Sail right through a scrapbook class

Some people's greatest legacy is the memories they bequeath their children and grandchildren.

That's one reason for "scrapbooking," a hobby so popular that a Google search reveals more than 850,000 Web pages devoted to the pastime. Aficionados, however, might occasionally enjoy the craft only on so-called "affinity" cruises - independently organized sailings themed for like-minded enthusiasts. Until now.

Identifying a niche, Princess Cruises recently launched a maritime first, ScrapbookingSea. As part of the line's ongoing educational ScholarShipSea program, the scrapbook curriculum offers a series of onboard classes and a specially created kit with themed pages to guide newcomers and veteran "croppers" through the process of memorializing their cruise experience.

Scrapbooking, which is available on select ships, was so popular in field tests that Princess expects to roll out the program across its fleet of 15 vessels by early this year, says Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales.

Princess spokeswoman Karen Tetherow adds, "In a cruise-ship setting, where passengers are on vacation and have spare time to try new things, scrapbooking is the perfect opportunity to pick up a new hobby and preserve your cruise memories."

In the introductory class, participants get supplies and instruction on the basic conceptual tools of scrapbooking, such as page design and journaling techniques. If you buy Princess' special scrapbooking kit (for $24.95), you can attend additional classes at no extra charge.

The classes offer "tips and creative ideas, plus plenty of free time to work on pages with a full range of supplies available for use, including scissors, adhesive, deluxe paper, die-cut machines with assorted die cuts, a selection of pens, and other items that can be used during the class sessions," the line's announcement notes.

Those who do not buy the kit but have their own scrapbooks are welcome to attend the follow-up classes, Tetherow says.

Princess' special ScrapbookingSea kit contains decorative papers, stickers and rub-on emblems, with instructions on how to build five vacation-themed pages. The pages can be used to create decorative backdrops for photos of typical cruise activities, such as Welcome Aboard events, days at sea, shore excursions, and formal evenings.

In another nod to its passengers' growing appetite for novel experiences, Princess is offering two new shore excursions for cruisers who want to expand their vacations beyond the boundaries of the ship.

The packages - which include hotel stays, meals and transportation - are available to Sapphire Princess passengers during a 20-day sailing from Bangkok to Sydney, departing Dec. 20, 2007. These beyond-the-ports-of-call multi-day adventures in Asia and Australia cover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of legendary Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the stunning Kakadu National Park in northern Australia.

Depending on the destination and tour, costs for Princess' exotic excursions start at $569 per person and include flights, accommodations, transfers, admission to attractions and meals.

For more information, call 1-800-774-6237 or visit


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