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

13-Day ~ Southeast Asia Knitting Cruise (Jan 2021)

Holland America Line


Start Date:

   

January 17, 2021

   

End Date:

   

January 30, 2021

Southeast Asia Knitting Cruise (Jan 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

13-Day Southeast Asia Knitting Cruise with JC Briar
January 17-30, 2021


Beginning in Singapore and ending in Hong Kong, this 13-Day Craft Cruise with knitting expert JC Briar offers a delectable blend of relaxation and Southeast Asia's scenic beauty combined with an opportunity to study knitting techniques with like-minded travelers. Unwind onboard the intimate, relaxed and refined ms. Noordam.


The ports on this itinerary give travelers a chance to visit popular tourist destinations as well as more out-of-the-way scenic spots from Nathon, Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Sihanoukville, Phu My, Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Halong Bay. From tropical beaches to serene temples, historically significant sites, and exotic cuisine, this cruise has something for everyone.


JC Briar will focus on lace knitting during this warm-weather cruise to Southeast Asia. Her onboard courses include Cast-on Cornucopia, Lace Basics, Charts Made Simple, Loving Your Lace Edges, Lace that Grows, and Disaster Recovery. Known for being a stitch technique guru, JC looks forward to bringing lace knitting to life and helping you refine your skills. What better way to explore the rich craft traditions of Southeast Asia-from textiles to lacquerware-than while cruising with Craft Cruises.


Consider combining this cruise with the 14-Day China and Japan cruise that begins in Hong Kong when this cruise ends on January 30, 2021. JC Briar will teach eight different classes on that cruise, including a class on Funky Japanese Stitches she created especially for the China-Japan itinerary.


13-Day Southeast Asia Knitting Cruise Highlights


  • Before the cruise starts, spend time exploring Singapore, the modern multi-cultural city state that is most known for being the cleanest city in the world.

  • In Singapore, shop for souvenir yarn, meet local knitters and dine on such popular favorites as Chilli Crab, a savory dish that is considered one of the world's most delicious foods.

  • On the island of Nathon (Koh Samui),one of Thailand's largest and most popular islands, relax and enjoy vivid blue waters, palm-tree lined beaches, tropical forests and Buddhist temples.

  • From the port of Laem Chabang, travel to Bangkok, Thailand and tour the beautiful Royal Palace, home to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Learn about the history of the Thai Silk Company at the Jim Thompson house and museum. Savor Thailand's rich coconut-based curries.

  • In Sihanoukville, Cambodia experience the serenity of Intra Ngean Pagoda, the Buddhist temple complex overlooking the town, or relax on one of the area's beaches.

  • Phu My, Vietnam is the port gateway to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Stroll botanical gardens dating from the 1800s, haggle in the market for lacquerware, embroidery, and silk souvenirs, or tour the CuChi tunnels used in the Vietnam War. Take a Holland America excursion to a distillery to see how rice paper and rice wine are made or to see a lacquerware demonstration.

  • In Nha Trang, Vietnam, a beach-lover's paradise, snorkel, sunbathe, or just relax. Tour the Po Nagar Cham Towers, a Hindu temple complex dating before 1200 CE. Visit the Silk Embroidery Workshop where artisans sometimes spend months embroidering a single "painting." Sample delectable seafood or try Pho, Vietnam's famous soup.

  • In Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam learn about the Hindu-based Champa culture at the Cham Museum, or visit My Khe Beach (China Beach), made famous as an R&R spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam War.

  • Halong Bay, Vietnam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned as one of Vietnam's most beautiful destinations with its magical limestone islands that dot the picture-perfect bay. Explore the natural beauty of Thien Cung Cave, one of the most colorful limestone caves in the area.