Description & Summary
One of the world’s most popular cruise destinations is Alaska. And for good reason. Come join us and experience the best of Alaska's charming towns such as Ketchikan, Sitka, and Alaska’s capital, Juneau. Best yet, meet the people and find out why they refer to the rest of us as living in ‘The Lower Forty-Eight’. See Alaska’s diverse landscapes, the Aurora Borealis and more. Dubbed as the Last Frontier, Alaska's landscapes stretch from sea to sea, with staggering mountain ranges, rare wildlife, old mining towns, bustling cities and striking natural attractions, including ancient and majestic glaciers.
This seven-night cruise, on the beautiful Holland America Eurodam, sails at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 8th, 2019 from the port of Seattle, Washington. If you’ve never been, we recommend arriving in Seattle a day or two early in order to see this wonderful city. Once we leave Seattle, our luxury liner takes us north through the calm, protected waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage. During our cruise we’ll travel far enough north to experience Alaska’s famous 24-hours of daylight. If you’re up late enough you can take a stroll along the ship’s promenade at midnight with the sun still high in the sky.
Besides visiting charming towns, we’ll spend a day cruising in Glacier Bay, where we’ll get up-close and personal with some of Alaska’s glaciers. In each of our ports of call, we’ll have tons of tours and excursions to choose from. Pan for gold. Join a whale-hunting tour (pictures only). Brave a white-water rafting experience. Spend the day on a Jeep caravan, crossing the border into Canada (don’t forget your passport), and driving up into the Yukon Mountains. You can even play a round of golf (a unique experience for the avid golfer). For the ultimate Alaska experience, you’ll want to take a ride on a dog-sled as it mushes across a glacier.
On the return trip back to Seattle, we’ll have a bonus evening stop in the beautiful Canadian port city of Victoria, BC. We’ll arrive back in Seattle at 7:00am, June 15th, 2019. The airport is just minutes from the port, making your trip home easy.
Your Cruise Guide
Accompanying you on this cruise will be one of your own Fab Women Over 50, and the owner of One Moon Travel, Lyn Fried. An experienced cruiser, Lyn will act as your onboard coordinator. You'll first meet her at the first-night Meet & Greet where you have an opportunity to say hello to the other Fab Women on this luxury adventure.
Lyn will also organize fun onboard activities, a few group meals, and be with you should you decide to join in a group tour or excursion. Participation in group gatherings and activities is completely optional. Please feel free to do your own thing and join the group whenever you like.
Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Most recent refurbishment: October, 2015
Sailing Dates: June 8 - 15, 2019
Duration: 7-Night Cruise
Originating Port City: Seattle, Washington
Ending Port City: Seattle, Washington
Please note that the prices seen here are average prices. Actual prices will be lower or higher based on several factors including location and promotions. (Prices include port charges, taxes, & fees)
Inside Cabin, Per Person/Double Occupancy: $1,279
Inside Cabin, Solo Traveler: $2,308
Ocean View Cabin, Per Pers/Dble Occupancy: $1,629
Ocean View Cabin, Solo Traveler: $3,008
Balcony Cabin, Per Pers/Dble Occupancy: $2,039
Balcony Cabin, Solo Traveler: $3,828
Upon Booking, a deposit of $700 will be required with the balance due by January 9th, 2019.
Cruise Puget Sound, Washington
Scenic Cruising Stephen's Passage
Times subject to tidal conditions
1:00 PM-10:00 PM
Cruising only. Route subject to weather/ice.
7:00 AM -4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Victoria, British Columbia
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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A Few Common Questions and Answers
Q. Can I bring someone with me?
A. Of course you can. They don't have to be a member of the group. They don't have to be female. They do have to be fabulous. And they do have to be an adult (age 18 or older).
Q. Besides the price of the cruise, what other expenses can I expect?
A. You'll have to get yourself to the port (car, flight, etc.). Drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails are not included. Also, bottles and cans of soda, juices, and water are extra. WiFi is available but not free. Gratuities are expected. While all of your shipboard meals are included in several venues on the ship, you may wish to try one of the Specialty Restaurants, which come with a modest up-charge. You may want to budget for a couple of spa treatments, a mani-pedi, perhaps even have your hair done. While you're welcome to explore each of the ports of call on your own (or with some of your sister-travelers), guided tours and excursions might be an attractive way to go, and they vary in price.
Q. Do I need cash on the ship?
A. While onboard, no need to carry cash or credit cards. Your cabin keycard also doubles as your charge card. Just sign for any and all purchases. They'll charge your credit card at the end of the cruise.
Q. How are gratuities handled?
A. If you purchase a drink anywhere on the ship, or dine in one of the Specialty Restaurants, your bill will come with a gratuity already included. Just sign for it and your done. As for the Main Dining Room staff and your cabin porter, the cruise line will recommend an appropriate flat amount of gratuities for the entire trip. This amount varies a bit, based on the cruise line and the type of cabin you have, but its in the vicinity of about $15 per passenger, per day (about $100 for the week). At the end of the cruise, if you agree that the staff deserves that amount, just do nothing and the ship will charge your credit card and distribute the tips accordingly. Or you can call the Purser's desk to adjust the amount up or down.
Q. Will I need a passport?
A. If your cruise begins in an US port and returns to that same US port, you are not required to use a passport (although we strongly recommend you carry a passport anytime you leave US soil). Passengers 16 years or older, not using a passport, will need BOTH a government-issued picture ID (like a driver's license) AND an original birth certificate or certified copy. If using a passport, it must be valid for at least six months past the end date of the trip.
Q. Can I cancel the cruise and get my deposit back?
A. Yes. You may cancel all the way up until the 'Final Deposit Due Date' (which is typically 60 - 120 days prior to the sailing date). However, if you cancel after that date there is a schedule of penalties, depending on how close to the sailing date you cancel.
Q. Why did you choose this cruise for our group?
A. We take into account many factors when selecting what we hope is just the right cruise. In this case we selected a date when the weather would be comfortable, there would be fewer children, and the prices were good. We selected the ship based on its size (not so big as to have to walk long distances, yet big enough to cut through waves with minimal motion), as well choosing one that had a recent refurbishment. We selected the cruise line taking into consideration the demographic of the group (in this case Fabulous Women Over 50).
Q. If I bring a friend on the cruise do we have to share a bed?
A. Not unless you want to. Every cabin can be configured with two twin beds. If you prefer a king or queen bed, they simply put the twin beds together with a special cover (so you don't feel the seam) and it's done.
Q. Will I need a power converter for my phone charger and other electronics?
A. Most ships have special outlets that handle multiple types of plugs. However, we recommend bringing one quality converter and one multi-plug travel power strip.
Q. What if I have a last-minute emergency that prevents me from going on the cruise?
A. If you cancel too close to the sailing date, the cruise line will not refund your money, which is why it is strongly recommended that you purchase cheap Travel Insurance for just that reason. If you have a covered medical issue, legal issue, family issue that prevents you from traveling, the policy will refund most or all of your lost expenses. Your cruise agent can handle that for you.
Q. What if I get ill or injured while on the trip?
A. The ship has a medical facility and staff to handle all sorts of minor and even major events. But their fees are similar to an urgent care center back home (not cheap).
Q. Will my health insurance cover me while I'm out of the country?
A. If you live in the United States it is unlikely that your health insurance will cover you while you are out of the country. That's another reason affordable Travel Insurance is an important consideration when you spend any time outside your own country. It's inexpensive and can save you from a catastrophic event. Talk with your cruise specialist. If you live outside of the USA please check with your own health care coverage provider.
Q. I've never been on a cruise. What should I do to learn what I should know?
A. Funny you should ask. After reading this list of Q's and A's, you'll know about 50% of what you should. To get another 30% visit our Top Tips page. And then call us for the last 20%.