September 26 – October 12, 2021
Panama Canal transit cruises are always very popular. Come along with us as we cruise along the West Coast, through the locks of the Canal and then the Caribbean islands. During our time at sea, we will be quilting up a storm and enjoying our time on a beautiful Celebrity ship. This is one of those cruises you’ll never forget.
The Educators: Sherida Giddings and Johanne Moore are returning for this amazing cruise of a lifetime.
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. 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.
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 through the Panama Canal in 2021.
IT’S A MYSTERY! Sherida will design a project based on Judy Niemeyer’s paper piecing style. You will build the quilt one piece at a time with Sherida and Johanne’s techniques that will make this easier than you can imagine. If you are already a paper piecer, you will love this style. If you’ve never paper pieced, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. They may release teasers once in awhile so register and come join us for this awesome adventure.
- 26 September 2021: Depart Los Angeles, California at 4pm
- 27 September 2021: San Diego, California from 6am to 4pm
- 28 September 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 29 September 2021: AM Quilting and Cruising
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from 11am to 6pm
- 30 September 2021: AM Quilting and Cruising
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from 12:30pm to 8pm
- 1 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 2 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 3 October 2021: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala from 9am to 7pm
- 4 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 5 October 2021: Puntarenas, Costa Rica from 7am to 5pm
- 6 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 7 October 2021: Panama Canal Transit
- 8 October 2021: Colon, Panama from 7am to 5pm
- 9 October 2021: Cartagena, Colombia from 9:30am to 4pm
- 10 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 11 October 2021: Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
- 12 October 2021: Arrive Ft Lauderdale, Florida at 7am
About the Ship:
Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls, trampolines and craft breweries. Yet, despite its age (the ship launched in 2000) and smaller size, Millennium still shines. The cruise line has maintained the ship well and it retains a timeless, yet modern beauty that can be seen everywhere onboard.
For anyone seeking to avoid the crush of humanity you’ll find on many mega-ships, Celebrity Millennium is just the right size, with a double occupancy of just more than 2,200 passengers. It’s small enough that the ship feels intimate, but large enough to support multiple restaurants, lounges and a true theater experience.
The ship has a touch of sophistication we loved, but it never comes across as stuffy or tedious, perhaps because the naturally inspired decor found throughout gives the ship a light, airy feel. Add to that friendly crew with ready smiles and a genuine interest in helping, and Celebrity Millennium provides a truly pleasant and relaxed cruise experience.
Features of Explorer of the Seas include:
- Cosmos Lounge
- Movies on the Rooftop
- Fortunes Casino
- Martini Bar
- Cellar Masters
- 2 outdoor pools
- 1 indoor Solarium pool
- Several hot tubs
- Basketball/Soccer Court
- Internet cafe
- Retail shops
- Fitness Center
- Canyon Ranch Spa
- Onboard Accommodations
- All port fees and taxes
- Onboard gratuities
- Quilting Workshops
- Complete Quilt Top Project Kit
- Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party
- Group Onboard Dining
- Open Stitch & Sail Workshops
- That’s a Wrap Farewell Party
- Machines provided by
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. $500 discount for those not participating in the workshops.
INTERIOR STATEROOM: $3425 per person
Description: Inside staterooms have two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, considerable closet space, a private bathroom with shower, as well as a sitting area with two chairs, desk and vanity. Each stateroom also has it’s own 20 inch interactive television, 24 hour room service, complimentary use of bathrobes, individual safe, direct dial telephone, thermostat-controlled air conditioning, and mini bar.
Stateroom Size: 170 sq ft *
OCEANVIEW STATEROOM: $3950 per person
Description: Ocean View staterooms have a picture window, two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, considerable closet space, a private bathroom with shower, as well as a large sitting area with desk, vanity, and sofa. Each stateroom also has it’s own 20 inch interactive television, 24 hour room service, complimentary use of bathrobes, individual safe, direct dial telephone, thermostat-controlled air conditioning, and mini bar.
Stateroom Size: 170 sq ft *
AQUACLASS WITH BALCONY: $5800 per person
Description: AquaClass staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to your private veranda with lounge seating, two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, considerable closet space, a private bathroom with shower stall, as well as a comfortable sitting area with desk, drawer space, vanity, and sofa. Each stateroom also has its own 32 inch interactive LCD television, mini refrigerator, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, mini bar, individual safe, 100% cotton towels and linens, complimentary use of bathrobes, and 24 hour room service.
Special Amenities: AquaClass staterooms offer priority seating in Blu, a specialty restaurant just for AquaClass guests that also serves a complimentary healthy continental breakfast daily. Guests in these staterooms are provided with a premium ship location close to the AquaSpa, unlimited access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room, a Personal Spa Concierge, pillow menu, and special programming and wellness classes.
Stateroom Size: 194 sq ft * Balcony: 54 sq ft *
CONCIERGE CLASS WITH BALCONY: $6450 per person
Description: Concierge Class staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a verandah with lounge seating, with two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, considerable closet space, a private bathroom with shower, as well as a sitting area with vanity and sofa. Each stateroom also has it’s own 32 inch LCD television, 24 hour room service, complimentary use of bathrobes, individual safe, direct dial telephone, thermostat-controlled air conditioning, and mini bar.
Special Amenities: Your stateroom includes early embarkation and debarkation, priority check-in, welcome sparkling wine with fresh fruit and flowers, restaurant seating preferences, hors d’oeuvres, pillow menu and plush bathrobes, upgraded bath amenities, and Celebrity tote bag.
Stateroom Size: 191 sq ft * Balcony: 41 sq ft *
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL BOOKED AND DEPOSITED!
Payment Schedule: MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE
$500 deposit per person due at time of registration
2nd deposit of $500 per person due on or before 1 July 2020
Final balance due on or before 15 April 2021
**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 1 July 2020
$500 per person cancellation fee after 15 April 2021
Other cancellation fees apply per Royal Caribbean based on date of cancellation.
Cancellations made within 30 days of departure are 100% non-refundable.