Take your quilting with you on your cruise! I recently took the first
leg of the QE2 world cruise (New York to LA via Panama Canal), and took
a small (45") piece of whole cloth quilting with me. I would sit by
the windows outside the Grand Lounge in the late afternoon, sip a soda
pop, and stitch while listening to rehearsals for the evening show,
bingo, or just the ***. People walking by who won't bother a person
reading a book will stop to chat, and it's a great way to meet some
very nice folks! Other people worked on paper piecing, counted cross
stitch, knitting, tatting, and tapestries. As to traveling with my
quilting, I put the piece and my little tool box into a tote bag and
tucked the whole thing into checked baggage, which let me have my
favorite embroidery scissors, needles, and seam ripper and which kept
security folks from pawing through my carry-on bag.
Next trip I may take piecing with me. I normally cut out all fabric
for a patchwork quilt at one time, and put all the pieces for
individual blocks into business-size envelopes, one block per envelope.
Before I retired I would take an envelope and little tool box in a
tote bag with me and work on piecing over lunch hour in the lounge.
That would be very do-able on board ship as well.