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2024 Aloha Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 9-night Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Tiffany Hayes and Vanessa Christenson.
October 4 - 13, 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia - Lahaina, Maui, HI - Napali Coast, Kauai, HI - Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Royal Caribbean Ovation Of The Seas


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Aloha, Quilting Friends!

We're thrilled to invite you on an unforgettable journey, the 2024 Aloha Quilting Cruise! Get ready to embark on a quilting adventure like no other as we set sail from the stunning city of Vancouver. Join us onboard the luxurious Royal Caribbean Ovation Of The Seas as we explore the breathtaking Hawaiian islands. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the world of quilting alongside renowned industry stars, Tiffany Hayes and Vanessa Christenson.

Tiffany Hayes is a true pattern design maestro, featured in numerous national publications, while Vanessa Christenson's exceptional talent is propelling her towards becoming a Quiltworx Certified Instructor. Together, they will inspire and guide you through a variety of classes, demos, and insider tips, ensuring an unparalleled quilting experience you won't want to miss!

Onboard the Ovation Of The Seas, we've secured a beautiful conference center exclusively for our quilting community. You'll have ample space to spread out, learn, and create. And here's the exciting news: for the first time in 2023, we're introduced our Fun Times Day at Sea! During this special day, gives you the opportunity to participate in our exclusive Grab 'n Go projects, adding a dash of fun and creativity to your cruise experience.

As we sail through the Paradise of the Pacific, you'll have the chance to explore remarkable destinations. Our ports of call include the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the picturesque Lahaina in Maui, the awe-inspiring Napali Coast in Kauai, and the iconic Honolulu in Oahu. Each stop offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural wonders, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

If you've never experienced a quilting cruise before, now is the time!

- 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 Day at Sea
      • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA 475 QE 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!


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Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany Hayes is an experienced quilter with a deep passion for designing, piecing, hand applique, and machine quilting. With many years of experience in quilting and teaching, Tiffany has become a respected figure in the quilting community, with her work appearing in numerous publications including Quilter’s World Magazine, Keepsake Quilting, and Connecting Threads.

Tiffany's love for teaching has led her to collaborate with various fabric companies, creating fabric collection-specific quilt patterns that inspire quilters of all levels. She is the proud developer of The Goddess Tool, The 60º Triangle Tool, The 90º Triangle Tool, and more in the works. Her popular Block of the Month patterns often feature The Goddess Tool.

Tiffany and her husband Scott, a machine quilter, are the proud owners of a Handi Quilter Long Arm. Tiffany designs and pieces while Scott creates digitized machine quilting designs that match her original quilt patterns. Under the name Needle in a Hayes Stack, Tiffany designs and publishes her patterns.

Tiffany's passion for quilting shines through in her work, and she proudly declares herself a Quilt Addict. To learn more about Tiffany and her work, visit her website at www.NeedleinaHayesStack.biz.

Vanessa Christenson

Vanessa Christenson

Vanessa Christenson is  a wife and mom of four humans and an obnoxious needy pants cat, who likes to quilt, sew, decorate, run her mouth, hang out with other women who can stand her, exercise, and fake organize the death out of anything (i.e. get rid of things). When she’s not designing for Moda Fabrics she’s a life coach to crafty women who are looking to reduce stress and add some fitness/nutrition balance into their life so they can enjoy their craft of choice with a calm heart, mind and body.

She started V and Co back when her husband was deployed (because why wouldn’t a mom of four add yet another thing to her plate) and has since grown it into the go-to place for amazing ombre quilting fabric and patterns. Vanessa calls Iowa home — although as a California native — she’s still not a big fan of Midwest winters.”


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Color Collage

Color Collage

Introducing Color Collage: A Stunning Quilt Inspired by the Hawaiian Islands

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Color Collage, a breathtaking quilt that captures the essence of Hawaii's magnificent flora. Crafted with carefully curated fabrics, this quilt radiates the natural beauty of tropical blooms and lush foliage. Join us on our quilting cruise as we journey towards the Hawaiian Islands, where you can create this masterpiece while surrounded by the inspiration that brought it to life.

Color Collage offers a joyful and rewarding quilting experience with its simple techniques. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or a beginner, you'll enjoy piecing together this fabric collage, watching the colors come together in harmonious beauty. Let the gentle sway of the ship, the refreshing sea breeze, and the company of fellow quilters enhance your creative process, resulting in a quilt imbued with the spirit of Hawaii.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to embark on a quilting adventure that combines the allure of the Hawaiian Islands with the artistry of Color Collage. Reserve your spot today and prepare for an unforgettable experience where you can unleash your creativity, find inspiration in tropical wonders, and create a quilt that reflects the vibrant beauty of Hawaii.

Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park

Escape to a serene oasis of beauty and tranquility with Walk in the Park, a mesmerizing quilt pattern inspired by the vibrant colors of island sunshine and blooming flowers. Using our exquisite ombre fabrics, this pattern effortlessly creates the illusion of a diverse range of shades from different bolts, with just a few carefully selected colors.

Walk in the Park captures the essence of natural beauty with seamless gradient transitions, evoking the sensation of strolling through a picturesque park filled with dappled sunlight and blossoming blooms. Discover the joy of creating a visually stunning quilt with ease as you embrace the simplicity of this pattern. Whether you're an experienced quilter or a beginner looking for a captivating project, Walk in the Park invites you to immerse yourself in the world of color and design.

Finished Quilt Size: 72” x 88” 

5.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Walk in the Park pattern.

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 $398.00 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 patterns here: Color Collage and Walk in the Park.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Aloha Quilting Cruise 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.

You can find many of the supplies shown on the supply list on our website in General Quilting Supplies.


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Day 1

Vancouver, British Columbia 

When sailing on a cruise out of Vancouver, definitely spend a few days discovering all the cool sights and activities this vibrant Canadian city has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. Located in British Columbia’s lower mainland region, hugging the Burrard Inlet, this northern gem offers the perfect mix of outdoor adventures and metropolitan delights. Start your day with a fresh and hearty breakfast at a local farmers’ market, then soar above the city on the Skyride cable car to Grouse Mountain’s 3,700-foot-tall summit and stay at the to enjoy one of the best of Vancouver views. If you’re craving adventure in the great outdoors, climb to St. Mark’s Summit for more incredible views of majestic Howe Sound. The trailhead is just a 30-minute drive from Vancouver. If you’d rather explore on the water, visit Horseshoe Bay and hop on a wildlife-spotting boat tour. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins and whales as you zip past towering cliffs and rocky isles.

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Day 2


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

Cruising - Fun Day At Sea

Fun Day at Sea in the Conference Center. Join us for a special project and product demonstrations.

Day 7 & 8

Lahaina, Maui, HI

Your Lahaina cruise arrives in a historic town that was a favorite spot of Hawaiian royalty. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, in the mid-1800s Lahaina was an important Pacific whaling port. Lahaina's Front Street is ranked as one of the top ten greatest streets. Today, lovely Lahaina caters to visitors with many museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Cruise to Maui and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen's Hospital, Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), the Pioneer Inn, Maui's oldest living banyan tree and other sites on the Lahaina Historic Trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.

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Day 9

Napali Coast, Kauai, HI

Na Pali means "high cliffs" in Hawaiian, and as you cruise past the Napali Coast, you'll understand exactly why it got its name. Passing by, you'll see the sheer magnitude of the shoreline's steep cliffs that rise as high as 4,000 feet above the ocean below. These rugged headlands make up a state park, known as Napali Coast State Park. You can find these on the northwest of Kauai, stretching 16 miles along the turquoise coastline. Start your Hawaii cruise vacation and experience the awe of nature through this rare, prehistoric landscape, keeping an eye out for cascading waterfalls, mysterious sea caves and lush green valleys.

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Day 10

Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Make sure you tack on a few days ahead of your vacation to explore this wild, beautiful island. Home to the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu, Oahu brims with natural beauty everywhere you look. From its world-famous white-sand beaches, crystal-clear Pacific waters, rolling emerald mountains and lush tropical rainforests, it’s a paradise for nature lovers, snorkelers and surfers. In fact, Oahu’s surf culture is one of the richest in the world. Take a day trip to the island’s north shore, where huge barrel waves draw professional surfers from around the globe every year to compete in tournaments and hone their skills. For a crash course in Hawaii’s monarchical history and culture, visit Bishop Museum at Iolani Palace, once the royal residence of Hawaii’s rulers. And if you’re craving a tasty bite to eat, the dishes you’ll find in the Hawaiian restaurants at Waikiki International Market Place are among the best of Oahu.

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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 Aloha Quilting Cruise 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.

You can find many of the supplies shown on the supply list on our website in General Quilting Supplies.


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,099.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,499.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $446.09  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


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.


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


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 $130.50 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

Ship Safety Protocols

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. Ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. These protocols are changing quickly so please check the Royal Caribbean website for the most current information. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.


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