CALIFORNIA'S GOLD RUSH CREATED UNEXPECTED MILLIONAIRES ~ The founder of Bank of America was Amadeo Giannini, born in San Jose, CA in 1870. His father immigrated there 20 years earlier to find gold. John Nordstrom left Sweden when he was 16 to look for gold in California too. When he arrived in New York City on 1887 he had 5 dollars in his pocket. These men did not find gold, but they did find business needs to fill. In the case of Giannini there was no bank for poor miners or farmers and in Nordstrom's case gold miners and farmers needed good shoes. In 1904 another natural born entrepreneur arrived to Victoria, B.C., Canada wanting to get in on the booming construction business. Robert Butchart opened a limestone quarry near Victoria. He was the first builder to ever ship cement powder in cloth sacks and not use barrels. He made millions. Prompted by a neighbor who asked her to stop blowing up nearby mountains and to plant sweet peas instead, Butchart's wife Jennie insisted to her husband they not leave gigantic holes in the hills surrounding Victoria. It was irritating the neighbors. So together Robert and Jennie began planting flowers to replenish what they'd stripped out of the ground. By the early 1900s their highly successful Portland Cement Company allowed them to take voyages around the world. From their exotic cruises they would bring home gorgeous plants and flowers to flourish in Victoria's climate. Their quarry eventually closed, but the Butchart Gardens grew to become a National Historic Site in Canada with more than 100 acres today of flowers and plants open for public viewing all year round. On this cruise you can visit the world famous gardens in late afternoon and early evening since the sun does not go down 'til near 10 PM in Victoria. Just as it's hot and dry across America in August so will it be warm and dry across Alaska in August. On this cruise wear casual clothes in layers and bring only one all-weather jacket. No big coats are needed. Whales and moose will be out. Salmon swim upstream and Husky dogs can take you on sleigh rides. You could board Celebrity's Solstice in Seattle on Aug. 6, 2021, the day the ship departs. But it's better to arrive at least one day earlier to visit Seattle and adjust to the Pacific time change. A pre-cruise hotel stay near the Space Needle will be offered. In Ketchikan why not learn about totem poles where stand the largest collection of totem poles in the world? In fact, Seattle's Totem Pole is its Space Needle. Just as Alaskan families tell their heritage by carving out and standing up thick wooden totem poles in front of their houses so did Seattle erect its own totem pole for the 1962 World's Fair. Seattle told the world then it was entering the Space Age never to return. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, UPS, Expedia and Boeing were all born in Seattle. No city in America has a more highly educated population says the U.S. Census Bureau. In Skagway take the world famous 3 hour White Pass Train ride to climb up Alaska's behemoth mountains into Canada. You will never experience a more beautiful train ride in all of North America. Juneau is the Capital City of Alaska. It became a state in 1959. Juneau must sometimes enforce unpopular state laws like forbidding tourists from giving alcohol to a moose and not waking up a sleeping bear to take its picture. So don't do it! Such tickets are costly! Every day on the cruise you can attend water exercise classes held in the ship's heated, indoor Solarium pool. There will be land based class exercises offered too. Class times do not conflict with shore excursions. Because it's day light 'til 10 PM every day there's ample time to do whatever you choose in Alaska. Exercise classes are taught by your hometown certified water instructors who travel with you. All classes are held aboard ship in private for club members only. Cruises going to Alaska sell out fast for all cruise lines, not only Celebrity. Book yours now knowing you may cancel any time up to Feb. 2, 2021, to receive a full refund. The earlier you book the better cabin location and extra benefits you will have. Call 800-955-9942.
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8 Days/ 7 Nights on Celebrity Solstice
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ARRIVE DEPART
Friday • 08/06/2021 Seattle, Washington Info Link   4:00 PM
Saturday • 08/07/2021 Fun&FitnessSea Day    
Sunday • 08/08/2021 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Monday• 08/09/2021 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier 5:30 AM 10:00 AM
Monday• 08/09/2021 Juneau, Alaska 1:30 PM 10:00 PM
tuesday• 08/10/2021 Skagway , Alaska 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
tuesday• 08/10/2021 Alaska Inside Passage 6:30 PM 10:30 PM
Wednesday• 08/11/2021 Fun&FitnessSea Day    
Thursday• 08/12/2021 Victoria, British Columbia 5:30 PM 11:59 PM
FRIDAY• 08/13/2021 Seattle, Washington Info Link 6:00 AM  

Alaska
August 6 - August 13, 2021
R/T from Seattle, WA

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CELEBRITY SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTS ~ A $500 per stateroom ($250 per person) deposit secures a mid-ship cabin when you book early. After booking you receive an e-mail confirmation with your stateroom number. Final payment is due by Feb. 2, 2021. Until then your deposit is 100% refundable without having insurance. Aboard ship are 25 restaurants and bars, a 5 Star Spa, 1 Solarium indoor-heated pool, 2 outdoor heated pools, 4 whirlpools, 2 covered decks and open patios to sit and take in the splendors of Alaska at its sunniest, warmest time of year.



WHO TAKES FUN & FITNESS CRUISES? Professionals, retirees, homemakers, men and women alike who want to exercise when they cruise so they can return home revitalized physically as well as mentally. When the club cruised to Alaska in summer 2019 the ship's Captain was so impressed with members' fitness levels and enthusiasm he invited them to join him on the top deck to witness his ship's arrival to Victoria Island. Everyone loved it! This year when Celebrity returns to Victoria, B.C., the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie will be living there too.



"IF YOU WANNA DO IT, GO FOR IT!" - So say friends from Mandeville, LA, who rode white waters through a river in Tongass National Forest in Alaska when taking a Fun & Fitness cruise. They're (L to R) Sandy Simon, Carolyn Carney, Marilynn Hawkins and Karen Harrison who when water rafting through the largest forest in America with 16.7 million acres they did not know it is America's biggest rain forest too! Now they do know and are ready to go again. Hi 'bout you?

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Staterooms will have 1 or 2 beds. Select when booking.

Inside
Balcony
Ocean View


Price Includes All Tips Paid Per Guest

+ $300 On Board Credit (OBC) Per Cabin

Category Price
Inside Cat. Inside
(double)
$1399
Ocean View Cat. Window
(double)
$1749
Balcony Cat. Balcony
(double)
$1999
Inside Cat. Inside
(single)
$2713
Ocean View Cat. Window
(single)
$3398
Balcony Cat. Balcony
(single)
$3838
Cruise prices are based upon double occupancy and include all Pre-Paid Tips + $300 OBC per stateroom. They do not include air fare. Taxes, U.S. Customs fees and service charges are an additional $236 more per person. Travel insurance is required starting at $119 per person. Higher cost staterooms will require higher cost insurance. All prices are subject to availability. For best air fares call Twins Travel: 703-583-2008. Pre-Cruise Hotel arrangements for Seattle will be announced later in 2020. The hotel is across the street from the world famous Pike Place Market and within walking distance to the Space Needle.


MARILYNN HAWKINS of Mandeville, LA., is a long time, enthusiastic member of the Fun & Fitness Travel Club who exemplifies the best of the club's membership. She's a public school teacher who strives to learn and do all she can every day of her life. In fact, she's already booked her next cruise!

 

~ Club members' reviews ~

"Thank you so much for all you did to make our vacation to Alaska so wonderful for me and my daughter. We had a fantastic time. We're planning another cruise with you right away! Mae Davis, Woodbridge, VA

"Thank you! It was a wonderful trip. Now I know why people enjoy traveling with Fun & Fitness. It was a really Great Time!" Gibson (Beth) McKay, Nashville, TN.

"Fun & Fitness is the way to go. I'm the happiest cruiser ever because of Fun & Fitness. If it weren't for Fun & Fitness I would never have cruised as much as I have." Dolly Banas, Fairfax, VA.

"I am ready for another! As soon as I recover from this one (smile)." Joyce Tujague, Mandeville, LA.

"Loved the Alaska cruise. Everything was perfect." Barbara Greadington, Tallahassee, FL.

"Thank you for your quick and understanding reply when we had to cancel. And thank you for our quick refund. Excellent service! You are the best." Neil Averitt, Waimanalo, HI.

This page last updated: March 31, 2020