Holland America to Alaska

How can you get an even greater view of Alaska during a cruise? Schedule your trip with Holland America.

The company known for mid-sized ships, attentive service, and luxurious accommodations travels to more Alaskan ports than any other cruise line. During the trip, cruisers get more glacier views – a must for seeing this part of the world – than with any other itinerary and have a choice of 300 possible excursions.

That’s not all. Holland American immerses passengers in the full Alaskan experience. Fresh, regional cuisine is prepared on board, while enrichment activities bring naturalists, park rangers, and Huna Totem Native presentations to give travelers a greater understanding of the culture in each port.

Traveling There

All Holland America Alaska cruises last seven days, with round-trip and one-way itineraries both possibilities.

Seattle to Southeast Alaska: Ships depart from Seattle to go as far as southeast Alaska. During your trip, you’ll see stunning glaciers in Glacier Bay, pass by Tracy Arm, see Russian and Native American influences in Sitka, and then go to Juneau, where you can sign up for an Adventure Tour.

Vancouver/Seward: These one-way cruises travel farther north into the state, taking travelers to the south central region and through the Inside Passage. In addition to all round-trip ports, you’ll stop in Ketchikan, Skagway, and Haines.

The following Holland America ships make the above journeys:

• MS Amsterdam • MS Oosterdam • MS Statendam • MS Volendam • MS Westerdam • MS Zaandam


Glacier Bay National Park: This UNESCO World Heritage Site takes you up close to one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, where you’ll view not only Alaska’s wildlife but also see chunks of ice split.

Hubbard Glacier: Get face-to-face with North America’s fastest-moving glacier, which is five miles wide and 40 stories tall.

Juneau: Alaska’s capital keeps you near the water while taking you close to the forests and mountains. Consider excursions to the Mendenhall Glacier, ice fields, and the Tongass National Forest.

Ketchikan: This location on the shore of Tongass Narrows features shops and houses directly over the water. During your time in port, find out why Ketchikan is called the Salmon Capital of the World, or explore its natural wonders like Bight State Park and the Misty Fjords National Monument.

Sitka: The Russian influence is clear, with onion domes seen in port. While you can explore Russian culture at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Sitka is also home to the Tlingit and close to Mt. Edgecumbe.

College Fjord: Eight glaciers meet in the single location at Chugach Mountain, all named after men’s and women’s colleges. This is the only place in Alaska surrounded on three sides by glaciers.

Haines: This port sits on the shores of the U.S.’s longest fjord and has history as a miner town. Explore the landscape while you’re in Haines, including Chilkat Takshanuk Mountains, Chilkoot Lake, and the area’s wildlife.

Inside Passage: A must for cruisers, this spot lets you in on Alaska’s wildlife, as well as the state’s history during the Gold Rush.

Frederick Sound: Located on the panhandle in Glacier Bay, this is the perfect spot for viewing humpback whales.

Skagway: The Gold Rush once made Skagway Alaska’s largest city. While that’s no longer the case, you can explore history with the White Pass and Yukon Railways and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Tracy Arm: All of Alaska’s natural characteristics merge in a single location – specifically, where Stephens Passage becomes the Boundary Ranges. You’ll see 30-mile fjords ending at two Sawyer glaciers, both of which are close to rainforests, waterfalls, and mountains with 7,000-foot peaks.

Why only catch part of Alaska during your cruise? See all of it with Holland America. Start planning your trip today and find deals through Direct Line Cruises.

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