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Our Diary with Photos for our 2017 Alaska Cruise!
A 7 day cruise with a 4 day land tour in Denali National Park!

Below is some information on where the 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise is going. We hope you enjoy the diary as we head to Alaska. See the map below (or scroll down). We will sail on Holland America's ms Noordam - below is a photo showing what she looks like.

See the map below (or scroll down).
Go to the Itinerary below (or scroll down).

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We will sail on Holand America's ms Noordam   We will sail on Holand America's ms Noordam

Holland America's ms Noordam!

Diary for June 17th to 28th, 2017

The following photos will all enlarge if you click on them.

June 17th & 18th

The day before was sushi night in Vancouver... yes Billie & Hugh too!

Hugh checking out his order of beef short ribs ... hmmm ...

Jim passed on an old music book from a past S of the W cruiser

We're off, and the turn out at the welcoming reception was great!!

June 18th

The center section of the Queen's Lounge (with the King's Lounge sign)

The left right hand side ... probably around 190 of us at the reception

At dinner the first night Hugh Fleming celebrated a birthday

L to R, Flossie and Lorne Bodell and David & Pat Durie

June 18th,19th & 20th

Karen, Steph, & Rich working while Jim socializes with Brian Roberts

All in all a great start to the 16th Annual Spirit of the West cruise

In Ketchikan ... with three other cruise ships - ours is the black hull

We had the day to walk around and explore Ketchikan

June 20th

In Ketchikan on Creek Street ... looking right

In Ketchikan on Creek Street ... looking left

The river rolling down and under the bridge alongside Creek St

Further up the river, close to the fish ladder built for the salmon

June 20th

Back at the dock in Ketchikan as we get ready to reboard

Colleen Hovey (in black) on the gangway as Richard & Charlotte Preston approach

Colleen with Calvin and Judy Bishell looking up at Lorne Reay on the ship deck

Irene & John Romaniuk on the dance floor at the first sing-a-long

June 20th & 21st

Ellen & Dave Brown dancing to the Spirt of the West Cruise Band

The Cruise Band this year is Wayne Terpsma, Hugh, and David Woodruff

Hugh telling everyone where the 2018 Spirit of the West cruise will go

Juneau, Alaska as we dock and prepare for the group tour

The 2018 Spirit of the West Cruise will be starting in Quebec City!! and will then take in the fall colours through the Maritime Provinces and down the US Coast line to New York City! WOW ... and with Royal Caribbean!! See the Cruise Page for details.

June 21st

In Juneau our private tour went to the Mendenhall Glacier

A spectacular view of an amazing piece of nature

Films and talks informed everyone on how these glaciers are formed

One of three Spirit of the West busses returning to Juneau

June 21st

Back in Juneau we popped in to the Red Dog saloon

can you believe it - there we found others from S of the W group

and then more ... they were at table after table

all were celebrating after a great group tour!!

June 21st

Even the cruise directors took time out to celebrate a great day

and as we were leaving we found even more ... !!



For more photos (come June 18th) see the Spirit of the West Support Crew web site diary page at: www.MeadowSprings.com.

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Day 1

June 18th

Vancouver, BC

Early afternoon board the ms Noordam in Vancouver.
4:30 - Sail away and Spirit of the West Welcome Reception.
We sail under the Lions Gate Bridge and head North to Alaska!

Day 2

June 19th

Cruising Inside Passage

The Inside Passage - one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - unbelievable scenery!
11:00 am till noon - S of the W hospitality desk will be open for questions and information.
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Spirit of the West Concert and Sing-a-long under the stars.

Day 3

June 20th

Ketchikan, Alaska

This unique Alaskan port is famous for its rich native culture and scenery.
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Spirit of the West Concert and Sing-a-long under the stars.

Day 4

June 21st

Juneau, Alaska

A day exploring Alaska's capital with our included shore excursion and extra time to shop.
Arrive 10:00 am and we head out on our private group Mendenhall Tour
10:50 am for group one and 11:50 am for group two.

Day 5

June 22nd

Skagway, Alaska

Back to the days of the great gold rush - optional shore excursion and extra time to shop.
Arrive 7:00 am. 8:10 am the Spirit of the West group departs on the White Pass railway.

Day 6

June 23rd

Cruising Glacier Bay Park

Cruising the ice-studded fjords for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates.
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Spirit of the West Concert and Sing-a-long under the stars.

Day 7

June 24th

at sea

A leisurely day of cruising
3:30 to 4:30 Bon Voyage Group Cocktail Party!

Day 8

June 25th

Seward (Anchorage) to Denali

6:00 am disembark and take the narrated motor coach tour to Denali National Park.
4:00 pm approximately arrive at the Denali National Park McKinley Chalet Resort.
An evening of entertainment (with a possible sing-a-long).

Day 9

June 26th

Denali National Park

Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. 6:00 am or 9:00 am - a 4 to 5 hour sightseeing excursion in Denali National Park. Our group splits in two at this point with half staying at the McKinley Lodge and half transferring to the Talkeetna Lake Lodge. This is because of our large numbers (close to 200 of us).

Day 10

June 27th

Denali to Anchorage

9:45 am one half leaves the McKinley Lodge and boards the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer. The second half of the group will join the train at 2:30 pm ... bound for Anchorage and the Westmark Anchorage Hotel.

Day 11

June 28th

Anchorage, Alaska

7:40 am ... our Alaska Journey concludes this morning in Anchorage with flights home.
7:00 pm (with a lot of luck) we'll be at the Sons of the Pioneers concert in Kamloops!

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Here is a map - showing the Alaska Cruise stops - click to enlarge.

For information on the cruise, and contact info on how to join us, see this flyer

2017 Group T-Shirt
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2017 Alaska Cruise
The 2017 map of the Spirit of the West Alaska Crusie
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