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2023 Quilting In The Glaciers Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on a 7-night Alaskan Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts:  Carolina Moore and Heidi Pridemore.
August 25 - September 1, 2023
Seattle, Washington - Sitka, Alaska - Skagway, Alaska - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - Juneau, Alaska - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean Ovation Of The Seas

Overview

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Overview

Dear Quilting Mates,

Are you ready to take the quilting cruise of a lifetime? Join us with two industry quilting stars Carolina Moore, and Heidi Pridemore as they carry their love of teaching, friendship and quilting to America’s last frontier. From classes and demos, to tips and tricks, this is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss! 

This cruise is on largest ship to ever sail Alaska, Ovation of the Seas. This ship features the North Star® which allows breathtaking views from over 300 feet above sea level. We have a beautiful conference center and new for 2023, we are introducing our Fun Times Day at Sea where you will have the opportunity to make one of our exclusive Grab ‘n Go projects. 

During this trip you will we will also enjoy the beauty of Alaska. Our ports will include Sitka, Skagway, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Juneau, and Victoria, British Columbia. I sincerely hope you can join us on the educational and enjoyable cruise. 

- 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 and motor coach tours 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
      • SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100 including an exclusive cruise shirt
      • Your own dedicated sewing space for the duration of the cruise
      • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
      • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
      • The classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
      • Premier thread provided for onboard projects
      • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
      • Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
      • Full-size irons and ironing stations will be available in each classroom
      • Post cruise guest contact list and group photo will be provided
      • A BONUS Grab' n Go project for our Fun Times Day at Sea
      • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

Plus... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA Series 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

Carolina Moore

Carolina Moore

Carolina Moore is our remote faculty member hailing from the beaches of San Diego. She is a quilt pattern designer, Youtuber, Author, Art Gallery Fabrics Sewcialite, and Baby Lock Ambassador. Carolina made her first bed-sized quilt when she was 12, and has been quilting ever since. She's an Award-Winning Quilter who never met a notion she didn't need to try immediately - and she has a deep love of all kinds of quilting rulers. If you have seen the Spot on Dot, you may be familiar with Carolina Moore's name, because she invented this adhesive magnifying lens set that makes it easier to see the lines on quilting rulers. You can learn more about Carolina on her website www.AlwaysExpectMoore.com, on Instagram as @craftmoore, or search her name on YouTube to watch her Video Tutorials.

Heidi Pridemore

Heidi Pridemore

The Whimsical Workshop, LLC is a full-service design studio and retailer led by Heidi and Matthew Pridemore. We specialize in bright, fun quilt patterns, fabric, fabric kits, books and licensing. We also offer lectures and workshops about design, quilting and crafting. Based in Arizona, our products are available through our website www.thewhimiscalworkshop.com. We continue to create new and exciting products that spark people’s imagination and make them smile.

Heidi grew up in Rochester, NY, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2000, Heidi began offering her services as a product designer to a number of fabric companies. She created her own line of quilt patterns beginning in 2002 and in 2004 Heidi started designing fabric in her own bright and whimsical style. By 2005 the workload warranted expanding to a partnership and The Whimsical Workshop, LLC was born with Heidi as CIO (Chief Imagination Officer). Heidi has written books ranging in topics from pop-up paper structures, fabric jewelry and of course quilting. In 2020 she started The Whimsical Workshop YouTube Channel, all about everything creative.

Heidi Pridemore has over 20 years of experience in the Quilting Industry. Over the decades, she has developed a robust curriculum of fun lectures and workshops for crafters of all skill levels. Her Website www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com has 100’s of her patterns available.

Projects

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Projects

Starling

Starling

This beautiful quilt is done in ombré fabrics which contain many different shades of one color along the width. Because of this, it looks as if you’ve cut pieces from more fabrics than you’ve actually used. This makes it look like you spent a lot of time on this quilt when you actually didn’t. 

Finished Quilt Size: 60.5" x 75.5" 

5 yards of coordinated wide backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Sunday Best Quilt Pattern Book

Dayflower

Dayflower

Oh, the Pineapple block! Traditionally, the block is constructed by working out from the center with the triangular “pineapple bits” falling diagonally across the block. Corey wanted to come up with an easy-to-piece block that mimicked the look of a Pineapple block but that would go together more quickly. This beautiful quilt is the result. 

Finished Quilt Size: 72.5" x 90.5" 

5.5 yards of coordinated wide backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Sunday Best Quilt Pattern Book

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 $417.90 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern.  

If you are interested in only one of the kits, you can specify which one on the registration form when you sign up for the cruise. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, simply select both kits when you fill out the registration form and we'll have it waiting for you on the ship. 

 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 pattern book here:  Sunday Best Quilt Pattern Book

Note: View the preliminary 2023 Quilting in the Glaciers Supply List.  A finalized supply list will also be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Seattle, Washington

Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

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Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose among the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-path Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

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Day 4

Skagway, Alaska

The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.

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Day 5

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska

One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.

Juneau, Alaska

You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria delivers a delightful blend of British pomp and outdoor adventure. Here you can admire Victorian architecture at Craigdarroch Castle and eat your way around Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Explore “Garden City” floral displays or go biking in the “Cycling Capital of Canada”. From orcas whistling in the harbor to glow-in-the-dark scorpions at the Bug Zoo, Victoria has every adventure covered.

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Day 8

Seattle, Washington

Return to Seattle, Washington

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The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation Of The Seas

Pioneer America’s last frontier onboard one of the world’s most groundbreaking ships, Ovation of the Seas®, the biggest boldest ship to ever sail Alaska. It’s scenery scoping from the unrivaled perspective of North Star® — the highest vantage point on any cruise ship. Edge-of-your-seat entertainment, game-changing family fun you can enjoy in any climate, and breathtaking vistas from every stateroom — even interior staterooms offer real-time views from a Virtual Balcony℠. All between unforgettable destinations from Juneau to Skagway. No other cruise ship lets you see Alaska like this. 

Conference Room Setup:

On this ship we will be sewing four to a table the image below.


Note: View the preliminary 2023 Quilting in the Glaciers Supply List. A finalized supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Pricing

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Pricing

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,999.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $503.59 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.  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 Seattle, WA.

Dress

You can see what the cruise line suggests for dress code while on the ship here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com.

Gratuities

Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and will be collected by Stitchin' Heaven. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward. Stitchin' Heaven Travel will then pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged $101.50 for gratuities at the time of final payment. Please be aware that an additional gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. We encourage you to add additional tip for superior service.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. The cost varies by room type and cruise 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 are due in full when you choose to add it to your reservation

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

COVID-19 Vaccination Required - Unfortunately, our world and our cruise travel have certainly changed with COVID-19. The cruise ship companies have worked diligently with the CDC and government officials in order to continue cruising from the US. Our commitment is to provide an enjoyable event with the utmost safety to our guests. Because of this, all guests registered with Stitchin’ Heaven are required to provide proof of vaccination. By following this protocol, we will not be required to have our guests wear masks while in the Conference Center. However, ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.

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