Panama Canal Quilt and Cruise with Sue Hausmann

We are thrilled to have Sue Hausmann, and her sidekick, Herb, join us again for a wonderful cruise vacation.  This is a fabulous 14 night cruise beginning in San Diego, California – transiting through the Panama Canal – and ending the journey in Tampa, Florida.  We will have 6-7 days quilting at sea, with amazing ports of call to visit throughout the journey.


DATES:  JANUARY 3 – 17, 2016

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About the Ship:   Holland America ms Veendam


Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, the ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities.  Guests aboard the ms Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms, but also new and exciting venues.


Veendam Stats:


  • Dedicated:     January 1996
  • Godmother:   Debbie Reynolds
  • Decks:             10
  • Tonnage:        57,092
  • Length:           719 feet
  • Registry:        Netherlands
  • Crew:              580
  • Passengers:   1,350


Features of the Veendam: 


This spacious, mid-sized ship features several dining options, such as The Slice pizza parlor, Terrace Grill, Rotterdam Dining Room, Canaletto Italian restaurant, and the specialty restaurant, Pinnacle Grill.  For the active traveler, visit The Retreat outdoor resort-style pool area, outdoor pool-side movie screen, multiple bars and lounges, casino, and nightclubs.  For those looking for some quiet time, visit Explorations Cafe, the Crow’s Nest, Explorer’s Lounge, Microsoft Digital Workshops and the Greenhouse Spa.  This ship also offers a boutique shopping mall, the Wajang Theater and Culinary Arts Center, and Mind-Body-Spirit fitness classes and lectures.  Consider also that this ship offers a fee-based self-service launderette.


Quilt and Cruise with Sue:     Here are a few words from our Educator:

  “Herb and I ‘sew’ look forward to this Quilt Retreat at Sea Panama Canal Cruise!  I’ve been planning the main project for quite awhile already and have several ideas ofr some smaller quilted projects too!  I’m excited to tell you that your kits will have beautiful batiks only seen in the best quilt shops and the company has given me a DVD to share with you that shows the entire process of making these incredibly beautiful batik fabrics.  This is an amazing video!  For the main project, you will make a wall hanging or lap quilt that will let you stitch new techniques and will “sharpen your direction”.  You will learn about new tools and notions that will make your quilting faster, easier and very professional.

     The actual project will be kept a mystery for awhile, but stay tuned as there may be clues over time.  We are looking forward to stitching and fellowshipping with you on this fabulous trip!”

Sue and Herb


CRUISE SPONSOR:  We are happy to be again working with Carol and Gerald at Sew-Ciety, in Castle Rock, Colorado, to create a wonderfully memorable cruise experience for all of our guests.  Carol will be providing an onboard “store” as well as goodies and giveaways for each quilter, including some fun prizes throughout the week.   Learn more about Sew-Ciety by visiting this link:




3 January:        Depart San Diego, California at 4pm

4 January:        Quilting and Cruising Day

5 January:        Quilting and Cruising Day

6 January:        Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 7am to 3pm

7 January:        Quilting and Cruising Day

8 January:        Huatulco, Mexico 8am to 2pm

9 January:        Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 10am to 8pm

10 January:     Quilting and Cruising Day

11 January:       Quilting and Cruising Day

12 January:       Panama Canal Transit

13 January:       Cartagena, Colombia 12pm to 6pm

14 January:       Quilting and Cruising Day

15 January:       Georgetown, Grand Cayman 8am to 2pm

16 January:       Quilting and Cruising Day

17 January:       Arrive Tampa, Florida at 7am




*14 nights onboard accommodations

*All port fees and taxes

*Prepaid onboard gratuities

*Classes with Sue Hausmann

*All class instruction

*Complete project kits

*Group onboard activities

*Group onboard dining

*Onboard entertainment

*Giveaways and Goodies

*Machines provided by Janome (great onboard deals available)


PRICING:  All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy.  Non-Quilter guests may deduct $150 from package rates.


Interior Stateroom:     $3299 per person

Oceanview:                   $3625 per person

Verandah:                     $5199 per person




$600 per person due at time of registration

$500 per person due by March 1, 2015

Final payment due by October 1, 2015


Cancellation Fees begin March 1, 2015 (see Terms and Conditions when registering)



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