Wendy and I now have the information for our eighth Sew We Go adventure. We would love to have you join us in May of 2014 on a Norwegian Cruise Line tour that will take us to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Germany. We’ll spend ten days seeing amazing sights, indulging in delicious cuisine, creating a memorable project and enjoying the company of other quilters. Here’s all the details:
We are so excited to announce our destination for 2014! You will see places you may never have thought about visiting but you will be so glad you did. This trip will feature a great variety of cultures, historical treasures, and wonderful food. All without packing and unpacking!
As always, we will have many special extras planned including a pre-trip project, a cruising project, visits to local fabric and needle art shops, and loads of sharing of information via our Sew We Go blog prior to our grand adventure. Remember – all projects are optional and non-quilter traveling companions are more than welcome to join us!
We will be sailing on the Norwegian Star which was built in 2001 and completely refurbished in 2010. It is a smaller ship with a capacity for 2,346 guests.
Where are we going? Check out this itinerary!
Day One – Copenhagen, Denmark
Day Two – Rostock (Warnemunde), Germany
Day Three at sea
Day Four – Tallinn, Estonia
Day Five and Six – St Petersburg, Russia
Day Seven – Helsinki, Finland
Day Eight – Stockholm, Sweden
Day Nine at sea
Day Ten Return Copenhagen
This ship features Freestyle Dining so you can dine wherever you want, whenever you want (of course, we hope you will join in the group meals we plan). How about this for variety: 11 restaurants, 9 bars/lounges; 2 pools (1 indoor lap), kids’ pool, 6 hot tubs, casino, shops, theater, library, internet café, spa, fitness center, sport court, golf driving net, walking/jogging track, teen club & youth center!
There will be loads of entertainment, too, including magic, music, comedy, murder mystery and more. NCL offers entertainment from names you know – Second City, Shout!, Elements – no amateur talent shows here!
The Cities We Will Visit
Copenhagen, Denmark In a country rich in Viking history, grand castles and lush green countryside, Copenhagen is a charming city of 17th- and 18th-century buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, pretty promenades along canals, and ancient winding streets made for walking. Outdoor cafe-sitting and outings to the magical Tivoli Gardens are highlights. Old Copenhagen is a warren chock-a-block with galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and antiques galore.
Rostock/Warnemunde, Germany The fine old Hanseatic red-brick town of Rostock and its neighboring seaside resort, Warnemunde, are best known as the jumping-off points for Berlin, which is three to five hours away by train. In Warnemunde, you’ll see rows of ancient, timber-framed houses, sleepy squares, and boats galore. Ice cream stalls and hundreds of screeching seagulls complete the seaside feel. Medieval Rostock feels small thanks to miles of undulating countryside and forest around the town. Although some of the city’s magnificent, old buildings were destroyed in World War II, you can still see grand marketplaces, bridges, city ramparts and gates. Like many places in Germany, the city still brews excellent beer.
Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn features a remarkably restored, medieval Old Town and still feels a part of the 1400s because of the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Walk the winding streets on cobblestones, past medieval towers and the old city wall, and you’ll feel like you’re taking a step back into a medieval storybook, with striking towers and historic brick buildings. Tallinn is artsy and a delightful place to hang out and people-watch. The shops, galleries, and antiques venues serve up some interesting finds such as elaborate weavings from cloth artists and modern art from local painters.
St. Petersburg, Russia The beautiful city Peter the Great founded in 1703, in what was then swampland, has unbelievably sumptuous Czarist-era palaces, onion-domed churches and the lovely Neva River. Peter was inspired by London, Paris, and Vienna and carefully developed the city by plan, creating canals and passageways. Most of the design remains intact today. It is a fascinating place with a lurid past that’s fit for a romance novel. St. Petersburg was the capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914 and remains Russia’s cultural capital. The city itself is like a living museum. You are likely to find yourself oohing and aahing at the architecture art is a key attraction. Visit the Hermitage, home to significant collections of Matisses, Picassos, and Rembrandts.
Helsinki, Finland Helsinki is a city with a strange mélange of identities. Maybe it’s the Russian influence. Maybe it’s the strong appreciation of contemporary design (the city is home to Marimekko, Kalevala, and Iittala). Or it could be the dark, cold and snowy winters that last half the year. One can find both the historic Helsinki (founded in 1550) in its monuments and cathedrals or the sleek Helsinki at the avant-garde museums of art and design.
Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia, was founded in 1252, and comprises 14 islands. The premier tourist attraction is Gamla Stan (Old Town), one of the largest neighborhoods of 16th-century buildings in Europe. Cobblestone streets and arms-width alleys criss-cross Gamla Stan. There, you’ll also find the 18th-century Royal. Offsetting the city’s bustle and buildings are large swatches of green space. The Ekoparken, or eco-park, curves for six miles through a couple of the busiest islands and along one side of the downtown business district.
The cost for this trip will range from $2,300 to $3,000 per person, sharing a cabin, depending on which cabin category you select, plus airfare. This ship features inside cabins, outside cabins with a picture window, or a balcony cabin with floor to ceiling balcony doors. All cabins have one queen bed which can be separated into two twins.
Our trip package will include cruise, port fees, cruise taxes, airport transfers in Copenhagen, prepaid mandatory service charges onboard, soft drink beverages (incl. tax & gratuity), and private shore excursions for our group.
Airfares will be announced this summer but we expect them to be around $1,000.
Additional expenses will be personal optional services (spa, internet, etc.), alcoholic drinks, shopping expenditures, and any pre- or post-stays you may decide to add to this dream vacation.
Our travel agent is Kristi Mirocha. Please contact Kristi via email, phone, or mail to be placed on the list for additional information and registration forms as the details are finalized:
Kristi Mirocha · Journeys & Gatherings · 2060 Hawthorne Drive, Elm Grove, WI 53122 · 262-786-6763 · firstname.lastname@example.org
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