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

14-Day ~ China and Japan Knitting Cruise (Jan 2021)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


January 30, 2021


End Date:


February 13, 2021

China and Japan Knitting Cruise (Jan 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day China & Japan Knitting Cruise w/ JC Briar
January 30 - February 13, 2021


Join JC Briar and other knitters onboard Holland America Line's beautiful ms Noordam for a 14-Day cruise visiting some of the most beautiful ports in China, South Korea and Japan, while being pampered in style along the way. Enjoy taking educational knitting classes while the ship is at sea, and seeing some of the top attractions in the incredible ports of call. This cruise has a nice balance between days at sea and time in port, ensuring that you return home well-rested and enlightened from the wonderful places visited on this cruise of a lifetime.



Cruise from Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan and explore some of the most fascinating and ancient civilizations in the world, offering an insight into rich textiles and knitting cultures of their own. On this cruise you will learn more about cultures that are very different to our own, shop for yarn in colorful and bright new places, and spend time knitting and making new friends. The ms Noordam is one of Holland America Line's larger ships with many verandah staterooms and is a favorite among passengers. This itinerary includes such interesting places as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Jeju, Pusan, Hiroshima, Kochi, and Tokyo. After the cruise everyone will have the opportunity to visit the Nihon Vogue knitting school and 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. She will teach Your First Stranded Colorwork, Brioche Wristers, Selbuvotter, Hook Hocus-Pocus, Patterned Brioche, Next Steps in Brioche, and Bind-off Bonanza. 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 13-day Southeast Asia cruise that begins in Singapore on January 17, 2021 and ends in Hong Kong on January 30, 2021, when this cruise begins. JC Briar will teach seven different classes on the earlier cruise, focusing on lace knitting for the warm weather itinerary.



13-Day Southeast Asia Knitting Cruise Highlights


  • 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.

  • Shop for gorgeous cashmere at Yarn Ave near the ship in Shanghai. This new shop is managed and operated by Lotus Yarns, one of China's best mills that spins for many famous yarn labels as well as their own.

  • 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.

  • Visit the Silk Embroidery Research Institute near Shanghai in Suzhou or, escape the urban hustle and bustle at the beautiful Yuyuan Chinese Gardens.

  • Wander Nagasaki's Peace Park or learn about Japanese ceramics at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum in an excursion from Nagasaki to Arita.

  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Jeju (Cheju), South Korea's largest volcanic island, home to beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and the largest lava tubes in the world.

  • Participate in a Korean tea ceremony, shop at the Gukje (International) Market, one of Korea's largest, or visit the Beomeo-Sa Buddhist temple in Busan (Pusan), South Korea.

  • In Hiroshima experience the serenity of Miyajima, a 1400-year-old holy Shinto site where the torri gate to the shrine appears to float on the water.

  • See scenic Cape Muroto and Katsurahama Beach, tour 17th-century Kochi Castle, or learn about washi paper making in Kochi, Japan.

  • Learn about silk at the Yokohama Silk Museum and shop for Japanese yarn at the Yuzawaya craft store.

  • 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.