Dream Destination Conference 2017’s cruise provided an FFS Alaskan Adventure for qualifiers and guests.
When FFS’ DDC17 winners boarded Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner, they had no idea the adventure that awaited. Alaska’s rugged beauty, from its majestic mountains and shimmering waters to wildlife found in both, captivated passengers throughout their seven-day, luxury cruise. Whether it was from their cabins’ balconies to excursions in port, FFS’ Alaskan adventure delivered.
Elite Qualifiers Tour Anchorage
This year’s trip, May 30 to June 7, began with Elite qualifiers arriving in Anchorage, AK before the others. Here, they were treated to a two-night stay at the beautiful Hotel Captain Cook. They shared a dinner together at the iconic Simon & Seafort’s Anchorage Steak and Seafood restaurant. The 12 elite qualifiers would enjoy a special cocktail reception on board with the Mariner’s captain and senior officers.
Elite winners were joined by Main Trip qualifiers and their guests on May 30. Together, they traveled on luxury motor coaches to the Port of Seward’s Cruise Terminal. With snowcapped mountains, glaciers and wildlife around every turn, the bus ride previewed what the cruise had in store.
Bon Voyage – Setting Sail
Upon boarding the Mariner, guests were given a glass of champagne and opportunity to explore the ship and see what it offered. From every suite’s private balcony to five-star dining, exciting clubs, and relaxing hot tubs and pool, guests knew this would be a trip to remember. And the best part was, it was all-inclusive.
The first full day on board, guests were treated to views of Hubbard Glacier. Everyone was entranced by the captivating turquoise hue of this natural wonder.
Adventures Abound in Alaska
The next day offered the first opportunity to venture off the boat. The trip’s first port of call was the quaint town of Hoonah, AK. Here, many of FFS’ guests enjoyed a thrilling ride on one of the world’s largest zip lines. While others went on a search for bears and other wildlife. Then, there were those who paddled kayaks for a scenic tour of the coastline. Later that evening, guests enjoyed an exclusive FFS cocktail reception celebrating the first day in port.
On Sat., June 3, they arrived in picturesque Sitka, AK. Guests explored the town by bike or on foot. Sitka offered an opportunity to spot sea otters, whales and other unique marine life.
The following morning, FFS hosted the annual DDC business meeting. Guests received recognition for achievements and heard industry news and company announcements.
Exploring Canada’s Western Coastline
Later the same day, attendees explored the first Canadian port – Prince Rupert, BC. Whether learning about Prince Rupert’s culture and heritage at a museum, or exploring the Butze Rainforest, attendees had a blast.
After another full day at sea, the ship docked in Victoria, BC on Tues., June 6. Many guests chose to explore the city’s iconic Butchart Gardens and its stunning floral displays. It also featured the chance to explore the historic and stunning architecture of downtown Victoria.
All Good Things Come to an End
The incredible trip came to an end in Vancouver, BC, on June 7, when everyone disembarked and headed for home. For seven days, they explored new, exciting cities and landscapes. They relaxed in their luxurious suites, or ate their fill at several world-class, on-board restaurants. They returned home relaxed, rested and focused on getting back to work with their teams and families, working hard for another opportunity to view the world through FFS’ Dream Destination Conference.