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Sea Highlights

See Alaska up-close and personal—by Land and by Sea! Whether you take the cruise before or after your land tour, you’ll find each experience makes the other more meaningful. Only when you view this tremendous land from both sea and land can you fully comprehend and appreciate its immensity and diversity, and its magnificent beauty.

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Sail with the World’s Best Cruise Line.

Holland America Line boasts Alaska’s largest 5-star fleet— consistently voted “best cruise value” by those who know cruising best. That is why it is our choice for the cruise portion of your Alaska Highway Cruises vacation.

  • Stunning decor & spacious rooms
  • Entertainment, movie, night-club shows, sports and tournaments
  • Youth counselors and activities for youngsters like scavenger hunts, crafts and pizza parties.
  • Self-indulgent room service, bountiful meals in the Lido and an array of temptations
    in the elegant dining room.
  • Onboard naturalist is glad to answer your questions and to alert you to wildlife sightings.
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Holland America Line boasts Alaska’s largest 5-star fleet— consistently voted “best cruise value” by those who know cruising best. That is why it is our choice for the cruise portion of your vacation. Let us help you plan a 7-Day Glacier Discovery or Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruises and see the beauty of Alaska and many exciting ports of call. Choose from elegant and gracious ships lavished with beautiful works of art and mementos of the Dutch era of exploration. Stunning decor and spacious rooms, entertainment, movie, night-club shows, sports and tournaments, youth counselors and activities for youngsters like scavenger hunts, crafts and pizza parties. Self-indulgent room service, bountiful meals in the Lido and an array of temptations in the elegant dining room. An onboard naturalist is glad to answer your questions and to alert you to wildlife sightings.

THE INSIDE PASSAGE
This thousand-mile waterway is a magical world of forests, mountains, emerald islands floating on the blue sea and deep fjords penetrating the wilderness. Keep your binoculars ready for whales and porpoises. You might spy an Indian village hidden in the trees along the shore, or a brave little fishing boat.

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure. Amidst majestic scenery, Glacier Bay offers us now, and for all time, a connection to a powerful and wild landscape. The park has snow-capped mountain ranges rising to over 15,000 feet, coastal beaches with protected coves, deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, coastal and estuarine waters, and freshwater lakes. Diverse habitats support a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, with opportunities for viewing and research that allow us to learn more about the natural world.

HUBBARD GLACIER. From its source on Mount Logan in the Yukon territory, Hubbard Glacier stretches 76 miles to the sea at Yakutat and Disenchantment Bays. It is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, with an open calving face over six miles wide. In May 1986, the Hubbard Glacier surged forward, blocking the outlet of Russell Fiord and creating “Russell Lake.”

COLLEGE FJORD. Dozens of glaciers meet tidewater in this inlet rimmed by icy crags, frozen in time. You may even spot wildlife: seals, sea lions, bald eagles, mountain goats, perhaps humpback and killer whales. Your memories of this day will stay with you always.

KETCHIKAN. Come ashore to one of the state’s most picturesque communities. Fishing boats, pleasure craft and planes shelter in the harbor. Enjoy a shore excursion like the Rainforest Canoe and Nature Trail, Backcountry Jeep® & Canoe Safari or the Rainforest Island Adventure. Before or after your excursion take time to browse the Creek Street boutiques and waterfront shops. Day Tours in Ketchikan »

JUNEAU. Alaska’s capital snuggles between Gastineau Channel and Mt. Juneau. Have an adventure in Juneau on the Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip, Historic Gold Panning Adventure & Salmon Bake, Glacier View Sea Kayaking, Historic Gold Mining & Panning Adventure, Mendenhall Lake Canoe Adventure, Whale Watching Adventure, Whale Watching & Salmon Bake, Best of Juneau® or the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Day Tours in Juneau »

SKAGWAY. The sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway come winter, so you can only imagine the frightful conditions endured by the gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, with a mandatory ton of supplies to be hauled with them over the steep and treacherous Trail of ’98. 21st-century summertime visits to Skagway require nothing of the sort, but you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway up through silvery-purple rock faces, past Deadhorse Gulch, to see what it was like back then. You may want to set out on an adventure in a 4-wheel drive Jeep Wrangler® on the Yukon Sightseeing Adventure by Hummer® or, for a dining experience you’ll never forget, don’t miss the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake where you’ll enjoy Alaskan Wild Salmon grilled over an open fire. See all Day Tours in Skagway »

ms Noordam
Launched in 2006, Noordam is the newest member of our renowned Vista-class ships. Named for the Northern compass point, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod® propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. On board Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. Direct from Beale Street, our B.B. King All-Star band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, the band does it all while you enjoy a signature drink or dance the blues away. B.B. King Blues Club. One of the most valuable pieces of furniture on board the ship is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones. Enjoy an onboard IPod® self-guided tour of the complete Noordam art collection. Noordam exemplifies the classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. The ambiance of the elegant Noordam will provide a comfortable, spacious and relaxing backdrop as you sail the sunny Caribbean or romantic Europe. View Deck Plans »

ms Volendam
The beautiful garden theme of the ms Volendam is reflected in an artful floral motif throughout the ship’s spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms. “Flowers” can be found in abundance in the forms of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and chrysanthemums. In addition to fresh flowers throughout the ship, Holland America Line has drawn on its collection of incredible artwork to enhance the interior of the ship’s public spaces. Everything from pre-Columbian fetishes and sculptures to Renaissance-era fountains imported from Italy are included in its hallway galleries. At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, inspired by the myriad of moods and colors of a kaleidoscope, greets visitors in a soaring three-story atrium. See staterooms and public spaces galleries to the right. View Deck Plans »

ms Westerdam
Westerdam received extensive enhancements as part of a $300 million brand initiative. New bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites debuted for the 2017 Europe season. Enjoy dazzling entertainment from your very first night on board. As part of the updates, new music venues have been added: Lincoln Center Stage, featuring world-class musicians performing chamber music, and Billboard Onboard, rocking the house with 50 years of chart-topping hits. These venues join the already popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, completing our new “Music Walk” experience. Be sure to check out the new Explorations Central located high atop the ship; it’s the heartbeat of the Holland America Line destination experience. Plus, Westerdam features the exclusive new Rijksmuseum at Sea. View Deck Plans »