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                           Alaska Cruise

 

7 nights sailing from Vancouver May 13 on
 
ms Westerdam

 

 
Inside Cabin $699
Oceanview $899
Balcony $1299
Suite $1799

plus Taxes, Fees, Port Expenses $247

 

 

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The prices shown are US dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. They include port charges but do not include government taxes or fees, airfare or (where applicable) airport taxes and fees.

Date Port Arrive Depart
Sunday, May 13 Vancouver, BC, Canada   4:30pm

Monday, May 14 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)    

Tuesday, May 15 Ketchikan, AK 1:00pm 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 16 Juneau, AK 7:00am 9:00pm

Thursday, May 17 Skagway, AK 7:00am 4:00pm

Friday, May 18 Glacier Bay National Park, AK 10:00am 6:00pm

Saturday, May 19 At Sea    

Sunday, May 20 Anchoorage, AK 7:00am

 

Additional sailing dates with the same itinerary:  

May 27

Jun 10, 24

Jul 8, 22

Aug 5, 19

Sep 2   2018

Cruises from Vancouver

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Westerdam cruises with a different itinerary:

Anchorage-Vancouver Cruise

San Diego-Hawaii Cruise

Westerdam Panama Canal Cruise

Westerdam Mexico 7 Night

PORTS OF CALL

 

Anchorage, Alaska

 

CLICK HERE for things to do and see in Anchorage

 

Cruises from Anchorage (Seward) depart from May to September.

Seward sits at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, about 125 miles south of Anchorage. This breath taking town is home to the renowned Kenai Fjords National Park and the multi-million dollar Alaska SeaLife Center. Seward is ideal for for kayaking, sailing and fishing in the bay, or hiking and biking among the gorgeous scenery. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Traveling from Anchorage Airport - Take International Airport Road east until you reach Minnesota Drive. Turn right on Minnesota Drive and follow the signs to the Seward Highway south. Once on the Seward Highway, you will travel approximately 130 miles to Seward. Once in Seward, follow the signs to the Alaska Railroad Dock. The ships can be seen on your left from the highway as you enter Seward.

There are no parking facilities at the Seward Port at this time. Most cruise lines conduct cruise check-in in Anchorage, and provide motor coach transportation to the pier in Seward.

The meeting point for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises is the Anchorage Downtown Marriott:

Anchorage Downtown Marriott
820 W. 7th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501

The meeting point for all other cruise lines is the Egan Convention Center:

Egan Convention Center
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

 

 

Inside Passage, Alaska

https://www.facebook.com/fandctravel/posts/808601649290796 Inside Passage, Alaska

As the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, the town reflects its mining past in the false-front buildings and gold rush relics. Tourists can experience the majesty of White Pass summit and the Yukon territory aboard the railway, paddle to Glacier Bay and Chilkoot Bald Eagle Preserve, get a close-up view of the natural beauty on a wilderness safari, soar over glaciers on a helicopter tour or, for those who catch the fever, pan for gold. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

CLICK HERE for scenes of the Inside Passage

 

Glacier Bay National Park

http://fandctravel.com Glacier Bay National Park

The icy wilderness of this spectacular national park and preserve displays massive glaciers that stretch from the ice-draped St. Elias and Fairweather mountain ranges to the ends of majestic fjords. The park is also home to an amazing world of marine life, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

CLICK HERE for scenes from Glacier Bay National Park

 

Ketchikan, Alaska

http://fandctravel.com Ketchikan, Alaska

A traveler's first view of this Inside Passage port town may be of a boat-filled harbor enveloped in snowcapped mountains. The rustic city of Ketchikan has been called the totem pole capital of the world. Tours show off the city's streets, restored from the pioneer days; the harbor's salmon canneries; and the world's oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Sportfishing, kayaking, hiking, bear watching and Misty Fjords seaplane excursions are also popular. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

What to do and see in Ketchikan.  CLICK HERE

 

Haines, Alaska

 

http://www.fandctravel.com/alaska-cruise/ Haines, Alaska

CLICK HERE for things to do and see in Haines

 

Haines, with a population of under 3,000, lies in the upper northern reaches of the Inside Passage and is an important access point to the Yukon Territory and Interior Alaska. While the town itself may lack the charm of Sitka or Petersburg, the surrounding scenery is stunning. Travelers arriving by boat will see Lynn Canal, the longest and deepest fjord in North America, close in on them. Once you are in town, mountains seem to surround you on all sides. Looming over Fort Seward are the jagged Cathedral Peaks of the Chilkat Mountains. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

Skagway, Alaska

http://www.fandctravel.com/alaska-cruise/ Skagway, Alaska

CLICK HERE for things to do and see in Skagway

 

As the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, the town reflects its mining past in the false-front buildings and gold rush relics. Tourists can experience the majesty of White Pass summit and the Yukon territory aboard the railway, paddle to Glacier Bay and Chilkoot Bald Eagle Preserve, get a close-up view of the natural beauty on a wilderness safari, soar over glaciers on a helicopter tour or, for those who catch the fever, pan for gold. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

Juneau, Alaska

http://www.fandctravel.com/alaska-cruise/ Juneau, Alaska

CLICK HERE for things to do or see in Juneau

 

Alaska's capital city of Juneau is a dramatic sight with a backdrop of lush green mountains. Visitors here can drive, float, paddle or take a helicopter to the monumental Mendenhall Glacier. Other popular excursions include cruising along the straits and sounds of the Tongass National Forest, prospecting for gold at the original site of gold discovery or visiting the Alaska State Museum and the Alaska Brewing Company. 

Language: English     Currency: US dollar (US$)

 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

http://www.fandctravel.com/alaska-cruise/ Vancouver, British Columbia

CLICK HERE for things to do and see in Vancouver before or after your Alaska Cruise.

 

Cruises from Vancouver depart from spring through fall.

Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia in western Canada. It lies about three hours north of Seattle, WA, by car. If driving to Vancouver from the United States, allow for extra time at the border crossing, which can get busy, especially during holidays and long weekends. 

Language: English     Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Sailings from Vancouver may depart from one of two piers:

Canada Place Ship Terminal
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

The Port of Vancouver is 25 minutes from Vancouver's International Airport (YVR). Parking is available at the Canada Place Ship Terminal for C$20.00 per day (for 3 days or more). Rates are subject to change by the Port Authority.

Traveling North from I-5 - Take I-5 which will become Provincial Route 99 N. Take the Marine Drive West ramp. Stay straight to go onto SW Marine Drive. SW Marine Drive becomes Granville Street. Granville Street becomes Granville Street/ Granville Bridge. Take the HWY-99N/Seymour Street ramp towards BC ferries/Horseshoe Bay/Whistler. Stay straight to go onto Seymour Street. Turn left onto W Georgia Street. Turn right onto Burrard Street. Burrard Street becomes Burrard Place which becomes Waterfront Road W. The Ship Terminal should be visible from Waterfront Road.

The Ballantyne Terminal
851 Centennial Road
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

The Ballantyne Terminal is 25 minutes from Vancouver’s International Airport (YVR).

Traveling North from I-5 – Take I-5 which will become Provincial Route 99 N. From BC-99, take exit 16 onto BC-91N. Follow BC-91N and exit Knight Street. Knight Street will become Clark Drive. Continue north on Clark and turn right on Stewart Street. Ballantyne will be on your right hand side, about 1KM down.

 

THE SHIP

 

Holland America's Zaandam

http://fandctravel.com Holland America's Zaandam

Get to know the Zaandam.  ALBUM HERE

 

 

A dramatic three-level atrium is the focal point of this ship, and nearby are an art gallery, boutique, coffee bar and Ocean Bar. Passengers dine in the Renaissance-style Rotterdam Dining Room, or they can opt for the Pinnacle Grill, an intimate reservations-only restaurant featuring fine dining and Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. View a movie at the Wajang Theater, catch up with current events in the Erasmus Library, or get a massage in the Ocean Spa. One of the most unique features is the Culinary Arts Center, a state-of-the-art show kitchen with plasma video screens and cooking display counters -- a must-see for food and wine enthusiasts. A bronze sculpture of leaping dolphins overlooks the Lido pool, which is covered by a retractable roof. Nearby is the Lido Restaurant, which features breakfast and lunch buffets. Work off all those wonderful meals on the Sports Deck, which features a basketball court and tennis/volleyball court. The Zaandam has a large complement of minisuites with verandas.

 

 Ship Statistics 
Year Built 2000
Last Refurbished 2010
Tonnage 63,000 tons
Registry Netherlands
Length 780 feet
Beam 106 feet
Passenger Capacity 1,440
Crew Size 647
Total Inside Cabins 139
Total Outside Cabins 581
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas 197
Suites 197
Maximum Occupancy per room 4
Age Restrictions One person must be 21 or older
Dinner Seatings 2
Seating Assignments 
in Main Dining Room
Assigned and open seating available
Dining Hours 5:45 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Dining Room Dress Code Dining
Tipping Recommended? Yes
Tipping Guidelines $13.50 per guest, per day for suites and $12.50 per guest, per day for all other staterooms automatically charged to onboard account (amount can be adjusted according to quality of service received). 15% tip included on beverage orders.
Onboard Currency US Dollar
   
Services & Amenities
Bars/Lounges 14
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes
Casino Yes
Note: The casino does not operate when sailing within the Hawaiian Islands.
Chapel No
Disco/Dancing Yes
Elevators 12
Hot Tub 2
Cell Phone Service Yes
Internet Center Yes
Wireless Internet Access Yes
Note: Available in certain areas
Laundry/Dry Cleaning Yes
Library Yes
Movie Theatre Yes
Outdoor Movie Screen No
Onboard Weddings Yes
Self Serve Laundromats Yes
Shops Yes
Showroom Yes
Spa Yes
Video Arcade Yes
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball Court Yes
Fitness Center Yes
Golf Driving Net No
Golf Simulator No
Ice Skating Rink No
Jogging Track No
Mini-Golf Course No
Rock Climbing Wall No
Swimming Pool 3
Note: 1 Heated
Tennis Court Yes
Water Slide No
Water Sports Platform No
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room Service Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Safe Yes
Telephone Yes
Television Yes
Kids Facilities
Babysitting Yes
Children's Playroom No
Kiddie Pool No
Supervised Youth Program Yes
Teen Center No
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
     (private connecting doors)
Yes
Kosher Meals Yes
Single Occupancy Cabins No
Single Share Program No
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins 22
 
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Four key factors to keep in mind when planning a visit to America's last frontier: itinerary, weather, wildlife and passports.

Itinerary
There are two types of itineraries for Alaska cruises: Inside Passage cruises that sail round trip from Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco; and Gulf of Alaska cruises that sail one way between Vancouver and Seward or Whittier (gateways to Anchorage and the interior city of Fairbanks). The Gulf of Alaska cruises include several days in the Inside Passage.

The round-trip cruises offer two advantages: 1) There are many flights daily into, and out of, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco, and 2) They require less expensive airfare because no long flight to (or from) Anchorage or Fairbanks is involved.

Air into (and out of) Anchorage and Fairbanks is quite limited and flights fill early with cruise and cruise tour passengers, which makes it more risky to wait for a last-minute deal on a one-way Gulf of Alaska cruise.

The biggest advantage of one-way cruises is that they allow the opportunity to explore the interior of Alaska on a pre- or post-cruise land tour. Between one-third and one-half of all Alaska cruisers extend their cruise with a tour of inland Alaska (out of Anchorage or Fairbanks) or British Columbia or the Canadian Rockies (out of Vancouver).

If you are leaning toward one of these cruise tours, keep in mind that tour buses, railcars and lodges in Alaska are very limited in supply and can sell out early. I recommend booking soon to ensure availability.

Weather
Alaska weather is delightfully unpredictable, but in general, you'll find the warmest temperatures in July and August, when average highs are in the low to mid-60s. Precipitation can rise a bit in late August and early September, but I personally would not avoid that time for that reason.

One of my fondest Alaska memories is of sipping coffee on our balcony as the scenery melted away and the ship slowed to a crawl in dense fog in the Inside Passage, our foghorn echoing off the mountains on either side, warning fishermen of our approach. On another day, we hiked a trail to an alpine lake for a canoe ride to the face of a glacier, in a driving rain. Invigorating does not begin to describe it. Weather is part of the experience in Alaska.


Wildlife
Wildlife is one of the big attractions of Alaska, and different species are active at various times during the cruising season. Humpback and killer whales are seen throughout the summer in large sounds and straits along the coast as they migrate between their winter homes in the south and their summer homes in the north. Brown and black bears can be spotted in grassy tidal flats starting in May and near salmon streams and berry patches in July and August. Moose and caribou begin calving in May, so look for cow moose and their young near thickets along roadsides and rivers in May and June.

Bald eagles are plentiful and can be viewed at the water's edge through the summer, particularly near salmon-spawning streams. Tufted puffins and other seabirds begin nesting colonies on coastal islands in May. Shorebird-watching is popular in August and September as various species begin their migrations south for the winter.

Harbor seals are visible throughout the season and can be seen with their pups on and around the icebergs of Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay during the month of June. Sea lions start to become visible in September.

Fishermen will be happy to know that at least one variety of salmon -- the prized king salmon -- runs from May through August. Late May through June is the best time for saltwater king salmon fishing, and July through August is best for freshwater king salmon fishing. Sockeye (red) salmon fill freshwater streams and rivers on their spawning run from late June through July.

Saltwater fishing for chum and pink salmon is best in July and August, and freshwater fishing for these species is at its peak in August. Coho (silver) salmon can be found in saltwater areas from late July through early September and are abundant in freshwater areas during September and October. Halibut is most plentiful in saltwater areas from late June through August.

Passports
Passports are required for all travelers who enter or re-enter the U.S. by air from any other country, which means that U.S. citizens and residents who fly back to the U.S. from Vancouver or any other Canadian city after an Alaska cruise or cruise tour are required to have a valid passport.

Passports also are required for anyone who enters or re-enters the U.S. by land or by sea. There are a few exceptions to the passport requirement pertaining to land and sea border crossings.

First, U.S. citizens on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port and travel to destinations in Canada (and select other countries) are able to re-enter the U.S. with proof of citizenship other than a passport, such as a birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. Passports are required for cruises that begin in one U.S. port and end in another.

So, U.S. citizens on cruises that sail round trip from Seattle or San Francisco are not required to have a passport. U.S. citizens who drive to Vancouver for a round-trip Alaska cruise or who cruise one way between Vancouver and an Alaskan port (such as Whittier or Seward) do need a passport.

Next, children under the age of 16 who are citizens of the U.S. or Canada are exempt from the passport requirement for land and sea border crossings. In lieu of a passport, children are able to use a birth certificate as proof of citizenship for entry into the U.S. by land or by sea. Children entering or re-entering the U.S. by air still are required to have a valid passport.

Finally, a lower-cost alternative to the passport, called a passport card, is acceptable for entries into the U.S. by land or sea. Compared to passports, which cost $135 for first-time applicants ($105 for children), passport cards cost just $55 ($40 for children). The passport card is not acceptable for air travel.

Even in cases where a passport is not required, F and C Travel and all cruise lines recommend that passengers have them anyway. This is because, while highly unlikely, an emergency could arise in which a U.S citizen needed to disembark early and fly home from Canada, and a passport would be required for that flight.

Passports are required for citizens of all other countries for any Alaska cruise or cruise tour.

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