One of the largest ships to sail Alaska is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “EXPLORER OF THE SEAS.” See glaciers, fjords, snowcapped 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, 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 Alaskan Cruise! (Due to the short sailing season, our allotment of cabins at our special group rates for the Friends are sold out very quickly each year, so make reservations early.)
Aug. 24 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. 25 Today is a “Fun Day at Sea” with a variety of activities on the ship. See how nature has out done itself as you cruise the Inside Passage noted for humpback whales, eagles, black bears and sea lions. Tonight is a dressup or more formal evening followed by a Broadway musical show.
Aug. 26 Arrive in the mountain city of JUNEAU, the capital of Alaska known for its historic downtown surrounded by water, 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 which is 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 walk on top of the glacier. At 9:00 p.m. the ship departs to SKAGWAY, Alaska.
Aug. 27 Entire day in the charming city of 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. 28 As you enter the 22-mile long TRACY ARM FJORD you will experience two spectacular fjords covered in ice. You will see waterfalls and amazing glaciers that are more than you ever 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 cruise is rated #1 in Alaska!
Aug. 29 A “Fun Day at Sea” with a variety of activities including a Broadway musical performance in the showroom. Tonight is a dress-up evening as the chefs have prepared a surprise dinner with singing waiters.
Aug. 30 This morning the ship will dock in glorious VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA in Canada. Entire day is free to enjoy the city and its beautiful waterfront or take a sightseeing Tour. Be sure to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. At 6:00 p.m. your ship departs to Seattle.
Aug. 31 Arrive SEATTLE, Washington and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. You have now seen nature at its best!
CRUISE ONLY INCLUDES: All on-board meals, entertainment and choice of an inside cabin without a window, an oceanview cabin with a large picture window or a balcony cabin with a private patio overlooking the scenery so you can sit outside and enjoy a morning coffee or a beautiful sunset while watching for wildlife. Round-trip transportation to and from the cruise ship is $55 per person or you can make your own arrangements to and from the ship.
All prices are per person for the cruise only from Seattle based on two people sharing a cabin including all TAXES AND GOVERNMENT FEES. Since this is a very popular cruise with a short sailing season, all cabins are on a space available basis only. Make reservations NOW at these special rates to avoid being placed on a waiting list, as our last cruise was sold out months in advance. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)
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)