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First Arrival of the Season for ms Amsterdam at the Port of Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska – June 8, 2012 – Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam tied up at the port of Anchorage Friday morning, the ship’s first call in the city this season.

The Amsterdam visits Anchorage seven times in 2012. The arrivals are on every other Friday, with a few interruptions in the pattern. Each arrival brings 1,380 passengers and 600 crewmembers to the city. Each Amsterdam call in Anchorage lasts approximately 16 hours, allowing passengers the chance to explore Alaska’s largest city.

 “The Amsterdam has become a familiar sight at the Port of Anchorage, and we’re excited to welcome a whole new group of visitors to the city,” said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. “These passengers will have the opportunity to shop, dine and explore our city during their time in port.”

“We’re looking forward to greeting Amsterdam passengers as soon as they come down the gangway,” said Port Director Richard Wilson. “Working with the Amsterdam is just one more way the Port contributes to Alaska’s economy.”

Shuttles, cabs and charter vehicles will connect passengers to downtown Anchorage. Volunteer greeters from Visit Anchorage will orient passengers to the city on the short ride up from the port and are on hand to answer questions once they arrive downtown. Shore excursions also depart by train and motor coach for activities across Southcentral Alaska.

“We’re delighted to welcome the Amsterdam back for a third consecutive summer,” said Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage President & CEO. “It’s another opportunity to show off some of the attractions and activities that Anchorage offers travelers.”

The Amsterdam will not return to Anchorage for the 2013 season. However, the ship will sail in Alaska on a route offering passengers the option to purchase extended overland tours. This change means Anchorage will see more Holland America guests staying overnight as part of a land package next season.

“We are glad the Amsterdam will remain in Alaska, allowing guests access to Southcentral Alaska on overnight tours,” said Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage President & CEO. “These 2013 visitors can spend multiple days in Southcentral Alaska, staying in local hotels and opening up new opportunities to explore.”

Night owls will be able to see the Amsterdam depart through Knik Arm towards Point Woronzof between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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