Cruise Alaska with Holland America

For more than 60 years, Holland America Cruise Lines has been sailing to Alaska and wowing vacationers with the unparalleled beauty of the last frontier. The cruise line has gone to great lengths to ensure that the whole vacation experience embodies the splendor of Alaska: The five-star ships feature panoramic wraparound teak decks, and private verandas. The ships carry fewer passengers than similar cruise lines so there is less noise and foot traffic.

Here’s a sample of the cruise line’s available itineraries to Alaska:

The Alaskan Explorer Cruise departs from Seattle. Among the six ports of call is Glacier National Park, which has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else on earth. At the park you can see humpback and killer whales, sea lions and harbor seals, moose and bald eagles. Alaska’s capital, Juneau, is another port of call and a prime spot for outdoor adventure activities like glacier hiking and sport fishing. You’ll also see Ketchikan, which boasts the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

The Glacier Discovery Tours focus on Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage. College Fjord, named after leading Ivy League colleges, surrounds the ship with three flowing rivers of ice. At the port of Haines, one of the northernmost towns on the Marine Highway, brown bears and the once-endangered bald eagle are prevalent. Holland America also has exclusive privileges at Icy Point, which offers excellent wildlife-watching vantages. Vancouver, BC is the final destination for this cruise and it’s truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. World-class shopping and dining are a nice way to cap off a week of the great outdoors.

The Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruises sail round-trip from Vancouver, BC. The ship sails to Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, and swings through the Tracy Arm and Sawyer glaciers. The trek through this 26-mile long fjord offers many opportunities to view whales, bears, harbor seals, Kittiwakes and mountain goats.

The Holland America website offers a comprehensive view on Alaska travel, including an e-brochure and online cinema that offers a brief demonstration on the adventures that await you. Visit to plan your Alaska cruise.

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