Craft Cruising in the Caribbean on Navigator of the Seas


Combining your crafty hobby with a Caribbean holiday

Craftsy‘s Quilt Cruises on board Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas is a fantastic opportunity to take a luxury cruise and combine it with your love of quilting.

From 23rd to 30th March 2013 you’ll have the chance to quilt and cruise with top instructors like Sue Bouchard, Weeks Ringle, Carol Ann Waugh and Pam Holland.  Indulge in the chance to talk quilting, learn new skills and create something really special with other quilting aficionados.  There will be the opportunity throughout the cruise to take classes, make new projects, get help with any problems you might be having, and generally engage completely in the Craftsy quilting community.

That’s not to say you can’t also take advantage of the facilities on board, relax pool side or take on-shore visits.  The good thing is though, that you’ll have the opportunity to share these activities with others who share the same interests as you – maybe visiting textile themed places such as markets, yarn producers or local quilt makers.


The seven day package includes your accommodation in an inside, window or balcony cabin, all meals and entertainment, a welcome reception with VIP cocktail party, professional quilting classes and a load of extra sponsored activities, exclusive on-board events and all port charges and taxes. You’ll also receive an exclusive Craftsy goodie bag packed full of special items from the sponsors – with a value of over $500.

Departing 23 March from New Orleans in Louisiana, you could easily spend a few days pre-boarding looking around the charming old town of the French Quarter or Bourban Street where you can hear the very best of jazz music and enjoy the unique taste that is traditional New Orleans cuisine.  When you do get on board, you can meet the instructors and your fellow quilters with a welcoming meet and greet.

For the next couple of days you can immerse yourself in quilting for as long as you want.  There are morning sessions for quilting (you don’t even need to pack your sewing machine – all will be provided!) and afternoon workshops to learn new techniques.  Carol Ann Waugh will teach you couching, raw-edge cutwork, hand embroidery and more.  Weeks Ringle will share modern quilting ideas with improvisational quilting, transparency quilts and working with large-scale prints.  Sue Bouchard has been a quilting teacher for over 18 years so she’ll be able to help you with any problems you are having and Pam Holland can teach more advanced specialized quilting techniques like pictorial and designer work.

In the evenings there’s still plenty to do with the instructors showing off their best quilt skills and sponsors sharing new products and ideas.  Participation is voluntary and you’ll also have the opportunity to work on your quilts.

26th March the cruise arrives in Falmouth, Jamaica and the chance to explore the culture and history of the area which was the hub for exports from the sugar plantations of Jamaica.  Falmouth’s Historic District is a wonderful example of 19th Century Georgian buildings.

The next day it’s on to George Town in the Grand Cayman to see Seven-Mile Beach and sail into the North Sounds.  Take a submarine to view the exotic sealife and coral.  Then it’s on to Cozumel, Mexico where a trip to the city of Tulum and the Mayan ruins is a must.

There’s a chance for a couple of days serious quilting to complete your projects and take in any more quilting sessions that you might have missed before landing back at New Orleans on 30th March.  Once you leave the ship you might want to take the opportunity to spend some time in New Orleans with your new found friends.

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  1. We signed up in October for the Craftsy Cruise On March 23. I have not heard anything about whether we arrange our own hotel reservations and if there are any pre-cruise activities? Do we bring our own rotary cuters, mat, thread etc,? Do we bring fabric if we take classes and how much? Any information would be helpful. Thank you. Cheryl DeHeer

    • Good morning Cheryl, was this a booking you made with Cruise1st? if so could you provide us with you booking reference number so I can look into this for you? If you haven’t book with us if you could advise us of the ship your sailing on I can try and find out for you.

      Many Thanks