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

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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!
See the Flyer here!

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 23rdThis 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 endagered "Sunflower Sea Star

setting the prawn traps

Jim holding up a Box Cab"

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.

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The 2022 Spirit of the West Cruise.




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


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


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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