South Pacific Islands – Nov 2018

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 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 what the South Pacific islands have to offer. Lifou is included in the itinerary this year and one of my all time favourite islands.

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 9 Nights 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 7th November, 2018 and returning 16 November, 2018

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

from $1049* – Interior room
from $1259* – Oceanview
from $1609* – Balcony
PLUS Scrapbooking FEE $450

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC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


  • 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.


  • 10:00 am – 12.30 pm Class 2 Commences
  • On-board 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



Port of Call: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia New Caledonia

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.




Port of Call: Mystery Island, Vanuatu Vanuatu

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.



Port of Call: Noumea, New Caledonia New Caledonia

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.

Amedee Lighthouse Island

Visit Amadee Island – The journey is half the fun. Board a luxury, high-speed ferry for the 45-minute ride.

Nouméa's West Coast




Port of Call: Lifou, Loyalty Island Loyalty Island

The largest of the three Loyalty Islands, Lifou is made of fossil coral, the geological legacy that shaped its diverse, dramatic scenery of immaculate beaches, precipitous cliffs, deep forests and immense caves.

Lifou's Gorgeous Beaches

Take your pick of serene white-sand beaches backed by lush jungle.


  • 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Class 3 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.


  • 10.00 am – 1.00 pm 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.

Being the last sea day – we need to have packed up our tools and work area and vacate the conference centre by 4pm.

DAY 10


Port of Arrival: Sydney, Australia Australia

Terhi Koskinen

Hello, I’m Terhi Koskinen from Finland. Scrapbooking is more than a hobby for me, it’s a lifestyle and a huge passion – it starts with grabbing a photo and ends when I get my creation where I wanted. And then it starts again. Surrounding myself with pretty things and my dear family is how I want to live my life.
My paper crafts are always filled with layers, straight lines, and techniques I want to try out. I like creating detailed scrapbook layouts and mini albums with a small twist of mixed media. Controlled chaos, I’ve heard!

I get my inspiration from pictures I take during the days, in another words from my everyday life: I’m mother for two beautiful daughters, wife for my handsome husband and studious project coordinator in my day time job. In addition to crafting, I horse-ride, so that’s one more topic to my creations.

As I love being surrounded by people. teaching scrapbooking has grown to one of my biggest passions, and I’ve been lucky enough to teach both online and live – just hoping this dream continues in the future too.

Please take a visit to my blog and connect with me at InstagramYoutube and Facebook. I’m looking forward to join this amazing cruise, spreading my style and tips to you all and seeing totally other side of the world! I might bring some snow and reindeers as a souvenirs!


Nat May
Nat May

Natalie May

“Hi there. My name is Natalie May.
I’m lucky enough to be a full time paper crafter and I couldn’t be happier! I’m happily married to the awesome Clever Trevor & have a beautiful 14 year old girl child!
I teach around 15 classes a month in Australia and absolutely LOVE what I do – turning my hobby into my job & passion. I am Educator for Lindy’s Stamp Gang , I design chipboard for Imaginarium Designs, I’ve been a 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Master, I’m currently Brand Ambassador for Gel Press, an Intermediate Certified Copic Designer and love everything inky & colour based.
One of the things that keeps me inspired and teaching is that I love to create in all styles.
As much as this industry likes to ‘Pigeon Hole’ people, I am a versatile artist – I regularly teach & create not only scrapbooking layouts but also Cards, Mixed Media Layouts, Paper based Layouts, Art Journaling, Abstract Canvas Art, plus Kids classes and whatever else I can come up with.
As an Educator for Lindy Stamp Gang & Gel Press, I especially love to create with their products and love to educate people about mediums, textures and general products.
I love this industry … the opportunity to teach a new technique…. Meeting so many amazing people…..and to be able to CREATE everyday is quite a blessing.
You can view more of my work at … and find me on Instagram under happydaks and Facebook as well.”

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.


Terhi’s classes:
Class 1:
Photographs: 1-3 max. 10cm x 10cm
Watercolors  if you have a small set  (we will supply mists to share which you can watercolor with)
Cutting tools
Adhesives: clear glue, double-sided tape, foam tape
Embossing ink (Versamark clear for embossing),
Cotton thread, white

Class 2:
Photographs: 2 max. 10cm x 15cm
Cutting tools
Adhesives: clear glue, double-sided tape, foam tape
Cotton thread, white
(Black and white markers if you have)

ADDITIONAL:  Rubber stamps  (Terhi says anything goes – flowers/leaves) if you have some favourites.




Natalie’s classes

Class 1 – Bright Tropical Pages x 3 + bonus cards

Students to bring … trimmer, tape, foam tape, glue, scissors, dimensional magic/glossy accents, paint brushes – see image below (some will be supplied but you may have favourites)

Photos … Nat has used a B&W 4×4’, colour vertical 4×6’ + colour 4×4’.
Photos can be added after but photo mats will be required for positioning

Class 2 – Softer Beachy Pages x 3 + Bonus Cards

Students to bring … trimmer, tape, foam tape, glue, scissors, edge distresser, stapler/tiny attacher, dimensional magic/glossy accents, clear embossing ink pad, palette knife, paint brushes – see attached image

Photos … Nat has used a B&W 6×4’, colour horizontal 4×6’ + colour 4×4’. Photos can be added after but photo mats will be required for positioning


ADDITIONAL:   vellum   (Nat often matts photos with this – so good to have some spare if you like this technique)


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.
  • craft knife
  • small scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″)
  • edge distressor
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments)

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

  • mini mister
  • apron
  • baby wipes (to clean up your area and hands) – no taps in the conference room to wash hands.

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 I will give you 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.