14 Day Ultimate Alaskan Cruise Special!
Oh, the joy of two weeks in Alaska! Overflowing with glacial beauty, endless blue skies, soaring birds and cultural treasures, there's no end to extraordinary sights and sounds. Cruise majestic Tracy Arm, Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point. Make yourself at home in Homer, its streets lined with charming museums, galleries and shops. Enjoy Juneau's history and culture, the island beauty of Sitka and Kodiak's wildlife. All enhanced by on board cultural activities, entertainment and more.
Holland America Line will take you on a unique journey as far north as Anchorage. This special voyage to Alaska is unlike most other cruises; relax, unwind and enjoy all that the Great Land has to offer.
onboard ms Zaandam
14 Day Ultimate Alaskan Cruise Itinerary:
Day 1 - Seattle, WA
Day 2 - Vancouver Island Cruising
Day 3 - Ketchikan
Day 4 - Tracy Arm Fjord & Sawyer Glacier Cruising
Day 5 - Juneau
Day 6 - Icy Strait Point
Day 7 - Gulf of Alaska Cruising
Day 8 - Anchorage
Day 9 - Homer
Day 10 - Kodiak
Day 11 - Hubbard Glacier Cruising
Day 12 - Sitka
Day 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Victoria
Day 15 - Seattle, WA
May 7, 21
June 4, 18
July 2, 16, 30
August 13, 27
From $1199 US
Alaskan Cruise Highlights:
Ketchikan - Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village - try a flight seeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.
Tracy Arm - Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snow-caps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side, and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. The glaciers also are home to black and brown bears, wolves, deer and moose, and seals and whales make their home in the fjord’s icy waters.
Juneau - No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flight see or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.
Icy Strait Point - Zip. Kayak. Eat. Shop. Look. Icy Strait Point adorns the north end of Chichagof Island and is a jumping off point for Glacier Bay, just across Icy Strait to the north. Close to the town of Hoonah, a venerable Tlingit community, Icy Strait Point gives you the chance to explore secluded beaches, hike old-growth forests, or kayak along rich coastal waters. If your adrenaline stores are low, you can take a 60 mph ride on the world's longest zip line.
Anchorage / Seward - Anchorage flaunts its mountains: The Chugach seem to rise just like that out of the backyards of city's eastern neighborhoods. So much of the rest of the scenery is water. The west of the city is bounded by the Cook Inlet, the north and south by its two major branches: the Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm. Hit Anchorage on the solstice and enjoy the restaurants, saloons, museums and galleries in round-the-clock sunshine. Extend your stay and take advantage of the many optional tours that spotlight Alaska's history, culture and outdoor lifestyle.
Homer - One school of thought is that 15,000 years ago, a Kachemak Bay glacier conveniently pushed a five-mile long gravel bar toward Cook Inlet, leaving a huge sand bar behind when it retreated. Either that, or the sand bar was created by tidal swells. At any rate, The Spit, as it's called, is today the salient geographic feature of the city of Homer. It's also a good place to walk the beach, take in the view, or bend an elbow. Homer is a busy port located at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula in the shadow of the Kenai Mountains. It's world famous for its halibut fishing, and gives you great opportunities to kayak, spot bears, and peruse the local galleries.
Kodiak - While Kodiak Island has been home to the Alutiiq people for more than 7,500 years, its most famous inhabitant is surely the enormous sub-species of grizzly known as the Kodiak brown bear. Some of these giants weigh 1,500 pounds and stand ten feet tall. (Everything's bigger in Alaska.) Kodiak also offers legendary fishing, the patina of Russian culture, and immaculate green fjords.
Hubbard Glacier - Come face to face with a gigantic wall of ice that fills your view and extends for miles in either direction. Hubbard Glacier is a titan on the move, advancing faster than almost any other glacier on the continent. When it begins to disgorge its ice, by this point 400 years old, into the salt water at Disenchantment Bay, this behemoth is five miles wide and 40 stories high. It dwarfs ships. As you glide along, watch for seals basking on ice floes, listen for the loud, deep rumble and wait for the mighty crack and thunderous crash.
Sitka - The onion domes of St. Michael's Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a key Russian settlement. Indeed, it was capital of Russian America, seat of the bishop of Kamchatka, and the most important port on the West Coast for the first half of the 19th century. Catch a performance by the New Archangel Dancers, be greeted by native Tlingit people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867. The dramatic setting in the shadow of Mt. Edgecumbe is one of the loveliest in the Great North.
Victoria - Hello, England. Fancy meeting you here! Victoria is a city that started as Salish Village, spent a roustabout adolescence as a main port for gold prospectors and opium traders, and then transformed itself into an icon of British gentility after the completion of the trans-Canada railroad put neighboring Vancouver in the ascendant. Two events were seminal: the opening of Butchart Gardens in 1904 and the completion of the Empress Hotel in 1908. Butchart is a collection of gardens more than a single garden - highlights for cruise visitors include the Sunken Garden (built from a former limestone quarry), the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Rose Garden (breathe deeply). The Empress Hotel is merely a national icon. Come in for high tea.
Designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort, ms Zaandam is a prize in the mid-size ship category. On the musically themed Zaandam, you'll find musical instruments such as Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones throughout the ship. In her soaring three-story atrium: a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of The Netherlands.
While on-board, choose from an array of onboard activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and salon services. Our fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and practice tennis courts.
Club HAL provides a wide variety of youth and teen-friendly activities for kids ages 3 to 17, supervised by qualified, full-time staff.
All pricing above is in US Dollars, per person. Port charges & taxes are additional. Pricing is based on two people sharing and subject to availability. The "From" price listed on our website is for the May 22nd departure date; other dates may have different pricing, please inquire. All pricing is based on availability and subject to change by the cruise line at any time. For more information please contact one of our Alaska Specialists!