British Isles Knitting & Crochet Cruise

Price from £1945.00


5 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
Duration: 10 nights
Ref: 19041
With: Sophia Reed


Price from £1945.00
Single Supplement: from £295
Deposit: £250

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Experience the beauty and heritage of some of the remoter parts of the British Isles together with calls in Amsterdam, Dublin and Honfleur. Enjoy yarn-related excursions in Amsterdam, and on Orkney, Isle of Skye and Guernsey; exclusive to our group.

Join our expert, Sophia Reed, for one 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.


"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 Gansy 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. This workshop also looks at the design process and different ways on joining the motifs together to make home textiles such as blankets and cushions or fashion accessories.

NB: A variety of different coloured double knitting yarn is available to make samples, however, please feel free to bring your own yarns if you would like to use the design ideas from this workshop to make a larger project throughout the cruise.

Our first half-day workshop looks at lace made famous by the Shetland Isles and Irish crochet, uniting the essence of these two great arts in a contemporary knitted shawl project that incorporates a crochet beaded edging.

Exploring colour work in a more unusual way, the second 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. Please note that you will need to have a 6mm Tunisian crochet hook for this workshop."

DAY 1:

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 in to your cabin before our welcome get together and first dinner on board.

DAY 2:

With more bicycles that permanent residents, Amsterdam is both charming and quirky. Little has changed in the centre since the 17th century. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line tree-line canals crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace stands on a large square in the centre of the city.

We’ll spend a full day here. Our exclusive excursion starts with a canal cruise; the perfect way to see the highlights of Amsterdam. Before lunch you’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 the ship we’ll visit De Afstap yarn shop for some more retail therapy.

DAY 3:

Full day workshop as we sail towards the Scottish Isles.

DAY 4:

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 excursion will take us around Mainland, following part of Orkney’s craft trail and giving plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy at the following stops:

The Woolshed uses fleece from the native seaweed eating North Ronaldsay breed of sheep to produce traditional knitwear and handmade felt. There is also a selection of carded fleece in natural colours and an array of glorious hand dyed tops for felt-makers and spinners. For hand knitters, this lovely soft wool is available in 100g balls or colourful hand dyed skeins.

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, house 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.

DAY 5:

Set around its picturesque natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The impact of Skye’s stunning scenery is spectacular.

Our exclusive half-day excursion will take us to the Hebridean Isle Trading Company on the shores of Loch Greshornish where Yasmin will welcome us into her croft with homemade cakes and hot drinks. Here we’ll meet the sheep (Hebridean & Black Cheviot), learn about the crofting way of life on Skye and visit their workshop for a tour of the products made here and the traditions that they keep alive by doing so.

We’ll return to the ship in time for lunch and a half-day workshop with Sarah.

DAY 6:

Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland and the capital of the Isle of Mull. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills.

Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

One of the optional excursions on offer today is a visit to neighboring Iona, the tiny island where St. Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.

DAY 7:

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 8:

Britain’s only island archipelego, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St. Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the capital, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate.

Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of this beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

DAY 9:

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 Sarah this afternoon.

DAY 10:

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 11:

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


Standard Plus Twin Inner: £1945 per person
Price for 3rd & 4th person sharing the same cabin: £1295 per person
Deposit: £250


Superior Twin Inner: £55
Standard Twin Ocean View: £220
Standard Plus Twin Ocean View: £299
*SOLD OUT* Superior Single Inner: £295
*SOLD OUT* Standard Single Ocean View: £535
*SOLD OUT* Standard Plus Single Ocean View: £605
*SOLD OUT* Superior Single Ocean View: £785


Port parking: £110
London Victoria return coach transfer: £25pp


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


  • 10 nights full board cruise aboard Colombus
  • Gratuities and services charges on board ship
  • Welcome bottle of wine per cabin
  • Company and expertise of Sarah Hazell
  • 1 full day and 2 half day workshops with Sarah – kit included
  • Full day Amsterdam excursion including canal cruise and entrance to Dutch Costume Museum
  • Craft Trail excursion on Orkney
  • Half day excursion to the Hebridean Isle Trading Company on Skye, including tea, coffee and homemade cake
  • Half day excursion to Guernsey Woollens
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout the holiday


  • Lunch on Amsterdam and Orkney excursion days
  • Driver and guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance


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


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


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.

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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.

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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.

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