Science at Sea – July 2022

Steve Spangler’s Holland America Cruise to Alaska

Join television host and YouTube celebrity Steve Spangler and his team of naturalists for a once in a lifetime, custom experience as you explore Alaska’s inside passage on Holland America’s Koningsdam ship.

DATE: July 9-16, 2022 | Alaska | $1,695 per person

The Science at Sea experience sets sail July 9, 2022 from Vancouver on a journey to Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Ketchikan. The customized excursions, on-board lectures and elite access to our award-winning naturalists are only available to Science at Sea participants. The Science at Sea experience is offered exclusively by Steve Spangler Inc. through a partnership with the Holland America Cruise Line.

Registration for Science at Sea is $1,695 (USD) per person. The registration fee includes the cost of six private shore excursions, access to all of the Science at Sea Lecture Series with John Scheerens and Steve Spangler, paid admission to museums, and learning resources for each of the ports of call. Special group pricing is available.

July 2022 – Join the Adventure

What Does Science at Sea Cost?

The price for the Science at Sea experience is $1,695 per person, plus the cost of your cabin on  Holland America. Cabin prices will vary depending on the type of cabin you select. All of your meals for the week are included in the cabin fee.

Here’s what you get for $1,695 Science At Sea registration fee…

  • Steve Spangler’s pre-cruise kick-off workshop in Vancouver on June 13, 2020.
  • Six private shore excursions in each of the ports of call.
  • On-board Science At Sea Lecture Series with our naturalists and the Spangler Science team
  • Access to Museums in each port.
  • One-on-one time with the Science at Sea naturalists, Steve Spangler and his teaching team
  • Curriculum support materials… and some special privileges on-board the ship for the Science at Sea participants

If you’ve taken a cruise in the past, you know that shore excursions alone (especially in Alaska) can exceed the cost of our week-long class. The Science at Sea fee includes the price of all of your shore excursions in each of the ports of call. During each of the days at sea, Steve and our naturalists will provide a variety of presentations ranging from the Alaskan wildlife experience to the science of glaciers and environmental science concerns. Knowing Steve, he’s bound to send you home with some goodies (or make sure the goodies are waiting for you when you get home!).

Of course, you’ll need to set aside a few dollars for spending money if you want to take home a gift or two for the teachers at school who didn’t go on the trip!


I could have never prepared myself for the unforgettable experience my family and I had. Breeching whales, calving glaziers, breathtaking views that will never be forgotten were just a part of our journey. Steve and John shared so much information I haven’t stopped talking about it with my students and my family. I’m already planning to be on board the next ‘Science at Sea’ adventure.

Jan Wisener – Nacogdoches TX

Folks, I was on the first Science at Sea trip and I can tell you this… you are in for quite an adventure. When you combine the dynamic personality of Steve and the shore excursion knowledge provided by John with the incredible raw beauty of Alaska, you’ll have a trip of a lifetime. I began looking forward to this trip when I stepped off he ship after the last one.

Stephen Chambers – Orlando, Florida

It was my best trip ever! The events were well organized and the days filled with fun and excitement. The boat rides to see the whales, orcas, seals, sea otters,etc. was my favorite part. The staff and crew of the ship and of the Steve Spangler team were all so friendly and professional.

Lynette Low – Hawaii

2022 CRUISING AGENDA & MAP

2022 SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

  • July 8 – Arrive In Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
  • July 9 – Science at Sea Kick-off Event – Depart Vancouver
  • July 10 – Day At Sea – Inside Passage
  • July 11 – Juneau, Alaska
  • July 12 – Skagway, Alaska
  • July 13 – Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Alaska
  • July 14 – Ketchikan, Alaska
  • July 15 – Day At Sea – Inside Passage
  • July 16 – Arrive In Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada

MEET JOHN SCHEERENS – OUR SCIENCE AT SEA NATURALIST

We’re excited to introduce you to our naturalist, John Scheerens, who will participate in every aspect of the Science at Sea experience and provide us with his amazing insights and knowledge of the region.

John is considered the teacher of teachers in Alaska serving as the training consultant for most of the major tour companies throughout Alaska. John has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, ESPN’s Outdoor Adventure Series, and Outdoor Channels Pathfinder’s Series, and his educational tours have received the highest praise among his peers. We cannot think of the better tour leader for our Science at Sea experience.

MEET STEVE SPANGLER – AMERICA’S SCIENCE TEACHER

He’s the science teacher you always wanted to have in school. Things just happen to fizz, pop, smoke and explode, and before you know it, you’re a part of his learning experience. His passion is to find the most creative ways to make learning fun. One day everyone was sitting around the table and Steve said, “Let’s do a class in Alaska…” The next thing you know, the Spangler Science crew was planning an experience of a lifetime. As you’ll soon discover, Steve is the pied piper of anything fun, and he lives by the motto… make it big, do it right, give it class. While he makes his shenanigans look effortless, the real secret to his success is an amazing team of people who share Steve’s passion for creating unforgettable learning experiences.

JUNEAU
SKAGWAY
GLACIER BAY
KETCHIKAN
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SHORE EXCURSIONS & LECTURE SERIES

Vancouver

Vancouver is a beautiful west coast city with lots of wonderful things to see. Visit Stanley Park with just over 1,000 acres making this park the largest urban parks in North America. Nearly an island, a seawall walk runs almost completely around the perimeter offering terrific views of the ocean. Another favorite is the Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park features an amazing rope suspension bridge stretched over a deep canyon, rainforest trails, a totem park, and a tree-top adventure where a number of suspension bridges wind through the rainforest canopy.

Inside Passage

Our Science at Sea Lecture Series starts on our first day at sea. We’ll begin an exploration of the extraordinarily complex and unique natural history of the Southeast Alaska. This introduction sets the stage for an an-depth look at weather patterns, geology, glaciers, ocean and forest productivity, plant and animal distribution, and human interactions.

Juneau

Our Science at Sea Lecture Series starts on our first day at sea. We’ll begin an exploration of the extraordinarily complex and unique natural history of the Southeast Alaska. This introduction sets the stage for an an-depth look at weather patterns, geology, glaciers, ocean and forest productivity, plant and animal distribution, and human interactions.

Skagway

Skagway played a key role in the dramatic Klondike Gold Rosh of 1897-1898. We will follow that path to the gold rush by taking a train ride up White Pass. The narrow gauge White Pass Railroad took two years to build in the late 1800’s and was considered one of the engineering marvels of its time. We will board several of the restored-to-historical-accuracy rail cars for a three-and-a-half hour journey to the top of White Pass (one of the historical trail routes to Lake Bennett) in British Columbia.  Optional hikes in the afternoon to Dewey Lakes Trail and Smugglers Cove.

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park encompasses 3.2 million acres of designated wilderness. It is home to nearly half of the tidewater glaciers in North America, a 15,000 foot mountain range, the delightful and mysterious coastal rain forest, over 200 species of birds, grizzly and black bears, and a resident pod of humpback whales. Only four miles of roads and about ve miles of developed trails exist in this virtually untracked land larger than the state of Connecticut.

Ketchikan

During our time in Ketchikan we will visit the Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary & Raptor center. Wonderful trails through the rainforest will leads out to an elevated board walk over an estuary that is typically full of wildlife. After our walk we will visit the Alaska Raptor Center to learn more about the birds of prey that are such an important part of the ecosystem in Alaska. There are 14 complete totem poles on display with a resident by master carver Wayne Hewson who has been carving since 1989. He is a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, a Native community on Annette Island, 17 miles from Ketchikan.

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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE & TRAVEL DETAILS

We’ve been working with Holland America Line on our trips since 2009 and are excited to be partnered again with them for our 2020 trip.  The Spangler Science team negotiated discount pricing on all of the cabins ranging from economy-priced interior staterooms to luxurious veranda staterooms. Our special Science at Sea room block guarantees unobstructed views and the best pricing available.

The kick-off event starts in Vancouver on July 9, 2022 with a special pre-cruise presentation at the Pan Pacific hotel hosted by Steve Spangler and our Science at Sea lead naturalist, John Scheerens. John will get you ready for your adventure with a preview of each of the customized shore excursions with his incredible insights and knowledge of the region. Steve Spangler will share some hands-on science activities you can use to teach some of the environmental science that is unique to Alaska. Don’t be surprised if Steve shares a few after-dinner science tricks you can use to amaze and engage your servers on a whole new level.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS?

Call Carly Reed at 855-228-8780

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for Science at Sea is $1,695. You will work directly with our personal travel agent at Holland America to book your cabin and take advantage of our special discount pricing. The registration fee includes the cost of private shore excursions, access to all of the Science at Sea Lecture Series with John Scheerens and Steve spangler, paid admission to museums, and learning resources for each of the ports of call.

CHECK OUT WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR SCIENCE AT SEA EXPERIENCE

Steve Spangler created Science at Sea as a way to go beyond the normal “sit and watch” cruise experience to gain a more in-depth understanding of the ecology and history that makes Alaska a must-see destination. While Steve is well-known for his work on television and as a top science educator, the Science at Sea experience is not just for teachers. You’ll be part of an exclusive group of people who share a common interest in learning more, seeing more and experiencing more than you would on a typical Alaskan cruise.

Due to the size of our group, we will enjoy private shore excursions at each of our ports of call. Our naturalist is working with each of the shore excursion companies to craft an educational experience that is unique to the Science at Sea participants.

I am looking so forward to an adventure of a lifetime. I will be so tired at the end because I don’t plan on missing ANYTHING! Up at the crack of dawn, do all activities, watch the scenery until my eyes won’t stay open another second, sleep a touch, wake up… repeat! Only request…nice weather with no rain please!

Lori Beemer – Hudson, Illinois

Folks, I was on the first Science at Sea trip and I can tell you this… you are in for quite an adventure. When you combine the dynamic personality of Steve and the shore excursion knowledge provided by John with the incredible raw beauty of Alaska, you’ll have a trip of a lifetime. I began looking forward to this trip when I stepped off he ship after the last one.

Stephen Chambers – Orlando, Florida

I realize now that the value of this trip went well beyond its sticker price. I’m sure I’m not the only one who views the Spangler team with a little superstar status, and to experience you as regular folks was wonderful. I was continually impressed by how much the team cares about science education… and creating an amazing experience for everyone. I’ll never forget this trip.

Christine Mytko – Berkeley, California

I could have never prepared myself for the unforgettable experience my family and I had. Breeching whales, calving glaziers, breathtaking views that will never be forgotten were just a part of our journey. Steve and John shared so much information I haven’t stopped talking about it with my students and my family. I’m already planning to be on board the next ‘Science at Sea’ adventure.

Jan Wisener – Nacogdoches TX

Learning throughout this trip made the experience so much richer than I would have even hoped. What I found most valuable was the safety I felt to explore my own curiosity. To go to a place where I know essentially nothing, and be able to connect information that I was receiving to things that I already have come in contact with was a great experience.

Denise Mytko – Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

We didn’t see Alaska, we experienced it! I feel very privileged to have spent so much time in John’s company, sharing in his vast wealth of knowledge of Alaska. I want to be able to revisit those memories over and over in the days ahead!

Janelle Johnson – Peoria, IL

One of the wonderful things about this experience has been that it brought the wonder of science back.

Jeff Hendren – Agusta, KS

Alaska is beyond anything I had imagined. It’s just one thing more spectacular than the next.

Charlie Schaflein

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM OUR PAST SCIENCE AT SEA EXPERIENCES