April 27 – May 4, 2019
Head to the Eastern Caribbean for a Mystery Quilt experience you will never forget. We will not only learn from a master educator and go home with an amazing Mystery Quilt you will cherish for years, but we will also visit the famed Caribelle Batik in St. Kitts for a behind the scenes tour that will be memorable and interesting.
About the Educator:
Jean started her first quilt, still unfinished, at the age of 13. A dozen years later she became more serious about her quiltmaking and was introduced to machine piecing. Her piecing skills improved as she moved from traditional patterns to the more complicated tile floor patterns she is working with today. She began teaching machine piecing classes in 1984 and thoroughly enjoys giving students the technical skills they need to turn their vision into quilts.
I knew in first grade that I wanted to be a teacher. By ninth grade I knew the subject I would teach would be math. Though sewing was something that I had always done, quiltmaker was not on my list of goals.
I became a junior high school math teacher. Though not on my original list, quiltmaking grew slowly and steadily to a place of increasing importance in my life. I have always loved jigsaw puzzles and the fitting together of small bits of fabric seems to be an extension of that love.
Combining my love of piecing and my love of teaching was a natural progression. I enjoy helping students build a solid foundation in machine piecing. Though not every quilt requires precision piecing, a quilter who hasn’t learned the basics of piecing has fewer options for any given project. Once they possess the skills to do precision piecing, a quilter has the choice to use them, or branch out from them.
I began writing this because I was asked for an Artist’s Statement. But I see myself as a teacher and a quiltmaker, not an artist. That may be a title I eventually embrace, but for now I am quite happy being a quiltmaker and sharing my enthusiasm and skills with as many quilters as possible.
Jean will be designing a brand-new, unpublished design for this cruise. It will be a mystery, so you will have to just trust us that it will be fabulous. Jean has taught for us on 3 previous cruises and has always amazed us with her attention to detail and eye for design. She also will provide us with her insights on technique and how to create perfection in quilting. Come join us for the fun!
- 27 April 2019: Depart Miami, Florida at 4:30pm
- 28 April 2019: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 29 April 2019: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 30 April 2019: Basseterre, St. Kitts from 9am to 6pm (including group tour to Caribelle Batik)
- 1 May 2019: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas from 7am to 4pm
- 2 May 2019: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 3 May 2019: Nassau, Bahamas from 10am to 6pm
- 4 May 2019: Arrive Miami, Florida at 6am
About the Ship:
The reason Symphony of the Seas is its best ship yet, is because Royal Caribbean listened to feedback and kept the passenger experience top of mind when designing it. Symphony comes with all of the perks of big a mega-ship but nearly none of the pitfalls.
Like other Oasis-class ships, Symphony of the Seas features the easily navigable neighborhood concept, which includes Central Park, Entertainment Place and the Boardwalk. A brilliant passenger flow, plenty of signage and an intuitive sense of orientation means that despite being massive, it’s hard to get lost for long onboard.
Symphony, like many of the line’s ships, is “zero to landfill” meaning no waste is left behind. A new program has banned plastic straws and Symphony is actually 25 percent more energy-efficient than its fleetmate Allure of the Seas.
Features of Symphony of the Seas:
- Royal Theater
- Broadway production – Hairspray
- Studio B Ice Rink – shows and free skate
- Studio B Laser Tag
- Rubicon – Puzzle Break Escape Maze
- Rock-Climbing Wall
- Sports Court
- The Attic – nightly comedy shows
- AquaTheater – high diving, acrobatic shows
- Live Music throughout the ship
- Several bars and lounges – including Bionic Bar (robotic made drinks)
- Casino Royale
- 4 pools (1 of which is adult only)
- Hot Tubs in each pool area
- Mini-golf course
- Onboard Accommodations
- All port fees and taxes
- Onboard gratuities
- Onboard Group Dining
- Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party
- All class education
- Complete project kit
- Daily Stitch & Sail Open Sewing Opportunities
- Behind the Scenes Tour at Caribelle Batik
- That’s A Wrap Farewell Party
- Machines provided by:
Pricing: CONTACT MICHELLE FOR CURRENT PRICING
Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy. Other categories and single, triple and quad occupancy are available upon request. All pricing is in USD.
Description: Interior staterooms have two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, sitting area with sofa, vanity area, and bathroom.
Stateroom Size: 150 sq ft *
Description: Ocean View staterooms have two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and private bathroom.
Stateroom Size: 160 sq ft
OCEANVIEW WITH BALCONY:
Description: Spacious Ocean View staterooms have two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, a private balcony, sitting area with sofa, vanity area, and bathroom.
Stateroom Size: 179 – 275 sq ft
Balcony: 52 – 65 sq ft
PRICING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL BOOKED AND DEPOSITED!
Payment Schedule: MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE
$500 deposit per person due at time of registration
Final balance due on or before 15 January 2019
**Trip/Travel Insurance through Travel Guard will be quoted by email following the original deposit.
***Cancellation Fees may apply as follows:
$100 per person cancellation fee after 15 June 2018
$350 per person cancellation fee after 15 January 2019 (this fee will include the kit that will be mailed to you)
Other cancellation fees apply per Royal Caribbean based on date of cancellation.
AFTER JANUARY 31, 2018 AND ONCE FINAL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE, YOUR KIT WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH STEP 1: CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS!