Hawaii & Alaska Adventure
June 6 – June 24, 2020
Saturday, Jun 6th – Home City/Honolulu
Depart your home city today for the tropical paradise of Honolulu, Hawaii, site of the 111th Annual Rotary International Convention. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Sunday, June 7th – Honolulu
This and every morning, breakfast will be served in your hotel. Prior to the opening ceremonies, discover this beautiful place through a panoramic city tour. Following the opening ceremonies today enjoy our welcome cocktail reception. (B, CKTL)
Monday, Jun 8th – Honolulu
Breakfast will be available in your hotel this morning, prior to a day filled with several Plenary Sessions during the convention hours. Tonight, you may wish to choose one of the many Host Committee Events available. (B)
Tuesday, Jun 9th – Honolulu
Breakfast will again be available in your hotel. Plenary Sessions and events of the Rotary International Convention continue. Tonight, you may wish to choose one of the optional tours available. (B)
Wednesday, Jun 10th – Honolulu
Again, breakfast is served in your hotel this morning. The Plenary sessions and events of the convention continue. Tonight, enjoy the unforgettable Closing Ceremonies. (B)
Thursday, Jun 11th – Honolulu/Vancouver, BC
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Friday, Jun 12th
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for the crossing to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Upon arrival at Swartz Bay
You continue to Victoria, Canada’s gentlest city. Victoria is a civilized place, of unhurried streets with more than a bit of British influence with its double decker buses, horse drawn carriages, and enchanting gardens. Your sightseeing tour includes the Empress Hotel, the Inner Harbor, dotted with pleasure crafts, the imposing Parliament Buildings, Beach Hill Park Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park- a forest of totem poles and Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway. You will have some time for personal exploring and lunch on your own. After lunch, you will return to Swartz Bay including a stop en route to visit Butchart Gardens, a onetime limestone quarry transformed that has grown to encompass a 55 acre fabulous huge flower bowl, where thousands of flowering plants and shrubs create a wonderland of color. After your visit, you will return to Vancouver by ferry, in time for dinner in Vancouver. (B)
Saturday, Jun 13th – Vancouver/Set Sail for Alaska
With a late start this morning, you will be transferred to Canada Place where you will board your home for the next week, The Royal Princess. From its breathtaking piazza-style Atrium to the dramatic views from the glass-floored SeaWalk®, Royal Princess is sure to delight. Relax at The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, watch the mesmerizing Princess WaterColor Fantasy light and water show, or dine on tantalizing cuisine at venues like Crown Grill and more. After embarkation, you will have time to wander the ship and get acclimated to your new surroundings. Lunch will be available this afternoon and then enjoy the view as you sail out of Vancouver headed North toward the exciting waters of our 49th State. Dinner and a welcome aboard show are just a few of the options available tonight! (B,L,D)
Sunday, Jun 14th – At Sea
Today is a relaxing day sailing toward Ketchikan. You can avail yourself all of the onboard activities including Encounters with Discovery at SEA, live performances, music and dance lessons, local foods and more will give you a deeper connection to the places you will visit, plus gaming, activities, culinary demonstrations and tastings plus lots more for you to enjoy as the beautiful scenery passes you by. (B,L,D)
Monday, Jun 15th – Ketchikan
Early this morning you will arrive in Ketchikan. 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. You 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. Choose from a wide array of shore excursions today. The options abound from Nature and Wildlife experiences to Kayaking, Ziplining, and even flightseeing options. Book early to avoid being sold out of these thrilling adventures! (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Jun 16th – Juneau
Today, your ship sails into Juneau, Alaska’s capital. 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. Your very long port day in Juneau, gives you an opportunity to maximize the sights with excursions to Mendanhall Glacier, Dog Sledding, and Flightseeing. Whatever you choose to do today, the sights will be breathtaking. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Jun 17th – Skagway
Your next stop on this exciting adventure is Skagway. 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. Your excursions today will give you varied opportunities to learn all about the Gold Rush, take the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, visit Haines or get another opportunity to go Dog Sledding. (B,L,D)
Thursday, Jun 18th – Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay, the highlight of your 7-day Alaska cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska’s magnificent park system. During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay’s abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you’ll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart’s content. (B,L,D)
Friday, Jun 19th – College Fjord
Today will be another day of magnificent scenery and wonderment. Discovered in the northwest corner of Prince William Sound during an 1899 research expedition, spectacular College Fjord and its glaciers were named after prestigious east coast schools by the college professors who first laid eyes upon their majesty. Stretching for miles, these massive rivers of ice tumble down from mountains and through valleys, dipping into the pristine waters of the fjord. There you’ll have a chance to watch the awe-inspiring process of glaciers calving, or dropping enormous pillars of ice into the sea, as they crack and land with a thunderous splash – a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!
College Fjord not only boasts the world’s largest collection of tidewater glaciers, but it features magnificent snowcapped mountains as far as the eyes can see. Plus, during the summer, it’s not unheard of to catch a glimpse of one of the area’s 40-ton humpback whales feeding in the waters of the fjord. It’s a magical wonderland of epic proportions, so breathtaking you won’t want to blink! (B,L,D)
Saturday, Jun 20th – Whittier/Denali National Park
This morning after breakfast you will disembark your ship and be transferred to the Rail Depot where you will board your “Direct to the Wilderness” train. This rail service provides a fabulous beginning to an incredible journey, with magnificent scenery and friendly service all along the way. You’ll arrive refreshed for your very first night on land in Alaska at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Easy trails link the various places to shop and dine in this campus setting. And of course, no matter where you are, the natural splendor of the park is never far away. Enjoy dinner this evening at Fannie Q’s saloon. (B,L,D)
Sunday Jun 21st – Denali National Park
Start your morning with a quick stop at Fannie Q’s for a hearty buffet breakfast before heading off on your all-day Denali National Park Tundra Tour. Watch for glimpses of moose, caribou, and Dall Sheep. When you return dinner will be in the King Salmon Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Monday, Jun 22nd – Denali/Mt. McKinley
A scenic drive between your two lodges culminates in incredible views of Denali and with your arrival at the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge, a relaxing haven in one of the most dazzling settings imaginable. Sit and gaze at the majesty of the “Great One” from the lodge’s treehouse designed and build by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. Enjoy dinner this evening at the North Fork Restaurant. (B,D)
Tuesday, Jun 23rd – Mt. Mckinley
A full day at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge means you’ll have ample time to both relax and explore. Hear stories about climbing Denali in the Hudson Theater or roast a marshmallow at the fireside patio. Our local staff can help you choose from a generous offering of outdoor activities. Enjoy dinner tonight in the North Fork Restaurant. (B,D)
Wednesday, Jun 24th – Mt. McKinley/Anchorage
Take in final views of the mountain, perhaps over a leisurely cup of coffee, before you are transferred by mototcoach to Anchorage, Alaska’s most cosmopolitan city. There are shops, restaurants and museums. So get out and explore all that this city has to offer. (B)
Thursday, Jun 25th – Anchorage/Home City
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home with fond memories of your visit to our 49th & 50th states on your Rotary experience.
$8595 Per Person based on double occupancy
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