Screenwriting Cruise FAQs


Q. I’ve never cruised before…I have lots of questions.
A. Visit for more than you’d ever want to know about the ship, itinerary, and how the whole shebang works. If you have any questions about rooms or other amenities, contact our cruise rep, Ivan Lora at 1-877-416-9722 ext. 4249.

Q. I’ve never been to a screenwriting seminar before…
A. You are DOOMED. Just kidding. We’ll look out for you! Go to our “Contact Us” page if you have any questions that aren’t covered here.

Q. Do I need to pay in full when I book my room?
A. Nope! Just a $125 deposit per person. The remainder is due to NCL March 4th.

Q. Do I need to pay in full when I register with Catharsis?
A. Nope! Just a $125 deposit per person. The remainder is due to Catharsis March 4th. See how we made that easy for you to remember?

Q. I’m traveling alone. Can I room with someone else from the group?
A. Yes! Call Ivan at NCL and he will track guests looking for roommates.

Q. What if I want my own room?
A. You can do that. Different rates will apply.

Q. I called Ivan and he quoted me a group rate, but it’s higher than a fare I saw published elsewhere.
A. If you find other promotions that apply to this cruise, you can ask for that rate. Please book through Ivan so we know you’re accounted for.

Q. May I bring a friend/spouse/kids/entourage?
A. Absolutely! Non-writer guests are welcome to join us. There’s special room rates for third, fourth, and even fifth passengers. Please register everyone in your group on the Catharsis registration page. There’s a place to add guests for free.

Q. Are we in class the whole time? I like screenwriting, but I want a vacation, too.
A. Classes are held in approximately two-hour blocks when the ship is “at sea”, with down time in between for mandatory shuffleboard and lava flows. We do not meet when the ship is in port. So go ahead and book that dog sled excursion.

Q. Do we meet up for meals?
A. Dinners will be with the whole group together (including non-writing guests) in the main dining room at a specified time each night. Breakfast and lunch are on your own. Choose one of the multiple opportunities to eat what you like, how you like.

Q. I’m a beginning screenwriter. Is this cruise for me?
A. Yes, but we may assign a few materials ahead of time to help you get the most out of the week. You may consider signing up for mentoring prior to the cruise. We will shepherd you as much as we can. Our schtick at Catharsis is that we meet people wherever they’re at and help them get to the next level.

Q. I’m a total hotshot, and I’ve got Bruckheimer on speed dial. What’s in it for me?
A. Tell us your goals and we will challenge and support you, whether it’s breaking a new story or rewriting an old one. Plus, you get to hang with us. And that’s something.

Q. Will there be time for one on one feedback?
A. One of the best things about being together for a week means you will get individual face time with us and ask questions specific to the project you are working on. However, you still need to be proactive. Sit next to us at dinner at least once. Utilize your time with us in class. If you’re cool, buy us a glass of wine at the piano bar some evening, and we’ll give you all the sage advice you can handle.

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