Charlie Brennan, in his 27th year at KMOX, is host of the Charlie Brennan Show weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Brennan discusses national and local issues, interviews newsmakers and takes listener calls. Best known for his passion for St. Louis, Brennan has been named “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” five years in a row by The St. Louis Business Journal.
Hear what Join Charlie Brennan in Alaska - The Last Frontier has to say about this voyage
Cruise the Inside Passage through the world's tallest coastal mountains; this 1,000 mile waterway seems custom-built by nature for a cruise. See bald eagles, sea otters and the occasional humpback whale, and climb aboard the White Pass Scenic Railway en route to a snowshoe wilderness adventure to spot bear, moose and caribou. Visit Mendenhall Glacier—the 12-mile river of ice is Alaska’s most accessible and most photographed glacier.
Cruise hosted by Charlie Brennan
9-days luxury cruise accommodation
Exclusive Welcome and Farewell cocktail parties with Charlie Brennan
Private Group Meeting with Charlie Brennan
Crystal Clear Choice $600 per person Onboard Credit – Book by March 31, 2017**
Up to eight evening dining venues
Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship
Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road or The Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.)
Open-bar service throughout the ship
Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
Complimentary WIFI/Internet Access***
All non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
Early embarkation luncheon
24-hour room service
Fare includes travel agency service fee of $45 per person
Prosperous and vibrant Vancouver is Canada's third-largest city and British Columbia's most cosmopolitan center. Enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown. Seize this opportunity to sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent, and browse among shops and galleries in Granville Island. Blessed with an unsurpassed natural backdrop, Vancouver is set amid a gorgeous landscape of water and mountains. On a clear day, one can view rugged mountains, emerald-green park lands and the luminous sea from almost any vantage point.
Queen Charlotte Sound is a sound of the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia, Canada, between Vancouver Island in the south and Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) in the north. Queen Charlotte Sound was named by James Strange on August 5, 1786, in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III. Strange was the leader of a fur trading expedition of two vessels, the Captain Cook, under Captain Henry Lawrie, and the Experiment, under Captain John Guise.
Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan's rich Indian heritage, visit the world's largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, we welcome you to paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sportfishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in "Alaska's First City," we're sure your visit will be a memorable one.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mt. Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea are everywhere to be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is our gateway to the Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska's most accessible, and most photographed, glacier.
Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields, and its population went from 2 to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the "roughest town on earth." Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of '98 Museum's outstanding collection of memorabilia.
The symmetrical cone of Mount Edgecumbe and countless green-tufted islands welcome Crystal Serenity to picturesque Sitka. In its heyday, it was referred to as the "Paris of the Pacific" and knew great prosperity. Although founded by Alexander Baranof in 1799, it wasn't until 1867, when Alaska was purchased by the United States, that the Stars and Stripes replaced the Russian flag. As Russia's former capital in the New World, Sitka still retains its exotic heritage, boasting proud architecture and unique historical sites.
A spot of urban chic in the wilderness, Prince Rupert affords an appealing mix of stunning natural beauty and in-town amenities. Sport fishing, hiking and exceptional wildlife viewing can be experienced at close and easy proximity, with walks in the rainforest to be enjoyed without leaving city limits. Bend your head upwards to see eagles flying overhead, cast your eye across the horizon (or down one of the winding city streets) to glimpse deer, and join an excursion to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary to observe one of the densest populations of grizzlies in North America.
Protected from the open sea by forested isles, sheltered from the windy mainland by the tallest coastal mountains in the world, this 1,000-mile waterway seems custom-made by nature for a cruise. The deep, calm waters of the passage meander between dense pine forests where wild game abounds, with occasional rustic towns along the way.
Government taxes and fees of $468 per person are additional. TravelStore’s service fee of $45 is included in the above fares.
Payment Information: 20% of the total fare + $45 non-refundable service fee
Final payment date: April 10, 2017
In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to terrorism, illness, family emergencies or acts of God and Charlie Brennan is not able to travel as host, there are no refunds or cancellation fee waivers due to passengers. If such an event were to occur, TravelStore will attempt to reschedule another cruise or arrange an alternative opportunity for passengers to meet Charlie Brennan, but we are not obliged to do so.
Terms and Conditions:
*The $400 per person cruise discount offer is for bookings made by February 13, 2017. **All reservations availing of the Crystal Clear Choice $600 per person Onboard Credit promo are confirmed as Guaranteed bookings only, based on space-availability with final stateroom or suite assignment at the discretion of Crystal Cruises. ***Complimentary Wifi/Internet Access is 60 minutes per day, per person. All fares are listed cruise-only, per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy. Availability and fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact TravelStore for single pricing. All special events, fares and offers apply to bookings only made through TravelStore. Crystal Cruises and TravelStore reserve the right to revise any errors on the flyer; dates, prices & itinerary are subject to change. To read Crystal Cruises’ Terms and Conditions at http://www.crystalcruises.com/legal/crystal-cruises-general-ticket-terms.... CST #2002736-10.
TravelStore strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect your investment. Please contact your travel planner for details.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. The following cancellation fees will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure. Cancellation charges are per person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:
90-46 Days Prior 20% of fare
45-31 Days Prior 50% of fare
30-0 Days Prior 100% of fare
Cancellation charges also apply to additional charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise or cruise/tour.
The ‘Crystal Difference’ starts with the company’s most important mission: to be the best in the luxury service business, not just the luxury cruise industry. Through this uncompromising commitment, Crystal Cruises has become the benchmark by which clients and travel agents measure all other cruise lines. Since the launch of its first ship, Crystal Harmony, in 1990, Crystal’s exceptional quality has been recognized by consistently winning the travel industry’s most distinguished and coveted hospitality awards and guidebook ratings. As the line marks its 25th year of cruising in 2015, Crystal Cruises continues to earn these honors daily by providing guests with unparalleled service, space, quality, and choices.
Service begins with one of the highest staff-to-passenger ratios in the industry. The European-trained staff hail from more than 40 nations and are selected based on their winning and friendly personalities as well as their expertise in providing Six-Star service. Extraordinary space has been dedicated not only to the staterooms and suite accommodations but also to the public spaces – extra-wide 360° promenade decks, feng shui’d fitness and spa areas, full-sized cinemas, chic nightclubs, dedicated children’s areas, and various learning centers. Choices are numerous, from which stateroom on which deck, and where and when to dine, to how much to do or how little. A wealth of onboard activities, including unique educational programs, enlightening enrichment lectures and intimate entertainment, set the Crystal fleet apart from all other luxury lines.
Innovative shore excursions and customized private off-ship adventures are similarly indicative of Crystal’s dedication to its guests’ overall experience. Quality is noted throughout – in the superb furnishings, accessories and amenities, and also in the selection of alliances that the line has forged – including the Magic Castle, Berlitz, and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Gourmet cuisine is served in a number of elegant venues including the spacious Crystal Dining Room, casual eateries, and intimate specialty restaurants, such as Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, featuring dishes designed by celebrity restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa. Fine wines, champagne, and premium spirits are complimentary throughout the ships, as part of the line’s “All Inclusive” program. Pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff are also included.
Creativity, quality, ambiance, choices, and gracious, anticipatory service are the principles behind Crystal’s extraordinary culinary success. Choices are key elements of the Crystal dining experience, rich in menus and venues. Elaborate, four- or five-course menus are presented daily in several settings. The grand Crystal Dining Room features international cuisine and regionally inspired dishes based on the itinerary.
For discriminating travelers, choosing among the wide selection of rooms is the first step in creating the ultimate travel experience. More than half of the rooms (85 percent on Crystal Serenity) open onto roomy verandahs. Here, guests can enjoy morning coffee, be served a full breakfast or dinner, read a book from the extensive library, or simply enjoy the view.
Even the minimum category staterooms feature separate sitting areas with love seats, coffee tables, and desks or vanities. All guestrooms have queen-size or twin beds dressed with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, plush duvets, and feather bed toppings upon request. A large closet with both padded and wooden hangers, ample drawer space, shower and bathtub, telephones in bathrooms, two hair dryers, fresh fruit and flowers, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, Frette bathrobes, lightweight cotton kimonos, plush slippers, umbrellas, tote bags, and English mohair lap blankets are just a few of the luxuries that are standard with every stateroom. Other amenities include Internet access, flat-screen televisions with CD/DVD players with MP3 input, laundry and dry-cleaning service (or guests can use complimentary guest laundry facilities), twice-daily housekeeping, and complimentary 24-hour in-stateroom dining, including wine, champagne, or cocktails.
The only floating spa designed according to Feng Shui principles, the award-winning Crystal Spa & Salon offers a range of innovative face and body treatments that focus on the balance of the five primordial elements within the body – water, earth, fire, wood, and metal – as well as other stress-relieving, chi-balancing therapies from ten Eastern cultures. Spa services and Elemis aromatherapy products aboard Crystal Cruises are from Steiner Leisure, the largest operator of onboard spas in the world. For ultra pampering, Crystal’s Ceremony Treatments combine multiple remedies in sessions ranging from three-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours.
Even when miles from the nearest city, guests on board Crystal Cruises can enjoy Broadway-style productions, magic shows and musical performances. The ships’ latest additions include the intimate Magic Castle at Sea, featuring magicians from the famed private magicians club in Hollywood; iLuminate, a high-energy musical meshing of song, dance, and light that came to fame on America’s Got Talent; “Diva,” featuring songs from divas such as Cher and Adele; Elton John tribute, "Rocket Man"; and "6/8 Café", a stomp-like celebration of familiar rhythms and beats. Other entertainment choices include screenings of recently released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, string quartets or piano music in intimate lounges, ballroom dancing with a live orchestra (plus Ambassador Hosts, and, sometimes, Hostesses, to serve as dance partners), and the nightclub.
Guests can swim laps in the Seahorse swimming pool, play paddle tennis (two courts on Crystal Serenity), jog or power walk on the wide Promenade Deck, work out in a well-equipped Fitness Center, polish their swing with golf instruction from PGA golf pros, and pamper themselves in the feng shui’d Crystal Spa & Salon.