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In many of my classes or lectures, people are always interested in exactly what happens on a quilting cruise. I’ve listed some of the questions I’ve been asked with answers below.
Q: When are quilting classes held?
Classes are held during sea days. This is when we are traveling at sea. These days are usually “lazy” days with people enjoying different activities around the ship, reading or simply taking it easy. We use these days to do our favorite thing, quilting! Classes are scheduled when we are “at sea”, with a nice break during lunch time.
Get-togethers, parties with other quilters, lectures are also scheduled when we are “at sea” or after we’ve left a port.
Q: Will you have free time?
Absolutely! We have lots of free time when we are at a port, in the evenings or even on sea days. Some people sign up for just one class and relax the other days. Other people take all the classes they can. This will be totally up to you.
Q: What happens when we are at a port?
Classes are not held when we are at a port. You can spend this time as you wish, wandering the port on your own, take in the sights, or schedule a shore excursions through the ship. Again, how you spend your time when we are at port is totally up to you.
Sometimes we will schedule a special excursion for the quilters (and their friends and family) can attend. Sometimes it is a “shop-hop”, or a visit to a quilt show.
Several years ago, when we traveled to the Mediterranean, we all visited a quilt shop in Istanbul, visited The Grand Bazaar and had a special meal at the spice market. A very special treat was meeting with members of the Istanbul quilt guild as we visited the quilt shop. That was a very special treat!
Q: What if I want to bring a friend or family member?
We often have people bring friends, spouses or family members. When you are in class, there are plenty of things for them to do on the ship. You can meet them for lunch, if you wish. One of my husband’s favorite activity was a ship tour he attended when I was in class.
Q: What classes will be offered? Do I need to bring my sewing machine? What about supplies for my class?
You can pick your class from the list of classes offered each day. Most of the cruises have 3 or 4 teachers, so you will have a variety of classes to pick from.
If the class needs a sewing machine, it will be supplied.
Many of the classes will have a kit, so you don’t need to bring a suitcase full of supplies. You will be given a small supply list, once you sign up for the class, so you will know just what to bring.
Q: Why do you love cruising so much?
I fell in love with cruising from my very first cruise. I love unpacking just once, yet, I get to travel to many different ports.
I love that I don’t have to cook and I will always have a choice for my meals. I can go to dinner in the main dining room, I can order room service (anytime I wish), I can go to many of the smaller restaurants or even have a casual meal on the Lido deck.
I love the quilting classes, our get-togethers with other quilters in the evenings. I enjoy spending time in the library in a comfy chair watching the ocean go by. Of course, with some handwork or a good book! I really love the coffee bar in the library, so I can get my favorite latte whenever I wish.
I love that I have an option for the cabin I want to purchase. I can save money for more fabric purchases by booking an inside cabin or a cabin with a ocean view. Or I can splurge and book a cabin with a balcony. I’ve done both and I’ve enjoyed all the cabins I’ve had.
One of my favorite ocean view room was on an Alaska cruise. I could lay in bed and watch the water go by. We sailed on the Inside Passage and the water was as smooth as glass. One afternoon, I looked out the window and saw a Killer Whale pod swim right by us. What a treat!
I love all the different places we’ve traveled to and I look forward to many more!