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Program #18669RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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
Most of this program occurs at sea level -- no activities occur above 200 feet

Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes are required. Rain gear is recommended.

Itinerary for Aug 24 — Sep 7, 2014

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Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 24 - Board MS Amsterdam at Pier # 91
Note: Recommend boarding between 1pm and 3pm.

Depart From: Ship departs from Seattle at 4:00 PM. Be on board no later than 3pm. Boarding begins at 1pm.

Afternoon: Board MS Amsterdam at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at PIER # 91 near downtown Seattle between 1pm and 3pm. Departure from Seattle is scheduled for 4:00 pm. Lunch is served in the Lido Restaurant. Check in with Road Scholar staff -- we will staff a signed desk on deck 3 in the Atrium between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Sail away is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Our Road Scholar group will have dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room. We sit at adjoining tables. We are on the upper level, deck 5 Upper Promenade. We have the early seating -- 5:45 PM.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own. Evening activities are many and varied and run from extravagant production shows to dancing to an evening movie to sing along piano bar to live music of several genres.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 25 - Today we are at sea all day off the coast of Brit...
Today we are at sea all day off the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. We will begin our Road Scholar programming with several presentations. There is free time to enjoy ship's activities as well.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or in the comfort of your stateroom.

Morning: This morning we begin our Road Scholar programming in the Hudson Room on Deck 5, Upper Promenade. We'll do some introductions of participants and detail our itinerary for the next few weeks before beginning a several part program on the natural and human history of Coastal Alaska.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Afternoon: We'll continue our exploration of Coastal Alaska natural and human history in the Hudson Room on Deck 5, Upper Promenade. An introduction to tomorrow's activities in Ketchikan is presented.

Dinner: Join fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own. Perhaps enjoy some live music in one of the specialty bars!

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 26 - Today we visit Ketchikan, "Alaska's First City". ...
Today we visit Ketchikan, "Alaska's First City". We visit the Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Visitor Center. There will be adequate free time to explore Ketchikan on your own.

Note: Ship is in port from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sponsored field trips to the Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Visitor Center. Free time to explore Ketchikan on your own. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or in your stateroom.

Morning: .We disembark the ship and bus to the Totem Heritage Center for a presentation on the iconic totem, symbol of the Pacific Northwest Coastal peoples for thousands of years. Ancient totems are preserved here, and that technique is discussed as well as the significance and meaning of totems by one of the Center docents. Following the presentation we return to downtown Ketchikan. Road Scholar participants enjoy an exclusive tour of the basement archives not generally open to the public and a Road Scholar exclusive lecture by an expert on Native Culture.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own. Return to the vessel for lunch in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or have lunch in town.

Afternoon: You have tickets to visit the Southeast Alaska Visitor Center, a museum type facility administered by the National Forest Service. The outstanding displays provide significant educational content and help the visitor to understand the magnificent coastal rainforest that envelopes Coastal Alaska and British Columbia. An award winning short film is presented and there is an excellent bookstore in the center as well. You are free to explore Ketchikan on your own for the remainder of the afternoon. Visit the colorful and historic Creek Street, ride the tram to the Cape Fox Hotel overlooking the harbor with its exquisite collection of Native Art, or check out the Tongass Historical Museum.

Dinner: Join your fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 27 - Tracy Arm is one of the most spectacular glacial ...
Tracy Arm is one of the most spectacular glacial fjords in Coastal Alaska. We spend the afternoon exploring this spectacular fjord.

Note: Dress warmly and join your Road Scholar leaders on a selected deck area for narration and explanation of Tracy Arm.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or the comfort of your stateroom.

Morning: We will have a Road Scholar meeting in the Hudson Room from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM to continue our educational programming and to introduce tomorrow's day in Juneau and the following days activities at Icy Strait Point. There will be free time to enjoy ship's activities.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Afternoon: We spend the afternoon exploring the stunningly scenic Tracy Arm fjord. Glittering icebergs dot the narrow, winding fjord. Hundreds of beautiful waterfalls cascade from the soaring 2,000' granite cliffs while the process of primary plant succession unfolds in front of our eyes. Dress warmly and join your Road Scholar leaders at a selected deck area -- they will narrate the unfolding scene and explain the processes of glaciation and plant succession along the way in an informal presentationl

Dinner: Join fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room

Evening: Free time this evening to enjoy ship's activities.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 28 - .Today we visit Alaska's Capital City, Juneau. W...
.Today we visit Alaska's Capital City, Juneau. We enjoy a field trip to Mendenhall Glacier, Glacier Gardens,and the McAuley Fish Hatchery with its wonderful salt water aquarium.

Note: We are in port from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM tonight. Dress warmly for the field trip. There is lots of time for exploring Juneau on your own. Moderate walking is required on paved or well maintained trails. There are several optional trails to hike on your own so wear comfortable walking shoes if you will be hiking.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or your stateroom.

Morning: Enjoy exploring Juneau on your own. Your Road Scholar leaders will give you several ideas for your visit. You might wish to visit the oldest building in Southeast Alaska, the St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, take a docent led tour through the State Capital Building, explore the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, or browse the many unique shops and galleries. Have lunch early as we board our motorcoaches for our field trip at 11:00 AM and will be out for nearly 5 hours.

Lunch: Have your lunch prior to our field trip which will begin at 11:00 AM.

Afternoon: We board a comfortable motorcoach at 11:15 AM for a short tour through downtown historic Juneau before heading out to the Mendenhall Valley. We shall visit the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska's only drive up glacier. There are trails to walk, a visitor center with outstanding displays and an excellent short film and an Alaska Geographic bookstore. National Forest Service Rangers are on hand to answer questions. Scenic points provide outstanding viewing platforms as well as photographic points. We move on to Glacier Gardens. The Visitor Center sports delightful gardens to wander through and a short interpretive trail to stroll. Here also, we board golf cart type vehicles for a wonderful trip through the heart of the old growth Pacific Coastal Rain Forest. Riding in open air carts give a great feel for the mystic forest and the air and aroma is fresh and wonderful. High on a mountainside, a short walk on a boardwalk brings us to a platform overlook with terrific views of the Mendenhall Valley, Gastineau Channel, Juneau, and the spectacular Chilkat Range. We enjoy one additional stop at McAuley Fish Hatchery. Depending on the time of the year, you may experience watching wild Pacific Salmon fight their way up the fish ladder to spawning areas. One of the scientists provides us with an overview of hatchery operations and fisheries management. Finally, spend time enjoying the magnificent aquarium in the hatchery building. Free time after the field trip to continue your exploration of Juneau.

Dinner: Dinner together with Road Scholar participants in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: You are free to enjoy ship's activities this evening or to explore downtown Juneau on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, August 29 - Today we visit an old refurbished cannery at Icy ...
Today we visit an old refurbished cannery at Icy Strait Point in the Native Tlingit village of Hoonah. We board a high speed catamaran tour vessel for a whale watching expedition to Icy Strait at the Mouth of Glacier Bay

Note: Ship is at anchor off Icy Strait Point from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We utilize tenders between ship and the dock. Dress warmly so you can spend lots of time out on decks when we are on the whale grounds. There are several very nice trails in the area so wear comfortable walking shoes if you will be hiking on your own

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room

Morning: There is no dock at Icy Strait Point so we will need to tender in. We will go as a group, meet on the dock, and then join our excursion. This morning we board a high speed catamaran tour vessel to explore Icy Strait and watch whales. Three separate currents meet here at Point Adolphus to create extremely productive waters that are the summer feeding home to over 80 humpback whales as well as many other marine mammals including Steller sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, the occasional Orca, and thousands of sea birds. Dress warm so you can be out on decks as much as possible. The tour company provides binoculars to enhance your wildlife viewing experience. A local guide narrates the tour

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room. However, the tender process takes time so insead of spending the time to go back to the ship to eat, you could find something on your own at the restored cannery site at Icy Strait Point. That way you would have more time in the early afternoon to continue investigating the historic cannery area, the small shops and trails in the vicinity.

Afternoon: You'll enjoy free time to visit the refurbished Icy Strait Point cannery, walk the interpretive trails, or visit the Native Tlingit village of Hoonah. Feeling adventuresome? Icy Strait Point features the longest, fastest ZIP line in the Pacific Northwest!

Dinner: Join your fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, August 30 - We are at sea all day crossing the Gulf of Alaska...
We are at sea all day crossing the Gulf of Alaska enroute to Anchorage. Educational programming and free time to enjoy ship's activities.

Note: We will present several educational programs today.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room

Morning: This morning we continue with our educational programming in the Hudson Room.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Afternoon: We continue our educational programming in the Hudson Room and also preview our day tomorrow in Anchorage and the following days in Homer and Kodiak. There will be some free time this afternoon to enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Dinner: Join the group for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Free time tonight to enjoy ship's activities.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, August 31 - Today we visit Alaska's largest city and business...
Today we visit Alaska's largest city and business and cultural center, Anchorage. Included visits to the Native Heritage Center and the excellent Anchorage/Rasmussen Museum.

Note: We are in port from 7:00 AM this morning until 11:00 PM tonight. Visits to the Native Heritage Center and Museum are on your own but admission is included. There will be ample free time to explore Anchorage on your own. There is some walking required today to get around but distances depend on what you might do. All walking is on paved surfaces.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: We disembark the vessel and catch a shuttle coach to the Convention Center in the heart of downtown Anchorage. From there, on your own, you catch a shuttle to the Native Heritage Center and/or Anchorage/Rasmussen Museum. There, explore at your own pace and then catch another shuttle that operates between the two venues. The Native Heritage Center celebrates cultures of all of Alaska's indigenous Native groups with exhibitions, lectures, dance performances, and a lovely guided walk around a small lake. The Rasmussen / Anchorage Museum is outstanding with exhibits featuring Alaska history and culture, Alaska's most celebrated artists, and the magnificent Smithsonian Exhibit celebrating the Native cultures of the North Pacific Rim.

Lunch: .Return to the ship for lunch at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Rooom or find lunch on your own downtown near the museum or at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Afternoon: Spend more time at the museum or the Heritage Center.....or explore downtown Anchorage.

Dinner: You may return to the ship and enjoy dinner with fellow Road Scholar participants at the La Fontaine Dining Room or have dinner downtown at one of Anchorage's many excellent restaurants.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own or continue your exploration of Anchorage.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Nine: Monday, September 01 - Today we visit the unique village of Homer, "The ...
Today we visit the unique village of Homer, "The End of the Road", and hometown of writer and celebrity Tom Bodett. Visit the exceptional interpretive and research center Islands & Ocean Visitor Center.

Note: We are in port from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. There is free time to visit Homer on your own. Only moderate walking required today, but there is an excellent trail at the Island and Oceans Visitor Center that requires good walking shoes

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: Homer is a really interesting small town at the very end of the Kenai Peninsula -- known as "The End of the Road". It's situated on a 5 mile long, 1/2 mile wide sand bar in Kachemak Bay. We'll disembark the ship and board a shuttle bus for the famous Homer Spit. You may explore the Spit or board the Homer Trolley (you will have tickets). The trolley makes several stops to drop or pick up guests and the driver narrates Homer history and ambience along the way. One of the stops is the Island and Oceans Visitor Center, a first class interpretive and research center funded in part by compensation for the Valdez Oil Spill of 1989. Excellent exhibits can be studied and there is a lovely trail to a salt marsh where sometimes nesting sandhill cranes can be observed. You can ride the trolley all day and drop off and pick up as much as you like.

Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room, or have lunch in town on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Homer on your own and visit the Pratt Museum (a trolley drop off point) and other locations.

Dinner: Join your Road Scholar friends for dinner at the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Ten: Tuesday, September 02 - .Today we visit Kodiak, one of Alaska's largest i...
.Today we visit Kodiak, one of Alaska's largest islands and the small town of the same name and the original capital of Russian America. We'll visit the Fish and Wildlife Center and have tickets to the Baranoff Museum.

Note: We are in port from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes as we will walk into town from the pier (about half a mile on a paved surface). There is a shuttle available for those who don't wish to walk. There is free time to explore Kodiak on your own

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: Disembark and walk to the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and explore on your own. The Visitor Center features exhibits detailing the Kodiak Game Refuge that is home to the Kodiak Brown Bear, the largest land mammal in North America. You may visit the Baranoff Museum (a small museum that highlights the Russian era in Kodiak) and explore the downtown area on your own. Use a walking tour map to see sights that interest you. You might enjoy a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, one of the first in Alaska, or stroll around the busy working harbor home to one of Alaska's largest fishing fleets.

Lunch: Return the the ship for lunch at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room or enjoy lunch in town on your own.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Kodiak on your own.

Dinner: Join fellow Road Scholar participants in the La Fontaine Dining Room for dinner

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Eleven: Wednesday, September 03 - We are at sea today again crossing the Gulf of Al...
We are at sea today again crossing the Gulf of Alaska. We take a spectacular side trip into Yakutat Bay to take a long look at the massive Hubbard Glacier, one of the largest and most spectacular tide water glaciers in Coastal Alaska.

Note: We continue educational programming today. Dress warmly and join your Road Scholar leaders on a selected deck area for narration and explanation while at Hubbard Glacier.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: We'll continue educational programming this morning in the Hudson Room and preview our visit to Hubbard Glacier

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit one of Coastal Alaska's most stunning vistas, Yakutat Bay and the massive Hubbard Glacier. Thousands of icebergs glitter in the Bay as huge chunks of ice calve of the 350' high ice face. A half dozen more tidewater glaciers spill off the high coastal range mountains into the Bay. This is one of the scenic highlights of the trip. Your Road Scholar leaders gather the group on a selected deck area to narrate and explain the magnificent scene in front of us.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room with fellow Road Scholar participants.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Twelve: Thursday, September 04 - Today we visit the historic village of Sitka, a m...
Today we visit the historic village of Sitka, a most charming community continually occupied for over 8,000 years and for 67 years the capital of Russian America. We visit Sitka National Park and enjoy a Native dance performance by the NaKaHidi Dancers

Note: We are anchored from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. We tender from ship to the dock. Dress for the weather for our excursions. There is ample free time to explore Sitka on your own. Walking is minimal today.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: We will meet in the Hudson Room this morning prior to our arrival in Sitka to preview our activities in Sitka. We tender ashore here as in Icy Strait. Sitka was the Capital and heart of Russian America and much Russian culture and history is still prevelant here. Visit the Bishop's House with its stunning Russian antiques and artifacts, stroll up to Capital Hill, where the original Russian Governor's Mansion once existed and was the site of the official tranfer ceremony when the USA took posession of Alaska from Russia in 1867, or check out the Russian blockhouse and cemetery. You will have included tickets to visit the St Michaels Russian Cathedral. Sitka is also home to the best bookstore in Alaska!

Lunch: You may return to the ship for lunch at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room, but the tendering process is time consuming so you may wish to eat a one of the local restaurants in town to save time. The NaKaHidi Dance Performance is at 12:30 PM.

Afternoon: We meet at the Na Ka Hidi Clan House at 12:15 PM where we enjoy an authentic Native Dance performance by the renowned Na Ka Hidi Dancers. Following the preformance, the dancers answer questions and offer picture taking opportunities. Following the dance performance we board a bus for a short town tour followed by a narrated walk in the rainforest at Sitka National Historical Park and have some time to puruse the Visitor Center. Our Native Tlingit tour guides discuss their 8,000 year history here in Sitka as well as their culture. We also visit the award winning Sitka Raptor Center, a private rehabilitation center principally for injured bald eagles but other raptors as well. One of the trainers presents an "on the arm" eagle presentation, and there is time to observe the many injured animals in their enclosures as well as check out the "touching" displays.

Dinner: Join fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the La Fontaine Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Thirteen: Friday, September 05 - Today we are at sea all day sailing southbound al...
Today we are at sea all day sailing southbound along the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Note: We will offer several Road Scholar presentations today and there is free time to enjoy ship's activities.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: We have educational programming this morning in the Hudson Room.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Afternoon: Join us in the Hudson Room as we wrap up our educational programming on the natural and human history of Coastal Alaska.

Dinner: Join your fellow Road Scholar participants in the La Fontaine Dining Room for dinner. As we are in Victoria tomorrow evening, many folks will probably not return to the ship for dinner so this will be our last dinner together as a full group.

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

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

Ship Information: 780 foot long ship with a capacity of 1380 passengers. 10 passenger decks, 12 passenger elevators, 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center

Contact info:
Holland America Line
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 800-355-3016 x2062813535
web: www.hollandamerica.com

Facility amenities: 18 public rooms, two swimming pools, spa, library, casino, tennis courts, internet center. Movie theater, Permance theater/lounge, Dining room, Cafeteria, Launderettes

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Fourteen: Saturday, September 06 - This morning we dock at the beautiful provincial ...
This morning we dock at the beautiful provincial capital of British Columbia, Victoria. We visit the world famous Buchart Gardens.

Note: We are in port from Noon until 11:00 PM. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes for our visit to Buchart Gardens. There will be ample free time to explore Victoria on your own.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or La Fontaine Dining Room.

Morning: Join the group in the Hudson Room for a final wrap up, some final thoughts, some information on disembarkation, and an introduction to our day in Victoria. This is the last time we will meet as a group so all are asked to attend.

Lunch: Eat lunch early as we will disembark as a group shortly after arrival for a motorcoach transfer to the world famous Buchart Gardens.

Afternoon: We'll board a motorcoach for transfer to the Buchart Gardens, perhaps the most famous Gardens in North America. Set in an old limestone quarry, they are spectacular. You stroll the Gardens on your own until departure time. Following the visit to the Gardens, we enjoy a motorcoach narrated tour of greater Victoria. Upon our return, you have until 11:00 PM tonight to explore Victoria on your own. Visit the remarkable British Columbia Museum, stroll in Beacon Hill Park, visit the magnificent British Columbia Parliament Building, have tea at the famous Empress Hotel, or simply stroll the Promenade around the inner harbor and enjoy the arts and crafts and street performers

Dinner: You may return to the ship for dinner tonight or stay in town and dine on your own.

Evening: Explore Victoria on your own or enjoy last night ship's activities.

Lodging: MS Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Sunday, September 07 - We arrive back in Seattle at Pier 91 at 7:00 AM. ...
Note: Disembark and head to your next destination.

Depart From: Disembark the vessel according to your disembarkation schedule. All passengers will be off the ship by 9:00 AM.

Breakfast: Breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe. The La Fontaine Dining Room is not available this morning for breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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Included
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14 nights of accommodations
41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
19 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
1 Performances

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