2020 Bahama Escape

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 8-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Sandra Coffey, & Kari Nichols!
November 13 - 21, 2020
Cape Liberty - Orlando - CocoCay - Nassau
Royal Caribbean Anthem Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,
Hosting 15 quilting cruises is a hard job! But someone has to do it, right? There are many jobs that go into pulling off a successful quilting cruise events. Erin deals with the people at Royal Caribbean and the details with reservations, Vicki and Dana work with the class projects and the teachers, but I am the one that decides where we are going, how we are going to get there, and when we go. I do this by listening to you. Over and over I hear that you want:
  1.  Less projects
  2.  More sewing time
  3.  A new place to visit

With the Bahama Escape cruise I have delivered all three requests! For the first time ever we are going to board the magnificent Anthem of the Seas and we are going to head to the Bahamas.  But really...this cruise is about sewing! We have found two yummy projects that will keep you busy with FOUR days in the classroom as well as any extra time you want to devote to sewing after you visit the ports. So come on and join us! This one plans to be packed with fun.

-Deb Luttrell

Owner, Stitchin' Heaven

If you have never been on a quilting cruise you have missed a real treat!  Since 2010 Stitchin' Heaven Travel has offered quilt-related cruises to literally hundreds of satisfied guests. See reviews from our happy travelers here.

  • How can all this get any better? Here's how!
  • Pre-cruise communication from Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel
  • A Welcome Aboard Gathering
  • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • All workshops, classes, and demonstrations of products
  • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
  • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
  • Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  • Classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
  • Bernina 330 sewing machines
  • Premier thread for onboard projects
  • $20 door prize for each quilter - choose what you want from the onboard store
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
  • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  • Post cruise guest contact list
  • Group Photo
  • Smiles, a few surprises, laughs, and a boatload of fun!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 330 Bernina machine equipped with the extended table and a quarter inch foot.  There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home. Visit the Bernina website to see the amazing features of this great machine!

Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

Instructors

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Instructors

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra's passion is fiber art, especially quilting. She has been sewing since childhood and then made clothing for her entire family after she married. She learned the art of quilting soon after moving to Alaska. Sandra started quilting in 1976 and is always open to new techniques and patterns. She began teaching in 1995 and loves to share the skills needed to pass on this beautiful tradition. She is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified!

Sandra joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006 as the Block of the Month manager. She is also a long arm quilter. She does beautiful work quilting many of our shop models, several of which, have been featured in magazines.

Kari Nichols

Kari Nichols

www.mountainpeekcreations.com

Kari Nichols is manager of Holly’s Quilt Cabin, a large quilting store in the Denver Metro area. Being a native Coloradoan, and from a family of seamstresses, Kari grew up enjoying many quilts. The love of color and design was first shown in stained glass. Her stained glass pieces received awards and can be found in many homes. When a favorite piece was broken, re-creating it in fabric was the logical choice. This choice led to a career change and joining the Quilt Cabin family. Mountainpeek Creations, the quilt pattern design company, was born in 2001. Mountainpeek patterns are sold internationally and give quilters unique and contemporary designs for any skill level. Kari’s patterns have been featured in multiple publications and are available on the Mountainpeek Creations website along with her two books.

When Kari is not quilting, you will find her enjoying her Grandchildren and traveling!

Projects

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Projects

Sandra Coffey - Indian Summer

Sandra Coffey - Indian Summer

The beautiful paper pieced quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer will be taught by our certified instructor Sandra Coffey. Indian Summer is a rectangular pattern with a creative interplay that is a combination of log-star construction within a pattern of flying geese! The external border is a diagonally seamed border, which adds a lot of visual interest. 

Finished Size: 64" x 73." 

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail N Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Indian Summer

Kari Nichols - Ribbons

Kari Nichols - Ribbons

Kari has done it again with this amazing and eye pleasing quilt. Although it may look difficult it is actually not. The color placement and shifts in hues create a secondary pattern with only one block! 

Finished Size: 78" x 92"

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. If you do not purchase the Sail N Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Ribbons

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack

Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric pack includes all of the fabrics and patterns for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! The price of the Sail ‘n Sew fabric pack is $420.00 and it includes both of the projects for this cruise. If you would like to buy individual kits, please call for pricing. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, just let us know when you make your Reservation and we'll have a kit waiting for you on the ship. Order early as supplies are limited.

If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, remember to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.  You will need to bring your fabric pre-cut and ready for class. You must also bring your pattern or book. You can purchase the patterns here: Indian SummerRibbons

A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Situated on the New York Harbor, Cape Liberty is just seven miles from New York City. Visitors have easy access to the Big Apple and everything it has to offer-world-acclaimed restaurants, museums, landmarks, and the best shopping.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Orlando, Florida

Snap a photo of the sunrise from the sands of Canaveral National Seashore. Then grab breakfast at a cozy café in Historic Cocoa Village. Speed through the St. John River marshlands on an exhilarating airboat ride. Cruise from Orlando and kayak past giraffes at the Brevard Zoo, or climb to the top of Exploration Tower for panoramic views of the port. 

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Day 5

Perfect Day at CocoCay

This Royal Caribbean private island is a Bahamian paradise. Perfect Day at CocoCay®— is packed with first of their kind thrills and one of a kind ways to chill - only on Royal Caribbean. Features include, Thrill Waterpark, Coco Beach Club, Oasis Lagoon, Captain Jack's, Splashaway Bay, and more -- plus nature walks, beaches and plenty of spots to relax and recharge.

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Day 6

Nassau, Bahamas

For a city now known for its warming sun and balmy breezes, Nassau has a tumultuous past. First settled by the English, the area was contested by England, France and Spain. For many years, Nassau was a home base for notorious pirates, and it was burned to the ground by the Spanish three different times. Since 1740, however, visitors from all over the world in search of both relaxation and adventure have made Nassau their favorite destination.

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Day 7

Cruising

Sewing in the Conference Center!

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Cruising

Sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 9

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Return to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

The Ship

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The Ship

Anthem of the Seas

No matter how you like the Caribbean, you've never done it like this. Onboard the world's most revolutionary ship — Anthem of the Seas®. Feel the rush skydiving right on the deck of the ship with the RipCordSM by iFLY® skydiving simulator. Or play at the SeaPlexSM, an activities space that's a real game changer, offering bumper cars, a roller rink, circus school and more. If leisurely pursuits are more your speed, enjoy breathtaking island sights from the best seat in any house, the North StarSM. Take in transformative entertainment at Two70SM. Or grab a drink at Bionic Bar, where mixology meets technology. There's only one way to Caribbean like this. Only on Royal Caribbean

The Conference Center on Anthem of the Seas is located on the 13th floor at the back of the ship. This is a beautiful space that features floor to ceiling windows. We will have a maximum of 60 quilters seated 4 to a table. When we find it necessary to do 4 to a table, we provide two of the 4 people with a side table so everyone has a comfortable sewing space.


Here is a video about Anthem of the Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.

Learn more about this amazing ship here!

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,699.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,899.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $397.53 are not included. Gratuities of $116.00 are not included.

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration which will secure your price and availability.

This fee includes your cruise fare PLUS all fees to the teachers, a Bernina sewing machine for the entire cruise, all associated class activities, and classroom support. Fabric kits are not included. You may purchase our precut Sail n Sew kit (supplies are limited) or you are welcome to bring your own precut fabric.

Group travel allows us to provide special touches that are not available on an individual reservation. And unfortunately, discounts from Royal Caribbean are not allowed through our group program. In order to take full benefit from everything Stitchin Heaven offers on our cruises, you must register through Stitchin Heaven Travel. If you have questions or need assistance in changing your individual reservation to a group reservation through Stitchin' Heaven Travel, please let us know.

Travel Information

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Travel Information

Cabins

With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will just use your cabin for changing and sleeping, but it's nice to know that if you want to spend more time there, you will indeed be comfortable. All standard staterooms are attractively decorated in soft tones with fine light woods and two pieces of artwork on the walls. Each stateroom has two beds that convert to queen-size, a private bath, phone, interactive flat-screen TV, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning/heat controls. Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, and showers have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors as opposed to clingy curtains. Soap and shampoo are also provided.

Travel to and from the Pier

You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Cape Liberty, NJ.

Dress

  • Casual: You’re on vacation – relax! Jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses are all the right amount of laid back. Please keep swimwear to the Pool Deck. Shorts are welcomed for breakfast and lunch.
  • Smart Casual: Think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear. Dress to impress with collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits. Jackets, sports coats and blazers are snazzy and welcomed. 
  • Formal: Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. There can be 1-3 formal nights during a sailing and is at the ship’s discretion.

NOTE:  There are times that the Conference Center can be chilly.  Be sure and bring a light sweater just in case you get cold.

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and total $14.50 per day. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward.  Because of our group status, Stitchin' Heaven Travel pays these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them at the time of final payment. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. It is $109 per person and both cabinmates must purchase it separately. In the event insurance is used please be aware that it covers the cost of the cruise only. Sewing package fees are not refunded.
**Insurance fee will be added to your reservation total