There are few finer places to sail than Alaska, where glaciers flow right to the sea, whales and other marine life thrive and charming ports of call brim with adventurous activities. Let the beautiful scenery unfold as you cruise the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. Experience BC’s beautiful coastline and the quiet, quaintness of Alaska’s frontier towns. Memories are waiting to be made.
The excitement builds as you fly into Vancouver today. A transfer to the cruise ship terminal will be provided, allowing for plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the ship before setting sail this afternoon.
The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure.
Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains on either side, and are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. The glaciers are also home to an abundance of wildlife, and seals and whales make their home in the fjord’s icy waters
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish.
Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers who made it to Skagway took a look at the 500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them and decided a change of profession was in order. Many of them set up shop as provisioners which made Skagway the largest city in Alaska by the end of the 19th century. The glory days still reverberate through the town. Ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway, step into the Red Onion Saloon or peruse the restored buildings and wooden boardwalks of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
A cruise to Glacier Bay National Park with Holland America Line will show you a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than any place else in the world.
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions – Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village – try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deep water fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.
Wake up in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Return home today with wonderful memories from an unforgettable journey.
Cabin Categories: Holland America Cabin Categories: view the ship’s layout at www.hollandamerica.com
Importance of Booking Early – a block of staterooms has been held for this cruise but Holland America reserves the right to take back any unsold cabins at any time. It is very important to book early to guarantee cabin availability and fulfillment of the tour.
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
September 1, 2018