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Alaskan Insider Cruise – Northbound Vancouver to Sitka 2023 ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^ – 12 Jul 2023

Cruise and Stay 11 nights with Ocean Discoverer departing 12th July 2023

* Valid until 31 December 2021 or sold out/withdrawn

Cruise Inclusions

2023 ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^
Make a new booking on this 2023 departure and pay no deposit until the 31st of January 2022!
Offer valid for bookings by Australian guests between 1st Aug – 31st Dec 2021.
Capacity controlled and not valid on Owner`s Suites.
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SUMMARY:
Cruise Package Duration: 11 nights Cruise-Stay
Package Begins: 12 July 2023 – hotel in Vancouver, Canada
Cruise Begins: 13 July 2023 – embark, Vancouver, Canada
Cruise Ends: 23 July 2023 – disembark, Sitka, Alaska
Ship: Ocean Discoverer
Region: Alaska

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INCLUSIONS:
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver, Canada
• One way transfer from hotel to port in Vancouver
• 10 night Alaskan expedition cruise aboard MV Ocean Discoverer from Vancouver to Sitka
• All onboard meals
• Complimentary range of included shore excursions
• Complimentary free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise
• Complimentary cocktail hour prior to dinner each evening
• Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water
• Free Internet & WiFi available onboard (speeds may vary)
• Port charges of USD $549 per person
• Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $205 per person

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DISCOUNTS:
This cruise has been discounted by up to $300 USD per person in all categories for Australian residents!
Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of December 2021*.

All rates in USD per person

Twin Cat F French Balcony – Deck 7: Was $6753 – NOW $6453*
Twin Cat E Private Balcony Deck 4 or 6: Was $6753 – NOW $6453*
Twin Cat D Ocean View Stateroom Deck 3: Was $5453 – NOW $5153*
Twin Cat C Deluxe Private Balcony Deck 4 or 6: Was $7353 – NOW $7053*
Twin Cat BB Private Balcony Suite Deck 4 or 6: Was $8053 – NOW $7753*
Twin Cat B Private Balcony Suite Deck 4: Was $10753 – NOW $10453*
Twin Cat A Deluxe Suite Private Balcony Deck 7: Was $12753 – NOW $12453*
Twin Cat PS Premium Suite Private Balcony Deck 4: Was $13353 – NOW $13053*
Single sole use occupancy prices on request

Itinerary

*Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.
  • Full itinerary
    12 days
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    Vancouver, BC. Canada
  • Vancouver, BC. Canada

    Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada, and third largest in Canada. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is nestled between the coastal mountains and the Pacific ocean and is well known for its natural beauty. It has often been named the “World’s Most Liveable City” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.

    In Vancouver you can ski in the mountains, windsurf in the ocean, and play a round of golf all in the same day. Surrounded by water on three sides, Vancouver is a major sea port on the Pacific Ocean, and a base for many Alaska Cruise Ships in the summer. Around the edge of its waterfront, Vancouver has fabulous beaches, parklands and a bustling harbour.

    Things to See & Do

    Canada Place Grouse Mountain Skyride tram Stanley Park Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre Tower

    Cruise Season – May – Nov Currency –

    Canadian dollar (C$) Language – English and French Land Area –

    2,878.52 km²

    Population – 2,250,000 Electricity –

    2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below

    Time – GMT minus eight hours International Country Telephone Code –

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    Port Location – The Port’s two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne, are conveniently located and only 30 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport. Canada Place is located in the city centre, Ballantyne is located east of the city centre and close to Canada Place.

    Transport Links – Vancouver International Airport is located just South of the city. There are frequent flights between here and many major cities in Canada and the USA. There are also frequent direct flights to many cities in Asia and some cities in Europe. Vancouver is also well serviced by buses, trains and ferries.

    Public Transportation is provided by buses, a passenger ferry service called SeaBus and a rapid transit system called SkyTrain, because it is mostly elevated. In addition, three bus rapid transit lines named “B Lines” crisscross the city.

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    Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Ketchikan, Alaska

    Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s Native Cultural Center.

    It is also known as the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. During the summer months, the town bustles with visitors from all over the world.

    Ketchikan is built along a steep hillside, with sections of the town built right over the water on pilings. The rustic boardwalk on Creek Street preserves a distinct historic feel, while the town hums with new construction to keep up with tourism.

    Native art and culture flourish here due to the large population of Native Alaskans, represented by three indigenous tribes: the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.

    Ketchikan has the largest collection of totem poles in the world, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 arts communities in America. Visitors will find an outstanding variety of shops, galleries and boutiques throughout the town.

    Things to See & Do

    * Salmon fishing * Deer Park Eagle Preserve * Creek Street * Misty Fjords National Monument * Deer Park Fish Hatchery

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 10.7 sq km’s Population –

    14,500 approx Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Port Location – The waterfront in Ketchikan is the dock.

    It is quite possible to simply walk off your ship and start shopping as soon as you hit the dock (depending on where your ship is located along the waterfront)

    Transport Links – Ketchikan is served by daily jet service from Seattle and Juneau and is served by the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

    Ketchikan’s historic downtown is small and easily accessible by foot from the massive downtown dock where summer cruise ships moor, however the rest of the town stretches miles to the north and south along the waterfront. Taxi and bus service provides visitors with access to outlying areas and to tourist destinations outside of town.

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    Metlakatla, Alaska
  • Metlakatla, Alaska

    Metlakatla is located on Annette Island in Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, Alaska, United States. It is home to a traditional Tsimshian community and is the only Indian reserve in Alaska.

    Visitors can walk to ancient village sites to see rectangular depressions in the forest floor villages once stood. There are three archaeological sites on the island and all are untouched. Also of interest are the many petroglyphs along the island’s shoreline.

    Things to See & Do

    * Tribal Long House * The ‘Bolton Pole’ * Meet famous Tsimshian artists and craft makers * Native Reserve tour *

    Fish processing facility tour

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 6.1 sq km’s Population – 1,375 approx Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Port Location –

    Port facilities are lcoated at Anchorage is available in Metlakatla Harbour.

    Transport Links – It is a 30 minute flight from Ketichican to Metlakatla. Access is also available on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry from Prince Rupert in

    British Columbia, Canada, or from Bellingham in Washington, to Ketchikan, then on to Annette Island.

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    Misty Fjords, Alaska
  • Misty Fjords, Alaska

    Misty Fjords National Monument was created on December 1, 1978, and is located in Tongass National Forest in the Panhandle of southeast Alaska. The area is famous for its long, deep fiords with granite sea cliffs rising for thousands of feet, its waterfalls and natural canals. The most famous—and therefore most popular—places within Misty Fjords National Monument are Rudyerd Bay and Walker Cove.

    Marine and wild life in the area include ducks, brown and black bear, Sitka deer, mink, river otters, and in a few places, moose. Humpbacks and orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets.

    Things to See & Do

    * Fishing * Hiking * Wildlife viewing * Whale watching * Sight seeing

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 9,246 sq km’s Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Transport Links – Because of the remoteness of the area, most visitors arrive by cruise ship or fly over the monument in tourist aircraft from Ketchikan or Juneau, Alaska.

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    Wrangell, Alaska
  • Wrangell, Alaska

    Wrangell is a city and borough in Alaska, United States. Wrangell is located on Alaska’s Inside Passage, on

    the northern tip of Wrangell Island, an island in the Alaska Panhandle. It is 250 km (155 miles) south of the Alaskan capital of Juneau. This waterfront town is a central hub for goods, services and transportation for outlying areas; the harbour is busy with a large fleet of tugs and commercial fishing vessels.

    Front Street is the heart of Wrangell’s business district and the eastern side of the street is a historical area featuring buildings with quite distinctive false fronts left over from the gold rush days.

    Visitors to Wrangell can experience unique and pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. There are a variety of excursions to see glaciers, black and brown bears, eagles, sea lions, harbour seals, whales, salmon and halibut to name a few. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is a favourite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon.

    The Tlingit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Historic Monument are popular tourist attractions in Wrangell. The Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park features primitive rock carvings believed to be 8000 years old. Travel the Stikine River to visit the places where gold miners camped and garnets were mined. Things to See & Do

    * Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory * Tlingit Chief Shakes Island &

    Tribal House Historic Monument * Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park * Front Street

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 117.3 km² Population – 1,974 Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus ten hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Port Location – The Wrangell city cruise port is located approximately 1km from Front street.

    Transport Links – Alaska Airlines provides direct daily jet service from either Seattle, WA, or Juneau, AK.

    The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries also stop regularly in Wrangell, providing year round service for passengers and vehicles.

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    Petersburg, Alaska
  • Petersburg, Alaska

    Petersburg, Alaska is located in the heart of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage and just about mid-point between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

    Petersburg’s central location provides a unique opportunity to enjoy real wilderness adventures in an unspoiled Alaskan community.

    Petersburg is known as the “Little Norway” of Alaska. It is located on Frederick Sound, Alaska, and is perhaps one of the prettiest seacoast communities on the shores of the Pacific.

    The town’s five-block-long main street parallels the waterfront with its canneries, wharves and fuel docks perched on pilings driven deep into the ocean floor.It is also a very tidy city, with the natural beauty of the island-dotted seascape, great wildlife viewing and whale watching in the Summer.

    Things to See & Do

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    Salmon fishing *

    Le Conte Glacier *

    Whale watching *

    Wildlife viewing *

    Cannery tours

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area –

    119.2 sq km’s Population –

    3150 approx Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 907

    Port Location –

    Petersburg doesn’t have a deep water port, so it’s not accessible by big cruise ships, passengers are lightered ashore.

    Transport Links – Being located on an island, Petersburg can only be accessed by air or sea. Alaska Airlines, providing two jet flights in per day. Various float planes and air charters also serve the area. The Alaska Marine Highway provides a regular ferry service.

    There is a local taxi and some local shuttle services. The local roads are also nice for bicycling, although the size of the island limits the overall distance one can travel.

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    Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
  • Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

    Tracy Arm is a fjord in Alaska, located fifty miles south of the capital city, Juneau.

    The Tracy Arm area consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. The twin Sawyer Glaciers, North Sawyer and South Sawyer, are located at the end of Tracy Arm.

    The spectacular fjord of Tracy Arm is comprised of Yosemite-like granite rocks, countless waterfalls, glass-smooth water, and mountain peaks rising more than 5,000 feet. The area can be accessed by boat from Juneau.

    The wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. The mountain goats, which are usually found in the higher elevation areas, have been seen near the base of Sawyer Glacier.

    Things to See & Do

    * Mendenhall Glacier * Glacier Bay National Park * Fishing, whalewatching and wildlife viewing * Tracy Arm * Admiralty Island National Monument

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 2 643.321 km² Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus 10 International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Port Location – The South Franklin Street Dock is the newest large cruise vessel facility in Juneau.

    Transport Links – Juneau is a main port for the Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska’s ferry system. The ferry runs regularly throughout Southeast Alaska with regular stops in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangel, Sitka, Haines, and Skagway.

    Visitors can access Juneau from Seattle or Anchorage with Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines also has regularly scheduled flights to Ketchikan, Sitka, Wrangell, and Petersburg- with summer service to Gustavus.

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    Kake, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska
  • Kake, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska

    Kake is a city in Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, southeastern Alaska, United States. It is located on the northwest coast of Kupreanof Island in the Alexander Archipelago. Kake offers visitors world-class fishing, prime wildlife viewing, beautiful scenery and great hiking and kayaking opportunities.

    Kake is a haven for anglers with waters rich with halibut and salmon. It is also a great for whale watching, Black bears and bald eagles from May through late October. Gunnuk Creek provides both great fishing and bear viewing. Moose and other forest dwellers are abundant throughout the surrounding forestlands.

    Kupreanof Island has been settled by the Kake tribe of Tlingits since prehistoric times. There is a 132-foot totem pole, the world’s largest, carved in 1967 for the Alaska Purchase centennial.

    Visitors will be treated to a performance by the Keex’ Kwaan Dancers in authentic totemic designed regalia.

    Things to See & Do

    * Kake’s 137.5-foot totem pole * Fishing, whalewatching and wildlife viewing * Tlingit dance performance * Hiking and kayaking

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Land Area – 8,430.4 km² Population – 710 approx Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Transport Links – Daily air service from Juneau and Sitka, flights available from Petersburg and Wrangell, weekly state ferry service both North and Southbound. No road access.

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    Frederick Sound, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska
  • Frederick Sound, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska

    The Frederick Sound, Prince Frederick Sound or Prince Frederick’s Sound is a passage of water in the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska that separates Kupreanof Island to the south from Admiralty Island in the north.

    Frederick Sound can be accessed from Petersberg which

    is on the north end of Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meets Frederick Sound, halfway between Juneau to the north, and Ketchikan, to the south. Petersberg offers guided day, multi-day and yacht

    charters for halibut and salmon fishing, whale watching, glacier tours, lighthouse charters and

    black bear viewing.

    Humpback whales are the main attraction in Frederick Sound, but the other marine mammals and sea birds add to the fascination of the area.

    Humpback whales are present in the area year-round, with the best viewing opportunities during July and August.

    Things to See & Do

    * Petersberg * Whale watching * Black bear viewing * Hiking * Glacier tours

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency – United States Dollar (USD) Language – English Population – 2,500 approx (Petersberg) Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus 9 hours International Country Telephone Code – 1

    Port Location – The port is centrally located a short walk from downtown Petersberg.

    Travel Links – Petersburg receives service from two separate ferry services: the Inter-Island Ferry Authority and the Alaska Marine Highway.

    The Inter-Island Ferry Authority has dedicated Friday, Saturday, & Sunday service (May-October) with the M/V Stikine on its Northern Coffman Cove-Wrangell-Petersburg-Wrangell-Coffman Cove route.

    For the Alaska Marine Highway, Petersburg is a stop on its Inside Passage route that sees near-daily service both southbound and northbound to other Southeast Alaskan communities, Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia Canada.

    Small cruise-ships (up to 250 passengers) and private yachts visit from May thru September.

    The jet carrier Alaska Airlines serves Petersburg with both cargo and passenger service from the Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport from Wrangell and Juneau daily, with service ultimately reaching Anchorage and Seattle. Bush carrier L.A.B. Flying Service also offers service to Petersburg from Kake Juneau (via Kake). Three charter air companies are available for regional flights.

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    Sitka, Alaska
  • Sitka, Alaska

    Sitka, Alaska’s historic Russian-American island city, is situated on the west side of Baranof Island. Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano that looks like Japan’s Mr. Fujiyama, dominates the horizon and tiny islands dot the harbour.

    Once called “the Paris of the Pacific,” Sitka stands out among other ports as a city rich in culture. Built on the empire of Russian fur trade, Sitka is Alaska’s fifth-largest city and has grown to be the cultural and artistic center of the Southeast.

    The local economy is strongly centered on the timber, fishing and tourism industries. Famous for its sport fishing, Sitka’s two harbors are dotted with brightly colored boats that look out over the pine-covered islands of the Tongass National Forest.

    At Sitka National Historical Park (Totem Park), visitors can recapture Sitka’s Native and Russian history and see a collection of totem poles, a fort site and the battleground of 1804. Also, it is home to the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center where visitors can watch and talk to Native artisans.

    Things to See & Do

    * Sitka National Historic Park * Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center * Sitka Pioneer Home * St Michael’s Cathedral * Whale Park (Late fall, early Spring).

    General information

    Cruise Season – May – September Currency –

    United States Dollar (USD) Language –

    English Land Area –

    12,461.8 km² Population –

    10,000 approx Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below Time – GMT minus nine hours International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 907

    Port Location – The ship will anchor up in one of the channels outside of Sitka and tender into the main wharf (just below Castle Hill). Downtown Sitka is a 2-block walk from the tender port and the balance of Sitka’s sites are within easy walking distance.

    Transport Links – Sitka is best reached by boat, either cruise ship or the Alaska State Ferry. Air taxis are also a popular mode of transportation. Small boat charters are necessary for exploring the many historical sights accessible only by water.

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Vancouver, BC. Canada

Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada, and third largest in Canada. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is nestled between the coastal mountains and the Pacific ocean and is well known for its natural beauty. It has often been named the “World’s Most Liveable City” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.

In Vancouver you can ski in the mountains, windsurf in the ocean, and play a round of golf all in the same day. Surrounded by water on three sides, Vancouver is a major sea port on the Pacific Ocean, and a base for many Alaska Cruise Ships in the summer. Around the edge of its waterfront, Vancouver has fabulous beaches, parklands and a bustling harbour.

Things to See & Do

Canada Place Grouse Mountain Skyride tram Stanley Park Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre Tower

Cruise Season – May – Nov Currency –

Canadian dollar (C$) Language – English and French Land Area –

2,878.52 km²

Population – 2,250,000 Electricity –

2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below

Time – GMT minus eight hours International Country Telephone Code –

1

Port Location – The Port’s two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne, are conveniently located and only 30 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport. Canada Place is located in the city centre, Ballantyne is located east of the city centre and close to Canada Place.

Transport Links – Vancouver International Airport is located just South of the city. There are frequent flights between here and many major cities in Canada and the USA. There are also frequent direct flights to many cities in Asia and some cities in Europe. Vancouver is also well serviced by buses, trains and ferries.

Public Transportation is provided by buses, a passenger ferry service called SeaBus and a rapid transit system called SkyTrain, because it is mostly elevated. In addition, three bus rapid transit lines named “B Lines” crisscross the city.

Pricing and Cabins

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Category Twin/pp Single/pp
Cat D - View Stateroom
Cat E - Stateroom with Private Balcony
Cat F - Stateroom with French Balcony
Cat C - Deluxe Stateroom with Private Balcony
Cat BB - Private Balcony Suite
Cat B - Private Balcony Suite
Cat A - Deluxe Suite with Private Balcony
Premium Suite
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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in USD, based on best available promotional cruise fare at time of publication and including all discounts. Visitors to the United States and Canada must complete an online ESTA /CANESTA application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that cabin availability is not shown in real time – All enquiries will be checked for current availability at the time requested. Promotional fares shown here include discount of up to $300 USD per person. All discounts and offers are capacity controlled. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All offers for Australian residents. Transfer to hotel on arrival and post cruise are not included. ^2023 Zero Deposit offer is valid for new bookings by Australian guests on any 2023 American Queen Voyages departure (capacity controlled, some departures may have offer withdrawn without prior notice), in any category except Owners Suite. Bookings must be made between 01Aug-31Dec 2021 and will be confirmed without deposit until the 31st of January 2022. On 31Jan22, all bookings must be deposited (from which time normal cancellation conditions apply) or if not deposited, bookings will auto-cancel. All guests must be fully vaccinated by a US approved vaccine prior to departure on any American Queen Voyages sailing.

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