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Alaskan Glacier Cruise

11 days Land & Cruise Tours
Cruise out of Seattle 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 an array of 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

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels and 7 nights aboard the Celebrity Solstice

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

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Seattle, Washington 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Seattle

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Seattle! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Seattle

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, on a guided sightseeing tour.

• See the Seattle Center, the city’s vibrant cultural hub

• View the iconic Space Needle, which served as the centerpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair and the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project

• Visit Chinatown and Pioneer Square, Seattle’s first industrial logging center

• See Pike Place Market, most famous for its seafood-throwing fishmongers

Celebrity Solstice Cruise 7 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Transfer to port

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a free morning in the city, transfer to the Port of Seattle to board your cruise ship and embark on your Alaskan voyage.

Day 4: Day at sea

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a full day at sea enjoying the ship’s amenities, relaxing on deck or taking in the spectacular scenery.

Day 5: Ketchikan

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit natives, famous for its artful totem poles. Enjoy free time to explore the city’s charming fishing villages or the Misty Fjords National Monument.

Day 6: Juneau via the Tracy Arm Fjord

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, cruise through the breathtaking Tracy Arm fjord.

• Pass through Tracy Arm, a 20-mile fjord through a granite canyon lined with waterfalls, icebergs and mountain peaks

• Gaze up at the Sawyer Glacier, one of the bluest and most beautiful in Alaska

• Sail into the capital city of Juneau, whose history celebrates the gold rush of the late 1800s

Day 7: Skagaway & the Inside Passage

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your next port of call is Skagaway, the starting point for prospectors during the Klondike gold rush of the late 1800s. Enjoy a free day here before cruising through the Inside Passage, a patchwork of waterways along the Alaska Panhandle.

Day 8: Day at sea

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day on the open water, cruising through more breathtaking scenery. Keep an eye out for humpback, gray, minke, fin and orca whales breeching in the waves.

Day 9: Victoria

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Victoria, a city known for having the most beautiful gardens and mildest weather in Canada. Spend a full free day exploring the Butchart Gardens, Inner Harbor or Parliament Building.

Seattle, Washington 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Disembarkation in Seattle

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive in port this morning and disembark. Then, transfer to the waterfront for free time and a farewell lunch with your group.

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2011

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED

I'd been told Alaska was beautiful. That's not rue. It's so much better than that. Pictures and tv and films cannot do it justice. You see nature in a new way. Not completely unspoiled, but as close as one could come without going native. We had never wanted to take a cruise, but this is ideal. Go to sleep in Seattle, wake up in Juneau. Go to sleep in Juneau, wake up in Skagway. The country stays with you. There is something to be said for cruising among icebergs and mountains painted gold by the rising sun or sipping coffee while contemplating the Sawyer Glacier. I'm glad I saw it and, if I can go back before global warmiung turns it into the Gobi Desert, I will.

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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.

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