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2025 North to Alaska Quilting Cruise

Delve into the unparalleled combination of quilting and cruising excellence with Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Alaska Cruise! Join the creative experience guided by quilting enthusiasts April Jaehn and Elizabeth DeMoo. Enhance your quilting skills against the stunning backdrop of Alaska.
August 8-15, 2025
Seattle, WA - Sitka, AK - Skagway, AK - Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - Juneau, AK - Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas

Overview

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Overview

Greetings Quilting Friends,

We are thrilled to invite you to join us on an extraordinary quilting adventure, the North to Alaska Quilting Cruise! Get ready for a unique journey where you'll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature as we explore the stunning landscapes of Seattle, WA, Sitka, AK, Skagway, AK, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Juneau, AK, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Embark on this exceptional voyage aboard the luxurious cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, where comfort meets exploration. Our esteemed quilting instructors for this journey are April Jaehn and Elisabeth DeMoo, who will guide you in creating beautiful quilts inspired by the remarkable destinations we'll visit.

But that's not all! Throughout the cruise, you'll have exclusive access to immersive quilting workshops and classes, allowing you to refine your skills while surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscapes of Alaska. Connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts from around the world and indulge in delectable cuisine, captivating entertainment, and lavish amenities aboard the Anthem of the Seas.

Don't miss this chance to merge your passion for quilting with an unparalleled expedition through the majestic landscapes of Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier. Secure your spot on the North to Alaska Quilting Cruise today and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime journey!

Quilt Wonders Await!

- 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

April Jaehn

April Jaehn

April Jaehn is a vibrant quilting enthusiast and traveling educator, renowned for her infectious passion and unwavering dedication to the craft. Her quilting journey began in a unique way, as she found herself immersed in the world of patchwork while living in Hungary. Overcoming the language barrier, April turned to YouTube as her trusted guide, teaching herself the art of quilting stitch by stitch.

Upon retiring, April took a well-deserved year off to decompress and explore her next chapter in life. It was during this introspective period that she discovered her true calling at the local quilt store. Each day spent there felt like coming home, as she became immersed in the vibrant quilting community, forging lasting friendships, and honing her skills.

In 2017, April joined Stitcher's Quest, located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and her quilting journey reached new heights. Working alongside fellow quilting enthusiasts, she found herself constantly learning, laughing, and expanding her knowledge. This dynamic environment fueled her passion and allowed her to further deepen her craft.

In 2021, April's expertise in quilting led her to embark on an exciting venture as a traveling educator with OESD, a renowned machine embroidery house based in Oklahoma. This role perfectly combines her three great passions: machine embroidery, nurturing customer confidence, and the joy of traveling. As an educator, April takes great pride in sharing her knowledge, empowering others to explore their creative potential and discover the wonders of quilting and machine embroidery.

April's artistic style is characterized by a profound appreciation for rich, saturated colors and bold designs. When she's not busy creating masterpieces in front of her sewing machine, she can often be found immersed in the world of quilting in other ways. Whether she's brainstorming new ideas, dreaming up innovative designs, or engaging in lively conversations about quilting, April's dedication and enthusiasm are palpable.

Now, April eagerly awaits the opportunity to embark on this thrilling adventure with fellow quilting enthusiasts like you. With her infectious energy and deep love for the craft, she is excited to share unforgettable moments, exchange ideas, and inspire one another on this remarkable journey.

Join April Jaehn on this extraordinary quilting cruise, and together, let's create memories that will last a lifetime.

Elisabeth DeMoo

Elisabeth DeMoo

Elisabeth DeMoo grew up on a farm in New Mexico, where she discovered her love for sewing by creating garments in 4-H. While in college, Elisabeth had a hunch that her sewing skills could be applied to quilting, and she has been hooked ever since. With over two decades of experience in quilting, Elisabeth's passion for the craft remains as strong as ever, and she is constantly looking forward to her next project.

As a self-proclaimed craft-o-holic, Elisabeth's desire to create is a driving force in her life, and she happily embraces it. With a list of over 10 ongoing projects at any given time, she is always busy with new ideas and inspirations. Three years ago, Elisabeth began pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a fabric designer, which led her to create the popular Brown Birds Designs blog. Through her blog, Elisabeth shares her creativity and expertise with a wide audience of fellow quilters and crafters, inspiring and encouraging them to explore their own creativity.

Projects

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Projects

Misted Pines

Misted Pines

Elevate your quilting experience with the Misted Pines Quilt, a masterpiece designed by the talented Patti Carey of Patti's Patchwork. This exquisite pieced quilt pattern offers versatility with three size options, allowing you to create a delectable throw-size quilt ideal for a captivating wall-hanging or an opulent queen or king-size masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the creative process as you use varying shades within a single color palette. Unleash your quilting passion and bring the serene beauty of misted pines into your home with this stunning and customizable quilt pattern.

Finished Size: 56" x 70"

4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Misted Pines Pattern.

Alaska

Alaska

Discover the enchanting Alaska Quilt by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilt. This beautiful quilt, crafted with precision and creativity, radiates timeless allure. Perfect for quilting enthusiasts, it utilizes just six fabrics for the entire project, offering simplicity without compromising on elegance.

Finished Size: 71 ½“ x 71 ½“

4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Alaska Quilt 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 $449.90 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 patterns here: Misted Pines and Alaska.

Note: View the preliminary 2025 North to Alaska 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.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

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

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Sitka, AK

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, 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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Day 5

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.

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 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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

Anthem 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 2025 North to Alaska 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.

Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$2,099.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,399.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$3,099.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $525.90 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 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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