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Welcome to Dream Vacations and the wonderful world

of Maratime Knitting Cruises.

We combine exciting destinations around the world with instructors,

suppliers, and designers from the craft community.

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PURPOSE

We have a formula that has been successfully bringing people together for a purpose. Men and women from all walks of life, and various countries come together that share a common interest. From 16 to 99 years of age, we knit, crochet, weave, needlepoint, quilt, and spin (anything fiber arts) together, have fun, share exclusive cultural and social experiences, and enjoy each other’s company. We offer worldwide trips anywhere from five to twenty nights by cruise ships, trains, planes, and busses.


EXPERTISE

We have a yarn shop, instructor, and/or designer on most of our cruises. We provide all that is needed in advance so that you know what you can expect on your cruise. Most of our projects are done on the days at sea so no one misses out on the ports of call. Evenings are typically spent dining with new and old friends and either doing more knitting around the ship or going to see the award-winning entertainment at sea. The choice is all yours!


COMMUNITY

We offer several cruises throughout the year, typically arranged up to three years in advance so that you can plan ahead. We provide something for everyone, even non-knitter companions. From beginners to master knitters, most of our trips are project-based so that our participants get to have something to remember their experience by. For solo travelers, we offer the ability to match you up with other solo travelers (when available) as well or to let you enjoy your own solitude. We have many opportunities to join others for social events, dining, classes, and tours so you will never feel alone. We are truly a family - In fact, many of our knitters are on “auto-renewal” for future cruises.

Ready to Join a Knitting Group Cruise?

Get to know Mara, from Maratime Knitting Cruises!

Mara Hargarther, a travel industry veteran of more than 28 years, is an owner of a Dream Vacations franchise based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.


As a Group and Luxury Cruise Expert, she began coordinating knitting groups since 2008. Over this time, Mara has developed the niche to include all Fiber Arts including weaving, crocheting, needlepointing, spinning, quilting groups and more. With world famous instructors and sought-after designers coordinated with manufacturers, yarn store owners and Cruise Line partners the proprietary formula Mara has developed proves itself cruise after cruise.


With hundreds of knitters, this proven formula keeps her clients coming back year after year on cruises all around the world.


(904) 280-1992 | www.CruisingLady.com | [email protected]

WORLD-RENOWNED INSTRUCTORS

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Barry Klein

Trendsetter Group

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Franklin Habit

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Deborah Jarchow

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Lisa Mackey

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Lily Chin

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Laura Bryant

Prism Yarns

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Tobias Feder

Malabrigo Yarns

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Chris Bylsma

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Fontelle Jones

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Cheryl Thies

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Vithard Villumsen

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Melissa Yoder Ricks

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Melissa Leapman

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Lotta Lundin

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Casapinka

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Kerry Adams

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Mary Annarella

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Avril Best

Joji Locatelli

Joji Knits

So what is your craft?


You can look through our portfolio of group cruises and see which one(s) are for you. Some are motivated by the destination. Others are motivated by the instructor or yarn manufacturer.


Others really don’t care where or when they go, as they love to cruise and enjoy the cruise ship experience. Whichever is your motivator, ask a friend or partner to join you, or go solo, and we are sure you will find at least one to be of interest!

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Upcoming Group Cruises

August 4, 2024


KNITopiaSM

12-Night Greenland & Iceland Cruise – Sailing on Celebrity Eclipse


Instructors:

Melissa Leapman, Joji Locatelli, and Xandy Peters

September 20, 2024


GREAT YARNS AT SEA

13-Night Hawaii Cruise – Sailing on Celebrity Edge


Instructors:

Barry Klein of Trendsetter Group, Fontelle Jones, and Kerry Adams 

November 9, 2024


FRIENDS & FIBERWORKS

6-Night Grand Turk, Puerto Plata & Bahamas – Sailing on Celebrity Beyond


Instructor:

Roberta Platt

February 8, 2025

FRIENDS & FIBERWORKS

12 Night Cruise ~ Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia – Sailing on Azamara Onward


Instructors:

Barry Klein of Trendsetter Group

June 27, 2025

A LITTLE KNITTY ADVENTURES

7 Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise ~ Sailing on Celebrity Edge


Instructors:

A Little Knitty


SOLD OUT! Waitlist only

August 8, 2025

FRIENDS & FIBERWORKS

7 Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise ~ Sailing on Celebrity Edge


Instructors:

Details coming soon.

October 10, 2025

GREAT YARNS AT SEA

10-Night Cruise, Boston to Fort Lauderdale – Sailing on Celebrity Silhouette


Instructors:

Barry Klein of Trendsetter Group 

Please note that all itineraries and instructors are subject to change.

Have questions or ready to book? We are happy to help!

Register and submit your deposit online today or contact us for additional assistance.

Please use this link to secure your reservation and submit your deposit.

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For More Details & Reservations, Contact Your Travel Professional:

Mara Hargarther   

(904) 280-1992

www.CruisingLady.com

[email protected]

View Maratime Cruisers Testimonials!

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Interested in Joining Knitting Opportunities?


Are you a Yarn or craft store owner with a broad customer base? Do you enjoy hosting events, retreats, trips for your clients? Would you like to offer something to your client base that your local competition isn’t doing?


If you would like to engage your fiber arts network with a fun and interesting vacation where they will see the world, knit, craft, buy yarn and other notions, then your ship has come in!


Contact us to learn more about how you can travel for little or no cost and increase your business and expand your reach. Our successful formula is proven and we are happy to offer you a free consultation to see if you are a good fit for our program.

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