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Alaskan Glacier Cruise

11 days Land & Cruise Tours
Cruising out of Seattle, venture to the Last Frontier to discover classic Gold Rush towns and spectacular seascapes. Alaska will thrill you with its winding waterways, towering glaciers and rushing waterfalls, all within camera shot of the ship’s deck. Keep your eyes peeled and you’re likely to spot a half-dozen whale species breeching in the waves. After a week on the water, return to civilization in Victoria, beloved for its blooming gardens and mild weather.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels; 7 nights on the Celebrity Solstice

  • Buffet breakfast daily; 7 lunches and 7 dinners on board the ship; plus, 1 lunch and 1 three-course dinner, including wine or beer

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Seattle, Washington2 nights Hotel info

Day 1

Included meals: Dinner

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight aboard a major airline to Seattle, Washington. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Go Ahead representative and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an included dinner where you will meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, a local expert guide takes you on a guided sightseeing tour of Seattle. See the Seattle Center, the city’s vibrant cultural hub. Here you’ll view the iconic Space Needle, which served as the centerpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair and the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project. Also visit Pioneer Square, Seattle’s first industrial logging center. Then see Chinatown and Pike Place Market, most famous for its seafood-throwing fishmongers. This afternoon, explore Seattle on your own. You might choose to ride the monorail, check out the beautiful 1960s-flavored U District (home to the University of Washington) or browse the shops and cafés of the Capitol Hill or Queen Anne sections, the heart of Seattle’s creative life.

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Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Seattle. This afternoon, check in at your cruise ship and embark on a journey showcasing the natural beauty of the northwest.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Savor a full day at sea, enjoying the ship’s luxurious amenities. Pamper yourself, watch an incredible live glassblowing demonstration or simply relax on deck and enjoy the spectacular passing scenery.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Comprising over one-fifth of the United States’ land mass, the sheer vastness of Alaska is an amazing sight to behold. Your first port of call is Ketchikan, gateway to some of the state’s most sublime scenery and wildlife. The city is the ancestral home of the Tlingit natives and Ketchikan contains the world’s largest collection of totem poles. You’ll have a full day to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps taking a trip to the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument, a wildlife refuge with towering waterfalls.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, cruise through Tracy Arm, a 20-mile fjord, which twists and turns through a granite canyon lined with waterfalls, icebergs and towering mountain peaks. From the deck of your ship, gaze up at the stunning Sawyer Glacier, believed by many to be the bluest and most beautiful of Alaska’s glaciers. Then sail into the capital city of Juneau, whose history celebrates the Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Historical attractions you might wish to visit include the Alaska State Museum, the Last Chance Mining Museum and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Or you might opt to go whale watching, visit the salmon hatchery or ride the Mt. Roberts Tramway.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your next port of call is the intimate town of Skagway, the Garden City of Alaska. In 1896, Skagway became a major player in the Alaskan Gold Rush and experienced a huge population surge. With a full day in Skagway, you may opt to take a walk down historic Broadway Street—replete with numerous saloons and general stores. This evening, you’ll cruise through the Inside Passage, a patchwork of waterways stretching along the Southeastern Panhandle, affording spectacular views. Take in a scenic blend of islets, coves, forested terrain and glacial pools, keeping a close watch for soaring bald eagles and the telltale pectoral fins of humpback and bowhead whales.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day on the open water, cruising through more breathtaking scenery. Watch in awe as untamed wilderness and pristine beauty unfold before your very eyes. Keep an eye out for humpback, gray, minke, fin and killer whales (orcas). En route to Victoria, take a moment to relax aboard and revel in the serenity of Alaska.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross into Canada today, arriving this morning in the capital city of Victoria, home to Canada’s mildest climate and its lushest gardens. Spend a full day exploring the city’s gorgeous and painstakingly restored historic downtown Inner Harbour, enjoy a tea at the Empress Hotel or stroll through Victoria’s many flowering gardens. The Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria’s most colorful and fragrant gardens, is known for its original seasonal plantings and displays. For an immediate sense of peace and well-being, stroll past its waterfalls, trees and lakes, and immerse yourself in the wonderful sounds of nature.

Seattle, Washington1 night Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, your cruise ends upon your return to Seattle. After disembarkation, enjoy a farewell lunch with your group. The rest of the day is yours to relax and reacclimate to life on land!

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About The Celebrity Solstice

The Celebrity Solstice is equipped with all the amenities to make your experience smooth sailing. Sun on the Solstice Deck, enjoy fine dining at several different restaurants and watch shows in a theater with over 1,400 seats. You may wish to attend a glassblowing demonstration or join in outdoor activities at The Lawn Club, a grass lawn between the ship’s funnels. And when you’ve had your fill of activity, your cabin awaits with all the comforts of home.

Passport and Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well. The passport expiration date must extend at least six months beyond your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact Canada’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered to accommodate temperature changes is recommended, along with a sun hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a warm sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. You might also wish to bring a pair of binoculars for viewing scenery. This cruise includes two formal nights. Most men opt for a dark suit instead of a tuxedo, and women choose cocktail dresses rather than lavish gowns. The remaining nights are casual, or smart casual with sport shirts and slacks recommended for men, and skirts, khakis or casual dress for women.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Canada.

Dining arrangements

Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the ship’s dining room, and dinner is served at two seatings (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.). If you do not get the dinner seating you would like, please speak to the dining room maitre d’ at the earliest opportunity. He will do his best to accommodate you. Dining preference is confirmed upon check-in at the terminal.

Shore Excursions

Be sure to ask cruise representatives about shore excursions, as some are quite walking intensive. Also, please be advised that passengers who do not choose to partake in shore excursions are typically the last to disembark in that day’s port.

Electricity

The ship has 110 volts (standard U.S. voltage) and 220 volts current. Staterooms have built-in hairdryers. Travel irons are not permitted.

Time Zones

Alaska operates on its own time zone, Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is nine hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour behind Pacific Standard Time (PST). Washington is on Pacific Standard Time. When it’s 12 p.m. in New York, it’s 9 a.m. in Washington and 8 a.m. in Alaska.

Shipboard Money Matters

On board, you will be issued a card which will enable you to sign for most shipboard expenses, such as optional shore excursions, bar and wine bills, beauty treatments and photo orders. Your account can be settled with a major credit card.

Currency

The official currency aboard the ship is the U.S. dollar, and all prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. On your free day in Victoria, you may wish to exchange a small amount of Canadian dollars. Better rates of exchange are found in Canada. We recommend taking cash, credit, bank and/or ATM cards for the easiest and least expensive exchange. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

Gratuities for the staff aboard your cruise ship are not included in the price of your tour but will be automatically charged to your onboard account. In general, this gratuity amounts to around $20 per person per day, which covers all service charges for ship personnel. A separate 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all bar tabs and spa services. At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 8/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Mixed emotions

First and foremost; Randee was great! However, from day one on board I was met with disappointment regarding my sleeping quarter. Eventhough I paid for a Stateroom; I was led to believe I was getting a balcony room by Go Ahead-when this trip was booked. Both Nancy & I were under the same impression. The SR sleeping quarter was a major issue because I suffer from mild claustrophobia! The SR has a nice-sized window but the lack of airflow prevented me from resting well for the 7 days on board. Go Ahead also told me we were entitled to a glass of wine at dinner....NOT! To my chagrin--this resulted in an altercation with the head waiter (which both she & I apologized to each other for) yet; the whole encounter could have been avoided if Go Ahead had provided us with correct and consistent information. This trip was to be very special because it was my wife's (milestone) birthday. A damper was gebuinely cast upon this event considering I spent my 1st hours on board confronting Guest Services & Wait Staff! I recommend Go Ahead assign one (1) person to be responsible for conveying information to clients. These trips are expensive!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best if Everything

This was our first cruise and it was excellent in every aspect and made even better with our tour director Bob.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Favorite Cruise

We loved this tour! Our time in Seattle was great as we've never been there before and the cruise into Alaska's inside passage and Tracy Arm Fjord were spectacular. The only thing I would do differently would be to go on this tour earlier in the summer, like late June to late July, because we saw drizzly rain each day on our cruise. That's what happens when you go to Alaska when their fall is beginning. But overall our experience was wonderful and we would travel with Go Ahead again. By the way, our Tour Director was a great guy and it is great not having to worry about a thing on this tour. He did all the behind the scenes work and it made our trip easier to enjoy.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Did not meet expectations at all.

There was one outstanding feature of this cruise/cruise line - the service. Everyone from our tour director, waiters and cabin staff were super. Food - mediocre, one night when a sirloin was so tough you couldn't cut it, the Maitre d' told the guest that "if you want a nice steak, you should order the filet mignon for an extra $14.95. No thanks at the cost of this cruise! Food availability - inconvenient Entertainment onboard - mediocre (one good featured entertainment night - the rest were pretty dismal) Scenery - very disappointing - one morning close enough to land to enjoy the view (glacier visit). The rest of the time we were so far from the mountainous coast it was just a "horizon" to look at. The picture entered below was "towel art" that greeted us as we walked into our cabin one evening. Use your imagination - it's an elephant (I think).

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Alaska was breath taking!

My first cruise! I had a fantastic time and loved Alaska! Planning on going again in a few years!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

very relaxing vacation

The rocking of the ship kept putting me to sleep. I thought we could of stayed at Junea and Skagway for a longer period of time. A few hours was not enough to see everything or do more than one side excursion. We saw our tour director at dinner. He told us do whatever you want. I don't think you need a tour guide on a cruise. We had to set up our own excursions ourselves. He did pick us up at the airport and had us dropped off. He ran off ahead of all of us so he could catch his flight. There was no mystery dinner theatre like was advertised. Tour director told us to find out any info ourselves. Was not prepared to have so many hands waiting for a tip. Compared to our trip last fall of Paris and Italy this trip was so far below par it wasn't even funny.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Blue Glaciers!

I realized that I am not a person who loves cruises, but I still had a great time on this trip. All of the Go Ahead team members were 100% professional, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The itinerary was excellent; plenty of free time to explore on our own, but an amazing tour guide available 24/7 if we needed her! Hotel in Seattle was centrally located and comfortable. Included meals were delicious.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wow!

Wow became the word we found ourselves saying again and again. Our group of friends were together for the Alaska cruise trip. It was great from beginning to end. Our time in Seattle prior to the cruise was so much fun. Our tour director Yvette was amazing. She became one of our group instead of just overseeing us. All the meals, tours, transportation, guides, and drivers were wonderful. From Seattle to Victoria, many beautiful memories were made. Already planning our next trip! Thank you.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Alaska Glacier Tour

The Alaska Glacier tour was all that was advertised and more! Having a whole day to explore Seattle was wonderful. We were very pleased with our hotel accomodations in Seattle--great location and nice, clean rooms. We had excellent weather throughout our trip with only one rainy morning and it was a day at sea. I'm certain Go Ahead arranged this also! My only recommendation would be to add a day extra in Victoria because one day is not enough to explore this beautiful city. My friend and I chose to take a float plane ride to Taku Lodge for a salmon bake and were so glad that we did! We flew over 5 glaciers and then had a delicious salmon dinner in a lodge built in early 1900's. I would definitely recommend splurging on this excursion in Juneau. Our tour guide, Yvette, was an added pleasure. Her knowledge of the places we visited and her recommendations for local sites was so helpful. Our city tour in Seattle was excellent because of the local tour guide that she had arranged for us. Yvette's attention to detail made our travel experience almost stress free. She is such an interesting lady who truly cared if we were happy and enjoying our time in this beautiful part of North America.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Alaska Trip

I enjoyed my Alaskan Cruise with my tour guide and group. It was a relaxing trip, but towards the end of my trip, I was very disappointed with GoAhead Tours. I was informed that gratuity for the cruise staff was included in my package but at the end of my trip, it was NOT so. I had to pay out of pocket for my gratuity and the company did not re-compensate me for what they charged me for gratuity. The reason I'm rating this tour low because, compared to other cruise lines, I found that the Royal Caribbean was a bit out-dated and service was subpar. I was disappointed with the fact that the Tour company booked a cruise with a subpar cruise line. I feel that I could have gotten a better deal booking this cruise myself and saved about $1500 instead of booking with GOAHEAD Tours. I only booked with this company because a friend referred me and said only good things about this company. GoAhead Tours also did NOT offer excursions through their website nor did they redirect me to the cruise line about the excursions. I had to book my excursions on my own and at the very last minute!

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