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12-Day ~ Colors of Canada and New England (Sep 2019)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


September 15, 2019


End Date:


September 27, 2019

Colors of Canada and New England (Sep 2019) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

12-Day Canada & New England Knitting Cruise w/ Alissa Barton
September 15-27, 2019

Cruise New England & Maritime Canada with knitting expert Alissa Barton on a voyage of discovery to North America's most scenic, historic and culturally rich seaports. Some of the main highlights on this cruise include tracing the path of American independence; eating fresh New England lobster; watching dyeing demonstrations; visiting a working mini-mill and farm near Charlottetown; and shopping for yarn at some of the best shops in the region.

This directional cruise from Quebec City to New York visits several ports in Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On this knitting cruise, you will see fall colors while sampling the delights of French Canada and New England. There are many compelling reasons we invite you to join us as we celebrate the stunning beauty of fall onboard Holland America's ms Zuiderdam.

This cruise is ideal for those who want to cruise close to home. The cruise begins in historical French Canada visiting many interesting ports followed by one day at sea. Alissa Barton will be offering a class program designed specifically for this itinerary. Alissa is both a designer and knitting expert and she has created a great line-up of lectures and classes specifically for this cruise to challenge knitters. The onboard knitting program will include such topics as Intarsia, Lace Knitting from Charts, Yoke Sweaters, Knitters Ed, Fixing Mistakes, Owning the Decrease and The Art of Keeping A Knitting Journal. Knitters of all skill levels will take home helpful tips and tricks that will help you bring greater joy to your knitting.

12-Day Canada & New England Cruise Highlights

  • Arrive early and fly into Montreal if you have interest, to shop for yarn and savor Old-World French flair before taking the train to Quebec City where you'll embark the ms Zuiderdam.

  • Enjoy two days in Quebec since the ship overnights here allowing passengers time to immerse themselves into history dating back more than 400 years.

  • In Quebec City, shop at Biscotte's newest store. Biscotte is a specialty yarn company that has been creating gorgeous hand dyed knitting yarns on natural fibers since 2007.

  • Learn about raising angora goats and the art of spinning mohair at Le Chevrier du Nord in Saquenay. This family-operated farm's focus is creating all-natural yarn and designer mohair clothing.

  • Visit the Alpaca Bersi Farm in Saguenay where you will learn about the characteristics of the alpaca and the family who runs the farm.

  • Cruise the St. Lawrence River where you'll enjoy pretty coastal scenery and dramatic fjords from the comfort of a beautiful Holland America Line ship.

  • Tour the Belfast Mini Mills outside Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island where participants will learn about mini-mills, shop for yarn and explore the farm.

  • Be wowed at the Fleece Artist & Handmaiden dye studio where you'll see dyeing demonstrations and learn how they source their luxurious silks, wools, kid mohairs, alpacas, seaweed and angora fiber.

  • Meet designer Ilga Leja in Halifax.

  • In Portland, visit the Maine Fiber Arts Center, shop for yarn at the wonderfully enormous Halcyon Yarns and feast on a delicious Maine lobster lunch.

  • Shop for Tess Designer Yarns near the ship in the Old Port shopping district of Portland where you'll find fine fibers in exceptional colors including the popular silk and cashmere blend called "Kitten."

  • In Boston walk the Freedom Trail and shop for yarn at the Boston Public Market and Stitch House Dorchester.

  • Extend your stay in New York to shop for yarn and explore the Big Apple.