2020 Alaska Tour Informational Meeting – Updated!
Aging & Family Services
2020 Alaska Tour Information Meeting
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Frankfort Senior Center
10 Summit Dr
Ridgeley, WV 26753
Take an adventurous trip to Alaska on a cruise that includes both land and sea excursions. View marine and land wildlife such as sea lions and caribous while marveling at glaciers, mountain ranges, deep fjords and historic gold mines. Bring your camera to capture land attractions sights like the Denali National Park and the Gold Mine in Fairbanks.
Aging & Family Services is planning a Land & Sea Tour to Alaska in the summer of 2020.
More information including prices and general itinerary should be available in late 2018.
A planning meeting will be held on May 1st for those that may be interested. The meeting will be held at the Frankfort District Senior Center at 11:00 AM. Feel free to stay for lunch following the meeting. The center is located at 257 Summitt Drive, Ridgeley, WV. This center is located at the entrance of the Summitt Hills Subdivision – the road before the Hunt Club Plaza if you are coming from the Cumberland Area.
The package will include transportation from Keyser, Roundtrip Airfare and the Cruise and Land portions of this trip.
We are gathering names of interested travelers . While it is too early to officially set a date our initial plan (subject to change) is to take a charter bus from Keyser & Cumberland, and then fly to Alaska. Do a land tour and then a week-long cruise.
If you would like to be included in upcoming announcements, please call Louie at 304-788-5467 ext 110 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name, number of travelers interested in your party, address and phone number in your message.
TENTATIVE PRICES – BASED ON 2019 RATES
Inside Cabin Category $3,999 $4,523*
Balcony Cabin Category $5,401 $5,946*
Suite Cabin Category $5,811 $6,356*
￼Rates are per person double occupancy and include round-trip motorcoach to/from airport (based on 30 passengers, round-trip airfare from Dulles, cruise, port charges, government fees, taxes, transfers to/from ship and prepaid gratuities.
*These rates also include travel protection insurance.
PRINCESS CRUISES HAS ADVISED THAT ALL AIR PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED UNTIL FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED.
We are now taking reservations so that we will be the first when the travel company allows us to book.
Information that was discussed at the first meeting:
Our May 1 meeting went well and over 20 attended. We discussed the tentative itinerary. At this point, it looks like we will be flying from either the Washington area or Pittsburgh and the flight will have one layover. We discussed the airport procedure and that travelers will have to handle their own luggage from the Bus to the airport counter where they will pay $25 for their first checked bag. Second bags are more, but most travelers should get by with one checked bag, and one carry on (the carry on is free, but there are size limitations). There were several questions about the insurance that is available. I have relayed this to Grand American Tours, and they will give us the information as to what the insurance covers. Insurance is not available for purchase until we finalize our travel plans in December, so we have plenty of time. We have 19 folks who have paid their deposit, and we only need 30 to go, so we are confident that this trip will go. This adventure is open to folks of all ages. We have had many families show interest, so we anticipate travelers of all ages.
Regarding the payments, if travelers felt more comfortable sending a check or money order, they could do that instead. They would just make it out to Grand American Tours and send it to Grand American Tours, 5 S. Morton Avenue, Morton, PA 19070. The deposit is refundable up until the final payment date, and hopefully, that will help ease their minds.
Regarding airfare, we can certainly accommodate guests traveling from other air cities and will be able to incorporate that into their cruise tour package once the cruise line, date, and pricing are in place.
Regarding the luggage, once we have the group airfare booked, we will gladly share the airline’s website that contains the checked bag and carry-on information, so everyone knows what to expect.
Regarding insurance, I have attached the Travelex trip insurance information above. I would let your guests know that they should pay for the insurance when their initial deposit is applied to the chosen cruise line and date so that they make sure that they have coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.
It seems that if people wait the 21 days that they have to purchase the insurance and still have coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, they forget about it! That said, even though you have guests that are calling in their deposit of $350 per person with Grand American Tours now, the actual deposit date will be set once you have chosen the cruise line date and have the pricing available. At that point, Grand American Tours will reach out to everyone who has paid the initial deposit and will go over any specific requests and will inquire if they would like to purchase the trip insurance at that time.