2021 Symphony Of Quilting

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Kim Brunner & Tiffany Hayes!
March 13 - 20, 2021
Miami - Cozumel - Honduras - Puerto Costa Maya - CocoCay
Royal Caribbean Symphony Of The Seas Cruise Ship

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

We love Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and we love the BIG ships. Symphony of the seas is CURRENTLY the biggest (there's always one being built bigger it seems!) and it is truly one of our favorites. The ship offers so much enjoyment from the food, onboard shopping, entertainment and more. The Broadway show "Hairspray" is offered on Symphony plus an incredible show in the Aqua Theater. You will have comedy club show and plenty of headliner shows to keep you busy all week. 

And let's not forget about the most important thing: SEWING! We will take over the conference center for the week with about 4000 square feet of sewing enjoyment. You won't have to move around during the cruise as we will assign you a place where you can make "your nest" and then our teachers will rotate to you for your instruction time. 

Quilting and sewing with friends...what could be better? Hope to see you there!

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
  • Classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
  • 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. 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

    Kim Brunner

    Kim Brunner

    www.kimmyquilt.com

    While growing up, most of Kim Brunner’s school vacations were spent at her grandparents' farm where her grandmother, who had the patience of a saint with a little girl and her clumsy fingers, taught Kim to do all kinds of handwork (probably in a desperate attempt to keep her from going out to terrorize the chickens!). Kim’s love of quilting, and her desire to grow up to be just like Grandma, has led her to an amazing and rewarding career as a professional quilter. And, as if that weren't enough fun, quilting has led her to teaching which is exactly where she believes she belongs.

    Kim says “I love that my job allows me to spend my life in pursuit of creative pleasures. Stitching new quilting designs, developing new techniques and tools, cutting up perfectly good fabric into little bitty pieces and then sewing it all back together again to make quilts and above all, teaching new quilters to believe in themselves and their abilities is my idea of a wonderful life and I am so grateful to Grandma for setting my feet on this path. Who would have thought that being a grown-up would be so much fun? I get to teach quilting stuff to happy and creative people!”

    Kim’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars and, twice honored with the title of Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year, she is an Ambassador for the Handi Quilter company and travels extensively to teach at national and international quilting festivals and shows.

    Tiffany Hayes

    Tiffany Hayes

    www.NeedleinaHayesStack.biz

    Tiffany is a wife to Scott and a mom to 3 grown kids.  She has a passion for quilting (designing, piecing, hand applique and machine quilting). She has been quilting and teaching for more than 20 years. Her quilts have been featured by numerous publications, including The Quilter Magazine, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Keepsake Quilting, and she’s worked with various designers to create fabric collection-specific quilt patterns. She has developed The Goddess Tool and Block of the Month patterns that utilize that tool.  Recently she became the proud owner of a brand new long arm quilting machine. She declares herself a Quilt Addict!

    She designs and publishes under the name: Needle in a Hayes Stack.

    Projects

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    Projects

    Kim Brunner - Symphony Stars

    Kim Brunner - Symphony Stars

    Symphony Stars was designed by Dana Goyer and is a dazzling quilt that pieces together very quickly. You will learn simple techniques to make this quilt a breeze to put together.  

    Finished Size: 66" x 80"

    Tiffany Hayes - Ombre Hourglass

    Tiffany Hayes - Ombre Hourglass

    This stunning yet simple quilt is made using ombre fabrics, making it truly radiate. With the help of the 90º Triangle Tool this quilt goes together in no time. Designed by Tiffany Hayes, Ombre Hourglass is created using just one 2-1/2" strip roll, background fabrics, and binding. 

    Finished Size: 63" x 63"

    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 $265.00 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: Symphony Stars and Ombre Hourglass.

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

    Itinerary

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    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Miami 

    Because it’s so close to the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Miami is known as the cruise capital of the world. But it’s more than just convenient — rev up for your cruise from Miami with the city’s nonstop action, from party-ready South Beach to the Mediterranean style of Coral Gables, plus spicy Little Havana, which hums to an island beat.

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    Day 2

    Cruising

    Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

    Day 3

    Cozumel, Mexico

    The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.

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    Day 4

    Roatan, Honduras (Class Day)

    Roatán’s diverse blend of cultures and traditions is enough to charm anyone. But its mangrove forests, dense jungles, and swaths of white-sand beach will make you want to stay forever. Divers and snorkelers from all over the globe flock to the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands every year see to the world’s second largest barrier reef firsthand. Roatán cruises provide access to laid-back beach towns and secluded shores. On the Big Island, you can mingle with monkeys and “Jesus” lizards, snorkel with stingrays, and zipline through rainforest canopies. If it’s culture you crave, the island’s unique and vibrant blend is more than satisfying— made up of ex-pat sun seekers, Hondurans from the mainland, descendants of European settlers, and Garífuna, whose Afro-Carib-Arawak heritage still flavors centuries-old communities like Punta Gorda.

    Note: Due to only two cruising days on this itinerary, we will have class on this day. We want to be sure you get started on both projects early in the cruise and have a day of sewing when we cruise toward home the final day. We will dock at 8:00 AM  and we depart at 5:00 PM so there will be plenty of time for you to go ashore, walk around, see what is in port and still get the instruction on the project. We would encourage you to do this in the afternoon once the major part of the teaching is done. 

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    Day 5

    Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

    Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.

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    Day 6

    Cruising

    Free Sewing day in the Conference Center!

    Day 7

    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 8

    Miami, Florida

    Return to Miami, Florida.

    The Ship

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    The Ship

    Symphony Of The Seas

    The new Symphony of the Seas is here — a perception remixing, memory maxing mic drop. It is overflowing with bolder ways to fill your time between islands. Now you’ll never run out of things to do or places to treat your taste buds. Gear up for a glow-in-the-dark laser tag faceoff in Battle for Planet Z. Catch a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator and race down The Perfect Storm dueling waterslides. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sugar Beach or feast on made-to-order rolls at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi.

    Here is a video about Symphony 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$1,699.00*
    Oceanview Stateroom$1,799.00*
    Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,899.00*

    *Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.  Port charges, taxes & fees of $364.49 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.

    Ask about our easy payment plan.

    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 and from the ship in Miami, Florida.

    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: There are those on a cruise ship that make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. However, you can also take a more simple approach and just "dress nice" meaning generally what is referred to as church clothes. A simple pair of black pants with a nice blouse would suffice on these evenings. Men can bring a sports jacket or just a nice shirt is acceptable. There will be 2 formal nights on our cruise and the food is really nice on these dinners so you don't want to miss it!

    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 18 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