Join Grans on the Go for our Alaskan Cruise, July 11, 2020

Grand Princess Group Cruise, July 11, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT GRANS ON THE GO CRUISE (Click here)

Our first group cruise and cruisetour will be July 11, 2020. At this time, about 50 people who follow Grans On The Go plan to join in the fun. Many of the group come from Alabama, with other friends and relations planning to meet us in Alaska!  Please let us know if you have friends or family who would like to join us.

Princess Cruiselines offers regular promotions and the Current Landmark Sale runs through 9/4/19. Note: Deposit of 10% is nonrefundable. See prices below under Options 1, 2, or 3. There will be a new promotional sale in September of 2019.

Grans On The Go and friends will take the blue Southbound Voyage of the Glaciers on the map below from Whittier to Vancouver.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE CRUISE? (Click here)

Sign up for the cruise in three easy steps.  Our travel agent, Pam Cheek, will need your personal information on this secure link:

1) https://www.globegetaways.com/traveler-information/

2) Email Pam Cheek at pam@globegetaways.com and let her know you are part of the Grans On The Go group (GOTG Group).  You may choose your room category or discuss this with her.  Her phone number is listed in the information below.  Please do not send any amount of deposit until you hear back from her on email.

3) After you receive an email from Pam with your deposit amount, Pam will need your credit card authorization on this secure link: 
https://www.globegetaways.com/credit-card-authorization/ Pam Cheek is a passionate traveler who has extensive travel experience includes Alaska, Israel, Europe, and South America.   She maintains Commodore status as a Princess Cruise Expert and Princess Alaska Expert and has personally traveled multiple trips to Alaska.  Feel free to ask her questions on the threads about cruising on our Grans On The Go Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gransonthego/ or contact her at Pam Cheek, Senior Travel Agent, Globe Getaways.  pam@globegetaways.com or (817) 201-3332.

WHY SHOULD I FOLLOW GRANS ON THE GO FACEBOOK PAGE? (Click here)

Follow the Grans On the Go Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Gransonthego/ for ongoing questions and answers with our travel agent and Melanie and Marla, or feel free to call or email Pam Cheek. There will be ongoing posts regarding Alaska and excursions about each port.

ARE GRANS ON THE GO TRAVEL AGENTS? (Click here)

Grans On The Go (Melanie and Marla) love travel, travel blogging, and photography.  Most of all we love sharing information with our friends.  But we want to be clear that we are not travel agents; therefore, we have enlisted the services of a professional travel agent, Pam Cheek of Globe Getaways, to handle the details.  Pam will take your deposit or will accept periodic payments between now and final date of payment, which will be approximately 90 days before the first date of your group cruise or cruisetour (approximately March of 2020).  

DO I NEED A PASSPORT? (Click here)

You will need a passport to go on our Alaska cruise or cruisetour. You can sign up to go and pay your deposit without a passport, but you will need a passport to sail. Go to this passport information article and read about the six month validity rule.  Check your passport date and make sure it does not expire after July 10, 2020. If you do not have a passport, apply for one here.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? (Click here)

We suggest booking travel insurance through Princess, but you, of course, have the option to book with another company or not at all. Travel insurance coverage varies depending on the provider but might reimburse some costs in the event you need to cancel.

WHY SHOULD I CRUISE ALASKA? (Click here)

An easy, convenient way to travel. Unpack once and experience the best of Alaska. There is nothing easier than simply waking up in the morning to new ports or breathtaking glaciers.  And many of the Alaskan ports are hard to get to by road.  Most days will be on the inside passage, where the water is smooth, clear, and protected from the wind, without the boat rocking.

Unbeatable value. Your cruise fare includes accommodations, diningentertainment and an endless array of activities.

Refreshing sea air. Sea days can be as relaxing or active as you wish. There is nothing comparable to being out on the open sea with cool ocean breezes.

Scenic views from Princess Cruises

CHOOSE ONE OF THREE GROUP OPTIONS BELOW:

YOU will decide on one of the three options below, or you may opt to design your own cruisetour with our travel agent, Pam Cheek, and still be a part of our cruise group.  There are other options available at the Princess website.

GROUP 1 OPTION, CRUISE ONLY, July 11, 2020 — Whittlier, AK (Anchorage) to Vancouver, BC

Seven-day cruise aboard Grand Princess.  Fly to Anchorage and cruise south from Whittier to Vancouver, British Columbia.  Prices start in the $900 range (not including flight, transfers, pre/post hotels, and taxes).  The entire group, Groups 1, 2, and 3 will meet up on the Grand Princess ship at the port of Whittier (close to Anchorage), and we will cruise south to Vancouver.  The cruise has ports at Anchorage (Whittier), Hubbard Glacier (Scenic Cruising), Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver. At the end of seven days, you disembark in Vancouver, you will be on your own to tour the area or fly home.  See Option 1 Pricing Chart below.

Prices for Group Option 1, Cruise Only (Click here)

GROUP 1 OPTION PRICING, CRUISE ONLY, GRAND PRINCESS, July 11, 2020 – July 17, 2020 Southbound

Ports:  Anchorage (Whittier), Hubbard Glacier (Scenic Cruising), Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver (Pricing does not include airfare and pre- or post hotel)

Prices below reflect the Landmark Sale through September 4, 2019. Note: 10% deposit is nonrefundable.

Grand PrincessInteriorObstructed ViewOceanviewBalconyMiniSuite
Per Person$939 pp$1030 pp$1839 pp$2369 pp$2769 pp
OnBoard Credit Guests 1 & 2(-25)(-25)(-25)(-50)(-50)
Group Discount(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)
Three-for-Free
Promotion
ONBOARD CREDIT thru 9/4
50 pp50 pp50 pp100 pp100 pp
Taxes, Fees, Port$225$225$225$225$225

*TBD – to be determined (depends on the number of people going)

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A CRUISETOUR INSTEAD OF A CRUISE? (Click here)

With so much to see and do both at sea and on land, how does one choose which type of Alaskan vacation to plan? Simple – get both with an Alaska CruiseTour! Cruisetours are convenient, value-packed bundles combining a cruise (typically 7 nights long) with an extended land tour (usually from 2 to 8 nights.) Not only will you save by bundling your cruise with a land package, but you’ll also come away with a more in-depth vacation experience. Only Alaskan Cruisetours include overnights in cities and more, along with the expansive Denali National Park & Preserve.

GROUP 2 OPTION, ANCHORAGE TO WHITTIER LAND & SEA, Cruisetour HB5 (INCLUDES DENALI) (Click here)

12 Days | 5 Ports of Call | 5 Nights on Land

Monday, July 6, 2020: Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage and get settled in your hotel for an overnight stay. You might enjoy getting out to see the shops, restaurants and cultural attractions of this surprisingly metropolitan city.
Tue, Jul 7, 2020: Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Talkeetna)
Board a motorcoach for your journey along the George Parks Highway, an attraction in itself. You may catch your first views of incredible Denali along the way. Once you arrive at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, the mountain is visible from nearly anywhere on the property. Take in those sensational views with a glass of wine in the Great Room or on the expansive deck. The 20,320 Alaskan Bar & Grill is the perfect place for a relaxed dinner to end your day. 
Wed, Jul 8, 2020: Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Talkeetna)
You have a full day to spend however you choose. Visit the tour desk for ideas about excursions from fishing to flightseeing. Or you might prefer to explore the nature trails at the lodge and take in the sweeping vistas all around you. Sit and gaze at the majesty of “The Great One” from the lodge’s treehouse designed and built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.
Thu, Jul 9, 2020: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Enjoy a scenic motorcoach drive to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, located just outside the national park entrance. Why not get to know the splendor of the park with one of a variety of activities including a husky
homestead tour, fly fishing or a glacier landing via helicopter.
Fri, Jul 10, 2020: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
You have a full day to get out into one of America’s best national parks. This morning, a Natural History Tour
serves as a wonderful introduction to the animals, plants and geological features found there. Later today, you may
want to stop by the tour desk to plan an activity such as rafting or hiking. 
Sat, Jul 11, 2020:  Whittier
Enjoy the scenic rail journey through some of the best wilderness in the Great Land on our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service. Once in Whittier, you’ll step from the train onto your ship for the beginning of your unforgettable cruise.
Prices for Group Option 2, Anchorage to Denali Land & Sea Cruisetour HB5: (Click here)

GROUP 2 OPTION PRICING:  Princess Tour from Anchorage to Vancouver, Land and Sea CruiseTour

(Prices change often, so please call Pam Cheek for current pricing.)

Prices include cruisetour land/sea (meals only on cruise portion)
Grand PrincessInteriorOceanviewBalconyMinisuite
per person (2 per cabin)2549349938994199
Onboard Credit Guests 1 & 2(-25)(-25)(-50)(-50)
Group Discount(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)
Current Landmark
Promotional 
Discount ONBOARD CREDIT
100100250250
Taxes, Fees, Port$252$252$252$252

Princess Disclaimer: Motorcoach may be substituted for rail on some departures. Port arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change without notice. For more information please review the Passage Contract on Princess website.

GROUP 3 OPTION, FAIRBANKS TO WHITTIER IB5 (INCLUDES DENALI) (Click here)

12 Days | 5 Ports of Call | 5 Nights on Land

Monday, July 6, 2020:  Fairbanks
Alaska’s “Golden Heart City” of Fairbanks is a great introduction to the heart of this unique state. Check in to your hotel and get ready for the beginning of your adventure.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
A cruise along the Chena River on a Sternwheeler Riverboat is about as authentic as it gets. Later, you’ll head for Denali National Park via a scenic motorcoach trip for your arrival at the first of your two destinations at Denali, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Wed, July 8, 2020: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
You have a full day to get out into one of America’s best national parks. This morning, a Natural History Tour serves as a wonderful introduction to the animals, plants and geological features found there. Later today, you may want to stop by the tour desk to plan an activity such as rafting or hiking.
Thu, July 9, 2020: Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Talkeetna)
This morning you’ll travel by motorcoach to the south side of the park for two nights at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Take in the sensational views with a glass of wine in the Great Room or on the expansive deck. Hear stories about climbing Denali in the Hudson Theater or roast a marshmallow at the fireside patio. 
Fri, July 10, 2020: Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Talkeetna)
You have a full day to plan however you choose. Stop by the Tour Desk for a variety of optional excursions. Walk the nature trails around the lodge or sit and gaze at the majesty of “The Great One” from the lodge’s treehouse, designed and built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.
Sat, July 11, 2020: Whittier
After a morning enjoying the vistas, you’ll transfer to the historic town of Talkeetna to board our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness Rail service for the journey to Whittier and your waiting ship.
Prices for Group Option 3, Fairbanks to Whittier (includes Denali) IB5 (Click here)

(Prices change often, so please contact Pam Cheek for current pricing.)

Prices include cruisetour land/sea (meals only on cruise portion)







Grand PrincessInteriorOceanviewBalconyMinisuite
per person (2 per cabin)2599269935494249
Onboard Credit Guests 1 & 2(-25)(-25)(-50)(-50)
Group Discount(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)(TBD)
Current Landmark
Promotional 
Discount ONBOARD CREDIT
100100250250
Taxes, Fees, Port$249$249$249$249

WHAT ARE MY DINING OPTIONS FOR MY CRUISE? (Click here)
Traditional Dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner) — or Anytime DiningIncluded
(Group traditional dining will be set for 7:15 pm)  You may attend or choose to eat elsewhere

Room Service (24 hours)Included
Casual Dining VenuesIncluded with the following exceptions: Exceptions: Vines Wine & Seafood Bar & specialty drinks at the International Café
Beverages (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Tea varieties, Non- Specialty Coffee)Included with the following exceptions: Exceptions: Sodas, Alcoholic Beverages
Specialty Restaurants (including Chef’s Table)Additional Fees May Apply
Balcony Dining (breakfast & dinner only)Additional Fees May Apply
**Note:  Food for land packages sold separately.
View Glaciers on Princess Cruise

WHAT ARE PRINCESS PROMOTION SALES? (Click here)

Our Travel Agent, Pam, will be on the lookout for Princess promotion sales in order to reduce the price of the cruise or cruisetour, even after you pay your deposit.   

The current promotion is the Three for Free Sale with 10% nonrefundable deposit.

WILL I RECEIVE A GROUP DISCOUNT? (Click here)

GROUP DISCOUNTS will be applied as our numbers grow and deposits are made.  We will not know the total for the group discount until we know the total number of people who will be in the group.  Of course, the more who sign up, the deeper the discount. We hope to get a group discount of $50 or more, but we will not know until close to sailing.

Theatre onboard the Grand Princess

Compare your packing list to ours before your trip. Our Alaska Packing List link is here.

view of mountains and lake with text overlay

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOW DO I ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT MY CRUISE OR CRUISETOUR? (Click here)

Ask at https://www.facebook.com/Gransonthego/ about the cruise and excursions and please share any information you may acquire.  If we share information, we lessen the research time for others.  Our Travel Agent, Pam, as well as ourselves, will be a part of our Facebook group and will be there to monitor questions and answer as questions arise.  This is most beneficial since people seem to ask the same questions.  She will also be available by phone or email.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR EXCURSIONS AT PORT STOPS? (Click here)

Your cruise does not include any excursions you plan to do in the port stops.  It is perfectly acceptable to cruise and not book any excursions at all and simply tour the ports on your own.  The scenery is beautifully breathtaking and enjoyable with no excursions.  Most people plan at least a couple of excursions, and some plan one excursion for each port stop.  We suggest you book excursions through the Princess website at Princess.com. Log into your account to start reseacrhing. The popular excursions do fill up early, some as early as one year out. We only recommend Princess cruises because if something goes wrong, Princess is responsible for your transportation to the next port. However, that does not preclude you from booking your own excursions with an outside agency or group.

Click here to find out more options for shore excursions.

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DOES MY CRUISE INCLUDE AIRFARE? (Click here)

The prices listed here do not include airfare, but Princess has negotiated new, lower competitive airfares.   They offer worry-free booking:  With Princess Flexible air, you can change your flight up to 45 days prior to departure with No Change Fee. Book your flight now with no amount due until cruise final payment.  Late-Arrival Protection:  Ensures you’ll get your cruise if flights are delayed or canceled, and Princess will get you home if for any reason the cruise or Princess transfer cause you to miss your return flight.  

WHAT ARE MY POST-TRIP OPTIONS FOR DISEMBARKATION (Vancouver)? (Click here)

Post-trip visits in Vancouver, the point of disembarkation (or Seattle, which is 3.5 hours away by car or train)  are options for those who have a little more time to spend.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A ROOMMATE? (Click here)

We anticipate others might be looking for a roommate. Please email us at Gransonthego2@gmail.com, and we will put you in touch with anyone looking for a roommate.

Disclaimer:  Your contract will be between you and Globe Getaways and not with Gransonthego.  Gransonthego will organize group dinners in the evening through Pam, and we will have some optional meeting times for the group.

HOW DO I EARN CREDIT WITH PRINCESS REFER-A- FRIEND PROGRAM?

Past guests refer a friend who has not sailed with Princess to earn $25!
“$25 for you plus $25 for them”
HOW IT WORKS:  Simply be a past guest of Princess Cruises®.
Invite a friend who has never sailed or booked with Princess® before.
You both get a $25 reward for each successful referral.  Please let our travel agent know if you are a past Princess Cruiser.

Read “Six Reasons to Book Now Instead of Later” for the Alaskan Cruise.

Video Tour of the Ship

Please contact us at Gransonthego2@gmail.com with any questions. We hope you join us on our first group cruise!!

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