On September 28th, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas (the world’s largest cruise ship) set sail with almost one hundred excited paper crafters ready to enjoy creativity at sea as participants in the Scrap & Paper Cruise hosted by Paper Crafts, Creating Keepsakes, and the Creating Keepsakes Events team.
Seriously – a cruise AND crafting for 7 whole days? What a delight it was for all of us.
It certainly was my honor and pleasure to be one of the teachers at this event along with Megan Hoeppner, and we couldn’t have done it without the superb organizational skills of the Brooke Mathewson (CK Events Manager) and the ever energetic Glenna Green.
With over 6,000 guests and over 2,000 Royal Caribbean employees, the ship is a city all by itself. The absolute MAGNITUDE of it is truly unbelievable. Be sure to check out this video if you’re interested.
There’s a carousel, a rock climbing wall, a theater where we saw the musical Hairspray, and the Royal Promenade featuring shops and restaurants. Central Park on the 8th level was lush with greenery. It took us a while to figure out whether we needed to go fore or aft. Dinner time is always a treat, and it’s so fun to bond with your table mates. My table had crafty ladies from New Jersey to California and Iowa to Florida. And there was plenty of time to catch some rays, too.
Three of our days were sailing days as we made our way to each of the ports – the PERFECT time to get creative! We spoiled the attendees with swag bags, special issues, TONS of prizes, and a big box of goodies to use in each of the classes. There was a store to buy even more product, too. One lady told me she needed to buy a new suitcase to take it all home! We are so thankful to our sponsors: Hero Arts, Sizzix, Fiskars, Pebbles Inc., American Crafts, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, and Thermo Web.
When we weren’t crafting or carousing on the high seas, we were off exploring the ports of Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. The tropical ports gave us the opportunity to shop, sunbathe, and adventure. It’s a colorful and delightful world in the Caribbean! While in Jamaica, I got the opportunity to chat with one of the ship employees, Eddie (see photo below). He’s from Herzegovina and told me a bit about life on board as an employee. Fascinating stuff – but I think I was paying more attention to the blue eyes and dashing accent!
As a finale to our fantastic week together, the crafty cruisers joined together one last time for some grand prizes, farewell speeches, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. I absolutely LOVE the joy on these ladies’ faces. New friends, adventures, relaxation, and paper crafting make for happy hearts, that’s for sure!
But one of my favorite things of all was making this card to give to our waitress at the end of the week. All of the ladies at my table signed it to show our appreciation for all of her hard work all week. Patrice’s reaction? That is what I love about card making!
What a wonderful time we had! Won’t you join us the next time we set sail?
Still trying to preserve that tan…