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Alaska Photo Workshop Cruise Info

Image by Pam Moinette - Previous Alaska Workshop Cruise Attendee
Image by Pam Moinette - Previous Alaska Workshop Cruise Attendee

  • Passports valid for at least six months after the date of return are required for citizens of the U.S., Canada and European Community. Visas are not required. Check with Patty on this if you have any questions.

  • If you want to arrive in Seattle a day or more early (or stay after the workshop cruise ends), Patty can arrange this. She can also handle your airline reservations.

  • The ship departs from Pier 91 and you may board any time between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • A valid credit card is required at the time of embarkation to cover shipboard charges for onboard services and products. A bill for such charges will be submitted to passengers on the night prior to final disembarkation and may be paid by credit card, cash or traveler's checks.

  • Weather can be variable at this time of year, so bring a warm jacket and a raincoat. Temperatures are usually in the 50s to 70s but can be cooler or warmer depending on weather patterns.

  • Bring a laptop computer if you have one to view and sort your images. Also bring a flash drive (or an extra memory card) to transfer your selected images for viewing sessions.

  • If you have a lightweight tripod, bring it along. This is optional but may be useful for shots that require long exposures or slow shutter speeds.

  • Electrical power on the ship is standard 120-volt as in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Wireless Internet service is available for your laptop on various plans.

  • Dining is informal but men are advised to bring a jacket and tie if they plan to attend one of the two formal dining nights. Alternate dining which does not require formal attire is available on those nights.

  • Smoking is prohibited throughout the ship except designated smoking areas.

  • Shore excursions can be purchased on board the ship or can be pre-requested online or by fax. Some are more popular than others and can get sold out so it's best to nail down the ones you want in advance. Contact Patty if you need any assistance with this.

  • Local taxis are available for hire in most ports. Hiring one for a few hours, especially when shared by two or three attendees is inexpensive and allows you flexibility to go where you want and stop whenever you wish to shoot. This has worked out very well for attendees in the past.

  • American dollars are usually accepted in Canada (this would be for the stop in Victoria, B.C.) at whatever the current exchange rate is (usually about 1:1).

  • The ship's licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on call 24-hours a day for professional and emergency services.

  • Updated information will be sent to you in emails prior to the sailing.

Image by John Kitchen - Previous Alaska Workshop Cruise Attendee
Image by John Kitchen - Previous Alaska Workshop Cruise Attendee

Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance

We strongly suggest you consider purchasing trip cancellation and medical insurance for your own protection so that if, for some reason you need to cancel, you can receive a full refund. If you have a medical emergency on the cruise, the insurance can pay for your ship's doctor's fees, local medical fees and the costs of airlifting you, if necessary, to an appropriate medical facility. If any of your luggage or photo/computer equipment gets lost or damaged, insurance will usually pay for its replacement. Patty can obtain this for you or you can go here and find the best deal according to your needs.

Possible Fuel Surcharges

A fuel surcharge may be added in the event of changing world conditions but is not in effect at the current time.