SMAS December 2023 FAQ
- -Shipboard accommodations for (5) nights in your choice of stateroom type
- -Ocean transportation aboard the Mariner of the Seas, round trip from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas & Mexico
- -All meals in the ship’s main dining venues (there’s gourmet fare in the formal dining rooms and casualrestaurants or buffets for meals throughout the day), with reserved group dinner seating time of either 5:30 or 8:00 pm in the ship’s main dining room. Please note dining at specialty restaurants requires an additional fee.
- -24-hour room service is available (nominal service charge applies to each order)
- -Variety of shipboard entertainment and activities
SMAS Pass is $700 per participant. SMAS Pass Includes:
- – All class kits
- – All machines, supplies, and materials for all classes
- – One hour Welcome Aboard Party with open bar and snacks
- – All No-Host socials, parties, gatherings, and exchanges
- – Access to participate in our Fabric Field Trip in Cozumel, Mexico (small additional fee may apply)
- – Group dinners
- – Welcome Bag, Badge, Lanyard, and discounted swag
The following items are NOT included in the cost of the cruise or in your SMAS Pass:
- - Air Transportation
- - Transfers (to or from the airport/hotel and ship)
- - Shore Excursions
- - Photographs
- - Cost of Medical Services, if required
- - Specialty Restaurant Dining
- - Alcoholic and Specialty Beverages
- - Goods Purchased Onboard (gift shops, vendors)
- - Spa and Salon Services
- - Items of personal nature (i.e. Laundry, phone calls, and internet access)
- - Gratuities for Casino Dealers and spa personnel, bar services
Sew Magical will not pair you with a roommate. Once you join the SMAS Facebook group (add links) you can post to see if there's anyone else who wants to share a room with you. This is why you are given a week after booking your pass to book your room deposit. This way, if you find someone willing to share a room with you you are able to book at the Double or Higher Occupancy rate.
Yes, we welcome family and friends! They don’t have to be Sew Magical Expo attendees.
- – Initial Deposit for SMAS Pass: $100 per person on Nov. 18, 2022
- – Initial Deposit for Cabin: $100 per person by Nov. 30, 2022 (will be sent to those able to secure a SMAS Pass)
- – Payment #1 (both Cabin & SMAS Pass): Due by Feb. 10, 2023
- – Payment #2 (both Cabin & SMAS Pass): Due by Jun. 15, 2023
- – Payment #3 (FINAL) (both Cabin & SMAS Pass): Due by Aug. 1, 2023
- ***Each SMAS Pass payment will be $200 per payment (after deposit)
Due to the unique nature of this event, all reservations will be subject to the following cancellation policy:
- – All deposits are non-refundable
- – Between the date of booking and May. 31, 2023 – $150 per person cancellation fee for Cruise Fees and $100 fee per SMAS Pass purchased
- – Between Jun. 1, 2023 and Jul. 31, 2023 – $300 per person cancellation fee for Cruise Fees and $200 fee per SMAS Pass purchased
- – Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2023 – 75% of total stateroom cost cancellation fee and $300 fee per SMAS Pass purchased
- – On or after Oct. 1, 2023 – no refunds will be issued
For insurance, please contact Travel Guard: Website - https://www.travelguard.com/ Phone - 800-826-5248 If you are asked for reservation information before we are able to provide your RCL Reservation Number, you can use the receipt/email from your Cabin Payment #1 as proof.
Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise for all passengers. Even though a passenger has completed the cruise line’s online reservation, it is still the passenger's responsibility to present the required travel documents at the time of embarkation. Any passenger without proper documents will not be allowed to board the vessel, and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Royal Caribbean International (RCI), Sew Magical, and its agents/affliliates assume no responsibility for advising passengers of proper travel documents. RCI highly recommends all passengers travel with a government-issued passport that is valid for at least 6 months following the return of the cruise. Although a passport isn’t required for U.S. Citizens taking cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port, traveling with a passport may help expedite your CBP clearance upon return to the U.S. Additionally, passports are required in the event that you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port should you miss your scheduled port of embarkation or need to fly back to the U.S. for emergency reasons. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) currently allows U.S. citizens (including children) sailing on cruises that being and end in the same U.S. port to travel with one of the WHTI compliant documents listed below:
- - Valid US Passport
- - Passport Card
- - Original Birth Certificate issued by a government agency along with a government issued photo ID if 16 years of age or older.
- - Original Certificate of naturalization
- - Trusted Traveler Program Membership Card (e.g. Nexus Card, Sentri Card, or Fast Card)
- - Enhanced Tribal Card
- - A Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Passengers are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to sial according to RCI’s requirements, including but not limited to:
- - Infants must be at least 6 months old on the day of departure.
- - Women must be less than 24 weeks into their pregnancy on the day of departure and for the duration of the cruise. This policy is due to the risk of premature labor. Pregnant women must have a letter signed by their doctor (or on the physicians letterhead) stating how far along in weeks their pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise, that mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not considered high-risk.
- - Adults must be 21 or older unless the passenger is: Traveling in the same stateroom with an individual 25 years or older, OR traveling in the same stateroom with a spouse. (Proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required.)
Any changes in registrations must be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the nature of the requested change, you may be directed to contact RCI directly.
Names changes are permitted, but at least one of the original and/or primary financially responsible guest’s names as of the stateroom’s original reservation must remain on the reservation, and a $25 per name change fee will apply. If all original guests cancel, this is considered a full cancellation without refund, and name changes will not be allowed. In all cases of name changes, the “new” guest must make the full payment amount due as of the date of the name replacement in order for the guest being replaced to receive a refund of payment amounts previously made.
Yes, you can – subject to availability. Rates are based on the number of guests in your reserved stateroom. Changes in occupancy will result in a rate increase or decrease, depending on the type of change. No refunds will be issued for any decrease of rate change until the stateroom has been paid for in full. While many staterooms can accommodate more than two people with a sofa bed or upper berths stored in the stateroom ceiling, etc., not all rooms can; and such accommodations are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Due to Coast Guard safety regulations, there cannot be more guests accommodated in a stateroom than the designated occupancy for that room. Also, please be advised that each guest must be registered and paid for in full in order to be allowed to board the ship.
Stateroom changes to another room within the same room category or higher can be made until 45 days prior to sailing and require authorization by all parties named on the reservation. A stateroom change to a room category lower than the room category of the original reservation would be considered a room cancellation and rebooking, and cancellation fees would be applied. All stateroom changes are made based on availability.
Approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to the sailing date, guests who have booked and paid in full will receive an email with their cruise line booking number for the cruise. The email will also contain instructions on how to check-in online via RCI’s website - where guests can sign up for shore excursions, make specialty dining reservations and pre-register a credit card for onboard purchases. All guests are required to complete the online check-in at least four days prior to cruising. Cruise documents will be available for printing through the cruise line’s online check-in approximately 3 weeks prior to sailing.
Detailed instructions about clearing customs will be provided onboard the ship near the end of your cruise. Some general guidelines/suggestions to keep in mind as you shop in foreign ports include: keep receipts for gifts and purchases. U.S. residents visiting foreign ports have a duty-free allowance of $400 and those 21 years or older may include one liter of liquor.
Daytime: Casual attire is always appropriate day wear and in port, and includes jeans, shorts, tees, tank tops, polos, sundresses and blouses. (Please keep swimwear for the pool deck only.). Also, be sure to bring low-heeled, comfortable shoes for deck activities and shore tours; and a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are highly recommended. The SMAS classes do not have a specific dress code, however, please come comfortable and ready to craft/sew for a few hours at a time. Evening: For most evenings, casual attire (excluding tank tops and shorts) is fine; or you may wish to take it up a notch with collared shirts, slacks, skirts, etc. One evening of your cruise, there will typically be a “Wear Your Best” attire designation, which is your chance to get glamorous, be chic and shine – your way. Reminder: travel documents, valuables and medications should be packed in carry-on luggage. There are tons of great videos and lists online to help with this as well. Search on YouTube or your favorite search engine.
Room service is available any time of the day or night - simply order from the room service menu located in your stateroom (service charge will apply per order).
You can pre-purchase shore excursions on RCI’s website once you receive your booking number and online check-in instructions for the cruise (approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to the sailing date) or once you are onboard ship.
Yes, you can take personal photos and videos of yourself and family/friends on board, both around the ship and during SMAS activities/classes. Please be courteous and not include other ship guests or crew members in your photos or videos without their permission.
Guests can be contacted onboard of the Mariner of the Seas by calling 1-888-724-7447 (from the U.S.) or 1-321-953-9003 (from outside the U.S.) Please note that rates apply and are billed at $7.95 per minute (subject to change). Forms of payment accepted are Visa and MasterCard only and calls are limited to 10 minutes per call. Callers should have the ship name and the stateroom number or name of the party they are contacting before calling. Callers using the above numbers will be transferred directly to the guest’s stateroom. If the guest is not in the stateroom at the time of the call, the caller may leave a voicemail message. You can also make calls from the ship using the Ship-to-Shore telephone service. Rates for this service also apply and will be billed to your shipboard account starting at $7.95 per minute. Telephones are available in all staterooms.
To keep you connected while at sea, all RCI ships provide VOOM Internet access facilitated through the Internet Café and through the ship-wide Wi-Fi network. There are various plans available for purchase. Further details regarding availability and cost will be available on the cruise line’s website after you complete your online check-in and onboard ship.
RCI offers an advanced roaming network on board all ships, allowing you to make and receive calls while at sea using compatible mobile phones that are set to roaming. International roaming charges will be conveniently billed to you by your home mobile carrier. Mobile phone service will be available for use while the ship is at sea. Rates for usage of your cellular phone are determined by your home mobile carrier. Please note that calls to 800, 888, 866 and 877 numbers are not toll free while onboard or in foreign ports. You will be billed by your home mobile carrier for your international roaming usage on your regular mobile phone bill. It can take up to 60 days for charges acquired while using your cellular phone at these times to appear on your phone bill. For more information, please contact your home mobile carrier customer service.
Hair dryers and safes are available in staterooms. They do not have an iron or ironing board; however, the ship offers washing, pressing and dry-cleaning services for a reasonable rate. Please also note that irons and clothes steamers are strictly prohibited onboard the ship for safety reasons. If you choose to bring one with you, it will be confiscated from your luggage before sailing.
The ship has a minimum of one fully licensed doctor and 2 licensed nurses onboard, who are available in the ship’s medical facility during scheduled hours or on call 24 hours a day through the Guest Services desk. The cost to visit the medical staff is not included in your cruise fare.
What type of accessibility options are available in staterooms? What if I have special dietary restrictions? Are there wheelchairs available onboard?
- There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible staterooms available onboard the ship. Please keep in mind that ship hallways to cabins are often narrow. For people that do not use a wheelchair but still need minimal assistance, bars and raised toilet seats can be accommodated in most staterooms. In addition, disposal units for needles, refrigerators for medication, and oxygen tanks can be put into most staterooms upon request. All of these items are available on a limited basis and should be requested in the Notes section of your reservation
- RCI can accommodate special diets that have been created in consultation with a dietary specialist. Selections offered are for lunch and dinner in the main dining room only. Sample diets include: vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, kosher meals, gluten free and lactose free. Please note any special dietary needs in the Notes section of your reservation. During check-in to the cruise, you will be able to make note of any of these needs.
- Any special needs, including allergies, must be indicated in the Special Requests/Notes section of the online reservation and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. While there is no guarantee that all special needs/requests can be accommodated, we (RCI and Sew Magical) will make best efforts to accommodate the need or provide an alternative if possible.
Not every area of the ship is wheelchair accessible; however, RCI has made substantial modifications to enhance your ability to move about the ship. The Mariner of the Seas features accessible elevators at each elevator bank with tactile controls within reach of passengers who use wheelchairs. Accessible routes are available throughout most areas of the ship, and signs are posted to assist you in locating these pathways. There is also accessible seating within your ship's restaurants and lounges, and in designated accessible public restrooms.
The cruise ship operates on a cashless system. Passengers can validate their onboard account with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card, or by making payment by cash or traveler's check. Passengers can then sign all on-board services and purchases to their shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, passengers will receive a completely itemized statement of charges. RCI does not accept personal checks, and only U.S. currency is accepted aboard the ships. There is an ATM located onboard the ship, though a transaction fee will apply.
For information on the layout of the ship and to find locations of various amenities, please visit THIS LINK
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Guests may bring personal wine and champagne onboard only in their carry-on luggage on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant or public area for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned. Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time) may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with RCI’s Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them. Please Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.
All interior public spaces (except as otherwise noted below) and staterooms/suite accommodations are entirely smoke free, including outside stateroom balconies. This policy includes all forms of smoking, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, and personal vaporizers. Cigarette, E-cigarette and personal vaporizer smoking is only permitted in designated exterior open deck areas, and in certain areas within the casino. Cigar and pipe smoking are allowed in designated exterior open deck areas. Outdoor areas near restricted areas, food venues, and kids play areas and pools will not allow smoking. To assist in locating areas where smoking is permitted, guests will find visible signage posted within all smoking areas and ashtrays that are provided for use. Cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco must be properly disposed of and never thrown overboard. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase, possess or use tobacco onboard. Note: Passengers who smoke in their staterooms or on their balconies will be assessed a $250 cleaning and refreshing fee on their onboard account and may be subject to further action pursuant to the "Consequences Section" of the Guest Conduct Policy. Information on this fee is included in RCI’s cruise ticket contract. Passengers agree to strictly comply with RCI’s non-smoking policy.
Yes, this cruise will count towards your Crown & Anchor membership, and your program amenities will be available onboard the ship.
f you are flying on the day the cruise departs, it is recommended that your flight arrive into the Orlando International Airport before 10:00am on December 4th to be sure you have time to disembark the plane, collect your luggage and make your way to the cruise terminal. All guests must be checked in and onboard the ship at least one hour prior to sailing. Flying in on the day of the cruise may prove to be risky if your flight delays, or there is a traffic incident causing your delay to the cruise port. If you are flying on the day the cruise returns, it is recommended that your flight departs Orlando International Airport after 12:00pm on December 9th. The ship is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral (which is approximately a 45-60 minute drive from the Orlando airport) at 7:00am, but the ship must be cleared by local authorities before the disembarkation process begins. Guests must then claim their luggage, go through the Customs and Immigration process and then make their way to Orlando International Airport. Orlando International Airport is approximately 46 miles east of Port Canaveral, approximately 45 – 55 minutes driving depending on traffic.
The address for the port is Cruise Terminal #1, 9050 Discover Place, Port Canaveral, FL 32920; travel time from Orlando International Airport is approximately 45-55 minutes (depending on traffic). Directions to the port: Take the North exit from the airport, staying to the right on SR 528 East Take SR 528 East all the way to Port Canaveral Upon approaching the port area, follow signs indicating the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals B Side
Parking is available at the port at a cost of $17 per day (subject to change), including day of arrival and departure.
Guests are required to check-in at least one hour prior to departure and so should plan to arrive at the pier at least two hours prior. If you complete the cruise line’s online registration in advance as requested, this will expedite your check-in process at the port.
The ship must be cleared by local US Customs and Border Protection authorities before guests can begin boarding, which can be as early as 11:30am or noon but varies. Please note, however, that staterooms will not be available until approximately 1:00pm.