18669
Alaska/British Columbia

Coastal Alaska: Glacial Waters, Breathtaking Shores

Discover the story of Alaska as you explore the Alaska coast, take a whale-watching expedition, explore seven ports of call and learn about Native cultures at the Totem Heritage Center.
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Program No. 18669RJ
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16 days
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16 days
15 nights
43 meals
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DAY
1
Check into hotel
British Columbia
D
Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown

Activity note: Check In. Group Dinner.

Dinner: Our Road Scholar group will have dinner in together.

DAY
2
Embarkation at Canada Place Cruise Terminal -- Departure
ms Masdam
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Recommend boarding between Noon and 3 pm. A mandatory for all passengers safety drill happens at 3:15 pm. Sail away at 5:00 pm.

Breakfast: Breakfast kick off event. Enjoy breakfast with the group followed by an introductory program prior to boarding.

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

Afternoon: Board MS Masdam at the Canada Place Cruise Terminal owntown Vancouver between 12:00 Noon and 3 pm. Sail away is scheduled for 5:00 pm. Lunch is served in the Lido Restaurant. A mandatory drill is scheduled prior to sail away usually around 3:15 PM -- attendance by all guests is required.

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

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. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of excursions without prior notice. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program.

DAY
3
Cruising the Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska.
ms Masdam
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Road Scholar educational programs.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or Dining Room or in 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: Lunch on your own at the Lido Cafe or Dining Room.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy ship;s activities.

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own. Like to dance? The Ocean Bar provides live dance music and a polished teak dance floor to swing your partner round and round.

DAY
4
Port of Ketchikan -- Totem Heritage & Potlatch Park
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Ship is in port from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Field trips to the Totem Heritage Center and Potlatch Park. Free time to explore Ketchikan on your own. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. There is some walking today on paved or hard dirt trails.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or Dining Room or the comfort of 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. We continue our exploration of Alaskan history and Native culture with a visit to Potlatch Park with totems, a re-created Alaskan Native village, and carving center. Following the presentation we return to downtown Ketchikan.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at the Lido Cafe or Dining Room or enjoy lunch in Ketchikan..

Afternoon: You are free to explore Ketchikan on your own for the remainder of the afternoon. 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. 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 fellow Road Scholar participants for dinner in the Dining Room

Evening: Free time this evening to enjoy ship's activities. Take in the show at the Showroom at Sea or perhaps join the sing along at the Piano Bar.

DAY
5
Tracy Arm
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Road Scholar presentations in the morning. Dress warmly and spend time out on the deck area or bow for narration and exploration of Tracy Arm. We are aboard the vessel all day.

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

Morning: We will have a Road Scholar meeting in the Hudson Room from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Deck 5, Upper Promenade to continue our educational programming and to introduce tomorrow's day in Haines and the following days activities at Icy Strait Point. There will be free time to enjoy ship's activities.

Lunch: Lunch in the Lido Cafe or Dining Room or perhaps enjoy lunch in town.

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 spend time out on deck or the bow and enjoy the informal narration. The magnificent Sawyer Glacier is our objective at the very end of the twisting, turning spectacular glacial fjord.

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

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

DAY
6
Port of Haines -Chilkat Valley and Haines Summit
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We are in port from 8:00 AM tp 11:00 PM. Dress for the weather. Motorcoach tour of Haines, Ft Seward, and Bald Eagle Preserve. Free time in Haines. Moderate walking required today.

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

Morning: We board a motorcoach and enjoy a narrated tour by a local guide highlighting the cultural and natural history of the area. We'll tour historic Fort Seward, Alaska's first military post, then drive up the incredibly scenic Haines Highway through the Chilkat Valley. We enter the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve hoping for a sight of these awesome raptors. We'll make a few photo stops along the way. The Highway takes us over the Canadian border to the summit of the pass. We are above timberline here, one of the few places on the cruise where we can observe Alaska'a tundra environment. We enjoy a picnic lunch at the summit. We make a few more photo stops on the trip back to Haines.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at the Lido Cafe or Dining Room or you may wish to have lunch in town. .

Afternoon: Free time to explore the charming village of Haines on your own.

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
7
Icy Strait Point & Whale Watch Expedition near Glacier Bay
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Ship is at Icy Strait Point from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. . Dress warmly so you can spend lots of time out on decks when we are on the whale grounds. About a half mile of walking is required and there are several very nice trails in the area so wear comfortable walking shoes.

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

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

Afternoon: There will be some free time this afternoon to enjoy ship's activities on your own.

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

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

DAY
8
At sea -- Gulf of Alaska
ms Masdam
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Road Scholar educational presentations. We are aboard the vessel all day.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Lido Cafe or 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 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 Valdez. There will be some free time this afternoon to enjoy ship's activities on your own.

Dinner: Dinner with fellow Road Scholar participants at the Dining Room.

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

DAY
9
Anchorage Port, Anchorage- Rasmussen Museum
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We are in port from 10:00 AM this morning until 10:00 PM tonight. Visit to the Anchorage Museum is on your own but admission and lunch at the Museum Cafe are 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 on your own in the Lido Cafe or Dining Room.

Morning: We disembark the vessel and board the ship shuttle to the Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. A short walk takes us to the Anchorage/Rasmussen Museum. 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. Explore the Museum at your own pace. Enjoy an included lunch at the Museum Cafe.

Lunch: Included lunch at the Museum. Café

Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Anchorageon your own.

Dinner: Join your Road Scholar friends for dinner at the Dining Room or have dinner in one of Anchorage's excellent downtown restaurants..

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
10
Homer Port Call Gull Island & Kachemak Bay Wildlife Preserve
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We are in port from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. There is free time to visit the Homer Spit on your own. About a half mile walk to the marina required today, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own in the Lido Cafe or 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 board a small tour boat for an excursion across Kachemak Bay to the world famous birding site of Gull Island, home to thousands of nesting sea birds including puffins. We continue through Edred Passage and the Yukon Islands all part of the Kachemak Bay Wildlife Preserve.

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

Afternoon: .Enjoy free time to explore the Homer Spit on your ow

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
11
Port of Valdez -- motorcoach tour to Thompson Pass
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We are in port from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Motorcoach tour to Thompson Pass and Worthington Glacier. Moderate walking required today.

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

Morning: We board a motorcoach for a trip out the road through the stunningly scenic Keystone Canyon. This narrow canyon features soaring cliffs and crashing waterfalls and is a scenic highlight of central Alaska. We continue to the summit of Thompson Pass where we are above the timberline and get another view of Alaska's tundra environment. We make a stop at Worthington Glacier. You can enjoy stunning views of this magnificent glacier from a covered viewpoint. Thompson Pass year in and year out recieves the most snowfall of any place in Alaska. On our way back to the ship, we take a side trip through Old Valdez, the original townsite that was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1964, the most powerful earthquake ever in North America.

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

Afternoon: Free time to explore Valdez on your own.

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
12
Gulf of Alaska, Yakutat Bay & Hubbard Glacier
ms Masdam
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We continue educational programming today. Dress warmly and spend time on outside decks or the bow for the best look at this amazing glacier. We will remain on board all day.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on your own at the Lido Cafe or 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 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. Spend some time on outside decks or the bow and listen to the informal narration as well as the calving glacier.

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
13
Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier, Glacier Gardens, Fish Hatchery
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: We are in port from 1100 AM until 7:00 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 at the Lido Cafe or Dining Room.

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

Lunch: Eat lunch early as possible on your own at the Lido Cafe. We depart for our shore excursion adventure shortly after arrival

Afternoon: 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 outstanding Alaska State Museum, or browse the many unique shops and galleries.

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

Evening: Enjoy ship activities on your own.

DAY
14
Misty Fjords National Monument
ms Masdam
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Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity note: Road Scholar presentations in the morning and cruising in stunningly scenic Misty Fjords National Monument in the afternoon. We are on board the vessel all day.

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

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

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

Afternoon: Misty Fjords

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

Evening: Enjoy ship's activities on your own.

DAY
15
Sailing in the Inside Passage
ms Masdam
B,D
Holland America’s MS Maasdam

Activity 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 Dining Room.

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

Afternoon: Enjoy free time for ship's activities on this last full day aboard ship.

Dinner: join your fellow Road Scholar participants in the Dining Room for dinner. This will be our last dinner and time together as a full group.

DAY
16
Program Concludes at Canada Place in Vancouver
Your next destination
B

Activity note: Disembark and head to your next destination

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Lido Cafe.






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