For Alaska-Bound Sports Fans

Rare opportunity to meet famed entrepreneur and explore wilderness

By: Kara Cutruzzula

Majestic America Line announced a special Alaska cruise aboard the 223-guest Empress of the North departing Juneau May 24, hosted by distinguished sports leader and business entrepreneur Peter Ueberroth.

“On this exclusive cruise featuring Mr. Ueberroth, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife and history onboard the luxurious Empress of the North,” said Diane Moore, executive vice president, Majestic America Line.

Ueberroth served as the sixth commissioner of Major League Baseball, named 1984 Man of the Year by Time Magazine and authored the bestseller “Made in America.” He also founded the First Travel Corporation in 1962 and sold the company in 1980, when it was the second-largest travel business in North America. Currently, Ueberroth is the managing director of Contrarian Group Inc., and owner and co-chairman of the Pebble Beach Company. He serves as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors and is on the board of directors for The Coca-Cola Company, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Ambassadors International, Inc., the parent company of Majestic America Line.

The seven-night roundtrip cruise visits Alaska’s ports of call including Juneau, the Gold Rush capital with a boomtown frontier history, and nearby Mendenhall Glacier; Sitka, once the capital of Russian America, accessible only by sea or air; Skagway, and its storied boardwalk; and Petersburg, a Scandinavian-influenced fishing village also called Little Norway.

The cruise also transits Peril Strait, the 22-mile-long Wrangell Narrows and Lynn Canal, North America’s longest glacial fjord. Clients can also cruise into the mouth of the Stikine River, considered one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. On the final day, the trip culminates on the dramatic Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier and journeys through the 26-mile-long Tracy Arm featuring North and South Sawyer Glaciers.

The Empress of the North reflects a Russian-Alaskan theme and combines modern five-star convenience with a sense of adventure. Art collections throughout the ship display unique Native American artifacts and Russian antiquities. The 112-room ship provides intimate access to scenic places and provides clients with a view of Alaska’s Inside Passage.