Vacations To Go

 

7 Night Alaskan Cruise

Day 1 Saturday June 23rd  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Cle Elum 196
  Do:
Lunch
 
12:45 p.m. Depart: Cle Elum  
2:15 p.m. Arrive: Kenmore 91
  See:
Kenmore Camea
6708 NE 181st
Kenmore, WA
 
3:15 p.m. Depart: Kenmore  
    (Take I-5 north. At the border it becomes Hwy 99. Exit right on Hwy 91. Take exit 11 right on 91A. Go left/west on Marine Hwy. At the Riverway Sports Complex go right on Nelson Ave. Go right on Kingsway. On the left.)  
6:00 p.m. Arrive: Vancouver 134
  Do: Check-in  
    (Go right on Kingway.)  
    Dinner-IHOP  
  Lodge: Best Western Plus Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre
5411 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 2G1
(604) 438-1393
(2) Queen Rooms $125.10 CA, (1) 2 Queens $152.10 CA
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Day 2 Sunday June 24th  
10:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go right on Kingsway/Hwy 1A. Turn left on Hwy 7/Broadway. Turn right on Fir St. Go right on 3rd onto Anderson. Go right on Cartwright and left on Old Bridge. Go left on Johnston.)  
  See: Granville Island (9-7)  
    (Go back out on Anderson. Go right on Fir. Go left/east on Broadway/Hwy 7. Go left on Main/Hwy 1A. The highway will go left to downtown. At Hornby look for a parking place.)  
Paul & Autumn: See: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (10-5) $11/$8 Sr
639 Hornby St
Gift shop-Northwest Coast gifts
 
   
Vancouver Art Gallery
(10-5) $24/$20 60+
750 Hornby St
 
    (Continue up Hornby and turn left on Nelson. About 5 blocks.)  
    Contemporary Art Gallery (12-6) Free
555 Nelson St
Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5, Canada
 
Everyone Else:      
  See: Walk around downtown.  
4:00 p.m.   Cruises Depart- (Celebrity Infiniti 7-4:30, Westerdam 7-4:30, Crystal Symphon (6-6)  
    (Go up Howe to Georgia/Hwy 1A and turn left. Watch for exit right on Hwy 1A. It will go left on Kingsway. A few blocks past Metrotown on the left.)  
  Lodge: Best Western Plus Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre
5411 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 2G1
(604) 438-1393
(2) Queen Rooms $125.10 CA, (1) 2 Queens $152.10 CA
 

 

 

Day 3 Monday June 25th  
10:30 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go right on Hwy 1A. Stay on it. Turn right Burrard. Go right on Canada Place into the parking garage.)  
11:00 a.m. Arrive: Vinci Parking Lot $216.36 (CA)
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
BC V6C 0C3, Canada
 
11:30 a.m. Do:
Disney Cruise
(Disney 6:30-5, Norwegian Jewell 8-4)
 
  Do:
Lunch
 
4:15 p.m.  
Sail Away Deck Party
 
5:00 p.m. Depart: Vancouver  
5:45 p.m. Do: Dinner  
8:30 p.m.   Be Our Guest! Welcome Aboard Show  
  Lodge: Rooms 6641, 6643, 6647  

 

Day 4 Tuesday June 26th  
  Do: Day at Sea  
5:45 p.m.   Dinner-Formal Night  
8:30 p.m.  
The Golden Mickeys
 

 

 

Day 5 Wednesday June 27th  
12:00 p.m.. Arrive:
Icy Strait Point (Wonder 12-6)
 
  See:
Icy Strait Point Shops
 
    Alaska's Other Big Five Series: Whale Letterbox  
    Leggo My Logo Letterbox  
    My Other Boat is a Yacht Letterbox ? (Near dock)  
    Tlingit Art Letterbox  
    Shuttle to Hoonah $5 Roundtrip  
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Do:
Palo

 

7:15 p.m. Depart: Icy Strait Point  
8:30 p.m.   Show  

 

 

Day 6 Thursday June 28th  
7:15 a.m. Arrive: Skagway- (Disney Wonder 7-8, ms Westerdam 7-9, Emerald Princess 6-5)  
10:00 a.m. See:
Skagway
 
    Holiday Inn HHH Letterbox  
    Wanda's Wanda Rings: Chilkoot Trail Letterbox  
   

Adventure Park & Zip Lines $112 (3-3.5 hrs)

  • Begin with a roughly 15-minute narrated drive through historic downtown Skagway and up the Klondike Highway.
  • From the highway, take a short nature hike to the spectacular Adventure Park where guides outfit you with state-of-the-art safety equipment. Then you're off to enjoy the thrill of the ropes course and zip line experience!
  • Enter into an incredible series of ropes course crossings including suspended bridges, burma loops and raised balance beams. Next up is a fantastic series of 6 zip lines through the lush Alaskan canopy.
  • Zoom from platform to platform while your friends and family cheer you on! Your heart will be pumping as you get ready for the last zip to the ground.
  • Enjoy amazing mountain views and the excitement of effortlessly soaring through the air during this approximately 2.5 hour experience.
  • Board your transportation and return to the pier.
  • Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters.
  • Typically, gangways provide a minimal incline for embarking and disembarking the ship. However, due to tidal changes at this port, there will be times when the gangway will be at a steep incline. In certain situations, it may be difficult or impossible for a Guest with limited mobility and/or using a wheelchair or mobility device to embark or disembark the ship.
  • Guests must weigh less than 300 pounds and have a waist circumference of less than 52 inches to participate in this tour.
  • Guests should dress warmly, in layers, and carry raingear.
  • Guests need to be in good physical condition and be able to hike up unlevel semi-steep natural terrain.
  • Trail mix, coffee and water will be served.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring currency and credit cards to purchase extras such as souvenirs or snacks.
 
    Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Scenic Railroad $234 (7-7.5 hrs)
  • Embark on a 15-minute motorcoach ride through Skagway’s historic district, headed towards the Klondike Gold Fields. Meet the mushers who will take you into a theater to view a short film about the Iditarod Race and the history of Alaskan sled dogs.
  • Be escorted to the mushers’ checkpoint where you’ll have approximately 75 minutes to meet the dog racing team, see their equipment and learn about the skills it takes to be competitive in the sport. The dogs are friendly and will happily demonstrate a run for you. Afterwards, you‘ll be invited to meet and hold the puppies.
  • See a humorous and educational show that will teach you how to pan for gold. Put your talents to use and dip a pan of pay dirt into our heated troughs. Afterwards, visit the Assayers’ Office and have your gold weighed to see how much you earned!
  • Re-board the motorcoach for a 15-minute transfer to the railway station where a private train car awaits your arrival. A guide will accompany you on the 210-minute, round trip train ride to the border. There will be games, stories, and contests. Once at the summit, the guide will offer you snacks and propose a toast. This is the site where the prospectors of 1898 stopped on their way to the gold fields.
  • Board your motorcoach for the quick transfer back to the pier.
  • Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs permitted. Gust must be able to embark the vessel and the bus unassisted.
  • Typically, gangways provide a minimal incline for embarking and disembarking the ship. However, due to tidal changes at this port, there will be times when the gangway will be at a steep incline. In certain situations, it may be difficult or impossible for a Guest with limited mobility and/or using a wheelchair or mobility device to embark or disembark the ship.
 
    Jewell Gardens $223 (3-3.5 hrs)
  • Board a motorcoach and enjoy a narrated tour of Skagway on the way to Jewell Gardens, a tranquil oasis of organic, northern flowers and plants. Upon arrival, your guide will offer a private tour of this spectacular show garden and the on-site “hot shop,” where you’ll learn the ancient art of working with molten glass.
  • Create the ultimate Alaska memento - a handmade glass ornament to float in your garden pond, display in a window or hang on your Christmas tree. For a dazzling effect that echoes the spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush, you’ll have the opportunity to also incorporate 24-karat gold. Afterward, ship your work of art anywhere in the world at no additional charge.
  • Take a guided tour of the glass gallery’s hand-blown works of art, followed by tea service, lunch or light dinner (depending on time of day). Your meal is prepared with fresh ingredients from the garden and, for Guests 21 and older, is accompanied by a glass of beer or wine.
  • Enjoy free time to wander the gardens, gallery and shop. Your tour concludes with a scenic drive back to the pier.
  • Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs/scooters will be permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the coach on their own. 
  • All times and distances are approximate, subject to traffic and overcrowding. 
  • Guests should dress in warm layers and carry rain gear. 
  • Lunch is included and might consist of cucumber sandwiches, ruby begonia bars, mini quiche, carrot cake, scones and chocolates for early departures and homemade soup, fresh garden salad and veggie or smoked salmon quiche for afternoon departures. A beverage such as coffee, tea, mint lemonade, glass of beer or wine is also included. 
  • Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a camera. 
 
    Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience $152 (3-3.5 hrs)

Hop aboard a wheeled sled powered by energetic huskies and ride along a wooded trail through the Alaskan rainforest.

On this adventure you will...

  • Meet your friendly guides at the dock and head out of Skagway. Your guides will give you a narrated account of its rich Gold Rush history and present-day community. Then, you can relax during the 9-mile (approximately 40 minutes) seaside drive to the northern most point of the Lynn Canal, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and our Musher's Camp.
  • Switch into our thrilling 4x4 Unimog vehicles and be driven up 1.5 miles of off-road fun. At the top, you will meet the dogs and climb onto a wheeled sled custom made for running during the snow-less summer months. The husky team will whisk you along a one-mile, wooded trail through some of the Southeast Alaska's beautiful temperate rainforest.
  • Meet a fun dog musher and learn about the hard work, dedication and energy involved in this wonderful and rewarding sport.
  • Before you leave, don't forget to snuggle with our adorable husky puppies and enjoy some free time to visit with the dogs or stop by the snack bar to purchase a beverage. You can inspect the racing gear and equipment and, of course, remember to snap some photos memorializing this truly unique Alaskan adventure, before travelling back to the pier.
  • Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs/scooters are permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the motor coach on their own as well as walk comfortably over gravel terrain.
  • Guests should dress warmly, in layers and carry rain gear.
 
    Yukon Exhibition $209 (8-8.5 hrs)
  • Climb aboard a deluxe motorcoach and experience the magic and the mystery of the famed Yukon. Soon after departing the dock, you'll climb the South Klondike Highway to the top of the White Pass at 3,292 feet above sea level. Majestic peaks, waterfalls and glaciers can all be seen on this approximate 75-minute incredible drive.
  • Leave the White Pass and the USA behind and enter the unspoiled and untamed beauty of Canada's Yukon Territory. Marvel at the chain of lakes that form the headwaters of the Yukon River, explore the rustic town of Caribou Crossing (Carcross), snap a quick photo of the world's smallest desert and enjoy the tales of the Klondike Gold rush provided by your guide.
  • Be treated to a delicious chicken barbeque lunch complete with "grandma's famous homemade donuts" during the approximate 90-minute stop at Caribou Crossing. After your meal you'll want to tour the Yukon's most complete museum exhibit of local wildlife, including the Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Then carry on to the Dog Musher's Village where you can visit Yukon Quest dog mushers and get pictures of yourself with racing dogs and puppies.
  • Continue back to Fraser, British Columbia, where you'll board the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad for an unforgettable ride down this historic and breathtaking narrow gauge railroad. Against all odds, the iron trail was carved through some of the North's most rugged terrain in 1898. This engineering wonder climbs nearly 3,000 feet over 20 miles of steep grades and cliff-hanging turns.
  • Arrive back at Skagway, minutes away from the pier.
  • Passports are required for all Guests, since this tour crosses the border into Canada. In addition to a valid passport, some countries may require an entry visa based on your nationality. Because requirements may vary, Guests are advised to contact their travel agent, government agency, embassy or consulate for more information on required travel documentation for the port of embarkation and all ports of call during the cruise.
  • Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible. No electric wheelchairs or scooters are permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the motorcoach on their own as well as walk comfortably over gravel terrain.
  • This excursion is stroller accessible. However, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended.
  • Guests should dress warmly, in layers and carry rain gear.
  • Lunch includes barbeque chicken, coleslaw, baked potato with fixings and homemade doughnuts. Coffee and tea are included and soft drinks are available for purchase.
 
5:45 p.m. Do: Semi Formal Dinner Night  
7:45 p.m. Depart: Skagway  
8:30 p.m. Do: Show  
  Lodge:    

 

 

Day 7 Friday June 29th  
6:45 a.m. Arrive: Juneau- (Disney 6:30-1, ms Volendam 1-10)  
8:30 a.m. See:
Juneau
 
    Rainy Day Mud Critters Letterbox  
  Do:
Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls
Juneau Tours Blue Bus $
 
    Family Gold Exploration $162 (4-4.5 hrs)
  • Board your motorcoach for the short drive to Maggie Kathleen Tunnel. This tunnel has been abandoned as a mine for many years and is now part of the Institute of Mining Technology’s research area. Here, you’ll explore the tunnel with a hard rock miner, and view the air-powered equipment used for extracting ore.
  • Next, head over to the Alaska Gastineau Gold Mine, an authentic underground mine that in its heyday produced more than 500,000 ounces of gold. Learn about the different kinds of gold mining, explore the ruins, pan for gold and garnets, and receive a souvenir helmet and certificate making you an authentic miner!
  • Take a jetfoil from the Juneau Harbor across the Gastineau Channel to Douglas Island’s Treadwell Mining District.
  • Watch a slide show on the history of the area before boarding a Unimog all-terrain vehicle to explore the ruins.
  • Arrive at your trailhead and walk the mine ruins and trails. Stop to view down the “glory holes”—large pits used to see down into the mines. Keep an eye out for camp sites and prospectors mining the land—you never know what sort of colorful character you’ll run into!
  • Walk back to your Unimog and return to your jetfoil.
  • Reboard the jetfoil back to Juneau and the pier.
  • Guests are required to wear closed-toes sturdy walking shoes and are recommended to dress warmly in layers and carry raingear.
  • The order of the sites may be reversed.
  • A beverage or hot cocoa or cider will be served in a keepsake enamel camp cup.
  • No wheelchairs
 
1:00 p.m. Depart: Juneau  
4:00 p.m. Arrive: Tracy Arm- (Disney 4-9, Volendam 10-10:30)  
  See:
Tracy Arm
 
5:45 p.m. Do: Dinner  
8:30 p.m.   Show  

 

 

Day 8 Saturday June 30th  
11:15 a.m. Arrive: Ketchikan- (Disney 11-8, Star Legend 3-9)  
12:00 p.m. See:
Ketchikan Shops
 
    Percy Puffin Letterbox (cemetery)  
    Pilgrims Visit Gold Miners Letterbox (cemetery)  
    Tote That Log Letterbox (cemetery)  
    Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles $110 (3-3.5 hrs)
  • Board your transportation and travel approximately 25 minutes to the dock while enjoying a narrated tour through Ketchikan.
  • Arrive at a private dock, board your vessel and set sail on a scenic voyage.
  • Grab a set of binoculars and observe eagles in their native rainforest habitat. See Loggerville, the Floating Ghost Town of Alaska.
  • Children under the age of 10 will receive a plush Eagle stuffed animal to take home as a souvenir of their adventure.
  • Drink hot chocolate supreme, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks and savor Alaska Wild Salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, cookies and mints all included in your tour.
  • See the tallest totem pole in Ketchikan along with clan houses at Totem Bight State Park. While you're there, listen to a native legend and learn about the native culture.
  • Sail around the historic Guard Island Lighthouse and watch for harbor seals, sea lions, moon jellies and occasional whales at the Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area.
  • Listen, laugh and learn as your tour guide shares humor, knowledge and unravels the mystery of Danger Island during your approximately 2 hours of sailing time.
  • Return to the dock and board your transportation back to the ship.
  • Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible. No electric wheelchairs or scooters are permitted. Guests must be able to board and disembark the motorcoach and vessel on their own.
  • Eagle viewing is guaranteed. Other wildlife viewing is common, but not guaranteed.
  • Guests should dress warmly, in layers and carry rain gear.
 
5:45 p.m. Do: Dinner  
7:45 p.m. Depart: Ketchikan  
8:30 p.m.   Show  

 

 

Day 9 Sunday July 1st  
  Do: At Sea  

 

 

Day 10 Monday July 2nd  
8:00 a.m. Arrive: Vancouver- (Wonder 6:30-5)  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Vancouver  
    (Turn right on Howe. Cross the Granville Bridge. After 58th turn left on Park Dr. Turn right on Oak. Cross the Fraser River. Cross the border and enter I-5. Outside Seattle enter I-405. Go left on I-90.)  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Seattle 144
  Do: Lunch  
2:15 p.m. Depart: Seattle  
6:30 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 285
  Do: Go out to dinner (430)