If you were part of the last cruise, you’ll know just how much fun we had! I’ve been itching to do another one since, and Alaska has been on my bucket list for a long time. So I thought, what are we waiting for?
I have heard that Alaska’s beauty is unbridled, so I plan to make this trip an unforgettable one, for you and for me! We are heading to the most fabulous ports of call that encompass all that Alaska has to offer. Wouldn’t it be fun to experience the massive tidewater glaciers and encounter iconic wildlife in this untamed, immense and magnificent Great Land? It’s known to be a place of astonishing splendor, where glaciers loom over the sea like towers of blue ice, and migrating whales can be spotted! What better setting can we ask for as we embark on not only an outer adventure, but an inner one, too!
During this 7-day cruise, I will offer over 14 hours of new teachings and meditations, designed to take you deeper into the mysteries of life and healing than ever before. I plan to unveil some of my newest work in my ever-evolving repertoire, and take you on an internal journey that will illuminate some of the mysteries behind transformational experiences and healing, making them more accessible for you. We will have 7 glorious days together, immersed in breath-taking nature, magnificent beauty, music and meditation. Imagine doing all of this with like-minded souls! Being away from your usual environment will make it so much easier for you to integrate your transformational experiences, to attain lasting and permanent change.
On board Holland America’s beautiful ms Oosterdam, you’ll enjoy all of the amenities offered on this stellar vessel. We have fun group activities planned for us, including entertaining evening gatherings and a cocktail party or two for our group to mingle, dance and enjoy each other on this fantastic voyage!
So mark your calendar and bring your cameras for the majestic views you won’t want to miss — PLUS a selfie or two — while crossing Alaska off your bucket list!
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WHAT YOU WILL BE LEARNING
You will expand your beliefs on what your body is capable of achieving, and many of you will see and feel healing taking place.
You will learn what it means to live as a six-sensory being.
You will learn what it means to truly love yourself, and become the highest ideal of your authentic self.
You will learn why transformation is so elusive for so many, or why the change can be short lived for those who attain it.
You will learn that sensitivity and empathy are strengths (not weaknesses), and will learn how to use these traits
in a way that serves you, instead of limiting you.
You will be taken on several deep guided meditations, and one of them will be through your own NDE,
to gain your own insights.
You will learn how to communicate with your body and identify what your ailments or illnesses are trying to tell you.
You will learn the mysteries of healing, how to heal yourself, and what holds you back from true healing.
You will learn what drains you, and how to recharge your energy.
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The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, this city’s stately skyline sparkles against a backdrop of inland seas and snowcapped mountains. Shop glittering downtown, the bustling Pike’s Place Farmers’ Market, historic Pioneer Square, or see it all from the top of the Space Needle. The Seattle Center, location of the 1962 World’s Fair, has become a premier destination for arts and entertainment where you will find The Experience Music Project and The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.
Scenic Cruising Stephens Passage
The southern reaches of Stephens Passage start at the edges of Frederick Sound, one of the best whale-watching areas in the state. The sound narrows and as you are funneled into the passage, the mountains come right down into the sea, high tide licking the roots of spruce and hemlock. The water of the passage is deep, well over 1,000 feet in places. But in this landscape cut by the last ice age, you really have to measure to the mountain peaks for true scale: They climb to summits at 5,000 feet, their slopes covered with forests, meadows and best of all, by the glaciers that form the passage’s crown.
When a drifter named Joe Juneau picked up the first Alaska gold nugget out of Gold Creek in 1880, he could hardly imagine that his name would be affixed to a state capital. Fronting on the blue waters of the Gastineau Channel and surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Mt. Juneau and the Tongass National Forest wilderness, its visual drama never fails to stir visitors. Visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the Red Dog Saloon, or sightsee the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, just outside town.
Scenic Cruising Hubbard Glacier
Stretching over 90 miles long and covering over 1,350 square miles in area, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier (meaning it ends at the ocean) in North America. But unlike nearly every other tidewater glacier on the continent, Hubbard is advancing, not retreating; it’s forever pushing a little further into the bay. It is also one of the most impressive, a 300-foot wall of ice rising sheer and jagged from the ocean. You may hear the rumble and see the monumental splash as the glacier severs into great ice chunks, known as “calves.”
Sitka is home to a unique slice of Alaska history not found anywhere else. For over 100 years, this charming port city reigned as the capital of Russian America under the name New Archangel until the United State purchased Alaska in 1867. Today the influence of the Czars is still very present in the majestic St. Michael’s Cathedral with its unmistakable onion dome, the Russian Bishop’s House and the Sheldon Jackson Museum, housing prized Russian and Indian artifacts. Sitka also boasts an abundance of epic natural scenery and wildlife.
Located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich native culture. This waterfront town built on trestles, docks and pilings looks like it has been plucked from a storybook about frontier life. Explore historic Creek Street, now a covey of contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Totem Bight Park.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is known as “The City of Gardens” and is the most English city outside of England, featuring a beautiful harbor, historic museums, and the world-famous Butchart Gardens. The city’s British colonial heritage is still very much in evidence, but contemporary Victoria has a distinctly Pacific northwest flavor. Victoria’s unique character is deeply rooted in its 150-year history — a history full of colorful people and fascinating tales.
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Do I need a passport and/or visa?
This cruise makes 1 stop in a foreign port: Victoria, Canada. FOR U.S. AND CANADIAN CITIZENS: It is necessary for all passengers to provide proof of citizenship and photo ID in one of the following forms:
- A current passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date, or
- An original or certified copy of your birth certificate and valid photo ID (driver’s license).
FOR NON-U.S./NON-CANADIAN CITIZENS: You must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of your travel. Please carefully verify the existing identification requirements for your particular travel situation. For International passengers, please be sure you have the necessary Visas for travel to Canada if applicable. One online resource to quickly find out about visa requirements is http://www.visahq.com or you may contact the individual embassy for more info.
How much time do I need to allow for embarking and disembarking?
For air arrivals and departures into Seattle, WA it is recommended guests allow adequate time for transfer between the airport and pier, customs inspections and airport security checks. On the day of departure (June 2nd) flights should arrive Seattle (SEA) no later than 1:00 pm. On the day the ship returns (June 9th) flights should depart after 11:00 am from Seattle (SEA).
Can I purchase transfers from the airport to the ship?
If you are arriving in the Seattle Airport (SEA) on the day of sailing you may add transfers to the ship. The cost of these transfers will be $29 per person each direction. Flight numbers and details are required for your reservations. Taxis run approximately $50 from Seattle and are faster and less expensive if more than one is traveling.
When may I embark the ship?
The ms Oosterdam departs from Pier 91 at 4:00 pm. Embarkation begins at approximately 11:30 am, and guests are required to be on board no later than 90 minutes prior to sailing time. The Pier address is: 2001 W. Garfield St. Seattle, WA. For those driving, parking is available at Republic Parking at approximately $26 per day. www.rpnw.com 206-783-4144, Ext 1113.
Air or Hotel Reservations
For those passengers who need airfare from the U.S., the Travel Edge Air Department can give you a free quote for the best fare and schedule. Contact Lynn at 714-540-7400 ext. 1226 or email her at [email protected] Please include requested dates and times with all email requests. For those arriving early, downtown Seattle is located only about 15 minutes from the Port. There are many good discount internet sites available, such as www.hotels.com or www.kayak.com, both offering a variety of different-priced hotel options.
Our group will have two dining options – Late Dining (8:00 pm), where you will be seated with other group members and “Anytime” Dining which allows you to dine anytime from 5:30 – 9:00 pm in the main dining room. Your selection is noted on your confirmation letter. A casual alternative is the Lido Restaurant where you can choose from the buffet or a made- to-order meal. Room service is also available and is complimentary.
Reservations-Only Specialty Restaurants
As a delicious alternative to the main dining room, you might consider the Pinnacle Grill or Canaletto Restaurant. The Pinnacle Grill offers a level of elegant sophistication unmatched anywhere. The Canaletto Restaurant offers an authentic
Italian experience. There is a $35 per person charge for the Pinnacle Grill and $15 for Canaletto. Reservations can be made onboard or online once you have completed check-in. If you would like to speak to someone regarding these dining reservations in advance, you can call Ship Services at 800-541-1576.
Can the Dining Room accommodate special diets?
Watching your salt, fat or sugar intake? Going Vegan? Advise us at the time of booking and we’ll be happy to accommodate any special diets. Holland America offers vegetarian options at each meal and also has a separate Vegetarian and Vegan menu in the Dining Room. Special medical diets must be pre-ordered a minimum of 60 days prior to sailing. These require submission to Holland America directly. Please use this link to communicate your medical dietary request once your booking has been confirmed: book.hollandamerica.com/specialServices
May I bring my own liquor On-Board?
Only wine and champagne are allowed. A corkage fee will be charged for wine or champagne brought to the restaurants or bars for consumption.
All staterooms include: Double closets, full length mirrors, extra-deep chest of drawers, safe, hairdryer, and a remote- controlled Flat Screen TV. Staterooms are equipped with both North American standard 110 volt and European Standard 220 volt outlets.
What’s included in the Cruise Price?
- All meals, including room service, except in the specialty “reservations-only” restaurants.
- Most entertainment & activities onboard.
- The full seminar program and special events for the group.
FREE SHIPBOARD CREDIT* INCLUDED WITH YOUR BOOKING – applicable to the 1st and 2nd guests only
$50 Shipboard Credit per person – Interior and Ocean-view Staterooms o $100 Shipboard Credit per person – Verandah Staterooms
$150 Shipboard Credit per person – All Suites
* Shipboard credit can be applied toward excursions, the spa, specialty restaurants, and more onboard the ship.
What’s not included in the price?
- Air Transportation cost or transfers to the ship
- Shore excursions in the various ports
- Meals in the Specialty Reservations-Only Restaurants
- On board: sodas, alcoholic beverages and bottled water, telephone calls or internet access service, spa treatments, laundry or dry cleaning, photographs, casino gambling, and gratuities (Fee is per person/per day, $16.00 for suites, $14.50 for non-suites for the duration of the cruise). This will be charged to your onboard account at the end of the cruise by Holland America.
Casual wear will be appropriate for days onboard. For evening wear, count on two basic types of attire:
- Casual – dresses, or slacks & blouse for women; sport shirts & trousers for men
- Gala – cocktail dresses for women; suits & ties, or sportcoat and slacks for men
There are two Gala nights for this cruise. No self service laundry or ironing facilities are available. Full laundry services including pressing, are available for a fee.
Are there any special activities for kids?
Absolutely! Holland America’s Club HAL®, a special, fully supervised program for children 3 (must be potty trained) to 17, has lots of cool stuff for kids. For tweens 8 to 12 and teens 13 to 17 there’s miniature golf, pool and pizza parties, video games, disco, movies and more. The chefs have designed a special menu that has their favorites including pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fish ‘n’ chips.
When can I reserve my shore excursions?
Booking shore trips are usually available between 120-60 days before sailing. Pre-booking excursions is highly recommended. You can pre-book your excursions with your booking number up to 4 days prior to sailing at www.hollandamerica.com/ShoreExcursions or by calling Holland America at 888-425-9376. You may also make arrangements when you board your ship at the Excursions Desk.
Ship Contact Information
Your E-Documentation packet will contain detailed information including the phone number for your ship. The Explorations Café has workstations available for sending and receiving emails and is open 24 hours a day. Wireless internet is available throughout the ship and guests may use their laptop computer or other wireless internet enabled device to purchase and connect to the wireless internet service onboard. Different priced plans are available to accommodate individual needs. Charges for internet access will be posted to your ship board account.
Expected temperatures can range from a low of 50o F (night) to a high of 75o F (day). Layered clothing is suggested, along with a folding umbrella in case of rain or mist. It is advisable to check the internet for up-to-date weather conditions prior to sailing. Bringing binoculars would also enhance viewing scenery.