Alaska Cruise

Focal Point Ministries Cruise with Mike Fabarez

DAYS

7

EXPERIENCE

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Aug 4 - 11, 2024

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$1,258

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Join this exceptional Christian Cruise to Alaska with Focal Point Ministries and Mike Fabarez

A Note From MIKE FABAREZ

Dear Friends,

It is easy to lose sight of the world around us as we rush through our daily lives. God created the world for His children to enjoy and to declare His glory, for people to perceive who He is and know Him. Creation has a purpose and we want to discover it with you in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

In the summer of 2024, I invite you to join me for an Alaskan cruise. As we marvel at the wondrous glaciers, vast forests and rugged mountains of the Alaskan coast, we will explore Scripture to raise our view of the Almighty God and ponder His majesty that will be on display every moment of the day.

On this luxury cruise, you will enjoy world-class dining, a multitude of activity opportunities and a singular experience you will not forget. Please join me on this adventure to behold the majesty of God through His creation, delve into God’s Word, discover new friends, and fellowship with one another.

Please join me in the summer of 2024 for this exciting voyage!

Mike Fabarez

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America’s Majestic Untamed Frontier

Alaska’s untamed wilderness greets you with a landscape of majestic mountains, rugged glaciers, and frontier history. The awe-inspiring scenery proclaims the Creator's glory in every direction from your stately cruise ship. You’ll glide by deep green forests, see abundant wildlife and visit quaint fishing villages as you get away with God. From Juneau to Ketchikan, a week of awe and wonder awaits along Alaska’s wild coast.

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Juneau

This state capital offers visitors fresh seafood as well as outdoor adventures including glacier hikes, wildlife sightings, whale-watching tours and much more.

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Ketchikan

This beautiful city boasts sport fishing, fresh seafood and rich Native Alaskan culture. See intricately carved totem poles and explore gold rush attractions.

Puget Sound
Puget Sound

With miles of rocky shores, this is home to hundreds of fish species, birds and mammals. Tour the historic towns, breathtaking scenery and natural wonders.

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Scenic Cruising Stephens Passage

The best shortcut in the world cuts through the stunning landscape of Southeast Alaska. The area is teeming with wildlife, majestic mountains and glaciers.

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Seattle

Explore this vibrant metropolis nestled in nature. Visit iconic sites like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the birthplaces of Amazon and Starbucks.

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Sitka

Learn about Alaska’s past and encounter wildlife in this port showcasing a blend of lush landscapes with Russian and Native American influences.

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Victoria, B.C.

This charming port blends city life and nature. Have high tea in an English garden and go whale watching while absorbing the influence of First Nations culture.

REMARKABLE PLACES

There’s something special about Alaska that makes it a bucket-list destination for travelers from all over the world. Imagine all the unforgettable moments waiting for you.

Accommodations

Holland America's Westerdam

Embark on an exquisite journey aboard this remarkable ship that embodies luxury, convenience and incredible entertainment. A fascinating destination in her own right, Westerdam has won multiple Best Cruise Ship Awards with her sophisticated design, top-notch amenities and unparalleled service.

Enjoy panoramic views and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Savor an array of flavors at the Pinnacle Grill and the taste of Italy at Canaletto; there is something to satisfy every palate. Enrich your body at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon®. Witness Broadway-caliber performances, captivating magicians and live music at the World Stage, Lincoln Center Stage or B.B. King’s Blues Club.

Step aboard and discover the wonders of the Westerdam on the voyage of a lifetime!

Ship's Registry: The Netherlands

DECK PLANS

  • Deck 1 - Main
  • Deck 2 - Lower Promenade
  • Deck 3 - Promenade
  • Deck 4 - Upper Promenade
  • Deck 5 - Verandah
  • Deck 6 - Upper Verandah
  • Deck 7 - Rotterdam
  • Deck 8 - Navigator
  • Deck 9 - Lido
  • Deck 10 - Observation
  • Deck 11 - Sports

Deck 1 - Main

  • Less ocean movement and proximity to Lower Promenade dining and entertainment.
  • Conveniently close to Deck 2 entertainment. Head to Guest Services if you have any questions or concerns.
  • World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.
  • The Atrium is a three-deck-high, open-floor-designed midship area that features a magnificent glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Experience smoother seas on this deck.

Deck 2 - Lower Promenade

  • Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, with an exceptional menu of prime steaks, seafood and wine.
  • Visit the Art Gallery, an expansive onboard gallery space exhibiting works by emerging artists curated from the destinations visited by the ships.
  • The Dining Room is the flagship dining experience and is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.
  • World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.
  • Sing along, test your music trivia knowledge or sit back and enjoy as chart-topping hits fill the Billboard Onboard Room each night.

Deck 3 - Promenade

  • Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping onboard at The Shops.
  • The Dining Room is the flagship dining experience and is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.
  • Get lost in a good book at the Library.
  • World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.
  • Tasman Room is a multipurpose room for meetings, events and entertainment.

Deck 4 - Upper Promenade

  • Ideal for entertainment lovers, the Tasman Room and The Dining Room await one deck down.
  • Conveniently close to music venues.
  • Get easy access to restaurants.

Deck 5 - Verandah

  • Reach the whole ship easily from this peaceful middle deck.
  • A variety of cabins are available on this deck plan; see accommodation descriptions for details.
  • There are no amenities or public spaces on this deck.

Deck 6 - Upper Verandah

  • Reach the whole ship easily from this peaceful middle deck.
  • A variety of cabins are available on this deck plan; see accommodation descriptions for details.
  • There are no amenities or public spaces on this deck.

Deck 7 - Rotterdam

  • Get easy access to the Lido Market, Sea View Pool and Greenhouse Spa & Salon located two decks up.
  • Exclusive to suite guests, Neptune Lounge is a private place to relax, socialize and enjoy personalized concierge service. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a relaxing seating area and access to Wi-Fi for a small charge.
  • Conveniently close to the Lido deck.

Deck 8 - Navigator

  • The Bridge (command center) navigates the waters from here.
  • You’re never far from R&R on this deck. Lido deck pools, the Fitness Center and Greenhouse Spa & Salon await above.

Deck 9 - Lido

  • Lido Market is a casual modern marketplace that offers the widest range of food options onboard for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.
  • Sea View Pool is an adults-only pool with the perfect spot to get some sun and watch the world sail by.
  • Canaletto is a relaxed setting with authentic Italian cuisine that is best enjoyed when shared.
  • Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center.
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon is a heavenly retreat that nurtures every aspect of your well-being with renowned spa rituals and healing touches. In the spa, pamper your skin with facial treatments featuring premium, naturally sourced ingredients. Nurture your body, too, with massage treatments employing time-honored, hands-on massage techniques gleaned from around the world

Deck 10 - Observation

  • "Nothing but net" at our Sports Courts just one deck above.
  • Club HAL's Kids Club offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by full-time, professionally trained staff.
  • Sliding Dome Cover over the Lido deck pool is a fully retractable roof that can open or close to suit all climates.
  • Enjoy cocktails and sunsets with panoramic views at Crow's Nest.
  • Get creative at the Art Studio, with classes led by arts and crafts instructors.
  • Bond over board games, Skee-Ball, air hockey and other arcade games in the Game Room.

Deck 11 - Sports

  • Take in the spectacular sites and capture the best photos from this deck.
  • Enjoy complimentary lessons, tournaments and courts with amazing top-deck views at the Sports Courts.
  • The Retreat is an outdoor area that is perfect for guests looking for a quieter, more luxurious place to rejuvenate during their cruise. Enjoy the wonderful views and take in the relaxing atmosphere in private cabanas, lounge chairs, sun beds and exclusive bar service.

ROOM OPTIONS

Westerdam
Westerdam
Westerdam
Westerdam
Westerdam

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Alaska Cruise FAQs

Please carefully review the details of the Cancellation Policy below, as well as the full Terms & Conditions prior to booking your travel event.

All prices, penalties and change fees are quoted per passenger based on selected occupancy.

Payments

$500 deposit with reservation Credit card, personal check, cashiers check, or money order. Must be in U.S. funds.
April 16, 2024 Final Payment due
On or after April 16, 2024 Full Payment required

Reservation Change Fees

Today - April 30, 2024 $100
On or after May 1, 2024 No Changes Allowed
Additional fees may be assessed by suppliers for connections booked from your home city, as well as forced single occupancy due to roommate cancellation. Those fees charged will be passed to the passenger. 

Cancellation Fees

Today - May 1, 2024 $100 administration fee
May 2 - 8, 2024 Deposit amount
May 9 - 23, 2024 50% of the total package
May 24 - June 12, 2024 75% of the total package
On or after June 13, 2024 No Refunds
Cancellations must be confirmed in the Inspiration office during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason for cancellation, including medical and family matters.
It is the personal responsibility of each passenger to fully comply with all Immigration and documentation requirements.

 

If you’re already thinking about what to bring, summer in Alaska is beautiful with sunshine and possible showers. Below is a checklist to help you pack for your exceptional travel experience. Remember that your luggage will be delivered to your cabin at an unspecified time on the day of departure, so it’s a good idea to pack a change of clothes, toiletries and any medications you need in a carry-on bag to bring with you.

Packing Checklist

  • Casual clothes including pants, jeans, shorts, T-shirts, collared shirts or blouses
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Semi-formal clothes or dress clothes for 1-2 evenings, depending on the length of your cruise
  • Bathing suit and a cover-up or wrap
  • Light raincoat or compact umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals with rubber soles
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Toiletries, in a sealed, clear bag inside your luggage
  • Minor First Aid care items such as Band-Aids, aspirin, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Medications in their original containers
  • Hair care appliances (see information on Using Electronics)
  • Small bag or backpack for port days; large enough to carry your camera and other personal items
  • Passport with separate photocopy

Dining Dress Code

On a typical seven-day cruise, you’ll have two nights of dressing up for dinner or other special events. We suggest a semi-formal dress or skirt and blouse for women and a dark suit for men. The remaining dinners on the cruise are informal—blouse and pants for women; collared shirt with trousers for men. Remember that T-shirts, shorts or tank tops are not permitted in the dining room.

Packing Tips

Make certain your suitcase closes and fastens securely. Mark your luggage and carry-on bag with your name and address so you can distinguish them easily. We also recommend you put identification information—name, address and phone number—INSIDE your luggage in case the luggage tags are lost in transit. We also suggest keeping your essential toiletries and a one-day change of clothes in your carry-on. Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage. It is suggested that you keep a color copy of the information page of your passport inside your luggage if your passport is lost.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 5:30pm, Pacific Time.

We know how nice it is to have the convenience of home when traveling on a cruise. Bringing your electronics and hair appliances can enhance your overall travel experience. Every cruise ship has plugs that accept U.S. and Continental European devices, and you do not need to bring plug adaptors. Here are some things to know about your electronics before you pack them:

Phones, MP3 Players, Laptops, Cameras & Video Cameras

Most small digital devices have chargers that will fit in the plugs on a cruise ship. One thing to be mindful of is the limited plugs in each cabin; you may want to bring a multi-plug extension cord.

Blow Dryers, Curling Irons & Straighteners

Each stateroom has a hair dryer for your personal convenience. If you prefer your hair appliances, you may want to consider purchasing or borrowing compact and travel-friendly appliances.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

The scenic beauty of Alaska can be enjoyed from onboard the ship and to make the most of your cruise vacation, you can also get out into the local ports. Shore excursions offer something for everyone. Choose from city tours, culinary explorations, shopping outings, cultural activities and more.

Because shore excursions have limited capacity and fill up quickly, we recommend you book early for the best selection on your cruise. Once you’ve booked your Inspiration cruise, check out the customized cruise line excursion list based on your itinerary. Using your cruise booking number, you can easily book shore excursions online as early as 60 days before your trip and up to 3 days before departure, depending on the cruise line.

Visit the cruise line’s website to find information on specific excursions:

You may also register for your Shore Excursions once onboard the ship. All shore excursion requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Waitlisted requests for sold-out shore excursions will be processed before requests made onboard.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

Transfers

We want to help make your trip as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. We can book motorcoach transfers for you from the airport to your cruise departure port and on your return trip.

Hotel Stays

Remember that you always have the option of arriving earlier or staying later. For example, hotel reservations may be available if you want to arrive a few days early before boarding your cruise or stay a few days after the cruise returns.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

As you plan for your upcoming Christian cruise with Inspiration, you may wonder about using money and credit cards during your travels. We’ve made the following recommendations to help you save money, avoid unnecessary fees and focus on an exceptional travel experience.

  • Consider leaving all unnecessary credit cards at home.
  • Once you determine which cards you’ll bring, remember to notify each credit card company of your intended travel dates and locations to ensure fraud alerts and holds are not placed on your accounts.
  • For each card, you’ll want to store the bank’s contact information in a separate, secure location in the unlikely event your wallet or purse is lost or stolen.

Almost all businesses in Victoria or Vancouver, Canada accept U.S. credit or debit cards. If you plan to use your credit cards, you’ll want to check with each credit card company to determine the international exchange fee for each card. Because the difference of a few percentage points could cost you more (depending on your purchases), we recommend using cards with lower international exchange fees. Using your credit card for large purchases gives you more protection for the items you buy on your trip. You can review your credit card statement to verify all of your purchases.

The Canadian Dollar (C$) is the official currency when your cruise stops in Canada, however U.S. dollars are widely accepted. When paying in U.S. dollars expect change in Canadian Dollars so bring small bills. If traveling with currency other than the U.S. dollar you may exchange money onboard the ship, although we always recommend checking the exchange rate before traveling to a foreign country.

For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

Today’s technology allows you to stay connected while traveling—ensuring you get that memorable photo or message from your loved ones. On most ships, you should be able to use your cell phone or smartphone to do everything you’re used to doing at home. In addition, mobile phones provide convenient access for emergencies and confirming travel plans. Some basic guidelines and tips will help you save money, keep your phone working effectively and stay in touch.

Before you leave

Spending some time contacting your cell phone carrier before your trip will help ensure you can call friends and family back home and eliminate any surprises on your phone bill when you return. Let your phone carrier know your travel plans, including how you plan to use your phone on your cruise. You’ll want to make sure you understand all of the potential charges. Contact your carrier for specific information.

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon

Check with your carrier for international dialing access

You will want to make sure international and cruise package dialing is active on your mobile phone plan so that you can use it in the Canadian ports and remember that international and maritime roaming rates will apply to calls placed onboard the ship (charges will appear on your phone bill). Because roaming rates can be high on cruises, checking with your carrier for specific cost details before you leave is a good idea.

Aboard your flight and cruise

Your cell phone’s battery life is the key to keeping you connected. Below are some tips for staying powered up on your trip:

  • Remember to set your phone to Airplane Mode when you board your flight. You can also do this aboard the cruise when sailing to avoid roaming charges unless you have the cruise ship package with your carrier. This suspends all calling and texting functions but still allows you to play games, use your camera and listen to music, etc.
  • On the cruise, you’ll want to charge your phone every night to ensure enough battery life for the next day.
  • Try to turn off your phone when you’re not using it. Leaving your phone on all day drains the battery, so it’s a good idea to turn it off while you’re on a shore excursion, eating or reading.

 

Smartphone tips

As one of the most popular communication devices today, smartphones have revolutionized how we connect and the world. We know leaving your smartphone behind for an hour, much less multiple days is difficult. The following tips will help you save your phone’s battery life and get the most out of your smartphone while on the cruise:

  • Before your cruise, you’ll want to disable any applications that give you regular updates, such as sports reports and weather updates.
  • Disable the Data Enabled or Data Roaming option on your phone and keep it off until you reach your destination. Turn off the function for “Automatic” checking of emails and change the email settings to “Manual” to reduce data roaming charges. During your trip, you can check for email messages when connected to a free, wireless Internet connection, such as in a hotel lobby or Internet cafe while in port.

 

In-room phones and phone cards

If you choose to not bring your mobile phone, you can stay in touch with others while on your cruise using the in-room phones. Please make sure you understand all of the charges associated with this before you place your call, as the rates can be expensive.

For more information, please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.

An Alaskan cruise vacation allows you to explore multiple locations without the hassle of checking in and out of hotels, packing and unpacking, and spending valuable time trying to find quality restaurants–all with excellent service dedicated to enhancing your exceptional travel experience.

Each cruise line makes rewarding the excellent service you’ll receive onboard easy. A gratuity of $16-$19 per day (depending on the cruise line and cabin category), per guest for dining and stateroom services will be automatically added daily to your shipboard account. The cruise line also will automatically add an 18% service charge to beverages purchased through your onboard account. Before the end of the cruise, the Cruise Director will address more specific questions regarding tipping procedures.

If you take a taxi to the pier, it’s common to simply round up to the next dollar when paying your tab. The cab drivers appreciate this, and it is considered part of their income. When you arrive at the ship on embarkation day, we suggest tipping the porters at the pier $1.25 per bag when they take your luggage to place it on the ship. When visiting restaurants off the ship and during shore excursions, a 15-20% tip for restaurant service workers is appreciated.

With its richly dense rainforests and towering glaciers, Alaska is a place unlike any other— anywhere you look is a stunning site. We recommend whale watching; Juneau is home to the majestic humpback whales. Alaska also offers some of the most incredible ports to visit: eat the freshest seafood, get your chocolate fix and stroll under a canopy of sweet-smelling spruce trees. Here are a few articles with the top experiences we recommend:

Articles on how to pack and prepare for your Alaska Cruise

Articles with cruising advice

We hope these suggestions and tips help answer your questions! If you have any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate to call our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

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Guest Reviews

“My husband and I felt we had experienced a little bit of what heaven will be like: great fellowship, great music, great food, and beautiful scenery! If you have never gone, don't hesitate!”

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Donna T.

Arrington, TN

“It was wonderful! Thanks, Inspiration Cruises for all you did for me on that life-changing event and cruise!”

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Susan W.

Allentown, PA

“The cruise was fabulous. It’s just amazing the closeness you feel toward people you’ve never met before. It’s like finding a family member you didn’t know you had and having an instant connection.”

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Margaret H.

Memphis, TN

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