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); stairs at St. Michael's Cathedral and Russian Bishop’s House.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet will feature choices including eggs, breakfast potatoes and meats, oatmeal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk, water.
After bringing our luggage down and checking out of the hotel, we will have an opportunity for some free time. You may wish to go on a nture walk, visit the Sitka Sound Science Center, or stroll through Sitka Historical National Park. Your Group Leader will have suggestions on what to visit during your time in Sitka.
At the Alaska Dream Cruise Suite, we’ll choose from a selection of pre-made sandwiches along with dessert items, fresh fruit and sodas, coffee, tea, water.
Following Lunch we will gather together to visit historic St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Sitka. Following St. Michael's Cathedral, we will head towards Sheldon Jackson Museum, which holds many artifacts that were collected by Sheldon Jackson himself. After a brief introduction to the museum, enjoy some time to explore the exhibits independently; docents will be available to answer any questions you may have. 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. Making our way through Sitka, we will get a chance to visit the Sitka Raptor Center. The Sitka Raptor Center is a rehabilitation center in Sitka, AK whose mission is to help with sick or injured eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds of prey. We will then transfer to and board our vessel for our embarkation from Sitka. After boarding, we will meet the Captain and crew and have an orientation session outlining safety procedures as we get underway. After we settle in, we’ll transit 2 beautiful, twisty narrow passages where we can look for sea otters, bald eagles, and other creatures. Depending on the order of ports, we may board a 65-foot catamaran and rendezvous with the ship 30 miles outside of Sitka Sound near Peril Strait. If this is necessary, be assured that the ship staff will assist with boarding the catamaran and with transferring you to the ship. We’ll then gather for a social hour before dinner as an opportunity to recap the day’s activities, preview what will happen tomorrow, and get to know our fellow participants better amidst amazing scenery. Enjoy complimentary hors d‘oeuvres as well as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; other beverages available for purchase.
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.
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.