Holland America Line plans to expand Alaska Cruising in 2025, offering unparalleled exploration of the glaciers, wildlife and wilderness. The company focuses on Glacier Bay, and tons of cruises – more than any other cruise line.
Seventy Years of Alaska Expertise
Drawing on seven decades of Alaska expertise, Holland America Line plans to create unforgettable experiences. trips to Alaskawith over 180 wildlife and wild themed tours planned for 2025.
For voyages to Alaska in 2025, from April to October (reservations are now open), the company plans to sail 86,700 tons. Eurodam, North Dam99,500 tons Mafumu Dam, New Amsterdam, Westerdamand 61,396 tons Zaandamis the last ship built by Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, in 1999, to and from Alaskan waters.
The company now offers a wide range of concessions in the Glacier Bay industry, including several glacier views, as well as nearly 180 shore excursions that will allow passengers to enjoy up-close encounters with Alaskan wildlife and pristine wilderness.
“Guests choose Alaska cruises because they want to see glaciers up close to whales in the wild, and we’re proud to be the first in this space to offer our guests more ways to experience glaciers, wildlife and wilderness than any other cruise in the line,” Holland America chief marketing officer Beth Bodensteiner said.
Various trips will be offered in 2025, including the 28-day “Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice,” which is a round trip from Seattle to the Arctic Circle, hitting places like Homer, Juneau, Sitka, Valdez, Tracy Arm, Little. Diomede Island, Hubbard Glacier, and many others Alaskan ports and destinations.
The “Great Alaskan Explorer” 14-day hike New Amsterdam on May 4, and North Dam on Sept. 14, will also invite many top destinations in Alaska, including Anchorage, Prince Rupert in Canada, Skagway, Sitka, and Glacier Bay. A variety of seven-day tours are also available to book if guests don’t have 14 or 28 days to go on one trip.
Travelers should also keep an eye out for Cruisetours, starting in fall 2024 – an Alaskan cruise along with a visit to Denali and and Yukon.
Alaskan “Have All Packages”
The “Have It All” premium package offers guests many amenities, including shore excursions, exclusive restaurants, a Signature Beverage Package, and special amenities such as an Elite Beverage Package, and Premium Wi-Fi.
The Exclusive Mariner Society Early Booking Bonus allows loyal members to receive up to $400 in stateroom credit if they book by October 4, 2023.
Lots of Glaciers, Lots of Deserts, Lots of Wildlife
Spectacular encounters with Alaskan glaciers are available on every trip. Holland America Line surpasses other cruise lines with the most advanced permits to visit Glacier Bay National Park. On this trip, their fleet also visits College Fjord, Dawes Glacier, Hubbard Glacier, and the Twin Sawyer Glaciers of Tracy Arm.
Catamaran trips to various glaciers, such as Hubbard Glacier, as well as Glacier Explorer to Sawyer Glacier, are easily accessible from the ship.
Visitors can also take a Helicopter Glacier Trek in Juneau, land directly on the glacier, or opt for a Five Glaciers Seaplane tour over the Juneau Ice Field.
Shore excursions that include wildlife, including whale watching and wildlife encounters in places like Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Skagway. Wildlife experts will help visitors spot humpback whales, orcas, eagles, moose, bears, and more.
Alaska Up Close program
The “Alaska Up Close” mission provides cultural information with programs, events, and tours for Holland America visitors to Alaska.
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Expert-led workshops, lectures, and on-site workshops at EXC (Explorations Central) provide insights from local communities. Visitors can enjoy fine dining experiences, and connect with local culinary traditions.
Each Alaska cruise includes a special tour from a Huna Interpreter in Juneau, dressed in historical clothing, and introducing passengers to the ancient history of the Tlingit people.