July 11-18, 2014
Be supremely spoiled in an unspoiled land. Drink in the splendor of the Alaskan wilderness as you sip cappuccino from your private veranda. Bears. Bald eagles. And hump back whales breaking the surf. Mother Nature's favorite zoo roams as free as you will. From the breathtaking sights of Sawyer Glacier to the pioneering spirit of Juneau, Brand g’s Alaska is an expedition in rekindling your hidden, untamed soul.
Have you ever said, I'd sure like to take Mom/Dad/Aunt Betty or somebody straight-but-open-minded on a gay cruise? This is your chance! Book now as space is very limited on our first ever LGBT Friends and Family group cruise aboard the gorgeous and sophisticated Celebrity Solstice. You’ll enjoy all of the world-class entertainment, gourmet cuisine, and activities offered by Celebrity and you’ll also get the private parties, entertainment and activities planned exclusively for you by Brand g Vacations.
- Seven nights deluxe cruise accommodations in your choice of an inside, outside, verandah stateroom or suite aboard the Celebrity Solstice.
- Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, and 100% pure Egyptian cotton linens
- Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies
- Custom blended bath products
- Celebrities signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
- Exclusive Brand g entertainment, parties and activities
Welcome to Seattle! If you arrive early be sure to check out Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass in the exhibition space below the Needle. The gayborhood of Capital Hill is a haven for excellent restaurants and is home to Seattle’s gay nightlife. Make a toast to your good fortune as we sail away through the breathtaking Puget Sound.
Our first full day together at sea provides an excellent opportunity to relax, unwind and watch the beautiful scenery of the shoreline unfold, as we make our way north to Alaska. Lie by the pool, try your luck at the casino, get a massage, check out the Lawn Club or watch The Hot Glass Show. And, that’s just the beginning. As the sun sets on the Pacific Northwest a whole new world of options open up - drinks, dinner, and our first evening of exclusive Brand g entertainment.
Located on Revillagigedo Island along the Tongass Narrows at the foot of the towering Deer Mountain, this city is renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty, fishing and colorful Native culture. Ketchikan boasts the largest collection of original 19th-century totem poles in the world. Be sure to spend some time at one of the 3 totem pole parks in the area. History buffs will want to trace the steps of the early setters with a stroll down Creek Street, a suspended boardwalk populated by colorful houses, once a hub for brothels, and now home to a variety of eclectic shops.
The unbridled beauty and sheer size of Misty Fjords National Monument in Tongass National Forest is a nature lover's paradise, providing all who enter with sweeping views of rugged mountain peaks, glaciers, rushing waterfalls, lakes and wondrous wildlife that defy description. Additionally, Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, overlooking Ketchikan Creek, includes observation areas where you can glimpse spawning salmon and enjoy an up-close encounter with 2 bald eagles.
This scenic destination is home to towering waterfalls, mammoth glaciers, rugged mountaintops and wildlife. Because the ship does not dock at Tracy Arm, we invite you to enjoy a scenic cruise of the fjord, where your ship's captain will bring you as close as possible to the unparalleled beauty that surrounds you everywhere you look. Rising elegantly out of the water at the end of the fjord lays the translucent mountain masterpiece known as the Sawyer Glaciers. These light-blue calving glaciers offer a glimpse into a time so very long ago, when huge chunks of ice the size of continents swallowed up whole countries during the Ice Ages of the past. Once an hour on average, slabs of these great glaciers calve and tumble into the saltwater below. In addition to the geological splendors that surround you wherever you look, Tracy Arm is home to a myriad wildlife including bald eagles, brown bears, goats and whales, providing ample opportunity to snap a picture of one of the area's long-standing natives.
Nestled at the base of Mount Juneau amid a rainforest, Juneau is the only US state capital accessible by air or ship only. If you seek natural beauty, Juneau has it in droves. The Mendenhall Glacier, a half-mile wide, 1,800-feet deep ice field, is the most accessible glacier in Alaska and, for many, the most breathtaking. The Mount Roberts Tramway whisks you up to an observation deck that is approximately 2,000 feet about Juneau, providing arguably the best picture-taking opportunities in the state. If you’re looking to explore the natural and cultural roots of Juneau, look no further than the Alaska State Museum, which recounts not only the native people of Alaska and its early settlers, but also the natural wildlife that can be seen throughout the region. From June through October, the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery offers visitors an intimate glimpse of breeding salmon as they make their way up a 450-foot fish ladder. Historic sites include the Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, the state's oldest operating church, and the Red Dog Saloon, built during the city's mining era, which is home to swinging saloon doors, saw dust floors, live music and unique memorabilia. For treasure hunters looking to shop, South Franklin Street—which parallels the dock—and the downtown area offers a myriad boutiques and stores selling typical Alaskan wares like furs, Alaskan jewelry, baleen baskets, carved ivory, lacquered boxes and nesting dolls.
In 1897, gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada's Yukon Territory. It wasn't long before the rough-and-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns and saloons. More than 100 years later, Skagway retains the feel of those Gold Rush days. The historic downtown has also largely been restored to its roots, complete with false-fronted buildings and wooden sidewalks. It's an utterly charming place.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park offers the unique opportunity of a walking tour to some of the downtown locales frequented by the thousands of prospectors and miners that made their way through Skagway. You can even hike along the White Pass Trail, the main passage trekked during the Gold Rush.
Adventure seekers will want to take a ride along the late19th-century White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and travel the very same route in a vintage train car that the miners of yesteryear traveled in as they set out in search of gold. Named an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, the train takes you through steep climbs and cliff-hanging turns, through tunnels and atop towering bridges, past glaciers and picture-perfect waterfalls. The Skagway Museum and Archives displays a diverse collection of age-old treasures from the town's illustrious history, wonderfully curated in a historic granite building. And along the scenic Chilkoot Trail, hundreds of relics of the past rest untouched for all to see. From age-old old pick axes to decrepit wagon wheels, these tools of the gold-mining trade were ditched by the original miners and left to history.
After all that sightseeing a day on board is just what you’ll desire. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your Brand g friends to swap stories and photos of your Alaska adventures. Cap off the day with more signature Brand g entertainment and activities.
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, and its grand Parliament Buildings, along with the gracious Fairmont Empress Hotel, dominate the Inner Harbour.
The city is a gentle blend of colonial England and contemporary Western Canada with a thriving cafe scene that conjures up something European, while having the outdoors at your doorstep could only be pure British Columbia bliss.
Proud of its British influence, Victoria delights in serving up an elegant High Tea, with all the trappings. At the same time, it urges you to get outside and enjoy the alfresco lifestyle. Just beyond downtown, explore the luxuriant yet well-ordered Butchart Gardens. A collection of gardens more than a single garden – including the Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Rose Garden
Today we bid adieu to the beautiful Celebrity Solstice and to our new friends, but will carry the shared memory of our time together always.
Celebrity Solstice® is one of the more decorated ships at sea. So it's no wonder that it's full of "firsts." Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass ShowSM. The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as "the Leading LadiesSM" redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Celebrity’s passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world.
But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship's charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the AquaSpa® by Elemis® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of their trainers.
If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.
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Pick Your Perks Promotion
- FREE Classic Beverage Packages
- FREE Gratuities
- Onboard Credit of $200 per stateroom
* To Qualify for Pick Your Perk Offer, the following requirements must be satisfied. Cruise must be booked March 1 - April 30, 2014(the "Offer Period). Offer requires ocean view or higher stateroom booking at the non-discounted standard cruise fare. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion or price program. Offer is applicable to new individual bookings, which must be named and deposited during the Offer Period. Bookings that meet all of these requirements are "Qualifying Bookings." The first two guests in the stateroom must select the same options. Triple and higher occupancy guests will each receive one 38-minute Internet package and one Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package. Limit of one offer per stateroom. All guests in the stateroom must book during the Offer Period. You must notify Celebrity of the option(s) you chose by April 30, 2014. Provide promo code PYPBEV for Beverage, PYPOBC for OBC, and PYPGR for Gratuities.
Classic Beverage Package for Two option applies to two guests per stateroom and includes beers up to $5 per serving; and spirits, cocktails, and wine up to $8 per serving, all soda selections, fresh squeezed and bottled juices, premium coffees, teas and non-premium bottled water and server gratuities (amount based on gratuity guidelines). Premium Beverage Package upgrade available for an additional charge of $11.50 per person, per day which includes gratuities by contacting Celebrity Cruises.
Free Gratuities for Two option applies to two guests per stateroom and provides for prepaid stateroom, waiter, assistant waiter and headwaiter gratuities in the amount suggested by Celebrity's guidelines. Gratuities will be applied to reservation within 10 days of booking.
Onboard Credit option is one per stateroom and the amount is based on the number of cruise nights: 3-5 nights $100; 6-9 nights $200; 10 nights or more $300. OBC has no cash value, is applicable to cruise only, non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10 PM on the final night of the cruise.
Triple and higher occupancy guests will each receive one Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package and one 38-minute Internet package when booked in a triple or higher occupancy stateroom. Beverage package includes all soda selections, fresh squeezed and bottled juices, premium coffees, teas and non-premium bottled water and server gratuities (amount based on gratuity guidelines). Upgrades to other Beverage packages are available for an additional charge plus beverage gratuities by contacting Celebrity Cruises. Internet usage terms apply. Register for Internet access at the Celebrity iLounge during the cruise. Additional Internet packages can be purchased onboard.
Beverage Packages: Terms of Celebrity's Alcohol Policy apply, including a minimum drinking age, which varies by itinerary.
To redeem offer, contact your travel agent, or call Brand g Vacations at 1-800-433-4303 and mention the promo code for the offer you choose.
All Offers are non-transferable and applicable only to the Offer Cruise. Offers exclude interior staterooms. No refunds or credits for unused options. Offers are subject to availability and change without notice, and are capacity controlled. Single occupancy bookings eligible for Offers. Refer to Cruise Ticket Contract for additional terms and conditions.