Reservations 877·97·CRAFT  (877·972·7238)

22-Day ~ Antarctica Knitting Cruise (Jan 2025)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


January 28, 2025


End Date:


February 19, 2025

Antarctica Knitting Cruise (Jan 2025) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

22-Day South America and Antarctica Knitting Adventure with Alissa Barton
January 28 - February 19, 2025

We invite you to join Alissa Barton on this knitting cruise to South America and the "White Continent" onboard the Oosterdam. This itinerary offers spectacular scenic beauty, plenty of yarn shopping opportunities, and many relaxing days at sea, allowing participants time to relax, rejuvenate, and learn new knitting skills.

South America is home to some of the world's largest natural fiber producers, including merino wool and alpaca. Knitters visiting South America are happy to find an active knitting scene and yarn everywhere. In Buenos Aires, for example, you'll find a yarn district with numerous shops along the same street. Buenos Aires is also a beautiful city where visitors enjoy people-watching, freshly baked pastries at outdoor cafes, or simply sharing in the excitement of watching a street tango. Some of the most succulent steaks in the world come from cattle raised on the rich grasses of the Argentinian Pampas.

Visit the Falkland Islands and see sheep and penguins living cohesively at the Bluff Cove Farm and Penguin Rookery. This region has conditions perfect for sheep; large herds thrive on the pampas - a vast expanse of flat grasslands where only low vegetation grows due to the harsh Patagonian winds. In Chile, learn about durable, warm, and lightweight alpaca yarn. There will be opportunities to spot herds of sheep throughout the cruise and visit ranches where you can learn about sheep farming, fiber processing, and the shepherds who work the land and care for the animals.

Few people get to experience Antarctica, which is one of the most remote places on Earth. On this knitting trip, you'll visit both the Patagonian region of South America and Antarctica, where you'll be exposed to the rugged, natural beauty of this faraway place. Sea life is everywhere and is visible from the ship and in the numerous wilderness areas, home to some of the largest penguin rookeries in the world. There are 17 penguin species worldwide, with only four living and nesting in Antarctica, where you can get up close and very personal with wildlife and view the breathtaking mountain peaks that seem to stretch on forever.

South America is home to yarn companies producing gorgeous yarns, including Manos del Uruguay, Abuelita, and Quintessence Alpaca. Yarn producers here have found success through their color expertise and use of traditional dyeing methods. Yarn shopping and fiber activities abound on this itinerary, including shopping with an English-speaking guide in the Buenos Aires yarn district. On this trip, you will also have the opportunity to learn about yarn production at Manos del Uruguay in Montevideo, visit a sheep farm in the Falkland Islands, and the Bluff Cove Penguin Rookery. Upon disembarking, the group will visit the Quintessence Alpaca Farm before heading to the airport for their flight home. Join us on this knitting cruise, and you'll experience the best of Antarctica and South America.

22-Day South America and Antarctica Knitting Cruise Highlights

  • Shop for yarn in the Buenos Aires yarn district with numerous shops are stocked with colorful yarn from floor to ceiling.

  • Take a tango class and dine on succulent Argentinian steak in Buenos Aires.

  • Shop for Manos del Uruguay yarn and locally made knit garments at their outlet in Punta Del Este while learning about how women here have banded together to translate their knitting and spinning skills into sustainable incomes.

  • Learn about the wine production while in Montevideo.

  • After sampling local delicacies over lunch enjoy some free time to walk along the beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

  • Take knitting classes with expert Alissa Barton.

  • In Puerto Madryn take a cruise line tour visiting Estancia San Guillermo for shearing demonstrations or Estancia San Lorenzo, a family-owned sheep station that is also home to over 2,000 nesting Magellan penguins.

  • Get up close and personal with a penguin at the Bluff Cove Sheep Farm & Penguin Rookery in Port Stanley and shop for Falkland Wool.

  • Enjoy unbeatable nature viewing opportunities with on-board experts and up to four days just exploring in Antarctic waters.

  • Expect 20 hours of daylight while visiting the White Continent allowing maximum viewing time of this gorgeous wilderness area.

  • See whales, elephant seals and fur seals in their natural environment.

  • Cruise around Cape Horn and through Glacier Alley and the Chilean Lake District.

  • In Ushuaia take an excursion to see the scenic beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park.

  • Watch sheep shearing on a cruise line tour at the Fitz Roy Farm in Punta Arenas, tour farm's museum, stop at the La Cruz Hill observations point for a panoramic view of Tierra del Fuego and the Straight of Magellan. and stop for a photo of the Shepherd Monument honoring those who herd sheep.

  • In Puerto Montt meet local fiber artists, see wool dyeing, spinning & loom weaving demonstrations organized by Chucao Lanas, a local fiber co-op.

  • While in Santiago take a knitting tour and shop for Quintessence Alpaca and learn all about these magnificent animals at the Quintessence Alpaca Farm.