Patchwork and Thread Painting Cruise – Feb 2019

This cruise is perfect if you haven’t been cruising before as its a little shorter, more affordable but with just as many sea days as some of our South Pacific cruises so you won’t miss out on any crafting time.

Join us on the Explorer of the Seas (sister ship of the Voyager and just as good) and get a glimpse of our Queensland coastline all the way up to the Barrier Reef at Airlie Beach

Workshops are open to all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

Come and join us and learn a new skill or develop and old one.

Don’t miss out. Get a few of your friends and book together.

Please still fill in form if interested and we will notify you if position available.


Welcome aboard  EXPLORER of the Seas for this 8 Night adventure.


The incredible Explorer of the Seas® introduced many of the iconic features that Royal Caribbean guests still love today. Conquer the rock-climbing wall, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it’s zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends—with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Departing Sydney 1st February, 2019 and returning 9th February, 2019

Prices below are per person based on a TWIN SHARE* – Please request prices for 3rd /4th person or Single Supplement

from $860* – Interior room  (original price of $785 pp twin share now SOLD OUT)
from $1130* – Oceanview (original price of $995 pp twin share now SOLD OUT)
from $1305* – Balcony
PLUS Workshop FEE $600 approx. 3 Instructors

Workshop Fee $600 (covers 24/7 use of the classroom, awesome instructors, frames, templates and most fabric) and a

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC – confirmed price will be the one you get when you put in your booking enquiry.


  • Gratuities, Port Fees and taxes
  • All meals (alcohol additional – drink packages available onboard)
  • All onboard entertainment and shows
  • Use of PRIVATE room – Convention Centre 24/7
  • Welcome Gift
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Classes on cruising days
  • Spectacular ports of call

Workshop Fee $600 (covers 24/7 use of the classroom, awesome instructors, frames, templates and most fabric) and BONUS:   FREE SEWING MACHINE…

*Optional mini workshops may be offered some nights for $25 each, which includes complete kit.

*Optional Shore Excursions are available


Bookings are made by completing the below online booking form which will be directed to Geelong Travel where an agent will contact you to confirm  and discuss cabin requirements.

A $200 deposit will be required to guarantee your position and this is payable to Geelong Travel. You will receive a reservation number once you have directly paid them the deposit.  Full payment for balance of cruise/any other travel arrangements made and the scrapbooking portion is payable and due by the date indicated on your invoice.

We will be offering 3 classes of only 10 people in each.
Limited number of people in each class means you get lots of help and attention.
So its literally first in first choice of classes.


Cruise Host – Dorothy Clee will be teaching you how to make thread painted landscapes and/or pet portraits. They are done on silk and using straight stitch and look awesome.



Brenda Burgess from Flip La K.
Brenda is the founder and creator of this company, born and raised in Sydney.  Now based in the Upper Hunter of NSW at Stroud, giving her more time for creativity and workshops.  Brenda just loves the product, literally – Flips everything from clothing to quilt tops and bags ..It is contagious you know!

Workshops will take you to a whole new dimension – working out of the square with Flip la K – a serious wow factor!


Margaret Olive hails from Rockhampton QLD and will be teaching Judy Neimeyer Foundation Paper Piecing. Patterns included – kits will be available.

Margaret was born and raised in the Rockhampton area on a cattle property. Margaret’s shop, Patchwork Paradise Studio Rockhampton has been a Quiltworx Certified Shop since 2012 and has been qualified as a Quiltworx Accredited Instructor since 2014. She has done 3 workshops with Judy Niemeyer, the designer of Quiltworx Patterns ( and has been given permission to teach Judy’s technique of Foundation Paper Piecing in Australia and New Zealand.

Margaret also teaches English Paper Piecing the Sue Daley way along with Chris Timmins Patterns.
She is always furthering her education in the patchwork industry by improving her product and technique knowledge, attending workshops held by Gloria Loughman, Amanda Daley, Jan Phillips, Chris Timmins, Sue Daley, Robyn Pandolph and Kaffe Fassett. She has been heavily involved in the Patchwork industry for the past 18 years and has owned Patchwork Paradise for the 11 years, although the shop has reduced its hours to one day a week and change the name slightly to Patchwork Paradise Studio.

  •   Choice of the following kits
    •    Broken Daisy Placemats
    •    Cactus Flower Table Runner
    •    Cuppuccino Tablerunner/Placemats
    •    Poinsettia



Welcome: Sydney, Australia Australia

Welcome aboard Explorer of the Seas

What’s not to love about Sydney? Home to some of the friendliest people, countless museums, galleries, world-class restaurants and of course, the sprawling Outback, Sydney is a true adventure wonderland that no one can resist.


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Port of Call: Brisbane, Australia Australia

Brisbane has the culture and skyline of a major metropolis without attitude – with great nature and beaches nearby. Opt for urban explorations or head to the hills, rainforest or renowned Gold Coast for other types of experiences.


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Cruising: Willis Island (Cruising), Australia Australia

This Coral Sea island lies outside the Great Barrier Reef and is the pristine habitat for native bird species as the booy, wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns.

Brown and Red-footed Boobies

A joy to watch, thousands of these ‘dressed up’  seabirds call the island home.


Other than the famous boobies, look above for wedge-tailed shearwaters, sooty terns and more.




Port of Call: Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia Australia

This laidback town on the Coral Sea is the perfect base for exploring the spectacular archipelago of the Whitsunday Islands and the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Village life revolves around nature, the beach and sea.

The Great Barrier Reef

Explore the world’s largest collection of corals, coral sponges and molluscs.

The Whitsunday Islands

Covered by lush landscape and bordered by gorgeous beaches and coral-laden waters.


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Port of Arrival: Sydney, Australia Australia

Imagine opening your balcony door to see a new and breathtaking part of the world each morning. A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination.

Balcony Staterooms

A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination. These Staterooms offer a spectacular view, small sitting area and a private balcony.


Oceanview Staterooms

Spend the day exploring the world, then come back to your room and never miss a moment as you enjoy the amazing views from the window in your stateroom. These larger staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom.


Interior Staterooms

Spend your days on board by the pool, on sports deck or scrapbooking in the conference room. Then relax at night in the comfort of your interior stateroom.

The standard stateroom offers two twin beds, a private bathroom and all the facilities of our standard staterooms. Some interior staterooms have a virtual balcony.


Promenade Stateroom

For an interior room with a view, opt for a Promenade Stateroom, available on all Voyager Class ships. They offer all the features of a standard stateroom, plus a bowed window overlooking the Promenade.


This information will be provided to booked in guests closer to the travel date.

Brenda’s Class:

  • Standard Sewing Notions
  • Small cutting mat. If you have a rotary cutting mat that is great.
  • Applique thread colour.
  • Kit with fabric for top, templates, glue, cutting knife etc will be provided.

Please advise Brenda with your colour choice and she will formalize requirements individually.
Brenda’s contact:

Dorothy’s Class

  • Please bring a variety of good quality threads. They can be cotton, polyester or rayon. The main thing is a good variety of colour.
  • A selection of landscape photos that you would like to gain inspiration from. These can be 4” x 6” or 5” x 7”. The photos can be portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Kits will be provided with silk, hoop, silk paints and a detailed book on the technique.

Dorothy can be contacted by email


Margaret’s Class

Margaret Olive Contact number if you have any queries: Ph: 0438 223096

Quiltworx Foundation Paper Piecing

Requirement List:-

  • Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx Pattern – see below the choices for the cruise. Please let Margaret know which pattern you would like and your preferred colour way by email: or phone 043822309.
  • Cotton sewing machine threads for piecing (50wt for batiks)
  • Machine needles (we recommend Schmetz Microtex 70’s 130/705)
  • Rotary Cutter (new blade)
  • 12” x 6.5” ruler (if fabric not already cut)
  • Small cutting mat 12” x 18” approx..
  • Add-a-quarter 12” ruler and 6” ruler
  • Sewline Gluepen (NOT Bostik as it is too heavy for the papers)
  • Template plastic
  • 100 Large Paper Clips
  • 4 Large Bulldog Clips or Fold Back Clips
  • Scotch “Magic Tape” Sticky Tape
  • Purple Thang
  • Large Zip Lock Bags
  • Normal haberdashery requirements
    • Small Thread Scissors
    • Quick-un-pick
    • Flower Head pins
    • Pencil or Marking Pencil
  • Great Sense of Humour

Please note: Kits will include fabric to make top, binding and backing and are provided. Patterns are extra.

If you are unable to access the above I will have all of the requirements with me.

Please let me know before the cruise so I have it all together for you when you arrive on the cruise.

Please have your pattern cut prior to the cruise as per cutting instructions. Trim the excess paper away approximately 1/8” beyond the outside cutting line of each unit.