British Isles Discovery Knitting & Crochet Cruise

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31 Mar 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
Duration: 11 nights
Ref: 20031
With: Sophia Reed

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A fantastic opportunity to experience some of the wonderful scenery, fascinating history and ancient cultures of the British Isles, including highlights of Ireland. On this fascinating springtime cruise discover picturesque harbours, historic castles and ancient sites on the optional excursions as well as included and exclusive yarn-related tours in Amsterdam, Invergordon, Orkney and Guernsey.

Join our expert, Sophia Reed, for two full day and two half day workshops, plus plenty of time for social knitting and crochet. Your projects will draw on the traditions of the places you visit, so the techniques you’ll be covering will include textured gansey stitches from Holland and the Channel Islands, lace and fair Isle from the Scottish Isles, Aran and cables from Ireland and crochet from Honfleur, since it is believed that crochet was first developed in France. The workshops will provide an in-depth focus to the various techniques.

A MESSAGE FROM SOPHIA:

"I am delighted to be teaching on this exciting journey around the British Isles which promises to provide so many places of textile history and design inspiration.

Drawing on my experience of working with a company who produce Dutch Gansey sweaters, our first full day workshop offers the choice of exploring these textured knit designs together with the contrasting colour work of crochet motifs inspired by the flowers of Amsterdam, including the African Flower pattern and flowers in squares. There will be the opportunity to choose from many different patterns and techniques, featuring beading, embellishment and professional finishing in both knitting and crochet. This workshop also looks at the design process and different ways of joining the motifs together to make home textiles such as blankets and cushions or fashion accessories: for example, you could choose to make a number of hexagonal crochet African Flower motifs and ‘join-as-you-go’ to make an exclusive bag with a feature beaded crochet button.

Looking at colour-work in a more unusual way, our first half-day workshop features Fair-isle Tunisian crochet which is a fun project for knitters and crocheters alike as it is a unique combination of both crafts. If you discover a passion for Tunisian crochet, you will be able to learn more Tunisian crochet stitches, including a pattern for a beautiful Tunisian Entrelac scarf, during further workshop sessions on our cruise.

Inspired by the Emerald Isles, our third project references Irish Linen heritage by creating exquisite but versatile crochet lace edgings that can be used for traditional tableware, towels or bedding. We will look at making these 100% cotton edgings both directly on fabric and also ‘by-the-yard’.”

DAY 1: EMBARKATION AT TILBURY

With a late afternoon sailing you'll have time to make your way to Tilbury where ample car parking is available or join a coach transfer from London Victoria. Setting sail at 4pm you'll have time to settle into your cabin before our welcome get together and first dinner on board.

DAY 2: ROTTERDAM - AMSTERDAM

From Rotterdam we’ll travel by coach to Amsterdam where our exclusive excursion starts with a canal cruise; the perfect way to see the highlights of the city. Before lunch we’ll have time to visit Stephen and Penelope yarn shop for your first retail opportunity! After some free time for lunch we’ll visit the Dutch Costume Museum to learn about the craftsmanship and artistry that created traditional Dutch costumes. The museum houses seven rooms, each dedicated to a specific region. Before we return to Rotterdam we’ll visit De Afstap yarn shop for some more retail therapy.

DAY 3: AT SEA

Full day workshop as we sail towards Invergordon.

DAY 4: INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND

Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. The small, yet modern town is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Our exclusive full day excursion will take us to:

Black Isle Yarns, where Julie will welcome us into her home, provide us with tea and cake as take us through the story of her yarns; from field to skein. There will, of course, also be the opportunity to purchase some yarn!

Loch Ness Knitting, where we’ll have a demonstration of the natural dyeing process with plenty of time for questions and shopping afterwards.

Bunloit Woolery, for shopping a variety of yarns, all home produced or locally sourced.

DAY 5: KIRKWALL, ORKNEY ISLANDS

The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island in East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets.

Our exclusive half-day excursion will take us to two of the highlights of Orkney’s craft trail:

Quernstone Knitwear. Based in the picturesque and historic town of Stromness, Quernstone’s unique range of luxury knitwear and clothing are all designed and hand made in Orkney using the finest quality yarns. This knitwear shop, housed in a 1920’s ice cream parlour, displays their distinctive signature knitwear along with accessories and yarns.

The Little Orkney Dye Shed specialises in hand-dyed wools and fibres, predominately from the local mill on the remote island of North Ronaldsay. Pam draws inspiration from the colours and textures of the surrounding Orkney countryside, as well as the flotsam and jetsam she comes across whilst walking the shoreline of Scapa Flow. Her keen eye for colour is reflected in everything she creates.

In the afternoon we’ll enjoy another workshop with Sophia as we sail towards Oban.

DAY 6: OBAN, SCOTLAND

Oban is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands and the Western Isles and the seafood capital of Scotland. The town is surrounded by stunning seascapes; a pleasant stroll along the shore or up to McCaig’s tower offers spectacular views of the islands. Optional excursions from Oban may include Dunollie Castle, home of the Clan MacDougall and Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll.

DAY 7: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND

Samson and Goliath are much-loved landmarks soaring above Belfast’s skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Northern Ireland’s capital firmly on the map. Housed in an iconic, state-of-the-art, 6-storey building, Titanic Belfast relives the city’s golden era and traces the story of the ill-fated liner built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. The extraordinary Giant’s Causeway is a popular excursion from this city with omnipresent Irish charm.

DAY 8: DUBLIN, IRELAND

The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character.

Optional excursions on offer today include Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and beautiful St. Stephen’s Green to the south of the Liffey. Glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and the famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s northside. Crossing the river, the high arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

DAY 9: AT SEA

Full day workshop as we sail towards Guernsey.

DAY 10: ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY

For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town.

Our exclusive half-day excursion takes us to Guernsey Woollens, producers of authentic Guernsey knitwear for over 40 years. Here we’ll visit their premises and learn about the Guernsey knitwear tradition.

We’ll return to the ship for lunch and enjoy another half day workshop with Sophia this afternoon.

DAY 11: HONFLEUR, FRANCE

Over the years renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which, with its narrow half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

DAY 12: DISEMBARK AT TILBURY

We arrive into Tilbury early this morning. Time to disembark and say farewell to your fellow knitters and crocheters.

PRICES:

Standard Plus Twin Inner: £2049 per person
Deposit: £250

CABIN SUPPLEMENTS (PER PERSON):

Superior Twin Inner: £125
Premium Twin Inner: £220
Standard Twin Ocean View Caribbean Deck: £249
Standard Twin Ocean View Baltic or Atlantic Deck: £279
Standard Plus Twin Ocean View: £345
Superior Twin Ocean View: £499
Superior Single Inner: £399
Superior Single Ocean View: £885

Please note: Full cabin details are available here. Deck Plan is available here.

TRANSPORT SUPPLEMENTS:

Port parking: £121
London Victoria coach transfer: £25pp return/ £15 single

CRUISE PACKAGE SUPPLEMENTS

Included in our package is the CMV Value package which covers:

  • Gratuities and services charges for the cruise
  • Confirmed seating in the restaurant (subject to availability, first come best served basis)
  • Priority cabin upgrade option (if available)
  • Welcome bottle of Bon Voyage Wine (Per cabin)
Guests can also upgrade their cruise package. For full details and prices, please click click here

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 11 nights full board cruise aboard Magellan including tea/coffee with meals
  • Gratuities and services charges on board ship
  • Welcome bottle of wine per cabin
  • Company and expertise of Sophia Reed
  • 2 full days and 2 half day workshops with Sophia – kit included
  • Full day Amsterdam excursion including canal cruise and entrance to Dutch Costume Museum
  • Full day yarn excursion from Invergordon including natural dyeing demonstration at Loch Ness Knitting
  • Half day craft trail excursion on Orkney
  • Half day excursion to Guernsey Woollens
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout the holiday

EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

  • Optional shore excursions and port shuttle transfers
  • Wifi on board the ship
  • Discretionary onboard spending
  • Lunch on Amsterdam and Invergordon excursion days
  • Driver and guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance

NON-CRAFTERS

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

If you are interested in any of our Stitchtopia holidays but don’t have a friend to join you, why not join our ‘Stitch Together’ programme? Designed for those travelling alone, we will help you find someone like-minded to share with so you've no single supplement to pay and can enjoy the benefit of this saving.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>

THE MAGELLAN CRUISE SHIP

The Bahamian flagged Magellan with her gleaming profile, beautiful wood type decks and distinctive livery is an impressive ship. She will accommodate about 1250 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly British cruise experience. Magellan is air conditioned and has nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts.

Magellan boasts a spacious interior, with wide corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests. However, the ship still provides an intimate atmosphere, with a huge range of leisure facilities, including bars and lounges, as well as multiple dining options.

The Magellan ship provides a quintessentially British cruise experience to all its passengers. Highlights include its two high-quality restaurants, the Waldorf and the Kensington, the more relaxed Raffles Bistro, and an impressive array of whirlpools and swimming pools out on the deck.

CABINS

All cabins, regardless of category, are equipped with the following:

  • Air Conditioning
  • En suite with shower
  • Ample wardobe and storage space
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Personal safe
  • To find out more about the cabin categories available, please click here