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2025 Scrappy and Happy Quilting Cruise

Elevate your quilting and cruising experience with Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Join us to learn from the expertise of quilting maestros Emily Bailey and Irene Hafer. Immerse yourself in a creative journey at sea, where the joy of quilting meets the excellence of cruising. Don't miss out on this opportunity to refine your craft and enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean!
March 2-9, 2025
Miami, FL - Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas


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Hey Quilting Friends,

Prepare for an exciting quilting escapade with the Scrappy and Happy Quilting Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas! Join accomplished quilting instructors Irene Hafer and Emily Bailey as we embark from Miami, FL, setting course for Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas, and exploring the vibrant locales of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Aside from the inspiring quilting classes led by Irene and Emily, you'll have full access to the spectacular amenities of the Symphony of the Seas. Indulge in exquisite dining experiences, relish world-class entertainment, and find something for every taste on board. Naturally, there'll be ample time to discover the breathtaking ports of call on this captivating Caribbean journey.

This quilting cruise provides the ideal chance to unwind, connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts, and revel in a luxurious vacation. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just embarking on this creative journey, a fantastic time awaits you.

Don't let this extraordinary opportunity sail by – join us in merging your passion for quilting with an unforgettable Caribbean vacation.

Sew Long for Now,

- 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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Emily Bailey

Emily Bailey

As a distinguished scrap quilter, designer, and seasoned teacher, Emily Bailey brings over two decades of quilting expertise to the forefront. Raised in a family of artists and makers, Emily's creative journey was nurtured from an early age, cultivating her passion for design and craftsmanship. Despite initially aspiring to be a fashion designer, Emily's three sons led her to the world of quilting, where she discovered her true artistic calling. Emily radiates enthusiasm for the craft and cherishes the camaraderie found wherever she teaches and engages with fellow quilters. With a remarkable 20-year design legacy, Emily's creations have graced the pages of renowned publications such as Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, and Simply Quilts.

Irene Hafer

Irene Hafer

Irene is an avid Bonnie Hunter quilter, aka a Bonniac. A Bonniac is someone who follows Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com and is one step away from stalker status.  (It's a small step but a very important one). Irene loves to share tips and tricks she has learned from Bonnie Hunter over the years including the top 10 things that have made a huge impact on how Irene’s quilts go together and how she is finally seeing finished quilts... not just started.

With nearly three decades of passionate quilting experience, Irene is a seasoned quilter dedicated to the art of crafting beautiful quilts. Her expertise extends beyond personal creations to include collaborative projects with fellow enthusiasts, fostering a community of like-minded individuals. Delve into Irene's quilting journey, where she not only showcases quilts designed by other visionaries but also imparts invaluable insights gained from the creative process. Explore the intricate world of quilting, enriched by Irene's unique perspective and the joy derived from decades of dedicated craftsmanship.


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Modern Gems

Modern Gems

Introducing the Modern Gems Quilt – a contemporary masterpiece that effortlessly combines two simple blocks, the classic snowball, and stylish nine patches set on point. Crafted with easy sew-and-flip techniques and efficient strip piecing, this modern quilt assembles swiftly, making it an ideal project for quilters seeking both simplicity and sophistication. Embrace the opportunity to showcase bright, colorful fabric scraps in a design that seamlessly marries modern aesthetics with ease of construction. Elevate your quilting experience with the Modern Gems Quilt – where simplicity meets style.

Finished Size: 65” x 72”

4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Modern Gems Quilt Pattern.

Tropical Twist

Tropical Twist

Let Irene guide you through the wonderful world of Bonnie Hunter scrap quilting. She will teach you tips and tricks she has learned from Bonnie Hunter over the years. Experience the Tropical Twist Quilt, a dynamic scrap quilt that seamlessly blends strip sets, slicing, and stitch & flip corners to create a visually captivating masterpiece. Bursting with vibrant colors and movement, this quilt introduces an optional border enriched with bonus triangle units, allowing for endless creative possibilities. Perfect for quilters of all levels, the Tropical Twist Quilt promises an enjoyable and rewarding project, bringing a touch of tropical flair to your crafting endeavors.

Finished Size: 80.5” x 92.5”

7.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Addicted to Scraps Pattern Book.

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 $432.90and 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: Modern Gems Quilt Pattern and Addicted to Scraps Pattern Book.

Note: View the preliminary 2025 Scrappy and Happy 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.


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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


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away.

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Day 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.

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Day 6


Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising - Fun Day At Sea

Fun Day at Sea in the Conference Center. Join us for a special project and product demonstrations.

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 Scrappy and Happy 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.


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Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,799.00*
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 $381.70  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 $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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