This is your invitation to the adventure of a lifetime. Join
Julie Silber with Deb Roberts in Barcelona, Spain, to set sail on board Princess
Cruise’s Ruby Princess®
and embark upon a journey which will explore the history rich seaports of the
Mediterranean. It's an educational journey as we will re-live quilt and textile history from this region with on
lectures and programs relating to styles and various regional influences on
quilts and textiles from the 16th-20th centuries.
those who wish will have an opportunity to learn to quilt in the French "broderie
de Marseille" style (otherwise known as Boutis) This style of quilting
originated in the East, perhaps Turkey, and was made famous by the French in the
18th century. (See sample below.)
Not only is this your opportunity to see these areas with like minded quilters
and quilt enthusiasts, but, as it is a cruise, this is the perfect time to enjoy
a quilting vacation with your friends, spouse and/or family. Princess
offers hundreds of activities for travelers of any age and of many interests.
There will always be something for your significant other to do if they are not
as passionate about “old cloth” as you are.
Aside from the cruise itinerary, Deb has gained special
permissions and arranged for excursion options that will provide in-depth textile discovery opportunities in several ports. Should you choose to
participate in the optional tours, you will be exposed to the marvelous
collections at the Barcelona Textile Museum;
the textile Museum in Prato, Italy; the historic textile markets and textile
museums of Istanbul;
the silk museum and the Antonio Ratti
Foundation (with over 400,000 pieces of antique textiles)
in Lake Como, Italy, and more.
A note from Deb: “This is one of my favorite
cruises/tours. I am already excited to think of going back to see
places I have read about for decades, putting them into context with their
contributions to early textile trade. This itinerary was chosen as many of the
ports are of historic note with regard to several areas of textile history: be
it quilts, silks, garments, cotton printing, or what have you, it is all here.
For example, the Broderie de Marseilles quilts are thought to be inspired by
14th century “Italian work” which was transported from Genoa, Naples, and Sicily
to the port of Marseille where an entire industry was built around them.
Our presentations will focus on the quilt related textile history of these
regions and also include some great quilt trivia from well known collector
and quilt authority Julie Silber. To me, this is not only exciting from the standpoint that the
history of these places will be coming alive to us, but the scenery will be
spectacular as we sail in one of the most beautiful and historic regions of the
A note from
This will be a wonderful, fun, and informative trip! Not only will we sail, and
stop in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, we textile lovers will have
a rare chance to learn and share on-board and off! On board, Deb will do her
terrific talk on the Indian Chintz trade, enriching and deepening our experience
of being in that part of the world! I will do a few illustrated talks on board,
with Power Point illustrations as well as a few REAL quilts ~ some rare beauties
never before seen! I’ll also be offering several informal “workshops” on topics
relating to the trip: We’ll talk about early quilts in America ~ and their
oft-ignored European roots. We can all share what we know about this, or just
listen in…This is going to be great. Come join us!
Broderie de Marseille
quilting was famous in the Mediterranean region for centuries and is a style
enjoying a renewed interest around the world. Our project will be similar
to the style seen in the sample to the left. Kit fee additional.
is subject to change due to cabin availability at time of booking, please book
early to avoid disappointment. Group pricing is restricted by registration
deadlines, after which cabins may still be available, but for a different price.
per person, double occupancy
or 4th person sharing same cabin
for one person to a cabin
for double occupancy
115 per person
125 per person
135 per person
195 per person
240 per person
rates effective 4/28/12 and are special rates for new
bookings only. Special
group rate cruise-only pricing starts at $999*/per person, double occupancy. 3rd and
4th person fares are allowed after first two people in cabin pay the double
occupancy fare. All posted fares are subject to
availability, capacity controlled and may expire. Government fees and taxes are per person and are
an additional $85.
See the applicable Princess® Cruises brochure or princess.com for
conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings. Other restrictions
may apply. Ship of Bermudan Registry. This cruise is in full penalty
phase as of 3/1/2012, after this date full payment is required with
registration, please inquire for payment details.
Cruise Only Package Includes the following:
- Accommodations onboard the
- All onboard meals & shipboard
- 24 hour complimentary room service
- Welcome Reception and
- Textile Tours Tote bag and
- Classes and instructor fees
- Farewell party
Our optional Itinerary
- In addition to the cruise, you may choose to participate in the following
tour extension which will include tours in Barcelona, Livorno, Istanbul and
Lake Como, Italy:
This tour will begin with arrival and an overnight in Barcelona
on May 29. On the morning of May 30, we will begin our optional tour with a visit
and tour in this lovely city before our ship embarkation. Arrival on the
29th will allow you to enjoy a pre-cruise stay in the city from where
Christopher Columbus sailed; full of history and culture, Barcelona is our
embarkation port. Should you arrive the day before our cruise departure
you will have some free time to explore this ancient city, and the overnight
will allow you to be refreshed to take in our planned visit to the Barcelona
Textile Museum on May 30. This itinerary includes an overnight stay at the
4* Barcelona Renaissance Hotel with breakfast, deluxe motorcoach transfer to
Barcelona Textile Museum, old town Barcelona and the cruise ship terminal for
those on the full optional tour.
addition to the above, there will also be specialty shore tours in:
Livorno, Italy: Our day will begin in Pisa for a short stop at the tower
before winding Florence for a morning of antique textile exploration. Italy is said to have been the driving
influence behind the broderie de Marseille style of quilts that took Europe by
storm in the 17th-19th centuries. As the center of the world for
generations - Italy's contributions to the world's textile heritage stands
alone. Before returning to the ship, we will stop in Florence for an
afternoon of free time to sightsee or shop in this famous city. One stop
you may want to consider is the Academia where they are known to have several
early quilted pieces on permanent exhibit; it is also the home of
Istanbul, Turkey: Famous for merchants and packed with
history, we will have a private guided tour of the historic spice and textile markets,
textile related museums,
as well as many of the historic buildings and monuments of this age-old city;
and yes, there will be time allowed for picking up some textile related
treasures. Keep your eyes open for antique wood blocks which were used
for printing fabrics - these are for sale in the Grand Bazaar. Lunch at an
authentic Turkish regional restaurant is included.
The optional package also includes a three night post - cruise tour to
Lake Como: The Lake Como district which lies at the foot of the
Italian/Swiss Alps, is not only regarded as one of the most
scenic areas of Italy, but is the area where Italy has produced silk for
generations. During our first day, we will visit Como's silk museum, Museo
Didattico della Seta,
also have a tour of the Ratti Foundation's, Museo del Tessuto, which was
established in 1998 by know Italian historian and fabric collector, Antonio
Ratti. With over 400,000 antique textiles on the premises, we are certain
to enjoy our time here. The second day is free to enjoy the lake
area or take a short train ride to Milan where you can print on fabric with one
of 56,000 antique blocks from the Zucchi Collection. If you choose, you
will also have the optional opportunity to visit the Aurifil Thread factory which is very
close to Lake Como. Our visit in Lake Como includes 3 nights,
with full breakfast, at the charming lakeside Hotel Regina Olga, transportation, entrance and tours of museums.
group departure transportation to the Milan airport is also provided.
In addition to the cruise inclusions listed above, the optional package
airport transfer to Barcelona hotel is provided
by the hotel, and is not included as part of the group tour option.
Transportation from the Barcelona hotel to the ship is only provided to those on
optional tour who will be joining the textile tour of the day.
Pre-cruise overnight and day in Barcelona; specialty quilt and textile related tours in ports as indicated in: Barcelona, Livorno
(Pisa, Prato, Florence), Istanbul and Lake Como.
Post cruise transportation to Lake Como, Italy
4 Nights Deluxe hotels in Barcelona and Lake Como
Admissions to museums and activities on optional itinerary
- All transfers between
hotels, museums and ship for those on shore excursions.
- Private deluxe motor-coaches
- Private English speaking tour guides
- Breakfasts at Barcelona and
Lake Como hotels daily. Lunch in Istanbul
- Special gifts and surprises
- Group transfer to
ship for embarkation in Baracelona and
Milan Airport for departure -
Pricing for the optional tours, hotels and
Double Occupancy - $1599 per person -
cruise booked with us, $1699, cruise booked through someone else.
Single Occupancy - $2399 per person
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Our Cruise Itinerary
Port stops include: Barcelona, Spain;
Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno, (for Florence) Italy; Rome, Italy; Napels and Capri, Italy;
Mykonos, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi, (for Ephesus) Turkey; Athens,
Greece; Venice, Italy (2 days in Venice).
Optional Cruise Itinerary also includes
Lake Como, Italy
Fare(s) in USD,
per person, based on double occupancy, cruise only, subject to
availability, are capacity controlled, may be limited by residency.
Government fees and taxes of $85.00 are per person and are
right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $10 per person per day on all
passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if the fare
has already been paid in full. See the applicable Princess brochure or
for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings. Other
restrictions may apply. Passport fees, insurance and shore tours are
not included in the cruise only pricing. Princess Cruise Lines or Deb Roberts' Tours are
not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.
Unless part of the optional
tour when some port visits have been arranged, flexibility during cruise
port time is allowed so each passenger may enjoy the area at their
leisure. As port time is often quite limited, other than tours specified
on this website, escorted trips to quilt shops or other group activities
while on shore are not planned so that one has control of their time in
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To participate in the included activities and
receive the above inclusions - the cruise must be booked through Deb
Roberts' Tours. By US law, each traveler from the United States must
have a valid passport that does not expire for 6 months from the date of
your return to the USA.
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