Six months to go!!!


It’s only six months until we set sail for the Caribbean! Are you packed yet? Better bring an empty suitcase to stuff with all of the goodies I’m already stockpiling for you. (You should see my bursting-at-the-seams self-storage locker!) It’s going to be a Yarnapalooza!!!


Check out the deets!

Cruise Itinerary

5 Night Western Caribbean on the Independence of the Seas
Dec 15, 2018 – Departure Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:30pm
Dec 16, 2018 – Cruising
Dec 17, 2018 – Labadee, Haiti 7:00am 3:30pm
Dec 18, 2018 – Falmouth, Jamaica 8:30am 4:30pm
Dec 19, 2018 – Cruising
Dec 20, 2018 – Arrival Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00am

Cruise Prices
15 Cat 4V – Inside – $1176.00 Knitter double occupancy (per person); $1440.00 Knitter single occupancy; $576.00 Non Knitter double occupancy (per person); $840.00 Non Knitter single occupancy

1 Cat 8N – Ocean View – $1226.00 Knitter double occupancy (per person); $1540.00 Knitter single occupancy; $626.00 Non Knitter double occupancy (per person); $940.00 Non Knitter single occupancy

2 Cat 6D – Ocean View Balcony – $1306.00 Knitter double occupancy (per person); $1700.00 Knitter single occupancy; $706.00 Non Knitter double occupancy (per person)
$1100.00 Non Knitter single occupancy

15 Cat 2D – Ocean View Balcony – $1326.00 Knitter double occupancy (per person);
$1740.00 Knitter single occupancy; $726.00 Non Knitter double occupancy (per person)
$1140.00 Non Knitter single occupancy

10 Cat 6B – Spacious Ocean View Balcony – $1346.00 Knitter double occupancy (per person); $1780.00 Knitter single occupancy; $746.00 Non Knitter double occupancy (PP)
$1180.00 Non Knitter single occupancy

Port Charges Additional – $135.00 per person
Taxes & Fees Additional – $92.38 per person
PrePaid Gratuities Additional – $72.50 per person REQUIRED
(subject to change until sailing)

Get Ready for the Nautical Knitting Cruise 2018!!


Join Melissa Leapman, Patty Lyons, Brooke Nico, and Carol Sulcoski for laughs and learning on this year’s Nautical Knitting Cruise!

Departs from the Port of Fort Lauderdale December 15-20, 2018
on Royal Caribbean’s exciting Independence of the Seas!

Check out this year’s class offerings: Cruise Class Information

For more information and to save your spot, contact
Sue Fitzgerald via email at
or call her at 941-929-2299 x3252.


Date Location Arrival Departure
Saturday, December 15, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA 04:30 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2018 CRUISING
Monday, December 17, 2018 LABADEE, HAITI 07:00 AM 03:30 PM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 FALMOUTH, JAMAICA 08:30 AM 04:30 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 CRUISING
Thursday, December 20, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA 07:00 AM


Fun-loving knitting cruise director ISO equally fun volunteers (the shy and meek need not apply.) I feel like I’m writing my very first personal ad ever.



Here are Laura, Patty, and me heading from the hotel to last year’s cruise ship with all of our–I mean, your–precious stuff. (Please note: my hair is not wet.) Inside all those boxes are more than 100 goody bags, oodles of great door prizes, and maybe a few bottles of wine.

But trust me, those boxes didn’t pack themselves. (Just ask Patty Lyons.)

We are seeking 3 or 4 volunteers to help get everything ready this year. We’ll set up all the goody bag fixin’s assembly line style at my hotel at 3 PM Friday, and then we’ll get to work. Each lucky volunteer will be paid in–what else?–YARN!!!

Honest Disclaimer: This task is not for the faint of heart. (Again, check with Patty if you don’t believe me.)

Here we are all bright and bushy tailed as we began in the early afternoon last year:


And this is sweet Patty at the end of our work:


(Need I mention that, despite all this, she’s agreed to come back onboard this year!)

If you’re interested in getting a sneak peak at the goody bags–I mean, helping out <grin>–on Friday before we launch on Saturday, please email me as soon as possible.

Less than one month!!!!!



Are you packed yet?


After such a long time planning (and not-so-patiently waiting!), we launch just over one month from today. That’s hardly enough time for me to shop for a bathing suit I’d be seen wearing!

And as a pre-board special, we’re offering all ala carte classes booked from now until launch at just $60 each. Space is limited in some classes, of course, so hurry! Our fearless travel agent, Sue Fitzgerald, can get you all at set via email at or phone toll free          (866)  201-0385, ext. 3252. 

Check out the expanded class schedule to see what you’re missing:



And here’s the class homework and supply listing:


Am now heading offline now to continue ordering fixin’s for our goody bags. Be sure to pack an empty suitcase. You’ll need one! (Just ask the folks from last year’s cruise. . . .)



Join Melissa Leapman, Laura Nelkin, and Patty Lyons for a Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean!

Leapman Photo Teachers

Escape with us on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, December 3 – 10, 2016!

Per Person Rates:

  • Inside Stateroom from: $1479 for Knitters and $1066 for non-Knitters
  • Balcony Stateroom from: $1788 for Knitters and $1376 for non-Knitters

Pricing for Knitters includes (3) Knitting Workshops (one from each instructor), welcome goody bag, evening events and parties, world famous door prizes, taxes/government fees and credit card processing fee.  Non-Knitters package excludes the Knitting Workshops.

Cruise Itinerary:

  • December 03     Miami              Depart 4:00pm
  • December 04     Day at Sea
  • December 05     Day at Sea
  • December 06    St. Thomas     Arrive 8:00am     Depart 6:00pm
  • December 07    Tortola            Arrive 7:00am      Depart 3:00pm
  • December 08     Day at Sea
  • December 09     Nassau          Arrive 12:00pm     Depart 7:00pm
  • December 10     Miami            Arrive 8:00am

Memories from 2015

Check out the 2016 class schedules with Melissa, Laura and Patty:

Cruise Class Information

Nautical Knitting Cruise 2016 Class Grid

Please note, the class sizes are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. The following classes will require a class kit at an additional fee:

  • Beaded Ornaments: $20
  • Knitted Jewelry: $18
  • Stereo Cuffs: $18

Additional classes are available a la carte as follows:

  • One additional class is $95
  • Two additional classes are $180
  • Three additional classes are $250
  • Four additional classes are $315
  • Five additional classes are $370
  • Six additional classes are $410


Fill out the form to email us and book your room:

Additional questions?

Sue Fitzgerald or call toll free (866) 201-0385 ext 3252


Rosenda Calloway or call toll free (866) 201-0385 ext 3225

Pricing includes taxes and government fees, is per person, based on double occupancy and is cruise only. Prices are subject to change and availability. This special knitting cruise may only be booked by AAA Travel Sarasota. Call AAA Travel for current airfare rates, travel insurance cost and availability. AAA Travel is not responsible for errors or omissions in this text.

Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX. IN the event a fuel supplement is charged, NCL will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not excel $10 per passenger per day.