Knit and Cruise Sweden's Scenic Waterways

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28 May 2020 - 8 Jun 2020
Duration: 11 nights
Ref: 20035
With: Karie Westermann

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Sweden boasts a beautiful coastline and when you step ashore there is much to explore. This cruise is a chance to discover the delights of this wonderful part of Scandinavia and hone your knitting skills under the expert guidance of Karie Westermann. We’ll spend an afternoon with Swedish author and designer Erika Åberg, whose contemporary knitwear is inspired by everyday life on Gotland, and with included excursions in both Lysekil and Gothenburg there’s plenty to tempt your textile and woolly taste buds!

OUR EXPERT, KARIE WESTERMANN

Karie Westermann does things with wool & words. She is a designer, teacher, author, and general wool enthuasist. Her work combines her love of storytelling, art, and woolly yarns as Karie is a big believer in knitting never being 'just knitting'. Karie is originally from Scandinavia but now lives in Scotland which inspires her knitting adventures. Her knitting book This Thing of Paper was published in 2017 and was nominated as Knitting Book of The Year in the UK Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018.

DAY 1: EMBARKATION AT EDINBURGH

Meet Karie and your tour manager at the port of Rosyth (Edinburgh) where we embark Balmoral at the start of what promises to be a fantastic cruise. The ship will depart Rosyth in the late afternoon. Tables have been reserved for the group at early-sitting dinner and it’s a chance for you to get to know your fellow knitters.

DAY 2: AT SEA

This morning Karie will host the first of her workshop and introduce her specially designed knitting project for this holiday. In the afternoon there will be a second workshop where you can continue knitting under the guidance of Karie.

DAY 3: SCENIC CRUISING

Balmoral enters Swedish waters cruising Gullmarsfjorden, Saltkallefjorden, Älgöfjorden, Hakefjorde, Brattöbadan, Askerfjorden, Halsefjorden, Havstensfjorden and Byfjorden. Karie will host a morning workshop and during the afternoon you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you knit!

DAY 4: MALMO – AT SEA

This morning Balmoral will call in Malmo. You may choice to join one of the ship’s optional shore excursions. Alternatively, you can go ashore independently and explore this fascinating Swedish city where the gabled Dutch-Renaissance buildings in the ‘Old Town’ are in contrast to the modern architecture of its Western Harbour. After lunch on board Balmoral we’ll continue knitting with Karie.

DAY 5: VISBY – AT SEA

Join Karie for a workshop as Balmoral cruises towards Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. We arrive in the early afternoon and here we’ll meet local knitter and knitwear designer Erika Åberg. Erika will give an introduction to Gotland wool and the history and origins of Gotlandic knitting. She’ll also take us to a favourite local wool shop! We’ll return to the ship for dinner on board and the ship will sail during the evening.

DAY 6: STOCKHOLM

This morning we arrive in Stockholm for an overnight stay in the beautiful Swedish capital. The ship has a full programme of optional shore excursions to help you seek out the highlights of this fascinating city that encompasses 14 islands. You may choose to explore independently to see if you can stumble across one of the many places selling wool. Dinner will be served on board, but Stockholm is the perfect place for a leisurely evening stroll and experience the white nights of summer.

DAY 7: STOCKHOLM – AT SEA

Enjoy a morning at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Stockholm. The beautiful scenery of the Stockholm archipelago is the perfect backdrop for an afternoon’s knitting as Balmoral sails between Stockholm and her next port of call, Gothenburg.

DAY 8: AT SEA

DAY 9: GOTHENBURG

Today Balmoral will call in Gothenburg. Here we’ll enjoy a private excursion to the nearby town of Borås where we’ll visit the Textile Museum of Sweden. The museum, part of the Textile Fashion Centre, is located in a former industrial area of this charming town with a long-history of textile production. It is home to a fantastic collection of textiles from the mid-19th century to the present day and we’ll see fabrics, samples, clothes and other items, along with Europe’s leading collection of textile machines. Our guided tour also includes the exhibition ‘Artist Textiles’, which includes a private collection of rare textiles influenced by the likes of Picasso and Warhol. Balmoral sails in the late afternoon tracing Sweden’s attractive west coastline towards Lysekil.

DAY 10: LYSEKIL

The bustling town of Lysekil sits at the mouth of Gullmarsfjorden. Today we’ve included a private excursion to Uddevalla where we’ll visit the Bohuslan Museum. Our guided tour has a special focus on Bohus knitting, which was a project started in the 1930’s to create job opportunities for the women in the stone quarrying districts of Bohuslän. What began as relief work developed into an enterprise of superior quality craft products with an international reputation.

DAY 11: AT SEA

Having drawn inspiration from Sweden’s textile heritage we enjoy our last workshop with Karie and afternoon’s informal knitting during a final leisurely day at sea.

DAY 12: DISEMBARK AT EDINBURGH

Balmoral arrives in Rosyth and it’s time to say farewell to your fellow knitters bringing this fantastic holiday to a close.

Deposit: £250

TWIN SHARE CABINS (PER PERSON):

I - Inside cabin, deck 5: £2495
H – Inside cabin, deck 6: £2585
F – Ocean view porthole, deck 4 or 3: £2695
D – Ocean view picture window, deck 5 or 4: £2795
C – Superior ocean view, deck 5: £2895
B – Superior ocean view, deck 6: £2945
SS – Superior suite: £3955

SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS:

N – Single inside cabin, deck 6: £3230
K – Single ocean view picture window, deck 4: £3940
I - Inside cabin, deck 5: £3545
H – Inside cabin, deck 6: £3685
F – Ocean view porthole, deck 4 or 3: £3895
D – Ocean view picture window, deck 5 or 4: £4065
C – Superior ocean view, deck 5: £4280
B – Superior ocean view, deck 6: £4370
SS – Superior suite: £6455

Full cabin details are available here.

Deck plan is available here.

OPTIONAL DRINKS PACKAGE

An all-inclusive drinks package can be pre-booked or added on board for £29 per person, per night. Find out more here

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 11 night cruise aboard Balmoral in your chosen cabin accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, late night snacks, afternoon tea and 24-hour self-service tea/coffee at selected venues.
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • A full programme of evening entertainment and use of the onboard leisure facilities.
  • Two half-day textile-related private shore excursions
  • Talk (and workshop) with Erika Åberg of Wynja Productions in Gotland
  • Full programme of workshops and informal knitting sessions with expert Karie Westerman
  • Kit for a specially designed project
  • All on board gratuities
  • The services of an experienced Arena Tour Manager who will accompany the tour throughout

EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

  • Drinks on-board and ashore
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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 >>

BALMORAL

The largest of the ocean-going cruise ships in the Fred Olsen fleet, Balmoral has 710 well-appointed cabins and suites. She is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining rooms – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey. The ship has a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas providing guests ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with their fellow passengers. In addition, there are 2 show lounges, 2 swimming pools, 4 Jacuzzis, a fitness centre and Atlantis Spa. There are 3 boutique shops, a library, card room, laundry room, golf nets and gaming tables. The ship also has WIFI (payable).

All cabins come equipped with climate control, TV, desk, phone, mini fridge, hair dryer, tea and coffee making faciltiies.

Full cabin details are available here.