3rd Annual Crochet Cruises
The Crochet Cruise planning is in full motion as we prepare for 2016. As many of you already know, we have three crochet cruises scheduled.
The cruises have been available to book since mid March and quickly sold within the first two weeks leaving just a few spaces left on each of our cruises.
We have approximately 90 crochet cruisers confirmed for each of our 3 cruises.
Special thanks to Yarnspirations for being our official workshop sponsor. Guests will receive all of their workshop supplies to last them all week long. We also will have door prizes to delight you.
While The Crochet Crowd offers a lot of free stuff such as patterns and tutorials. We cannot offer free or subsidized cruises. The rates of the cruise tickets are dictated by the Cruise Line.
Cruise’n the Caribbean – 2 Cruises
Cruise #1 – March 6th, 2016 and Cruise #2 – March 13th, 2016.
For 2016, we opted to cruise on board the luxurious Celebrity Silhouette for two of our Caribbean Cruises. It’s a premium level cruise ship which provides entertainment and on-board ambiance. Mixed into the ship’s itinerary is our Crochet Cruise Itinerary of workshops and socials.
The classroom is on a top deck allowing us a spectacular oceanic view while our classes are in motion. On board, there is also an art program, available for an extra fee, that allows you to learn other forms of creativity. The other workshops are provided by Celebrity directly.
We are mixing it up a bit this year with our ‘Hook Away with us Gala’ on the day we leave Fort Lauderdale. It’s a mixer combined with bubbly drinks and h’orderves. It’s a mixer event designed to break the ice and get to know each other. We tend to be a loud and excited bunch. Crochet brings out the fun in us.
We will be doing our 3rd Annual Charity Afghan Making on board for Project Linus. We have workshops throughout the week for our passengers to enjoy.
We also have Amigurumi Expert, Kevin Price, for both cruises. We will be mixing in Amigurumi as part of the on-board workshops.
With both of the Caribbean Cruises being back to back. We have nearly 25 passengers staying on board after the first journey to join us again for the second journey. Crocheters realized they have flown down already, they might as well stay another week on board and extend their vacation. This option is only available when both of the Caribbean Cruises have space left.
Cruise’n Alaska – 1 Cruise
Cruising August 28, 2016.
As a bucket list journey, we also have our very first Alaskan Crochet Cruise. We are departing from Vancouver, British Columbia. By leaving out of Canada, we will get 200 more nautical miles north verses cruises leaving out of Seattle. We figured if we are going to see Alaska, let’s see more of it.
We will be leaving on board the Celebrity Infinity. It’s a smaller and older ship that has a lot of charm.
We chose to do late August for two major reasons:
- American kids are already heading back to school. This makes the peak travel season be behind us. There will be less children on board. Thus the cruise pricing is cheaper.
- Traveling in late August / early September, the migration of wildlife is already in motion. The wildlife will be active. In discussion with travel experts, we were initially thinking to go in late spring before the peak but the wildlife is still coming out of hibernation and it’s difficult to see any creatures in the wilderness.
We have several cruisers who are joining us in the Caribbean that are returning and meeting us on board for this cruise as well.
For this cruise, we have Tunisian Expert, Dela Wilkins. Seeing many crochet cruisers from this year are returning on board this ship. Dela will have beginner and higher workshops to explore with Tunisian. Of course, Mikey will have a mix of other types of crochet to play with too.
Would you Like to Come?
We have just a few more spaces left per ship before we close off the registration for 2016.
The Activity Fee is $200 USD per solo cruise. If you are doing the back to back in the Caribbean, the Activity Fee is $375 USD which covers you for both.
Our assigned group agent has the remaining final cabins that are assigned to our party. You must book through our agent to participate. The price of the cruise has not been inflated to cover our activity fee, that’s why it is separate.
You have several options for cruise levels to choose from, inside cabins, balcony or suite. You can decide your budget.
We are not assigning roommates together. It is up to you to figure out who you will be coming with. Your cabin mate doesn’t have to be a crocheter. Only the crocheters participating in our activities need to pay the Activity Fee. For example, we have 170 passenger for Alaska but only 90 of them are doing the crochet activities. Many people are bringing other family and friends with them to enjoy the cruise. This is true for the Caribbean Cruises as well.
This is your trip. You are not required to attend everything we have scheduled. Though I have to admit, many crochet cruisers don’t want to miss a thing as they love the community connection on board.
Visit The Crochet Cruises Website if this interests you.
If you are interested in going, there is a form in the Book Now to fill out for the cruises you want. Our agent will be in touch with you to finalize details. A $250 USD down payment is required per person (or minimum $500 per cabin). Then you just need to pay your Activity Fee of $200 USD to lock in your seat with us. Final payment is due in November 2015 for the Caribbean Cruises. For Alaska, final payment is not required until late Spring 2016.
Once You Are Confirmed
Once we have your confirmation from our agent. All crochet participants are invited to join in one of three different private Facebook groups. If you are riding multiple cruises, you will be invited to join in the groups that you are sailing with. This allows you to introduce yourself and get to know your fellow ship-mates for the week well in advance.
We are communicating through these groups to our passengers as well as dedicated mailing lists to ensure you are in the know with details.