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2025 Patriot Quilting Cruise

Immerse yourself in the pinnacle of quilting and cruising excellence with Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Join quilting experts Mark Darrell, The Quilting Marine, and Andrew Lee, The Combat Quilter, for a unique journey at sea. Refine your quilting skills while experiencing the beauty of the Caribbean.
March 9-16, 2025
Miami, Fl - Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas - Nassau, Bahamas - Falmouth, Jamaica - Labadee, Haiti
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

Overview

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Overview

Dear Quilting Friends,

We are thrilled to invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – the Patriot Quilting Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the beautiful Royal Caribbean ship, the Harmony of the Seas, to explore the stunning Caribbean.

Set sail from Miami, Florida, and explore Perfect Day Cococay, Nassau, Falmouth, and Labadee. Experience dynamic quilting workshops led by renowned instructors Andrew Lee and Mark Darrell against stunning backdrops. Enjoy the perfect blend of quilting, relaxation, and exploration in this unique quilting adventure. Secure your spot for a week of creativity, camaraderie, and Caribbean beauty.

Cheers,

- 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

The Quilting Marine - Mark Darrell

The Quilting Marine - Mark Darrell

Mark Darrell, also known as The Quilting Marine, has a remarkable story that involves the discovery of his passion for quilting during a difficult period in his life. After serving for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, Mark struggled with PTSD-related issues. However, he found that quilting was a therapeutic and relaxing activity that allowed him to focus on creating something beautiful while also helping him to cope with his struggles.

Mark's passion for quilting goes beyond just creating beautiful quilts. His true goal is to help others create quilts that they can admire for years to come. His favorite part of the quilting process is piecing the blocks together, knowing that he is building something that will bring joy and comfort to someone else. For Mark, the process of creating a quilt is his therapy. He doesn't get wrapped up in the details or the perfection of the final product. Instead, he focuses on the joy of the process and the fact that he is creating something that will make a positive impact on someone else's life.

Mark's philosophy when it comes to quilting is simple but profound. He lives by the mantra of "it's only fabric" and "it's only thread." To him, these materials are simply tools that he uses to create something beautiful and meaningful. He doesn't let the pressure of creating a perfect quilt get in the way of enjoying the process and sharing his passion with others.

Overall, Mark's journey is a testament to the healing power of quilting and the importance of finding creative outlets for coping with life's challenges. His dedication to helping others create beautiful quilts is truly inspiring, and his positive outlook on life and the quilting process is a reminder to us all to enjoy the journey and not get bogged down by perfectionism.

The Combat Quilter - Andrew Lee

The Combat Quilter - Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee may be a relative newcomer to quilting, with just over 6 years of experience, but his passion for the craft runs deep. It all began when his wife commented that they didn't spend enough time together, prompting him to take a quilted table runner class and join a men's quilting group. Quilting quickly became Andrew's go-to for therapeutic relief and he hasn't looked back since.

As a 21-year combat veteran, Andrew has found that quilting is the only coping mechanism that truly works for him. He has made over 300 quilts for veterans, long-armed over 700 customer quilts, and is always looking for ways to help others. With his wife Kristy and dog Winston, Andrew spends countless hours in the studio creating wonderful projects together.

As a certified Army instructor, Andrew's attention to detail and desire to learn make him an effective teacher. He has been featured in magazines and quilting books. Currently, Andrew is working on another masterpiece in his pixelated series. His website, combatquilter.com, is filled with details of his journey, patterns, and pictures of the many quilts he has completed.

Join Andrew on his quilting journey and discover the therapeutic benefits of this incredible craft.

Projects

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Projects

Our Flag Stands for Freedom

Our Flag Stands for Freedom

Designed by Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

This one is definitely a show piece when done! Pattern has instructions for two different sizes. The large quilt is 54" x 72 " and the mini quilt will be 27" x 36"

Finished Size: 54" x 72"

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Our Flag Stands for Freedom pattern.

Stars and Stripes Celebration

Stars and Stripes Celebration

The Stars & Stripes Celebration Quilt Pattern is a patriotic quilt pattern that honors
our American heroes. This beautiful & easy quilt pattern features a striking design
of stars in a diamond medallion center against a crisp white background and
accented beautifully with striped borders.

Finished Size: 64" x 74"

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Stars & Stripes Celebration 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 $424.90 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: Our Flag Stands for Freedom and Stars & Stripes Celebration.

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Patriot 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

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

Experience the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure with Royal Caribbean® Cruises. Take on the tallest waterslide in North America, snap a shot from 450 feet up in a helium balloon, or relax and enjoy a drink at the swim-up bar while soaking up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. For a taste of paradise, reserve your own Overwater Cabana and indulge in a Bora Bora-style experience. Come discover the magic of Perfect Day at CocoCay, exclusively available on Royal Caribbean® Cruises. Book now for an unforgettable vacation experience.

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Day 3

Nassau, Bahamas 

Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade-runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Nassau and swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat. And just across the bridge is beautiful Paradise Island, home to world-famous luxury hotels and resorts. Spend the day at the famous Atlantis and splash your way through its expansive water park, grab a piña colada at the Marina Village, and spot the hammerhead sharks in Predator Lagoon.

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Day 4

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 5

Falmouth, Jamaica

Nestled right between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Falmouth is the perfect backdrop for discovery in Jamaica during your cruise— but there’s lots to do right there. For a relaxing ride along the shoreline, hop on horseback in Chukkah Beach. Cruise to Falmouth and head to the Water Square and jam out with the locals to live reggae. Culture cravers can get their fix during high tea at the historical Good Hope Estate overlooking the Queen of Spain Valley. And a trip to Falmouth wouldn’t be complete without chowing down on fiery jerk chicken and rum cake, two local favorites.

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Day 6

Labadee, Haiti

Beachside meets mountainside on the shores of Labadee — a Royal Caribbean® private destination on Haiti’s northern coast. Here you’ll find pristine sands, coral reefs and jungle-covered hilltops nestling lagoon-like bays. There’s no shortage of places to relax and recharge across five stretches of beach. Or dial up the thrills on an active adventure like a half-mile-long zip line ride over the ocean. And fascinating culture, history and the natural beauty of Haiti’s spectacular coasts wait to be discovered around every corner. Escape to the Western Caribbean for a wilder way to experience paradise.

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Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Miami, FL

Return to Miami, Florida.

The Ship

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The Ship

Symphony of the Seas

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 Patriot 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$1,899.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$2,199.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$2,399.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $383.13  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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