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Handbell cruises

Cruise XIV: All that Glitters is Bronze
Fred Gramann, clinician
The Celebrity Infinity cruise ship

Bells of the Cascades has become known as the “cruising choir” within the world of handbells, having sponsored 13 seven-day cruises during our history. (View images from previous handbell cruises.)

Come join Bells of the Cascades on our next cruise!

Our next cruise has not yet been scheduled. Be sure you’ve signed up for our email list and checked “I’m interested in hearing about handbell cruises” and you’ll receive an announcement of the next cruise!

The 2016 cruise

Although this cruise has already passed, you can take a look at the information below to get an idea of what our handbell cruises are like.

A 7-day Alaska cruise, July 31 to Aug. 7, 2016

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Read on for details about the cruise, our ports and featured clinician Fred Gramann. If you’re ready to book, prices includes the seven-night cruise, all Bells of the Cascades’ activities, a hosted cocktail party, meals and entertainment on board the ship, agency fee, and all taxes and port charges.

Book your ticket

To participate in ringing activities, your cruise must be booked through Azumano Travel.

Contact Azumano Travel at (800) 888-7025 or email bells@azumano.com for current cabin specials. You may also view details on the Azumano website.

Payment in full is due upon booking.

Details about the cruise

Cruise XIV: All that Glitters is Bronze

Our seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise, July 31 to Aug. 7, 2016, will feature clinician Fred Gramann.

Join us as we sail Celebrity Infinity from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, along the Inside Passage to the ports of Icy Straight Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Alaska.

The cruise sets sail the day following the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver.

The days we’re not in port you’ll be making music with the distinguished and well-known handbell clinician Fred Gramann, composer and director of music at the American Church in Paris. Your evenings aboard the ship will be free for mingling with your fellow bell ringers and other passengers, enjoying the on-board entertainment, and of course, doing what cruises are known for — eating!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: A valid passport is required for Canada. Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the United States for more information. NON-U.S. CITIZENS, please check Canadian entry requirements.

About our clinician

Fred Gramann is a native of Washington state where he began organ studies with Dr. Edward Hansen of Seattle. He earned organ performance degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, moving to Paris in 1972 for organ study with Marie-Claire Alain and Maurice Duruflé.​

This year Fred celebrates 40 years as Director of Music at the American Church in Paris, where he is organist and conducts the ​adult​ vocal choir​ and three adult handbell choirs (the ​ACP Bronze Ringers, the Celebration Ringers​, and the Spire Ringers). Fred also organizes the weekly Sunday evening classical concert series.

Fred has numerous choral and handbell works published in the United States​. He is invited to conduct numerous handbell festivals each year, and is the permanent director for UK Bronze held just outside of London. Fred is the Honorary Associate Director of the Raleigh Ringers of North Carolina​.

Fred’s wife, Nancy, will be along on the cruise. They have a son, Benjamin, and grandchildren Noah and Emile.


July 31: Vancouver, British Columbia. Depart 4:00 PM.
Aug. 1: Inside Passage, Alaska (cruising).
Aug. 2: Icy Straight Point, Alaska. Tendered, 3:00 to 10:00 PM.
Aug. 3: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska (cruising). 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Aug. 4: Juneau, Alaska. Docked, 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
Aug. 5: Ketchikan, Alaska. Docked. 2:00 to 8:00 PM.
Aug. 6: Inside Passage, Alaska (cruising).
Aug. 7: Vancouver, British Columbia. Arrive 7:00 AM.

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Read our frequently asked questions for details on how our handbell cruises operate. Feel free to contact us at cruise-info@bellsofthecascades.org with any other questions you have!

You can also contact Azumano Travel directly at (800) 888-7025, or by email at bells@azumanotravel.com.

We hope to see you in 2016!