Quilt Cruise to Hawaii


Join Stitchin' Heaven and Friends on an 11-night Hawaii Cruise! Cruise and learn from two quilting experts: Kimberly Einmo and Sandra Coffey!

September 9 - 20, 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. We love this iron and you will too! Learn more about 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: Kimberly Einmo and Sandra Coffey!

We look forward to our next adventure together with you!

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Instructors

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Instructors

Kimberly Einmo www.kimberlyeinmo.com

Kimberly Einmo www.kimberlyeinmo.com

Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor and quilt judge. She has written five books published by the American Quilter’s Society including her newest, Modern Quilts & More, plus Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Precuts Bonanza and Quilt A Travel Souvenir.

She is the host to four popular online classes on Craftsy.com. She has also appeared on television and radio programs and has written many articles and designed original patterns which have appeared in numerous publications.

Kimberly also has a signature line of innovative tools including the EZ Flying Geese RulerEZ Jelly Roll RulerEZ Hearts Cut Tool, and the EZ Pineapple Ruler. Kimberly is a member of the prestigious group of Bernina Sewing Ambassadors of America, and Pfaff Sewing Stars.

Kimberly has traveled the world including many quilting cruises. She loves to meet quilters and share the joy and passion of quilting with everyone!

Sandra Coffey

Sandra Coffey

Sandra is one of our most beloved local teachers and is Judy Niemeyer Certified! She joined our Stitchin' Heaven family in 2006, and is now our Block of the Month manager. 

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.

Sandra 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

Kimberly Einmo: Lone Starburst

Kimberly Einmo: Lone Starburst

Kimberly will teach you how to strip-piece and cut diamond building blocks from strips using the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler using no “Y” or set-in seams, and from there you’ll design your very own, completely unique Lonestar variation quilt. Although the first part of the class focuses on fast and efficient cutting and piecing diamond units, the latter part of the class will focus on design elements and the almost limitless possibilities for designing your own quilt layout using diamonds. The real magic comes from the fact that the quilt is assembled using straight-set blocks – not diamond wedges or blocks on point. This is an eye-opening class for anyone who wants to create a completely one-of-a-kind quilt with a Lonestar twist! Finished Size is 70” x 70”. The Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack will include the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler required for this project. 

Sandra Coffey: Haystacks

Sandra Coffey: Haystacks

Don't you just LOVE the work of Judy Neimeyer? We all love it but for some of us it is a bit intimidating. Sandra will be with you every step of the way to get you on the right Judy-track with this beautiful project called "Haystacks". You will learn the basic techniques that make sewing a Neimeyer project so rewarding. Our Sail 'n Sew fabrics will be batik prints similar to the colors shown in the photograph. So whether you are a Judy-novice or an expert you certainly will enjoy this class with our Certified Instructor! Finished Size is 48" x 60".

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 $300.00 and it includes both projects for this cruise. Individual kits can be purchased for $150.00 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. Order early as supplies are limited.

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 $250.00 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 here for the fabric requirements and cutting instructions.

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

Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1

Vancouver, British Columbia

We will begin our ten-night Hawaii Cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Most recently ranked by The Economist as the number one most liveable city in the world, Vancouver is a picturesque city surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snow capped peaks of the Coast Mountain range. Vancouver is Canada's third largest city with many unique neighbourhoods to explore including Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and the West End. Visitors can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure and world-class attractions.

Day 2

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

 


Day 3

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 4

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 5

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 6

Cruising

Quilting Classes in the Conference Center!

Day 7 & Day 8

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

The former whaling village, Lahaina preserves its 19th-century heritage alongside funky shops, boutiques, galleries and gourmet dining. It is also the gateway to the distinctive volcanic landscapes of Maui, known as the Valley Isle. Explore Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcanic crater Hawaiians once considered one of the most sacred places on the island. Haleakala Crater is the highest point on Maui at 10,023 feet above sea level, so you'll have unparalleled views of the island from the summit. The volcano last erupted in 1790. However, evidence of volcanic activity from long ago abounds in the stunning streaks of gray, red, yellow and black that mark the flow paths of lava, ash and cinder.

Day 9

Hilo, Hawaii

The Big Island. The Orchid Isle. The Volcano Island. You'd expect a place that has inspired so many descriptive nicknames to be a land of rare beauty and wonder. Such is the island of Hawaii. Its 4,050 square miles are home to the snow-capped, 14,000-foot peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the fiery landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, vast macadamia nut plantations, black-sand beaches, orchid-filled forests and posh resorts. Explore the wonders of Kilauea Volcano up close on a walk through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll be amazed by the incredible beauty and power of this active volcano.

Day 10

Kailua Kona, Hawaii 

Located along Hawaii's western shore, where the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai meet the sea, the Kona Coast is a region of endless lava fields and golden Pacific sunsets. The clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. At the heart of the Kona Coast lies the charming resort village of Kailua. Because two other "Kailuas" exist within the state, the Big Island's Kailua is often called Kailua-Kona for clarity. Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook lost his life, is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The area is a state park and conservation site, teeming with undersea life. It's a great place for both experienced snorkelers and novices to explore the marine world.

Day 11

Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii

The Garden Isle of Kauai is the tropical paradise that dreams are made of: a land of towering ocean cliffs and impossibly green valleys, pristine rain forests and cascading waterfalls as well as some of the world's most photographed beaches. Take a helicopter ride over Waimea Canyon, the valleys and cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the Valley of the Lost Tribe, and the wettest spot on earth, the Waialeale Crater. Along the way, keep your eyes open for familiar scenery from popular movies, including Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Day 12

Honolulu, Hawaii

Our cruise will come to an end in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii's capital is indeed the jewel city of the Pacific. From Diamond Head and the world-famous beaches of Waikiki, to the inspiring memorials of Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl National Cemetery, to the only royal palace ever constructed on U.S. soil. By far the most popular destinations in Oahu, Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial are moving tributes to important historic events. Experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery, featuring the "Courts of the Missing."

 

Day

Port

Arrive

Depart

Day 1Vancouver, British Columbia 5:00 PM
Day 2Cruising  
Day 3Cruising  
Day 4Cruising  
Day 5Cruising  
Day 6Cruising  
Day 7Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii6:00 AM 
Day 8Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 6:00 PM
Day 9Hilo, Hawaii8:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 10Kailua Kona, Hawaii8:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 11Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii8:00 AM6:00 PM
Day 12Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii6:00 AM 

The Ship

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The Ship

Radiance of the Seas

Hungry for a dazzling at-sea experience that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and an array of our best new dining options? Look no further than Radiance of the Seas®. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you'll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Plus, you can choose from eight different dining experiences, ranging from casual eats at Boardwalk Doghouse, to the family-style Italian fare at Giovanni's Table, to the sizzling skewers of Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. Other features include VIP guest lounges, and an outdoor, poolside movie screen showing first-run movies day and night. Whether you seek adventurous activities, relaxing moments, or fine fare, Radiance of the Seas has the features to please every taste.

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.  

Stateroom's are as follows:

Interior Stateroom$1,699*
Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom$1,899*
Unobstructed Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom$2,799*

*Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount. 
  Port charges, taxes & fees of $401.30 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 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 the ship in Vancouver, BC and from the ship in Honolulu, HI. Note: We will notify you once the cruise has reached the minimum guest requirement. Please do not make airfare reservations until the cruise is confirmed.  

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 a part of your cruise expense and total $12 per day. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward.  Because of our group status, Stitchin' Heaven Travel pays these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing.  Therefore, you will be charged for them at the time of final payment. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.