2018 Canada / New England group photo
2018 Canada / New England group photo
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A Diary & Photos for our 2022 Cruise - Alaska!

Below is some information on where the 2022 Spirit of the West Cruise is going. We hope you enjoy the diary as we head to Alaska. See the map below (or scroll down). We will sail on Holland America's "Koningsdam" - below is a photo showing what she looks like.

See the map below (or scroll down).
Go to the Itinerary below (or scroll down).

Billie and Hugh
on holiday! Billie and Hugh on holiday
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Holland America's Koningsdam We will sail on Holland America's Koningsdam

Holland America's "Koningsdam"


Diary for June 15th to June 25th, 2022

All photos will enlarge if you click on them


June 15th


Bus arrives at McLennan Ranch


The Western Spirit Band entertaining


That night at Sun Peaks ...


... we all had dinner at Capone's

June 16th


A great Italian Meal


43 people in the group


A great night in Sun Peaks


Now off to Vancouver ...

June 17th


... for a night in the Fairmont


right across from Canada Place


and here comes the bus!


Bryce Mckenzie said it was super!

June 17th & 18th


Jim & Karen getting the Covid test


Everyone passed and now a surprise ...


with some extra help from staff ...


Sue and Deana get a free ride!


... and Russ brings up the rear


The suprise - Fly Over Canada tickets


and then onto the Koningsdam


and the Welcome Reception


Jim & Karen bought drinks for all


and 43 of us had a great visit


Mark did the MC duties


and showed the slideshow

Everyone passed the covid test last night and today the group got private surprise tickets to Fly Over Canada. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and most wanted to go back through a second time. From there boarding the Koningsdam was a breeze at about 12:30 and we all met for a group reception at 4:30. Jim & Karen and Cruise Vacations of Winnipeg bought the drinks for all.

Mark, part of the Spirit of the West support crew, filled in for Hugh as MC (our Canadian Goverment used Canada Post to send them their passports and they never arrived so unfortunately could not join their own group) :-(. Mark welcomed everyone, made some annoucements and then showed the group slideshow. He then announced next year's cruise ...

and ... it's a full transit, West to East, of the Panama Canal, on the Emerald Princess - January 16th to February 1st. Starting in LA and ending in Fort Lauderdale with visits to six different countries! And a private group Cattle Ranch Tour in Costa Rica!

See all the details on the Cruise page, or call Cruise Vacations of Winnipeg at: 1-800-530-0131 and ask Megan for the details!

June 19th


Kathie & Ron Friesen


Kim & Barb Bamber


Vicki & Gary Hetrick


Allan & Janet Sandau


Jacques & Lena Labonte


Steen & Annette Jochumsen


Jim & Karen Bell


Len & Barb Stenvall


Bonnie & Larry Speers


Charlotte & Richard Preston


John & Mary Dafoe


George & Gail Slusarczyk


Marilyn Weeks & Brenda Heidinger


Sue Hassett Mijo & Jeff Campbell


Dawn & Bryce Mckenzie


Perry & Jytte Olechowski


enjoying the 1st group gathering


Larry Speers story telling


Jeff Campbell story telling


Jim updating everyone

June 20th


1:00 pm our 1st stop was Juneau


Built almost on the water


Steen in line at the Red Dog Saloon


The Koningsdam from the gondola


Looking over Juneau from the gondola


Downtown Juneau


Bonnie & Larry with the ship behind


June 21st on the White Pass Rail

June 21st


Allan gave himself a job


Over the trestle into the tunnel


The cruise ships way off in the bay


the US/Canada Border


everyone enjoyed the White Pass Rail


The original trail at Dead Horse Gulch


I'm sure John will be in the Red Onion


Len & Barb lunch in Skagway

June 22nd


John Hopkins Glacier


Glacier Bay - Beautiful !!


The Hoonah Glacier


The Grand Pacific Glacier


we listened to the moving ice noises


Margerie Glacier - spectacular!


see the size by the boat in front


a totally amazing experience!


getting ready for the group photo


The ship's photographer group photo


the water colour leaving Glacier Bay

 

June 23rd


along side in Ketchikan


we board the "Aleutian Ballad" soon


wharfs & buildings all on pilings


Jim & Karen on the Aleutian Ballad


Jim, Karen, & Mark in the bow


Captain Dave baiting hooks


Capt Ron & Capt Dave pulling a trap


if anyone sees an eagle let us know!

June 23rd This was an excursion that Kathy booked for a few of us from Holland America ... absolutely worth the money! It was awesome! It was a Bering Sea Crab Fishing Tour on the Aleutian Ballad which used to be on the TV series "Deadliest Catch". We saw, and learned all about, prawn trapping, bottom fishing, crabbing, different types of crabs, fish, prawns, shrimp, and Octopus! Everything was returned to the ocean! And the eagle part was worth the money by itself!

Click here to see Karen's slow motion video.
Or click here to see Karen's other real time video.


eagles everywhere!


we couldn't possibly count them all


see the video links above


Kathy said yuk to seeing the prawn


An endangered "Sunflower Sea Star"


setting the prawn traps


Jim holding up a "Box Crab"


everyone checking out the catch


re-setting the crab trap


a power line hauler


bringing up the king crab trap


showing us an Alaska King Crab


re-setting the king crab trap


showing us an octopus


Mark in the captain's chair


at night we got Billie & Hugh on Duo


everyone singing along with Hugh


Kathy caught the sunset


Mark helping Kathie Friesen


Lillian Fry got a good laugh from all

June 24th


the farewell party ... or the


don't make me go home party


everyone having a good time


Jim & Karen bought the drinks!


Mark thanked everyone


and talked about next year's


20th anniversary cruise!


at dinner celebrating a birthday


Marilyn Weeks Happy Birthday!


the next day we pulled into Vancouver

 

 

New News! The 20th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise has now been announced: See the 2023 cruise page.



For more photos see the Support Crew website diary page at: www.SitkaFarm.com.

Our Itinerary!         Top of Page

The 2022 Spirit of the West Cruise.

Day

Date

Port

Itinerary (times are tentative)

Day 1

June 15th

Fly to Kelowna

Transfer to hotel

Day 2

June 16th

McLennan Ranch and Sun Peaks

Coach to McLennan Ranch for the day then Sun Peaks

Day 3

June 17th

bus tour Sun Peaks to Vancouver via Fraser Canyon

Hotel in Vancouver

Day 4

June 18th

Vancouver

Board the Koningsdam set sail 4:30 pm

Day 5

June 19th

At Sea

Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage

Day 6

June 20th

At sea and Juneau

Tracy Arm Inlet / Juneau Alaska

Day 7

June 21st

Skagway, Alaska

7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Day 8

June 22nd

at sea & Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Day 9

June 23rd

Ketchikan, Alaska

11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Day 10

June 24th

At Sea

Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage

Day 11

June 25th

Vancouver

everyone heads home

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Here is a map - showing the Alaska cruise stops. Click to enlarge.

2019 Group T-Shirt
2019 Group T-Shirt
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2022 Alaska
2022 Cruise - Alaska!
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2018 Group selfie by Jim (L to R)
Jim, Karen, Mark, Billie, Kathy & Hugh 2018 Group selfie by Jim in a Light house on PEI
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