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A Whale’s Tail – Quilting Cruise

September 16 – 23, 2023

Come see the majesty and beauty of Alaska!

With mountains to climb, rivers to raft, glaciers to coo over and a bevy of bears to photograph, Alaska is the ultimate wilderness. From the moment you arrive, the raw, unspoiled beauty of the USA’s 49th state is almost overwhelming.  And, there will be whales.  It’s one of the most watched for things during an Alaskan cruise.  Watch for the spray and then a tail.

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About the Educators:  Sherida Giddings & Johanne Moore

 

Sherida remembers having a serious case of ‘quilt envy’ at a very early age, when her cousin was given a traditional crazy quilt. While her own mother and grandmother passed on the skills for creating wonderful things by knitting, crochet and tatting, Sherida always dreamed of making her very own crazy quilt. While that still has not happened, it sparked her lifetime love of quilts and quilting. Sherida joined her first quilt guild over 20 years ago, and along with finding lifetime friends, it provides a constant source of quilting inspiration.

She now belongs to several guilds and loves attending meetings, and seeing all the amazing things that others have accomplished. While Sherida was working as a Canadian Acquisitions Specialist at Library and Archives Canada, she took a break from quilting to teach highly successful rubber stamping and scrapbooking classes.

Her passion for quilting kept surfacing, and when she was offered the opportunity to for early retirement, it seemed like a sign to return to quilting full time. It also encouraged her to look at become more involved by teaching and sharing her love of quilting with others. She started teaching at locally, as well as taking classes from other instructors, including Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructors. These courses sparked her interest to become a Certified Instructor herself, and she signed up to begin the creative journey and fulfill this dream.

As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx, Sherida has found a way to combine her love of teaching, with the sharing of the precision of Judy’s paper piecing techniques. It is a wonderful feeling to encourage others to develop more confidence in their own skills while creating something special, and having fun at the same time. Sherida will happily travel anywhere in Canada and further abroad. She looks forward to sharing her growing collection of quilts as a Trunk Show, as well the having the opportunity to teach at shops, guilds and retreats.

Johanne is an accomplished quilter and long armer, who has been involved in all aspects of sewing since she was a teen.  She has worked at local quilt shops and taught a multitude of different quilting classes, including Quiltworx paper piecing, and is involved with teaching new quilters in 4H.  She has taken classes from local and international quilt teachers, including Judy Niemeyer and various Quiltworx Certified Instructors.  Her piecing and long arm work has been featured in several quilting magazines and a book.

She got her sea legs in 2018 while assisting Sherida on a Quilt Retreat at Sea Cruise to Hawaii and is looking forward to sharing her passion on her next cruise to Alaska in 2023.

 

 

 

About the Project:

Stay tuned for a fun project designed by Sherida just for the cruise – she may release it at a later date to the rest of the world, but you’ll get it first.

 

 

 

Itinerary:

  • 16 September 2023:     Depart Seattle, Washington at 4pm
  • 17 September 2023:     Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea – Welcome Aboard Reception – Evening Open Sewing
  • 18 September 2023:     Morning Quilting and Cruising – Juneau, Alaska from 1pm to 10pm
  • 19 September 2023:     Morning Glacier Bay and Scenic Cruising – Afternoon Quilting and Cruising – Icy Strait, Alaska from 6pm to 10pm
  • 20 September 2023:     Sitka, Alaska from 8am to 5pm – Evening Open Sewing
  • 21 September 2023:     Ketchikan, Alaska from 7am to 1pm – Afternoon Quilting and Cruising – Evening Open Sewing
  • 22 September 2023:     Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea – Farewell Reception – Victoria, British Columbia from 6pm to 11:30pm
  • 23 September 2023:     Arrive Seattle, Washington at 7am

 

About the Ship:

We will be sailing onboard the beautiful Holland America ms Eurodam. Holland America Line’s first Signature-class ship, Eurodam has recently received many exciting updates. Guests cruising on this graceful ship can enjoy the full Music Walk™ experience, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Explore onboard at BBC Earth Experiences.  Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table programming.

Features of this ship include:

  • Main Stage
  • BBC Earth productions
  • Game Shows
  • Lectures
  • Screening Room – Movies with popcorn
  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • BB Kings Club
  • Digital Workshops
  • Fitness Center
  • Casino
  • Music Walk
  • Several bars and lounges to choose from
  • 2 pools, 5 whirlpools
  • Sports Court
  • Retreat – Adult only sun-deck (fee-based)

 

Package Includes:

  • Onboard accommodations
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Quilting and Cruising at Sea
  • Complete quilt top kit
  • Scheduled Open Sewing Hours
  • Welcome Aboard Reception
  • Group Dining
  • Farewell Reception
  • Machines provided by:

 

 

 

 

Pricing:  ALL PRICING IS IN USD.

Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy.  Other categories and occupancy are available upon request.  Pricing is subject to change until booked and deposited in full.

Interior staterooms feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed and private bathroom with shower. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.

Stateroom Size:151 – 233 sq ft *

 

 

 

Category L:            Rooms are on Decks 4, 5, 6, 7 Forward and Aft             

$2113 per Quilter             $1613 per NonQuilter

 

Category K:           Rooms are on Decks 4, 5, 6 Forward and Aft                 

$2133 per Quilter             $1633 per NonQuilter

 

Oceanview staterooms feature a picture window, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, and private bathroom with tub/shower combination. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.

Stateroom Size:174 – 180 sq ft *

 

 

 

 

Category D:              Rooms are on Deck 1 Forward                 

$2513 per Quilter                     $2013 per NonQuilter

 

Category C:              Rooms are on Deck 1 Midship                 

$2483 per Quilter                      $1983 per NonQuilter

 

Verandah staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows with a door that opens to a private balcony, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, sitting area, and private bathroom with tub/shower combination. All staterooms include bathrobes, Elemis bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, personal safe, telephone, and hair dryer.

Stateroom Size: 212 – 359 sq ft *

 

 

 

Category VD:                  Rooms are on Decks 6, 7 – Forward and Aft               

$2763 per Quilter           $2263 per NonQuilter

 

Category VC:                  Rooms are on Decks 4, 5, 6 Forward and Aft & 8-Rear Facing   

$2803 per Quilter;  $2303 per NonQuilter

 

Category VB:                  Rooms are on Decks 4, 5, 6, 7 – Forward, Aft and Rear Facing  

$2843 per Quilter   $2343 per NonQuilter

 

Category VA:                  Rooms are on Deck 8 – Midship           

$2883 per Quilter           $2383 per NonQuilter

 

 

 

 

Payment Schedule:  Monthly Payment Plans are Available Upon Request

(Pricing and availability are subject to change at any time unless booked and deposited)

$700 per person deposit is due at the time of booking.

Final balance due on or before 1 June 2023

**Trip/Travel Insurance through Travel Guard will be quoted by email following the original deposit.

Cancellation Fee Schedule

A $250 cancellation fee will be assessed beginning January 1, 2023.

A $500 cancellation fee will be assessed beginning October 1, 2023

Cancellations made 60 days prior to the cruise departure date will be 100% non-refundable.

 

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