QUILT Beachin’

March 14 – 21, 2020

Come experience the beautiful colors and beaches of the Caribbean as we visit several islands known for their turquoise waters, friendly residents, and sunny beaches.  Add to that the enthusiastic and fun techniques that our educator, J Michelle Watts, will bring along and you have the perfect vacation.

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J Michelle Watts

The Educator: 

Michelle Watts is a quilt artist that loves living in the Southwest region of the U.S.. Michelle has been quilting for over 30 years. She has spent the last 24 years creating wearable clothing and quilts and that express her love of the Southwest. Michelle designs southwestern quilt and wearable art patterns, southwest fabrics, teaches classes and lectures throughout the U.S. She is also the author of 3 quilting books. Most of Michelle’s quilts are machine pieced, machine appliqu├ęd and machine quilted.

As a quilt designer, she is continuously inspired by the beauty of her surroundings. She draws inspirations from Native American weavings, pottery, woven baskets, jewelry, and beadwork, Spanish tinwork, ironwork, wood carvings, tile architecture, churches, missions, and the landscape are also used for inspiration. Through her use of rich color, strong design and texture, Michelle creates objects of beauty to the eye and comfort to the soul.

Learn more about Michelle at https://www.jmichellewatts.com/

The Project: 

This is a specially designed project for this cruise. We will be exploring the magical techniques of Seminole piecing, as we make a variety of different Seminole patchwork strips. We will work on over 10 different patchwork strips. I will be showing students several exciting and innovative ways to assemble their Seminole patchwork strips.  I want to show you how to take these simple patchwork strips and create a project that will suit your style, whether it is traditional, modern or contemporary.

This quilt shown is just one of the many innovative new settings.



  • 14 March 2020:     Depart Ft. Lauderdale at 5pm
  • 15 March 2020:     Key  West, Florida from 8am to 5pm
  • 16 March 2020:    Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
  • 17 March 2020:     Amber Cove, Dominican Republic from 8am to 5pm
  • 18 March 2020:     Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos from 8am to 5pm
  • 19 March 2020:     Quilting and Cruising Day at Sea
  • 20 March 2020:     Half Moon Cay, Bahamas from 7am to 3pm
  • 21 March 2020:     Arrive Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 7am


About the Ship:


Nieuw Amsterdam is a ship whose name is associated with a rich and celebrated history for Holland America Line, and being on the ship gives you a sense of the classic age of cruising, back when Hollywood starlets graced the pool deck and dressing up for dinner was a time-honored ritual.

You might notice the small details, such as the cool towels provided at the dock before you return to the ship from a day at port, the wrapped silverware in the buffet restaurant and the way crew members and even passengers in the hallway are more likely to say, “Good afternoon” or “Good evening,” rather than a more informal “Hi!” The whole effect is dignified and unrushed.

Features of the Nieuw Amsterdam include:

  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • Digital Workshops
  • Greenhouse Spa and Salon
  • BB Kings Blues Club
  • BBC Earth Experiences
  • Lincoln Center Stage
  • Billboard Onboard
  • The Mainstage
  • Casino
  • Explorer’s Lounge
  • Seaview Pool (Aft Deck)
  • Lido Pool (Midship)
  • Whirlpool Jacuzzis
  • Sports Court


Package Includes:

  • Onboard Accommodations
  • All port fees and taxes
  • Onboard Group Dining
  • Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party
  • All class education
  • Complete project kit
  • 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.  $350 discount for those not participating in the workshops.



          INTERIOR STATEROOM:      $1875 per person

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 *




          OCEANVIEW STATEROOM:     $2025 per person

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: 169 – 267 sq ft *




         OCEANVIEW WITH VERANDAH:      $2250 per person

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: 213 – 379 sq ft *





$350 deposit per person due at time of registration

2nd deposit of $250 per person due by May 1, 2019

Final balance due on or before December 15, 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 May 1, 2019

$250 per person cancellation fee after December 15, 2019

Other cancellation fees apply per Royal Caribbean based on date of cancellation.

Cancellations made within 30 days of departure are 100% non-refundable.


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