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Wonder of Quilting Cruise 2024

Embark on an incredible 7-night Caribbean Cruise with Stitchin' Heaven and Friends! Immerse yourself in a learning adventure with quilting experts Emily Bailey and Becky Jorgensen. Join us for a unique quilting experience at sea, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean. Don't miss this opportunity to cruise and connect with quilting enthusiasts and experts alike!
October 20 - 27, 2024
Orlando, FL - Perfect Day Cococay - Cozumel, Mexico - Roatan, Honduras - Costa Maya, Mexico
Royal Caribbean Wonder Of The Seas

Overview

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Overview

Hey there, Quilting Rockstars!

I hope you're all fantastic and ready for an unforgettable mix of quilting joy and adventure! We're thrilled to extend a special invitation just for you, combining your passion for quilting with the excitement of travel. Get ready to set sail with us on an amazing quilting journey aboard the "Wonder of the Seas" by Royal Caribbean.

Here's the scoop:

Join us aboard the Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas as we venture to enchanting destinations including Orlando, FL (where we'll start and end our journey), Perfect Day Cococay, Cozumel, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Imagine quilting across the high seas, surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Caribbean. This cruise is perfect for quilters of all levels, from beginners to the more experienced.

Highlights of the Cruise:

Quilting Workshops: Led by our incredible instructors, Emily Bailey and Becky Jorgensen, you'll dive into the world of quilting with hands-on sessions perfect for enhancing your skills or getting started with quilting.

Quilting Community: This is your chance to connect with like-minded quilters, share ideas, and forge new friendships as we quilt and travel together.

Destinations: Explore the unique beauty and charm of our Caribbean stops, each offering its own adventures and sights.

Relaxation and Entertainment: Beyond quilting, enjoy the ship's many amenities, from gourmet meals to exciting shows, ensuring there's never a dull moment.

Are you ready to join this quilting voyage? Reserve your spot now!

Don't let this opportunity to blend your quilting passion with an incredible Caribbean adventure pass you by. We're eager to embark on this journey with you and create unforgettable memories.

Best wishes,

Deb Luttrell

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

Emily Bailey: Renowned Scrap Quilter, Designer, and Educator

Emily Bailey: Renowned Scrap Quilter, Designer, and Educator

Emily Bailey, a celebrated scrap quilter, designer, and quilting instructor, has captivated the quilting community with her unique designs and comprehensive teaching methods. With a rich heritage in a family of artists and creators, Emily's journey into the world of quilting has been deeply influenced by her upbringing, where creativity and the development of her artistic skills were highly encouraged. Initially aspiring to a career in fashion design, the birth of her three sons marked a pivotal shift in her creative pursuits, leading her to discover her true passion for quilting.

Emily's love for the quilting community is profound, as she values the instant connections and friendships formed through teaching and participating in quilting events. Her expertise and innovative approach to scrap quilting have not only made her a beloved figure among quilters but have also established her as a sought-after instructor and designer.

With over 20 years of experience in the quilting industry, Emily's designs have been featured in prominent quilting publications such as Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, and Simply Quilts. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion for quilting through various platforms, including her website, YouTube channel, and live workshops, making her teachings accessible to quilters worldwide.

As a leading figure in the quilting world, Emily Bailey continues to inspire and educate both new and experienced quilters through her innovative designs and engaging teaching style. Whether you're looking to enhance your quilting skills or explore creative design ideas, Emily Bailey offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to quilters everywhere.

Becky Jorgensen: Quilting Influencer and Creator of PatchworkPosse.com

Becky Jorgensen: Quilting Influencer and Creator of PatchworkPosse.com

Becky Jorgensen, a prominent figure in the quilting community, began her illustrious career with the launch of her quilting blog, PatchworkPosse.com, in 2007. Known for her engaging video tutorials and diverse quilting projects, Becky has become a favorite among quilting enthusiasts for her innovative approaches and easy-to-follow guidance. Her quilting creations have garnered attention from leading publications such as Primitive Quilts Magazine, Andover Fabrics, and have led her to be named a Micheal Miller Ambassador in 2023. Becky's contributions to the quilting world extend beyond her blog, with her works featured in the books "Crafty Little Things to Sew" and "Embroider Your Life."

As the designer of the Patchwork Planner, Becky provides invaluable tools for quilters aiming to organize their projects efficiently, promoting 2023 as the year of quilt project completions. Her philosophy, "never sew alone," underscores her commitment to fostering a supportive quilting community, which led her to establish the online quilt group, Patchworkers Plus, over six years ago. This platform serves as a hub for quilters to access exclusive patterns, engage with industry-leading designers, and participate in live monthly chats, facilitating global connections and friendships within the quilting community.

Becky's passion for quilting and her dedication to teaching are evident through her interactive content and resources. Followers can immerse themselves in the quilting world by visiting her website, PatchworkPosse.com, or by subscribing to her YouTube channel at youtube.com/@Patchworkposse, where she continues to share her quilting journey, projects, and tutorials. Through her innovative designs and community-building efforts, Becky Jorgensen remains a beacon for quilters worldwide, encouraging creativity and connection in every stitch.

Projects

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Projects

Dazzled

Dazzled

Introducing "Dazzled" - A Modern Quilt Masterpiece

Discover the enchanting beauty of "Dazzled," a quilt that brings a fresh, contemporary twist to the traditional art of quilting. Crafted with the modern quilter in mind, "Dazzled" features an exquisite array of large, spinning flowers that captivate and charm, transforming any space into a vibrant oasis of color and design.

At the heart of "Dazzled" lies a clever reinterpretation of the classic drunkard’s path pattern. By incorporating quarter circles, this quilt creates an illusion of movement and whimsy, with each spinning flower seemingly dancing across the fabric. The dynamic composition of "Dazzled" brings a lively and modern aesthetic to the timeless craft of quilting, making it a perfect statement piece for contemporary homes.

Finished Size: 51”x51”

3 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

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

Harlequin

Harlequin

Introducing "Harlequin" - A Bold and Colorful Quilting Adventure

Elevate your quilting experience with "Harlequin," a quilt that masterfully combines bold patterns and vibrant colors to create a visually stunning masterpiece. Designed for the confident intermediate quilter, "Harlequin" offers a challenging yet rewarding project that showcases the beauty of precision and creativity.

"Harlequin" is more than just a quilt; it's a journey into the heart of modern quilting, where bold patterns and vibrant colors collide to create something truly remarkable. Whether you're looking to add a splash of color to your home or searching for a challenging project to hone your quilting skills, "Harlequin" offers both beauty and complexity.

Finished Size 49”x71”

3.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed. 

NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Harlequin 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 $418.90 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: Dazzled and Harlequin

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Wonder of 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

Orlando, FL

Most people know Orlando as America’s theme park capital. While a day (or several) dedicated to all your favorite rides and shows is a must for any vacation from Orlando, this shining city on Florida’s Space Coast offers so much more than that. If you’re cruising from Port Canaveral, get to know the area’s other wonders — like its locally loved surf spots, sprawling citrus groves, off-road motor trails and emerald golf courses. Start your day by watching the sunrise from the sands of the Canaveral National Seashore. Then grab breakfast at a cozy café in Historic Cocoa Village. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators as you zip through the St. John River marshlands on an exhilarating airboat ride. Or climb to the top of Exploration Tower for panoramic views of Port Canaveral, the cruise port near Orlando. And don’t forget to drop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Port Canaveral, where you can learn all about space travel and see both the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Saturn V moon rocket.

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Day 2

Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. 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.

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Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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

Roatan, Honduras

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

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 6

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 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Orlando, FL

Return to Orlando, FL.

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The Ship

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The Ship

Wonder of the Seas

GET READY FOR YOUR QUILTING SEMINAR AT SEA ADVENTURE

Everything is a big deal on the boldest and biggest ship in the world, Wonder of the Seas®. This is a larger-than-life, island-hopping adventure with epic thrills for all ages. Kids can revel in next-level playtime. Adrenaline chasers meet their match at Ultimate Abyss℠. And everyone savors delicious dining options from homespun Southern classics with a twist to rustic Italian favorites. Get ready to launch from the Space Coast to our private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay and discover the eastern and western shores of the Caribbean. Only on Royal Caribbean®.

Conference Room Setup:

On this ship we will be sewing two to a table like the image below.

Note: View the preliminary 2024 Wonder of 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$1899*
Balcony Stateroom$2299*

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

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $381.26  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.

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 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.

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