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Our 2016 Alaska program offers travelers a full range of cruise and cruise tour options whether you want to explore Denali National Park in depth, plan independently, enjoy the attention of an expert guide, or venture off the beaten path to places like Copper River, or Kenai  

 

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Friends & Family Groups     Cruise tours for groups offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land. All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. Here  is information about Alaska's favorite places. From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone.

All you need is a few friends or family willing to travel together on the same sailing, and a reason to do it--say a family reunion, birthday, graduation celebration, club outing, or just for fun. Sometimes a group starts as just two couples and before they know it, they've invited enough people to eliminate their own cost of cruising.

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About Alaska Group Cruises and Alaska Cruises Direct

Alaska Cruises Direct is an ideal place to start planning your 2017-2018 Alaska Cruise and Alaskan Sea and Land Vacation.

Alaska Cruises Direct features Alaska cruises, Alaska cruise tours and Alaska land-only tours, roundtrip Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco Alaska cruises. North or Southbound Alaska Cruises Vancouver to Anchorage, or Anchorage ( via Whittier or Seward ) to Vancouver.

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Note: Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your group cruise selection. 

Alaska Cruise tours Online Friends & Family Cruises are so much fun. Have a large extended family or just a small group of friends? Are you a member of a golf or tennis club, bridge club, dance club, a member of Rotary, Lions, Elks...Perhaps a member of a condominium or homeowner's association. No matter what,  a cruise is a "time of your life" experience that is even more fun when you travel with a group of people you know.

There is such a variety of cruise ships, itineraries and theme cruises available there is a cruise to fit both your interests and your budget!. So, get together with people you know who would love to cruise, give us a call and we'll take care of the rest.

Your group will have a great cruise at great prices plus, added amenities will that make your cruise even more special.

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At Alaska Cruises Direct, not only have we been there and done that, we are Certified by the Alaska Travel Industry Association as Certified Experts In Travel To Alaska. Trained and focused on the newest Alaska tour destinations and the most exciting ship experiences to Alaska available in 2013. Take advantage of our expertise when planning your next dream vacation!

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Alaska home from May through September fill quickly." ( read the article )  More "In The News"

Did you know: Grizzly bears have been a threatened species since 1975 in the Lower 48 states?  Alaska however has over 32,000 grizzlies. Considering Alaska's population is only 670,000, that's 1 bear for every 21 people. Alaska is home to magnificent glaciers, giant halibut, hardy outdoorsmen.... and lots of moose.  Alaska has 39 mountain ranges.  Did you know? The larger ranges include: Alaska Range, which includes 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley, the continent's tallest peak , Aleutian Range, a volcano-ridden range on the Alaska Peninsula, Brooks Range, which is above the Arctic Circle; the Continental Divide runs through it and Boundary Ranges, along the Canadian border of the Inside Passage.

 

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Step By Step Group Planning Guide
For Alaska Cruises And Cruisetours

Organizing a group for Alaska is easy. Follow our step-by-step planning guide and get started today!
 

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Save as much as 70% off brochure rates.

Overview

Here's a neat way to earn a free Alaska cruise. Cruise tours for groups offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land. All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. Here  is information about Alaska's favorite places. From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone.

All you need is a few friends or family willing to travel together on the same sailing, and a reason to do it--say a family reunion, birthday, graduation celebration, club outing, or just for fun. Sometimes a group starts as just two couples and before they know it, they've invited enough people to eliminate their own cost of cruising.

The Benefits
Alaska Cruisetours Online Friends & Family Cruises are so much fun. Have a large extended family or just a small group of friends? Are you a member of a golf or tennis club, bridge club, dance club, a member of Rotary, Lions, Elks...Perhaps a member of a condominium or homeowner's association. No matter what,  a cruise is a "time of your life" experience that is even more fun when you travel with a group of people you know.


There is such a variety of cruise ships, itineraries and theme cruises available there is a cruise to fit both your interests and your budget!. So, get together with people you know who would love to cruise, give us a call and we'll take care of the rest.
Your group will have a great cruise at great prices plus, added amenities will that make your cruise even more special.

Alaska Group Q & A
How many guests are required to make a group?
As few as eight staterooms, or 16 guests, can qualify as a group. The larger your group is, the greater the savings.
What are the advantages of an Alaska group booking?
As Alaska cruisetour experts, we often negotiate with the cruise line for extra value, complimentary staterooms or stateroom upgrades, and amenities like a complimentary bottles of wine or shipboard credits.


 "The weather this week was incredible, 70 and sunny. Never saw a bit of rain...but, lots of whales, eagles, porpoise, bear, moose.....etc."

- Cameracraftsman of America  - Star Princess - Alaska -90 Guests  More


 

 

What's a cruise group--the magic is in the numbers
Most major cruise lines that sail to and from Alaska, including Princess, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean,  generally define a "cruise group" as 16 people occupying eight cabins (third and fourth passengers in a cabin don't count toward the total). The sixteenth person, or the person who organizes the bookings (in "cruise-speak," the group leader or tour conductor), earns the free fare--although port charges, taxes, and airfare must be paid. For some off-peak sailings your group may earn a free fare for every eighth, tenth or twelfth person.


At Alaska Cruises Direct you could earn our exclusive " mini-group" rate for as low as 6 people occupying three cabins. If you and your group want to sail during peak sailing seasons, you'll need to book your trip at least 12 to 8 months in advance.

 

However, cruise lines need less notice (three to six months prior to embarkation) for off-season sailings. Cruise lines are best able to accommodate groups in the beginning and end of the Alaska cruise season  ( May and September ), when they are most flexible (and have the most cabins to fill).

Learn How


Organizing a group for Alaska is easy. As a Group Coordinator, you recruit your guests and act as a liaison between them and us. Once you depart for your cruise or cruisetour, you are on vacation, free to relax with your fellow Guests while you discover all that Alaska has to offer.


Follow our step-by-step planning guide and get started today!


Are you ready?


If you know your preferred travel dates and itinerary – and have found or will have at least 16 people to join you on tour - now is the time to start planning! Please make sure that you’re giving yourself at least nine months to plan before your departure.


1. Contact an Alaska Group Travel Expert
Alaska Group Travel Experts work with Group Coordinators throughout every stage of planning an Alaska Cruise or Alaska Cruisetour tour. Talk to your Alaska Group Travel Expert any time you want to discuss your travel plans.


You can contact one of our Alaska Group Travel Experts this way...


Call 800.3653.1445 to speak to one of our Alaska Group Travel Experts about your tour.

Simply fill out a Group Request Form and one of our Alaska Group Travel Experts will be in touch with you .


Group Coordinator Benefits
When you are a Group Coordinator, we reward you with special benefits, as our appreciation for the time and effort you contribute when you recruit and organize a group to travel to Alaska.


Free Berth
When you organize a group of 16 or more full-paying guests on any Alaska Cruise or Alaska Cruisetour, you will earn one free berth.


Cash Bonuses
Not only can you earn a free berth for yourself, every full-paying guest earns a special cash bonus or a discount!


Consult this step-by-step guide to see how easy it is to be a Group Coordinator. Browse the easy steps below.

 

2. Select a Cruise or Cruisetour
We offer more than 165 unique cruise and cruisetour itineraries to Alaska. It's up to you to decide what destination and cruise or cruisetour for your group. Let your search begin here.


3. Recruit Guests
The next step is finding Guests...

 

Here are some examples of groups who have taken a cruise:


Friends & Family gatherings
Alumni Groups
Corporations
Church Groups
Clubs & Organizations
School Groups
Weddings or Anniversary parties
Family Reunions
School Reunions
Family members
Friends
Social clubs
Health clubs
Volunteer Organizations
Alumni Organizations
Music clubs
Dance clubs
Aerobic clubs
Bingo players
Fund raising
Professional organizations
Country Clubs
Senior Citizens


Determine who might be interested in traveling and make a list of potential Guests. Remember that even those who don't wish to travel themselves can pass the word on to someone who does.

4. Promote Your Group
Begin the recruitment process well in advance of when you want to cruise—ideally at least six to nine months prior to departure. Leave yourself plenty of time to recruit the largest possible group so you can earn the most travel benefits. Once you've chosen your cruise or cruisetour and date, hold an informational meeting for interested Guests.


The following are just a few of the ways to promote your Alaska cruise or cruisetour.


Put a notice about your trip in your office, church, or other meeting place advertising a time and place that you will hold an informational meeting.


Send the cruise or cruise tour itinerary to friends and family members, along with an invitation to your informational meeting.


Send the URL address ( link ) of the web page for your group cruise or cruisetour


Encourage everyone to spread the word among their friends and associates.


Send out an email advertising your cruise or cruisetour and note the details about the informational meeting, and request that everyone spread the word.


Hang posters or signs on the bulletin boards of libraries, civic organizations, houses of worship, country clubs and sports facilities.


Individually invite potential Guests


5. Hold a Meeting
Once you have begun generating interest, hold a meeting for everyone who is interested in traveling. We will provide you with information about the tour for you to distribute. Even create your group's own web page.


Prepare for your meeting

We will provide day-by-day itineraries and pre-departure information for you to distribute.


Call your Alaska Group Travel Expert just prior to the meeting to review or finalize the details:
Tour itinerary and departure date
Space availability on your chosen tour and/or date
Deadlines for reservations and payments
Questions or concerns you anticipate from Guests
Viewing your personal group cruise or cruisetour web page(s)


Conduct the meeting
Your meeting should generate excitement about going on an Alaska cruise or cruisetour. As guests arrive, ask them to sign in with their name, address, phone number and email address so you can easily keep in touch with them after the meeting.


Share your own passion for travel by telling attendees about trips you've taken in the past, and explain why you chose Alaska as your destination. Prepare yourself ahead of time by thinking about why travel is important to you, and be ready to explain the many advantages of group travel....


Describe the cruise cruisetour , as well as the departure date.
Outline the price and payment deadlines.
Highlight key points, ports of call and features of the cruise or cruisetour.
List all components that the tour price includes.
Mention available optional excursions.
Go over the booking deadlines for deposits and final payments.
Distribute day-by-day itineraries and brochures , flyers or pamphlets, on which you have written your name, and phone number.
Get commitments early
Encourage guests to sign up at the meeting.


6. Follow up
Once you have held your meeting, it is a good idea to send a note of appreciation to the guests who attended. This is an opportunity to remind those people who have not yet booked that the deadline is approaching!

  

Service At Sea

For Groups of 50 or more, Alaska Cruisetours Online can provide professional escorts, who take care of all your group needs at sea. They make sure your staterooms are in order. They provide coordination with the ship's staff for all meeting facilities, making sure they are set-up and prepared for you. They can arrange special tour excursions and private visits to the Galley and Bridge.

What's the best way to see Alaska?

What better way to see Alaska then on an Alaskan Cruise. On an Alaska Cruise you can experience glaciers, wildlife, gourmet food, entertainment, adventurous ports of call and fascinating Alaska shore excursions. There are over 100 cruise only options and dozens of cruisetours that combine a cruise and land tour for the ultimate way to see Alaska on shore and at sea.  Major cruise lines that sail to Alaska are Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal Cruises.

One of the best ways to see Alaska is to take a Gulf of Alaska cruise itinerary offered by Princess Cruises. These 7 day cruises sail between Whittier (Anchorage) and Vancouver, BC , or sail northbound from Vancouver, BC to Whittier. These cruises feature Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord in Prince William Sound, and the Alaska ports-of-call of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Shore excursions are available in each port, from historic railroad trips to landing on a glacier by helicopter. Princess Cruises offers 4 of the nicest ships including the Sapphire Princess, Coral Princess, Diamond Princess and Island Princess. 

Other cruise lines to consider for an Alaskan cruise are Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruises each sailing the Gulf of Alaska route. For more information, to request a cruise quote or to book an Alaskan cruise online, click on any link above or visit our inclusive Alaska Cruise Tours Online home page.

Have more time to see Alaska?
Combine your 7 day cruise with a land based tour. before or after your 7 day Alaska cruise,  spend from three to seven days exploring Inland Alaska. Alaska Cruise Tours start in Anchorage or Fairbanks and end in Seward or Whittier for a southbound Gulf of Alaska cruise, or start in Vancouver with your cruise and end in Anchorage or Fairbanks. For more information on cruise tour options, see our pre and post cruise tour Alaska cruise vacation packages as well as our escorted land tours here.

Special Mini-Group Pricing and Extra Amenities
Alaska cruise deals and mini-group discounts for 3 or more couples are often available, value priced if you book early. May and September offer the best prices. Rates are higher in June, July and August. Rates rise as the Summer goes on. Get a FREE mini-group Alaska Price Quote today or research cruises with online booking capabilities including up to the minute pricing and cabin availability.  Please note, due to cruise line regulations you must be a resident of United States or Canada in order to book cruises online.

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Save as much as 10-70% off brochure rates for off peak departures ( select May and September dates ). Other savings available for peak season departures ( June, July August )

Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your cruise selection. 

All promotions/pricing and cabin space is subject to availability at the time of booking and the prices shown or quoted at this web site are for reference purposes only. The rates may or may not be available at the time you are ready to book your cruise or cruise tour as prices fluctuate daily at the sole discretion of the cruise line. These rates are for new, individual bookings only, lowest inside cabins for the very first sailing or departure of the season unless otherwise specified. Rates go up every week as the Alaska season progresses. May and September are priced less than June, July or August. The actual price of your cruise may vary depending upon your departure date, choice of accommodations and available cabin inventory at the actual time of booking.  Prices quoted and availability are NOT GUARANTEED until confirmed by the cruise line AND a deposit or full payment if required is made. Discounted savings off cruise fare only. Port charges (NCF), taxes, airfare, air taxes, transfers and any other costs associated with your cruise are not discounted. Discount limited to select cruises including holiday sailings. Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your cruise selection.  Travel Direct Corporation is not responsible for last minute changes of price or itinerary by cruise line, or any errors or omissions in the content of this web site. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply. The prices listed any where on this web site are representative of prices published by various cruise lines. Prices listed does not constitute a contract of services, implied or written. Prices are provided as a comparison tool only. Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and do include port taxes. Prices do not include government taxes, fuel surcharges, gratuities, airfare, ground transfers to and from the ship/hotel or anything else unless otherwise noted.  All prices and fees are subject to cruise line policies and are subject to availability at the actual time of booking, are capacity-controlled, and are subject to change without notice. Special amenities, prices, offers, and upgrades are based on select dates, ships, sailings, stateroom categories, and select fare codes. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply. All prices and dates may not be available at the actual time you decide to book your cruise or cruisetour. Current up-to-date prices and availability are available by phone or e-mail request for a price quote.

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Inside Passage

Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise

Things to do and see

  • Glacier-carved fjords

  • Pristine forested shores

  • Whales, dolphins and other marine life

  • Bald eagles and tufted puffins

  • Towering granite cliffs

  • Cascading waterfalls

  • Majestic snowcapped mountains

  • Thousands of untouched islands

  • Glacier Bay National Park on all sailings

  • Additional glacier viewing

  • Cruise the scenic Inside Passage

  • Cruise 500 miles further north across the Gulf of Alaska

  • Visit Southeast Alaska ports of call

  • Exclusive Alaska enrichment programs

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