Port of Departure
Galveston, Texas
First Day
11/08/2020
Last Day
11/15/2020
Price
$1875
Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean
Ship Name
Liberty of the Seas
What's Included
  • Shared Interior Stateroom
  • All meals while onboard
  • Onboard entertainment and shows
  • All events associated with the retreat, including pitch and one-on-one sessions
  • Access to our closed Facebook group
  • Your writing tribe
  • More fun than you’d ever expect to have on a writing retreat

 

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Writer’s Cruise – 7 Day Western Caribbean Cruise – November 8-15, 2020

The Ship - Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas

The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you’d expect from the innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. From a Broadway musical to a 3D theater to an outdoor movie screen, the Liberty of the Seas has it all.

Speakers

Angela Ackerman, The Emotion Thesaurus, on a writing retreat

Angela Ackerman

Bestselling Author, The Emotion Thesaurus

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, and its many sequels. Her books are available in eight languages, are sourced by universities, recommended by agents and editors, and used by novelists, screenwriters, and psychologists around the world.

Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative creativity portal for one-of-a-kind tools that give writers exactly what they need to craft unbelievably rich stories and characters. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Darynda Jones

Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson and Darklight series

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 17 languages.
As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. 

Destinations

Galveston, Texas

The island of Galveston was first settled by the Karankawa and Akokisa tribes, who named the island "Auia." If you get the chance, do a quick search on these tribes that founded Galveston before you arrive. The Spanish shipwrecked on Galveston in the mid-1500's, renaming the island the Island of Doom. It wasn't until the late 1700's that Galveston was renamed the Bay of Galveston. Today, Galveston features Pleasure Pier, a great place to spend the day, as well as quaint bed and breakfasts, antique shopping, and walks along the beach. Galveston is home to six historic districts with well over 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Writing Cruise for Authors

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico is one of the top diving destinations in the world. Known for its bright coral reefs and abundant sea life, you won't want to miss a snorkeling adventure off the coast of Cozumel. A little history and some flint for your imagination... Cozumel means "Land of the Swallow" and is named after the seafaring bird. Settled by the Ancient Mayans over 2,000 years ago, Cozumel was a mecca for Mayan women to worship Ix Chel, the Goddess of Fertility. The remains of Ix Chel's alter and sacrificial site can be found at the San Gervasio ruins site near the center of the island.

Roatan, Honduras

Roatán Island is the largest and most developed of the three Bay Islands of Honduras and lies not far off the northern coast. The majority of the population of Roatán originated from the Cayman Islands. The growth of tourism and travel awards has put Honduras squarely on the map. Today, the beautiful Caribbean island is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Commercial fishing is one of the main economic drivers in Roatán and is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the Western Caribbean.
Costa Maya Writers Cruise

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.

Itinerary

Friday, 11/08/2019

Time
Activity
Location
4:00PM - 4:00PM
Depart Port of Galveston
Galveston, TX
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group/Registration
Dining Room

Saturday, 11/09/2019

Time
Activity
Location
9:00AM - 11:30AM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Lunch
Ship
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Darynda Jones
TBA
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Agent Talk
TBA
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Q&A Panel with Presenters
TBA
4:30PM - 8P:00M
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Sunday, 11/10/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 6:00PM
Port
Cozumel, Mexico
4:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Monday, 11/11/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 6:00PM
Port Day
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
4:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Tuesday, 11/12/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 6:00PM
Port Day
Roatan, Honduras
4:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Wednesday, 11/13/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:30AM
First Pages Reading
TBA
9:30AM - 12:00PM
Angela Ackerman
TBA
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch
Ship
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Angela Ackerman
TBA
4:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Thursday, 11/14/2019

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:30AM
First Pages Reading
TBA
9:30AM - 12:00PM
Angela Ackerman
TBA
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch
Ship
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Angela Ackerman
TBA
4:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One Sessions
TBA
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Free Time
Ship
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Late Dining with Group
Dining Room

Friday, 11/15/2019

Time
Activity
Location
6:30AM - 6:30AM
Arrive in Galveston, TX
Galveston, TX

Details

Your retreat fee includes all events associated with the retreat, including pitch sessions, one-on-one sessions, all workshops, and general writing fun! If you’ve purchased your stateroom through us, please see below for what the stateroom ticket includes.

From Royal Caribbean (please refer to Royal Caribbean’s website for most up to date information)

The price of your cruise vacation includes:

  • Ship accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Most meals onboard
  • Some beverages onboard
  • Most entertainment onboard

The following services are not included in the cruise price:

  • Dining in Specialty Restaurants such as Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, and Sabor
  • Dining in Johnny Rockets (Where applicable)
  • Spa and Salon services
  • Gambling (Including Bingo)
  • Art Auction
  • Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  • Shore excursions
  • Photographs
  • Video Arcade
  • Medical Services
  • Internet Access
  • Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Ship to Shore Telephone calls
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)

All prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted. The cruise fares quoted also do not include any applicable government taxes, fees, or surcharges that may be assessed by any governmental agencies. Such assessment is subject to change without notice at any time whether or not you have a confirmed booking under deposit or if you have made a final payment.

Travel Tips

Royal Caribbean Galveston, Texas Port

Port of Galveston
Cruise Terminal 2
2702 Harborside Dr. Pier 27
Galveston, TX

Royal Caribbean Directions to Galveston, Texas Cruise Terminal:
From Hobby (HOU) Airport:

  • Turn right onto Eastex FRWY/US-59
  • Merge onto US-59 S via the ramp- on the left.
  • Take I-45 south to Exit 1C, and turn left (east) onto Harborside Drive/Hwy 275.
  • Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner / 22nd street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance), and turn left.
  • The are adjacent to the terminal is for loading/unloading luggage curbside only.

From George Bush International Airport (IAH):

  • Exit the airport and turn right onto Eastex FRWY/US-59.
  • Merge onto US-59 S via the ramp- on the left.
  • Take I-45 south to Exit 1C, and turn left (east) onto Harborside Drive/Hwy 275.
  • Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner / 22nd street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance), and turn left.
  • The are adjacent to the terminal is for loading/unloading luggage curbside only.

Parking Information

Port shuttle buses will transport guest between parking lot and terminal.

Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard

(Guests can pre-pay for parking by going to the port web site.)

At the Pier

Please expect delays related to security procedures when arriving at the port to board the ship. These procedures have been designed for your safety and all attempts will be made to expedite you through the process as quickly as possible. Please do not arrive before 11AM as space is limited in the terminal.

For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact the local cruise line representative, Cruise Service USA at (912) 996-5591 or us at (800) 256-6649 or (305) 539-4107.

* All rates and prices are subject to change.

** Royal Caribbean is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles.