Fri, Aug 3: Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver en route to your downtown hotel.
Sat, Aug 4: Vancouver. Enjoy the morning exploring Vancouver on your own. Later, board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam for scenic cruising as you set sail under Lion's Gate Bridge towards Alaska. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sun, Aug 5: At sea. Enjoy a day at sea cruising the Inside Passage. (B,L,D)
Mon, Aug 6: Juneau. This morning, before the afternoon arrival in to Juneau, an optional tour to Tracy Arm Fjord is offered from the ship via catamaran.* 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 twin 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 glacial ice. The glaciers are home to wildlife such as bears, wolves, and moose; while the fjord’s icy waters are popular playground for seals and whales. Then, cruise to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. With its bounty of water, forests, mountains and glaciers, Juneau offers a variety of optional activities. Optional excursions include the Taku Glacier Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier Seaplane excursion, a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields, whale watching, flightseeing, rafting, fishing, dog sledding and hiking.* (B,L,D)
Tue, Aug 7: Skagway. Port in the picturesque Gold Rush town of Skagway. A not-to-be-missed highlight in Skagway is the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway.* Other optional excursions include glacier helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or sightseeing.* (B,L,D)
Wed, Aug 8: Scenic cruising through Glacier Bay National Park. Spend the day enjoying the gorgeous scenery while watching and listening for calving glaciers. National Park Rangers will be on board to educate you on the importance of this area and to help you spot seals, sea lions, sea otters and whales as you navigate through this spectacular waterway. (B,L,D)
Thu, Aug 9: Ketchikan. Discover Ketchikan, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Optional activities include a flightseeing trip to the Misty Fjords National Monument, an excursion on the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's adventure, a sightseeing trip to explore Totem Bight State Park or Saxman Village to see the world’s largest collection of totem poles.* Meander along historic Creek Street, once Ketchikan’s “red light” district, now lined with unique shops and art galleries. (B,L,D)
Fri, Aug 10: at sea. Day at sea cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)
Sat, Aug 11: Disembark in Vancouver and fly home. (B)
*Additional costs apply for optional excursions.
ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Holland America’s five-star ship boasts a collection of artwork and antiques; a culinary arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine with demonstrations and interactive gourmet cooking lessons; Explorations Café, a coffeehouse with Internet access, sponsored by The New York Times; and port lectures and explorations speaker series. Highlights: elegant, spacious staterooms with plush Euro-top mattresses • 24-hour room service • four restaurants • three bars • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • Internet center • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • two outdoor swimming pools (one with retractable roof) • fitness center • basketball court • practice tennis court • more than 50 shipboard activities • casino • movie theatre • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style shows • library • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • teen-only loft and oasis area • duty-free shops • escorted shore excursions.