Glacier Discovery Cruise

Holland America Line

 

June 30-July 8, 2018

Sat / Sun - 9 Days

Discover the beauty and power of Alaska’s pristine waters on this majestic Holland America Line cruise! Experience the ever-changing glacial landscape in Glacier Bay National Park, which has more active tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Watch as pods of humpback whale swim by, sea lions rest on nearby islands and harbor seals nurture their pups. Explore the picturesque towns of Ketchikan, where salmon runs upstream in abundance, and Skagway, where Gold Rush history comes to life. Alaska’s Inside Passage sings the song of summer, through its wildlife, history, culture and adventure.

This memorable cruise departs from Seward (approximately three hours south of Anchorage) and highlights the glacial beauty and national parks of southeastern Alaska. After seven days along Alaska’s coastlines arrive in Vancouver for your flight home or add a couple of days to enjoy British Columbia or combine your cruise with an inland exploration to Denali National Park.

Itinerary


Sat, June 30: Fly to Anchorage, Alaska and overnight in a downtown hotel.

Sun, July 1: Join fellow travelers for a Welcome Breakfast. Travel the scenic Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm to board Holland America’s ms Westerdam and embark on your journey! (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Mon, July 2: At sea. Relax and enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship as you meander through Alaskan waters. Watch for dolphins and whale pods, relax at the covered pool, unwind with a spa treatment, or see a live show – the day is yours to get to know the ms Westerdam. (B,L,D)

Tue, July 3: Scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park. Cruise the waters surrounded by jagged snow-covered mountain peaks. The ship stops in front of the magnificent glaciers, and there is plenty of time to watch and listen to the glaciers calving. (B,L,D)

Wed, July 4: Experience the activities in and around rustic Haines, including rafting, hiking, fishing or sightseeing, or opt to explore the nearby historic Gold Rush town of Skagway.* A not-to-be-missed highlight in Skagway is the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway.* A catamaran transfer is required in order to get from Haines to Skagway.* (B,L,D)

Thu, July 5: Cruise to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, accessible by air or water only. With its bounty of water, forests, mountains and glaciers, Juneau offers a variety of optional activities. *A few favorite excursions here include the Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast (flight via sea plane), Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields, whale watching, rafting, fishing, dog sledding and hiking. (B,L,D)

Fri, July 6: Arrive in Ketchikan, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. *Some optional activities include a flightseeing trip to the Misty Fjords National Monument, an excursion on the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s adventure, or a sightseeing trip to explore Totem Bight State Park or Saxman Village to see the world’s largest collection of totem poles. (B,L,D)

Sat, July 7: Enjoy a day at sea, cruising the Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Sun, July 8: Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Vancouver or Seattle airport for return flights to Indianapolis. (B)

*Additional costs apply for optional excursions, and for water transfer from Haines to Skagway.

Option to extend your stay! Vancouver and Victoria

Sun, July 8: After disembarking the ship, check into your deluxe downtown hotel and explore beautiful Vancouver on your own.

Mon, Jul 9: Enjoy a full day of included activities. including a ferry ride to lovely Vancouver Island, a visit to Butchart Gardens and time to explore the British charm of Victoria. Return to Vancouver for your second night’s stay.

Tue, Jul 10: Transfer to Vancouver’s airport for your return flight to Indianapolis.

Call for pricing and availability. Subject to availability.

Ship

ms Westerdam
Holland America’s Vista Class ship continues to shine with over a decade at sea. As a result of adequate refurbishments and additions, the ms Westerdam has kept up with more modern ships handsomely. With just under 2,000 passengers, you will feel at home in the warm atmosphere. An ample variety of activities and dining will keep you busy, but will not leave you feeling as though you missed out. This perfect balance of size and opportunity allows you to sample all of the options; and leaves time to revisit your favorites! Highlights: Generous personal space – Premium duvet, and soft, cotton bathrobes/slippers – No-Host mini-bar – One-touch phone concierge service – fresh flowers – Complimentary movies – 4 restaurants – World-Class Culinary Council - Americas Test Kitchen – BBC Earth Experiences – Digital workshops – greenhouse Spa & Salon – Explorations Central – Rijksmuseum at Sea – Club HAL kids facility – The Loft teen facility - two swimming pools – Fitness Center – Basketball & Volleyball courts – B.B. King’s Blues C lub – Lincoln Center Stage – Vista Show Lounge – Casino – Ocean Bar – Gallery Bar – Pinnacle Bar – escorted shore excursions



Glacier Discovery Cruise Pricing

Complete Package

Category L Inside

Category F Outside

Category VD Verandah

Category SY Signature Suite

Double P/P

$2,999

$3,349

$4,129

$4,629

Single

$4,429

$5,119

$6,649

$7,649


Ambassadair Trip No. 7238

Glacier Bay National Park

Highlights Include


  • Discover Anchorage with pre-cruise overnight
  • Experience Holland America Line’s award-winning service and five star dining
  • Scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park
  • Full day and evening in port at Haines, gateway to visit the Gold Rush town of Skagway
  • A variety of optional activities in both Juneau and Ketchikan
  • Cocktail party onboard ship

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis to Anchorage and from Vancouver or Seattle
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Anchorage
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam
  • 21 meals as listed
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges
  • Pre-departure meeting

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