Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Official Email From Toby

Here is the official email from Toby concerning the cruise.

My friends and I have opted for a balcony room and will be having 4 in our room. We are wondering if we will be a little cramped but figured what the hey....try it this once and figure it out! LOL

I noticed that in Toby's email she has the Cricut price in there of $300. I have NOT seen anything official from ProvoCraft so I can't confirm this at this time. Also I do not know if you purchase that through Toby. I know last year you purchased the Cricut package on the ProvoCraft website. As soon as I find out that information I will be posting it and label it "official".

Cruise Itinerary
Sun, Apr 01
4:30 PM
Mon, Apr 02
At Sea
Tue, Apr 03
7:00 AM
4:00 PM
Wed, Apr 04
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
Thu, Apr 05
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Fri, Apr 06
At Sea
Sat, Apr 07
At Sea
Sun, Apr 08
7:00 AM

Per person prices:
Inside Cabin 1st/2nd person             $639.00        
Outside Cabin 1st/2nd person          $809.00         3rd/4th person $409.00
Balcony Cabin 1st/2nd person           $959.00         3rd/4th person $469.00
These prices are based on a minimum of 2 people in a cabin.
Taxes $95.00 additional for each person
Gratuities $82.00 additional for each person (covers your cabin steward, waiter, busboy)
Roundtrip transfers from Airport to Galveston (approx 1 hour drive):
Houston Hobby         $77.00 per person
Houston Intercontinental   $82.00 per person
$250 deposit due per person to confirm cabin & price.
Final payment due January 13th, 2012.
Travel Insurance is approx $78 - $160 per person depending on your age.
Cricket Cruise Upgrade Package:
Beginner user:  $300 per person
Experienced user:  $300 per person
Additional items to budget for:  Bar tab, tours off the ship, casino, spa, shopping, air transportation, and pre or post hotel.
I look forward to assisting you with all of your vacation needs.  Call or email me anytime.
Toby Nash
Cruise & Travel Masters
4376 So. 700 E., SLC, UT 84107
801-268-4470 ~ 800-264-0557

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Have You Booked?

I have heard from several people they have booked their cruise already! We are anxiously waiting to hear about the classes and the prices of those *okie thinks she might need to do some head smacking to get some folks on the ball* so we can pick and choose what we are wanting to take.

My concern for this cruise is my friend Wendi going. Wendi is a tiny thing and I know she is gonna look fab in a bikini. I already told her I was tossing her azz overboard if she looks good. One gal told me "well you might as well get ready to toss her because ya know she is gonna look great!". Guess it will be a short cruise for Wendi!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Project to Remember the Cruise

I made this photo tray with pictures from the 2011 Cricut Cruise and thought I would share it with you guys. I think it is a perfect way to include a lot of photos in a compact way so you can always have something to look at and remember the great times while on the cruise!

Supplies Used:
- Cricut Expression
- Creative Memories Cricut Traveler Cartridge
- Patterned paper - Hobby Lobby
- Various cardstock
- Mounting foam
- Cat Eye Chalk Ink
- Charms, buttons, etc
- KI Alphabet Soup
- Seashells from various locations
- Heat set pearls
- Red Line Tape

If you would like to see more photos and details you can check out the full post HERE.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finding Roommates

My friend Karen and I knew we would be on the next Cricut Cruise, even if it meant she had to sell one of her kidney's to get our tickets! *okie figures she tries to sell her kidney's enough for scrappin supplies that it was Karen's turn to sacrifice a kidney*. I was excited when my friend Wendi told me that she was going to be able to go. Wendi lives in the same town as I do and we actually met when I had my first Expression up for sale on my blog *okie wonders if she should tell the story of how she got a new one because it was Red and okie really loves red but the decides not to bore people with the details*. My friend Angela is also going to be on the cruise with us. Both Angela and Wendi will be Cricut Cruise virgins, however Angela is a cruise lover and has been on a few.

I was so excited last night that I got confirmation that my friend Sandy, aka Sandy from Ukiah and my friend Sandi, aka sjox44 will be going on the cruise again. I had talked to Sandy for years on the Cricut messageboard so it was wonderful to get to meet her in person and have her to hang around with. I had talked to Sandy a few times on the board after we found out we would be going on the cruise. They were lucky enough to get a room together which is a blessing since sometimes roommate situations don't work out if you end up rooming with someone you don't know.

There were so many fantastic people on the last cruise that even if someone didn't really particularly care for their roommate they could always find someone else to hang around with the rest of the time. And to be honest, you aren't in your room much anyway. If anyone is wanting to go and worried about not having a roommate please feel free to contact me as I am willing to compile a list of names to help people find roommates.

Here is a picture of the ship Mariner of the Seas. It appears to be larger than Holland America's Eurodam that we were sailed on last time. I have heard wonderful things about Royal Carribbean cruise lines and that it is one of the top cruise lines available. I can't imagine anything being better than the Holland America line, but since that is the only cruise experience I have I am not the best one to judge on cruise lines.

I found this picture of an inside cabin on the Mariner of the Seas. Of course not all cabins are going to look just like this one but it is a good representation of what a ship cabin looks like. The one we had last year was larger but it was a quad, meaning for 4 people. I know Sandy and Dee's cabin looked similiar to this one, but I don't remember them having a couch. I am wondering if this inside cabin is not one meant for 3 or 4.

Oh and how cool is the pool deck on Mariner of the Seas? Can you imagine soaking up the sun on this fabulous deck? I sure can! *okie thinks she probably doesn't really need to soak up sun but she is such a good friend to BFF Karen that she will go lay in the sun with Karen so Karen doesn't have to be alone*. There is one pool area that is dedicated to adults only so if you are wanting a get away from the kiddo's that might be the pool for you. Since the cruise is the first of April there may not be many children on board at that time due to school. We didn't have many on the Eurodam last year but I think they cater to an older crowd anyway.

Oops got carried away talking about the boat! Anyway if you would like to go on the cruise but worry about finding a roommate please contact me and I will see what I can do to help!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Want to Share a Cruise Card!

I am on the Design Team at  Obsessed with Scrapbooking and many of you are probably familiar with Joy who owns the website. She was one of the instructors on last year's cruise and had a fabulous layout for us to do in her class, which was posted on this blog sometime ago.  Anyway for my project I wanted to make a card to send to some of my friends who will be going on the Cricut Cruise this year. I will be sending this card out about a month before the cruise just to let them know it is almost vacation time and that I am looking forward to spending the time with them.

Supplies Used:
- Cricut Expression
- Creative Memories Cricut Traveler Cartridge
- Patterned paper - Creative Imaginations
- Doodlebug glitter cardstock
- Various cardstock
- Signo UM 153 Gel Pen
- Mounting foam
- Cat Eye Chalk Ink
- Heat set gems
- twine

I loved the postage stamp cut on the cartridge and decided to use it to mat the flip flop cuts on. My friend Karen is gonna go GAGA over this cut as she is a lover of flip flops. In the summer it is rare to see her in any other kind of shoe and I think that is what she wore on the cruise unless we were going to the dining room. Oh anyhow back to the flip flops, I used a 5mm heat set gem for a little added bling. The strap was cut from Doodlebug glitter paper. I thought the twine just added a little more accent and went well with the tropical theme of the card.

This phrase was readily available on the cartridge and just seems perfect for the occasion in which I will be sending the card. While I might have been better off choosing a different color I am still over all pleased with the card.

If you would like to order the Creative Memories Traveler Cartridge you can order it from Joy at her CREATIVE MEMORIES WEBSIT