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Canadian Rockies with Alaskan Cruise 2018

Solo Travellers 45 years & over
Sunday 12 August - Saturday 1 September 2018

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance including the 7 night cruise and the Rocky Mountaineer Train. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
This trip is exclusively for the single/solo traveller. This is a premium, small group boutique tour of Canada. On completion of the land tour of Canada the group joins the scheduled departure onboard Radiance of the Seas, a 4.5 star Royal Caribbean cruiseliner. There are a maximum of 22 places of this tour & cruise package.

THE PACE [2 out of 5]
On tour in Canada it’s considered an easy pace with some free time included throughout your tour. There are some days that are faster-paced than others and some days of long distance driving are required.

While cruising, the only set group activity is the evening dinner in the main dining room. The final 2 days in Alaska are leisurely. 

TRANSPORT
While on tour in Canada travel is by private vehicle and two days travel during the day by train on the Rocky Mountaineer.

Departing from Vancouver, there is a seven night cruise with the final destination, Seward, Alaska of United States of America.

ROCKY MOUNTAINEER  

‘Gold Leaf Class’
Inclusions Gold Leaf Class:

  • A refreshing welcome aboard toast
  • Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an à la carte menu
  • Morning scones and afternoon wine and cheese service
  • Meal service in the private lower-level dining room of your dome coach
  • Custom-designed bi-level dome coach with an upstairs seating area
  • An exclusive outdoor vestibule to soak up that fresh mountain air
  • Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks served throughout your journey
  • Complimentary baggage delivery to your hotel

 

CURRENCY
In Canada you will use Canadian Dollars and in Alaska you will use US Dollar’s.

When it comes to spending money you can expect a casual meal to cost around CA$10 - $20 for a casual lunch and maybe $25-$40 for a casual dinner.  Each province is different and it will of course depend on what you choose to eat.  This is a rough estimate and does not take into account personal preferences and other items that you may decide to purchase.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and/or farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.  

While onboard Radiance of the Seas, there is set group dining time in the main restaurant of the ship.  You may also choose not to join the group but as courtesy we would ask that you let someone else in the group know when there’s any evenings you’ve decided not to join. We recommend the group discusses a pre-show meeting time for pre-show drinks.  A good time to make these arrangements is generally around 6:30pm.

Special Diets 

As a standard, Encounter Travel limit special dietary requests to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant and Diabetic. Additional intolerances to those fore-mentioned, are the responsibility of the traveller. For any additional special diet requests you must seek our advice and consultation.

  • We make special dietary requests on behalf of our travellers to our ground operators, cruise operators, and/or any third party that operate components of The Holiday where meals or snacks are provided as part of The Holiday inclusions. We cannot guarantee that all or any of the third parties will meet the request in part or full. 
  • We can offer guidance on each of The Holidays as to the suitability of The Holiday for you in relation to your special diet request.
  • Requests made after booking your holiday that cannot be met will not entitle you to any refund of monies paid. Any lacking or failure from any of our operators to cater for your special diet does not give claim to any compensation whatsoever. 

Other notes about special dietary requirements: 

  • Please also be mindful that many hotels, restaurants and cruise ships may not provide gluten free cereal, bread, pasta, pizza, cake and/or dessert. 
  • Special diet requests may limit the number of choices or variety for meals.

  • For airlines, please seek further advice at the time of booking. Please take note that a request for a vegetarian meal on a flight is provided as a vegan meal.

  • We recommend travellers with special dietary requirements consider their options to supplement meals and snacks in their holiday destination before deciding to travel. In some countries it is not uncommon that restaurants and food outlets pay less or no attention to special dietary requirements in comparison to what we may be accustomed to in Australia or other home countries.

Helpful Websites for Special Diet Translation cards:

http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ 

https://www.brokerfish.com/food-allergy-translation-cards 

https://www.selectwisely.com/

GROUP ESCORT
In Canada, it is a private group tour with a driver and tour director for your touring in Canada. Your tour escort is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.  During the 2 day Rocky Mountaineer journey the group escort will be travelling in Gold Leaf Class, the tour director will join the group in Gold Leaf.  

After your tour through Canada, you embark on your seven night cruise to Alaska. No group escort services are included however group dining in the main dining room is arranged each evening.  

For the two day visit in Alaska from Seward to Anchorage, a tour escort is not included, rather a driver on day 1 and day 2 is departure day only.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
In addition to your tour inclusions you will have some personal expenses including meals, snacks and drinks not included with the tour package plus consider souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry. 

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what meals are included and not included. This itinerary has a breakfast each day and some lunches and dinners are included. Therefore either lunch or dinner each day would be an additional expense. We recommend around CAD50 per day for personal expenses not included with the tour package.  You should increase this budget if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping. 

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Each guest is permitted to travel with one bag, limit of 30kg as a maximum per bag.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights

These pages contain helpful details including the currency and weather information.

IMPORT LAWS & CUSTOMS

CANADA

Free import
• As a visitor, you can bring certain goods into Canada for your own use as "personal baggage". Personal baggage includes clothing, camping and sports equipment, cameras and personal computers. It also includes vehicles, private boats and aircraft.
• You must declare all goods when you arrive at the first CBSA port of entry. Border services officers do conduct examinations of goods being imported or exported to verify declarations. If you declare goods when you arrive and take them back with you when you leave, you will not have to pay any duty or taxes. These goods cannot be:
• used by a resident of Canada;
• used on behalf of a business based in Canada;
• be given as a gift to a Canadian resident; or
• disposed of or left in Canada.

The border services officer may ask you to leave a security deposit for your goods, which will be refunded to you when you export the goods from Canada. Should this occur, the officer will issue a Form E29B (PDF, 507 KB), Temporary Admission Permit, retain a copy and give you one for your records. When you leave Canada, present your goods and your copy of Form E29B to the officer who will give you a receipt copy of the form and your security deposit will be refunded by mail.

• Gifts
You can import gifts for friends into Canada duty- and tax-free as long as each gift is valued at CAN$60 or less. If the gift is worth more than CAN$60, you will have to pay duty and taxes on the excess amount. You cannot claim alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or business-related material as gifts.

• International events in Canada
You can find information on streamlined border processes by going to the International Events section of the A-Z Index of the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca. These streamlined border processes facilitate the entry and exit of people and goods temporarily entering Canada to participate in conventions, international sporting competitions, political summits, research expeditions, meetings, trade shows and incentive travel.

• Alcohol and tobacco
As a visitor or a temporary resident, you may import, free of duty and taxes, the following amounts of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, as long as these items are in your possession when you arrive in Canada.

• Alcoholic beverages
Alcoholic beverages are products that exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume. If you meet the minimum age requirements of the province or territory where you enter Canada, you can include limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in your personal entitlement. Minimum ages for the importation of alcoholic beverages, as prescribed by provincial or territorial authorities, are as follows: 18 years for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec; and 19 years for the remaining provinces and territories.

You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes:
• 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine; or
• a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of alcoholic beverages; or
• up to 8.5 litres of beer or ale.

• The CBSA classifies "cooler" products according to the alcoholic beverage they contain. For example, beer coolers are considered to be beer and wine coolers are considered to be wine. Beverages not exceeding 0.5% alcohol by volume are not considered to be alcoholic beverages.
The quantities of alcohol you can bring in must be within the limit set by the province or territory where you enter Canada. If the value of the goods is more than the free allowance, you will have to pay duty and taxes, as well as provincial/territorial assessment on the excess amount. In Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, you cannot bring more than the free allowance. For more information, check with the appropriate provincial or territorial liquor control authority before your arrival to Canada.

• Tobacco products
You are allowed to bring all of the following amounts of tobacco into Canada free of duty and taxes:
• 200 cigarettes;
• 50 cigars;
• 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; and
• 200 tobacco sticks.

In addition, the Excise Act, 2001 also limits the quantity of tobacco products that can be imported (or possessed) by an individual for personal use if the tobacco product is not packaged and stamped "CANADA DUTY PAID ● DROIT ACQUITTÉ." The limit is currently five units of tobacco products. One unit of tobacco products consists of one of the following:
• 200 cigarettes;
• 50 cigars;
• 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; or
• 200 tobacco sticks.

• Currency and monetary instruments
If you are importing or exporting monetary instruments equal to or greater than CAN$10,000 (or the equivalent in a foreign currency), you must report the amount to the CBSA when you arrive or before you leave Canada. This applies to either cash or other monetary instruments. For more information, please refer to the publication called Crossing the border with $10,000 or more? that is available on the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca under "Publications and forms."

Prohibited
• Obscene material
• Hate propaganda
• Child pornography
• Used or second-hand mattresses
• Health products (prescription drugs)
• Cultural property

Restricted
• Firearms and weapons must declare at the CBSA port of entry when you enter Canada.
• Explosives, fireworks and ammunition have to imported with written authorization and permits to bring explosives, fireworks and certain types of ammunition into Canada.
• U.S. residents are allowed to operate aircraft, marine, amateur, citizens' band (CB), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and Family Radio Service (FRS) radios as well as cellular and PCS (personal communications service) mobile radio telephones in Canada without explicit permission from Industry Canada. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will need permission from Industry Canada to use this equipment.
• Items imported for commercial use

If you import vehicles, farm equipment or other capital equipment to use in construction, contracting or manufacturing, or other goods to use or to be used in a trade, you have to pay the goods and services tax (GST) and any applicable duty on these items.
Goods subject to import controls.

USA

Non Residents
• Tobacco products : 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars.
• 1L of alcohol for persons of 21 years or older
• Other goods for personal use.
• USD 100 worth of dutiable items as a gift
• Non-residents are allowed up to $100 worth of merchandise. To claim this exemption, you must remain in the United States for at least 72 hours, and the gifts must accompany you.
This $100 gift exemption can be claimed only once every six months. You may include 100 cigars within the gift exemption, but alcoholic beverages may not be included. Family members may not group their gift exemptions. If you've used your gift exemption and then return to the United States before the six-month period has ended, you may still bring in up to $200 worth of merchandise free of duty for your personal. Any of the following may be included in this $200 exemption:
- 50 cigarettes
- 100 cigars (non-Cuban)
- 150 ml of alcoholic beverages
- 150 ml of perfume containing alcohol, or equivalent amounts of each.
If you exceed any of these limitations, however, or if the total value of all dutiable articles exceeds $200, no exemption can be applied.

Prohibited
Applicable for residents of U.S.A and non-resident
• Eat or any products thereof (dried, canned etc.)
• Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances
• Absinthe (unless thujone free)
• Plants , seeds , vegetables, fruits
• Soil, livestock or animal pests
• Biological (bacteria cultures, fungi specimens, viruses and others for research and etc. permissible only with APHIS permit)
• Unprepared fish and fish eggs
• Imports from embargoed countries (Iran, Cuba, Myanmar, Sudan) and leather souvenirs imported from Haiti (drums).
• Endangered wildlife species and products thereof (for example clothing and accessories)
• Cultural artefacts from Byzantine period, Pre-Columbian period, Khmer sculptures (unless with permission)
• Dog and cat fur
• Items infringing trade and copyright regulations
• Fully automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons (see the restricted section).
• Pornography
• Articles infringing copyrights
• Traitorous material and material igniting agitation
• Hazardous articles like fireworks, uncertified toys, health hazardous substances.

Restricted
• Pets - cats and dogs must be accompanied by:
- Health certificate, issued within 30 days at point of origin. The certificate must state that animals have lived in an area which has not been under quarantine due to contagious, infectious or transmissible disease;
- Rabies certificate issued within 6 months (if the animal is over 4 months old).
• Birds require a health certificate issued immediately prior to shipment. The certificate must state that the birds were found free of psittcosis or ornithosis. For more detailed information please contact U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.
• Seafood – please contact the U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
• Medication - all health related drugs need to be properly labelled (preferably in their original packaging) and the quantity should not excess the amount you would normally need for the duration of your stay. It is strongly advisable to accompany the drugs with prescription or written letter from your personal physician.
• Arms and ammunition (non-residents only):
In order to import firearms, ammunition and implements of war an approved ATF Form 6-Part I). The ATF Form 6 should be submitted approximately 60 days prior to the intended importation. (Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War)".

STAYING IN TOUCH 
Email and SMS are the most convenient ways to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away. In most destinations and certainly in major cities you can expect access to internet services and also local telecommunication companies for SMS.

Be sure to have an email account that you can access from any internet service while travelling. e.g gmail, hotmail etc.

To be able to send SMS messages while away you need to check with your mobile phone provider that international roaming services are turned on.  You need to check with your provider the cost for sending and/or receiving SMS while you are outside of your home destination as usually this service is not included in mobile plan packages.  

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants are to be courteous to other participants and respect differences of one another.
  8. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our holidays, unless the trip value is below $1000 per person.
  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday.
  • Please send your travel insurance policy details to us before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must send us your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.
  • We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability. 

 

About Credit Card Travel Insurance
You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. 

Before you travel:

  • Contact your bank to request the details of their insurer
  • Find out the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy
  • Obtain the contact information for the insurer that you would need in an event of an emergency
  • Be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses
  • If travelling within Australia, check your policy covers you for domestic travel

 

DISCLAIMER
We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly. 

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries. 

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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