SVI Presents

Sober Alaska Cruise

AUGUST 12-19, 2022

Sober Alaska: The Last Frontier
Round trip from Seattle, Washington
Deposit from $500 per person

CRUISE FROM SEATTLE, WA TO ALASKA AND VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

When you cruise to Alaska from Seattle, spend extra time exploring Seattle’s landscapes and uncovering the origin of its nickname, The Last Frontier. Our Alaska cruises is your ticket to adventure amidst the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife and national parks. As we voyage through the untamed beauty of the Last Frontier, we will offer daily meetings aboard the ship (scheduling TBD based on when we are in port.) In Alaska, you also get to sit on deck and spot bald eagles hunting, humpback whales breaching and glaciers calving: not a bad little bit of sight-seeing. Then step into Alaska’s historic ports. You’ll visit gold-rush era Skagway, salmon-rich Ketchikan, then British-flavored Victoria, B.C. before returning to Seattle.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

EMBARKATION: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, U.S.A.
Seattle is known as "The Emerald City" thanks to its green forests and lush surroundings. Pike Place Market buzzes with merchants while coffee shops house locals drinking espresso in America's coffee capital. Climb the Space Needle and enjoy the Seattle skyline, or explore the history of Pioneer Square, the city's oldest neighborhood — all before boarding the state of the art, Ovation of the Seas.

DAY 2

AT SEA
“At sea” days on the Ovation of the Seas, could end up being the highlight of your cruise. Packed with bells and whistles, Ovation of the Seas is the third ground-breaking ship to join Royal Caribbean's Quantum class. There’s the thrilling RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, the North Star capsule that transports passengers 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level for bird's-eye views, bumper cars, trapeze classes, world-class entertainment and -- in short -- nonstop fun.

If being 300 feet in the air isn’t your idea of entertainment, you can explore the phenomenal $4.5 million art collection onboard, consisting of 11,000 pieces. Much more than just space fillers to adorn blank walls, the installations, paintings and sculptures wouldn't be out of place in the world's top galleries. Sky Wave, over the Royal Esplanade, is the first moving sculpture at sea, and the Flutter Wall, on the way to the Royal Theatre, is a three-metre (120-inch) screen filled with interactive butterflies. Elsewhere are smaller surprises: a retro petrol pump beneath a stairwell; panda and koala faces on human shoulders; and boxed pictures with tiny people inside. It's worth doing a top-to-bottom walking tour of the ship to discover the artwork alone. With so much to see, do and discover, Ovation delights and excites in equal measure.

DAY 3

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA
Close to Alaska’s southern tip, where the Panhandle plunges deep into British Columbia, lies rainy Ketchikan, the state’s fourth-largest city, squeezed onto a narrow strip of coast on Revillagigedo Island abutting the Tongass Narrows. Ketchikan is known for its commercial salmon fishing and indigenous Haida and Tlingit heritage – there is no better place in the US to see totem poles in all their craning, colorful glory or to taste the freshest Salmon in the world.

DAY 4

SKAGWAY, ALASKA
Once the gateway to Alaska's Gold Rush, Skagway strikes a dramatic image nestled between the water's edge and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of miners with a ride on a scenic train along the famous White Pass route through coastal mountains. During your Alaska cruise, explore the Yukon's pristine wilderness, pan for gold with professionals or meet sled dog puppies in training.

DAY 5

ENDICOTT ARM-DAWES GLACIER
Admire the pristine, untouched natural beauty of Endicott Arm Fjord, a 30-mile stretch of water located at the southern end of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. During your cruise down Endicott Arm, look for groups of adorable harbor seals that are often found lounging on chunks of ice or diving around the icy water. Your journey through this majestic waterway will end with a show-stopping visit to Dawes Glacier, where you’ll witness the thunderous roar of ice as it crashes into the sea during a calving display.

DAY 5

JUNEAU, ALASKA
You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

DAY 6

AT SEA
"At sea” days on the Ovation of the Seas, could end up being the highlight of your cruise. Packed with bells and whistles, Ovation of the Seas is the third ground-breaking ship to join Royal Caribbean's Quantum class. There’s the thrilling RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, the North Star capsule that transports passengers 90 metres (300 feet) above sea level for bird's-eye views, bumper cars, trapeze classes, world-class entertainment and -- in short -- nonstop fun.
If being 300 feet in the air isn’t your idea of entertainment, you can explore the phenomenal $4.5 million art collection onboard, consisting of 11,000 pieces. Much more than just space fillers to adorn blank walls, the installations, paintings and sculptures wouldn't be out of place in the world's top galleries. Sky Wave, over the Royal Esplanade, is the first moving sculpture at sea, and the Flutter Wall, on the way to the Royal Theatre, is a three-metre (120-inch) screen filled with interactive butterflies. Elsewhere are smaller surprises: a retro petrol pump beneath a stairwell; panda and koala faces on human shoulders; and boxed pictures with tiny people inside. It's worth doing a top-to-bottom walking tour of the ship to discover the artwork alone.

DAY 7

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Victoria is known for being one of Canada’s most English cities, but it mixes European influences – Gothic style at the legislature building, French Renaissance at the Empress hotel, Ancient Greece at the ferry building. Today it’s a relaxed, vibrant city on the edge of an island packed with spectacular natural scenery. It has a bit of everything – history and culture, parks, great food and drink. Add in a temperate climate, a compact and walkable city center and you’ve got an ideal city break.

DAY 8

DISEMBARKATION
As all good things do, this wonderful cruise must end.

WE GET IT

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SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

Limited space available

Virtual Cabin

  • $1495 Per person. Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Interior with Virtual Balcony.
    Enjoy a live feed scenic view in the comfort of your room.
  • Size: Stateroom: 166 sq. ft.
  • Beds: Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests
  • Occupancy: Up to 4 guests
  • Views: Real-time ocean views and destinations via a high-definition screen
  • Rooms: Room with bed, vanity and sitting area with sofa
  • Bathrooms: One bathroom

Ocean View

  • $1995 Per person. Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Gaze into the beautiful views from your cozy room.
  • Size: Stateroom: 182 sq. ft.
  • Beds: Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests
  • Occupancy: Up to 4 guests
  • Views: Ocean view
  • Rooms: Room with bed, vanity and sitting area with sofa
  • Bathrooms: One bathroom
  • Replenished daily

Ocean View Balcony

  • $2495 Per person. Based on Double Occupancy
  • Experience a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.
  • Size: Stateroom: 198 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 55 sq. ft.
  • Beds: Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests
  • Occupancy: Up to 4 guests
  • Views: Ocean view
  • Rooms: Room with bed, vanity and sitting area with sofa
  • Bathrooms: One bathroom

Junior Suite

  • $3595 Per person. Based on Double Occupancy.
  • An incredible intimate suite with a great view.
  • Size: Stateroom: 267 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 81 sq. ft.
  • Beds: Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 and 5 guests
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 5 guests
  • Occupancy: Up to 5 guests
  • Sea Class Exclusives* (not applicable for China & Hong Kong sailings)
  • Dinner at Coastal Kitchen
  • Royal Caribbean Classic Bathrobes for Use Onboard
  • Luxury Pillow Top Mattress
  • Luxury Bathroom Amenities by L’Occitane
  • Views: Ocean view. Some staterooms have obstructed view
  • Rooms: Bedroom area
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Bathrooms: One bathroom with tub

FAQs

As we are a sober travel agency, we can offer trips that other travel agencies cannot – specifically trips that are geared towards the sober traveler.  

You are absolutely allowed to bring your spouse/partner if they are not sober.  We are not the alcohol police, and have not yet had an instance where someone’s drinking caused a problem for the group. 

We have two different types of trips – Sober Vacations and Sober Villages. Sober Vacations are most of our trips – where we are a smaller group within the resort/cruise and people will be around us that are not in program. We have daily AA meetings and stick together for excursions and meals. Our Sober Villages happen yearly (usually in the beginning of the year during the winter) and these are full buyouts- meaning you will be at a resort with 500-600 fellow sober people. All bars/mini bars are wiped clean of alcohol and instead replaced with juice, soda, coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Our Sober Villages have daily jam packed schedules with AA meetings, al-anon meetings, attitude adjustment workshops, recovery yoga, trivia, scavenger hunts, and more! So, depending on what you prefer, you should choose what vacation suites you and your sobriety the best.

You do not. We ask for a deposit when you make your reservation. Once confirmed, you’ll receive an email with a personalized link to your reservation.  At any point, you can make payments to your account, or you can pay it all off at once.  As long as the trip is paid off 90 days before your departure, you can pay at whatever pace you are comfortable with. 

Usually. If it is an All-Inclusive trip, we will indicate such. 

 

All-inclusive means food, drinks, activities and entertainment are included in the cost of your trip.  Gratuities are not included, however.

We’ve been in operation as a sober travel agency since 1987. 

Los Angeles Dodgers!  Is there any other?

For most trips, yes. 

You arrange your flights yourself and bear in mind that most destinations/hotels have standard check-in times of between 3p – 4p and check out between 10a – 11a. 

Sadly, we cannot book your flights.  Your flights are your responsibility.

That’s okay.  We have been successfully matching roommates using our patent-pending roommate matching technology since 1987. In 35 years, we’ve only had eight fatalities out of over 8,000 matches. Which translates to over a 99% satisfaction rate!  

We do not control the culinary options on any of our trips. So, each vacation will be different, but we generally choose resorts and experiences that offer a wide range of quality food. That usually includes options for people with even the most restrictive diets. 

Yes! We describe our trips as a vacation…with meetings. On our Sober Village there are 5 scheduled meetings each day. On other trips, there are usually between 1-3 meetings a day. If you are on a trip, and you want to start a meeting, you are free to do so.  We just ask that it not conflict with any of our scheduled meetings. 

Absolutely not!  Meeting attendance is at your discretion.

Depends on the trip. Our Sober Villages have between 450-700 people! Some trips are smaller, more intimate experiences. 

We adhere to the policies of the destination to which we are traveling – if it is their policy that incoming travelers be vaccinated then we adhere to those recommendations. We do not set the policies for each destination, that is determined by their individual governments. 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance especially in this new travel landscape with Covid-19. We have a partnership with Allianz Travel Insurance. Please visit their website to sign up www.allianztravelinsurance.com – our ACCAM Number is: F019519