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2024 Art Gallery Fabrics Quilting Cruise

Elevate your quilting experience with Stitchin' Heaven on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Join quilting experts Becky Jorgensen and Carolina Moore for a unique blend of creativity and relaxation at sea. Don't miss this opportunity to refine your craft and enjoy cruising excellence in the stunning Caribbean setting!
March 10 - 17, 2024
Orlando, FL - Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas - Cozumel, Mexico - Roatan, Honduras - Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas

Overview

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Overview

Hey There Quilting Fans!

We have some fantastic news to share with you. We're inviting you to join us on the most exciting and fun-filled 7-night Caribbean Quilting Cruise in 2024! Imagine cruising through the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the company of fellow quilting enthusiasts while creating some fantastic quilting projects.

Our Art Gallery Fabrics Quilting Cruise will take you to some of the most picturesque destinations in the Caribbean. Departing from Orlando, the cruise will visit ports at Perfect Day Cococay (Bahamas), Cozumel (Mexico), Roatan (Honduras), and Puerto Costa Maya (Mexico).

We've teamed up with Royal Caribbean, a top-rated cruise line, to make this experience even more special for you. Our expert instructors Becky Jorgensen and Carolina Moore will be onboard to teach you the latest quilting techniques, and help you create stunning masterpieces with Art Gallery Fabrics.

So, pack your bags and join us on the Art Gallery Fabrics Quilting Cruise for the ultimate quilting adventure. What are you waiting for? Book your spot on this one-of-a-kind quilting cruise today, and let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

Best Regards,

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
      • Art Gallery Fabrics Door Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun! 

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

Becky Jorgensen

Becky Jorgensen

Becky is a highly experienced and passionate quilter who has been active in the industry since 2007. She began her journey through her blog patchworkposse.com and has since become an accomplished author, designer, and video tutorial creator.

Becky's quilts are highly regarded and have been featured in numerous publications, including Primitive Quilts Magazine, Andover Fabrics, and Micheal Miller Ambassador 2023. She is the author of two popular books, Crafty Little Things to Sew and Embroider Your Life. Additionally, she has designed and sells the Patchwork Planner - an essential tool for any quilter looking to keep their projects organized and achieve their quilting goals.

Becky's motto of "never sew alone" speaks to her dedication to building a supportive and inclusive community of quilters. She is the founder of Patchworkers Plus, an online quilt group that has been active for over six years. In this group, she shares exclusive patterns with members, introduces them to designers from the industry, and holds live chats every month, helping quilters from around the world connect and build friendships.

To stay up-to-date with Becky's latest projects, tips, and tutorials, be sure to check out her website at patchworkposse.com or her YouTube channel at youtube.com/@Patchworkposse. With her years of experience, passion for teaching, and commitment to building a supportive quilting community, Becky is the perfect guide for anyone looking to improve their quilting skills and connect with like-minded individuals.

Carolina Moore

Carolina Moore

Looking for a talented and experienced instructor for your cruise project? Look no further than Carolina Moore, who hails from the sunny beaches of San Diego.

Carolina is a multi-talented artist who wears many hats in the quilting community. She is a YouTube personality, and author. She's also an Art Gallery Fabrics Sewcialite, known for her innovative approach to quilting design.

Carolina's love for quilting started at a young age - she made her first bed-sized quilt at just 12 years old, and has been honing her craft ever since. Her passion for quilting is matched only by her love of quilting notions and rulers, making her an expert on all things quilting-related.

As an award-winning quilter, Carolina has a deep understanding of the techniques and materials required to create beautiful quilts. She is particularly well-known for her invention of the Spot on Dot, an adhesive magnifying lens set that makes it easier to see the lines on quilting rulers.

To learn more about Carolina and her work, be sure to check out her website at www.AlwaysExpectMoore.com, or follow her on Instagram at @craftmoore. You can also search for her name on YouTube to watch her engaging and informative video tutorials.

With her wealth of experience and passion for quilting, Carolina Moore is the perfect choice for anyone looking to take their quilting skills to the next level.

Projects

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Projects

Topiary

Topiary

Looking for a charming quilting project? Look no further than Topiary - a delightful quilt made from the Botanist collection of fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. Despite its intricate appearance, you'll be amazed at how quickly this quilt comes together with the help of expert quilter Becky's tips and tricks. Get ready to create a stunning topiary-themed quilt that will add a touch of whimsy to any room.

Finished Quilt Size: 84" x 84"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Topiary digital pattern book.

May Meadows

May Meadows

Looking for a cozy and inviting quilting project? Look no further than this stunning quilt made with the All Is Well Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics. These beautiful fabrics will transport you to a picturesque meadow, making this quilt the perfect addition to any home. With the guidance of expert quilter Carolina, you'll learn how to assemble this quilt with ease and pick up some valuable tips and tricks along the way. Measuring a generous 75” x 87”, this quilt is perfect for snuggling up on chilly nights or adding a touch of warmth to any room in your home.

Finished Quilt Size: 75" x 87"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the May Meadows digital 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 $340 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 or download the patterns here: Topiary and May Meadow.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Art Gallery Fabrics Quilting Cruise 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

Orlando, FL

Most people know Orlando as America’s theme park capital. While a day (or several) dedicated to all your favorite rides and shows is a must for any vacation from Orlando, this shining city on Florida’s Space Coast offers so much more than that. If you’re cruising from Orlando, get to know the area’s other wonders — like its locally loved surf spots, sprawling citrus groves, off-road motor trails and emerald golf courses. Start your day by watching the sunrise from the sands of the Canaveral National Seashore. Then grab breakfast at a cozy café in Historic Cocoa Village. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators as you zip through the St. John River marshlands on an exhilarating airboat ride. Or climb to the top of Exploration Tower for panoramic views of Port Canaveral, the cruise port near Orlando. And don’t forget to drop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you can learn all about space travel and see both the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket.

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Day 2

Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Cruise to CocoCay to conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own Overwater Cabana. Discover the magic of Perfect Day at CocoCay — only onboard Royal Caribbean® Cruises.

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Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Cozumel, Mexico

With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.

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Day 5

Note: Today will be a class day in port. Typically we only do classes on days at sea but there are 4 stops on this cruise so one stop needed to be a class day. Feel free to depart the ship at noon and walk around or you may want to leave class early once the initial instruction for the project is complete.

Roatan, Honduras

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.

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Day 6

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 7

Cruising - Fun Day At Sea

New for 2024, we are introducing our Fun Day at Sea in the Conference Center. Join us for a special project and product demonstrations.


Day 8

Return to Orlando, FL

The Ship

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The Ship

Wonder of the Seas

Experience the ultimate quilter's paradise on the Wonder of the Seas℠ - the biggest and boldest ship in the world! This island-hopping adventure offers epic thrills, including the Ultimate Abyss℠ for adrenaline chasers, and delicious dining options that will satisfy any palate. Launch from the Space Coast and explore the stunning eastern and western shores of the Caribbean, including a visit to Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Discover new inspiration for your quilting projects as you relax and indulge in this incredible journey, only on Royal Caribbean®.

Conference Room Setup:

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


Note: View the preliminary 2024 Art Gallery Fabrics Quilting Cruise 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

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,899.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,099.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,299.00*

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

*Port charges, gratuities, taxes & fees of $474.72  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.

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 cabin-mates 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 Information

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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