Grand Fjordland Splendour Crochet Cruise

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27 Jul 2019 - 8 Aug 2019
Duration: 12 nights
Ref: 19052
With: Emma Leith

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Gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, soaring mountains, beautiful valleys and ice-blue mountain lakes are all part of Norway’s stunning fjordland canvas. In Bergen we’ll take an exclusive yarn-related excursion, visiting the highlights of the city as well as the national knitting museum and some of the city’s wool shops.

Our ports of call to and from Norway include both the Shetland and Orkney Islands. On Shetland we’ll visit the Shetland Museum & Archive for a tour of their textiles collection and on Orkney we’ll follow part of the island’s craft trail.

Join our expert, Emma Leith, for two half day and two full day workshops. Emma’s chosen projects, full of her signature love of colour, will give you the opportunity to learn and practice new crochet techniques whilst enjoying this relaxing cruise experience.

THE WORKSHOPS

"Join me as we set sail and dive into a sea of colourful crochet! During the course of this breathtaking cruise I will be hosting 4 (It is four isn’t it?!!) crochet workshops all designed to enhance your crochet pleasure. On our first full day we shall be working in the round learning some new stitches to make a pretty mandala in a hoop.

On our second full day workshop I will guide you through the Mindful Ripple Wrap as featured in my book Mindful Crochet. Here you will be working 4 different yarns in a gentle meditative way that will have you experiencing the benefits of crochet like never before.

Our first half day classes will see you learning the art of Entrelac Tunisian Crochet in the round and in rows. (possibly the most addictive crochet ever!) I will work with you as you experiment with the yarns and colours to create stunning effects.

Our second half day is all about the join as you go method as we create a decorative flower throw. Here you will make a series of colourful flowers joined together to create a bright and cheery throw that can be added to throughout the cruise."

DAY 1 - Liverpool (UK)

With an evening departure time you'll have time to make your way to Liverpool where ample car parking is available or join a coach transfer from London Victoria. Setting sail at 8pm you'll have time to settle in to your cabin before our welcome get together and first dinner on board.

DAY 2 - 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. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Optional excursions include Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and 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 3 - At Sea

Full day workshop as we sail towards the Shetland Isles

DAY 4 - Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour.

Our exclusive included excursion takes us on guided tour of the textile collection at the Shetland Museum and Archive displaying plain, Fair Isle and fine lace knitting as well as Shetland tweed. We’ll also visit Jamieson’s of Shetland; a family-owned business that has specialised in wool from the native Shetland sheep for 5 generations.

DAY 5 - Bergen (Norway)

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Yet with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town.

Our exclusive included excursion will visit all the highlights of the city, including colourful Bryggen wharf. Here, the characteristic wooden gabled buildings which were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants, today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs. We’ll also take a guided tour of the Museum of Norwegian Knitting Industry, housed in a former textile mill, where we’ll learn about the history and importance of this industry in Norway. Our tour will also stop at some of the many yarn shops in the city!

DAY 6 - Olden (Norway)

The southernmost of the three short branches at the inner end of Nordfjord terminates in Olden. The charming village sits amongst tidy, well-kept farms on gently sloping, fertile hillsides, which then rise steeply into thickly wooded and rugged peaks. From the village the beautiful Oldendalen Valley runs between towering mountains to the edge of the mighty Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Briksdal Glacier is one of the more accessible arms of the Jostedalsbreen and features in optional excursions from Olden together with glorious waterfalls, glacier fed rivers and wonderful mountain lakes.

DAY 7 - Geranger (Norway)

From a small farming village that was relatively isolated in the 1800’s, Geiranger has grown into one of Norway’s most popular tourist resorts. It sits at the head of the stunningly beautiful Geirangerfjord against a backdrop of splendid mountain scenery. Take an optional excursion up Geiranger’s steep mountain roads for panoramic views that are quite literally breathtaking. Snow dusted peaks, wild tumbling waterfalls, lush green valleys and dramatic gorges stretch as far as the eye can see with their reflections in the mirror-calm waters of the incredible Geirangerfjord far below.

DAY 8 - Flam (Norway)

Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, with some 500 inhabitants, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers. Take one of the oprional excursions for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.

DAY 9 - Eidfjord (Norway)

This morning we’ll enjoy a workshop with Emma whilst cruising Hardangerfjord. We’ll arrive at Eidfjord at lunchtime.

Lying at the end of a tributary of the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord is surrounded by mountains up to 1,900 metres high. The small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, which is the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. Nearby the stunning Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and features in optional excursions along with the amazing Sysen Dam.

DAY 10 - Stavanger (Norway)

Stavanger is today the ‘Oil Capital of Norway’; a vibrant, modern city with Gamle Stavanger at its core. The picturesque old part of Stavanger has gently sloping cobbled streets lined with small, white wooden houses built at the end of the18th and early 19th centuries. The city’s Anglo-Norman style cathedral was built in 1125, the same year Stavanger was officially founded. One of the most popular excursions from Norway’s fourth largest city is a visit to the Iron Age Farm at Ullanhaug giving a fascinating insight into life in the area some 1,500 years ago.

This afternoon enjoy a crochet workshop with Emma as we sail towards the Orkney Islands.

DAY 11 - 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 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 12 - At Sea

Full day workshop as we sail towards Liverpool

DAY 13 - Liverpool (UK)

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

CRUISE PRICES

Twin Standard Plus Inner Cabin (Category 2): £2195 per person
3rd & 4th person sharing the same cabin: £1435 per person (supplements below still apply)
Deposit: £250 per person

CABIN SUPPLEMENTS

Twin Superior Inner Cabin (Category 3): £139 per person
Twin Standard Cabin with Ocean View (Category 6): £269 per person
Twin Standard Plus Cabin with Ocean View (Category 8): £369 per person

Single Superior Inner Cabin (Category 5): £435 per person
Single Standard Cabin with Ocean View (Category 7): £609 per person
Single Standard Plus Cabin with Ocean View (Category 8): £735 per person
Single Superior Cabin with Ocean View (Category 10): £969 per person

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

TRANSPORT SUPPLEMENTS

Port Parking: £132
London Victoria return coach transfer: £25 per person

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:

  • 12 nights full board cruise aboard Magellan
  • Gratuities and services charges on board ship
  • Welcome bottle of wine per cabin
  • Company and expertise of Emma Leith
  • 2 full day and 2 half day workshops with Emma
  • Half day excursion in Lerwick, including a guided tour of Shetland Museum & Archives
  • Full day excursion in Bergen, including a guided tour of the Museum of Norwegian Knitting Industry
  • Craft Trail excursion on Orkney
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout the holiday

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Driver and guide gratuities for excursions
  • Meals and drinks unless otherwise stated
  • 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:
Worldwide - £75

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 >>

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