling/texture paste
  • Acrylic block – for clear stamps
  • baby wipes (to clean up your area and hands) – no taps in the conference room to wash hands.

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

  • String – great to give a nautical look on any additional layouts you may want to create
  • Glossy Accent – makes cute bubbles and water droplets if you want them
  • Derivan Light Modelling Paste (or something similar) – WE WILL DEFINITELY BE USING THIS IN CLASSES so if you want to do additional layouts using techniques from classes it may pay to have some…
  • Apron

OTHER:
– Any of your favourite dies (we will have a machine in the room
– Texture background Stamps – bring along your favourites if you want to take some of the layouts to the next level.  You will be given a couple but if you are like me you may have a few favourites.
– Favourite wash tapes are great for albums and pocket pages (yes you will be doing some as there is no way we can scrap all the photos you will take)
– Inks for colouring chipboard. I will supply what you need for class but you may want to do other pages besides mine..

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.

See Photograph requirements in Class Requirements tab.