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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



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.

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 our guests and their needs in mind. We've thought of everything to ensure your time on board with us is as enjoyable, relaxing and carefree as possible. Even our 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.

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