All CruiseTours – ranging from 10 to 20 days in length – combine an Inside Passage sailing with in-depth land tours, designed to show guests the best of Alaska’s wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history. Many tours also feature Canada’s Yukon Territory with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park.
“Holland America Line draws on more than 60 years of experience in Alaska and the Yukon to provide guests with in-depth wilderness experiences,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “These tours are an incredible value for guests who want to experience the beauty of Alaska by both land and sea.”
Holland America’s comprehensive CruiseTours combine many modes of transportation to explore Alaska and the Yukon. Guests travel by five-star cruise ships, luxury, domed McKinley Explorer® railcars, vessels such as the mv Yukon Queen II and comfortable, custom-built Explorer CoachesTM, which feature more leg room.
In 2011 Holland America Line is featuring 10 Yukon & Denali CruiseTours. The 10- to 15-day itineraries combine a three- or four-day Inside Passage cruise between Vancouver and Skagway with adventures to Denali National Park and destinations such as Fairbanks, Dawson City and Whitehorse. Some CruiseTours also include Kluane National Park and the White Pass & Yukon Railroad with Lake Bennett excursion.
Denali CruiseTours feature a seven-day Inside Passage cruise on 18 itineraries ranging from 11 to 20 days. Guests enjoy more glacier viewing, including either the immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay or Glacier Bay National Park. Most itineraries offer two-night Double Denali stays and the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. Some include an excursion to the Arctic, Kenai Fjords National Monument or luxurious Alyeska Resort.
Three Expedition CruiseTours, ranging from 12 to 14 days, provide authentic wilderness experiences and include the new Bears & Wilderness CruiseTour. It features a seven-day Glacier Discovery Cruise and retreats at rustic Redoubt Bay Lodge near Lake Clark National Park (sport fishing and bear viewing opportunities) and Winterlake Lodge along Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail (helicopter glacier trekking, hiking, fishing). The other two Expedition CruiseTours highlight the Kenai Peninsula or Denali backcountry.
Holland America Line will continue to offer the Seattle Connector Package to enable guests beginning or ending their CruiseTour in Anchorage or Fairbanks to enjoy a roundtrip Seattle itinerary. The package includes airfare between Seattle and Alaska, overnight at Seattle airport area hotel, transfers between Seattle and Vancouver and transfers between Anchorage or Fairbanks hotel and airport.