Quilters Of The Caribbean

Quilting and cruising are better than ever so join Stitchin' Heaven on this 7-night Caribbean Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: April Jaehn and Sandra Coffey.
April 8 - April 15, 2022
Ft. Lauderdale - Roatan - Cozumel - Puerto Costa Maya - CocoCay
Royal Caribbean Wonder Of The Seas

Overview

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Overview

We are so excited about this cruise. Join us on the worlds largest and brand new ship, Wonder Of The Seas. This is the newest sister ship in the Oasis class on Royal Caribbean. On this class of ship, there are so many options for dining and entertainment. The food is amazing. The crew is always fabulous and treats you like royalty. The entertainment is superb. The poolside music, evening shows, parades, and ice shows are all so professional and top tier. And if that is not enough, the conference center is state of the art and available to our group 24/7 for wonderful quilting classes and after class sewing time. I hope to see you on board with us!

- 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
  • 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
  • Post cruise guest contact list and group photo
  • Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA sewing machine provided by Stitchin' Heaven!

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. 

Instructors

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Instructors

April Jaehn

April Jaehn

April began quilting while living in Hungary. Since she spoke very little Hungarian, she began learning to patchwork from YouTube. Upon retirement April took a year off to decompress and figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She found herself at the local quilt store most days--here is where she found her home. She began working at Stitcher’s Quest in Fort Walton Beach Florida in 2017 and hasn’t had a day since without learning, laughing, and building lasting friendships.

April is drawn to rich saturated colors and bold designs. When she’s not in front of a machine, she’s either thinking, dreaming, or talking about quilting! So this opportunity to teach on a cruise is a dream come true.

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra's passion is fiber art, especially quilting. She has been sewing since childhood and then made clothing for her entire family after she married. She learned the art of quilting soon after moving to Alaska. Sandra started quilting in 1976 and is always open to new techniques and patterns. She began teaching in 1995 and loves to share the skills needed to pass on this beautiful tradition. She is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified! 

Sandra joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006 as the Block of the Month manager. She is also a long arm quilter. She does beautiful work quilting many of our shop models, several of which, have been featured in magazines.

Projects

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Projects

Perfect Day

Perfect Day

Designed by Deb Luttrell as part of Stitchin' Heaven's Patchwork Pirates program, this bright, tropical design was inspired by a Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas. There is no better place to snorkel and see all the beautiful Caribbean fish in the ocean. 

Finished Size: 63” x 80” 

You can purchase your Sail N Sew kit when registering for the cruise.

Gumballs

Gumballs

A tasty favorite, Gumballs have been the candy of choice for generations of children. Deb designed this QUICK & EASY quilt for the kid in all of us to enjoy! You simply turn the blocks for this exciting, sporadic look. Choose your color, and get started on this sweet quilt. 

Finished size is 60" x 72". 

You can purchase your Sail N Sew kit when registering for the cruise.

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! We will send all registrants an email with links to purchase. 

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: Gumballs and Perfect Day

Note: A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies with 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.

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A cruise out of Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular ways to experience the best of the Caribbean, but this coastal South Florida city is a worthy destination in and of itself. Port Everglades is the main cruise port near Fort Lauderdale, but just a few miles away you’ll find beautiful white-sand beaches, a lively food and shopping scene, and cerulean blue waterways dotted with impressive yachts and sailboats. Want to discover the best of Fort Lauderdale like a local? Go for an early-morning stroll along the Fort Lauderdale Beach promenade and watch the sun rise over the water. Then grab breakfast beachside at one of the many open-air cafes that line the waterfront. If you’re looking for a wilder way to spend the day, set out on an eco-kayak tour through mangrove forests, calm bays, and emerald-green inlets — Fort Lauderdale is home to more than 300 miles of waterways, which has earned it the nickname, “Venice of America.”

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Day 2

Cruising

8:30AM - We will provide a demonstration of the BERNINA sewing machine. If you would like a lesson on the features of this machine, we encourage you to attend. 

9:00AM - The fun begins with classes in the Conference Center.

Day 3

Roatan, Honduras

Roatán’s diverse blend of cultures and traditions is enough to charm anyone. But its mangrove forests, dense jungles, and swaths of white-sand beach will make you want to stay forever. Divers and snorkelers from all over the globe flock to the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands every year see to the world’s second largest barrier reef firsthand. Roatán cruises provide access to laid-back beach towns and secluded shores. On the Big Island, you can mingle with monkeys and “Jesus” lizards, snorkel with stingrays, and zipline through rainforest canopies. If it’s culture you crave, the island’s unique and vibrant blend is more than satisfying— made up of ex-pat sun seekers, Hondurans from the mainland, descendants of European settlers, and Garífuna, whose Afro-Carib-Arawak heritage still flavors centuries-old communities like Punta Gorda.

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Day 4

Cozumel, Mexico

With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.

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Day 5

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.

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Day 6

Cruising

9:00AM - The fun continues with classes in the Conference Center by April & Sandra.

Day 7

CocoCay Day! Our classroom will be closed during the day so all guests and staff can visit the amazing private island of Royal Caribbean, CocoCay. In the evening we will have a going away celebration complete with champagne and cocktails. This will be a very special time as our panel of teachers and staff will discuss "So You Think You Want to Have a Longarm Business?" 

Perfect Day® at CocoCay

There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ vacation — especially on Perfect Day® at CocoCay®. Whether your ideal beach getaway involves larger-than-life thrills or unwinding at a peaceful waterfront chill spot, you’ll find there’s no right or wrong way to make the most out of your adventure.

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Day 8

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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The Ship

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The Ship

Wonder Of The Seas

The ship class that redefined cruising just got bolder. The world’s biggest ship, Wonder of the Seas℠, brings even bigger adventures to the award-winning Oasis Class. Like eight unique neighborhoods, including the all-new Suite Neighborhood. A totally redesigned pool deck with more ways to soak up the sun — or shade — than ever before. AquaTheater adds edge-of-your-seat-inducing entertainment to the line-up with stunning ocean views and a dramatic new backdrop. And the all-new Playscape, an underwater world studded with slides, climbing walls and games, where imaginations can soar. 

Conference Room Setup:

Our Conference Center is amazing! Over 3800 square feet of space for tables (2 people to a table), our ironing stations, and demo area. You will love being just a few steps away from free coffee, tea, and cookies located in the Promenade. Our room is open 24/7 so you can sew at 2:00 in the morning if you want!


Note: A complete 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.

Pricing

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Pricing

Stateroom's are as follows:

Room TypePrice
Interior Stateroom$1,599.00*
Oceanview Stateroom$1,799.00*
Oceanview w/Balcony Stateroom$1,999.00*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $374.55 per person 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. Fabric kits are not included. 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

There are so many options for travel to the port that we feel it is best for you to make your own travel arrangements to the port. 

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. 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 pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them 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 will be added to your reservation total

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

Unfortunately, our world and our cruise travel have certainly changed with COVID-19. 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. Because of this, all guests registered with Stitchin’ Heaven are required to provide proof of vaccination.  By following this protocol, we will not be required to have our guests wear masks while in the Conference Center. However, ship protocols will need to be observed while onboard and when you are not in the conference room. Protocols are changing daily while navigating through these uncertain waters. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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