Ovation of the Seas - September 29, 2023
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September 29, 2023
September 29 - 6, 2023
Ovation of the Seas
7 Night Alaska Glacier
from Seattle, Washington
The September 29, 2023 cruise on the Ovation of the Seas departs from Seattle, Washington. On this 7 Night Alaska Glacier sailing, the ship will visit a total of 6 different cruise port destinations, including its departure port. The Ovation of the Seas sets sail on a Friday (September 29, 2023) and returns on a Friday (October 6, 2023).
The Ovation of the Seas was built in 2016 and is amoung Royal Caribbean's 27 ships in it's fleet. The Ovation of the Seas is included in the cruise line's Quantum Class. In the cruise ship stats below you'll find the Ovation of the Seas vs all other Royal Caribbean ships.
Christened "The Emerald City", Seattle is known as one of the most livable cities in the world and actually receives less annual rainfall (36 inches) than New York and Atlanta. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and mountains, Seattle is a recreation enthusiasts' dream. In the summer, water sports are only 10 minutes away and winter sports, such as snow skiing, are only 45 minutes away.
Christened "The Emerald City", Seattle is known as one of the most livable cities in the world and actually receives less annual rainfall (36 inches) than New York and Atlanta. Surrounded by lakes...
Take advantage of the many on board activites during your day at sea. Explore the Ovation of the Seas Deck Maps and make sure to view our list of Ship Venues and Features. You'll have more than enough to fill your day!
Alaska's capital city, Juneau, is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rain Forest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and wildflowers. Visitors can find unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Icefield and Glacier Bay National Park, and outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau's kayaking, dogsledding, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking.
Alaska's capital city, Juneau, is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rain Forest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and wildflowers. Visitors can find unparalleled glacier viewing from...
Cruise Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage is awash with pristine water mountain views. A cruise among the fjords and islands takes you into prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, and whales. The Inside Passage is home to the totem poles of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians, and Russian setters, as well as prospectors, lumberjacks, and fishermen. All have added to the tapestry of this area's history.
Alaska's Inside Passage is awash with pristine water mountain views. A cruise among the fjords and islands takes you into prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, and whales. The Inside Passage is...
The picturesque town of Skagway is famous for it's hospitality, sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of Laughton glacier and Parsons Peak, or take an evening walk across the swinging foot bridge to Yakatania point, where bald eagles and harbor seals fish for supper. No matter what you decide to do, you will be amazed with the sights and activities in and around Skagway.
The picturesque town of Skagway is famous for it's hospitality, sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of Laughton glacier and Parsons Peak, or take an evening...
CRUISE ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER
Founded as a fur-trading post by the Hudson Bay Company, Victoria is home to an interesting mix of cultures. There are English pubs, East Indian restaurants, and Japanese sushi bars. Chinatown features great buys at Market Square. Spend a pleasant afternoon among the flowers and waterways of world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Founded as a fur-trading post by the Hudson Bay Company, Victoria is home to an interesting mix of cultures. There are English pubs, East Indian restaurants, and Japanese sushi bars. Chinatown...
This metropolis is Canada's fastest growing city. Visit Gastown, a restored turn-of-the-century district where Vancouver's first saloon still stands. See trumpeter swans at Lost Lake, contemplate the ducks at Beaver Lagoon, or watch exotic aquatic creatures at the Stanley Park Aquarium. Climb the Lookout for a 360-degree view of the city.
This metropolis is Canada's fastest growing city. Visit Gastown, a restored turn-of-the-century district where Vancouver's first saloon still stands. See trumpeter swans at Lost Lake, contemplate the...
7 NIGHT ALASKA GLACIER CRUISE
Ovation of the Seas
By Royal Caribbean International
- Seattle, Washington
September 22nd, 2023
Seattle, Washington, Juneau, Alaska, Skagway, Alaska, Sitka, Alaska, +2 more
About the cruise
Your Alaska adventure hits a high point.
Pioneer America’s last frontier onboard one of the world’s most groundbreaking ships, Ovation of the Seas®, the biggest boldest ship to ever sail Alaska. It’s scenery scoping from the unrivalled perspective of North Star® – the highest vantage point on any cruise ship. Edge-of-your-seat entertainment, game-changing family fun you can enjoy in any climate and breathtaking vistas from every stateroom – even interior staterooms offer real-time views from a Virtual Balcony℠. All between unforgettable destinations from Juneau to Skagway. No other cruise ship lets you see Alaska like this.
PORTS OF CALL
- Juneau, Alaska
- Skagway, Alaska
- Sitka, Alaska
- Victoria, British Columbia
- Inside FROM £780 pp
Day 1 Seattle, Washington
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Juneau, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska
Day 5 Sitka, Alaska
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Victoria, British Columbia
Day 8 Seattle, Washington
The height of contemporary cuisine is realised at Chic, where the freshest ingredients of the wild are evolved for a modern palate. Proteins that pack a punch—beef rib-eye, lamb chops, Mediterranean sea bass—are treated to the delicate drizzle of sauces made from scratch. Salt is sea salt. Cream is crème. And truffles mingle with champagne for a butter sauce that surpasses all expectation.
Most intriguing: The first dry-aged steaks at sea, each hand-selected and aged for nearly four weeks to achieve the pinnacle of flavor, tenderness and aroma. This prime beef is joined by Maine lobster, veal Parmesan, grilled branzino and more succulent dishes paired with addictive sides and irresistible desserts.
DISHES BEYOND YOUR WILDEST IMAGINATION
Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine is all about pushing the culinary envelope. Dishes are designed to tantalise your taste buds and present a visual feast. Find crispy crab cones topped with fluffy avocado mousse, gazpacho served with pepper spheres and bread foam, and dreamy desserts that will take your breath away. Pair your meal with cocktails described as “magical” elixirs crafted to deliver full-sensory experiences.
HOW TO RESERVE
Cruise Planners and Royal App
FOR CHINA SAILINGS ONLY:
Wonderland is Wonderland by Dadong
Once you “brush” the menu at Wonderland, you’ll get to choose dishes based on five natural elements — Earth, Sea, Fire, Ice and Sun. If you love spice and smoky flavours, opt for something from the Fire section, like the Buffalo chicken eggs or the crispy Shrimp kataifi with scotch bonnet pepper. If you’re in the mood for something chilled and refreshing, try the red and white Tuna sashimi or the Oceanic citrus with yuzu granite from the Ice section. You’ll find the heartiest options in the Sea and Earth sections, like Liquid lobster served with bone marrow and caviar, branzino prepared with tamarind spice emulsion, and Berkshire pork belly paired with apples and cracklin.
Brush the menu at the entrance of restaurant with a paintbrush dipped in water and watch as each dish appears on the page.
Weave your way through a vibrant tapestry of pan-Asian flavours as diverse and nuanced as the Far East itself. Every tapestry tells a story – and this one brings together the greatest characters in the history of exotic cuisine.
Turmeric, cumin and red chili in a slow-cooked lamb curry. Ginger and sesame on crusted tuna. Sake-glazed salmon and teriyaki steak. On an eclectic yet balanced menu inspired by Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cooking.
CRAVINGS FROM THE COAST
Exclusively for suite guests and Pinnacle Club members, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with farm-fresh flavours from California. Filled with Pacific Coast favourites and Med-inspired entrees, the menu here rotates to spotlight delicious, seasonal ingredients. And you can pair every bite with a glass or bottle of wine off a list that includes vintages from the sun-kissed valleys of Napa to the golden-green hills of Tuscany.
For Pinnacle Guests only, based on availability. Junior Suites for dinner only, based on availability.
Start your day with one of the delicious offerings from Coastal Kitchen’s breakfast menu — like a filling frittata with feta cheese and spinach, decadent French toast with syrup and caramelised bananas, or a light Mediterranean plate of pan tomàquet, hummus, prosciutto and Manchego cheese. During lunch, try the signature Margherita flatbread, heaped with Buffalo mozzarella, vine-ripe tomato and fresh basil, or a tender herb-crusted chicken breast paired with roasted squash, Provencal tomatoes and tangy lemon essence. And at dinnertime, start with an order of Escargots a la bourguignonne in simmering butter with garlic and parsley. Then try the Roasted veal tenderloin, served in a vin jaune sauce with green pea puree, sweet caramelise onions, and fava beans. End your meal on a sweet note with fresh hand-cut seasonal fruit or an airy rosewater Panna cotta with kiwi coulis and almond tuile.
The menu at Coastal Kitchen rotates frequently; if you don’t see your favourite dish, ask your server if the team can prepare it for you.
CLASSIC AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE
For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialised in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.
Open for lunch on sea days only.
The best way to begin a meal at Chops Grille is with the charred beef carpaccio, sliced thin and served rare with fresh arugula, Parmesan cheese, and truffle mustard dressing. If you’re a seafood lover, upgrade your menu with one of the restaurant’s chilled seafood towers — each comes with jumbo shrimp, green-lipped mussels, clams, Jonah crab claws, and Maine lobster. As far as entrees go, the tender filet is one of the most popular items on the menu. If nine ounces is a bit too much for you, opt for the smaller 6-ounce petite filet — it packs in just as much flavour as the standard cut. If you’re a traditionalist, complement your meal with an order of steaming Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, or change things up with Chops’ signature gruyere cheese tater tots and truffled French fries. And don’t forget to save room for a refreshing slice of tart key lime meringue pie or classic New York cheesecake, served with raspberries and lemon confit.
The chefs at Chops Grille will hand cut, season, and grill each steak to your specifications. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask for the chef’s recommendation.
Jamie's Italian By Jamie Oliver
INCREDIBLE ITALIAN EATS
At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, sit down to Tuscan-inspired cuisine crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs. Seasonal ingredients meet authentic recipes in family-style dishes that range from homemade pastas and classic Italian entrees, to contemporary creations infused with rustic influences.
Great apps are guaranteed when you dine at Jamie’s Italian. The creamy burrata is a no-brainer — it comes garnished with slow-roasted tomato, carta di musica bread, and arugula. And you definitely can’t miss the ultimate garlic bread — warm artisan buttermilk buns served with herby garlic butter, veggie parmesan and rosemary. If you like truffle, try the homemade truffle tagliatelle, served in rich a truffle cream with a hint of nutmeg. Or satisfy your craving for seafood with Jamie’s famous prawn linguini, tossed with garlicky prawns, vine-ripe tomatoes, shaved fennel, saffron, chilli and arugula. Another fan-favourite is the chianti-braised short rib. It’s cooked slow and low to perfection and served with parmesan mash and horseradish gremolata.
Want to pair your meal with some vino? Ask your waiter to suggest a wine pairing.
AS VIP AND INTIMATE AS CAN BE
Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavour on the menu.
Available on select sailings.
Start your meal with the Scallop carpaccio, served with yuzu vinaigrette and crispy quinoa. Then transition to the Smoked tomato soup, sprinkled with garlic focaccia croutons and parmesan. Seafood lovers rave about the Maine lobster salad, flavoured with pineapple, cilantro, and vanilla dressing, and the Roasted branzino paired with grilled vegetables and lemon confit. Blending peanut butter ganache, Valrhona chocolate mousse, and salted caramel gelato, our signature dessert, The world, is the ultimate sweet ending.
Each dish is paired with a somm-selected glass of premium red or white wine.
THE HOTTEST SUSHI SPOT AT SEA
From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavours from Tohoku to Tokyo.
HOW TO PURCHASE
Cruise Planner or Onboard
From the appetiser list, don’t miss the shrimp and vegetable tempura, served golden-fried to perfection and paired with savory tentsuyu bonito stock for dipping. From the carpaccio section, the octopus yuzu chimichurri is also a fan-favourite. It comes drizzled with the house ponzu olive oil, course kosher salt, yuzu citrus chimichurri, and masago smelt eggs. If you’re dining with an appetite, try the yaki udon. It spotlights thick, stir-fried udon noodles topped with tender grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu. And get your sushi fix with one of the chef’s signature rolls — foodies love the baked snow crab and salmon dynamite roll, which fuses cool cream cheese and cucumber with spicy mayo, garlic-chili oil, citrus, and a decadent champagne sauce. For dessert, choose between an assortment of creamy, chewy mochi and crispy sesame balls served with red bean and strawberry sauce.
Dining with little ones? Ask for a kids’ menu. It’s got plenty of smaller-sized versions of Izumi’s sushi, tonkotsu ramen, and even teriyaki.
Solarium Bistro Restaurant
FLAVOUR THAT’S ALWAYS FRESH
Emphasising fresh ingredients and Mediterranean flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Solarium Bistro offers a bright and breezy gastronomic getaway at sea. Serve yourself from stations piled high with Med-inspired dishes and savour every bite inside or al fresco beneath the sun – or the stars.
Solarium Bistro becomes Hot Pot on China sailings.
At Solarium Bistro, every dish highlights freshness and flavour. Pop by in the morning for breakfast staples like creamy yoghurt and seasonal fruit, eggs and grilled sausage, and continental classics like bagels and pastries. At lunch, Solarium Bistro will transport you to some of the top culinary capitals along the Mediterranean coast and beyond. Tuck into fresh mussels and crisp Greek salad. Nibble on pita bread spread thick with homemade tzatziki and babaghanoush. Savour tender lamb chops with a cool mint jus or succulent lobster with tangy citrus butter. And treat yourself to sweet surprises, like fluffy loukoumades soaked in honey and creamy panna cotta à la Romana.
In addition to the items on the menu and at the buffet, you’ll sometimes find surprise dishes that rotate from time to time. Keep an eye out for those.
PIZZA WITH MORE PIZZAZZ
There’s nothing more satisfying than a great slice of pizza — and Royal Caribbean has spent years perfecting the recipe at Sorrento’s. Whether you’re into classics, like cheese and Margherita, or specialty pies, like the meat-loaded Carnivore or the pineapple, bacon and BBQ-infused Caribbean Dream, Sorrento’s serves up perfection in every slice.
There’s no wrong way to do pizza at Sorrento’s — all the pies here are equally delicious. If you’re a traditionalist, go for a slice of classic cheese or Margherita, topped with sweet basil leaves. Want to spice things up? The pepperoni pie brings just the right amount of heat. If you’re craving something a little heartier, try the aptly-named Carnivore, which comes loaded with meat, or a slice of the sweet and smoky BBQ chicken pizza. For something totally out of the ordinary, don’t miss the Caribbean Dream. Sprinkled with bacon, pineapple and BBQ, every bite channels major island vibes.
Sorrento’s is open late, which makes it one of the best spots for an after-hours bite.
TASTE YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalising global flavours served as complimentary. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favourite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelettes however you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
There are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options offered.
Fully-covered shoes and shirts required.
Food options may differ by sailing.
CRAFTED HOT DOGS WITH A TWIST
Everybody loves a great hot dog. Some like theirs served the classic way — between toasted buns with a drizzle of mustard, ketchup and relish. Others prefer theirs course-ground and sprinkled with sauerkraut, Old-World style. And some like hot dogs crafted with a creative twist — like a chicken sausage flavoured with juicy apple. Whatever kind of foot long you fancy, Dog House serves up the best sausages at sea.
The Cafe @Two70
The Café @ Two70° is a gourmet marketplace that lets you pick the view. Choose from a variety of savoury hot-pressed sandwiches, salads custom-made to your liking, homemade soups and more.
Best of all, your selections are packed up picnic-style, so you can enjoy them in Two70° or anywhere else you like onboard.
Fish & Ships℠
GOLDEN FRIED GOODNESS
Savour delicious fare at Fish & Ships℠, a seaside seafood spot that’s just steps from the pool. No need to hop across the pond for a basket of freshly battered cod and hand cut fries. You can get the British classic comfort food right here, plus crispy calamari, savoury battered sausage, and even a frosty pint of brew.
The most famous item on the menu at Fish & Ships℠ is hands down the classic Fish & Chips — golden-battered cod fried to perfection and served with mushy peas, just like they do in the UK. Other standouts include the crispy fried calamari — a great option if you’re sharing with friends — and the hearty house lobster roll, served with a side of signature chips. If you’re craving something other than seafood, try the battered sausage — it’s as flavourful as it is filling. And make sure you save space in your tummy for a bite of the restaurant’s famous deep-fried candy bar.
If you’re just fuelling up on your way to another onboard activity, no problem — ask for your meal to go.
DELICIOUS DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR
Want to savour a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.
Room service menu may differ by sailing.
The continental breakfast items on the room service menu are complimentary, but you can also upgrade with fried eggs or an omelet if you want something a little heartier. You can even make brunch boozy with mimosas or the Ultimate Bloody Mary. If you’re ordering lunch or dinner, choose from flavourful finger foods like crispy chicken tenders, a melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese sandwich, hot dogs your way, or the much-loved Royal Burger — it’s eight ounces of prime Wagyu beef topped with crispy bacon and aged cheddar on a toasted bun. The creamy classic tomato soup, grilled quesadilla, and fried chicken wings are also guest favourites..
Cruising with kids? There’s a section on the menu just for them with simple but delicious sandwiches and tasty sides.
PASTRIES IN PARADISE
Get ready for some French confectionary perfection. Take your sweet tooth on a decadent journey through an exciting assortment of flaky macarons, tantalising petits-fours and rich artisan chocolates — all paired with tasty espressos, frothy cappuccinos and more at La Patisserie.
One of the most popular treats on the menu at La Patisserie is the “Stackaroon,” a riff on the traditional French macaron. Order an assortment of eight pieces and choose from flavours like strawberry-lemon, green tea, pistachio, lychee, vanilla and violet cassis. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll find lots of rich and decadent options, like several different kinds of chocolate bark and bars mixed with M&Ms, fruit and nuts, gummy bears and more. Celebrating a special occasion? The cakes at La Patisserie are legendary. Go for a slice of red velvet, chocolate layer cake or strawberry cheesecake, or opt for a whole birthday cake baked just for you. No matter what you order, though, you’re definitely going to want add an indulgent caramel macchiato — it’s one of the pastry shop’s specialties.
Order an adult version of your favourite coffee drink with a shot of chocolate liqueur.
CAFÉ ALL DAY
When it comes to quick and easy come-and-go eats, there’s no better place than Café Promenade. This casual, complimentary hotspot bustles 24 hours a day, so you can drop by any time — whether it’s for a steaming cup of coffee and a warm glazed cinnamon bun in the morning, or late-night bites like fried artichoke, spicy marinated cheese, and savoury meatballs from behind the counter after working up an appetite on the dance floor.
If you’re looking for a satisfying way to start your day, pair a cup of rich Royal Roast with a flaky croissandwich — stuffed with deli meats and crisp lettuce — or your favourite breakfast pastry. At lunchtime, it’s all about the flavourful chicken roti wrap and the New Orleans-style muffuletta, piled high with cold cuts and cheese. If you love a good antipasti platter, try the prosciutto with melon combo, or the pesto-grilled tomato. And if you have a sweet tooth, the decadent Mudcakes, creamy Willy Wonka pies, and fluffy round Led Zeppoles will make you come back for seconds.
Some sandwiches, antipasti and desserts rotate daily, so stop by often to see what’s new.
Main Dining Room
In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavours that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Many of the dishes on the Main Dining Room’s menu rotate each night, which means you could go an entire week without ever repeating a course. Every meal here begins with something delicious from the starters section of the menu — like savoury duck terrine layered with apricot chutney on toasted sourdough bread, a flaky Vidalia onion tart baked with whipped eggs, cream, and smoked bacon, or spiced eggplant and Kalamata olive tartare prepared with red pepper hummus and served on crispy garlic bread. Then, choose from international entrees like Moroccan spiced ahi tuna served over mint couscous, sautéed spinach and tequila peppers with a cool yogurt vinaigrette. Or mojo-marinated bone-in pork loin paired with sweet potatoes, broccoli and a cumin-citrus reduction. Dessert is also worth getting excited about, with options like sweet cream-soaked tres leches, home-style carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and a light and fluffy Grand Marnier soufflé.
Food offerings may differ by ship and sailing.
The food in the Main Dining Room is complimentary, and you can order as many courses as you like.
The Café@Two70 is a gourmet marketplace where every meal comes with a side of captivating views. Choose from a variety of savoUry hot-pressed sandwiches, crisp custom-made salads, homemade soups and more — all packed up picnic-style, so you can enjoy them while looking out floor-to-ceiling windows in Two70® or anywhere else onboard.
If you’re looking to fuel up for a day filled with adventure, stop by the Café@Two70 in the morning and order a breakfast burrito. The original comes with scrambled eggs, chilli con carne and mozzarella cheese, but you can ask for a vegetarian version if you prefer. If you’re craving something crisp and refreshing, the Thai chicken noodle salad is a winner. It’s got tender grilled chicken served over mixed greens with peppers, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and glass noodles, all tossed in a tangy sesame-peanut dressing. Grilled cheese lovers can choose from three different riffs on the classic, including a three-cheese melt that layers gruyere, aged white cheddar and blue cheese on rye, a harvest version with smoked ham, juicy green apples and brie on raisin-multigrain, and a B&B that’s loaded with crispy bacon, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy green onions on sourdough.
The Café@Two70 also offers some tasty sweet treats — see what’s available at the counter.
Royal Caribbean International
The 8 Top Alaska Cruise Lines of 2024
A cruise vacation to Alaska is a profound adventure. The spectacular natural beauty, rugged wilderness, massive glaciers and endless opportunities for wildlife viewing make a trip to the 49th state a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers. As an added bonus, cruise ships can reach remote parts of the state, including Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve: one of the most significant (and picturesque) marine and wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
With the ever-growing popularity of the destination and an extended cruising season (some lines now travel to Alaska between April and October), more ships are heading north to the shores of The Great Land. With these expanded itineraries, there's more than ever to think about when booking your Alaska cruise.
To assist in your decision-making process, U.S. News listed the top cruise lines to consider across five categories, including the best options for families, luxury-seekers and adventurers. U.S. News consulted data provided by Cruiseline.com and the results of our 2024 Best Cruise Lines rankings to help develop this list of the top cruise lines sailing to Alaska.
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Best Overall: Holland America Line and Princess Cruises
Holland america line.
Alaska cruise ships: Eurodam , Koningsdam , Nieuw Amsterdam , Noordam , Westerdam , Zaandam
Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Anchorage , Fairbanks and Whittier, Alaska; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia
Starting from: $379 per person for seven-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on May 1, 2024, or Sept. 22, 2024. Round-trip from Vancouver.
Holland America Line has been cruising Alaska's pristine glacial waters for more than 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. On top of that, the line features more voyages to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve than its competitors. Seven-night round-trip sailings depart from either Seattle or Vancouver, while cruisetours – Holland America Line 's sea- and land-based packages – leave from several cities and extend each trip to nine to 18 days.
If this will be your first visit to Alaska, consider booking the comprehensive 14-day Yukon + Denali cruisetour. This Alaska adventure includes a voyage aboard Koningsdam, plus a three-night stay at Holland America's exclusive lodge in Denali National Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see Alaska's big five: moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves – and book bucket list activities like flightseeing over Denali. If it's a picture-perfect day, your pilot might even be able to land on the tallest mountain in North America, also known as "The Great One." Other excursions include meeting dog mushers from the Iditarod, landing on the Yanert Glacier, heli-hiking or embarking on a covered wagon adventure on the Alaska tundra. The Yukon Territory portion of this trip is exclusive to Holland America; while there, visit the mining town of Dawson City and learn about Northern Canada's Klondike Gold Rush of August 1896.
Another highlight of sailing Alaska with Holland America is the Alaska Up Close program, which immerses guests in an array of expert-led lectures and excursions on board and shore. When it comes to dining , Holland America is the only cruise line to achieve the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which means cruisers will enjoy certified sustainable wild Alaska seafood on board (think: Alaskan king crab legs and fresh salmon). You may also have access to culinary excursions in partnership with Food & Wine magazine, as well as special offerings like Alaska salmon bakes.
Cruisers should also consider one of the Holland America's new itineraries for 2024: the 28-night Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice voyage aboard Westerdam, round-trip from Seattle. This sailing, which departs on June 9, 2024, features highlights like crossing the Arctic Circle; celebrating the summer solstice in Nome, Alaska; and watching Kodiak bears – the largest bears in the world – on Kodiak Island.
Insider tip: Sample Holland America Line's famous Dutch pea soup while glacier viewing on the outside decks. The crew passes around mugs of the warm soup in this Holland America tradition that gives a nod to the line's heritage – and keeps guests warm on chilly summer days in Alaska.
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Alaska cruise ships: Grand Princess , Sapphire Princess , Royal Princess , Ruby Princess , Majestic Princess , Discovery Princess , Crown Princess
Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle; Anchorage, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco ; Fairbanks, Alaska
Starting from: $398 per person for seven-night cruise from Anchorage (Whittier, Alaska) to Vancouver on May 18, 2024
Princess Cruises has a long history in Alaska, boasting more than 50 years of sailing to the Great Land. Cruise itineraries last between seven and 14 nights, and many visit the Inside Passage. Princess Cruises also owns and operates five wilderness lodges for guests of its cruisetours, plus exclusive "Direct to the Wilderness" rail service to those properties. The line's wide selection of cruisetours includes independent adventures and off-the-beaten-path destinations, like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest national park in the U.S. For travelers seeking the highest level of service and the most time on land, the Connoisseur cruisetour is a good option, including up to 10 nights ashore following the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. The Connoisseur trip is hosted by a tour director and includes select sightseeing outings and most meals in the fare.
Princess' special programming, North to Alaska, offers guests unique insights into the history and culture of the region with visits from local Alaskans, photography sessions, demonstrations on lumberjacking and excursions like Cook My Catch, where guests will go fishing (with a guide), then bring their fish back for chefs to prepare for dinner at one of the designated Princess lodges.
There are two new Princess cruisetours to consider for 2024. The 15-night National Parks Tour includes a seven-day cruise, visits to five national parks, scenic rail travel and a total of eight evenings across four Princess wilderness lodges. Meanwhile, the Katmai National Park Tour is a nine-day adventure that takes guests to the famed Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park & Preserve to see bears feasting on wild salmon in Alaska's wilderness.
Insider tip: While visiting Denali National Park, be sure to check out the Princess Treehouse at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," the treehouse offers a different perspective of Denali and features "Sappy Hour" and other fun activities.
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Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International
Norwegian cruise line.
Alaska cruise ships: Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Bliss , Norwegian Jewel , Norwegian Sun , Norwegian Spirit
Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle ; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska
Starting from: $349 per person for seven-night sailing between Seward and Vancouver (itineraries visit Hubbard Glacier and Skagway, or Glacier Bay, Skagway and Juneau). Available on Norwegian Jewel in April, May and June 2024.
Norwegian Cruise Line has one of the longest seasons in Alaska, extending from April through October. The line operates two of its larger ships in Alaska: Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore. These ships feature a plethora of onboard activities to keep kids and adults entertained, like racetracks, laser tag, mini-golf, complimentary kids and teen clubs, video arcades, themed parties, live performances and more. Families will also enjoy entertainment by Nickelodeon, character breakfasts, salmon bakes and sessions with a park ranger who comes on board to narrate the Glacier Bay passage. You'll find many spacious room options on board perfectly suited to larger families – especially in The Haven, the line's exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line offers select cruise deals where third and fourth guests sail free .
There are two new Alaska shore excursions for 2024: the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek and the Fly-In Norris Glacier Hike and Packraft. The first outing takes place in Juneau , where you'll paddle a 12-person canoe across Mendenhall Lake to reach the towering glacier. Prepare to be surrounded by the spectacular setting of Tongass National Park, a 400-foot waterfall and an Arctic tern nesting ground. The second excursion, also in Juneau, takes participants on a flight into the Alaska wilderness via floatplane; you'll then paddle across a pristine glacial lake and hike the surface of Norris Glacier. Unforgettable sights along the way include densely forested mountains; the mouth of the Taku Inlet, a waterway that offers access to Juneau Icefield; and plenty of wildlife, including sea lions and bald eagles.
Also new for 2024 is the option to take the Denali Talkeetna Explorer tour after your cruise. (This cruisetour previously only took place prior to the voyage.) The 13-day sea and land package, Denali Talkeetna Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour, is available on three dates in 2024 in combination with a Norwegian Jewel sailing. The package includes a seven-night cruise; a total of six nights in Fairbanks, Denali and Talkeetna; a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; a riverboat cruise in Fairbanks; a visit to an Iditarod dog musher's kennel; a deluxe glass-domed Alaska Railroad journey between Fairbanks and Denali; and more. You'll also have free time to book optional shore excursions like whitewater rafting, park tours, helicopter flightseeing and other outdoor adventures.
Insider tip: If you're sailing on Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Encore, be sure to grab a front-row seat in the Observation Lounge when sailing in Glacier Bay Park & Preserve. This expansive space on Deck 15 at the bow of the ship offers breathtaking panoramic views from the comfort of inside the ship.
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Royal Caribbean International
Alaska cruise ships: Radiance of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , Brilliance of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas
Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle
Starting from: $439 per person for seven-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas, Seward to Vancouver on May 24, 2024
Royal Caribbean International offers seven-night cruise-only Alaska options (some featuring the Inside Passage) and extended cruisetours (lasting nine to 13 days) with land portions before or after the voyage. Cruisetours may visit Denali National Park & Preserve, among other highlights. The line also offers select "kids sail free" itineraries, which will appeal to families.
If you want nonstop entertainment while on board, choose one of Royal Caribbean International 's two larger Quantum Class vessels: Quantum of the Seas or Ovation of the Seas. Both megaships accommodate approximately 4,900 passengers. If you prefer a smaller ship, consider booking one of the Radiance Class vessels, which hold a maximum of around 2,500 guests.
Quantum Class ships have multiple outdoor attractions that provide panoramic views of the scenery. For example, the surf simulator, FlowRider, affords views of magnificent snow-capped mountains and glaciers all around the ship. If you're adept at rock climbing, this is another chance for optimal scenic viewing – at 40 feet above the deck. Additional entertainment includes free-fall skydiving at RipCord by iFly, outdoor movie nights, live performances and musical entertainment, bumper cars, an escape room, a sports court and indoor pools for those cool Alaska summer days.
Insider tip: For more awe-inspiring vistas, take a ride on North Star. Exclusive to Royal Caribbean (on Quantum and Ovation of the Seas), the glass-enclosed capsule rises 300 feet above sea level while suspended over the ocean.
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Best for Couples: Celebrity Cruises
Alaska cruise ships: Celebrity Summit , Celebrity Edge , Celebrity Solstice
Starting from: $397 per person for seven-night voyage on Celebrity Summit, Seward to Vancouver on May 17, 2024
Adventure-seeking couples will have many options to choose from during Celebrity Cruises ' 2024 Alaska season. The line's six- and seven-night cruise-only itineraries include up-close views of the Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier, the world's longest tidewater glacier at 76 miles long. For an in-depth exploration of Alaska's interior, Celebrity's cruisetours extend the trip to a maximum of 13 nights and feature small-town destinations like Talkeetna, Alaska – the quirky village that inspired the 1990s television show "Northern Exposure." There are also themed tours centered on wildlife viewing and national parks, as well as culinary tours highlighting the flavors of Alaska.
Couples will also find plenty of adult-focused activities and entertainment on board, no matter which vessel they choose. Each ship offers a spa, multiple bars and lounges, and an excellent selection of complimentary and specialty restaurants. Celebrity's three Alaska-bound ships carry between 2,158 guests (Celebrity Summit) and 2,908 passengers (Celebrity Edge). Celebrity Edge, the newest of the ships, offers immersive entertainment and especially beautiful public spaces – like Grand Plaza, a three-story venue at the heart of the vessel.
For extra privacy during your couples' vacation, consider splurging on a suite or villa in The Retreat. This all-inclusive space features luxurious accommodations; a private lounge; a sundeck (unavailable on Celebrity Solstice); and a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat. The swanky culinary venue serves dishes curated by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud. In addition, you'll have a team of attendants, butlers and concierges to indulge every whim.
Insider tip: Book your Alaska cruise on Celebrity Edge. The outward-facing design of the ship and expansive outdoor spaces, including the Magic Carpet, offer guests excellent viewing opportunities of Alaska's vast landscapes, calving glaciers and wildlife, including humpback whales in the Inside Passage and around Juneau and Sitka.
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Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises
Regent seven seas cruises.
Alaska cruise ships: Seven Seas Explorer
Departure cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska
Starting from: $4,699 per person (all-inclusive) for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on May 1, 2024
Regent's Seven Seas Explorer will spend the 2024 season in Alaska, with the first sailing embarking from Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 1, 2024. The line offers 20 seven-night voyages and two 14-night sailings between May and September. The 746-passenger ship provides an in-depth exploration of Alaska's wilderness, thanks to the vessel's smaller size and all-balcony suites. Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' all-inclusive fares include free unlimited shore excursions (though select tours come with a fee); complimentary fine wines and spirits; dining at specialty restaurants; 24-hour room service; unlimited Wi-Fi access; prepaid gratuities; free valet laundry service; and more. Depending on the suite category, guests may also receive a pre- and post-cruise hotel stay with their voyage.
Complimentary shore excursions are available in a number of Alaska ports. In Ketchikan, sign up for the Tongass Rainforest Expedition, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show or the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafest. (Note: Some excursions in Ketchikan, such as the Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining option, come with an additional fee.) In Juneau, guests can take the complimentary hiking adventure through the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, home to black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. Cruisers can also dine on wild Alaska salmon grilled over a fire at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake.
Insider tip: Take advantage of the complimentary shore excursions during your cruise. These are tours you'd normally have to pay for on a ship that's not all-inclusive – and that can add up quickly.
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Alaska cruise ships: Silver Nova , Silver Muse , Silver Shadow
Departure cities: Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia
Starting from: $3,450 per person for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on Silver Muse on Aug. 1, 2024
Debuted in August 2023, Silversea's latest addition, Silver Nova, is the newest luxury vessel sailing Alaska for the 2024 season. Silver Nova features an asymmetrical design and advanced technologies that make it Silversea Cruises ' most environmentally friendly vessel yet. With just 728 guests, spacious suites (some affording 270-degree views) and outdoor spaces showcasing The Great Land's pristine wilderness, Silver Nova is an excellent luxury option for an Alaska adventure. Silversea offers seven-night itineraries on its three Alaska ships, plus longer voyages on Silver Muse and Silver Shadow.
Silversea's all-inclusive fares include pre- and post-cruise hotel stays; complimentary nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages; in-room minibars; gourmet dining; all gratuities; at least one excursion per port; butler service in every suite; and other upscale amenities. Complimentary Alaska excursions include a scenic railway tour aboard the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway, the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest in Sitka Sound and more. You can also visit the Iditarod dogs' summer camp in Juneau. For an additional cost, Silversea offers more exclusive experiences, like a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier followed by a dogsledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies in Juneau, or a remote fly-fishing trip in Sitka.
Insider tip: Spend some time on Deck 10; you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the heated pool, thanks to the asymmetrical design of the pool deck.
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Best Small-Ship Expedition Line: UnCruise Adventures
Alaska cruise ships: Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Legacy, Safari Endeavor, Safari Explorer, Safari Quest
Departure cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Whittier, Dutch Harbor and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle
Starting from: $3,600 per person for seven-night cruise, Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse itinerary) on Wilderness Discoverer; various dates between April and September 2024
UnCruise's expedition-style small ships call on ports and remote areas in Alaska that larger ships can't access, taking guests to locales that the line coins, "UnAlaska." The five ships operating in The Great Land accommodate between 22 passengers (Safari Quest) and 86 guests (Wilderness Legacy), and there are seven-, 12- and 14-night itineraries to choose from. You can also book optional land tours, including a Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure. Expedition teams take guests on kayaking, skiffing, paddleboarding, bushwhacking, waterfall walks and hiking excursions close to the glaciers and visit secluded areas and waterway passages known for optimal wildlife viewing.
Cruise fares include group transfers to and from the ship; all meals; premium wine, beer and liquor; all nonalcoholic beverages; daily activities; wellness amenities; onboard heritage and expedition guides; and access to guest experts. You'll need to disconnect from your devices in remote areas, as there is no Wi-Fi access on UnCruise vessels.
For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, book the 14-night Alaska's Fjords & Glaciers Bay Adventure Cruise on Wilderness Discoverer, a 76-passenger ship. This voyage includes birding in the South Marble Islands, where you'll see puffins, cormorants, oystercatchers and other bird species. You can also search for brown bears in Corner Bay, bushwhack in old-growth forests, visit the town of Haines to sample local brews and spirits, and more.
UnCruise has introduced a few new cruises for 2024 with a renewed focus on The Great Land. One of these is the Kids in Nature, Wild Woolly & Wow with Glacier Bay cruise. The seven-night, family-focused voyage departs round-trip from Juneau aboard Wilderness Legacy and is available on three dates between June and July. One highlight of the voyage is exploring off-the-grid in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve's "Outback."
A second new option is the seven-night Prince William Sound Explorer with Cordova cruise. This adventure visits dozens of glaciers; the small fishing village of Cordova; the Harriman and College glacial fjords; the islands of Knight and Montague; and multiple places where you can see orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife. The itinerary is offered round-trip from Whittier, Alaska, on Safari Explorer throughout the summer.
Insider tip: Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to hop in a skiff directly off the ship to watch bears along the shore hunt for salmon just 100 feet away. This is an Alaska experience you can only have when sailing on a small ship.
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2025 north to alaska quilting cruise.
Greetings Quilting Friends,
We are thrilled to invite you to join us on an extraordinary quilting adventure, the North to Alaska Quilting Cruise! Get ready for a unique journey where you'll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature as we explore the stunning landscapes of Seattle, WA, Sitka, AK, Skagway, AK, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Juneau, AK, and Victoria, British Columbia.
Embark on this exceptional voyage aboard the luxurious cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, where comfort meets exploration. Our esteemed quilting instructors for this journey are April Jaehn and Elisabeth DeMoo, who will guide you in creating beautiful quilts inspired by the remarkable destinations we'll visit.
But that's not all! Throughout the cruise, you'll have exclusive access to immersive quilting workshops and classes, allowing you to refine your skills while surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscapes of Alaska. Connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts from around the world and indulge in delectable cuisine, captivating entertainment, and lavish amenities aboard the Ovation of the Seas.
Don't miss this chance to merge your passion for quilting with an unparalleled expedition through the majestic landscapes of Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier. Secure your spot on the North to Alaska Quilting Cruise today and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime journey!
Quilt Wonders Await!
- Deb Luttrell, Owner - Stitchin' Heaven
If you have never been on a quilting cruise you have missed a real treat! Since 2010 Stitchin' Heaven Travel has offered quilt-related cruises and motor coach tours to literally hundreds of satisfied guests. See reviews from our happy travelers here.
How can all this get any better? Here's how!
- Pre-cruise communication from Stitchin‘ Heaven Travel
- SHAG Bag (Stitchin' Heaven Amazing Gifts) valued at over $100 including an exclusive cruise shirt
- Your own dedicated sewing space for the duration of the cruise
- Optional pre-cut Sail ‘n Sew fabric kits
- Every quilting guest can take all the classes offered
- The classroom is open 24/7 for plenty of free time sewing!
- Premier thread provided for onboard projects
- Demonstrations of the latest quilting and sewing products
- Classroom support from Stitchin' Heaven Staff
- Full-size irons and ironing stations will be available in each classroom
- Post cruise guest contact list and group photo will be provided
- A BONUS Grab' n Go project for our Fun Day at Sea
- Prizes, surprises, and a boatload of fun!
Plus... You'll be sewing on a BERNINA 475QE sewing machine!
That's right! Each quilter will be provided a state-of-the-art BERNINA machine equipped with the extended table and a quarter inch foot. There's no need to bring your sewing machine all the way from home. Visit the BERNINA website to see the amazing features of this great machine!
Consider bringing a friend, your spouse or your family – non-quilters are always welcome to join us and will have many activities to pursue while you are in class.
We look forward to our next adventure together with you!
April Jaehn is a vibrant quilting enthusiast and traveling educator, renowned for her infectious passion and unwavering dedication to the craft. Her quilting journey began in a unique way, as she found herself immersed in the world of patchwork while living in Hungary. Overcoming the language barrier, April turned to YouTube as her trusted guide, teaching herself the art of quilting stitch by stitch.
Upon retiring, April took a well-deserved year off to decompress and explore her next chapter in life. It was during this introspective period that she discovered her true calling at the local quilt store. Each day spent there felt like coming home, as she became immersed in the vibrant quilting community, forging lasting friendships, and honing her skills.
In 2017, April joined Stitcher's Quest, located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and her quilting journey reached new heights. Working alongside fellow quilting enthusiasts, she found herself constantly learning, laughing, and expanding her knowledge. This dynamic environment fueled her passion and allowed her to further deepen her craft.
In 2021, April's expertise in quilting led her to embark on an exciting venture as a traveling educator with OESD, a renowned machine embroidery house based in Oklahoma. This role perfectly combines her three great passions: machine embroidery, nurturing customer confidence, and the joy of traveling. As an educator, April takes great pride in sharing her knowledge, empowering others to explore their creative potential and discover the wonders of quilting and machine embroidery.
April's artistic style is characterized by a profound appreciation for rich, saturated colors and bold designs. When she's not busy creating masterpieces in front of her sewing machine, she can often be found immersed in the world of quilting in other ways. Whether she's brainstorming new ideas, dreaming up innovative designs, or engaging in lively conversations about quilting, April's dedication and enthusiasm are palpable.
Now, April eagerly awaits the opportunity to embark on this thrilling adventure with fellow quilting enthusiasts like you. With her infectious energy and deep love for the craft, she is excited to share unforgettable moments, exchange ideas, and inspire one another on this remarkable journey.
Join April Jaehn on this extraordinary quilting cruise, and together, let's create memories that will last a lifetime.
Elisabeth DeMoo grew up on a farm in New Mexico, where she discovered her love for sewing by creating garments in 4-H. While in college, Elisabeth had a hunch that her sewing skills could be applied to quilting, and she has been hooked ever since. With over two decades of experience in quilting, Elisabeth's passion for the craft remains as strong as ever, and she is constantly looking forward to her next project.
As a self-proclaimed craft-o-holic, Elisabeth's desire to create is a driving force in her life, and she happily embraces it. With a list of over 10 ongoing projects at any given time, she is always busy with new ideas and inspirations. Three years ago, Elisabeth began pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a fabric designer, which led her to create the popular Brown Birds Designs blog. Through her blog, Elisabeth shares her creativity and expertise with a wide audience of fellow quilters and crafters, inspiring and encouraging them to explore their own creativity.
Elevate your quilting experience with the Misted Pines Quilt, a masterpiece designed by the talented Patti Carey of Patti's Patchwork. This exquisite pieced quilt pattern offers versatility with three size options, allowing you to create a delectable throw-size quilt ideal for a captivating wall-hanging or an opulent queen or king-size masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the creative process as you use varying shades within a single color palette. Unleash your quilting passion and bring the serene beauty of misted pines into your home with this stunning and customizable quilt pattern.
Finished Size: 56" x 70"
4.5 yards of coordinated backing fabric will be needed.
NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Misted Pines Pattern .
Discover the enchanting Alaska Quilt by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilt. This beautiful quilt, crafted with precision and creativity, radiates timeless allure. Perfect for quilting enthusiasts, it utilizes just six fabrics for the entire project, offering simplicity without compromising on elegance.
Finished Size: 71 ½“ x 71 ½“
NOTE: If you choose to provide your own fabric you will need the Alaska Quilt Pattern .
Optional Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack
Our incredible Sail 'n Sew fabric pack includes all of the fabrics and patterns for your projects and they are pre-cut so all you need to do is sit down and sew! The price of the Sail ‘n Sew fabric pack is $449.90 and it includes precut fabric for the quilt top for both projects including the borders, binding and pattern.
If you are interested in only one of the kits, you can specify which one on the registration form when you sign up for the cruise. If you would like a Sail ‘n Sew pack, simply select both kits when you fill out the registration form and we'll have it waiting for you on the ship.
If you do not wish to purchase a Sail 'n Sew Fabric Pack, remember to pack your own fabrics. We will not have fabrics available for purchase aboard the ship. You will need to bring your fabric pre-cut and ready for class. You must also bring your pattern or book. You can purchase the patterns here: Misted Pines and Alaska .
Note: View the preliminary 2025 North to Alaska Quilting Cruise Supply List . A finalized supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.
Click here to see our general quilting supplies recommendations.
Embarking on a cruise from Seattle? Don't miss out on the chance to explore the stunning Emerald City before your adventure at sea. If you're a nature lover, Seattle is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. While the city boasts an array of metropolitan delights such as great restaurants, trendy bars, shopping destinations, and countless hip coffee shops, it still manages to maintain a wild, great-outdoors soul.
Surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks, and the misty Puget Sound, Seattle is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts. Head to Discovery Park to catch stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay for some world-class art exhibits.
If you're looking to wind down and grab a drink or two, head to one of Seattle's many rooftop bars and enjoy a local brew or expertly crafted cocktail while taking in the extra-long northern summer days. With slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks, and even the occasional pod of whales, the misty Puget Sound is truly a sight to behold.
Don't miss out on the chance to explore this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Take some time to discover the natural beauty and metropolitan delights of Seattle before your unforgettable cruise adventure.
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Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose among the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-path Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.
The tiny town of Skagway is frozen in time, with its charming streets and buildings perfectly preserved since the Klondike Gold Rush over a century ago. But don't let its historic facade fool you, Skagway is a hub of thrilling Alaskan adventures.
A ride on an old-time streetcar along bustling Broadway Street is a great way to take in the town's many well-preserved buildings, including the state's oldest hotel. For a glimpse into Skagway's rich history, head to the Corrington Museum to see engraved walrus tusks, or get lost in the riveting historical reenactments that take place all around town.
Of course, for outdoor enthusiasts, Skagway has much to offer as well. Amp up your adrenaline by sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier or rafting down Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America. And with countless hiking trails, fishing spots, and wildlife watching opportunities, Skagway truly is an outdoor lover's paradise.
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
One of Alaska’s lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30-mile-long stretch, you can’t help but be awed by the surrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle’s appeal.
Getting to Juneau is no easy feat, requiring a sprint by air or by sea. However, once you arrive, you'll be greeted by majestic views and rich cultural experiences around every turn. Nestled amidst snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers, and abundant wildlife, Alaska's remote state capital is the ultimate destination for nature lovers.
Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the picturesque downtown area of the city is brimming with centuries-old bars, charming boutique shops, and historic landmarks. To get a taste of the local culture, be sure to visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum, where you can immerse yourself in Alaska's unique history and traditions.
But the true magic of Juneau lies in its abundance of outdoor activities. From whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, this pristine wilderness has it all. For a truly authentic Alaskan experience, try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin and discover the thrill of striking it rich.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia, is a charming city that perfectly combines British heritage and outdoor exploration. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Victorian architecture of Craigdarroch Castle and indulge in a culinary journey through Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Known as the "Garden City," Victoria boasts impressive floral displays and a reputation as the "Cycling Capital of Canada," offering a variety of biking trails for all levels. Adventure seekers can watch orcas playing in the harbor or observe glow-in-the-dark scorpions at the Bug Zoo. Whether you want to hike through the temperate rainforest of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park or stroll through the picturesque Butchart Gardens, Victoria offers something for everyone.
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Ovation of the Seas
Experience the awe-inspiring scenery of the Alaskan wilderness from the highest vantage point on any cruise ship - the North Star®. Take in breathtaking views of vibrant blue glaciers and majestic waterfalls from the pool deck as you navigate through Endicott Arm. Treat your taste buds to an array of globally inspired dishes and expertly crafted cocktails served by robotic bartenders. When not exploring ashore, fill your sea days with adrenaline-pumping activities such as simulated skydiving on RipCord®by iFLY® and surfing on the FlowRider®. All of these experiences are available only on Royal Caribbean, the cruise line that has been voted the Best Overall for 19 years in a row by Travel Weekly readers. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create unforgettable memories on your Alaskan adventure.
Conference Room Setup:
On this ship we will be sewing four to a table like the image below.
Note: View the preliminary 2025 North to Alaska Quilting Cruise Supply List . A finalized supply list will be sent to you 90 days prior to departure. We will not have a store onboard. Please bring all supplies you will need according to the supply list. We suggest you bring an extra project if you feel like you will finish the class projects and need extra sewing.
Stateroom's are as follows:
* Non-sewing guests will receive a $250 discount.
*Port charges, taxes & fees of $525.90 are not included.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
There is a $350 per person deposit due at registration which will secure your price and availability.
This fee includes your cruise fare PLUS all fees to the teachers, a BERNINA sewing machine for the entire cruise, all associated class activities, and classroom support. You may purchase our precut Sail n Sew kit (supplies are limited) or you are welcome to bring your own precut fabric.
Group travel allows us to provide special touches that are not available on an individual reservation. And unfortunately, discounts from Royal Caribbean are not allowed through our group program. In order to take full benefit from everything Stitchin' Heaven offers on our cruises, you must register through Stitchin' Heaven Travel. If you have questions or need assistance in changing your individual reservation to a group reservation through Stitchin' Heaven Travel, please let us know.
With so much to do onboard, chances are really good that you will just use your cabin for changing and sleeping, but it's nice to know that if you want to spend more time there, you will indeed be comfortable. All standard staterooms are attractively decorated in soft tones with fine light woods and two pieces of artwork on the walls. Each stateroom has two beds that convert to queen-size, a private bath, phone, interactive flat-screen TV, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning/heat controls. Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, and showers have those wonderful, half-round sliding doors as opposed to clingy curtains. Soap and shampoo are also provided.
Travel to and from Destination
You will be responsible for getting to and from the ship.
You can see what the cruise line suggests for dress code while on the ship here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com
Gratuities are a part of your cruise expense and will be collected by Stitchin' Heaven. This fee covers everyone who serves you while you are onboard including all onboard staff, dining staff, and your cabin steward. Stitchin' Heaven Travel will then pay these gratuities for our entire group prior to sailing. Therefore, you will be charged $112.00 for gratuities at the time of final payment. Please be aware that an additional gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. We encourage you to add additional tip for superior service.
Travel insurance is not included, but is available for your protection from Royal Caribbean in the form of their Travel Protection Program . The cost varies by room type and cruise and both cabinmates must purchase it separately. In the event insurance is used please be aware that it covers the cost of the cruise only. Sewing package fees are not refunded.
**Insurance fee are due in full when you choose to add it to your reservation
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
The cruise ship companies have worked diligently with the CDC and government officials in order to continue cruising from the US. Our commitment is to provide an enjoyable event with the utmost safety to our guests. Ship protocols will need to be observed at all times and are subject to change at Royal Caribbean’s discretion. These protocols are changing quickly so please check the Royal Caribbean website for the most current information. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate through these uncertain waters.