Please bring luggage from hotel rooms to hotel lobby (assistance as needed). During Sitka field trip, walking up to 1 mile with stops along the way.
Our breakfast buffet at the hotel includes oatmeal, French toast, eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any program changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. After checking out and bringing our luggage downstairs, we'll meet in the lobby to walk to the Sitka Sound Science Center as a group. While at the science center, we'll have the opportunity to explore the various touch tanks and learn about all of the research being conducted there. We'll also have the opportunity to tour the fish hatchery and learn about the salmon spawning process and the industry's important impact on the locals. Following our visit to the science center, we'll board a bus and head to the Alaska Raptor Center where we'll learn about all of the wonderful work this place is doing to rehabilitate the local raptors.
In our private meeting room at the Alaska Dream Cruise Hospitality Suite, we’ll choose from a selection of premade sandwiches along with dessert items, fresh fruit and sodas, coffee, tea, and water.
We'll make our way to Sitka National Historical Park, where we'll have a chance to take some time and explore its beautiful trails. We'll then make our way to the dock to board our vessel and make our way out of 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 two beautiful, twisty narrow passages where we can look for sea otters, bald eagles, and other creatures.
In the dining room, we'll enjoy plated meals prepared by professionally trained chefs using fresh and locally produced foods plus one complimentary glass of beer or wine with all dinners aboard the ship. Coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase. Menus change daily, usually including a seafood or meat dish.
We'll meet in the forward lounge (where most onboard programming occurs) to go over the next day's activities. After that, we'll hear a talk from one of our group leaders. If you wish to go relax in the comfort of your stateroom, the ship's public address system allows you to listen to what is happening in the lounge while you're in your room.