Join us as we cruise for seven nights, among the Eastern Caribbean, exploring fascinating ports of call and enjoying
batik workshops and lectures onboard!
When it comes to beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters, the Caribbean is really in a league of its own! We begin our 7-night Batik Cruise through the Eastern Caribbean from beautiful Port Canaveral, Florida. First stop, the secluded island of Coco Cay. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean® guests, don’t miss the opportunity to take an exhilarating ride in the skies on a parasailing adventure. Next stop, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas. While the beaches and ocean are beautiful, there is one thing that really sets St. Thomas apart – shopping! Browse through the shop-lined streets of Charlotte Amalie for trinkets and bargains on everything from liquor to imported china and crystal. And finally, enjoy the uniqueness of Philipsburg, St. Maarten by touring the saltwater lagoons by kayak. Or, discover the undersea world of coral reefs and exotic fish as you take a snorkeling expedition through Shipwreck Cove. Oh, and you won’t want to miss out on the dazzling colors of hundreds of butterflies as you tour St. Maarten’s popular Butterfly Farm. There are countless adventures within reach on this cruise!!
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas is a masterpiece of naval engineering. At 160,000 gross tonnage and 1,112 feet long, this ship is packed with spectacular features including; an ice-skating rink, full-size boxing ring, fitness center and day spa’s, a FlowRider® surf-park-at-sea water park, a rock-climbing wall with eleven routes and a central spire, 9-hole miniature golf course, cantilevered whirlpools, extensive WiFi capabilities and mobile phone connectivity, flat-screen TVs in every stateroom and so much more! Your experience onboard will be nothing short of incredible!
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Classes & Sewing Time
All instruction and classes will be held during our three "at sea" days. There will be three classes, each one lead by a popular "batik friendly" teacher. Don't worry, students will not have to rotate classrooms, the teachers will come to you!
Sail 'n Sew Fabric Packs: This pack will have all the fabrics you will need for each of the three classes offered. Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric packs include all of the fabrics for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! All the fabrics for each project, contained within your Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, will be provided by Island Batik fabrics. Island Batik Fabrics,
the leaders in innovative batik design!
Order your Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack and Supplies here.
If you do not purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, please remember to pack your own fabrics. Please note, we will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship.
Early Registration bonusl!
Pay your $350 deposit by June 1, 2011, and receive a
$50 Gift Card
from Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop!
How can all this get any better? Here's how!
- An evening lecture and trunk show given by each teacher.
- Accommodations onboard the Freedom of the Seas with a state of the
art conference center dedicated to our group for the entire cruise.
- A fantastic array of fabulous dining options from gourmet to casual including Ben & Jerry's® ice cream, Seattle's Best Coffee and Johnny Rockets® '50s-style restaurant.
- An incredible onboard experience featuring Broadway style entertainment, an indoor Ice skating rink, and outdoor climbing wall, Golf simulator and miniature golf, Casino Royale, and much much more...
PLUS ... You'll be sewing on a new Bernina machine!
|During our sewing classes, we will only 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.
The Teachers & Projects
As a Quilt maker, teacher, lecturer, designer and owner of Bear Paw Productions, Brenda Henning’s goal in life is to spread the quilting bug as far and wide as possible! She love’s teaching and feels strongly that the classroom experience should be fun as well as informative. Individual attention is the cornerstone of her teaching style. Students often comment about the relaxed atmosphere of the classroom. Brenda calls herself a "compulsive quiltmaker" with a fondness for traditional design and a desire to incorporate today's speed-piecing techniques with yesterday's well-loved patterns. Writing and self-publishing her work have been byproducts of teaching quilting. Brenda is the author of numerous books and individual patterns available under the label Bear Paw Productions. Brenda lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Richard, and their three children, Beth, Christi and Joshua and two Rottweilers (Kaia and Jade). Brenda teaches shops and guilds throughout Alaska and the United States. You can read more about Brenda at her web site www.bearpawproductions.com.
In this fun, laid-back class, you will create a quilted keepsake of your cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. This workshop will teach all levels, from beginner to advanced quilters. Students will learn how to make “The Star of St. Maarten” using Brenda’s Stitch-Press-Trim approach to foundation paper piecing.
Carol Morrissey has been quilting for nearly 25 years. She loves quilts of all kinds, from antique to ultra-contemporary. Because she is also a gardener and photographer, her quilts often reflect her love of flowers and nature. In 2004 she started her own quilt pattern company, OCarol. She enjoys visiting quilt guilds, giving programs and workshops, teaching various techniques such as free-motion machine quilting, using fabric inks and paints, fused flower projects, thread painting and teaching quilters how to create their own original designs. Carol's quilts have been featured in many publications, including Quilters Newsletter, Quilting Arts and Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, as well as showcased in numerous, nationally and internationally juried shows. She and her husband, Mike, live in Double Oak, Texas, just north of Dallas. See what else Carol is up to at www.ocaroldesigns.com.
This lovely assortment of tropical flowers will remind you of your visit to the Caribbean! Anthurium, hibiscus, orchids, heliconia, bird of paradise-- the
hot, tropical colors of these exotic blossoms will last year-round. Arrange the assortment of fused applique flowers any way you want, or exactly as shown if
Although Laurie enjoyed her former career as a professional violinist, this phase of Laurie Shifrin’s life has been the most creative and rewarding. She feels fortunate to live in the lush Pacific Northwest, where her love for colors and textures found in nature is constantly fed and nurtured. Being a published author of 3 popular quilting books - Batik Beauties, Batiks and Beyond (both from That Patchwork Place) and Batik Gems (C & T) - has opened up the world of international teaching. Laurie regularly travels around the United States and Canada to share her enthusiasm and love for batiks, as well as her many patterns she has designed for her pattern company - Laurie Shifrin Designs. Her appearance on the television show Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson is still shown in reruns. Laurie’s other quilting endeavors have led her to design the featured pattern for a batik kit from Timeless Treasures. Laurie’s quilts and quilt designs are regularly featured by Hoffman, Island Batik, and Princess Mirah Design at International Quilt Markets.
Get ready for a fun day working with bright, festive batiks! You'll be amazed at how simply this striking quilt goes together. Quilters of all levels will enjoy learning Laurie's no-nonsense tips, her enthusiasm for batiks, and making this wonderful project using Laurie's easy machine piecing techniques.
Activities - Entertainment & Exercise!
Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Freedom of the Seas -- even on sea days -- because of the head-spinning array of activities that run from dawn to dusk and beyond! The ship's entertainment staff offers an intriguing blend of options, and everyone, from the most traditional passenger to the completely contemporary traveler, will find something to do.
During the day, if you don't want to sew, you'll find plenty of activities, such as bingo, dance lessons, horse racing, art auctions, Mr. Sexy Legs contests, rock-climbing wall competitions, bridge play, art and craft workshops and films in the tiny cinema. Poolside, throughout the day, a live band plays a blend of Caribbean and American songs, and parades take over the Promenade's main thoroughfare.
Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. Enjoy a lively venue for nonstop gaming action, including blackjack, poker, roulette, slot machines and more, all within the Casino Royal. Get your 15 minutes of fame in the state-of-the-art karaoke “On Air” Club. Enjoy the five-story Broadway-style venue for contemporary musical stage productions, as well as an onboard state-of-the-art theater featuring first-run movies. Or simply enjoy a leisure stroll throughout the Solurium with its sparkling indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area featuring a retractable roof.
Spa & Fitness
There is everything under the sun here. You can practice your figure eights in the ice skating rink; play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court; climb to 200 feet over the sea in the rock-climbing wall (if you've never tried it, no worries -- they give you a lesson before you set off); and practice your golf swings at miniature golf and a golf simulator. The ship also has four pools, four whirlpools and a jogging track (five times around equals a mile).
On deck twelve you will find the “Freedom Day Spa”. Receive such Spa treatments as relaxing ocean-wraps, aroma stone therapy massage, an exotic jasmine bath, and more.
And if working out is your game, you will enjoy a fully equipped workout facility and fitness center, with stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights and elliptical machines
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 provided.
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 are not included in your reservation costs. Royal Caribbean recommends $3.50 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $3.50 per person, per day to the cabin steward
(or $5.75 if you're in a suite); and $2 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Royal Caribbean also recommends $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.
Cruise prices includes the Royal Caribbean Cruise, stateroom, fine dining, exciting on-board entertainment, all quilting classes, group activities and parties. Stateroom's are as follows:
Ocean View Stateroom;
*Please note that non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
*Port charges, taxes & fees of $243 not included. There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which will secure your price and availability.
Early Registration bonusl!
Register, and pay your $350 deposit by June 1, 2011,
and receive a $50 Gift Card from Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop!
Travel to and from Port Canaveral, Florida:
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship in Port Canaveral, Florida.
with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
will be your Cruise Consultant for this cruise.
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For questions about this cruise,
please email Clay
or Call: 903-312-8591
or FAX: 512-628-3283
For questions regarding
the classes or kits,
please email Analiese
502 E. Goode St.
Quitman, TX 75783
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