Embarkation at 4:30 p.m.
In a private meeting space at the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet with a variety of options.
The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We will also discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer questions. Each room has a refillable water bottle with water stations on the ship to fill them as needed. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will 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. Thank you for your understanding. After bringing our luggage down and checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a bus and head towards the historic Sitka National Historical Park. One of Alaska's most charming communities, Sitka lies in a protected harbor rich in natural resources and has a complex history dating back over 8,000 years beginning with the Kiksadi Tlingit people as the native residents. Here at the park we’ll have a chance to explore the trails, walk along the beach, and take in the information the visitor center has to offer. We will then transfer to the Alaska Raptor Center, where we will have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild—bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls—led by staff.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
After free time exploring downtown Sitka, the group will gather and will board the ship to begin an exciting journey.
We will enjoy a meal aboard the ship. The chefs aboard the ship use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, sustainable catch king salmon, local halibut, and other indigenous products. By adding local flavors to the menu, they provide a greater sense of the cuisine and culture of Southeast Alaska.
At leisure. Each evening will include a review of the next day’s activities, a presentation by ship or Road Scholar staff, and some time to rest and relax.