Holland America Line Announces Its Return to Alaska for 2021 Cruise Season
In 2021 Holland America Line is planning a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase the cruise line’s more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge, and preferred access. From April through September, six premium ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the Great Land.
Guests can embark on Holland America Line’s award-winning cruises to Alaska aboard Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, and Volendam. Itineraries sail roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, or one-way between Whitter (Anchorage), Alaska, and Vancouver.
“We’re seeing strong interest for next summer’s Alaska season as people anticipate being able to get out again, travel, and spend time with family and friends,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “Alaska has a natural beauty and an aura that are unmatched, and it’s right in our backyard. If you want to have an immersive experience, see Glacier Bay and go up to the Yukon, no one does it better than Holland America Line. We’re ready to return with plenty of options for everybody from couples to multi-generational families.”
New and Notable for 2021
The Pinnacle Class Koningsdam will return to Alaska with seven-day “Inside Passage” itineraries roundtrip from Vancouver and Land+Sea Journeys. Holland America Line is the only cruise line with seven-day roundtrip itineraries from Vancouver that include Glacier Bay National Park.
New for 2021, seven-day “Glacier Discovery Northbound” and “Glacier Discovery Southbound” itineraries will cruise between Whittier, Alaska, and Vancouver aboard Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam. Cruises include two glacier experiences to Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier or College Fjords and ports of call to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.
Seven-day “Alaska Inside Passage” itineraries will cruise roundtrip from Vancouver aboard Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, and Volendam. Ports include Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.
Seven-day “Alaskan Explorer” itineraries will cruise roundtrip from Seattle aboard Eurodam and Oosterdam and include calls at Victoria, British Columbia, and Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka.
Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, and Volendam will offer Land+Sea Journeys ranging from nine to eighteen days.
Eight world-renowned chefs will guide and influence every aspect of the onboard dining experience, including Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine by Seattle’s Ethan Stowell.
All ships cruising in Alaska will feature expanded onboard programming. Guests can engage with an Alaska naturalist, and cruises with Glacier Bay bring on a National Park Ranger and Huna native speaker. Special presentations explore distinctly local topics such as Alaska’s bush pilots and the famous Iditarod race.
For explorers who want to travel further into the Great Land, fifteen different Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day Alaska cruise with an inland exploration to spend more time—up to three nights—at Denali National Park and Preserve, the crown jewel of Alaska’s interior. Holland America Line is the only cruise line that extends land tour options all the way to Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush, and the unspoiled reaches of the Yukon Territory. Every journey includes a train ride into Alaska’s Interior on Holland America Line’s iconic glass-domed McKinley Explorer.
Holland America Line’s 3,500 staff in Alaska each year are among the most experienced and highly trained and many are local Alaskans. The line also owns its own motorcoaches, luxury railcar McKinley Explorer, and hotels, including the 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort bordering Denali National Park. Itineraries are thoughtfully designed with local expertise to allow the maximum touring time and knowledgeable Journey Hosts that help provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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