For the 2014 Alaska cruise season, Holland America Line will feature seven ships sailing exciting seven- or 14-day itineraries that stretch from the Inside Passage up to Glacier Bay and beyond. The line is shifting the 1,916-guest ms Oosterdam to the Glacier Discovery itinerary between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seward, Alaska alongside the 1,260-guest ms Statendam, which will increase verandah and guest capacity in the Gulf of Alaska.
Also new for the 2014 season, ms Amsterdam will sail seven- and 14-day cruises featuring unique ports and incredible scenic sailing that includes both Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord.
"From its natural beauty, unique culture and interesting history, Alaska is a region that can shine on both weeklong and two-week voyages, which is why Amsterdam will sail both itineraries again in 2014," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "We're continuously thinking about ways to enhance our offerings, and moving the Oosterdam to the Gulf gives more guests the chance to admire one of the most scenic parts of the world from their private verandah."
In 2014, Holland America Line will feature Amsterdam on four 14-day Alaskan Explorer itineraries that sail roundtrip from Seattle, Wash. In addition, Amsterdam will sail 10 seven-day Alaska Explorer cruises, while ms Westerdam sails 21 roundtrip Seattle voyages.
Starting in May, Oosterdam and Statendam each sail 18 seven-day Glacier Discovery itineraries to the Gulf of Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia. Statendam and Oosterdam also will sail three seven-day Inside Passage routes along with ms Volendam, ms Zaandam and ms Zuiderdam.
14-day Alaskan Explorer Voyages Roundtrip from Seattle
When the 1,380-guest Amsterdam begins its Alaska season May 18, the ship will sail the first of four nonconsecutive 14-day Alaskan Explorer voyages. The round-trip Seattle, Wash., sailings feature calls at Icy Straight Point, Homer, Kodiak and a full-day call at Anchorage, all in Alaska. The longer voyages enable a double-glacier experience with scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord.
Seven-day Alaskan Explorer Voyages Roundtrip from Seattle
Starting May 3 and June 1, respectively, the 1,916-guest Westerdam (21 Saturday departures) and Amsterdam (10 Sunday departures) will offer seven-day Alaskan Explorer voyages departing roundtrip from Seattle. The itinerary features calls at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; and a scenic cruising experience at Tracy Arm Fjord/Twin Sawyer Glaciers or Glacier Bay National Park.
Seven-day Inside Passage Voyages Roundtrip from Vancouver
Five Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrip from Vancouver on a series of seven-day Inside Passage voyages. In addition to the three Sunday departures offered by Oosterdam(two) and Statendam (one), the 1,432-guest Volendam (21 Wednesday departures), 1,432-guest Zaandam (20 Friday departures) and 1,916-guest Zuiderdam (20 Saturday departures) sail from April 30 to September 20. During those voyages guests will visit Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay National Park, while Zaandam's itinerary highlights Tracy Arm Fjord and Twin Sawyer Glaciers.