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7-Day ~ Musk Ox & Glaciers (June 2018)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


June 3, 2018


End Date:


June 10, 2018

Musk Ox & Glaciers (June 2018) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

7-Day Musk Ox and Glaciers Knitting Cruise w/ Merike Saarniit June 3-10, 2018


Musk Ox & Glaciers is one of our most popular Alaska itineraries. Join us on just the land tour, just the cruise or the two combined. The tour starts in Fairbanks and the cruise sails from Seward to Vancouver. Whether you take just the 7-night cruise or extend your adventure with our pre-cruise package you will have a wonderful experience meeting local knitters, designers and fiber producers while shopping for the prettiest yarns in Alaska. For details on the pre-cruise land package refer to our "Featured Land Tours" section of our website or contact us and we'll send you complete details on all your options.


This year's pre-cruise Alaska tour includes visiting the Coyote Trail Farm and Fiber Mill, the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, University of Alaska's Large Animal Research Station, Denali National Park, Jeff King's Husky Homestead, the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We invite you to join Merike Saarniit and other knitters on this Alaskan adventure of a lifetime. The 7-night cruise visits the top ports in Alaska including Haines, a less visited port but an all-time favorite for sure.


Alaska is the perfect cruising area for an educational knitting cruise because it offers three full days at sea allowing for an enriching knitting program. This knitting cruise features the instructional expertise of Estonian knitting expert Merike Saarniit. Merike not only loves to help knitters improve their knitting skills while sharing the knitting culture of Estonia but she loves to cruise. Living in Florida now, Merike takes every chance she gets to hit the high seas. Merike Saarniit will be teaching a knitting program designed specifically for this cruise itinerary including such favorites as Simple, simply sensational, Snowflake motif/Norwegian star, Darn It! Mending Knits, 3-2-1 Roundabout and Continental Purling..


For more information about the 5-Night Musk Ox package



2018 Musk Ox and Glaciers Knitting Cruise w/ Merike Saarniit


  • Optional 5-night Musk Ox and Denali pre-cruise package starting in Fairbanks (see land tours for complete pre-cruise tour information)

  • Shopping for locally produced yarn in Anchorage

  • Visit the Oomingmak Cooperative

  • Learn all about the designs and patterns used by the Alaskan knitters of rural coastal villages to create beautiful one-of-a-kind garments out of luxurious Qiviut

  • Meet local Alaskan knitters

  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Kenai Peninsula extending from Anchorage to Seward where you'll be surrounded by fjords, mountains and glaciers

  • Meet the "Yarn Lady" at a Flyin' Skein in Seward where you'll find not only beautiful Alaskan yarns but also supplies for hairpin and broomstick lace as well as counted cross stitch, quilting and spinning

  • 7-Night Southbound cruise aboard Holland America Line's ms Westerdam

  • Onboard educational program with Merike Saarniit

  • Cruise amongst the glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique ecosystems, wildlife and glaciers

  • Visit Haines, located on Alaska's longest fjord, where you can spot bald eagles, moose, bear, wolves, seals, and orcas

  • In Haines visit Dalton City Yarn Emporium and explore the old movie set used in the making of Disney's popular movie, White Fang

  • Walk along Creek Street in Ketchikan where you can stop by The Hive on the Creek yarn shop where you'll find a wide range of Alaskan yarns

  • Spot Bald Eagles as they migrate north for the summer

  • Cruise through The Inside Passage, one of the most scenic passages in the world, surrounded by lush rainforests, steep mountains and marine wildlife