May 24 – 31, 2020
Sailing from Seattle on the Emerald Princess

Join our group as we sail the majestic Inside Passage of Alaska on the refurbished Emerald Princess. We will sail round-trip from Seattle. Imagine yourself sipping your favorite drink out on deck of our luxury cruise line as we slowly sail the majestic Inner Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord. You’re surrounded by glaciers the size of mountains that will dwarf the size of our 3,000 passenger ship. Suddenly a large chunk of ice breaks off and crashes into the ocean with a giant rumble and huge splash. We will have the opportunity to see moose, black bears, seals and sea lions, and whales. Each port of call offers many exciting options to explore. Nothing can match your first glimpse of glimmering crystal blue water and towering glaciers of ice thousands of years old. Our voyage will spend an entire day cruising through breath taking Glacier Bay National Park. This will be an awe inspiring day!!

During our seven day voyage we will stop at three of Alaska’s most iconic towns, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. At Ketchikan and Skagway take advantage of participating in such magnificent day trips on the famed Mendenhall Glacier or a train ride on the vintage train through the White Pass. Dog sledding anyone? In addition we visit the charming and very British town of Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) with its quaint Victorian architecture. He you may also visit the famed Buchart Gardens. Technically past rainy season (although it could still drizzle) the magnificent wild flowers will be in full bloom along with lush forests of tall pines. The temperatures will be pleasantly cool and quite comfortable.

One word is all you need to describe Alaska. Breathtaking! Being part of our gay group we will have private cocktail parties and events to bring us together as one happy family. By the end of the week you will have made many new friends.

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Itinerary

DAY/NIGHT PORT/CITY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Sun, May 24 Seattle, Washington, USA   4:00PM
Mon, May 25 At Sea    
Tues, May 26 Ketchikan, Alaska, USA 6:30AM 3:00PM
Wed, May 27 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (scenic cruising, Alaska) 5:00AM 9:00AM
Wed, May 27 Juneau, Alaska, USA 12:30PM 10:00PM
Thurs, May 28 Skagway, Alaska, USA 6:00AM 5:00PM
Fri, May 29 At Sea    
Sat, May 30 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 7:00PM 11:59PM
Sun, May 31 Seattle, Washington, USA 7:00AM  

Seattle, Washington, USA

Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Juneau, Alaska, USA

In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets “as large as beans.”

From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.

Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau’s 3,248 square miles.

Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Skagway, Alaska, USA

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest.

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.

In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.

Although it’s a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.

Rates

Cabin Location Rate
Interior Cabin Aft $929
Interior Cabin Midship $989
Window Cabin Forward on Plaza & Emerald $1349
Balcony Cabin Aft $1679
Balcony Cabin Midship $1749
Mini Suite Aft $1929
Mini Suite Midship $1989

Our group rates tend to be the lowest refundable rate. There may be lower rates that are nonrefundable. Please ask.

Please add $245.00 per person for Port Taxes.

Rates are per person based upon two people sharing the cabin. Single occupancy rates are double the above rates. Reservations forms must be submitted

In order to participate in our events you must make reservations directly with us. Unfortunately people booked through a different source cannot be included as part of our group.

Current Promotion: Place your reservation with a 10% nonrefundable deposit and receive a shipboard credit, prepaid gratuities, preferred cabin location as well as possibly a lower rate. You must reserve prior to October 31, 2019.

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FAQ

1. Payments: Princess Cruises will require a deposit of 20% at the time of reservation (unless a current promo requires less). Final payment will be due February 15, 2020 and will be automatically charged to your credit card unless you notify me in advance to use a different form of payment. Any and all check payments should be made payable to Cruise Designs.

2. Documents: Each person must have a valid U.S. passport, a passport card or an enhanced driver’s license. Also acceptable is your state issued birth certificate with your driver’s license. Canadian and residents of other countries will need to check with their consulates to see if a visa will be required.

3. Pre-cruise hotel: Our host hotel will be the Courtyard Pioneer Square located at 612 2nd Street, Seattle, WA 98104. The phone number is 206 – 625 – 1111. The Adventure Bears rate is only $165.00 a night. You may stay up to three nights at the group rate. Please click here to place your reservation: Book your group rate for Adventure Bears Cruise Group.

4. Cabin Assignments: I will reserve the best available cabin at the time of your reservation. From time to time you may not get a cabin number immediately. This means that the cruise line has guaranteed your rate but temporarily can not assign a cabin number. You are guaranteed to get the cabin category that you have selected but you may have to wait a while for it to be assigned.

5. Ship Board Activities: The first night of every cruise we host a welcome cocktail party exclusively for our guests. This is the first time the entire group will have a chance to meet and mingle. We will make many useful announcements. Other private events are also planned for the week. Full details of our daily itinerary will be made available to you upon check in on the ship.

6. Dining: We have confirmed a block of tables together at 7:15 PM each evening. Since the tables are ours, you may feel free to move from table to table each evening. We encourage this so that you get the chance to get to know as many people as possible. Dining attire is casual meaning slacks and shirt or polo type shirt. There are two “formal” nights where jackets are required for the main dining room. Meals in the buffet are always casual.

7. Room Mates: We offer those who are traveling alone the opportunity to be paired up with other solo travelers. Roommate shares are not available in all categories. You may find your own roommate until February 10, 2020. Roommates are generally assigned by type of cabin and age. I assign roommate at the time of final payment. After you have been assigned a roommate I will introduce the two of you by email.

8. Shore Excursions: The ship will offer many excursions to purchase. We however, will offer at least two or three of our own including a chartered catamaran for swimming, snorkeling and fun. Our trips are usually lower priced and include more than what the ship will offer. Information regarding our excursions will be sent to you about 60 days prior to sailing.

9. Gratuities: A daily charge of $14.50 per person will be added to your cabin account to serve as tips to porters, waiters, cabins stewards, and pool boys.

10. Getting to the Ship: Flying into Seattle please try to arrive before 12 PM. If you stay at our host hotel we will offer transfer service to the pier for a nominal fee.