21352
Alaska
Magnificent Southeast Alaska
Discover pristine waters, soaring glaciers, unique wildlife and indigenous culture as you learn the fascinating story of Alaska and celebrate with a king crab feast!
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Program No. 21352RJ
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13 days
12 nights
35 meals
12 B 11 L 12 D
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DAY
1
Arrival in Ketchikan, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Ketchikan, AK
D
Cape Fox Lodge

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 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. Upon arrival in Ketchikan, we will be met at the airport by cruise staff, gather our luggage and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet with an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Buffet meal in our private meeting space at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Each afternoon aboard the ship, there is a social hour before dinner as with an opportunity to recap the day’s activities, preview what will happen tomorrow, get to know our fellow participants better, make new Road Scholar friends, and see amazing scenery. As a tasty treat, enjoy complimentary hors d‘oeuvres as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate; and other beverages available for purchase. Evenings aboard the ship will often include a presentation for the group, unless specified otherwise. It might be a narrated slide presentation, a talk, an opportunity for questions and answers, or just a good story. Durations of hikes are dependent on the group pace and ability level, which can vary. Unless specified otherwise, transportation on land will be provided primarily by bus, requiring the going up/down of a few steps when getting on/off. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

DAY
2
Totem Heritage Center, Southeast Alaska Discovery Center,
Ketchikan, AK
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Please bring luggage to the hotel lobby in the morning for pick-up and transfer to the ship (assistance provided as needed). Walking about 1 mile with stops throughout the morning (more depending on personal preference); Expect standing in a Museum up to an hour, 1/4 mile walk with bus transfer; dock ramps at low tide may have steep incline to the ship.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet will feature choices including eggs, breakfast potatoes and meats, oatmeal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk, water.

Morning: After bringing our luggage down and checking out of the hotel, we’ll reassemble and meet at a pre-determined location. This morning we will get a chance to explore Ketchikan, getting the opportunity to see the Totem Heritage Center which has one of the worlds largest unrestored 19th century totem pole collections. We will then head to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Operated by the US Forest Service, this museum provides information on the natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest. This Forest plays an important part in the lives of the areas residents. Stroll through a lush rainforest exhibit, visit a re-created native fishing village and learn how the Tongass sustains southeast Alaska communities today. There will be opportunities to visit with Forest Service rangers, or view an informative video in the theater.

Lunch: At the ADC Hospitality suite, we’ll choose from a selection of pre-made sandwiches along with dessert items, fresh fruit and sodas, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will board a motor coach and make our way to the Baranof Dream to to set sail. This afternoon we will depart Ketchikan as we embark the ship and set sail for Misty Fjords.

Dinner: In the pleasant dining room aboard the ship, we’ll enjoy plated meals prepared by professionally trained chefs using fresh, organic, and locally produced foods plus one complimentary glass of beer or wine with all dinners. Coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate and water are included; other beverages available for purchase. Menus change daily, usually including a seafood or meat entrée.

Evening: A member of the staff will discuss the local history and culture. The ship’s public address system allows participants to hear programs in the forward lounge (where most of our onboard programming occurs) or in the comfort of staterooms.

DAY
3
Misty Fjords, New Eddystone Rock, Metlakatla
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Minimal walking in Metlakatla (more dependent on personal preference); city streets. Buses available for transfer if needed.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, we’ll have plated meals featuring fresh, organic, and locally produced foods including items like pancakes, cereals, egg dishes, and breakfast meats with coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, juice and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: This morning our ship will glide beneath the 3,000 foot tall glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords. We will have the chance to view Misty Fjord National Monument. Ship and Road Scholar staff will be available to discuss the area and answer any questions. We’ll then return to the ship and set sail for Metlakatla.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, we’ll have plated meals featuring fresh, organic, and locally produced foods with coffee, tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will depart Ketchikan as we embark the ship and set sail for the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Heading out on foot after docking in Metlakatla, we’ll immerse ourselves in the extraordinary history, art and cultural traditions of this unique community. Metlakatla is a community of Tsimshian people who followed William Duncan an Anglican missionary from their previous home, Old Metlakatla, in British Columbia, Canada. Metlakatla is in the Annette Islands Reserve, the only Native Reservation in Alaska. Due to the Abundance of Human and Natural Resources, the community has flourished. Here we will visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Afterwards, enjoy some time for independent exploration. We’ll then return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Kasaan, Son-I-Hat Whale House, Thorne Bay
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; dock ramps at low tide may have a steep incline; mostly flat town streets; wood chip paths.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We'll cruiseto Kasaan for a walk to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. Originally built in 1880 near Kasaan Bay, it was rebuilt in 1938 by local Natives who were hired by the Civilian Conservation Corps. When rebuilt, the original basic timbers and interior roof support house posts were used. Native craftsmen rebuilt the other sections of the longhouse using traditional tools and woodworking methods.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We'll dock in Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. It is now a small town with a wonderful sense of community located on the east side of Prince of Wales Island. We'll enjoy an expert-led walking trip through town with the opportunity to see original logging equipment and meet local artisans at the library, the hub of this small community. We will then return to the ship with time to freshen up before social hour.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: We'll recap the day’s events and follow up with a talk by our leaders.

DAY
5
Wrangell, History Museum, Petroglyph Beach
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Dock ramp at low tide may have a steep incline; walking about 2.5 miles throughout the day; city sidewalks; standing up to an hour in the museum.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell holds a unique status as the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags." It was Tlingit territory and then came under the jurisdiction of Russia, Great Britain, and the United States. Led by ship and Road Scholar staff, we will learn about the history of this small town through a field trip to the Wrangell Museum. The museum’s collection includes four Tlingit houseposts which have been loaned to the museum from a local native cooperative and are thought to be the oldest known houseposts still in existence. Other items in the collection include: spruceroot and cedarbark baskets from the turn-of-the-century, Tlingit masks, and items relating to the Russian, English, Chinese and Japanese influences on the area.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After lunch we will walk to the intriguing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. This park contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in southeastern Alaska. Led by ship and Road Scholar staff we’ll overlook the beach from a deck and walk on the beach to closely view the petroglyphs. During construction of the boardwalk interpretive facility, two new petroglyphs buried in the sand were exposed. One of these petroglyphs was thought to be long lost and its rediscovery thrilled local Tlingit natives and Wrangell residents. We’ll then walk back to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Cruising up the very narrow and picturesque Wrangell Narrows.

DAY
6
Petersburg, Norwegian Folk Dance, Frederick Sound
Petersburg, AK
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Dock ramps at low tide may have a steep incline; walk; minimal walking on town sidewalks. Driving very short distances.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Petersburg still makes its living from the sea and is not a port of call for large cruise ships. We'll visit this thriving fishing town which was established by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800's. Its strong Norwegian heritage is still evident and we'll see many fishermen working along the docks where we can see tugboats, salmon trollers, seiners, longliners, and crabbers. At the Sons of Norway Hall, we’ll enjoy a Norwegian Folk Dance show performed by Petersburg's children. After enjoying a field trip via motorcoach through town, take time to explore the area on your own. Later, we'll gather at a predetermined time and location to walk back to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will visit, one of the unique bays along Frederick Sound, where we will cruise through this delightful, yet rarely visited, part of Alaska. View the temperate rainforest, waterfalls, and pristine beaches from the comfort of the ship, scan the skies for birds and the shores for wildlife. We will also have the opportunity to view marine life up close via small watercraft with expert staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Relax onboard as we recap our day's adventures.

DAY
7
Tracy Arm Fjord, Waterfalls, Frederick Sound, Wildlife Watch
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Getting in/out of skiffs; assistance provided as needed.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Perhaps Alaska’s most scenic fjord, Tracy Arm, a photographer’s and naturalist's paradise, is a narrow fjord running between cliffs and steep slopes. Tracy Arm twists and turns for more than 30 miles through some of the most dramatically scenic landscapes anywhere, dotted with thousands of icebergs from glaciers -- North Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife is seasonally prolific, with sea lions, seals on floating ice, bears, deer, mountain goats, wolves, and smaller animals inhabiting surrounding forests, and bald eagles and other birds flying above. Along the way staff provides narration.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll wind our way back down the arm, pausing to view some of the spectacular waterfalls that spill out of the granite cliffs along the fjord. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we will also have the opportunity to travel in skiffs with our expert leaders to explore parts of the arm. As we depart from Tracy Arm, we will head into Frederick Sound to scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in these world-renowned whale waters. We’ll enjoy our social hour before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: The Road Scholar staff will lead an evening presentation relating to the program theme.

DAY
8
Haines, Skagway & Gold Rush, White Pass Summit Railway,
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Dock ramps at low tide may have a steep incline; getting on/off street cars. Minimal walking on sidewalks and city streets. Train trip is approximately 40 miles roundtrip; about 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning we will cruise up the scenic Lynn Canal with a stop in Haines, where we will disembark and take an e walking field trip to the historic Fort Seward.

Lunch: Aboard ship or at your own cost in town.

Afternoon: Making our way up the spectacular Taiya Inlet, we’ll dock in Skagway. This famous gold rush town is also home to Klondike National Historic Park, which owns and has restored many of the buildings. We will take a narrated shuttle from the ship to the White Pass Railway depot, board the train, and enjoy a narrated railroad trip up to the White Pass summit located in British Columbia, Canada, with spectacular views along the way. This narrow gauge railway route was built during the Klondike Gold Rush. Its proposed 110-mile journey through coastal mountains was considered impossible but became a reality in only 26 months of construction from 1898-1900. The railway operated as a business until 1982, then re-opened in 1988 for seasonal excursions.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Relax on board as we recap our day's adventures.

DAY
9
Mendenhall Glacier, Auke Bay, Juneau, Orca Point Lodge
Juneau, AK
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Dock ramps at low tide may have a steep incline;activity levels are dependent on participants’ personal preferences during independent exploration. Driving about 30 miles; approximately 1 hour.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Arriving in Auke Bay, 12 miles north of Juneau, we will leave the ship and board a motorcoach for a field trip to one of Alaska’s extraordinary natural wonders: the Mendenhall Glacier. This river of ice is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield. The glacier stretches 12 miles from the ice field down to its terminus at Mendenhall Lake. The glacier and surrounding area are protected by the National Forest Service as part of Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States, encompassing 17 million acres. The Visitor Center offers magnificent views of the Glacier and the lake, many displays and presentations, an informative film, and hiking trails. Forest Service interpretive rangers will be available to provide information and answer questions as we explore independently. We’ll then drive to downtown Juneau via motor coach, our driver will provide commentary about the Juneau area and local history. Originating with the Alaska Gold Rush in 1880, the miner’s’ tent camp grew into a small town and then kept growing as mines produced millions of dollars in gold well into the 20th Century. Tourism expanded as adventure travelers were attracted by the surrounding old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, salmon streams, bear habitat, and migratory whale routes. En route, we will pass the Capitol Building and the governor’s mansion, among other city highlights. Arriving in downtown Juneau, we will stop for a self-directed exploration of the Alaska State Museum, which is the repository for collections relating to the State's human and natural history. This museum recently moved into a new building; exhibits are outstanding and organized in time from prehistory to modern day.

Lunch: Boxed lunches aboard the motorcoach.

Afternoon: Free Time. You may wish to take a walking excursion with the Group Leader or explore on your own visiting other interesting sites in Juneau including the Mt. Roberts Tramway, Capitol building, or city museum. We’ll then meet at a predetermined time and place for transfer back to the ship to enjoy our social hour.

Dinner: As a special treat, we have an exclusive stop at Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island to enjoy a wonderful buffet meal of Alaskan salmon, and King Crab or prime rib. A glass of wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After our feast we'll end the evening as we get up close and personal with Alaskan sea life by visiting the lodge's touch tank and taking a stroll on the private beach , enjoy a beach bonfire and maybe smores- We’ll then return to the ship.

DAY
10
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Full day aboard the ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Entering Glacier Bay early in the morning, we will be joined by a National Park Service (NPS) Ranger who will lead our programming for the day. The Rangers are intimately acquainted with the natural history of Glacier Bay, and will interpret this history in detail. The NPS citation reads, “Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site — one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From summit to sea, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.” The entrance to Glacier Bay teems with wildlife, particularly sea birds. This is also an area frequented by humpback whales. Birders and wildlife watchers will want to be up early and out on decks as we enter Glacier Bay. The Huna Tlingit people once lived in Glacier Bay and consider it their spiritual homeland. A Native Tlingit interpretive naturalist will join the NPS Ranger to discuss their traditional ties to this stunning Alaskan natural treasure.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of Glacier Bay, which boasts tide water glaciers. The Fairweather Mountain Range provides a stunning backdrop to the glaciers. Watch for Wildlife, from the deck of the ship we may see bears, mountain goats and sea lions ( binoculars provided). The ranger and naturalist will on deck for commentary, to point out highlights, and answer questions.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Relax on board as we recap our day's adventures and prepare for tomorrow.

DAY
11
Baranof Island, Kayak & Skiff Exploration, Wildlife Watch
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
B,L,D
Baranof Dream

Activity note: Climbing in/out of 22-foot skiffs; assistance provided as needed. Before each event, the crew will give operating and safety instructions. Each group will have 2 expert leaders.

Breakfast: Aboard Ship.

Morning: This morning we will be cruising along Baranof Island. We will spend the morning cruising through this delightful and lovely, yet rarely visited, part of Alaska. View the old-growth rainforest, waterfalls, and pristine beaches from the comfort of the ship, scan the skies for birds and the shores for wildlife. We will also have the opportunity to view marine life up close via small watercraft with expert staff.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: We’ll continue cruising along the island scoping the shores for wildlife. Eastern Baranof Island is known as the waterfall coast with many cascading falls. If we're lucky, we may see brown bear, humpback whales, and/or Orcas. Our expert staff will offer commentary on our surroundings and wild neighbors as we float on. We’ll then enjoy our social hour before dinner.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Relax on board as we recap our day's adventures and prepare for disembarkation.

DAY
12
Sitka, Disembark, Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka, AK
B,L,D
Westmark Hotel Sitka

Activity note: Disembark ship at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Sitka. Luggage will be transferred to the hotel. Getting on/off bus; short ride to hotel, Raptor Center, Sheldon Jackson museum and Sitka National Historic Park. Walking on town sidewalks and National Park Trails.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After disembarking the ship, traveling to the hotel by bus and checking in to the hotel, we’ll reassemble and walk to the oldest museum in Alaska. The Sheldon Jackson Museum, holds many artifacts that were collected by Sheldon Jackson himself. In 1877, Sheldon Jackson began his work in Alaska as a Presbyterian missionary and, while working with the Alaska Natives, he saw the need to preserve their history and culture for future generations so he amassed an extensive collection of cultural artifacts, many of which are on display in the museum. After a brief introduction to the museum, enjoy exploring the exhibits independently; docents will be available to answer questions. We will then walk to downtown Sitka on foot with stops at key sites including the Russian Bishop’s House and the Sitka Sound Science Center. One of Alaska's most charming communities, Sitka lies in a protected harbor rich in natural resources and has a complex history. Serious Russian interest began in 1725 when they began to explore the Pacific coast of North America until they eventually established Sitka as an administrative center. At the conclusion of the field trip, we will have some time in Sitka for independent exploration. Most points of interest are within walking distance of each other. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: In our private meeting space at the hotel.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will head to the Sitka Raptor Center via a bus. The Raptor center is a rehabilitation center that focuses on the rehabilitation of sick and injured eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey. Then we will bus to Sitka National Historical Park. The Park preserves the grounds of the 1804 Battle of Sitka, where the Tlingits fought the Russians. The Park’s large collection of totem poles and house posts is truly impressive; most of the poles stand along pathways cutting through the forest. Many Tlingit artifacts are housed in the Visitor Center. Free Time. ; take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Road Scholar Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to take a walking excursion with the Group Leader or explore on your own visiting other interesting sites in Sitka.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in our private meeting space at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal which will include an entrée, salad, starch, coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Take some time to share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends and recollect the experiences from the program. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
Sitka, AK
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the buffet will include items including eggs, breakfast potatoes and meats, oatmeal, cereals, toast, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and water.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, transfers to the airport included for all participants. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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