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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day One: Friday, April 03 - Arrival Bellingham and Check-In / Board Ferry and...
Arrival Bellingham and Check-In / Board Ferry and Orientation / North to Alaska!

Arrive To: Check in at Ferry Terminal begins at 4:00 PM. Group will meet in the upstairs portion of the terminal which is accessible by elevator or stairs. The group will walk onto the ferry from this location.

Afternoon: Board vessel, locate your room and orient yourself to the vessel.

Dinner: Meals are taken in the ferry cafeteria. There isn't dedicated eating space for our group. Instead will take our meals with the general ridership. Food is ample and good and there are several choices, often including seafood.

Evening: Orientation to program and introductions

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Two: Saturday, April 04 - British Columbia / Inside Passage
Note: Outdoor walks of 1/2 mi in each town

Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: Introductions and an introduction to Alaska terminology will start off our morning. An Overview of the State of Alaska will help orient you to Alaska's Inside Passage and the areas we will visit. This day is spent enjoying the scenery of British Columbia all day, and we will not be making a port of call. Watching for orca and humpback whales as well as bald eagles will be high on the agenda. Several programs will be offered for you to attend, but programs stop for wildlife sightings. Two open water crossings, Queen Charlotte Sound and Milbanke Sound are negotiated today.

Lunch: In the ferry cafeteria

Afternoon: Pre-port lecture for the city of Ketchikan. Meet and Greet Reception in the bar.

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Three: Sunday, April 05 - Ketchikan / Wrangell
Breakfast: In ferry cafeteria

Morning: During the night we crossed into Alaskan waters. An orientation talk will prepare us for the first port of call, Ketchikan. We will take an excursion through Ketchikan and learn about its history and lifestyle with an emphasis on the native culture.

Lunch: In ferry cafeteria

Afternoon: Back aboard, we make our way through the Alaskan portion of the Inside Passage toward Wrangell. The port talk will cover interesting items of Wrangell's history, including the John Muir connection. If time allows, we will take a brief walking tour in Wrangell, a logging community.

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Evening: Free time--the observation lounge is a great place to spend an evening watching the lights as the ferry sails along. If you want to read a book the best location is the cafeteria area as the observation lounge lights turn off at night so as not to obstruct the navigation of the ferry.

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Four: Monday, April 06 - Mendenhall Glacier / Skagway
Note: Walk from bus to glacier viewing area 1/4 mi. Walking into Skagway from ferry 1 mile roundtrip. Walking tour of Skagway 1 mile

Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: The capital city of Juneau will be our stop this morning. We'll take an early (6:00 am) visit to the Mendenhall Glacier. After viewing the blue ice and the peaceful lake at the base, we may be able to fit in a quick drive through town. We'll head back for a port talk as we continue on our route.

Lunch: In the ferry cafeteria

Afternoon: This afternoon we continue northward up the Lynn Canal, one of the most stunning fjords in the world. Instructors offer educational programming along the way on our journey to Skagway and Haines.This is the route of the goldminers seeking gold in the Yukon. There will be a short stop in Haines and a longer stop in Skagway where we will disembark and walk the gold-mining era town.

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Five: Tuesday, April 07 - Excursion in Sitka
Note: Walking of up to 1/2 mi in town. Standing for 1/2 hour for Bishop's House tour

Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: We will stop again in Juneau during the night and the ferry will then head to Sitka arriving early afternoon.

Lunch: In the ferry cafeteria--if departure for a port visit is scheduled close to the start of lunch, it is possible to get a sandwich to take with you from the cafeteria.

Afternoon: The Russian Colonial town of Sitka is characterized by the onion-domed spires of St Michael's Orthodox Cathedral in the center of town. We will have a guided tour of the Russian Bishop's House. It is one of 4 original Russian Colonial era buildings in North America, and the best preserved. There may be some time for you to look around Sitka on your own before returning to the ferry for our transit back through the Sergius Narrows where we hug the shoreline for excellent wildlife viewing.

We retrace our route southward to Petersburg and Wrangell. The Wrangell Narrows is another passage where we are very close to the shore and where the ship makes numerous course corrections that are interesting to watch.

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Six: Wednesday, April 08 - Ketchikan / Cross into British Columbia in the ev...
Note: Walk around the town of Ketchikan. 1/2 mi

Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: Return to Ketchikan and have another chance to learn about this community. After we depart, we will continue our educational programs and cross into British Columbian waters during the night.

Lunch: In the ferry cafeteria

Afternoon: On board

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travellers.

Ship Information: The M/V Columbia is the largest vessel of the Marine Highway fleet. Launched by Lockheed Shipbuilding in Seattle in 1974, the Columbia is 418 feet long, with capacity for 499 passengers and 134 vehicles (20' lengths). Its 103 total cabins include 44 four-berth units, and 56 two-berth units. The Columbia boasts a fine dining room. Alternative ferries are the Matanuska and the Malaspina. The M/V Matanuska was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company of Seattle and began service in 1963. In 1968 the vessel was lengthened and renovated. It now carries 499 passengers, and provides 4 four-berth, 21 three-berth, and 80 two-berth cabins. The Matanuska is 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths), and has a service speed of 16.5 knots. The M/V Malaspina was designed by Nickum & Spaulding Associates of Seattle, WA; and was built in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Yards in Seattle. She sailed Alaskan waters proudly and well for nine years, then underwent lengthening and renovation which was completed June 6, 1972. When she left the Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard in Portland, OR., she was indeed a “new ship”—she had been cut in two , and had 56 ft. added to her middle. The additions included the new solarium, and remodeling of the dining area, cocktail lounge, cafeteria, and all other public areas. Stateroom capacity was increased from 100 to 284 berthing accommodations. The Malaspina is 408 ft. long and 74 ft. wide, and her gross tonnage is 2,928. She has a service speed of 16.5 knots, and is driven by two V12-cylinder, 4000 HP Enterprise Diesel engines.

Contact info:
N/A
Juneau, AK 99801 USA
phone: 800-642-0066
web: www.FerryAlaska.com

Room amenities: All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder. Cabins are small and basic in nature with limited storage space. Cabins are made up with fresh linen at start of the trip, but daily housekeeping service does not exist. Fresh towels and sheets are available upon request. Linen exchange halfway through the trip will be arranged by the Group Leader.

Facility amenities: A cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge round out the passenger amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 AM


Day Seven: Thursday, April 09 - Classes and viewing scenery and wildlife
Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: Cross into Canadian waters early this morning. No stops scheduled for today. We will be on the lookout for wildlife and the red-roofed Canadian lighthouses.

Lunch: In the ferry cafeteria

Afternoon: Instructors continue with presentations along the way

Dinner: In the ferry cafeteria

Evening: After dinner participants join together one last time for some departure information, closing thoughts and farewells to our sailing companions.

Lodging: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Friday, April 10 - Program Concludes in Bellingham
Depart From: Expected departure from Ferry Terminal at 8:00 AM.

Breakfast: In the ferry cafeteria

Morning: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure. We look forward to having you join us on future Road Scholar programs. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network to share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes and safe travels.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.alaskachamber.com
Bellingham/Whatcom County Convention & Visitor's Bureau
For additional information, visit: www.bellingham.org
Fairhaven in Bellingham, WAThe Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal has luggage lockers that can be rented for a small fee from the terminal's front desk. If you arrive early, you may rent a locker for your luggage and walk to this area of Bellingham which is about 4 blocks from the ferry building. This area has many restaurants and shops.
For additional information, visit: www.fairhaven.com

Important information about your itinerary:
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