Emerald Princess—Seattle round trip to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria (Canada)
September 2–9, 2018
Come join our intimate and super–friendly group of Daddys, admirers and friends aboard the Emerald Princess on our voyage to Alaska. At the top of almost everyone's bucket list, Alaska is beyond anything you've experienced–vast, wild, colorful, dazzling, beautiful, exciting…the list is nearly endless. We'll take advantage of the Labor Day holiday weekend to make it a full week of fun and celebration (with one less day to take off work)!
We sail out of Seattle so you can take advantage of easier (and less expensive) flights to and from our USA departure, than its Canadian counterpart. We'll be aboard the lovely Emerald Princess. Why take Princess to Alaska? Because it is the most celebrated line sailing there! Princess has been named "Best Cruise Line to Alaska" by both Travel Weekly (10 years in a row!) and Cruise Fever; "Best Alaska Cruises" by both CruiseCritic.com and Travel Channel; and "Best Alaska Cruises for In-Depth Exploration" by USA Today. Berlitz says, "Princess Cruises consistently delivers a well-packaged cruise, always with a good degree of style, at an attractive, highly competitive price." Why would you sail anyone BUT Princess to Alaska?!
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Your vacation starts on September 2, 2018, when we sail out Seattle on the Emerald Princess. CruiseCritic.com rates her 4.5 out of 5 stars. (most large ships from Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, etc. only get 3 to 3.5 stars!) They state she does a good job "…balancing modern needs, without over-the-top gimmicks, with rich and well-constructed excursions, allowing passengers to make the most of both the ship and the destination." Berlitz notes that while there may be 3,000 passengers on board, "the passenger flow has been well thought out, and there is little congestion." And, "the ship has been extremely well designed and you should have an enjoyable time."
Emerald Princess features 3 pools and 9 hot tubs, including a few at the Sanctuary—an extra-cost (by the half-day, and well worth it!) adults-only retreat with upscale lounging areas and attendants there to bring a chilled towel or a light bite to eat. At night, we can snuggle on deck to watch Movies Under the Stars on a huge, 300-square-foot screen—complete with free popcorn! Inside, Berlitz says "the interior is attractive, with lots of earth tones. An extensive collection of artworks complements the interior design and colors well." The ship has a large casino, an internet café, a library, a spa, gym, and much, much more.
Cabins feature the exclusive Princess Luxury Bed. Designed by sleep expert Dr. Michael Brues and HGTV's Candice Olsen (who doesn't love HER talent?!), these beds are the ultimate in stye, comfort and scientific research on a good night's sleep. (Click here for more info on these beds.) Of the cabins, CruiseCritic.com says, "the color scheme creates a light and airy ambiance…with a calm, premium quality about them."
Our itinerary is a perfect blend of casual, educational, and thrilling. As we sail out of Seattle, we'll gather for a hosted Meet-n Greet Party where you'll meet your fellow cruisers and start making new friends right away. We'll sail softly through the Puget Sound out towards the expansive Pacific.
Our first day is at sea. Relax, unwind and get into vacation mode. Lounge on your private balcony or near one of the pools, or maybe even find a quiet nook to settle in with a book. Want to be more active on your day at sea? Play bingo, work out at the gym, watch a movie, dance all night, attend a cooking seminar, soak in a hot tub, watch a sunset (or a sunrise), play trivia games, sing along at the piano bar, do some wine tasting, check your email or surf the internet, grab a snack, watch live entertainment, get lucky in the casino, indulge in a spa treatment, catch the game in the sports bar, and on and on.
Welcome to charming Ketchikan, Alaska. Here you'll be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. The town itself has fantastic boutique shops, bars and restaurants; much is built on stilts over the shore. Nearby is sport fishing, nature galore, cultural shows (including a Lumberjack Show that is sure to amaze), and the freshest salmon you'll ever taste!
Today wake up drifting through the Tracy Arm Fjord. Over 30 miles of inland waterway, nearly a quarter of it is covered in ice. It encompasses some of Alaska's largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers which are likely to expel enormous chunks of ice into the waters below right before your eyes (called "calving"). We'll sail past floating icebergs (cue the "My Heart Will Go On" sing-alongs), and rest at different spots for the best views of the glaciers, as well as waterfalls too numerous to even have names, and the abundant wildlife all around you. You may view from upper decks, but this is one day you'll be especially glad if you have your own private balcony!
Later this afternoon and evening, we'll be in nearby Juneau, Alaska's small but vibrant capital. Mendenhall Glacier, dogsledding, glacier flightseeing, and Mount Roberts Tramway are all options in this too-much-to-do-in-just-one-day port.
Our furthest point north will be in Skagway. This was the gateway to gold fields over 100 years ago. At one time over 20,000 people lived here, now less than 1,000. But it retains the flavor of the gold rush era. You can relive those gold rush days at the Red Onion Saloon (Skagway's most notorious bordello, now turned restaurant/bar) or ride the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Or get more active horseback riding, dogsledding, ziplining, or even wild river rafting!
After all this, you'll be ready for another full day at sea, followed by a farewell cocktail party with the rest of us!
But wait, there's more! After another short day at sea, this evening we make one last stop in lovely Victoria, Canada. Victoria exudes old-world charm. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens (fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere, though!), charming houses, happening restaurant and pub scene, and a very British feel. We'll be here until midnight, so enjoy dinner ashore!
When we get back to Seattle, you'll have enjoyed great fun, had some memorable experiences, and made some new friends during your all-too-short vacation. See you again soon, I hope!
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Inside cabins are not just economical; they are richly appointed and roomy (160+ square feet). They include one king or 2 twin beds, a flat screen TV, desk, ample closet and drawer space, and a private bath w/shower. Since there's no window, you won't have that pesky sunlight to hinder your sleep at any hour!
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Ocean View cabins are slightly larger, and have everything the Insides have, except they include a full-sized, unobstructed picture window (not just a porthole!). You'll be able to see the ports as we sail in and out, or watch the breathtaking scenery of Alaska we cruise along.
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Balcony cabins provide a truly better cruise experience—especially in Alaska where the views from your cabin will awe and inspire you all day long. A room of over 200 square feet is coupled with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to your own private verandah! THIS is the way to see Alaska—sipping coffee or a glass of wine on your balcony as we sail in and out of inlets, coves and fjords! Order room service meals so you don't miss a second of the passing scenery.
Want the ultimate? Let's talk suites! Over 320 square feet, including a separate inside sitting area, floor-to-celing sliding glass doors, and a large verandah where you can sit an admire the scenery as it passes in front of you.
Oh, and the government adds $215 tax per person to any of these rates, those bastards!
Remember, prices include almost everything: your berth and transportation from port to port, onboard entertainment, onboard activities, most beverages (pay extra for alcohol and carbonated drinks), all your meals (including free room service!), all the Daddy Cruise extras, and much more.
In years past, we've had guys from Seattle, Nashville, Baltimore, Miami, Providence, Toronto, Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Portland, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco on our group cruises.
Join us! Make new friends, and have a blast!
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Brian Cole Miller