Obedience by the Ocean Alaska Cruise Cancelled!


The Obedience by the Ocean group will NOT be cruising from Vancouver, BC Canada via the inside passage to Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan Alaska and back for seven days departing on September 19, 2020 on the Royal Princess due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. All who are interested in dog obedience were invited to join the cruise.

The linked flyer has all the details except for the news that this event is yet another event cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Each of the two days at sea were to have two presentations by top competition obedience experts. For this trip, the presenters would have been Janice Gunn, Ward Falkner, Mathew Twitty, and Meagan Karnes.

Janice Gunn

Janice  has 8 AKC OTCH titled dogs and 11 that have completed their CKC OTCH titles. Janice has earned 200 scores with 8 different dogs from the Novice, Open and Utility classes. She has produced 5 successful DVD’s on Competition training and has been presenting seminars for the past 18 years. Janice owns a boarding kennel and training facility in Abbotsford, BC.


Matthew Twitty

Mathew Twitty is the owner of Lakeland Canine Academy in Florida, which has produced numerous OTCH dogs and group wins at the AKC National Obed Invitational. Matthew finished his first OTCH with his Novice A dog. His 3rd dog finished her OTCH in 4 show weekends and was #4 Shetland Sheepdog at the 2012 Obedience Invitational. 200 Scores. National Specialty HIT. NOI invites! Fla DOCOF Competition HIT with 3 different dogs. Matthew is a popular seminar presenter.


Ward Falkner

Ward and GMOTCh, Am. OTCH Spirit’s Zim Zam Zoom UDX3 have achieved:

  • Winner of 2011 and 2012 National Obedience Invitational
    Over 300 High in Trials!
  • 59 perfect 200’s – most ever recorded in Canadian obedience trialing
  • Established a record for 17 perfect 200’s in a single year
  • Placed in Canada’s Top Ten Obedience Dogs for past six years, including 2008 ranking as #1


Meagan Karnes

Meagan has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has an extensive background not only in dog psychology and dog training, but also in corporate training, human performance training, writing and business development. Meagan raises and trains her own dogs for French Ringsport and Personal Protection and, in addition to training over 800 pet dogs in her career, she has also raised and trained dozens of dogs for private and executive security and military and law enforcement applications.


Interior cabins are $1154.92 per person and BD balcony cabins are $1864.92 per person, both with double occupancy. This price may include gratuities that are normally $14.50 per day and there still may be an on-board credit based on the room reserved. These prices include the cruise but now there will be no obedience seminars.

For booking, call 1-800 204-4788 x 1102 and ask for Para or Toni. Deposits are refundable until June 1, 2020 or perhaps later. The best place to go to get any answers is the Facebook group Obedience by the Ocean. The group size is limited, so book today. As of April 2020 most of those who booked have cancelled. The previous and first Obedience by the Ocean cruise was both great fun and a wonderful learning experience and this one would have been even better if not for the COVID-19 disaster.

We hope to have another cruise once this is past.

The Royal Princess