Holland America adding 14-day Alaskan cruise

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Holland America
Line
is introducing a new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer
cruise itinerary in 2010 to its extensive selection of seven-day
itineraries. The Alaskan Adventurer joins the popular
Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage itineraries.

 

Holland America’s schedule features eight ships offering 149 total departures from May 3 through
Sept. 24, 2010. The Alaskan Adventurer cruises will sail roundtrip from Seattle on flagship ms Amsterdam
and call at Anchorage,
Homer and Kodiak for the first time. Seven-day cruises will sail from Seattle,
Vancouver and Seward.

Holland America
is featuring a wide range of seven-day cruises, both roundtrip from Seattle and
Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward. As a longtime tour
operator, Holland America
continues to be awarded the most permit entries of any major cruise line to Glacier Bay, a 65-mile long fjord with spectacular
tidewater glaciers.

 

Many roundtrip Seattle cruises feature Alaska‘s
immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Some cruises visit College Fjord with 10
large tidewater and valley glaciers named after Ivy League colleges. Others
sail by the twin Sawyer Glaciers in the narrow, 26-mile Tracy Arm fjord.

 Alaska Travel
Guides sail on board every Holland America ship in Alaska and share their knowledge of local
culture, history, art and flora and fauna with guests. In addition to the
Alaska Travel Guides, Native interpreters board the ships in Glacier
Bay
and by Hubbard Glacier to explain the origins of the Huna and
Yakutat people.

 14-day
Alaskan Adventurer Cruises

The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will homeport in Seattle to sail the 14-day
Alaskan Adventurer cruises departing roundtrip May 17 through September 6,
2010. The Amsterdam will be the first cruise
ship of a major cruise line to call in Anchorage,
providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska‘s major city.

 The flagship will
also call at the new ports of Homer and Kodiak. Homer features a breathtaking
location at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska
Islands & Ocean Visitor Center
and the famous Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay. Kodiak, home of the famed
Kodiak bear, reflects both 7,500 years of native Alutiiq heritage and Russian
fur trading influence since 1792 as the first capital of Russian America.

 The Amsterdam‘s leisurely itinerary features the scenic Inside Passage, highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord
with its twin Sawyer Glaciers. The ship also cruises by the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay. Ports of call include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer,
Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.

 Alaskan
Explorer Cruises

Four ships will be
home-ported in Seattle
in 2010, sailing a total of 63 seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises roundtrip.
The Amsterdam
opens the season with two seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises departing May 3 and 10 before shifting to the new
14-day itinerary.

 From May 9 through
September 24, the 1,432-guest ms Zaandam departs Fridays, 1,316-guest ms
Rotterdam departs Saturdays and the 1,918-guest, Vista-class ms Oosterdam
departs Sundays. The Zaandam and Rotterdam
highlight the Hubbard Glacier and
the Oosterdam showcases Glacier Bay. All
Alaskan Explorer cruises call at the historic ports of Juneau,
Sitka and Ketchikan,
plus Victoria, BC,
and feature scenic cruising of the Inside Passage and Vancouver
Island
.

 Inside Passage and Glacier Discovery Cruises

Four ships will be
home-ported in Vancouver, two of them sailing seven-day Glacier Bay Inside
Passage cruises roundtrip. The 1,432-guest Volendam (Wednesday departures) and
1,916-guest Zuiderdam (Saturday departures) sail 39 voyages from May 8 through
September 18. They visit Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park and Tracy Arm fjord.

 The 1,270-guest ms
Ryndam and the 1,258-guest ms Statendam will offer two more sailings of the Inside Passage–with port and glacier
variations–September 12 and 19 to conclude the season.

 The Ryndam and
Statendam also sail 36 seven-day Glacier Discovery cruises between Vancouver
and Seward and reverse with Sunday departures May 9 through September 12. From Vancouver, the northbound itinerary features Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay
National Park and College Fjord in Prince William Sound. The southbound route from Seward
calls at Haines in place of Skagway.

 The Glacier
Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage cruises are often combined with a land
tour to create a comprehensive CruiseTour.  A diverse selection of 31
CruiseTours from 11 to 20 days may include visits to Denali
National Park, Fairbanks,
the Kenai Peninsula, the Arctic and the Yukon
Territory
. Many CruiseTours offer two-days at
Denali–”Double Denali”–to maximize wildlife and Mt. McKinley
viewing.

 2010 Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours Brochure
Now Available
  

Cruise-only fares start at US $849, per person,
double occupancy for a seven-day cruise and $2,099 for a 14-day sailing. 
For a copy of the 2010 Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours brochure,
contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or
visit
www.hollandamerica.com.

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