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

14-Day ~ China and Japan Knitting Cruise (Jan 2022)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


January 31, 2022


End Date:


February 14, 2022

China and Japan Knitting Cruise (Jan 2022) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day China and Japan Knitting Cruise with JC Briar
January 31 - February 14, 2022


Along with designer and instructor JC Briar and other knitters, sail on Holland America's intimate and refined ms Noordam for a 14-Day cruise to interesting ports in China and Japan. On sea days, enjoy the best of pampered ship life while meeting fellow knitters and taking knitting classes with an accomplished instructor. While in port, explore the sights and sounds of Asian cities, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin (Beijing), Dalian, Nagasaki and Yokohama (Tokyo).


Cruise from Hong Kong, China to Yokohama, Japan and learn about ancient cultures and their respective rich textile traditions. Enjoy scenic landscapes that capture the imagination. Intimate in size and refined in taste, the mid-sized ship ms Noordam offers quiet nooks for relaxation onboard as well as tasteful venues for music and dining. Sign up for Craft Cruise's optional post-cruise exploration of Tokyo, where you will have a chance to visit the Nihon Vogue knitting school and shop at Yuzawaya, one of Japan's largest craft stores.


Instructor JC Briar will offer a number of her popular technique classes from color work to brioche. JC also is creating a class on Funky Japanese Stitches especially for this itinerary. In it she will cover Japanese charts, understanding Japanese knitting symbols, and how to knit some of the intriguing and unique stitches and stitch patterns found only in Japanese knitting publications. Take the opportunity to learn techniques from an expert knitter and instructor who calls herself a "skill junkie" while enjoying the company of fellow knitters in a relaxing and comfortable venue.


Consider combining this cruise with the 14-day Southeast Asia cruise that begins in Singapore on January 17, 2022 and ends in Hong Kong on January 31, 2022, when this cruise begins. JC Briar will teach several different classes on the earlier cruise, focusing on lace knitting.


14-Day China and Japan Knitting Cruise with JC Briar


  • In Hong Kong, a city that never sleeps, find treasures in the many Kowloon markets, sample dim sum, and ride the funicular to Victoria Peak for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbor below.

  • Take a nighttime Huangpu River tour of the famous Bund waterfront district in Shanghai. Explore Shanghai's famous Nanjing Road pedestrian shopping street in search of jade, silk, wool, and more.

  • Shop for yarn at Yarn Ave near the ship in Shanghai. This store is managed by Lotus Yarns and carries some of the most luxurious yarns milled in China.

  • Visit the famous Bund waterfront district in Shanghai and explore the famous Nanjing Road pedestrian shopping street in search of jade, silk, wool, and more.

  • Learn about Chinese folk arts and crafts at the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Research Institute where more than 150 artisans demonstrate their skills, including knitting and wool and silk embroidery.

  • In Qingdao, China's famous beer capital, visit the Tsingtao Brewery and Deng Zhou Road or "beer street." The old style German architecture that can be seen in some of the older districts in the city is always an unexpected hit with visitors.

  • Spend two full days in Beijing with time to walk on the Great Wall, ponder what life was like living in the Forbidden City, and visit Tiananmen Square. With so many options in this fabulous city, visitors are never at a loss for interesting things to see here.

  • Visit the popular Pole Aquarium in Dalian, relax at one of its many beaches, or dine at a popular seafood restaurant after shopping for souvenirs at Xinghai Square, the largest square in Asia.

  • Try some of Nagasaki's famous Champon noodles or visit the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum where visitors learn about this part of Japans's history.

  • Learn about the production and history of silk at the Yokohama Silk Museum and shop for popular Japanese yarn at Japan's largest hand craft store, Yuzawaya

  • Extend your stay and visit the famous Nihon Vogue knitting school, shop at their outlet, Keito Shop, and enjoy a traditional lunch in their cafe.