You have the opportunity
to join a Costco-members-only cruise and travel on
the first-ever Kirkland
Space is limited.
Receive the following items valued at up to
$1,000 per stateroom:
• $100 per-person shipboard credit
• Cocktail party with appetizers
• Dinner at Denali Princess
• Dinner at Mt. McKinley Princess
• Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali
• Alaska book and map set (one per stateroom)
Kirkland Signature sets
sail on SeaDream yacht
Sail from Vancouver to Anchorage (Whittier)
aboard Island Princess®.
Seven-night cruise itinerary:
Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier
Bay and College Fjord.
Join Costco Travel president Court Newberry on a special one-time-only yacht voyage. Just
100 Costco members will have the chance to experience a privately chartered yacht vacation
aboard a SeaDream yacht reserved exclusively for Costco members. The adventure begins May 7,
2008, with two nights in a deluxe hotel in Marbella, Spain, before setting sail on what may just
be your best travel experience ever. Members are encouraged to sign up quickly before all the
staterooms are booked, as this exclusive sailing also includes more than $1,200 in added value and
is offered at 25 percent off the SeaDream direct price.
Author Ralph Grizzle ( www.avidcruiser.com) has been writing about travel for 20 years. He
booked a SeaDream cruise last year, and relates his experience for The Costco Connection.
Five-night land tour highlights:
• Two nights at Denali Princess
• Two nights at Mt. McKinnley
Princess Wilderness LodgeSM
• One night in Anchorage
Receive an additional $25
per-person shipboard credit.
Balcony from $2,819 per person*
Mini-Suite from $3,049 per person*
Valid on 6/30, 7/14 and 8/11/08 sailings.
Visit costco.com or call Costco Travel
toll free at 1-877-849-2730.
* Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, in U. S. dollars, is capacity controlled,
is valid for select stateroom categories only, and is true and accurate at time of printing.
Price does not include government taxes/fees of $131.44, fuel surcharge of $35 and
gratuities. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. All offers and inclusions are subject
to availability, may change or be terminated without notice and are valid for new bookings
only for first and second passengers only. Unless otherwise noted, offers are not combinable
with select rate codes, coupons or other offers. Executive Member offer is valid for primary
cardholder only. Travel purchases are not included in the Executive Membership 2%
Reward program. Offer shown is cruise-tour-only and valid on select dates. Cancellation
and change fees may apply. Please refer to the appropriate Princess Cruises brochure for
terms, conditions, and definitions which will apply to bookings. Costco Travel disclaims
liability for any inaccuracies or typographical errors. Ship’s registry: Bermuda. Costco Travel
is a registered seller of travel and travel agency in the following states: Washington (WST
602042600); Ohio (8789302); Florida (Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No.ST32555); and California
(CST 2054248-50). Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of
California. Nevada (Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No.2007-0060)
By Ralph Grizzle
IN 2006, READERS of Condé Nast Traveler
ranked SeaDream Yacht Club as one of the
top 100 travel experiences worldwide. In fact,
SeaDream was the only cruise company to be
included in the ranking; the other 99 winners
were hotels and resorts. The company
achieved the highest overall score for all
cruise companies, large or small.
No question that SeaDream merits heaps
of praise, but the only cruise line to be
included in the top 100 travel experiences?
How could that be? Last spring, I boarded
SeaDream II to find out.
SeaDream seeks to differentiate itself
from traditional cruises. The company’s slogan, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” suggests a
more intimate, relaxed experience. Dress is
casual; tuxedoes and formal attire simply
The 100 or so passengers spend their
time on the outer decks. On several nights of
my cruise, room attendants even prepared
special Balinese sun beds for couples who
wanted to sleep under the stars (SeaDream
also provides custom-embroidered cotton
pajamas—a nice touch.)
Breakfast and lunch are served alfresco,
as well as dinners on select evenings. Other
evenings, dinners are served in the open-seating Dining Salon, with dining alcoves for
two also available. Gratuities are included in
the cruise fare, as is standard-brand alcohol.
SeaDream is not a bingo-and-shuffle-
board experience. After tendering ashore in
Portofino, Italy, eight of us hiked with the
captain to Santa Margherita and back, a
Exquisitely small, the 110-passenger
SeaDream II can get into ports that big ships
can’t. (“Some of the tenders on the big ships
carry more passengers than we do,” the captain joked.) Cycling the waterfront in Port-Vendres, France, where ours was the only
ship in port, I stopped to watch fishermen
roast freshly caught sardines. The fishermen
extended a warm welcome to our small group
in a way that they could not have done for a
few thousand passengers. Recalling the day,
Paul, an Australian traveling with his wife,
remarked, “You’re lucky to have a day like that
once in a lifetime, but to have it on the first day
of our cruise is something spectacular.”
It could have been the weather (perfect
for the whole trip), the ports themselves
(idyllic in every way), the crew (friendly, service oriented and spirited) or the authenticity of the experience, but SeaDream gave me
one of the best travel experiences of my life.
Will SeaDream do the same for you?
There’s only one way to find out. C
The Costco Connection
For information on this rare opportunity,
visit costco.com and click on “Travel,” or
call toll-free 1-877-849-2730.