Gross Tonnage: 113,561
Length: 951 feet
Beam: 195 feet
Draft: 26 feet
Cruising Speed: 21.5 knots
Ships Registry: Bermuda
Alaska Bears Gay Group Cruise 2020
7 nights from/to Seattle, Washington, USA
May 24 31, 2020
Princess Cruises Emerald Princess
Join our gay bears group as we sail the majestic Inside Passage of Alaska on the refurbished Emerald Princess. We will sail round-trip from Seattle. Imagine yourself sipping your favorite drink out on deck of our luxury cruise line as we slowly sail the majestic Inner Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord. You’re surrounded by glaciers the size of mountains that will dwarf the size of our 3,000 passenger ship. Suddenly a large chunk of ice breaks off and crashes into the ocean with a giant rumble and huge splash.
We will have the opportunity to see moose, black bears, seals and sea lions, and whales. Each port of call offers many exciting options to explore. Nothing can match your first glimpse of glimmering crystal blue water and towering glaciers of ice thousands of years old. Our voyage will spend an entire day cruising through breath taking Glacier Bay National Park. This will be an awe inspiring day!
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 - Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess is a modern and lavish cruise ship, with so many choices that you'll be amazed when you walk on board! Choose from different dining options, choose from spa treatments, and choose which swimming pool you want to relax by! This ship has 900 balcony staterooms, as well as endless options for entertainment! So make the right choice, and choose to take a vacation aboard Emerald Princess!
Activities on Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess has great amenities, and they're so diverse there's something for everyone to enjoy! The ship will keep you on the run - there's basketball, paddle tennis, a jogging track, shuffleboard, a gym and fitness area, and more! Check out the Lotus Spa® for an all-day pampering, or take a dip and swim against the current in the special pool! There's a nine-hole putting course, and even a virtual golf simulator so you can practice your swing! Once you've worked up a sweat, cool off poolside at the Calypso Reef, or Neptune's Reef - both of these pool areas feature two hot tubs, as does the Lotus Spa pool! There's also the Terrace pool or the Sanctuary, which is adults-only!
Head over to the boutiques on this wonderful ship, and enjoy duty-free shopping and great deals on designer clothing and gifts! There's an art gallery that features an auction, a library, a wedding chapel, conference center, and a 24-hour Internet Café with wireless accessibility! The ScholarShip@Sea makes learning fun with cooking classes, seminars about your destination, and other interesting lectures! So get ready to explore what this great ship has to offer!
Dining / Food on Emerald Princess
Speaking of choices, dining on Emerald Princess is all personal, and all your choice! Choose the traditional dining and enjoy your meal at the same time each day in a formal dining room like the Boticelli! Anytime dining is offered in the Michelangelo Dining Room, and in the Da Vinci Dining Room. The ship even has two specialty restaurants and a very special program that serves you your meal with a breathtaking view on the balcony - Ultimate Balcony Dining! Sabatini's is an Italian restaurant with amazing food, and the Crown Grill serves steak and seafood!
There are also other options for good eats - head over to the Horizon Court Buffet and Bistro, or check out the Café Caribe! Vines is a wine and seafood bar, and there's also the Trident Grill, which serves burgers and hot dogs. The International Café is open 24-hours a day! Afternoon tea is available, and there's a pizza and ice cream bar too! Don't forget, the ship has 24-hour room service!
Entertainment on Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess has lots of onboard entertainment, and there's something for everyone! Get ready for a great time, featuring professional performances of musicals, live music, and comedy acts! Head to the Princess Theater to catch a show, or see a first-run movie at the Movies Under the Stars® poolside movie theater! Gatbsy's Casino has all of your favorite casino games - poker, roulette, slots, and more! The Explorers Lounge features a nightclub-style performance, while the Skywalkers Nightclub makes you feel like you're dancing in the stars - it's 15 decks above the ocean! Don't forget to check out Club Fusion!
For something a little more laidback, head over to the bars and lounges - the Wheelhouse Bar, the Adagio Bar, and the Crooners Bar are all great places to relax, enjoy a cocktail, and reminisce about the day! The Speakeasy Lounge also lets you smoke cigars, so grab a good stogie and start a great conversation!
Adventure Bears Gay Cruise
Adventure Bears provides a stress free, fun, upscale memorable vacation experience and gives like-minded gay men an opportunity to make lasting friendships. You can choose be social and active or just chill out and relax. Our cruises will appeal to the more relaxed yet fun loving guys.
We offer the best of both worlds with rates far lower than gay chartered ships. Enjoy exotic ports of call, exclusive group on-board activities, entertainment, and of course outstanding cuisine and service. We also offer our own private shore excursions available only to our guests.
In order to participate in our events you must make reservations with us. Unfortunately people booked through a different source cannot be included as part of our gay group.
Alaska Gay Bears Cruise 2020
| 24 May
Seattle, Washington, US
| 25 May
||A Day at Sea!
| 26 May
| 27 May
||Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska
| 27 May
| 28 May
| 29 May
||Day at Sea!
| 30 May
||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
| 31 May
||Seattle, Washington, US
Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle is a young city with a rich history. Settlers first landed at Alki Point in 1851 and named the area after Sealth, the Suquamish Indian chief who befriended them. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, "The Emerald City" has a legacy of vision and strength. Seattle has hosted two World's Fairs (1909 and 1962) and is the birthplace of two modern marvels, Boeing and Microsoft.
Known for its rainy climate, Seattle actually averages less annual rainfall than many East Coast cities. The mild weather, spectacular natural surroundings and rich cultural diversity attract visitors from around the world.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans."
From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital
of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.
Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles.
Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.
Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome. Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital.
In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province.
Although it's a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.