Needlework Tours Pty Ltd (ACN 137 275 202) is an independently owned Company run by Tour Manager Maureen Laughlin and her husband Simon. Needlework Tours is a specialist tour company that has for a number of years conducted Needlework and Stately Homes Tours throughout the UK, Ireland, France and Italy. These small group specialist tours combine the visiting and staying in beautiful stately homes, history, fine dining and gardens with needlework classes from Royal School of Needlework trained tutors.
More recently the company has utilized its experience in needlework tours to expand into needlework cruising. The inaugural Needlework Cruise set sail in February 2013 to the South Pacific with nearly 200 guests including 12 of Australia’s most renowned needlework tutors and some 160 enthusiastic stitchers. Since then we have been cruising twice a year to destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Fiji and New Caledonia. Our cruises for 2017 include a total of 40 creative tutors teaching 120 different projects.
The tour and cruise hosts at Needlework Tours are Maureen and Simon Laughlin and their team. Maureen has over 35 years’ experience in the travel industry, including escorting many private tours around the world. Maureen's second love after her family is her avid interest in needlework and craft and she wants nothing more than to have the walls at home bowing with the weight of her completed projects. Simon’s experience has been at a senior corporate level in management, project management and the information technology sector.
Needlework Tours Pty Ltd operates under Latinaus Pty Ltd trading as italktravel & cruise (fully licensed member of AFTA/ATAS)
italktravel & cruise handles the booking and payment of international travel and accommodation arrangements and Needlework Tours Pty Ltd plans and leads the respective tours and cruises. As well as being extensively world travelled, Maureen and Simon’s main desire is to surpass customer expectations and ensure each of our guests enjoy their Needlework Tour & Cruise experience immensely.
italktravel & cruise was founded in 1984 and is one of Brighton's pre-eminent travel agencies. italktravel & cruise is a member of IATA and fully licensed. They are specialists in providing the holiday and business traveller with comprehensive and quality service. Iitalktravel & cruise sales consultants have a minimum of 15 years’ experience and have travelled extensively.
There is no need to research flights, holidays or waste hours trawling through the Internet - just contact italktravel & cruise and their friendly staff will do the rest.
Come join our small group tours to explore the needlework traditions and history of France, England, Scotland and Ireland. With a maximum of 15 guests you’ll enjoy the companionship and friendship of others who share your passion for needlework, history, landscapes and architecture. The tours are suited to couples, friends travelling together and the solo traveller.
Spoil yourself and indulge your passion for craft while making new friends who share your enthusiasm on an unforgettable cruise from Sydney to Singapore.
You’ll feel like you’re on holiday the minute you step on board the luxurious "Voyager of the Seas".
The ship is jam-packed with recreational facilities for relaxation, casual and fine dining options and an array of entertainment.
Attentive staff are there to help with your every need, 24 hours a day and all your gratuities are included.
Try your hand at something new, improve your craft skills or just relax and enjoy doing what you love with our fabulous range of craft classes.
This cruise is ideally suited to both the single traveller and those who bring friends and partners, as this cruise offers plenty of options to keep them as entertained for the entire journey.
We’re with you all the way, from taking your enquiry, booking your cruise, welcoming you onboard and managing the tuition program until we wave you goodbye as you disembark. Join us for what promises to be a wonderful craft cruise!