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About Us

Craft Cruises®

For over two decades, Craft Cruises® has been inspiring travelers on enriching knitting trips worldwide. At Craft Cruises®, our primary purpose is to make travel easy, rewarding, and fun by enabling like-minded people to travel more and find greater enjoyment in activities they love.

Craft Cruises® specializes in enriching knitting trips and has become the leader in orchestrating this type of travel for groups of all sizes. Our knitters visit many well-known destinations onboard the world's leading cruise lines. In addition to working closely with preferred ocean and river cruise lines, Craft Cruises® works closely with only the very best tour operators in the travel industry to organize unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences with a keen focus on safety and security. Craft Cruises® also offers our single travelers participation in a share program that is unmatched in the industry. This program allows our knitters to save money on single supplements, take more trips, and bring home more souvenir yarn.

We are advanced travel experts who love what we do. We have many repeat cruisers, some of whom have been traveling with us since our first knitting trip back in 1999, who love our cruises and take many every year. The greatest reward for our work is the satisfaction we get from receiving so many word-of-mouth referrals from our happy knitters. There is truly no greater reward than the feeling we get knowing we are creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

How Craft Cruises® started

Craft Cruises® began in 1998 when the founder of Craft Cruises®, Melissa Gower, received two exceptional gifts for Christmas; knitting lessons and a trip to Stitches West in Oakland, California. During this trip, the idea behind Craft Cruises® was born. Having specialized in cruise and group travel since she was 18 years old, Melissa organized the first educational knitting cruise for hand knitters, along with the support of a few top knitting instructors.

Thousands of knitters have cruised the world with us, and Craft Cruises® has grown into a sustainable company offering numerous knitting trips every year. The idea behind Craft Cruises® is to bring knitters from across the country and around the world together for enriching journeys of learning, shopping, and sharing. Quality instructors are essential to each cruise. Craft Cruises® chooses instructors for their excellent teaching skills, fun personalities, and overall knitting expertise.

Craft Cruises® founder Melissa Gower

Melissa Gower grew up traveling the world. Her Dad was in the Army for 21 years, so it was only natural to become a travel specialist. Melissa started her career in the travel industry when she graduated high school in 1987. While specializing in various destinations, Melissa has always been a cruise specialist and has many years of experience as a professional event manager. While Melissa loves both the art of knitting and cruising, what motivates her most is the shared travel experience.

Melissa earned her associate's degree in travel and tourism from Northampton Community College and began her career at The Cruise Shoppe in Bethlehem, PA, specializing in cruises and group travel. Within a short time, it became evident travel was her passion so learning as much about the world she was selling became her primary goal. Melissa went on to earn a bachelor's degree in international business focusing on foreign politics, economics, and sustainable development, from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. Over the years, Melissa worked in all facets of the industry. Melissa considers herself blessed for loving what she does so much. Her passion is to help others enjoy travel as much as she does.

Melissa and Ubu