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

7-Day ~ California Coastal Knitting Cruise (April 2021)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


April 17, 2021


End Date:


April 24, 2021

California Coastal Knitting Cruise (April 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

7-Day California Coastal Knitting Cruise w/ Alissa Barton
Apr 17-24, 2021


This knitting cruise sails round trip from San Diego onboard the beautiful Koningsdam. We picked this itinerary because it is affordable and easy with a good balance between relaxing onboard, exploring in the places visited along the way, learning new skills and being pampered onboard one of Holland America's most popular ships. This cruise allows knitters to experience sunny California and take knitting classes with Alissa Barton.



Highlights include stops in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Monterey, and San Francisco. These cities have much to offer including some fun Craft Cruises fiber-related excursions. Your cruise adventure starts in San Diego where those who arrive early can learn about local indie dyers Apricot Yarns and Baah! Yarns, as well as wander the colorful markets in the historical Old Town or take an outing to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo.



Up the coast, Santa Barbara is a visitor's dream for its beaches, signature white-stucco buildings with red-tile roofs, and popular Stearn's Wharf, as well as proximity to Santa Ynez Valley wineries and the Danish town of Solvang. Craft Cruises has arranged an optional tour here to Canzelle Alpacas to see the award-winning animals and the farm's scenic vistas. Enjoy California dreaming in Los Angeles, where theme parks, movie productions, and beaches tantalize visitors year round. Monterey, known for its wind-swept coast and scenic 17-Mile Drive, also is home to the world-class Monterey Aquarium. San Francisco evokes cable car rides, strolls on Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate bridge, and Chinatown. To celebrate the fiber scene in the Golden City, Craft Cruises will offer a yarn tour.



Onboard the ms Koningsdam, Alissa Barton will teach some of her most popular knitting classes, including Knitting Lace from Charts and KAL project; Cast Onâ??Bind Off; Get Yoked; Don't Despair, Repair; and, The Art of Keeping a Knitting Journal. Join us for an inspiring week of travel, knitting, and camaraderie as we explore coastal and Baja California.



7-Day California Coastal Knitting Cruise Highlights



  • In San Diego, before the cruise, explore Coronado Beach or relish a traditional Mexican meal in historic Old Town, famous for its fresh tortillas and frosty margaritas, and learn about Baah! Hand Painted Yarn and Apricot Yarns.

  • Take classes with knitting instructor Alissa Barton, who is sometimes referred to as the Knitting Fairy, who is known for her whimsical patterns.

  • Discover Santa Barbara's great outdoors from beaches and biking to whale watching and wine tasting.

  • In Santa Barbara knitters can opt to visit Canzelle Alpacas and shop for souvenir yarn at Cardigans, dubbed by one reviewer as the "Cheers" of yarn stores.

  • Explore the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach or go see the RMS Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that is now a museum while the ship docks in San Pedro, the port for Los Angeles, or take a stroll along the iconic Santa Monica Pier or Hollywood's Walk of Fame. In Monterey, wander down Cannery Row, made famous in John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. Savor fresh seafood and central coast wines. Delight in a ship tour to view redwoods and vineyards.

  • Choose from a plethora of options in Monterey such as touring vineyards, enjoying a memorable meal at one of many celebrated restaurants , visiting a world-class aquarium or experiencing the top road trip in the United States as you wind along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway 1 past the unparalleled scenery of the California Redwoods and craggy Pacific coastlines.

  • Sightsee in San Francisco via the Hop On Hop Off bus, sign up for a ship-sponsored tour to the Napa-Sonoma wineries or the artist colony of Sausalito, or take the ferry across the bay to the infamous Alcatraz Prison. Participate in a Craft Cruises' yarn tour to Firebird Yarns and Imagiknit, just across from the fabulous Le Marais bakery, in the trendy Castro District.

  • Take a gourmet taco tour in conjunction with Food & Wine Magazine in Ensenada or listen to a mariachi band while watching traditional Mexican folkloric dancing.