Girlfriends at Sea Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven Travel & Friends for a 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas! Enjoy all the luxuries aboard ship and learn from Quilting Girlfriends: Debbie & Charlotte and Liz & Beth!

 

May 1 - 8, 2016

Overview

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Overview

Dear Friends,

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. 

• "The Batik 2015 trip exceeded my expectations and I would definitely consider another cruise, possibly within the next two years with Stitchin' Heaven Travel! I will also want to invite a few friends to enjoy the experience with again."

• "This was my first cruise and obviously first quilt cruise, now I can't imagine doing a cruise without quilting! I loved it!"

• "If you want a fun cruise, check out Stitchin' Heaven! They are organized, think of everything, and bring in great teachers. And provide laser cut kits so we are ready to sew."

 

How can all this get any better? Here's how!

  •    • Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel communication updates
  •    • A Welcome Aboard Party
  •    • A Stitchin’ Heaven Travel souvenir tote bag
  •    • T-Shirt for each quilter specific to our cruise
  •    • A gift for each quilter
  •    • Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
  •    • Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
  •    • Classes are taken on days "at sea" so no port time is missed
  •    • Classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
  •    • Bernina 330 sewing machines for each student
  •    • Free spool of Aurifil thread
  •    • One free charm per trip, charm holder sold separately
  •    • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  •    • Plenty of classroom support
  •    • Oliso Pro Smart Irons™
  •    • Emailed Contact List

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a Bernina 3 Series sewing machine!

That's right!  Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art 330 Bernina machine equipped with the extended table, a quarter inch foot, and an open toe 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!

During our sewing classes, we will be using spools of Aurifil™ thread. Each cruiser will be provided a free spool of 50wt. thread. Aurifil™ thread is perfectly suited for every quilt project. Learn more about this wonderful thread at www.aurifil.com.

Also during our sewing classes, we will only be using Oliso® Pro Steam Irons. This ain’t your momma’s steam iron! This professional-grade steam iron features award-winning technology and was designed with quilters in mind. Some of the features included are a pointed detailer tip and flat pressing area, three-way steam, the ability to perform as a dry iron, and an extended auto shut-off. We love this iron and you will too! You can view the full line of Oliso Smart Irons online at www.oliso.com

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.

As usual, we bring you several quilt projects to work on, taught by amazing and talented instructors and designers in the world of quilting: Debbie & Charlotte and Julie & Brittany!

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Liz & Beth • www.lizziebcre8ive.com

Liz & Beth • www.lizziebcre8ive.com

Meet the Lizzie B Girls! Lizzie B Cre8ive started out in the industry as a pattern company created by two women who share a passion for quilting. They have since become award-winning designers in the industry, authors, and fabric designers. Coincidentally, these girls also share the same NAME! Elizabeth Hawkins....

Liz resides in Pennsylvania, and loves the conception and design side of Lizzie B. She takes her sketchbook wherever she goes because she never knows when a quilt might pop into her head! She has a background in fine arts, with an emphasis on watercolor. When she’s not sketching, she’s busy stitching, blogging, facebooking, driving kids to and fro, singing, creating culinary delights, and laughing on the phone with Beth. She and her hubby have 2 boys and 2 girls.

Beth resides in Kansas and loves creating and designing too, but also is the pattern writer behind Lizzie B. She can take even Liz's chicken-scratch sketches and turn them into a work of art! Her background is in business and design. She spends her days running the business, creating quilts and projects, facebooking, knitting, and text shopping with Liz. She has a hubby, 4 boys (though only one still lives at home) and two dogs that keep her busy.

Cre8ive – Together Liz and Beth have found their niche in the quilting world. Their designs reflect their fun upbeat approach to life. They look for inspiration in the things that they love and find comfort in (music and umm, chocolate?). They like to dream, laugh, and create...but there's nothing they like more than doing these things together.

Visit Liz & Beth's website here: http://www.lizziebcre8ive.com

Debbie Caffrey • www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Debbie Caffrey • www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of thirteen books, dozens of patterns, and more than 200 mystery quilt patterns. Her fourteenth book, Surprise Yourself!, is co-authored with Charlotte Angotti. 

Debbie began teaching energy-filled workshops in 1983 while living in Alaska. She has been teaching nationally and internationally since 1994. In 2000 she moved back to New Mexico.

Debbie brings efficient, precise, and contemporary techniques to making quilts. Her patterns reflect an updated look inspired by traditional pieced designs. While based upon tradition, her inspiration comes from many sources. Art, architecture, culture, nature, and cuisine are just a few of the things in New Mexico that inspire designs and fabric selections for her quilt. Another thing that inspires her quilts is her love for puzzles of all kinds: crossword, jigsaw, Sudoku, logic puzzles, “Whodunnit” mysteries, etc…

Visit Debbie's website here: http://www.debbiescreativemoments.com

Charlotte Angotti • www.quiltmakersstudio.com

Charlotte Angotti • www.quiltmakersstudio.com

While shopping with her mother in 1978, Charlotte wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed from there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the class in a most humorous way.

Charlotte has been teaching quilt making since 1979...because someone asked her to teach them. Her first quilt was sold right after making it and she has sold her quilts ever since. She owned a quilt shop in Virginia Beach, VA from 1981- 1999. She began teaching nationally in 1991 and has taught for many large shows as well as small groups. 

Along with her kit business, Quilt Maker's Studio, she now teaches and lectures full time and lives in Conway, SC. She has 11 patterns, and a book written with Debbie Caffrey. She is known for her humor, her way with fabric/color and her pre-cut kits, Charlotte believes her hobby is quilt making and her job is teaching others to enjoy it as much as she does.

Visit Charlotte's website here: http://www.quiltmakersstudio.com

Projects

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Projects

Debbie Caffrey's Sailing on Different Seas

Debbie Caffrey's Sailing on Different Seas

Are you ready to go Sailing on Different Seas? This mystery quilt is a “choose your own ending” quilt. There are many, many design options to chooses from! In the end, it may be hard to choose the one you like best. The finished size of this quilt is 45ʺ x 60ʺ before the addition of borders. With the addition of an 8ʺ border, the quilt will be 61ʺ x 76ʺ, a large lap quilt.

Charlotte Angotti's Surprise Yourself!

Charlotte Angotti's Surprise Yourself!

Charlotte Angotti has gone overboard to prepare this treasure of mystery as we set coursetoward the Caribbean. Featuring the book they co-authored "Surprise Yourself"  you will see the distinct styles for design and quilt making when Charlotte battens down the hatches and lets out the sails! You may not know the difference between bow and starboard but all sailors will most certainly have a better understanding of how to look at piecing a quilt during this workshop.

Kit purchase for this class is required if you plan to take the class. Charlotte personally selects just the right fabrics for the project she is teaching and provides the kits pre-cut..

Liz & Beth's Happy Scrappy Hexies

Liz & Beth's Happy Scrappy Hexies

Love the look of hexies but don’t love complicated cutting or sewing angles? Then this quilt is for YOU! Easy raw-edge applique, simple enough for a beginner. Sew up this fun soft quilt with a stack of FQ’s... you won’t believe how easy it can be! Quilt size 51” x 68”

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 $350.00 and it includes all three of the projects for this cruise. Individual kits can be purchased for $125.00 per project. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, just let us know when you make your Reservation and we'll have a kit waiting for you on the ship.

Want to cut your fabric yourself? We do have an option where we will send you all the fabrics and the patterns for all three of the projects. The price for this is $300.00 and we will mail it to you at least 60 days before the cruise. You can then cut your fabric and bring it and your patterns with you.

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. These can be purchased here. We will not have patterns for purchase on board for the classes. Click on the following links for fabric requirements: Happy Scrappy HexiesSailing on Different SeasLarge Template for Sailing on Different Seas

A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. 

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Galveston, Texas

Galveston Island is Texas' top historic destination. Guests on cruises from Galveston can enjoy 32 miles of relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, plus tons of attractions, entertainment venues and world-class sportfishing. Probably the most charming way to discover this historic city is by carriage. Take a carriage ride through the Victorian-era streets and let your driver take you back through history.

Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 3

Cozumel, Mexico

The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into the architecture of the Mayan people, who gained considerable achievements in the arts and sciences, only to decline and vanish for no apparent reason.

Cozumel

Day 4

George Town, Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called "Las Tortugas" (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for "crocodile." The name "Caimanas" refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure: snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. These relatively tame creatures will swim right into your arms as they glide around you. They have velvety soft skin and love to have their bellies rubbed. Despite their frightening name, they are very gentle and won't hurt you as long as you stay away from their tails.

Day 5

Falmouth, Jamaica

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center! While we realize a lot of you will want to go ashore and explore Jamaica we will be having class in the conference center. Feel free to come in and leave whenever you would like. Classes will begin at 9AM and continue throughout the day so you can do your excursion in the morning and join in on the class afterwards.

Quaint Falmouth was an economic powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. In today's Falmouth, visitors still enjoy 19th-century Georgian architecture as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, flavorful local fare and horse-and-buggy rides. Falmouth is the gateway to the best Jamaica has to offer. Just east of Falmouth is Ocho Rios, known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Travel west to reach Montego Bay and the beautiful beaches of Negril. Thanks to its central location, Falmouth gives visitors the best tour experiences of the north coast of Jamaica. Visit the spectacular Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, where you can climb 600 feet up from the base of the falls or retreat to the beach where the rushing water exits into the ocean. At DolphinCove you can watch the dolphins at play or walk through the jungle to see friendly birds and iguanas. From dune buggy safaris and river tubing to a horse and buggy tour, you will find many activities to keep you entertained.

Falmouth

Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 8

Galveston, Texas

Return to Galveston, Texas.

Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Day 1Galveston, Texas 4:30 PM
Day 2Cruising  
Day 3Cozumel, Mexico9:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 4George Town, Grand Cayman7:00 AM4:00 PM
Day 5Falmouth, Jamaica9:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 6Cruising  
Day 7Cruising  
Day 8Galveston, Texas7:00 AM 

The Ship

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The Ship

Liberty of the Seas

The newly renovated Liberty of the Seas® is packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our innovative Freedom class of ships, plus new offerings to stir your imagination. Share a high five with Shrek as part of The DreamWorks® Experience. Put on your boogie shoes for hit Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever. Catch a first-run movie in the 3D theater or poolside under the stars on the outdoor movie screen. And finish the evening with a selection of reds or whites at the renovated, now-more-intimate Vintages wine bar. Plus, enjoy all the revolutionary features Liberty of the Seas has always been known for – like the FlowRider® surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade, cantilevered whirlpools, mini golf course, and much more.

Here is a video about Liberty of the Seas and all the amazing things it has to offer.

Pricing

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Pricing

Cruise prices include the Royal Caribbean Cruise, stateroom, fine dining, exciting on-board entertainment, all quilting classes, group activities and parties. 

Staterooms are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$1,195*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,395*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$1,595*

    *Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
     Port charges, taxes & fees of $273.98 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.

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 Insurance: 

Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program. It is $109 per person 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

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 in Galveston, TX.

Dress

During the day, dress is casual. Evenings are either casual, smart casual or formal. On casual nights, suggested attire is sports shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. On smart casual evenings, men should don jackets and tie, with women wearing dresses or pantsuits. On the one or two formal nights per cruise, men can choose from tuxedos or suits and ties, while woman usually wear cocktail dresses.

Gratuities

Gratuities are not included in your reservation costs. Royal Caribbean recommends $3.75 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $5.00 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $7.25 if you're in a suite); and $2.15 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Also recommended is $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. Since we are classified as a group on the ship, Stitchin' Heaven Travel is required to pre-pay these gratuities for our entire group.  This is equal to $12 per person per day and will be added to your cruise costs. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.