One of the largest ships to sail Alaska is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “EXPLORER OF THE SEAS.” See glaciers, fjords, snow capped mountains, bears, eagles and whales as there is more wildlife than people. Your ship is like a floating hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner included at no additional cost. Each day is filled with activities, gourmet dining and Broadway shows. There is even an ice skating rink plus a rock climbing wall and a mini golf course. A travel talk will be given on the glaciers and on each port including the optional tours. Make your own airline reservations to Seattle, Washington or call our office for the airfare. Just the food and entertainment alone are worth the price of this spectacular Alaskan cruise! (We have reserved special group rates; however because of the short sailing season, our allotment of cabins for the Friends on this cruise is sold out very quickly each year, so make reservations early.)
Aug. 25 You can fly or drive from your hometown to SEATTLE, Washington. Boarding begins at noon including lunch. At 4:00 p.m. your ship begins its journey for views of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. Tonight, separate dining room tables are reserved for our group of Jehovah’s Witnesses so you can get acquainted with other Friends from various parts of the country.
Aug. 26 Today will be a “Fun Day at Sea” with spectacular views and a variety of activities on the ship. You will see how nature has outdone itself as you cruise along the Inside Passage viewing incredible landscape noted for humpback whales, eagles, black bears and sea lions. Tonight is a dress-up or more formal evening followed by a Broadway musical show.
Aug. 27 Arrive in the mountain city of JUNEAU, the capital of Alaska known for its historic downtown surrounded by water, rain forests, steep mountainsides and glaciers. The only way to Juneau is by water or air as there are no roads, which means all vehicles must arrive by boat. This is where the famous “Mendenhall Glacier” is located that’s a mile wide and six miles long. You can either walk up to the glacier or take a helicopter ride where you will land to actually walk on top of the glacier. At 9:00 p.m. the ship departs to SKAGWAY, Alaska.
Aug. 28 Entire day is in charming SKAGWAY, Alaska, an old gold rush town where the streets will take you back over 100 years. Today, wooden sidewalks, old-fashioned saloons and gift shops are reminders of the Alaskan Gold Rush days. You can take a train ride on one of the most scenic railway rides in the world to the top of the mountain where you will see a variety of wildlife.
Aug. 29 You’ll experience a spectacular sight as you enter the 22 mile long Tracy Arm Fjord that’s made up of two separate fjords and covered in ice. You’ll see waterfalls and the amazing twin Sawyer Glaciers that are more than you even imagined. Huge ice chunks as big as a city block and as tall as a three-story building often fall into the sea. This is called calving and is why this thrilling cruise itinerary is rated #1 in Alaska!
Aug. 30 A “Fun Day at Sea” with a variety of activities. Tonight is a dress up evening as the chefs have prepared a surprise dinner with singing waiters.
Aug. 31 Today you’ll dock in the beautiful city of VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA in Canada. Entire day is free to walk around the city and its beautiful waterfront or take a sightseeing tour in a double decker bus. Be sure to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. At 6:00 p.m. your ship departs to Seattle.
Sept. 1 Arrive SEATTLE, Washington and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. You have now seen nature at its best! Make reservations now to avoid being placed on a waiting list, as this cruise always sells out early.
All of the ships on board activities will keep you busy with Broadway musical shows and entertainment. You’ll enjoy viewing some other of Alaska’s giant glaciers plus sightseeing, shopping and swimming or just relaxing. Where else can you have breakfast in bed while cruising! Don’t miss this most popular cruise!
CRUISE ONLY INCLUDES: All meals, entertainment, choice of an inside cabin without a window or an oceanview cabin with a large picture window. All balcony cabins have a private outdoor lanai overlooking the scenery so you can sit outside and enjoy a morning coffee and a beautiful sunset while watching for wildlife. Round-trip transportation to and from the Seattle airport to the cruise ship is $50 per person or you can make your own arrangements to and from the ship.
All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin including ALL GOVERNMENT FEES AND TAXES. Since this is a very popular cruise that has a short sailing season, all cabins are based on a space-available basis only. Make reservations NOW at these special rates as our last cruise was sold out. (PASSPORT REQUIRED)