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    I have read some old threads about those of you who have gone on quilting cruises. I wonder if any of you have used this company and if you were pleased with the experience.
    I am looking at the two Carribean cruises next Jan. and Feb.
    I would be great if others from the board could go too!

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    I have cruised on all of those cruise lines and been to all the cruises on this side of the Atlantic. Of all of them I was the least pleased with Carnival. That was before their recent troubles. I am not sure I would want to drag all of my sewing and quilting stuff with me on a ship. While you soon get used to the motion I am not sure how that would work when you were trying to use your machine etc. I am sure I took some handquilting with me as I always have something to work on by hand. Most of the names of the teachers I was not familiar with and I actually belonged to a group of professional quilting teachers and speakers that are active in the Mid Atlantic area. I hope someone else who has been on one of these cruises answers your inquiry. The other question I would have is what are you going to do with your hubby? I physically would have a problem without mine as I am leagally disabled.

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    wow, almost any place in the world one would dream of going. it's always been in my mind to go on one of these.
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    mpspeedy2 to answer your questions the sewing machines and all materials are furnished--you don't have to bring your own. It is a whole ship full of people and only about 30-40 are there for the quilting. My hubby could join other quilter's husbands or just spend his time doing any of the activities on the ship. I would not be quilting the entire time. Can just sign up for the classes I want to take. The days we are in ports we would spend together sightseeing etc.
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    I just returned from a cruise to the virgin islands on Royal Carribean. it was great...sailed out of Baltimore, Ma, first stop Porto Rico...2 days of sewing and then 4 days island hopping and then 3 days back sewing. would go again in a flash...McCalls Mag has a cruise in Feb, 14 that is very reasonable priced, sails out of Cape Canaveral, Fl. so tempting LOL the quilt kit we made was included in the price of the cruise, so many free giveaways, auctions, drawing names..obtw...bought a new sewing machine...janome horizon...it is wonderful...thats what we used on the ship LOL
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    Sew Many Places is run by Jim West who is on Facebook and is one of the nicest guys to talk with;
    also speaks highly of his mother too. I haven't been on a quilt cruise but I would go on one he provides. I would stay away from Carnivale these days. Happy hunting and traveling. BTW Jim West initiated the Irish Quilt Festival.
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    I have cruised about 10 times and love it but never thought to do a quilting cruise. I will have to consider this.

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    We were supposed to go on the next Carnival cruise after the stranded cruise. I am so glad I was not on THAT cruise. Carnival is sending us so many special offers, I expect any day an offer to pay me to get on their ship LOL.
    We spent so little time at sea on our Alaska cruise that I would have had time to open my machine, and if I was awake, I was on the balcony. It was awesome!

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    Quilting Cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith View Post
    I have read some old threads about those of you who have gone on quilting cruises. I wonder if any of you have used this company and if you were pleased with the experience.
    I am looking at the two Carribean cruises next Jan. and Feb.
    I would be great if others from the board could go too!

    http://www.sewmanyplaces.com/trips.html
    I have done several cruises but never a quilting cruise. There are so many activites on a ship that the husbands would never get bored. We prefer the Carnival cruise line. Most of the trips we have taken were on Carnival because of all the activities for both adults and children. We will be taking another trip on Carnival in 2014 and will be doing some quilting on that one. Hope you enjoy the cruise you decide to take.

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    I took a quilting cruise on Royal Caribbean and it was my first cruise. I did not take too many classes, so I could enjoy the ship as well. My roommate got sea sick (as did a lot of others) but there is medication on board for that. I learned some things about quilting and the areas we visited, got to swim with dolphins, ride a horse on the beach, and flew over Jamaica. The machines, cutters, irons, thread, fabric, and everything else was provided. Lots of activities on board, or just relax and read a book or three.

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    I thought after the death of my DH I would like to take a quilting cruise, but I bought the HQ16 Prostitcher instead. Now when it pays for itself I will reconsider the cruise.
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    Did a Carnaval cruise in Feb, with a local QS It was Ok, sewing was a little tricky, because of the motion of the ship, but nothing serious. We brought our own machines, I had no trouble with that, (I have a Kenmore Mini I use for classes etc.) It was great meeting some of the other quilters. As for your group. Make sure you check on what is supplied. Irons, in particular can be a problem.

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    I went on a McCall's quilting cruise that Jim West organized in 2006. It was wonderful. There were so many things for the tag-along guys to do. Lots of fun. Enjoy

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    Quilting cruises are the best of all worlds—quilting, friendships, travel, food, entertainment. Join me for my 17th quilting cruise January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, as we board the plane for Sydney, Australia. Then we will tour Australia for 7 days, and then we board Royal Caribbean's Voyageur of the Seas for an 11 day cruise around New Zealand. This is my dream of a lifetime. No need for you to bring any quilting stuff—it will all be furnished, including Janome sewing machines. For more details, see www.kayewood.com

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    Gaga, I went on the Craftsy Quilting Cruise that was was handled by Jim West's company (Sew Many Places). It was wonderful! Only problem is we didn't get a whole lot of sewing time. The machines were all set up in one room, and only half of us could use the machines at any one time, since there were 84 of us and only 42 machines. We did not get any "free sew" times to catch up on projects, because they needed to have a technician in the room when people were using them. The machines were the latest Janome Horizon 8900's, and at the end of the cruise you could purchase one at a discount. I bought one! It's the best decision I ever made! Those machines sew like a dream!

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