May 22 29, 2022
Princess Cruises Discovery Princess
Join us on Alaska Gay Bears Cruise. We are not in the habit of telling you what to do, but after our first sailing to Alaska a few years ago we strongly suggest you visit if you have never been before. No film or book can truly capture the stunning beauty of this land - when you look out to a view that has not changed since the first men to brave this area in a hulled-out canoe laid eyes on it, it will take your breath away. You’ll always remember Alaska – its forests, fjords and ice-blue glaciers, plus the welcoming towns, from Ketchikan and Skagway to Juneau... it’s simply like no place else on earth.
On an Alaska cruise, you’ll encounter massive tidewater glaciers, iconic wildlife, Klondike Gold Rush history and fascinating Native Alaskan cultures. You'll travel to the best places for viewing wildlife and experience scenic cruising along Glacier Bay, your Alaska vacation is a pleasure from start to finish.
During our seven day voyage we will stop at three of Alaska’s most iconic towns, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. At Ketchikan and Skagway take advantage of participating in such magnificent day trips on the famed Mendenhall Glacier or a train ride on the vintage train through the White Pass. Dog sledding anyone?
In addition we visit the charming and very British town of Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) with its quaint Victorian architecture. He you may also visit the famed Buchart Gardens. Technically past rainy season (although it could still drizzle) the magnificent wild flowers will be in full bloom along with lush forests of tall pines. The temperatures will be pleasantly cool and quite comfortable.
We invite you to experience an Alaska cruise vacation as only Princess can show you. One word is all you need to describe Alaska. Breathtaking! Being part of our gay group we will have private cocktail parties and events to bring us together as one happy family. By the end of the week you will have made many new friends.
Your Ship - brand new Discovery Princess
Discovery Princess, Princess Cruises third vessel designed from the ground up with Princess MedallionClass and the final Royal-class ship, will continue to deliver an array of innovative new experiences. Enjoy 270-degree sweeping views from the largest balconies at sea, unwind in ultimate comfort at The Sanctuary, and indulge your senses with world-class dining options from Michelin-star chefs. Plus, Princess Live Entertainment presents spectacular new productions that can only be seen in our state-of-the-art Princess Theater.
Debuting in 2022 the Discovery Princess offers space for up to 3,660 passengers. With a length of 330m she is one the largest cruise ships in the world. Thanks to Princess Cruises' "Big Ship - Small Ship Feel" concept guests nevertheless enjoy a feeling of intimacy on board. A special feature on the Discovery Princess is the "SeaWalk" - a glass-paneled walkway extending several meters beyond the edge of the ship.
On the Discovery Princess you will enjoy all amenities of a large and modern ocean liner, but at the same time get the intimate feeling of much smaller ships. Many small bars, lounges and public areas are one reason - the crew's individual and discreet service is another. Though most guests are English native speakers the travellers come from all over the world and create an international and classy atmosphere. This is reflected in the dress code: casual during the day and elegant in the evenings.
All staterooms are spacious, comfortably equipped and provide enough storage room for your luggage. Staterooms have a minimum size of 16m². Most of the cabins on board feature a private balcony.
Gourmets will be delighted by the excellent food on board Discovery Princess. No matter if you dine in the included buffet and à la carte restaurants or in one of the specialty restaurants - quality and taste have a superior level. Guests may choose between the traditional early and late dining with assigned tables or "anytime dining", where you are free to dine whenever it suites you best.
Princess Cruises is famous for their "movies under the stars" where the pool deck turns into a romantic cinema. Daily shows are entertaining the audience in the evening, the Casino invites all who love to play and several lounges and bars are ideal places to socialize. On the other hand the Regal Princess offers wonderful places to relax and enjoy calmness. The large Spa area is the perfect place to revitalize yourself. For all those who enjoy sports the fitness center, a jogging track, the court for volleyball, basketball and tennis are some of the places to be.
Your Bear Cruise package includes but is not limited to:
• 7 nights’ accommodations
• Shipboard meals
• Limited beverages (coffee, tea and iced tea)
• Group credentials
• All cruise ship’s entertainment
• Private CBC online group access to get to know others & to stay abreast of trip details
• Access to negotiated pricing at the official CBC host hotel
• Access to exclusive pre-cruise and shipboard private CBC events, dances & parties
• Access to group dining
• Access to optional private CBC shore excursions
• Exclusive gifts for CBC attendees
• Unlimited Beverage Package
Alaska Gay Bears Cruise 2022 Itinerary
Seattle, Washington, US
A Day at Sea!
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
A Day at Sea!
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Seattle, Washington, US
Seattle, Washington, USA Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains, evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, is its most iconic landmark. Just east of downtown, the Capitol Hill neighborhood has long been the city’s gay epicenter, with rainbow-painted crosswalks and many ways to dive into the LGBTQ scene. Aside from Capitol Hill, there are gay-friendly and gay-owned establishments just about everywhere in town. Summer features two annual Pride festivals, while the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus are the largest LGBTQ-identified men’s and women’s choruses in the world.
Facing the Inside Passage along Alaska's southeastern coast, Ketchikan is a popular cruise port of call featuring an easily accessible array of shopping, bars and restaurants in a setting so beautiful it almost seems like a film set. Visitors will find many Native American totem poles, on display throughout town. Nearby Misty Fiords National Monument is a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams. Ketchikan is also home to rich wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles.
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
Endicott Arm is a jewel in Alaska’s crown. This 30-mile waterway is surrounded by cliffs, valleys and dozens of waterfalls. Icebergs and harbor seals decorate the water below while Dawes Glacier soars into the sky above. Revel in the beauty of Mother Nature’s masterpiece and listen closely as the scenery whispers secrets of times long ago during your cruise to Alaska. Start your extraordinary day here with an early wake up call, grab an extra large coffee and enjoy this view of the absolute magnificence of nature.
Juneau - the capital of Alaska - stands on one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States. Here you can spend your time viewing wildlife, taking the fishing trip of your life, exploring atop glaciers or enjoying the city’s shops, restaurants and artistic flare. The second largest city in the United States by area, Juneau has been the state's capital since 1906. There are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (although ferry service is available for cars). The absence of a road network is due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. This in turn makes Juneau a de facto island city in terms of transportation, since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat, in spite of the city being on the Alaskan mainland. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, below steep mountains which rise about 3,500 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow.
Skagway, also known as the Gateway to the Klondike, is a borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a major factor for the area's business. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, part of the area's mining past is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months. Skagway is also part of the setting for Jack London's book The Call of the Wild, Will Hobbs's book Jason's Gold, and for Joe Haldeman's novel, Guardian. The John Wayne film North to Alaska (1960) was filmed nearby.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria, capital of British Columbia, sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island. With abundant parkland, it’s known for outdoor activities. The city's British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture, including stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion. Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of vivid floral displays, plus statuary, water features and a carousel, is one of many formal gardens in the city.
Approximately 166 to 175 sq. ft., this well appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities. Features Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with shower, Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, Princess Luxury Bed, Satellite on-demand TV, refrigerator, hairdryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow.
The spacious approximately 222 square foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 41 square foot private balcony. Features - Balcony with patio furniture, Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with shower, Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, Princess Luxury Bed, Satellite on demand TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow.
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
Larger than the Standard Balcony staterooms, Deluxe Balcony cabins provide approximately 233 square feet of comfort, and an approximately 41 square foot balcony and include all the same features of the Balcony stateroom, plus an additional sofa bed.
Features - Seating area with a sofa bed, Balcony with patio furniture, Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, Princess Luxury Bed, Private bathroom with shower, Satellite on demand TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow.
The luxurious Mini-Suite offers approximately 299 square feet of comfort and an additional, separate seating area with a sofa bed. The spacious balcony is approximately 41 square feet and the bathroom offers a combination tub and shower. Features - Welcome glass of champagne, Separate seating area with a sofabed, Twin beds that convert to a queen size bed, Private bathroom with combination tub and shower, Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, Princess Luxury Bed, Balcony with patio furniture, Two flat-panel televisions, Satellite on demand TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, safe, closet, phone and desk, 110V 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, Daily housekeeping service, Evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow.