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Program #1017RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Meals: 20 total, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Alaska Marine Highway Ferry: Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington, 7 nights
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:
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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

Check out time: 8:00 AM


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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4.6
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