SPACE NEEDLE IN SEATTLE IS SPACE AGE TOTEM POLE~~The driest, warmest, sunniest time to cruise to Alaska is in early September. Children have returned to school, lower cruise prices are in effect, and the weather is superb. Just as it is warm and dry across America at that time of year, so is it also warm and dry across Alaska. For this cruise you can wear casual clothes in layers with all-weather jackets. No big coats are needed. Whales will be out and so will the moose. Salmon will be swimming upstream and Husky dogs can even take you on a sleigh ride. You can board Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas in Seattle on Sept. 7, 2018, but it's best to arrive at least one day early to tour the amazing city of Seattle and to adjust to the Pacific time zone change. We will offer a pre-cruise hotel near the Space Needle. And, of course, you will want to enjoy dinner in the spinning Space Needle. We'll tell you later how to arrange it. When docked in Victoria, British Columbia, you must visit Canada's world famous Butchart Gardens with more than 100 acres of flowers inspired by a man who truly loved his wife. Take time in Alaska to learn about totem poles. Alaskan families tell their stories with totem poles. Every British family has a Coat of Arms. Alaskan families have totem poles. In fact, for the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle erected its own totem pole calling it a Space Needle. Seattle told the world that year it was entering the Space Age, never to return. Simultaneously companies like Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, UPS, Expedia and Boeing began to appear there. No city in America has a more highly educated population. In Skagway take the world famous 3 hour White Pass Train ride climbing atop mountains in Alaska across to Canada. In your lifetime, you will never experience a more beautiful train ride. It is that spectacular. Every day during the cruise you can participate in water aerobics and other land based exercise classes. They will not conflict with shore excursions, primarily because it's daylight until 10 PM every day. See all you want. Do all you want. Daily exercise classes are taught by your hometown certified fitness instructors who travel with you. You can go home looking like a million without spending it. All classes are private, for club members only, and are included in your cruise fare. You will never forget Alaska. Cruises there sell out quickly for all cruise lines, not just Royal Caribbean. Book it now knowing you can cancel any time until May 22, 2018, with a full deposit refund. Insurance is not required for this club benefit. Another club benefit is our "Lay Away to Cruise Away" plan inviting you to make deposits at any time all year long. Then, when it's time to depart, your cruise is paid in full. Call today!
703-827-0414 or 800-955-9942
8 Days/ 7 Nights on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas
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Friday • 09/07/2018 Seattle, Washington Info Link   4:00 PM
Saturday • 09/08/2018 Fun&Fitness Sea Day    
Sunday • 09/09/2018 NOON 9:00 PM
Monday• 09/10/2018 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM 8:30 PM
tuesday• 09/11/2018 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday• 09/12/2018 Fun&Fitness Sea Day    
Thursday• 09/13/2018 Victoria, British Columbia 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
FRIDAY• 09/14/2018 Seattle, Washington Info Link 6:00 AM  

September 7 - 14, 2018 :
R/T from Seattle, WA


A $500 per stateroom (or $250 per person) deposit secures a mid-ship cabin. After booking you're sent an e-mail confirmation with your stateroom number. Final payment is due by May 22, 2018. Until this date any deposit is 100% refundable without requiring insurance. After this date travel insurance is required at a starting price of $69 per person.


EXPLORER OF THE SEAS HIGHLIGHTS~ 6 whirlpools and 3 swimming pools, including a heated Solarium pool for water aerobics; a fitness center, a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink (with free live shows); a mini-golf course; a jogging and running track; and a choice of multiple restaurants, with live Broadway entertainment, a Las Vegas style casino, 15 bars, clubs and lounges and duty free shopping throughout the ship. Club members enjoy dinner together each evening at private dining tables in the formal dining room at 6 PM.

Staterooms have one or two beds. Make choice when booking.

(glass doors )
Ocean View

Category Price
Inside Cat. Inside
$ 999
Ocean View Cat. Window
Balcony Cat. Balcony
Inside Cat. Inside
$ 1877
Ocean View Cat. Window
Balcony Cat. Balcony
Cruise prices are based upon double occupancy. They do not include air fare. Taxes, U.S. Customs fees and service charges are $197 more per person. Travel insurance is required starting at $69 per person. Prices are subject to availability. Hotel pre-cruise recommendations for Seattle are shown below. For air fares call Twins Travel: 703-583-2008. The time is now to start finalizing flight, hotel and cruise arrangements for this cruise to Alaska departing Sept. 7, 2018, from Seattle.


Royal Caribbean is recommending a favorite hotel in Seattle for your pre-cruise visit to the 'Emerald City' before embarking for your cruise to Alaska. It's the Fairmont Olympic Hotel with 450 rooms, 3 restaurants and a heated pool with spa. It is enhanced with European like gardens. Don't skimp on your hotel stay in Seattle because it is just as amazing a port of call as Alaska. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is barely 4 blocks away from 3 'must sees' : Pike Place, the Space Needle and Pioneer Square. They are all easily accessible by either bus or cab. Both stop in front of the hotel. Cost of your one night stay on Sept. 6th in the Fairmont is $250 per person, based on double occupancy. You may choose 1 King or 2 Queens. The $250 cost per person pays all local, state, federal, tourism and environmental taxes in Washington state too. Plus it includes an escorted bus transfer to the pier on the morning of Sept. 7th. This will make it much easier to board ship. The hotel's address is 411 Univeristy Street. Best way to get there from Seattle's airport is by cab. Cost is about $40 per cab, not per person. There are mini-trains and other public transfers to take, but not easily when you're carrying luggage. The fastest, easiest and least expensive way to get to the Fairmont from the airport is by cab. To reserve your hotel room now call 800-955-9942. Cost of your hotel room is applied to your final cruise invoice scheduled for U.S. mail delivery in April. Cost of the hotel room, along with your cruise fare, can be canceled without penalty any time up to May 22nd. The heated pool and spa in the Fairmont have descending steps providing easy access. Pool hours are 6 AM to 10 PM daily. The Fairmont welcomes Fun & Fitness Travel Club members to have their own water exercise class in the pool. Remember that late August and early September is prime tourist time in Seattle, therefore all downtown hotel rates will be very high.


This page last updated: April 27, 2018