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

18-Day ~ Hawaii Knitting Cruise (Feb 2017)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


February 14, 2017


End Date:


March 4, 2017

Hawaii Knitting Cruise (Feb 2017) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

18-Day Hawaii Knitting Cruise w/ Gwen Bortner


This is the perfect cruise for those who enjoy the luxury of shipboard living combined with gorgeous island scenery and stunning ports of call. Hawaii is a magical place that, for many, invokes a multitude of exotic images. The sweet smell of tropical flowers, ocean breezes, tranquil waters and breathtaking natural scenery will renew your inner-spirit and warm your soul. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. There are an amazing variety of activities from leisurely island sightseeing and cultural adventures to foodie tours and a never-ending array of water-sports so you will never be at a loss for something to do. Whether you take it easy lying beneath a palm tree in a hammock overlooking the sea or take a flightseeing tour among volcanoes, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls Hawaii never disappoints.



Revel in many relaxing days at sea sailing to and from the islands: have breakfast delivered to your stateroom, be pampered in the spa, take a knitting class or just relax on deck watching the scenery go by. There will be a variety of classes led onboard by Gwen Bortner including such favorites as Conquering Kitchener, Flat to Circular and Back Again, Knitting in Both Directions, Got Gauge, Knitting Without Wool, No Wrong Side - Reversible Fabrics, Provisional Cast-ons: The How and Why, Sneaky Shaping with Short Rows and the Perfect Skirt for Any Body. With so many days at sea this cruise is perfect for a knit-along cruise project as well as many skill-building technique classes. Gwen is a beloved teacher who thoroughly enjoys traveling and sharing her knowledge of knitting with others. Craft Cruises warmly invites you to pack up your needles and join us on this knitting cruise of discovery sailing round trip from San Diego on an 18-day adventure.



2017 Hawaii Knitting Cruise Highlights



  • In San Diego, before the cruise, meet the creative genius behind Baah Hand Painted Yarn dyed in sunny southern California

  • Take knitting classes with Gwen Bortner, one of the most sought after teachers in the knitting world

  • Meet the team from Louet North America and learn all about the company while sampling their lovely linens, perfect for warm weather knitting

  • Enjoy a perfect day at the beach, a tropical drink, the best luau in the Hawaiian Islands or take a tour of the starts (stars?) on Kaanapali Beach on Maui

  • Visit Pearl Harbor, take in Waikiki from the top of Diamond Head crater, tour the Polynesian Cultural Center or watch the surfers on the North Shore or Waikiki Beach on Oahu

  • Shop for hand dyed yarns while being serenaded by a ukulele at Strings & Things and then take a walk on Hanalei Bay Beach, which is one of the top beaches in the world for its miles of white sand and mountain scenery

  • Enjoy true island hospitality at Island Yarn or go play with the dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life while snorkeling off the Kona coast

  • Come face to face with an active volcano

  • Dye your own skein of yarn at the Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Company, learn all about the cultivation of vanilla from the Vanilla Orchid while having lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company in the lush foothills of Mauna Loa on the Big Island

  • Meet the characters from Hula Bunny yarns