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Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltics Textile Cruise

29th September – 11th October 2020

13 days from £3,095pp

Join Sarah Ashford on this wonderful Baltic cruise that includes an overnight stay in St Petersburg and exclusive textile excursions in both Gothenburg and Tallinn. Days at sea are a chance to get creative during workshops hosted by Sarah.
  • Stitching workshops with Sarah Ashford
  • Guided tour of the Textile Museum of Sweden
  • Overnight stay in St Petersburg
  • Eesti Käsitöö Kodu handicraft centre
  • Visit to the NUKU Museum of Puppetry 
  • Full day in the Danish capital, Copenhagen

Crafted for Quilters

Specially designed for quilters, this Stitchtopia quilting holiday is the ideal opportunity indulge in your favourite hobby and pick up some new crafty tips and tricks. Our talented quilting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltics textile cruise

Rich in history, art, architecture and cultural heritage, this Baltic cruise promises to be the perfect canvas for exciting textile discovery. We’ll visit four countries, including an overnight stay in magnificent St Petersburg, once the imperial and now the cultural capital of Russia. Included private Stitchtopia excursions explore Sweden’s textile heritage and the traditional crafts of Estonia.

A message from our expert:

"I am thrilled to be travelling to the Baltic's, Scandinavia and Russia with you. To think that we are going to be stitching and working on our patchwork as we travel to such exciting destinations; it's going to be wonderful!

We're going to be working on a hand stitched and hand quilted patchwork cushion, allowing us to stitch slowly and soak up the atmosphere as we cruise. We'll be pairing some of our favourite and most precious scraps with fabrics from my Great British Quilter Back to Basics collection to create a beautiful, scrappy patchwork. This idea is inspired by the tradition of Russian quilting; in the past, many people in the villages were poor and had no money for fabrics so they had to use fabrics from clothes from all the members to the family to create their patchworks. You too may want to include scraps that are special to you, to make your patchwork truly unique. 

Once our patchwork top is completed, we shall be learning the beautiful art of Kantha quilting. This hand quilted finish will add an heirloom quality to your cushion and will be a wonderful opportunity to work with the 20 different colour threads from my GBQ Back to Basics Aurifil 12 weight thread collection, kindly supplied by Aurifil Thread.

We shall then be working on some English Paper Piecing to create a Hoop Art. Again, this is a lovely opportunity to embark on some slow stitching that can be picked up and put down in between exploring the sights and sounds of each destination and learning some new skills at the same time. 

I cannot wait to meet you, teach some new skills and watch your beautiful projects come to life.”- Sarah Ashford

Your Accommodation

Boudicca

Overview

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following of guests who appreciate a sense of class and timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. On board, the emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience, with style and ambience more suited to an English country house.

Thanks to an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities, up to 880 persons can relax and enjoy spacious surroundings in comfort. As you explore the globe you can indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, watch a show in the Neptune Lounge, simply relax on the Sun Deck, enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill, and much more, without ever feeling overcrowded.

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Ship Facilities & Amenities

Join in an organised lecture of quiz or enjoy a fascinating lecture from some of the leading expert guest speakers on board. The more active can join in a range of activities from yoga; Pilates and aerobics to name a few. Or simply join the Book club and curl up with a good novel or indulge yourself in the Atlantis Spa

Cabin Facilities & Amenities

Recently refitted as part of an extensive, fleet-wide refurbishment programme, the stylish, comfortable rooms on board Boudicca have been designed with guests and their needs in mind. Fred Olsen have thought of everything to ensure your time on board is as enjoyable, relaxing and carefree as possible. Even the lowest-priced Interior Rooms are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

Please Note: Please see 'book now' button to check availability of cabins. Not all categories will be available for each tour.

Interior Cabins
Interior cabins are approximately 140 square feet in size. All cabins have a bathroom with shower, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Category I & M also have a 3 pin UK plug & USB charging point.

N | Interior Cabin - Main Deck 5.
M | Single Interior Cabin - Main Deck 5.
I | Interior Cabin - Marina Deck 3.
H | Interior Cabin - Atlantic Deck 4.

Porthole Cabins
Porthole cabins are approximately 150-160 square feet in size, all have portholes and bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Category L & F also have a 3 pin UK plug & USB charging point.

L | Single Ocean View - Atlantic Deck 4.
F | Ocean View - Marina Deck 3.
E | Ocean View - Marina Deck 3 or Atlantic Deck 4.
D | Ocean View - Atlantic Deck 4.

Picture Window Cabins
Picture Window Cabins are approximately 150-160 square feet in size, whilst Category A approximately 200 square feet. They all have a picture window, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Category C also have a 3 pin UK plug & USB charging point.

K | Single Ocean View - Atlantic Deck 4 (port hole) and Main Deck 5 (picture window).
C | Superior Ocean View - Main Deck 5.
B | Superior Ocean View - Main deck 5.
A | Superior Ocean View - Lido deck 7.

Balcony Cabins
Balcony Cabins are approximately 150-160 square feet in size, whilst Category TC approximately 200 square feet. They all have balconies, and bathrooms with showers (TC has bathtub and shower). All cabins have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Category TC also has a 3 pin UK plug & USB charging point. Please note that lifeboats and life rafts may affect views from all deck 8 & 9 balconies.

BC | Balcony Cabin - Bridge Deck 8.
TC | Terrace Balcony Cabin - Lido Deck 7
J | Single Superior Balcony - Bridge Deck 8

SuiteCabins
All suites have sitting areas and separate bedrooms. Bathrooms have baths and/or showers. All cabins have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). 

PS | Premier Suite - Marquee Deck 9.
MS | Marquee Suite - Marquee Deck 9.
SS | Superior Suite - Marquee Deck 9 and Bridge Deck 8.
BS | Balcony Suite - Bridge Deck 8.
TS | Terrace Balcony Suite - Lido Deck 7.
JB | Single Balcony Suite - Bridge Deck 8.
DS | Superior Junior Suite - Lido Deck 7 and Main Deck 5.
JS | Junior Suite - Main Deck.