The sight of Sapphire Princess simply takes your breath away. The instant you step aboard Sapphire Princess everything is taken care of and there is an incredible array of on-board activities, from the ScholarShip@Sea Enrichment series and the unique Lotus Spa to spectacular evening entertainment in multiple venues. Not to mention four sparkling swimming pools, a Grand Casino, bars, virtual golf, an impressive library and one of the largest internet cafes at sea. Sapphire Princess is fitted with over 700 balconies from which passengers can step out and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Settling into your own stateroom will be one of the most pleasurable moments and you will be amazed at the range of amenities at your fingertips. Sports lovers can make the most of the gym and fitness area, jogging track, paddle tennis, virtual golf simulators, swim-against-the-current lap pool and the 9-hole mini golf course. The Lotus Spa offers a tempting range of pampering possibilities and there is also a Hair Salon and Duty Free Shopping. Entertainment on board Sapphire Princess is wide-ranging and simply world-class.
The cruise is fully escorted. It will be a great fun holiday, with exclusive classes limited only to those who have booked on this fabulous package. All sightseeing tours are included in the price. Each evening you will dine with the group at our reserved tables. You will meet a fun group of people and have a fabulous time.
During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the formal restaurants. There are two nights at sea classified as formal for dress purposes. During the evening on formal nights, a suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is required for the main restaurants. Smart casual attire is required in the public lounges and restaurants.
Michelle has always had a love affair with textiles. She has been a part of the Australian quilting industry for the past 29 years. She started as a sample maker for a fabric importer and her work was seen by magazine editors. This was to become the start of a long career working with Australian patchwork titles. For 25 years she has written regular columns, published hundreds of original quilt patterns. She has edited magazines, published four books, filmed 8 instructional patchwork DVD’s for Quilters Companion, designed 5 fabric ranges, taught workshops throughout Australia, and even in New Zealand. Currently she is expanding her range of templates and working on a new book full of stash and scrap quilts. Her quilts have won several awards at the NSW Quilt Guild Shows. She loves to travel, living overseas for 12 months as an exchange student at 16 gave her a passion to explore other parts of the world. She has been leading the Travelrite patchwork tours since 2008, enjoying exploring America, Japan, England, Canada, France, Vietnam, Belgium and other locations in Europe with her fellow quilters.
Jane MacDonald is the owner of BeBe Bold, an Australian based studio shop and online store specialising in Japanese textiles and craft. Based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Jane travels extensively with BeBe Bold to exhibit and teach at major craft and quilt exhibitions. Returning frequently to Japan to learn from specialists in traditional sashiko techniques and to source the latest design trends, Jane has become a prominent figure in Japanese textile arts in Australia. BeBe Bold is a speciality store with a wide range of Japanese textiles including yarn-dyed fabrics, sashiko, kogin, crochet, embroidery and boro inspired designs including the ever popular Boro Inspired Reversible Loop Bag. BeBe Bold developed from Jane’s great interest in Japanese textile history and aesthetic, inspiring her to create distinctive quilt designs with a focus on traditional kimono-width fabrics including yukata and kasuri. Jane has taught widely in Australia as well as further afield in the UK and France. Jane’s previous experience in teaching on cruise ships has been really positive as she enjoys the friendships formed and knowledge shared through teaching.
Karen Styles has been involved with patchwork and quilting for over 20 years and is the owner of Somerset Patchwork in Melbourne, Australia. Her on-line store specialises in Antique Reproduction fabrics from the 19th Century and features quilt designs also inspired by that era. Karen’s patchwork evolution has taken her from student, to teacher, business owner; quilt maker, author and fabric designer. Join Karen while she shares her knowledge of traditional hand piecing techniques while working on a selection of small projects. If you would like to follow Karen’s adventures go to www.somersetpatchwork.com.au or “karenatsomerset” on Facebook/InstagramVIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Wednesday 16 March, 2022 Adelaide
Tour members will travel to Adelaide this morning. The coach will be ready for departure from the airport at 12.30pm. This afternoon we will visit Carrick Hill, built 62 years ago. We will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful and historic house. The interior is 400 years old and was shipped from England and now houses many wonderful antiques. The gardens feature a large assortment of gorgeous roses including important collections of old fashioned roses and Australian roses. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon for check in. This evening we will come together for a welcome dinner to formally meet our teachers Michelle Marvig, Jane MacDonald, Sharon Burgess and the tour manager.
DAY 2 Thursday 17 March, 2022 Adelaide
Today we will visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. Housed within jewel-like 19th and 20th century buildings in the heart of the city’s cultural precinct, the gallery has one of the largest collections in Australia, with around 47,000 works of art from across the globe. We will enjoy a guided tour of the gallery with one group visiting in the morning and another in the afternoon. The tour will focus on the gorgeous William Morris & Co exhibition which includes furniture, ceramics and textiles. We will visit Hatties Patchwork shop which stocks a huge range of beautifully chosen fabric, patterns and wadding. This visit will alternate with each groups visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia.
DAY 3 Friday 18 March, 2022 Embarkation
At midday, we are transferred to Port Adelaide where we will embark the Sapphire Princess.
DAY 4 Saturday 19 March, 2022 Kangaroo Island
After disembarking in the morning at Kangaroo Island, we travel by coach to the capital of the island Kingscote. This is South Australia’s oldest European settlement. We will have time to explore the main street and visit Patchwork at the Bay Window, which stocks a large range of cottage garden embroidery, Batiks and wide backing fabric. On our drive around the island we will be able to spot wallabies, koalas, kangaroos and fur seals. The afternoon brings us to the southern coast of the island, where we will have a tour of Seal Bay, viewing the Sea Lion colony and learning about their habitats before returning to the port late afternoon. DAY 5 Sunday 20 March, 2022 Port Lincoln This morning we arrive in Port Lincoln, known as the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia. On our tour today, we visit Mill Cottage Museum, an old pioneer home that was built in 1866 in Flinders Park. You’ll have the chance to discover artefacts from the early days of European settlement in the region and view an extensive collection of watercolours by Amy Bishop, depicting the early days of the Eyre Peninsula. We also visit the Kuju Aboriginal Art Gallery and Workshop. The galley has authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts for sale, and the artists actually work onsite so you’re likely to meet them and be able to ask them any questions about their art. We return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon we will start our 4 half days of classes.
DAY 6 Monday 21 March, 2022 At Sea
Today we will offer classes in the morning and afternoon or you might like to enjoy some of the many activities available onboard Sapphire Princess.
DAY 7 Tuesday 22 March, 2022 Phillip Island
This morning we arrive in Phillip Island, home to pristine white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, endless family fun and iconic wildlife. We will disembark the ship and visit a local quilting store, Cotton onto Craft. Owned by two sisters with a love of craft, the store offers different kinds of patterns, fabrics, trims, notions and kits. We will have one group visit the quilting shop while the other group enjoys a sightseeing tour of Phillip Island. We will then reverse the groups. We return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon we will offer classes. We will enjoy a ‘Show and Tell’ this evening.
DAY 8 Wednesday 23 March, 2022 Disembark/Melbourne
We arrive in Melbourne this morning and disembark the ship. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of Melbourne which includes the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Queen Victoria Market and the central shopping area of Melbourne. We travel to Fairfield to visit GJ’s Discount Fabrics, which has a large range of quilting fabric including Liberty, Tula Pink, Lewis and Irene and the French General. We continue with a visit to Cutting Cloth. They stock a collection of fine fabrics with project kits and pre-cut fabric and bundles. Our tour concludes at our hotel late afternoon for check in. This evening we will all get together for a wonderful dinner to say farewell to our teachers and fellow group members.
DAY 9 Thursday 24 March, 2022 Depart
This morning will be free to explore Melbourne. In the afternoon we are transferred to Melbourne Airport for flights back home. We plan to arrive at the airport at 2.00pm.
|Cabin||Cabin Category||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port and handling charges||$234||$384|
Tour deposit fully refundable up to 60 days prior to departure
All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. A limited number of cabins are available for single occupancy. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Sapphire Princess is operated by Princess Cruises and cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form and complete a Princess Cruises on line check-in.
Deposit and Payment:
A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 91 days prior to the commencement of the Sapphire Princess cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 91 days||Loss of deposit|
|91 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced..
Travel Documents: All passengers will require a valid passport. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International regarding visa requirements.
Travel Insurance: Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Baggage: Baggage is a at owners’ risk throughout the cruise.
Minimum Tour Numbers: The cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 91 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.
Classes offered: Travelrite International Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the classes offered due to unforeseen events. Classes which you have signed on to attend can’t be changed after final payment.
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.
Responsibilities: Travelrite International Pty Ltd ATAS accredited A10538 is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these cruises, shall act only as agents for the passenger in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in cruises, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of these cruises and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any cruise and/or make such changes in the cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Sapphire Princess cruise passage contract with Princess Cruises as detailed on the website. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact us and we will send one to you.
Delays AND Unforeseen Events:
You engage Travelrite to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.
How to Book: Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the Quilters Companion Quilting tour.:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“The best Tour Manager I have ever had over all tour companies.”
“Michelle puts a huge amount of eﬀort info making our trip as good as it can be. Wonderful!”