Dear quilters and friends,
2021 brings us the exiting opportunity to experience a fabulous cruise to South America and Antarctica! We'll sail on Holland America Line's beautiful ship, the ms Westerdam departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We begin our trip in the city of Buenos Aires, the birthplace of Tango! You may want to consider coming in a few days early to explore this beautiful city with great food and friendly walkable neighborhoods. We'll set sail for Montevideo, Uruguay, with it's treasure trove of Art deco buildings before heading out to the Falkland Islands, where you can get up close and personal with penguins and many other bird species! After a day and a half crossing the Drake Passage, which separates South America from Antarctica, our ship will arrive at the White Continent. We will sail through the bays and islands of the Palmer Archipelago, off the northern tip of the long Antarctic Peninsula, which reaches out toward South America. Encircled in a landscape of snow and ice in every direction, our ship will slowly navigate the iceberg-dotted waters. Along the way, the ship's naturalists will point out the birds—terns, petrels, and gulls—found on the coast and on small islets at stops like Dallmann Bay. As we pass dark, rocky Cuverville Island, we'll see some of the 6,500 pairs of gentoo penguins that make their home there, the largest known colony in the world. Continuing on to Paradise Harbor, we'll have a chance to observe not only gentoo and chinstrap penguins but possibly humans as well: Both Argentina and Chile have manned research stations here. Please note that we will not be allowed to go ashore in Antarctica. After our Antacrtic experience we will cross Drake passage and head around Cape Horn on our way to Ushuaia, Argentina. This town at the end of the world is a veritable kaleidoscope of glittering glaciers, snowcapped mountains, dense forests, sparkling lakes and windswept plains spread across an archipelago of rugged islands. We'll then cruise the Beagle channel and Strait of Magellan, on our way to Punta Arenas, Chile, gateway to Pategonia and Torres Del Paine National Park. We continue cruising the Chilean Fjords and Amalia or Bujo Glacier on our way to Puerto Chacabuco, Chile and end our Fabulous cruise in San Antonio just outside of Santiago. Another fabulous city to spend a few days before flying home!
Our quilt classes are held during our "at sea" days. As usual, we bring you a variety of classes from which to choose, taught by two award-winning, renowned instructors in the world of quilting: Kathy McNeil and Sue Nickels. Please note: There are no sewing machines provided or required for this cruise!
You'll be part of a warm group of fun-loving people who share a common interest in quilting. You'll have the pleasure of making new friends and joining in on "sewcial" activities, including a "Welcome Aboard" party, a Challenge Block contest and a Show & Tell at the "farewell" party.
Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class. We hope you can join us!
We can't wait to see you on board the beautiful ms Westerdam!
Kathy McNeil and Sue Nickels
Amy Ross and Kim Hedges
Quilt Seminars at Sea