Cruise to Alaska with Sabine Lippert

June 7 - 22, 2020

Vancouver ~ Ketchikan ~ Juneau ~ Skagway ~ Glacier Bay ~ Anchorage


Experience the beauty of Southeast Alaska by cruising with Holland America out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  You’ll see the quaint, historic towns of Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway and the breathtaking beauty of Glacier Bay.  After disembarking from the ship, you’ll travel by railroad to Anchorage for a week’s stay where you’ll learn even more about Alaska—from a wildlife conservation center visit to experiencing the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

During the cruise and in Anchorage, you'll have a total of six days of workshops with Sabine--an incredible opportunity!  While the cruise is underway, Sabine will teach her Master Class on designing geometric spheres.  In Anchorage, Sabine will teach three more workshops at which you will be joined by other Anchorage area students.


Day One.  Sunday, June 7.  Set Sail from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Today the Beadventure will get underway on Holland America’s ms Westerdam. You’ll board the ship in early afternoon and set sail at 4:30 p.m.  You’ll get settled in our cabins, meet up on the ship, and enjoy dinner together.
Meals Included:  Dinner

Day Two.  Monday, June 8.  Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage and Workshop.
Today you’ll cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage, which is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

During the day we’ll have our first workshop with Sabine (we’ll find a location on deck by which you’ll be able to still enjoy the incredible scenery!).
Meals Included:  All aboard ship.

Day Three.  Tuesday, June 9.  Alaska’s “First City” – Ketchikan.
The ship will arrive at 7 a.m. and depart at 3 p.m.  Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries.  It also is one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.
Meals Included: All aboard ship

Day Four.  Wednesday, June 10.  Juneau, Alaska’s Capital.
Today you’ll arrive at 10 a.m. and depart at 10 p.m.  Juneau may well be the most remote, most beautiful, and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, this sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen, small-business owners, and state government workers—has a frontier town vibe but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer.

You’ll be able to visit the quaint stores along South Franklin Street and downtown Juneau or checkout some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles or take sightseeing and whale-watching tours by heading north to Auke Bay.
Meals Included:  All aboard ship

Day 5.  Thursday, June 11.  Skagway.
Today you’ll arrive at 7 a.m.; depart at 9 p.m.  At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.

At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind en route to the Klondike, to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a classic narrow-gauge railway that traverses rugged mountains and passes cascading waterfalls and towering glaciers as it connects Skagway to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon. Much of the town has been preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, where rangers offer free walking tours around the historic district. Here you’ll also find a vibrant local community, home to a rich collection of local galleries, curio shops, and restaurants serving seafood plucked fresh from nearby waters.
Meals Included:  All aboard ship

Day 6.  Friday, June 12.  Breath-taking Glacier Bay and Workshop.
Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep (1,500-foot-deep) fjord at this World Heritage Site, which also is one of the planet’s largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders.  While the national park is open year-round, most travelers prefer the warmth of late May to early September. Even in summer, be prepared for any weather—especially rain! Pack a hat, gloves, wool or fleece layers, a warm coat and waterproof gear if you want to admire the landscape from the open deck of your ship.

A day aboard the ship also is another opportunity for day two of our workshop with Sabine.
Meals:  All aboard ship

Day 7.  Saturday, June 13.  At Sea and Workshop.
Today we will be at sea as we head north to Seward and have our final workshop with Sabine.
Meals: All aboard ship. 

Day 8.  Sunday, June 14.  Disembark Ship; travel to Anchorage.
The ship will arrive in Seward early in the morning.  We will travel via the Alaska Railroad for the 125-mile trip to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, which will be our home for the next week.  We’ll check-in at our hotel.  The afternoon will be free and we’ll gather in early evening for a “welcome to Anchorage” dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast aboard ship, Dinner

Day 9.  Monday, June 15.  Learning about Alaska's Native Culture.
In the morning we'll visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you'll learn about Alaska's native people--their culture, art, and values.  We'll complete our visit by early afternoon and the rest of the day will be free to further explore Anchorage.  There’s a lot to see and do (check out or for some ideas). 
Meals:  Breakfast

Day 10.  Tuesday, June 16.  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Start the day with a relaxed morning.  At mid-day we will head out on our 3.5-hour tour to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), a privately-owned nonprofit organization that rescues orphaned and injured animals.  Here you will be able to get up-close to bears, elk, and caribou on an educational tour of the rehabilitation center.  We’ll go rain-or-shine, so remember to pack your rain gear, as well as sun glasses!
Meals Included:  Breakfast

Day 11.  Wednesday, June 17.  Learning More About Alaska's and Culture.
In the morning we’ll visit the Anchorage Museum where we’ll have a private tour to learn about Alaska’s cultural heritage, with an emphasis on Alaska Native beadwork.  The evening is free.
Meals included:  Breakfast

Day 12 & 13.  Thursday & Friday, June 18 & 19.  Free Time Plus Workshops with Sabine.
Our first Anchorage-based workshop with Sabine will be over these two evenings (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night) at which we also will be joined by other Anchorage/Alaska beaders.  The daytime is free each day for you to explore as you like.
Meals included:  Breakfast

Day 14 & 15.  Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21.  Workshops with Sabine.
We will have two more classes on the weekend with Sabine.  Each will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We’ll break for lunch (not included).  In the evening we’ll have our “almost farewell dinner” together.  Sunday also is summer solstice—the longest day of daylight of the year—so they’ll be plenty of other activities going on after class/after dinner!
Meals Included:  Breakfast each day, dinner Saturday evening.

Day 16.  Monday, June 22.  Departure.
All good things much come to an end.  Today you’ll depart for home from Anchorage.

About Sabine’s Projects: 
On the Cruise: Master Class on Creating Geometric Structures 
Sabine describes the class she will teach aboard the ship: “For a long time this idea was growing in my head and finally it came true! I wanted to find a system that allows you to create every possible and impossible geometric solid structures; a system based on simple structures that allows endless variations. In this three-day master class, we will start with simple structures.  On day one we will build one component to learn the basic technique. On day 2 we will start making spheres consisting of two different components; and on day three, we will make a sphere consisting of three shapes. In addition, you will learn how to use these components in "normal" jewelry and learn ways in which to build "bricks" to create your own designs and spheres.

This photograph is an example of some spheres. Students need to be proficient in peyote and right-angle weave stitches (Sabine will not be teaching the stitches as part of the class).

Sabine's Workshops in Anchorage . . .
Sabine will teach three workshops while the group is in Anchorage, at which you will be joined by some other Alaska beaders.  Information about the projects will be available in late 2019 so check back for details.

About Your Teacher . . . Sabine Lippert
Sabine writes . . .
“Since October 2011, my passion has become my profession as self-employed bead artist!
I was born in 1967, during the "summer of love," so I guess it was my fate to become a beader one day. As is typical, an artist’s way is never straight. I first had a career as a physician but crafting and needlework have always been my passion—there is no better feeling than creating something beautiful with your own hands! Getting technical skills from my father, an engineer, it was my mother who passed on her love of the decorative things in life. She showed me and my sister the basics for knitting, crochet, and embroidery and I remember us doing one crafting frenzy after the other! Some years ago, I discovered my first quality beads at a local bead store in my hometown—and beading is the only thing I have done since! In 2009 my first book was published in Germany "Das Perlenkochbuch." In 2012 my first book in the states was published "Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies;" followed by "Beadwork Evolution: New Techniques Using Peyote and Right-Angle-Weave” in 2014.”

Sabine is an incredible, imaginative, prolific beader.  You can learn about her work at Try to Bead.

About Your Tour Leader . . . Cheryl Frasca, Owner, Beadventures 
In January 2009 Cheryl Frasca of Anchorage, Alaska took over owenership of Beadventures from Cheryl Cobern-Browne, who now spends more time at the wonderful retreat center that she built in Ireland. 

Cheryl F. had been on several Beadventures, prior to her taking over the company.  She serves as tour leader for Beadventures to her home state of Alaska. The fun of these experiences--and the great friends she has made--is what convinced Cheryl F. to take on Beadventures. Cheryl has been beading since the late 1990s. While she occasionally dabbled in fiber and other mediums, seed beads are her favorite--especially free form bead embroidery. She retired from public service in 2012 after 30+ years working for elected officials on Alaska budget/fiscal policy. She continues to do consulting and volunteer work so she can maintain "flexibility of schedule" that allows her to travel here and there!

Trip Cost         

$4,385.00 for shared inside cabin (Category L) and Anchorage hotel; ship's cabin can be upgraded to an outside cabin for additional cost of $300 to $400 per person (based on availability); click here to view deck plans should you want another category of room
Single supplement:  $999 aboard ship; $900 in Anchorage

Cost includes:

  • 7-day cruise aboard Holland America's and 8 nights of lodging in Anchorage
  • All meals aboard the ship
  • All breakfasts in Anchorage; other meals as noted in itinerary
  • Transportation via train from Seward to Anchorage
  • Anchorage Museum admission, private docent tour
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center admission, transportation
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center admission and tour
  • Tuition for 3-day master workshop with Sabine on the cruise
  • Tuition for 3 days of workshops with Sabine in Anchorage
  • Long-time Alaskan as your tour leader

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to Vancouver, B.C., Canada and from Anchorage, AK
  • Trip insurance
  • Meals as noted on the itinerary
  • Shore excursions while on cruise
  • Kits for Sabine’s workshops

To Sign Up & Payment Terms

To guarantee your spot on this trip, send in a $1,000 deposit and completed registration form
Balance will be due 120 days prior to start of Beadventure (see Conditions & Responsibilities for more information)

Trip Notes

What to Pack

Alaska's weather can be fickle so be prepared for rain showers or sun-filled days!

Remember to Bring . . .

  • Your passport (not for Alaska!) but for Vanouver, British Columbia, Canada; your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond June 2020
  • For the beading workshops, bring your customary bead supplies (beading mat, needles, thread, magnification; if you need a task light, it must be battery powered for the workshop aboard ship).

About Trip Insurance
To help protect the investment you are making in your planned travel, you are strongly encouraged to purchase trip insurance. Beadventures recommends TravelEx Insurance Services; click here for more information about its policies.