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Holland America Alaskan Cruises Ports-of-Call!

Holland America Cruise Lines offer a number of cruises and cruise tours to Alaska. Guests can choose from different ships, different itineraries and different cruise tours offering many of the ports-of-call "hotspots". Holland America Alaskan cruises give cruise passengers options that other cruise lines may not be able to match.

First is the unique ambience that Holland America is noted for. Magnificent cruise ships with elegant two storey dining rooms and luxurious public areas make cruise passengers feel that they are cruising in the "lap of luxury". And of course, Holland America's friendly and excellent service, pamper cruise. A Holland America Alaskan cruise can rival the amenities of the most luxurious land based resort hotel.

What makes Alaskan cruises by Holland America extra special are the interesting and diverse excursions of the ports-of-call. We will touch on many of Holland America's cruise only ports-of-call here. The cruise-tour stops are food for another Holland America web page article.

Holland America Cruises to Ketchikan

The town of Ketchikan is one of the first stops in Holland America's Alaska cruise northbound itinerary. The town is built out right over the water at the shores of Tongass Narrows. Some of the main attractions for Alaska cruise guests include Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Saxman (Native) Village and Totem Bight. (Ketchikan has the largest collection of original totems in the United States for Holland America cruise guests to witness.) For an especially exciting excursion, Holland America cruise guests can enjoy an absolutely breathtaking flightseeing adventure by floatplane to Misty Fjords National Monument. Ketchikan offers Holland America Alaskan cruisers great shopping for authentic native artworks, jewelry and souvenirs.

Besides the previously mentioned tours and attractions, Holland America excursions include a Great Alaskan Lumberjack show, Back Country Jeep and Canoe Safari, Guided Alaskan Fishing Safari as well as many others. Holland America cruises to Ketchikan offer Alaska cruise guests an array of excursions that will please any Alaskan cruiser!

Holland America Cruises continue to Juneau

The next stop northward for Holland America cruises may be Juneau, Alaska, the state capital. Once part of the Alaskan Gold Rush, Juneau is situated on the Gastineau Channel with the Juneau Icefields and the massive Mendenhall Glacier close by. This Holland America Alaska cruise port-of-call has too many exciting excursions and adventures to be able to name them all here. There are glaciers and rain forests, whale watching and fishing. Some Alaska cruise activities include kayaking, dog sledding, rafting, hiking, biking, flightseeing and heli-hiking. With so many daylight hours and a long port stay, Holland America cruise passengers may find themselves exhausted at the end of an exciting and activity filled day!

Alaska Cruising to Skagway and Haines

Stroll into the past with Holland America Alaska cruising in Skagway. Restored buildings and wooden boardwalks take cruise guests back to the Gold Rush era of Alaska. Visit shops and The Red Onion Saloon with its costumed barmaids and honky-tonk piano in this Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

This year, eleven Holland America Glacier Discovery sailings will visit Haines, Alaska. Explore the town, or enjoy a fantastic flightseeing or float trip. High-speed catamaran access to Skagway will be available for Holland America guests.

For the adventurous Alaska cruiser, try Klondike Rock Climbing with the very scenic White Pass as a backdrop. There are easy and challenging routes for this adventure. Don't forget, once you're up, you need to rappel back down!

Holland America does Sitka

Situated on Baronoff Island, Sitka is considered one of Alaska's most beautiful cities. With Russian and Tlingit cultural influences, this Alaskan port-of-call has the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the magnificent Mt. Edgecumbe as backdrops. Holland America cruise passengers can stand on the actual spot where the United States purchased Alaska in 1867 for less than two cents per acre! Some samples of Holland America Alaskan cruise excursions include Historic Russian America, Raptor Center and Russian Dancers, Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest, Sitka Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure, and of course, Sitka Sportfishing.

Seward, Alaska by Holland America

The most northern port-of-call for Holland America Alaska cruises is Seward, Alaska. Situated on Resurrection Bay, Seward gives Holland America cruisers access to Anchorage, the Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaskan interior wilderness tours. As well, this Alaskan coastal city is a launching point for many day-boat cruises and other water activities.

Board Holland America's "mv Ptarmigan", their specially designed dayboat for a tranquil cruise across Portage Lake to Portage Glacier. You will marvel at the ice-blue color of Portage Glacier and the thunder of icebergs crashing. The teeming wildlife of the Alaskan wilderness will amaze and excite the Holland American cruisers.

Alaska is cruise unlike other cruises. You will venture close to the Arctic Circle. Add cruise-tours to your Alaskan cruise and you can actually enter the Alaskan interior north of the Arctic Circle! Along the way, your Alaskan cruise will include glacier cruising in one or more of the many Glacier fields along the Alaskan coast. You will be awe-inspired by the magnificence and breath-taking beauty of Alaskan cruising with Holland America.

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