You know how much I love to travel, and one of my favorite things about traveling is exploring places I’ve never been to before. I’ve been to a lot of great places, but somewhere that has always been on my bucket list is Alaska! I thought experiencing “the last frontier” with a group of my friends (yes that means you!), would be so much fun, so in 2021, we’re heading to Alaska! We’ve been working for months with Rick and Allison of Cruise Planners to put together the most incredible Alaskan cruise for you. I hope you can come, and here are all of the details!
The cruise will depart from Seattle on June 25, 2021 and return to Seattle on July 2, 2021.
The seaside capital of British Columbia, Victoria is located on Vancouver Island at the southern tip of Western Canada. Named after Queen Victoria, this one-time British colony has retained much of its colonial charm with decorative English gardens and castles, but also reflects its modern landscape with bohemian shops, coffee bars and international cuisines. The year-round moderate temperatures are perfect for exploring this incredible city. From hiking and golfing to dining and shopping, there’s much to discover on a Victoria cruise.
Start your day in Victoria with a walk through the enchanting Butchart Gardens and experience one of the world’s finest floral display gardens. Meander along the flower-lined paths and marvel at the brilliant composition of color in Japanese, Mediterranean, and Italian themes, plus much more.
Experience the time-honored English afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel. The menu includes many traditional favorites, like dainty finger sandwiches, scones, and a host of sumptuous varietal teas.
Venture 35 miles northwest to Cowichan Valley for a day hike, golfing, or winetasting. There are six regional parks with trails for mild walks around lakes or more intense climbs. This region is also increasingly becoming known for its wines as well. Take a guided wine tour on your Victoria cruise and discover the delicious wiines that are being produced at the wonderful vineyards in the valley and perhaps pick up a few bottles as mementos, too.
For a full introduction to the history and culture of Victoria and Western Canada, head to the Royal British Columbia Museum. Explore the fascinating indigenous artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 B.C. to British royalty pottery, glass and papers, plus a wonderful native plant garden. The museum also has a wonderful IMAX theater and rotating special exhibits.
The large waterfront park Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria is within walking distance of the inner harbor. With more than 200 acres, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the sprawling grounds. This unspoiled park features many walking trails through the forest, a children’s zoo with baby lambs, ducks, and piglets and an abundance of relaxing nature.
Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in Canada. Stroll the colorful streets of this National Historic district and enjoy a wonderful Chinese-style brunch (dim sum) or shop for locally made unique trinkets and souvenirs.
We will be sailing on the award-winning Celebrity Solstice! It has luxurious staterooms, exquisite dining, and so much to do on board. You can see all of the details of the ship here.
There will be lots of options available! There will be great selections at many different price points. Whether you’re trying to be conservative, or you want to splurge, this ship has the perfect room for you. If you’re wondering about payment, there’s good news there too! You will be able to pay for your trip in installments over a series of months.
At each port, there will be lots of different ways you can explore. From fishing, to wilderness and wildlife exploration, to more adventurous experiences, there is something for everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing and doing everything I can in a part of the country I’ve never been to!
Booking Details + Trip Perks!
*Bookings will be accepted February 4, 2020 – February 18, 2020. If space permits, booking will re-open on March 2nd and be accepted until March 15, 2020.
Here are just a couple of the benefits you’ll get:
- 1st and 2nd guests in each cabin will receive pre paid staff tips ($108.50 pp value)
- Choice of: Classic Beverage Package, Unlimited Internet Minutes Package, or On Board Credit of $150 per person
- Take part in two private cocktail parties with live music! Included will be drinks and hot and cold canapés
- BONUS!!! Book by February 18th and receive a bonus $50 per person on board credit courtesy of Cruise Planners
Please do not book through the Celebrity website, as you will need to reserve with our group in order to have access to all of our activities!
What About Flights?
We are working with Rick and Allison and they can get you all squared away! You will want to fly in and out of the Seattle Airport. Flights are not available this far in advance, but as soon as we are able to begin booking airfare (300 days prior to departure), we will provide an update!
Okay, are you ready to go? I’ve already started counting down the days! I hope I’ll see you in Seattle in 2021!
*Please note: we reserve the right to approve all guests. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.