2020 Skyscrapers to Rodeos Quilting Adventure

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 11-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from three quilting experts: Sandra Coffey, Kari Nichols, & Jackie Kunkel!
November 5 - 16, 2020
Cape Liberty - Labadee - Aruba - Curacao - Grand Cayman - Galveston
Royal Caribbean Adventure Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to be able to offer you this wonderful itinerary to the Southern Caribbean. This cruise is repositioning the Adventure of the Seas from New Jersey to Galveston so we cleverly named the cruise "Skyscrapers to Rodeos". During our cruise we will not only have extra sewing days but we will be visiting some islands that we don't often get to visit. So don't delay in signing up for this one as it will sell out quickly!

- 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 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
  • Full Size 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 sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 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. 

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!

Jackie Kunkel

Jackie Kunkel

http://cvquiltworks.com/

Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. She began her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 added an online fabric shop. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster - Jackie's Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Instructor and Shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie's first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes.  Jackie has her own line of published patterns, currently 30 and counting!  In 2016 Jackie began designing fabric for Island Batik. The first line of fabric was launched at Quilt Market October 2016 and currently has fabric coming out with Island Batik through the fall of 2019. She is also an Aurifil thread designer too. Jackie’s newest ventures are her partnership with Viking/Husquavarna as a Brand Ambassador and also with Quiltster, where you can color Jackie’s patterns with your own fabric. Follow Jackie for her weekly Episodes of Watch Me Wednesday on her Canton Village Quilt Works Facebook page for tips, techniques, tutorials, quilt alongs and giveaways!

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

Jackie Kunkel - Paint Box

Jackie Kunkel - Paint Box

Easy strip piecing and the use of the Creative Grids 90˙ Quarter Square Triangle Ruler (CGRT90) make this quilt a breeze to piece, cut and stitch together! The pattern includes detailed directions and full color diagrams.   

Finished size is 48” x 48”

NOTE: Fabrics in our Sail 'n Sew kits will be similar but not exactly as shown. Paint Box uses this ruler and it is required for the class: Creative Grids 90 Degree Quarter-Square Triangle Quilt Ruler. If you do not purchase the Sail N Sew you will need to purchase the pattern here: Paint Box

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 $525 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. 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 as well as the ruler for Jackie's class: Indian SummerRibbonsPaint Box, & Creative Grids 90 Degree Quarter-Square Triangle Quilt Ruler.

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

Labadee, Haiti

Only Royal Caribbean can take you to the private beach destination of Labadee. Our private paradise sits on the north coast of Haiti, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, incredible thrills and spectacular water activities. Regardless of where you go, you'll find yourself embraced by the beautiful landscape. Labadee's native charm, along with its natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed. It's impossible to choose just one thing that's special about Labadee. The inviting beach, coral reefs and exciting amenities provide a perfect place to relax and have fun.

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Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad is a delight of historic sights, bustling promenades, and colorful Dutch-colonial architecture. Aruba is just 20 miles long, so island splendors and adventures like amazing snorkeling from the beach are within easy reach.

The water off Aruba is teeming with marine life. You can see it all up close by taking a submarine 150 feet below the sea. You'll pass scuba divers, coral reefs and shipwrecks on your journey.

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Day 7

Willemstad, Curacao

Curaçao is a trove of cultural attractions, rich history, and scenery that includes desert landscapes, rugged cliffs and 35 beaches. The colorful cosmopolitan capital of Willemstad spans Sint Anna Bay, with a walkable waterfront on both sides.

Explore Hato Caves and their mystical underground lake. After crossing the lake, you'll enter two large caverns with ancient Indian pteroglyphs. This surreal underground world is an amazing, memorable experience.

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Day 8

Cruising

Free Sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 9

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for "crocodile." The name "Caimanas" refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. These relatively tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won't hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.

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Day 10

Cruising

Free Sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 11

Cruising

Free Sewing in the Conference Center!

Day 12

Galveston, Texas

Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.

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The Ship

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The Ship

Adventure of the Seas

There’s something for every kind of seeker onboard Adventure of the Seas®. You can get your adrenaline fix with a whipsplashing ride on The Perfect Storm℠ twin racer slides or go with the flow on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Even the smallest explorers will have buckets of fun at Splashaway Bay℠ aqua park. With so many fan favorites onboard activities, the hardest part is fitting them all into one sea day. Bring the adventure to your plate with sensational cruise dining that hits the spot every time. Whether it’s traditional Tuscan flavors at Giovanni’s Table, fresh-rolled sushi and Asian-inspired entrees at Izumi, or outstanding steakhouse favorites at Chops Grille℠, expect a meal as unforgettable as the memories you’ll make onboard.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,499.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,999.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,099.00*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
Port charges, taxes & fees of $399.07 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 Destination

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

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

**Residents of NY are not covered under this policy