KNIT AND CROCHET CRUISE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 'THE KNITTER', 'SIMPLY KNITTING' AND 'SIMPLY CROCHET' MAGAZINES
If your passion is for Knitting or Crochet and you would relish a relaxing cruise in the company of fellow ‘knitters’ and accompanied by no less than two well-known experts, then we have the perfect combination for you!
Sail north in the warmer temperatures of British Summer to the iconic traditional knitting isles of Shetland and the Faroes, with visits to Orkney and Invergordon too. Enjoy the expertise and company of Juliet Bernard (previous editor of 'The Knitter') and Sara Huntington (editor of 'Simply Crochet') throughout the cruise. Juliet and Sara will each host 2 workshops whilst on board and accompany you on 2 included ‘woolly’ excursions on Shetland and the Faroes. Plus you’ll have free time on-board to join in ‘knit and natter’ sessions and enjoy the company of your fellow cruisers.
Juliet Bernard was the Editor of The Knitter magazine for more than 5 years from it’s launch and now works with many brands such as KnitPro, Stylecraft and the UK Hand Knitting Association. Juliet writes for many of the foremost knitting magazines including The Knitter, Debbie bliss Magazine and her blog is hosted on Huffington Post. Juliet is an expert knitter and teaches Continental and Fair Isle knitting.
Sara Huntington has been knitting and crocheting for over 20 years and worked as a crochet designer before her current job as Editor of Simply Crochet Magazine. Her work has been published in several books and she has been teaching crochet workshops since 2007 in and around Somerset where she lives.
For more information on Sara please visit her website >>
With a late afternoon sailing you’ll have time to make your way to Tilbury where ample car parking is available, or join our coach transfer from London Victoria. Setting sail at 4pm we will have time to settle in before our welcome get-together and our first dinner aboard with Juliet and Sara and your fellow craft cruisers.
A day at sea, so time to enjoy our two half day knitting and crochet workshops with Juliet and Sara in our private workshop room.
With and early arrival into Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Isles, a hive of creative activity and its many craft workshops are perfect to explore. There’s the chance to join optional excursions to discover these beautiful islands with a 6,000 year history with Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae.
Today we arrive in the capital of the Faroe Isles; Torshavn, and have arranged an exclusive included excursion for our group. With our driver-guide we will explore highlights of the beautiful Faroese scenery with an insight into local knitting traditions and visit a well-known wool shop. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local home before returning to the capital Tórshavn with time to visit local handicraft shops.
Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Isles, is our port of call today and we have included another exclusive excursion just for our group. Our tour will take us through the spectacular Shetland scenery to discover the fascinating rich heritage of wool and knitting of these islands. We’ll visit Hoswick Visitor Centre to view the textile machinery exhibits, visit local designer Niela Kalra’s shop; Nielanell. Have a light lunch of soup and a sandwich before taking in the Shetland Textile Museum and the Shetland Museum & Archives in Lerwick with some free time to shop.
Arrive in Invergordon, a small yet modern town with a back-drop of stunning scenery and a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Optional excursions to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ Inverness, the Glenmorangie Distillery and Loch Ness are on offer.
A full day at sea as we head homeward with the time to enjoy two more workshops with Juliet and Sara in our private workshop room. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect upon the 'woollen’ adventures of the past days.
Arrival back in Tilbury in the early morning and time to depart after a final hearty breakfast.
PRICES (PER PERSON):
Price from: £1095 (standard twin inner)
Cabin upgrades (per person):
Standard twin ocean view: £200
Standard plus twin ocean view: £275
3rd or 4th person sharing: £299
Standard plus single inner: £200
Superior single inner: £250
Standard single ocean view: £400
Superior single ocean view: £600
All inclusive drinks package: £119
Port parking: £77
London Victoria return coach: £25
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 nights' full board cruise aboard Columbus
- The company and expertise of two experts; Sara Huntington and Juliet Bernard
- Four half day workshops on board in private workshop room
- Two exclusive excursions in the Faroes and on Shetland
- On-board programme of entertainment and activities
- The services of an experienced tour manager throughout
Travel to and from Tilbury, drinks and meals other than mentioned, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.
Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50
THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME
For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.
Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>
Columbus operates an automatic tipping system whereby an amount of £5.00 per passenger per night will be added to the client’s onboard account.
Columbus Cruise Ship
Refitted in April 2015 and further upgraded this year the Columbus is suited to those who prefer smaller ships and a more traditional cruising experience. This small to mid-sized ship, by today’s standards, hosts 1,400 guests combining spacious surroundings and friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine.
You’ll be spoilt for choice whilst onboard with six venues for entertainment ranging from extravagant shows to classical piano and violin recitals. There’s an equally impressive selection of restaurants in which to dine and lounges and bars in which to relax and enjoy a drink. Restaurants include the Waterfront, Fusion, Chef’s Table and Alfresco Grill. The seven lounges and bars and two speciality coffee and tea shops are an ideal place in which to relax and the Jade well-ness centre offers a gym, massage and a range of beauty treatments. On deck the traditional wooden decking and promenade has two pools and ample sunbeds on which to enjoy the sunshine.
Columbus offers a wide selection of well-appointed inner and ocean view cabins. All accommodation is graded according to size and/or position within the ship. A high priority is placed on your comfort, and your cabin steward will ensure a high degree of service throughout your time on board.