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2025 Castaways Quilting Cruise

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Marilyn Foreman and Raija Salomaa.
January 12-19, 2025
Miami, FL - Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

Overview

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Overview

Hello, Castaway Quilting Adventurers!

Escape the winter chill and set sail on a warm and whimsical quilting odyssey! We're thrilled to extend an exclusive invitation for you to join the "Castaway Quilting Cruise" aboard the magnificent Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas. This sun-soaked quilting journey departs from the lively port of Miami, FL, on January 12, 2025, bound for the picturesque destinations of Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

From the sun-kissed shores of Cococay to the vibrant history of San Juan and the laid-back charm of St. Maarten, this cruise promises not just a quilting adventure but a winter escape to remember.

Our esteemed quilting instructors, Marilyn Foreman and Raija Salomaa, will be joining us on this tropical quilting getaway. Be prepared for quilting sessions filled with inspiration, laughter, and the joy of creating beautiful pieces while cruising through azure waters.

Marilyn Foreman and Raija Salomaa will share their quilting expertise, spill the beans on secrets, and ignite your creative spirit against the backdrop of warm, tropical paradises. This cruise is not just a vacation; it's an opportunity to connect with like-minded quilters, make lasting friendships, and bask in the pleasures of your favorite craft in a captivating and sun-drenched setting.

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, a floating paradise of entertainment and luxury, will be our home away from home. Indulge in the finest amenities, delectable cuisine, and top-notch service as you quilt your way through the Caribbean, leaving the winter blues behind.

As part of the growing trend of quilting cruises, the "Castaway Quilting Cruise" guarantees an unforgettable winter voyage for those who seek adventure, camaraderie, and a touch of artistic magic in the warmth of the Caribbean sun.

Don't miss the boat on this extraordinary quilting experience! Secure your spot for the cruise departing from Miami on January 12, 2025, and let this winter be the season your quilting dreams set sail to the tropics!

Happy quilting!

- 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!

Instructors

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Instructors

Marilyn Foreman

Marilyn Foreman

www.quiltmoments.com

An avid quilter for over 20 years, Marilyn started her pattern company, Quilt Moments, in 2006, and lives in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and three kids. 

Marilyn has published over 50 patterns and a book titled “Kaleidoscope Symphony”.  She also has a Craftsy online class, “Quilted Kaleidoscopes”, and has been published in several magazines.  She enjoys teaching and sharing her love for designing quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques.  With a background in analysis, she loves the challenge of making her pieced patterns as versatile as possible so her patterns always include a variety of sizes and fabric options.  She uses lots of fabrics in her quilts and lets the fabric elements do the work to create stunning results.  Whether it’s rotating simply block units made with batiks, including easy four-patch kaleidoscopes made from a large print in the block centers, creating unique ways to show off panels, or using the popular Twister tools (she’s co-owner at TwisterSistersDesigns.com, the new home of the Twister tools), all her techniques are addictive and fun!  Learn more about Marilyn by visiting her websites and blog.

Raija Salomaa

Raija Salomaa

Raija was born and raised in Eno, a quaint little town in Eastern Finland. Raija met her soul mate and the love of her life while studying in the US. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Though avidly sewing since elementary school, quilting was something Raija didn’t know anything about prior to moving to the States. The moment she saw her first quilt it was love at first sight.

Raija’s desire to become a quilt pattern designer started almost immediately, and her pattern company – Quilters’ Treasure Chest was born in 2004. Her designs have been featured in multiple national publications. Raija loves tools that make accuracy easier, so it's no surprise she is a certified Studio 180 Design instructor. She enjoys lecturing at guilds and teaching workshops and currently resides in Arkansas.

Projects

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Projects

Swirl

Swirl

Dive into a world of creative possibilities with this quilt design! Its beauty lies in both vibrant fabric choices and its unique versatility. Your head will swirl with excitement as you rotate the block units, uncovering four distinct layout options. It's a canvas for your artistic touch, offering a symphony of patterns and arrangements that adapt to your mood and vision.

Watch the quilt transform before your eyes with a simple rotation of meticulously crafted block units. Whether you prefer a harmonious, balanced layout or a dynamic arrangement full of energy, this quilt lets you curate your textile masterpiece. Embrace the joy of discovery as each twist becomes a journey of creative expression, ensuring this quilt finds a cherished place in any setting.

Finished Size: 50" × 62"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Swirl Quilt Pattern by Marilyn Foreman. 


Henrika's Delight

Henrika's Delight

Henrika's Delight is a radiant masterpiece, adorned with beautiful fabrics that elevate your quilt to new heights! Crafting 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished blocks in a visually pleasing arrangement, the quilt captures attention with its captivating design. Separated by sashing for added definition, Henrika's Delight is not just a stunning quilt but also a gateway to learning new techniques that will become essential in your quilting toolkit.

With Henrika's Delight, you're not just creating a beautiful quilt; you're gaining a wealth of knowledge and skills that will enrich your quilting endeavors. Let the vibrant fabrics and intricate techniques intertwine to make this quilt not only a visual marvel but also a rewarding journey of learning and growth.

Finished Size: 42" x 55"

3 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Henrika's Delight Quilt Pattern by Raija Salomaa.

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 $364.90 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 or download the patterns here: Rainbow Radiance and Whirlwind.

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Castaways 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

Miami, FL

As far as vacation destinations go, Miami tops most sun-seekers’ lists. With its gorgeous beaches, vibrant neighborhoods and melting pot of cultures, the Magic City is the perfect place to spend a few days before your Caribbean island hop. Ahead of your cruise from Miami, jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita — a streetside shop window. Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on the island’s secluded sandy shores. If you’re looking for a bit more action, head to South Beach — home to world-class restaurants, nightlife, shopping and lively beaches, all set against snap-worthy Art Deco buildings. Art lovers who visit Miami can head to Wynwood and explore the neighborhood’s colorful street murals and local galleries. Or take a trip back in time at the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate, which offers a glimpse into Miami’s dazzling past.

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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

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

St. Maarten: The Unique Blend of Cultures on the Smallest Shared Landmass

St. Maarten is truly a one-of-a-kind destination, known for its harmonious mix of cultures. This Caribbean island is home to a diverse community of 120 nationalities, who speak over 80 languages. What's more, it is the only landmass in the world that is shared by two different nations, the Netherlands and France.

Despite its small size, less than 40 square miles, St. Maarten offers an array of activities and experiences. Explore centuries-old ruins and travel back in time, or get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zipline adventure through lush tropical forests. If relaxation is what you seek, there are secluded beaches perfect for soaking up the sun, followed by a culinary journey that offers some of the best Caribbean cuisine.

Come and experience the unique blend of cultures that make St. Maarten a truly unforgettable destination.

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Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Miami, FL

Return to Miami, FL

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The Ship

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The Ship

Symphony of the Seas

Go big on bold when you sail aboard one of the largest cruise ships in the world.

Get ready for a perception remixing, memory maxing mic drop — Symphony of the Seas® is all that and more. It’s your favorite onboard hits, including the ten-story test of courage, Ultimate Abyss℠ and twin FlowRider® surf simulators, plus revolutionary firsts, like glow-in-the-dark laser tag. And deck-defying attractions aren’t the only things to look forward to when you sail onboard this Oasis Class ship. Symphony of the Seas® is also loaded with delicious ways to tempt your taste buds — like the gameday game changing Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade — and larger-than-life ways to stay, like the Ultimate Family Suite. Go get your thrill on. 

Conference Room Setup:

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

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Castaways 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$2,399.00*

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

*Port charges, gratuities, taxes & fees of $485.38  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 $112.00 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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