Alaska Trip Details
A special trip personally led by Karl Finger with his guitar and portable dance music system...

July 2011, 8 Days (Cruise and Land Excursions)
OR 12 Days (including 4-day extension to Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, etc.)

Aboard Holland America Line's luxurious and comfortable cruise ship and highly rated land tour facilities
  • from $999* (8-day cruise)
  • from $1999 (12-day, with Fairbanks, Denali Anchorage, etc.)
  • Single Occupancy or Single Shares** available;
  • 3rd, 4th person in stateroom: $599 each

Enjoy the spectacular, majestic beauty of Alaska as your floating home, entertainment & education center (with theaters, nightclub, elegant dining, fitness center, library, varied entertainment, on-board naturalist, Native artist-in- residence etc. and a ship-load of interesting people) takes you on your adventure into Alaska's scenic wilderness, wildlife, history & culture.

  • Vancouver
  • Ketchikan
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay
  • College Fjord
  • Seward
  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Denali National Park
  • Sternwheeler River Cruise
  • Gold Dredge—Panning for Gold
  • McKinley Explorer Domed Rail Car Travel
  • Stunning Scenic Panoramas
  • Glaciers & Salmon Bakes
  • Dancing & Singing Aboard Ship
  • Gigantic Ice Floes, Vast Bays & Fjords
  • Soaring Mt. Peaks
  • Plane & 'Copter Rides over Glaciers
  • Humpback Whales & Bald Eagles
  • Rugged Coastal Towns
  • Gold Mines & Giant Moose
  • Totem Poles & Indian Villages
  • Grizzlies, Elk & Caribou
  • Russian Dancers & Wild Rivers

For 33 years our trips have combined the usual excitement of travel with our own very special blend of familial informality, our use of music and dance to break the ice, to meet local people on a level most travelers don't experience and to create an atmosphere of friendship and exploration that often leads to quite unusual happenings. We'll be doing dancing and song sessions on board (Karl's guitar is always nearby) plus our sightseeing ashore. And don't forget, there is so much to do, both aboard the ship and ashore, you decidedly do not need to be a folk dancer to enjoy this trip fully. Most often, the non-dancers have the fun of meeting the people who gather 'round watching while some of the group are dancing!

See (and hear!) huge chunks of glacier crash into the sea with a thunderous roar, see salmon swimming upstream en masse to spawn, ride the narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway up into the Yukon Territory, visit a trapper's work camp, pan for gold, ride a dog sled across the surface of a glacier, enjoy biking, hiking, rock-climbing, a wilderness horseback ride, a jet-boat adventure up an Alaskan river, flightsee to Mt. McKinley, land on a glacier to see ice falls, ice bridges, glacial streams and moraines, fly over vast, spectacular scenery looking for moose, sheep, caribou, bear - - - the opportunities for life-affirming memories are boundless.

Juneau, Ketchikan, Haines, Skagway, Seward, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Preserve,. Anchorage, Seward, Vancouver - - Sample salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, hike the massive Juneau Icefield, hop on a sled and let a dog team pull you across the surface of a glacier, immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture, view the world's largest collection of totem poles, stroll the boardwalk that once led to Ketchikan's red light district, ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway up through canyons and waterfalls past Deadhorse Gulch, see the steep and treacherous Trail of '98, ride into the incredible mountains of the Yukon Territory, visit the new Sealife Center and the historic downtown district filled with quaint shops, see a huge chunk of ice break off a glacier and crash into the sea with the sound of thunder. (birds frantically converge to feed on the water life stirred up by the great splash of the impact; Glacier Bay has more actively calving glaciers than anywhere else in the world), flightsee to Mt. McKinley and land on a glacier, soar in a helicopter above Denali National Park watching for moose, sheep, caribou and bear, marvel at the massive icefields with otherworldly ice formations….

Entertainment, Education & Enjoyment—a Typical List
On-Board Naturalist points out wildlife and wonders we encounter
Native Artist-in-Residence creates traditional art before your eyes
Movie theater fare includes recently released movies and hot buttered popcorn
Stage Shows that are created by more Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar nominees than any other cruise line
Dance in one of several lounges to fox trot, waltz, swing, calypso, disco, etc.
Lounges and Bars offer everything from wine and cocktails to espresso and hand-dipped chocolates
Casino with slots, poker, blackjack, craps, latest games, etc.
Spa and Salon with massage therapist, therapeutic water treatments (sauna, exotic herbs bath, hydrotherapy pool), hair and nail care, etc.
Quiet Relaxation—library, card room, play bridge, cozy corners and traditional deck chairs to spend time reading, writing letters or watching the changing sea
Exercise—swimming pools, strolling decks, dual-purpose tennis/volleyball courts, exercise classes, deck games, ...
Internet Center—computers with internet access, printers, 802.11b wireless "hot spots". You can also rent wireless-equipped laptops onboard.
Guided Tours of the ship's multi-million dollar collections of art and antiques
For Kids—a wide variety of activities. Youth and Teen Center programs for ages 3–17 (storytelling, arts and crafts, ice-cream sundae/pizza parties, ship tours, bingo, miniature golf, ping-pong, theme parties, on-deck sports, scavenger hunts, teen disco, dance lessons, arcade games, sports tournaments, card games, trivia contests, bingo, movies, videos).
Food—Menus offer a blend of modern Continental cuisine, regional specialties and traditional favorites. The chefs are all members of the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet society. In addition to breakfast, lunch and a five-course dinner, you can enjoy: afternoon tea; a stirfry or pasta buffet; an ice cream bar; hot hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hours; an evening espresso or cappuccino; and the traditional late-night snack (one of which will be Dutch Chocolate Extravaganza). Or you can try the outdoor Terrace Grill with hamburgers, hot dogs, a taco bar, and a daily special. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres on the verandah or a picnic on the beach. Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day and casual dining is available in the Lido Restaurant every night.

*Rate includes double occupancy cruise stateroom and services, meals, entertainment and activities on board ship, land package for Cruise/Tour, special activities with Karl, special reduced rates for shore excursions organized by Karl. Contact Karl for current cabin rates.   Cancellation Protection Plan (full-coverage Travel Insurance) is available.

Air can be arranged through Holland America Line's air/sea package or through Karl or on your own. Karl can help you make these arrangements.

**Singles: Karl can usually find you a suitable roommate. If not, Holland America Line's Single Partner Program includes mixers for single travelers and plenty of activities make meeting others easy and fun. [Single guests who agree to share a stateroom with another non-smoking guest of the same sex pay only the per-person, double-occupancy rate. If Holland America Line can't find a partner for you, you cruise single-occupancy and a double cabin at the agreed-upon double-occupancy fare.]

Cabin space fills up quickly. To get your first choice of cabin, contact Karl soon.

Full color brochure with trip details, deck plans, cabin layouts available on request.

  • Mail payments, payable to: Karl Finger, Hupi Road, Monterey, MA 01245; (413) 528-2963; Fax: (413) 528-2963 *51;
  • Trip cancellation, baggage and accident insurance is available.
  • $350 deposit is refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. Full payment due 70 days prior to departure.
  • Late payment may require $25 surcharge and late booking may require additional costs.
  • Special arrangements for itinerary deviation: $50 surcharge.
  • Karl Finger is acting only as agent pertaining to arrangements for transportation, accommodations and services by the hotels, carriers, agencies or contractors which provide the actual transportation, land arrangements and services for these tours, and shall not be held liable, and expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for, any loss, injury, expense, damage, irregularity or omission which results from any act, whether negligent or otherwise, of these hotels, carriers, agencies or contractors. The right is reserved to alter itineraries and land arrangements if required by circumstances. Tour prices and conditions are subject to change without notice.
INFO/RESERVATION FORM: Please make all checks to Karl Finger.
Mail to: Karl Finger, Hupi Road–Box 933, Monterey, MA 01245-0933; (413) 528-2963 (& fax);
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Which Days:

☐   ALASKA, July 2011
☐   BULGARIA, July–August 2011
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