Frequently Asked Questions
Who is sponsoring this cruise?
The sponsors of this cruise are Heart's Kiss magazine, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to celebrating romance fiction in the short form! We've had the pleasure of publishing Brenda Jackson, Jayne Ann Krentz, Brenda Novak, Marie Force, Anna J. Stewart, Susan Donovan, Beverly Jenkins, Melinda Curtis, Kayla Perrin, and many more....
Click here to be taken to our website to see our latest Heart's Kiss issue.
Will I be able to attend all the sessions and still be able to go on shore visits?
We are arranging the sessions in such a manner that all participants will be able to leave the ship at each port of call. We may also arrange specially organized shore excursions (with the cruise line) for those who want to see the sights together.
Do we get to choose which classes we wish to attend?
We only have one track of programming, with no events running concurrently. This means all attendees are scheduled for all the conference sessions and, thus, all the students have the same exposure to our author and editor presenters.
Is my payment refundable?
To get full details of the of the payment and refund schedule, click here.
What documentation is required for travel?
Please note that this cruise entails international travel and it is strongly recommended that passengers have a passport in today's travel environment. (This information is for U.S. citizens only. Non-US citizens may be required to bring different or additional documentation. Please consult with your embassy.) You need a valid passport OR proof of citizenship and a valid government-issued photo I.D. (driver's license with a photo) or any other WHTI-compliant document. Proof of Citizenship examples include: an original or state certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, original certificate of U.S. naturalization, original certificate of U.S. citizenship, or a U.S. Consular report of your birth abroad. Baptismal paper and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 does not require a government-issued photo ID. Even though you do not need a valid U.S. passport if you can meet other documentation requirements, we highly recommend that you bring one.
Do all the staterooms have their own bathrooms?
Yes. Each cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with a shower.
Will I be able to meet any of the instructors outside of the class sessions?
Yes. We plan to organize some round-table discussions (with limited attendance on a first-come, first-served basis) and/or dinners with the faculty members. They may also make themselves available on their own time but that is up to their discretion.
Is the food really free?
Yes. Except for certain select restaurants, the food is free and you may visit as many of the free restaurants as often as you wish. You can get a listing of the various restaurants by clicking here.
Do I have to pay extra for on-board entertainment?
No. On-board entertainment is included in the registration fee, though most venues require reservations due to limited seating. However, certain on-board classes and limited sessions may require an additional fee.
Are drinks included?
Water or flavored waters are available for free. There is an extra charge for all other drinks (including soft drinks and alcohol). Non-alcholic and alcoholic beverage packages are available for purchase.
Can I bring alcoholic drinks on board?
You may bring wine and champagne on board but there is a corkage charge ranging from $15.00 to $30.00 per bottle (depending on size). You are not allowed to bring any other type of alcohol on board, there might be restrictions to how many bottles you can bring on board, and your luggage may be inspected.
What is the drinking age on board?
Is gratuity included?
No. The cruise line will charge each guest a fixed amount per day ($21.00 per day) to distribute to the various staff members who help and entertain you on the trip. You may dispute this amount at the end of the trip if you feel that the tip is not justified.
Is airfare included?
No. You are responsible for transportation to and from Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida). If you are flying into Orlando, we highly recommend arriving the day before to avoid missing boarding the ship due to flight delays.
Are infants allowed on board?
Yes, but they must be at least six months old on the day of sailing.
Are babysitters available?
Babysitters (for ages 2 to 12) are offered for a nominal fee.
Are there activities for children?
Yes. There are a number of programs for kids and teens, to kids' pools and slides and special activities planned just for children.
Is internet access available?
Yes. The ship is equipped with a 24-hour Internet café as well as Internet service in select rooms. There is a charge for accessing the Internet on board. Please note that the charge is higher than that usually charged by land-based services and is significantly slower.
What’s the weather like in the Caribbean in January?
The weather in Costa Maya in January compares very well. You can expect an average daytime high temperature of 29°C/84°F, which will only dip to around 20°C/68°F on rare cooler days. The sun rises at 7.30am and doesn't disappear until 6.30pm.
Cozumel experiences warm and generally pleasant winters, typical for its sub-tropical climate, with average temperatures at 24°C/75°F. The nights are pleasant and comfortable, with average lows of 20°C/68°F, while the sunnier days of January experience a 28°C/82°F as peaks.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is allowed on stateroom balconies and in certain select areas of the ship. Most smoking venues are open-air, though smoking is allowed in the casino and in designated smoking lounges.