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Patchwork Pirates 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: Donna Thomas and Wendy Mathson.
January 19-26, 2025
Miami, FL - Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas


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Ahoy, Patchwork Pirates and Quilting Buccaneers!

Are you ready to embark on the most swashbuckling quilting adventure of the year? Avast, we're thrilled to invite you to join the "Patchwork Pirates Quilting Cruise" sailing the high seas aboard the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas! Get ready to stitch, sail, and soak up the sun from January 19 to 26, 2025, as we set sail from the lively port of Miami, FL, on a quilting escapade like no other.

Charting a course for quilting bliss, our ship will make landfall at the fabulous ports of Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten!

Batten down the hatches, because we're not sailing alone! Our fearless quilting captains for this voyage are none other than the renowned quilt masters, Donna Thomas and Wendy Mathson, two quilting luminaries ready to share their wisdom and guide you through quilting workshops that are more thrilling than a sea breeze.

The Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, our majestic vessel, promises a quilting adventure like no other. Immerse yourself in the luxuries of the ship, from gourmet dining to top-notch service, all while surrounded by fellow quilting enthusiasts who share your passion for the patchwork arts.

This isn't just a cruise; it's a quilting odyssey. Join us for a week of stitching, socializing, and soaking in the Caribbean sun. Make new quilting mates, swap tales of your most daring quilt escapades, and create memories that will be as cherished as your favorite quilts.

Secure your spot on the "Patchwork Pirates Quilting Cruise" departing from Miami on January 19, 2025. Don't miss the ship—this is your chance to quilt, cruise, and conquer the high seas of creativity!

Yo-ho-ho and 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!


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Donna Thomas

Donna Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas, a quilting aficionado since 1975, began sharing her passion through teaching in 1981. As an Army wife stationed in Germany for four years, she imparted her expertise at a German quilt shop and various guilds. Now settled in Kansas, Donna boasts a four-decade teaching career and the authorship of 20 quilting books since 1987. Her writing extends to numerous publications, emphasizing frustration-free sewing and skills mastery to make quilting an enjoyable experience.

With a BERNINA enthusiast's heart, Donna finds excitement in spotting these machines on Stitchin' Heaven cruises and retreats. Beyond quilting, she and her husband provide support to Ellie, a sunny golden retriever, and Buddy, a mischievous miniature apricot poodle whose real name might as well be Trouble. Donna Lynn Thomas's enduring dedication to the art of quilting continues to inspire a new generation of quilting enthusiasts, making her an invaluable figure in the quilting community.

Wendy Mathson

Wendy Mathson

Wendy Mathson and her husband, Dan, call a Southern California vineyard home, where they tend to grapevines and revel in family moments, especially with their four spirited grandsons. In 1992, Wendy, inspired by a church group, initiated the creation of tied prayer quilts—a practice that blossomed into the global "Prayers & Squares" ministry, with Wendy currently serving as its president. Nestled in the heart of a vineyard, Wendy's life is a harmonious blend of family, vineyard adventures, and the compassionate legacy of "Prayers & Squares."

With over two decades of experience in publishing, Wendy transitioned from roles like editor and pattern designer to authoring her book, "A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts." A fervent teacher, Wendy's quilting philosophy is succinct but profound: "If you're not having fun, you need to find another way to do it." Her passion extends to creating quilting rulers and tools that simplify traditional block construction, adding a touch of joy to the quilting journey. Wendy Mathson's commitment to infusing joy into quilting makes her a cherished figure, inspiring enthusiasts nationwide.


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Retro Rainbow Dutch Braid

Retro Rainbow Dutch Braid

Indulge in the vibrant world of quilting with this lively and captivating pattern, skillfully designed by the talented Elisa Lea for Robert Kaufman. Boasting a delightful fusion of colors, this quilt is a true testament to the artistry and creativity woven into every stitch. With a finished measurement of 60" x 74", it epitomizes the perfect dimensions for a cozy throw, inviting you to wrap yourself in its warmth and relish the joy of quilted comfort.

This eye-catching pattern is made accessible to quilting enthusiasts through a convenient digital download option provided by the manufacturer. The digital format not only ensures immediate access to the pattern but also allows for easy storage and retrieval, granting you the freedom to embark on your quilting adventure at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the world of Elisa Lea's design, where the precision of digital craftsmanship meets the timeless charm of quilting.

Finished Size: 60" x 74"

*Fabrics will be matched as closely as possible based on fabric availability at the time of ordering.

4 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: The digital Dutch Braid Quilt Pattern is available for download here.

Sweet Trails

Sweet Trails

Embark on a quilting journey filled with whimsy and charm as you explore a playful reinterpretation of the classic Snail’s Trail block in this delightful throw-sized quilt. Crafted for those who revel in the joy of quilting, this pattern promises a vibrant array of flowers dancing across the fabric, bringing a burst of color and creativity to your space. With a finished size perfect for throwing over a couch or bed, this quilt not only adds warmth but also serves as a visual feast for the eyes.

Designed to cater to quilters of intermediate skill level, this pattern comes complete with alternate cutting and assembly directions, offering a unique twist by allowing you to create single blocks from your cherished scraps instead of relying solely on yardage. This thoughtful flexibility not only encourages resourcefulness but also adds a personalized touch to your quilt, making each block a treasure trove of memories and fabrics.

Finished Size: 55" x 66"

 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Sweet Trails 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 $400.90 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 Patchwork Pirates 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.


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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

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


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

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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Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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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 Patchwork Pirates 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


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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, gratuities, taxes & fees of $493.70 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 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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