CALIFORNIA'S GOLD RUSH CREATED UNEXPECTED MILLIONAIRES ~ Amadeo Giannini was born in San Jose, CA in 1870. His parents had immigrated to California from Italy to look for gold. John Nordstrom left Sweden when he was 16 to look for gold in California too. Neither man found gold, but they did build American business empires. As a boy Giannini would lend money to poor miners and farmers in San Francisco's downtown vegetable market because California banks refused to take a risk on immigrants. Giannini lent them money from the back of his wagon calling it the Bank of Italy. Today we know it as the Bank of America. Nordstrom sold shoes to miners and farmers. By 1904 another European entrepreneur went to Victoria, B.C., named Robert Butchart. He opened a limestone quarry and was the first builder to ever ship cement powder in cloth sacks instead of barrels. When a neighbor asked him to stop blowing up nearby mountains, Butchart's wife Jennie insisted she and Robert create a garden to fill in the blown out holes. Butchart's highly successful Portland Cement Company allowed the couple to take voyages around the world. They brought back gorgeous plants and flowers to flourish in Victoria's climate. The quarry eventually closed, but their Butchart Gardens grew to become a National Historic Site in Canada with more than 100 acres of flowers and plants open for public viewing all year round. On this cruise you can visit the world famous Butchart Gardens in late afternoon and early evening. Just as it's sunny, hot and dry across America in August 'til dusk so will it be warm and dry across Alaska. On this cruise wear casual clothes in layers. 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. A pre-cruise hotel stay near the Space Needle and Pike Place is offered too. In Ketchikan learn about totem poles. It has the largest collection of totem poles in the world. In fact, Seattle's most famous Totem Pole is its Space Needle. Just as Alaskan families tell their heritage by standing up thick, carved, wooden poles in front of their homes so did Seattle erect its own Space Needle to show off at the 1962 World's Fair. Seattle told the world then it was entering the Space Age. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, UPS, Expedia and Boeing were all born in Seattle. The U.S. Census Bureau rates Seattle #8 among America's top 10 educated cities. In Skagway take the world famous 3 hour White Pass Train ride to climb Alaska's mountains into Canada. It's the most beautiful train ride in all North America. Juneau is the Capital City of Alaska, which became a State in 1959. Throughout the cruise you can attend morning water exercises held in the ship's heated indoor Solarium pool. Class times do not conflict with shore excursions. In Alaska in August there's plenty of daylight time to take excursions. Book this cruise now knowing you may cancel any time up to St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2022, to receive a full refund for your $500 stateroom deposit. Don't wait to book. The #1 selling cruise for all cruise lines in America is any cruise going to Alaska.
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FRI • 08/12/2022

Seattle, Washington Info Link   4:00 PM

Sat • 08/13/2022

Fun&FitnessSea Day    

Sun • 08/14/2022

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Mon • 08/15/2022

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier 5:30 AM 10:00 AM

Mon • 08/15/2022

Juneau, Alaska 1:30 PM 10:00 PM

tues • 08/16/2022

Skagway , Alaska 7:00 AM 6:00 PM

tues • 08/16/2022

Alaska Inside Passage 6:30 PM 10:30 PM

Wed • 08/17/2022

Fun&FitnessSea Day    

Thurs • 08/18/2022

Victoria, British Columbia 5:30 PM 11:59 PM

FRI • 08/19/2022

Seattle, Washington Info Link 6:00 AM  

August 12 - 19, 2022
R/T from Seattle, WA


CELEBRITY SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTS ~ A $500 per stateroom ($250 per person) deposit secures a mid-ship cabin. After booking you receive an e-mail confirmation with a stateroom number. Final payment is due by March 17, 2022. Until that date your deposit is 100% refundable without insurance. Aboard ship are 25 restaurants and bars, a 5 Star Spa, a 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. No roommate now? No problem. You may add a roommate later.

WHO TAKES FUN & FITNESS CRUISES? Professionals, retirees and homemakers. They all like to exercise when they cruise so they return home revitalized both physically and mentally. When the club cruised to Alaska in 2019 the ship's Captain was so impressed with members' fitness levels and enthusiasm he invited them to join him on the ship's top deck to witness arriving to Victoria Island. Everyone loved it!

"GO FOR IT!" - So say friends from Mandeville, LA, who rode white waters through the 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.

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

Ocean View

Price Includes All Tips Paid, Free Drink

Package with Alcohol, Free Wi-fi

Category Price
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Ocean View Cat. Window
Balcony Cat. Balcony
Inside Cat. Inside
Ocean View Cat. Window
Balcony Cat. Balcony
Cruise prices are based per person in Double or Single occupancy and include all All Tips Paid, FREE Wi-fi and a FREE Drink Package with alcohol up $9 per drink. Guest pays any charge over $9 per drink. Prices do not include air fare. Taxes, fees and service charges are $258 more per person. All prices are subject to availability. Pre-Cruise Hotel arrangements in Seattle are available upon request. Travel insurance is required. It starts at $109 per person. Proof of COVID vaccination is required to take this cruise, along with having a valid passport. Masks are optional.

DINING TOGETHER EACH EVENING is a cruise highlight. Cruise Host Stephanie Wolf of Dallas, TX, escorted her group on a cruise saying, "Our trip to Alaska was one of our all time favorites. Doing it with Fun & Fitness made all the difference. We loved touring Seattle before the cruise. Between the history, the scenery and our fellow Fun & Fitness travelers this is a trip not to miss!" Shown on their cruise to Alaska are Texans (L to R standing) Denise, Shannon, Jeff, Stephanie and Lynn. Seated ( L to R) are Ann, Liane and Karen.

~ 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: October 11, 2021