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2024 Quilting in the Glaciers Alaska Quilting Cruise

Set sail on an extraordinary quilting and cruising experience with Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Alaska Cruise! Immerse yourself in the wisdom of quilting maestros Raija Salomaa and Charisma Horton for an unforgettable journey of creativity against the stunning backdrop of Alaska. Join us for a unique blend of quilting and adventure, where the beauty of the cruise complements the artistry of quilting.
August 16-23, 2024
Seattle, WA - Juneau, AK - Skagway, AK - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas


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Dear Quilting Friends,

We are delighted to extend an invitation for you to embark on a unique quilting journey like no other: the Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier Quilting Expedition! Prepare yourself for an extraordinary adventure where you'll be surrounded by awe-inspiring natural wonders as we explore the magnificent Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, alongside other remarkable destinations such as Seattle, WA, Juneau, AK, Skagway, AK, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Our exceptional voyage will be aboard the luxurious cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, providing you with unparalleled comfort as we delve into Alaska's majestic glaciers, wildlife, and charming towns. Guided by esteemed quilting instructors Raija Salomaa and Charisma Horton, you'll have the incredible opportunity to learn from these masters while creating stunning quilts inspired by our captivating journey.

But wait, there's more! Throughout the cruise, you'll also have exclusive access to immersive quilting workshops and classes, allowing you to refine your skills and connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts from around the globe. Indulge in delectable cuisine, captivating entertainment, and lavish amenities aboard the Ovation of the Seas, ensuring an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

Seize this extraordinary chance to merge your passion for quilting with an unparalleled expedition through the breathtaking landscapes of Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier. Secure your place on the Quilting in the Glaciers Cruise through Alaska today and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime journey!

All the best,

- 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 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!


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Raija Salomaa

Raija Salomaa

Raija's journey began in the charming town of Eno, nestled in the serene landscapes of Eastern Finland. Born and raised there, she developed a passion for sewing from an early age. Little did she know that her path would lead her to the United States, where she would encounter the love of her life and her true quilting calling.

While pursuing her studies in the US, Raija crossed paths with her soul mate, who would become her lifelong partner. Together, they have the joy of raising two wonderful daughters who have grown into adulthood with pride.

Although Raija had been an avid sewer since her elementary school days, quilting was a world that remained unknown to her until she set foot in the States. From the moment she laid eyes on her first quilt, it was a magical encounter that sparked an everlasting love affair.

Driven by an insatiable desire to express her creativity through quilt pattern design, Raija embarked on her journey as a quilt pattern designer in 2004. This marked the birth of her esteemed pattern company, Quilters' Treasure Chest. Since then, her exceptional designs have garnered recognition and graced the pages of numerous national publications. Raija's talent extends further as she creates unique quilt patterns tailored for specific fabric companies, showcasing her versatility and artistic flair.

In her pursuit of perfection, Raija has developed a fondness for tools that enhance accuracy and efficiency in quilting. As a certified Studio 180 Design instructor, she not only creates beautiful patterns but also imparts her knowledge and skills to others. Raija finds joy in sharing her expertise through captivating lectures at guilds and teaching engaging classes. Continuously striving for innovation, she constantly discovers new and distinctive methods to help her students achieve outstanding results.

Currently, Raija resides in the picturesque northwest corner of Arkansas, where she draws inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds her. To explore Raija's extraordinary quilt patterns and uncover the treasures of her artistic creations, visit her website at www.quilterstreasurechest.com. There, you will discover a world of exquisite designs waiting to be brought to life with needle and thread.

Charisma Horton

Charisma Horton

Charisma Horton is a highly acclaimed and award-winning professional in the world of longarm quilting. With her exceptional skills as a longarm quilter, she has earned a well-deserved reputation as a master of her craft. Not only is Charisma a renowned quilter, but she is also a prolific pattern designer and valued contributor to various magazines within the quilting community.

In the realm of design, Charisma's artistic repertoire knows no bounds. From charming and folksy hand embroidery designs to bold and vibrant modern creations, her portfolio encompasses a diverse range of styles. One of Charisma's unique talents lies in her ability to infuse traditional blocks with a fresh and contemporary appeal, using the power of color to breathe new life into timeless designs.

With an impressive collection of over 350 published patterns on her own website, www.charismascorner.com, Charisma has left an indelible mark on the quilting world. Her innovative and captivating patterns have delighted quilters worldwide, inspiring them to embark on their own creative journeys. Furthermore, her exceptional talent has been recognized and celebrated in approximately 100 esteemed publications, solidifying her position as a true luminary within the industry.

Nestled in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest, Charisma calls this picturesque region her home. When she's not immersed in the art of quilting or passionately designing in her little pink barn, she finds solace and joy in the tranquility of her garden. With a touch of whimsy, she revels in her role as a "crazy chicken lady," cherishing her time spent in the company of her beloved flock. Exploring the scenic outdoors with her loyal canine companions and indulging in the culinary arts are also among Charisma's cherished pastimes.

Charisma Horton embodies the essence of creativity and passion within the quilting community. Her exceptional talents as a longarm quilter, pattern designer, and magazine contributor have left an indelible mark on the industry. To experience the magic of her designs and immerse yourself in her world of quilting, visit her website at www.charismascorner.com. There, you will discover a treasure trove of patterns and inspiration, reflecting Charisma's boundless imagination and unwavering dedication to her craft.


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Taku River

Taku River

Taku River is a delightful, yet surprisingly easy and quick quilt to make! It will surely become one of your favorite quilt patterns to go to when you need a lovely quilt in a hurry! The pattern comes in three sizes, giving you a chance to make a quilt for every occasion when you get back home! This quilt will surely become one of the much-loved keepsakes adorning your home and reminding you of your wonderful Alaskan adventure!

Finished Size: 55" x 72"

3.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Taku River pattern.

Starberry Jam

Starberry Jam

Discover the enchanting beauty of Starberry Jam, a captivating quilt that embraces the versatility of strips. With its timeless design featuring a traditional star nestled within an effortlessly striped block, this quilt combines elegance with simplicity. It provides a wonderful opportunity to hone your star point skills while achieving a swift finish through its user-friendly setting.

Measuring an inviting 72 inches by 84 inches, Starberry Jam offers a generous size that is perfect for snuggling. The strip-friendly nature of Starberry Jam opens up a world of possibilities. The carefully crafted combination of stripes and stars creates a visual symphony that will capture the attention of any quilting enthusiast.

As you work on Starberry Jam, you'll not only cultivate your quilting skills but also savor the satisfaction of bringing a timeless design to life. The carefully selected fabrics and precise piecing techniques will result in a quilt that radiates charm and craftsmanship.

Finished Size: 72" x 84"

5.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Starberry Jam 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 $295.00 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: Royal River Dance II and Starberry Jam.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 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.


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Day 1

Seattle, WA

Embarking on a cruise from Seattle? Don't miss out on the chance to explore the stunning Emerald City before your adventure at sea. If you're a nature lover, Seattle is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. While the city boasts an array of metropolitan delights such as great restaurants, trendy bars, shopping destinations, and countless hip coffee shops, it still manages to maintain a wild, great-outdoors soul.

Surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks, and the misty Puget Sound, Seattle is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts. Head to Discovery Park to catch stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay for some world-class art exhibits.

If you're looking to wind down and grab a drink or two, head to one of Seattle's many rooftop bars and enjoy a local brew or expertly crafted cocktail while taking in the extra-long northern summer days. With slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks, and even the occasional pod of whales, the misty Puget Sound is truly a sight to behold.

Don't miss out on the chance to explore this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Take some time to discover the natural beauty and metropolitan delights of Seattle before your unforgettable cruise adventure.

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Day 2


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Juneau, AK

Getting to Juneau is no easy feat, requiring a sprint by air or by sea. However, once you arrive, you'll be greeted by majestic views and rich cultural experiences around every turn. Nestled amidst snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers, and abundant wildlife, Alaska's remote state capital is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.

Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the picturesque downtown area of the city is brimming with centuries-old bars, charming boutique shops, and historic landmarks. To get a taste of the local culture, be sure to visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum, where you can immerse yourself in Alaska's unique history and traditions.

But the true magic of Juneau lies in its abundance of outdoor activities. From whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, this pristine wilderness has it all. For a truly authentic Alaskan experience, try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin and discover the thrill of striking it rich.

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Day 4

Skagway, AK

The tiny town of Skagway is frozen in time, with its charming streets and buildings perfectly preserved since the Klondike Gold Rush over a century ago. But don't let its historic facade fool you, Skagway is a hub of thrilling Alaskan adventures.

A ride on an old-time streetcar along bustling Broadway Street is a great way to take in the town's many well-preserved buildings, including the state's oldest hotel. For a glimpse into Skagway's rich history, head to the Corrington Museum to see engraved walrus tusks, or get lost in the riveting historical reenactments that take place all around town.

Of course, for outdoor enthusiasts, Skagway has much to offer as well. Amp up your adrenaline by sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier or rafting down Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America. And with countless hiking trails, fishing spots, and wildlife watching opportunities, Skagway truly is an outdoor lover's paradise.

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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

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.

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Day 6

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 7

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia, is a charming city that perfectly combines British heritage and outdoor exploration. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Victorian architecture of Craigdarroch Castle and indulge in a culinary journey through Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Known as the "Garden City," Victoria boasts impressive floral displays and a reputation as the "Cycling Capital of Canada," offering a variety of biking trails for all levels. Adventure seekers can watch orcas playing in the harbor or observe glow-in-the-dark scorpions at the Bug Zoo. Whether you want to hike through the temperate rainforest of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park or stroll through the picturesque Butchart Gardens, Victoria offers something for everyone.

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Day 8

Seattle, WA

Return to Seattle, Washington.

The Ship

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The Ship

Ovation of the Seas

Experience the awe-inspiring scenery of the Alaskan wilderness from the highest vantage point on any cruise ship - the North Star®. Take in breathtaking views of vibrant blue glaciers and majestic waterfalls from the pool deck as you navigate through Endicott Arm. Treat your taste buds to an array of globally inspired dishes and expertly crafted cocktails served by robotic bartenders. When not exploring ashore, fill your sea days with adrenaline-pumping activities such as simulated skydiving on RipCord®by iFLY® and surfing on the FlowRider®. All of these experiences are available only on Royal Caribbean, the cruise line that has been voted the Best Overall for 19 years in a row by Travel Weekly readers. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create unforgettable memories on your Alaskan adventure.

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Alaska Legacy Quilting 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.


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,999.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,199.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $488.66 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 $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 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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