For travelers wishing to see the beauty of Alaska and the Yukon, Holland America Line features 31 CruiseTour itineraries in 2010 exploring Southeast Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula, Arctic, Denali and the Yukon Territory. All CruiseTours 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.
Ranging from 10 to 20 days in length, the ever-popular Great Land and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours explore Alaska and the Yukon by land and sea. Twenty Holland America CruiseTours feature a Double Denali option – two nights at a classic wilderness lodge near the gates of Denali National Park. Many tours also feature Canada’s Yukon Territory, with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks.
“More than sixty years of experience in the region is wrapped up in each of our cruise tours,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “These are comprehensive tours. Holland America has always sought to provide guests with more in-depth wilderness experiences than any other cruise line.”
The new 2010 itineraries and optional excursions offer a choice of 14 national parks and wilderness areas including less visited gems such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park along with popular Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks.
Holland America’s comprehensive CruiseTours combine a variety of transportation adventures to explore Alaska and the Yukon. Guests travel by five-star cruise ships; luxury, domed McKinley Explorer® railcars; intimate vessels such as the mv Yukon Queen II; and comfortable custom-built highway Explorer CoachesTM on Great Land itineraries.
Great Land CruiseTours
The core of the company’s extensive Alaska tour program consists of 10 Great Land CruiseTours, combining a southeast Alaska cruise with an in-depth tour of the vast interior. The cruise sails for three or four days between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Skagway.
Great Land Klondike CruiseTours offer 11- to 15-day adventures to Denali National Park; Dawson City; Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Four Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours range from 10 to 13 days and provide a more affordable wilderness experience with travel along the most scenic stretch of the famed Alaska Highway.
Glacier Discovery CruiseTours
Guests who prefer a longer Inside Passage cruise with added glacier viewing can choose among 18 Glacier Discovery CruiseTours. Ranging from 11- to 20-days, these CruiseTours include a seven-day sailing and most offer two-night Double Denali stays and the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour.
New Expedition CruiseTours are designed to provide more off the beaten track wilderness experiences. Three itineraries highlight uncrowded, authentic wilderness experiences in the Kenai, Denali and the Yukon. Two tours include accommodations at small, exclusive lodges in remote locations.
The leader in Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours
Holland America Line has been Alaska’s leading tour operator for more than 60 years. The line has eight premium ships, offering 148 Alaska cruises in 2010. These include 60 sailings on four ships home-ported in Seattle and 88 cruises on four ships based in Vancouver.