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Do more than sightseeing on your next vacation. With the Craftsy Quilt Cruise, combine our world-renowned instructors with your love of quilting for a unique Caribbean getaway.

This cruise is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation while stitching in your favorite pastime. Quilt alongside instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Pam Holland, and Sue Bouchard as you learn and create together with other quilt enthusiasts.

Take in-person classes, learn techniques, and enjoy making your new projects while cruising the beautiful sea!

Throughout the cruise, immerse yourself in the Craftsy quilting community by interacting with instructors and fellow community members during dining experiences, adventures off the ship, or relaxing pool-side conversations. There is so much to do aboard the Craftsy Quilt Cruise you'll wish you could quilt your way through every vacation!

In addition to the incredible vacation that awaits you, you'll also get an exclusive Craftsy gift bag, full of special items from sponsors and supporters, valued at more than $500!

Trip Package

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations on board the ship
  • Meals & Entertainment
  • Welcome Reception
  • VIP Cocktail Party
  • Top quality Quilting Classes with engaging instructors
  • Exclusive Craftsy gift bag valued at more than $500
  • Additional sponsored activities, gifts, prizes, and exclusive events on board
  • Port charges & taxes

Pricing Information

Space for the Craftsy Quilt Cruise is no longer available.

Thank you for your interest but the cruise is now sold out.

Itinerary

March 23, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana

The Craftsy Quilt Cruise departs from New Orleans, Louisiana, a city rich in history and culture. Before embarking on your quilting adventure, visit local hot spots like the French Quarter, a charming area that is the oldest part of the city and home to many of its popular sites. Other fun things to do include an exploration of Bourbon Street, where you can experience New Orleans' southern hospitality firsthand as you take in some of the best jazz music in the world while enjoying unique New Orleans cuisine.

Get to know your instructors and fellow on-board quilt enthusiasts at a Craftsy Welcome Gathering before you begin your adventure!

March 24-25, 2013 Quilting and Cruising at Sea

Leave your sewing machine at home! This getaway will provide you with everything you need to quilt for days.

9:00 am-12:00 pm: Morning Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm: Afternoon Session

  • Learn from instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Sue Bouchard or Pam Holland.
  • Try couching, decorative machine stitching, hand embroidery, raw-edge cutwork, and more with Carol Ann.
  • Give modern quilting a try with Weeks and learn Improvisational Quilting, how to work with large-scale prints, transparency quilts and much more!
  • Sit down with Sue and learn innovative quilting from her 18 years of teaching experience.
  • Learn specialized techniques from Pam such as pictorial quilting and much more.

4:30 pm-9:30 pm: Elective demos, make & takes, and special events:

  • Every night aboard the ship there will be exclusive demos from instructors and sponsors so you can continue your quilting and work on your projects.
  • Socialize with fellow quilters and swap tips and tricks on what you've learned and where you'd like your quilting to go.
  • There will be special events nightly for all quilting enthusiasts to partake in!

March 26, 2013 Falmouth, Jamaica

You won't want to miss getting a firsthand look at the culture and history of Falmouth, which was once the shipment hub for sugar plantations covering the hills of Jamaica's North Coast. Take a stroll through Falmouth's Historic District to explore an impressive collection of 19th-century Georgian architecture.

Relax on board the ship with a Craftsy VIP Cocktail Hour and evening make and take projects!

March 27, 2013 George Town, Grand Cayman

Explore a beautiful stretch of coastline at Grand Cayman's world-famous Seven-Mile Beach, and sail the magnificent waters of the North Sounds. George Town is infamous for its exotic marine life and huge coral formations; view this underwater world from inside a submarine!

March 28, 2013 Cozumel, Mexico

In Cozumel, don't miss the opportunity to explore ancient Mayan ruins in the city of Tulum, which beautifully perched above the turquoise Caribbean. This site is full of culture and history, and was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. The nearby Temple of the Descending God provides equally excellent insight into Mayan architecture.

After an adventure-filled day, enjoy a Craftsy Exclusive Evening Event with product giveaways and fantastic demos!

March 29, 2013 Quilting and Cruising at Sea

Enjoy another full day of quilting with your Craftsy Quilt Cruise instructors.

9:00 am-12:00 pm Take another core class with one of our instructors and learn more about their areas of expertise, including modern quilting, art quilting, pictorial, and traditional techniques!

1:30 pm-4:30 pm Continue your quilting education with an in-depth afternoon session. Our teachers will guide you as you try your hand at new methods!

March 30, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana

The Craftsy Cruise docks back where it began, in New Orleans, Louisiana. After exiting the ship, take a bit of time to explore the culture and history of this city once again. Get a taste of the local food and flavor by indulging in beignets, gumbo, craw fish, and more! After indulging in local cuisine, head to the Garden District to view some beautiful homes and traditional architecture.

Instructors

Sue Bouchard

Sue Bouchard

Sue Bouchard is an avid quilt designer, author, and teacher. She has been teaching classes at Quilt in a Day for more than 18 years now, and has had the opportunity to design quilts for Bears in the Woods, Star Spangled Favorites, and many more. She has also received the National PriMedia Award of Excellence for two of her quilt designs. Sue is also a regular contributor to the innovative quilting techniques featured in various Quilt in a Day publications. Sue travels throughout the United States, Ireland, England, and Scotland teaching quilting designs, techniques, and projects.

Pam Holland

Pam Holland

Pam began quilting after her career as a photographer and fashion designer. She's now been in the quilting industry as an author, teacher, and designer for more than 20 years. Pam currently travels throughout the world teaching the art of quilting. She pulls inspiration for quilting projects from her wonderful experiences in teaching and traveling. Pam has been lucky enough to be the recipient of numerous International awards, and currently is in the process of publishing three books. Pam calls the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia home with her husband.

Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle

Weeks Ringle is a professional quilt maker and, along with Bill Kerr, is a founder of FunQuilts, a contemporary quilt design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Their work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Metropolitan Home, TIME, the New York Times, Interior Design, and Better Homes and Gardens' Decorating Magazine. They also have their own line of fabrics distributed internationally through Free Spirit. Weeks is the author of five books: Color Harmony for Quilts, Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, The Modern Quilt Workshop, Quilts Made Modern, and most recently, Transparency Quilts. Keep your eyes peeled in Fall 2012 for Weeks' brand new, very first Craftsy class!

Carol Ann Waugh

Carol Ann Waugh

Carol Ann Waugh is a Denver based fiber artist. Her work has shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and has been featured in national magazines including Quilting Arts, American Quilter, and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. She has won numerous national awards and is the author of Stupendous Stitching, released in the Spring of 2012. She co-founded the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver and currently serves as President of Front Range Contemporary Quilters. For a look at Carol Ann's fantastic fiber art, check out her Craftsy classes, Stupendous Stitching and Stitch & Slash!

Ship Info

The Craftsy Quilt Cruise is hosted by
Royal Caribbean.

Board the Navigator of the Seas to begin your quilting, cruising, Caribbean adventure!

While on the ship explore amazing features, such as:

  • The relaxing Vitality Spa with over 100 treatments, including acupuncture!
  • Six whirlpools and four pools including the Solarium, a private retreat
  • State of the art Fitness Center with classes like yoga and tai chi
  • The Royal Promenade with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping
  • An onboard casino and five-story theatre
  • The Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • More exciting options including Windjammer Café; Jade Sushi & Asian-fusion cuisine; Café Promenade for coffee, pastries, & snacks, Chops Grille Steakhouse, Portofino Italian restaurant, and casual dining/snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!