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North to Alaska Quilting Cruise

Join Stitchin' Heaven
and friends on a 7-night
Northbound Alaska Cruise with two great instructors, Jackie Robinson and Lori Marvel. 

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The Teachers:

Jackie Robinson

Jackie is best known for her detailed, yet easy to make, pieced quilt designs. An international teacher and lecturer, Jackie has authored twelve quilting books, and over 200 patterns. She has been designing fabrics since 2005. Her newest collection is Tulip Festival with Benartex. Jackie's quilts have been exhibited in numerous shows, and have appeared in many magazines A previous quilt shop owner of 18 years, she now lives in scenic northwestern Montana with her husband, Jery Wyatt. Jackie was awarded the 2006 Jewel Pierce Patterson scholarship for quilt teachers.



Lori Marvel

I Lori has been sewing since grade school, bought her first sewing machine at age 13, and still has it. With lots of quilters in the family, her Mother won many special awards for her quilts and hand quilting at local events, it just seemed as natural to be sitting at a sewing machine as it is to breathe!For many years she went in the direction of fine garment sewing, eventually finding herself stitching for weddings, from 'the gown' right down to the ring pillow and everything in between.  After many years of this self-abuse an intervention was called for. After all, dealing with fittings, bust-points, not-quite-the-right shoes for hemming, not to mention the MOB (mother-of-the-bride) and bridesmaids who request a size smaller because they are surely going to lose weight before the wedding… we're talking about a seamstress on the edge here folks. Something simply had to change!

Enter-Jackie Robinson. Lori started sewing with/for Jackie and realized that stitching quilts was ever so much more fun than dealing with the dreaded wedding party, so all the silk-dupioni demons have been exorcised. Working with Jackie is truly an amazing experience, Jackie is a fabulous quilt designer-teacher-business woman and friend.

Lori & husband were both born and raised in Montana, raised their own family there and still call it home.

The Classes & Sewing Times:

Alaska in 3D!

Jackie and Lori will team up to teach you the ins-and-outs of three dimensional quilt block making with this exclusive project for our cruise. Alaska in 3D features 6 different sampler blocks. You will learn how to make all of them and then be allowed some quality sewing time – something we always get requests for! During our cruise through the glaciers and past the amazing wildlife you will find on our cruise you will be working on this truly gorgeous quilt that will help you remember your trip for years to come.

Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack:
This kit will have all the fabrics you will need for our project. Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric packs include all of the fabrics for your project and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew!

 Benartex - Fabric for quilters. By quilters.

Click here to pre-order your Sew Fabric Pack & Supplies

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.  A complete supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. Sail 'n Sew Fabric Packs will be billed approximately 90 days prior to sailing.

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 traveler specific to our cruise
  • Quilt Giveaway courtesy of Stitchin' Heaven
  • Optional pre-cut Sail 'n Sew fabric kits
  • Lecture and trunk show with each instructor
  • Every quilting guest takes all the classes offered - no choosing classes and being disappointed you did not get the class you wanted
  • 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
  • Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
  • Plenty of classroom support
  • Osilo Pro Smart Irons
  • Photo of entire group
  • Lots and lots of door prizes and other great surprises on every trip!

Plus ... You'll be sewing on a
new 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. You may even take home a great deal on your brand new Bernina, as we will have special duty-free pricing while at sea! Visit the Bernina website to see the amazing features of this great machine!

www.aurifil.comDuring 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.oliso.comAlso 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

The Cruise:

We begin our seven-night Northbound Alaskan Cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia.  While you're there, why not get a taste of local flavor?  Vancouver is home to Canada's largest Chinatown. Here you will find specialty stores featuring exotic foods, teas and herbs. While in Chinatown sample the Peking duck or enjoy authentic dim sum. You could also check out Stanley park, a lush rainforest in the heart of the city. Here you will find the incredible Vancouver Aquarium. Canada's largest aquarium and home to more than 70,000 animals.  Of course, there is always Butchart Gardens, which is one of the world's premier floral show gardens.

We will make our first stop in Ketchikan, Alaska, which has been dubbed the "Salmon Capital of the World."  As you'd expect, the salmon are plentiful and fresh. While fishing is by far the most popular sport in Ketchikan, there are a lot of other activities for people to take part in. In fact, one of the best ways to see the area and enjoy the scenery is simply to take a walk through town and to the Totem Heritage Center. There, you can explore the history of totem poles and see some terrific examples.

We will then visit Icy Strait Point, Alaska.  Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery dating back to 1930, the port's connection to the sea is strong. It has been fully restored to provide visitors with a glimpse of this interesting part of Alaskan history. The original cookhouse has also been renovated for family-style dining, the Alaskan way. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not uncommon to spot a humpback or an orca while walking along the shore.

Our next stop is beautiful Skagway, Alaska. where you can enjoy experiencing one of Alaska's most breathtaking valleys while horseback-riding through historic Dyea. Or, you could cruise to a remote beach at Glacier Point, then get aboard a 31-foot canoe and explore spectacular icebergs. Or how about experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier - complete with real gold in your finished piece. You could also enjoy the unforgettable journey aboard the "Scenic Railway of the World" and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass - a 2,865 foot elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites.

Next up, we will land Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.

On our two cruising days, we will be in the beautiful Alaska Inside Passage.  The highlight of any cruise through the Inside Passage has to be Hubbard Glacier. It is one of the most active glaciers in the area and a great place to experience the majesty of a glacier up close. Sheets of ice separate themselves from the ice field in a process known as "galloping." When the ice finally crashes into the sea, you can hear a loud cracking sound, similar to a starter pistol. This process is known as "calving," and the sound echoes for miles.

Finally, our journey comes to an end in Seward, Alaska.  There are lots of land excursions if you would like to extend your vacation.

To get a more in-depth look at all our ports check out the Port Explorer Guide.

The Ship:

The Radiance of the Seas was built to let the sights of the sea be the star. Every ship has soaring, sunlit spaces, glass elevators facing the ocean, and more balconies than you’d ever imagine – plus a Solarium pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Try your hand at mini golf, rock climbing, or a round of pool on the first self-leveling pools tables at sea. And on the newly renovated Radiance of the Seas enjoy new dining and drink venues, an outdoor movie screen, nursery and more new features.

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 the newly renovated 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, we've just added eight new 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


Onboard Activities, Entertainment, and Dining!

Where to begin? It can be very hard to relax on Royal Caribbean's Radiance 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 enjoy something.

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, rock-climbing wall competitions, bridge play, art and craft workshops and films on the outdoor theatre screen.

Nighttime sees a similar variety of entertainment options. The gorgeous main theatre features Broadway-style entertainment or you can try your luck in the 6,459 sq ft, Las Vegas-style casino, with slot machines, dice games, and card tables.

There is, of course, the Vitality Spa with an extensive treatment menu including massages and acupuncture.  They also have facial treatments, body wraps and scrubs, medi-spa services, hair and nail services, and spa for men.

The onboard dining venues cater to any craving. Going hungry is not an option. To make your mouth water, here are just a small few of the options available onboard Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas!

The elegant main dining room offers fantastic food and a supremely attentive wait staff. With world-class décor, heavenly entrees, delectable desserts and dining options to suit a range of vacationing needs, this is fine dining that everyone can enjoy.  Note: We will be seated as a group for the early Main Dining seating.

The Windjammer Café is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the pool or enjoy a casual dinner to top off a day of adventure. Open almost around the clock, it offers great food, spectacular views and an attentive wait staff, all in a casual atmosphere. Choose from a wide variety of food and a seemingly never-ending buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. Serving stations offer salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, meat-carving and hot entrées. And for your sweet tooth, choose from a multitude of cookies, cakes and frozen yogurt.

The new complimentary Park Cafe is a casual-eats deli cafe offering made-to-order salads, paninis and freshly prepared sandwiches. Don't miss the delicious (and soon to be famous) Kummelweck roast beef sandwich.

How do you build your dog? Take a seat at the counter of the Boardwalk Dog House for traditional hot dogs, brats, sausages and other delicious linked meats, plus a variety of toppings to split a long bun.

Royal Caribbean's popular signature steakhouse, Chops Grill, features grade-A premium cuts of steak cooked to your specifications, plus fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and signature desserts in an upscale, contemporary setting.

A casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including toasted herb foccacia, pastas, braised meat dishes and stews, served family-style.

They have also rolled out Izumi with traditional Asian dishes that will impress you with pure, delicate flavors, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Choose from sushi rolls, sashimi, hot rock (ishi-yaki) plates, and more. 

At Rita's Cantina, you can dive into a fiesta of flavor, serving scrumptious Mexican fare along with the widest selection of margaritas at sea. Caters to families by day and grown ups by night, with live guitar music and dancing.

A churrascaria with personality and flare, Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse features a variety of meats and seafoods carved tableside straight from the skewer, plus a wide selection of soups, salads and appetizers at the buffet.

Or why not go for the crème de la crème and try the Chef's Table?  A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience – join up to 14 guests in an exclusive enclave to savour a five-course, gourmet menu specially prepared and presented by the Chef de Cuisine. Every course pairs with a wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish.

Of course, if none of those sound good, there is 24 Hour Room Service!  Morning, noon, night - whenever you like.. Enjoy breakfast in bed, cheesecake on your balcony, or a delicious dinner right in the comfort of your stateroom.


General Information

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.

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. We recommend $3.75 per person, per day to the dining room waiter; $5.00 per person, per day to the cabin steward (or $7.25 if you're in a suite); and $2.15 per person, per day to the assistant waiter. Also recommended is $0.75 per person, per day to the headwaiter. Since we are classified as a group on the ship, Stitchin' Heaven Travel is required to pre-pay these gratuities for our entire group.  Once the cruise is complete we will charge your  fees to your credit card unless you tell us you prefer to take care of these charges with check/cash. 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:

Interior Stateroom;
Ocean View Stateroom;
Oceanview w/ Balcony Stateroom;
*Please note that non-sewing guests
will receive a $250 discount.

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $372.85 are not included.
*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Please call for other occupancy pricing.
*There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration. which
will secure your price and availability.

Travel to and from the cruise:
You will be responsible for getting to the ship in Vancouver and then home from Seward.

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Contact Information

Clay Luttrell
with Stitchin' Heaven Travel,
will be your Cruise Consultant for this cruise.
Click here to meet Clay
For questions about this cruise, please email Clay

or Call: (903) 363-9810

For questions regarding the classes or kits, please email Kitsey

Stitchin' Heaven
1118 N. Pacific St.
Mineola, TX 75773

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