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Program #18667RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
White Pass and Yukon rail trip will range from sea level to nearly 3,000 feet elevation.

Itinerary for Jun 2 — Jun 15, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Westmark Fairbanks is conveniently located in downtown Fairbanks.

Contact info:
813 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-456-7722
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/fairbanks

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate
Contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for additional nights. The toll free number is 800-544-0970. Mention you are part of the Holland America booking. The hotel will not be able to guarantee you'll have the same room for the length of your stay. Better rates may be available online.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, June 02 - Arrival and Check-In / Registration / Welcome Din...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 pm. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar Meet and Greet table located near the Holland America counter to register with the program staff. They will provide you with an arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information to be reviewed at orientation and to confirm the time and place of our welcome dinner. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk.

Dinner: In our Road Scholar meeting space, share your first dinner with your Road Scholar fellow travellers. This will be a chance for you to meet and introduce yourselves as you begin your journey in wondrous Alaska.

Evening: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep.

Lodging: Westmark Fairbanks

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Westmark Fairbanks is conveniently located in downtown Fairbanks.

Contact info:
813 Noble St
Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
phone: 907-456-7722
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/fairbanks

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rate
Contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for additional nights. The toll free number is 800-544-0970. Mention you are part of the Holland America booking. The hotel will not be able to guarantee you'll have the same room for the length of your stay. Better rates may be available online.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 03 - Orientation / Morris Thompson Cultural Center Nat...
Orientation / Morris Thompson Cultural Center Native Presentations / Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Note: Group will walk from the hotel to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center which is about a 1/2 mile walk. Bus will be provided for the trip to the University of Alaska and back to the hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room via provided vouchers.

Morning: Orientation: We will gather in our private meeting room where our Road Scholar group leaders will provide an overview of the program, review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss changes, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Following orientation, the group will walk to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center for a guided exploration of the center provided by the center's director. Morris Thompson, a Koyukon Athabascan, was born, raised, and is now laid to rest in Tanana, his Native home in Interior Alaska. As a native political leader and business man, he dedicated his life to Alaska issues and its peoples. The center is dedicated to his memory.

Lunch: Enjoy an Athabascan meal prepared for our group at the Cultural Center using fresh local ingredients.

Afternoon: Following lunch attend a one-hour Cultural Connections Show featuring traditional music and dancing by Alaskan Native youth dancers.

After the performance the group will board a bus to visit the Museum of the North on the University of Alaska's Fairbanks campus. The museum exhibits are a great introduction to Alaska’s diverse wildlife, people and land. Exhibits highlight the objects and artifacts, people, wildlife, geography and history of each of Alaska's five major geographic regions. Pieces and objects representing 2000 years of Alaskan art and historical paintings from the 19th and 20th century round out the exhibits.

Dinner: In our private meeting space at the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner Road Scholar staff will discuss tomorrow's schedule in more detail and inform you of the procedure for luggage out and transfer to Denali. You may have luggage transferred directly to the ship and retain one bag with you for your travels for the next few days prior to boarding the ship. This is not required, but available in case you would like to utilize this service.

Lodging: Westmark Fairbanks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The McKinley Chalet Resort is one of the Denali National Park lodges. Spanning over 42 acres, the resort offers endless walking trails next to the Nenana River. Courtesy shuttles will conveniently transport you throughout the resort, to the Park Mart, the Wilderness Access Center and the Denali Visitors Center.

Contact info:
Mile 238.5 George Parks Highway
Denali National Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-8200
web: www.denaliparkresorts.com/accommodations/mckinley-chalet-resort

Room amenities: Room amenities include: television, alarm clock, in-room phone, hair dryer and coffee maker.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, June 04 - Travel by Coach from Fairbanks to Denali / Welco...
Travel by Coach from Fairbanks to Denali / Welcome to the Subarctic by Denali Education Center

Breakfast: After breakfast at the hotel, depart via coach to Denali National Park. Enjoy views along the George Parks highway where moose and other wildlife are sometimes spotted. As you depart Fairbanks you will view rolling hill country covered with spruce and birch before climbing across the Alaska Range. As you head closer to Denali, the highway crosses a deep canyon, carved by the Nenana River.

Lunch: At hotel after arrival in Denali National Park.

Afternoon: After checking in at the lodge, take the opportunity to hike near the entrance to Denali National Park. A shuttle is available from the lodge to the park's Visitor's Center. It is the main National Park Service welcome and information center.

The center offers visitors a chance to learn more about the park by speaking with park rangers, viewing the 20 minute park film, "Heartbeats of Denali," and exploring the exhibit area.

Dinner: Dine at a local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner, head to the Denali Education Center for a Welcome to the Sub arctic presentation. A non-profit educational partner of Denali National Park and Preserve since 1989, the Denali Education Center provides Road Scholar programs during the summer months. Their presentation will provide an excellent background for your trip into the park tomorrow.

Lodging: McKinley Chalet Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The McKinley Chalet Resort is one of the Denali National Park lodges. Spanning over 42 acres, the resort offers endless walking trails next to the Nenana River. Courtesy shuttles will conveniently transport you throughout the resort, to the Park Mart, the Wilderness Access Center and the Denali Visitors Center.

Contact info:
Mile 238.5 George Parks Highway
Denali National Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-8200
web: www.denaliparkresorts.com/accommodations/mckinley-chalet-resort

Room amenities: Room amenities include: television, alarm clock, in-room phone, hair dryer and coffee maker.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, June 05 - Tundra Tour into the heart of Denali National Par...
Tundra Tour into the heart of Denali National Park / Watch for Wildlife!

Note: This is a very early rise. Group will depart the lodge between 5:30 and 6:30 am.

Breakfast: 5:00 am early morning breakfast at the McKinley Chalet.

Morning: Group will depart very early this morning for a Denali Tundra tour via coach returning at approximately 1:30 pm. A boxed snack will be provided on the bus along with a boxed lunch. Traveling 53 miles into the park to the Toklat River rest area, the Tundra Wilderness Tour provides the opportunity to see the incredible scenery within the park. It includes a narrated history of the park road and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s wildlife inhabitants. One never knows when wildlife will show, but there will be opportunities to look for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears. On days when Denali (Mt. McKinley) is visible, it may be possible to travel to Stony Hill Overlook (another eight miles down the road) and view the entire mountain from base to summit. Stops are made at least once every 90 minutes for rest stops.

Lunch: Boxed lunch and boxed snack provided on the bus trip.

Afternoon: After our visit into the interior of the park, enjoy some free time to explore the park. Be sure to take advantage of the park shuttle which stops at the chalet. There are several short hikes that begin in the area of the visitor's center.

Also near the visitor's center are the kennels for the sled dogs of Denali which have been important to the park for so long that they have become a part of the resource, and a cultural tradition worthy of protection. The dogs and the kennels where they live represent important pieces of American history and symbols of cultural and native significance, the pioneer experience in the far north and the history of Alaska's first national park.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the hotel's grill.

Evening: At leisure to rest and relax after the long day.

Lodging: McKinley Chalet Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage with easy access to the Anchorage Museum and adjacent to the Egan Convention Center and Performing Arts Center.

Contact info:
720 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501 USA
phone: 907-276-7676
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/anchorage

Facility amenities: All rooms have private balconies, and high speed wireless Internet access and the facility includes a full service bar and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, June 06 - Denali to Anchorage via train / Views of Hurrican...
Denali to Anchorage via train / Views of Hurricane Gulch, Mt. McKinley and wildlife!

Breakfast: Breakfast at Chalet Resort.

Morning: Prepare this morning for our trip to Anchorage via train. Luggage will need to be out early morning and we will take a coach to the train depot for a mid morning departure.

Lunch: Lunch provided on the McKinley Explorer.

Afternoon: Relax and view the scenic beauty as you pass through Broad Pass, the highest point on the Alaska Railroad at 2,363 feet. North of Talkeetna you will cross the startling 918-foot Hurricane Gulch trestle, towering 296 feet above the creek below. 70 miles south of Talkeetna,marks one of the most spectacular views of Mt. McKinley. If the weather is good the train will slow to allow passengers to snap a few photos. Keep an eye out for bears, moose, eagles, beavers, wolves and swans.

Dinner: At the hotel as a group.

Evening: Following dinner Road Scholar staff will discuss tomorrow's activities.

Lodging: Westmark Anchorage Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Windsong Lodge is located in the spectacular Resurrection River valley, a short distance from Seward. The gift shop features Alaska Native art.

Contact info:
Mile 0.5 Herman Leirer / Exit Glacier Road
Seward, AK 99664 USA
phone: 907-224-7116
web: www.sewardwindsong.com

Room amenities: All rooms feature a flat screen television, wireless Internet access, a DVD player, a hair dryer, a coffee maker, and a telephone.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, June 07 - Anchorage Museum / Coach to Alyeska via Turnagain...
Anchorage Museum / Coach to Alyeska via Turnagain Arm--arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in America / Tram / Arrive Seward

Note: The group will walk to the Anchorage museum and back to the hotel which is about a half mile walk each way.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit the Anchorage Museum. Enjoy the large variety of exhibits that explain pre-historic, historic and present Anchorage and Alaska. The Alaska Gallery displays more than 1,000 objects and is one of the finest presentations of Alaskan history and ethnology in the state. Full-scale and miniature dioramas provide a look at the early lifestyles of Alaska’s Native peoples. Exhibits also cover the exploration and settlement by the Russians, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood. Then board a motor coach for a trip along Turnagain Arm. South of Anchorage, the Seward Highway hugs the dramatic shorelines of Turnagain Arm, and is one of the world's great drives, ranking right up there with Italy's Amalfi Drive. This route is one of 15 roads in the US that have been designated as an "All-American Road." Here explorer Captain Cook searched for the Northwest Passage. Local lore has it that the arm is so named because Cook entered it repeatedly, only to be forced to turn back by the huge tide of water that pushes up the inlet.

Lunch: Provided by hotel on motor coach trip.

Afternoon: As you continue towards Seward, watch for beluga whales which are frequent visitors to the arm as they patrol the muddy waters in search of salmon and hooligan, a variety of smelt. High tide is the best time to see these rare creatures. Continue your travel down the Kenai Peninsula to Seward.

At Alyeska Resort travel up the mountain on the Alyeska tram. From the Tram, you can see miles in all directions. Views include Turnagain Arm, seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Below the tram moose and bear can sometimes be sighted.

Dinner: Dinner at Windsong Lodge after arrival in Seward.

Lodging: Windsong Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Seven: Sunday, June 08 - Alaska SeaLife Center / Board the Ship
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the Windsong Lodge

Morning: Transfer from the Windsong Lodge to downtown Seward. Spend time in the SeaLife Center where you will see marine life and birds in a behind the scenes visit to learn about the role of the SeaLife Center in education, research and the rehabilitation of marine animals. It is Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. View puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while learning about their mission to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

Lunch: Aboard the ship or if you prefer, you may dine in Seward. Seward has a shuttle service that runs between town and the cruise ship terminal. Boarding begins at 1:00 pm and lunch will follow.

Afternoon: Be on board the ship by 5:00 pm. Snacks available on LIDO Deck. If you have any questions, please look for the Road Scholar hospitality desk on board the ship. Brief introduction provided by Road Scholar Staff prior to dinner.

Dinner: Life boat and life preserver drill prior to departure from Seward followed by group seating for dinner.

Evening: At leisure to settle in and unpack!

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Eight: Monday, June 09 - At Sea / Educational Presentations / Reception
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast as the ship continues our sailing towards Glacier Bay.

Morning: Spend time on deck viewing glaciers and watch for wildife in the waters.

Lunch: Lunch on board ship at your own leisure.

Afternoon: Road Scholar presentation followed by special Road Scholar cocktail party with music and appetizers.

Dinner: Dine together as group as we travel in the Gulf of Alaska on the way to Glacier Bay.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Nine: Tuesday, June 10 - Park Service Cultural and Naturalist Interpretati...
Park Service Cultural and Naturalist Interpretation / Glacier Bay Tidewater Glaciers / Watch for Calving Glaciers!

Breakfast: Aboard the ship at your own leisure.

Morning: After the Glacier Bay National Park Ranger-Naturalists board the ship near Gustavus at the mouth of the Bay, they will be on hand to explain the history of the area and point out the glaciers and other features of the area.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Spend time out on deck to watch for wildlife and enjoy the scenery. If a glacier is fed by enough snow to flow out of the mountains and down to the sea, we call it a "tidewater" glacier which is the type of glacier seen from the ship in Glacier Bay. Watch closely when the ship stops near a tidewater glacier and you may very well see a calving glacier which is a sight to be seen. Listen for the sound as the great blocks of ice up to 200 feet high break loose and crash into the water. In the early afternoon we will have a lecture on board the ship. Following late afternoon a Huna Tlingit cultural ambassador will discuss personal experiences, clan and family traditions and the historic use of the Glacier Bay area. Learn about traditional subsistence practices and the traditions that have sustained the Huna Tlingit people dating back thousands of years.

Dinner: Aboard ship as a group.

Evening: Evening meeting with an orientation to Skagway and a presentation on history of the area.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Ten: Wednesday, June 11 - Haines and Skagway with a ride on the White Pass ...
Note: Ramps can be steep getting on and off the ferry.

Breakfast: At your leisure--but be prepared to meet in our meeting space by 8:30 am for a special guest presentation. Our speaker will discuss growing up in Alaska.

Morning: After our presentation, disembark and explore the town of Haines. Board a ferry for Skagway and ride the White Pass and Yukon Railway.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Ride the White Pass & Yukon Railway across the White Pass a short distance into Canada. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Its steep grade (about 3,000 feet in 20 miles) includes tunnels, bridges and trestles. On the return trip to Skagway you will have a chance to take in the panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from the comfort of vintage parlor cars one more time. Once back in Skagway take time to explore the town. This time may be limited depending upon the departure time for the ferry back to Haines.

Dinner: Dinner on board at your own leisure or, eat on your own in Haines. Haines provides a shuttle between town and the cruise ship dock.

Evening: Road Scholar meeting with an orientation to Juneau and its history. Time for a late evening walk on shore before the ship departs for Juneau.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Eleven: Thursday, June 12 - Day Boat Excursion / Salmon Bake Brunch / Mendenh...
Breakfast: Aboard the ship at your leisure.

Morning: Disembark and board a motorcoach for an exclusive narrated drive to Auke Bay. Board a catamaran for a cruise to Colt Island's Orca Point lodge where we will take a "Native Plants & Intertidal Marine Life” walk.

Lunch: Enjoy a salmon bake brunch at Orca Point Lodge.

Afternoon: After brunch at the lodge enjoy a “Wild Alaska Salmon” talk by the lodge host. Reboard the catamaran for continuation of sightseeing cruise – emphasis on whale watching. The onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of wildlife you may encounter, including humpback and killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears and deer. Arrive back at Auke Bay and embark on a motorcoach transfer to Mendenhall Glacier followd by a return to Juneau to independently visit points of interest such as Juneau's City Museum, the State Capitol, the Russian Orthodox church building and historic Franklin Street area.

Dinner: Group dinner on ship as we depart Juneau.

Evening: Road Scholar meeting and presentation.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Twelve: Friday, June 13 - Ketchikan - Native Culture & Historic Totems / Vi...
Ketchikan - Native Culture & Historic Totems / Visit with Saxman Mayor and previous Mayor of Ketchikan Borough / SE Discovery Center

Breakfast: Travel south through Clarence Straits toward Ketchikan. Road Scholar presentation(s).

Lunch: On board at your leisure as we approach Ketchikan.

Afternoon: Disembark for a presentation at the Totem Heritage Center where they will discuss culture and crafts of the native people. Go behind-the-scenes to examine a collection of totems up close along with native crafts. Learn about the native culture from a Tlingit tribal member and mayor of Saxman the native community and prior mayor of Ketchikan Borough. Independently spend time at the Southeast Discovery Center looking at the exhibits. Explore the historic Creek Street area and note totems in the area of the library and Creek Street. Spend time exploring the core of the downtown area.

Dinner: Dinner as a group on board, or at your own option, eat in town.

Evening: Explore Ketchikan until "On Board Time". Short Road Scholar presentation.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: One of the smaller vessels in Holland America’s fleet of modestly sized cruise ships, Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises". In the center of the ship, a three-story atrium showcases an elaborate 26-foot-high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture.

Ship Information: Length is 720 feet and was originally launched in 1993 and last refurbished in 2010. It cruises at 22 knots and has a maximum occupancy of 1258 passengers.

Contact info:
300 Elliott Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-932-4259
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Room amenities: All staterooms feature beds with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.

Facility amenities: Ship has a fitness center, spa, movie theater, tennis court, pools and hot tubs. All staterooms (cabins), showrooms, and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. While smoking is not permitted in staterooms, guests are allowed to smoke on stateroom verandahs. Smoking is also permitted on certain other designated, outside decks, and in the Casino.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bath entrances have thresholds in the doorway.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, June 14 - At Sea as you enter Canadian Waters and enjoy pre...
At Sea as you enter Canadian Waters and enjoy presentations by Road Scholar staff

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Road Scholar staff will provide a presentation as we enter Canadian waters. The ship's staff will discuss the disembarkation procedures.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Travel the coast of British Columbia. Road Scholar staff will provide a farewell meeting and answer any remaining questions on the logistics of disembarkation.

Dinner: Aboard the ship as a group.

Evening: At leisure to pack and prepare for tomorrow's departure.

Lodging: M/S Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, June 15 - Vancouver/Departure
Breakfast: Aboard the ship. We'll have an early morning arrival in Vancouver at Canada Place Pier.

Morning: Disembarkation will begin between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy Road scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Anchorage, AK
Alaska Native Heritage CenterAlaska's premier Alaska Native cultural center. The center shares the heritage of Alaska's 11 major cultures. Visitors experience Alaska Native cultures first-hand through stories, dance and more. Location: 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Anchorage, AK 99504-6100 Phone: 907-330-8000
For additional information, visit: www.alaskanative.net
Anchorage MuseumA world-class museum in downtown Anchorage. The state's largest museum includes the Alaska History Gallery, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, science exhibits, shop and full-service restaurant. Location: 625 C St. Anchorage, AK 99501-3544 Phone: 907-929-9201
For additional information, visit: www.anchoragemuseum.org
Denali National Park, AK
Scenic FlightsFly over the Alaska Range. The flights may be reserved on site at the Kantishna Roadhouse, weather permitting. The cost is approximately $250 per person, payable by credit card or cash.
For additional information, visit: www.katair.com
Fairbanks, AK
Fairbanks Ice MuseumCertainly the most bemusing sight in the city's downtown - and by far the best place to chill out - is the Fairbanks Ice Museum. This hour-long experience takes place in the historic Lacey Street Theater. Call (907) 451-8222 for additional information.
Gold Dredge No. 8 National Historic DistrictA visit to Gold Dredge No. 8 provides a look at large-scale mechanized gold mining. In operation from 1928 to 1958, the massive Gold Dredge No. 8 chewed up the riverbed and washed out the gold. A tour of the historic dredge site includes mining equipment and structures.
For additional information, visit: www.golddredgeno8.com
Riverboat DiscoveryThe Riverboat Discovery will take you down the Chena River to the Tanana River (and back). Much more than a scenic cruise, the Riverboat Discovery provides a 3.5-hour experience where you'll learn about the contemporary and traditional ways of life in Alaska.
For additional information, visit: www.riverboatdiscovery.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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13 nights of accommodations
37 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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