Alaska Explorer Cruise

Holland America Line

  • Date

    JUNE 14-22, 2019 | FRI / SAT – 9 DAYS

  • Location

    Seattle | Juneau | Sitka | Ketchikan

Overview

The ideal trip for cruising fun in Alaska … begins in Seattle! Spend a night in downtown Seattle, close to many of the city’s popular attractions. Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country, features fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, gorgeous flowers and arts and crafts as far as the eye can see; always bustling with activity! While in the hometown of Boeing, visit The Museum of Flight, one of the largest air and space museums in the world.

You’ll be fascinated as you sail out of lovely Puget Sound on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam on your way to the icy-blue glaciers and charming frontier ports of our northern-most state. Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, where a unique ecosystem of plants and animals live in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape and tidewater glaciers calve more actively than anyplace else in the world. Listen closely. It’s not really thunder you’re hearing; it’s actually the sound ice makes when it breaks away from a glacier and falls into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air!

In Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, numerous optional adventures await. You can take a tram ride to the top of Mount Roberts for stunning views of the city and mountains, take a helicopter flight or motorcoach ride to nearby Mendenhall Glacier, or enjoy a whale-watching cruise. Cruise to Sitka, considered the most beautiful of Southeast Alaska’s towns and cities, and stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867. Opt for a floatplane flightseeing trip in Ketchikan, where you’ll witness breathtaking views of Misty Fjords National Monument. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, explore the totem poles in the lush Tongass National Forest or visit the shops and art galleries along Creek Street.

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Discover Juneau, Alaska’s capital city
  • Visit Ketchikan, home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles
  • See the historic and scenic community of Sitka, located on Baranof Island
  • Scenic cruising through Glacier Bay National Park
  • Evening visit to Victoria, British Columbia on majestic Vancouver Island

AMBASSADAIR ADD-ONS

  • Pre-cruise overnight stay in downtown Seattle
  • Private sightseeing tour in Seattle, including a visit to famous Pike Place Market
  • Visit the Museum of Flight
  • $75 Beverage Card Per Person
  • Pre-departure meeting

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Seattle, Washington
  • Escorted (with 15 or more guests)
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Seattle
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam
  • 22 meals
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Transfers, taxes and port charges

Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is now required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return. If you are traveling with a passport issued by any other country than the USA, a tourist visa or ETA may be required to enter Canada. Please visit this website to verify: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Note: Canada has new travel restrictions. Please see the Terms of Service page/Canadian Travel Regulations for full information.

Itinerary

Fri, June 14: Fly to Seattle, Washington. Enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour of Seattle en route to your downtown hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to do as you please.

Sat, June 15: After breakfast, tour The Museum of Flight. The museum’s collection includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn®, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Company. Later, board Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam for scenic cruising in Puget Sound. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sun, June 16: Enjoy a day at sea as you enjoy amenities on board. (B,L,D)

Mon, June 17: Cruise to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska, which is accessible by air or water only. With its bounty of water, forests, mountains, and glaciers, Juneau offers a variety of optional activities. Highlights 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, June 18: 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)

Wed, June 19: Visit the historic and scenic community of Sitka, located on Baranof Island between forested mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Sitka offers a combination of native Tlingit culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness. Optional tours include exploring St. Michael’s Cathedral (an onion-domed Russian Orthodox church), the Alaska Raptor Center, and the numerous cultural sights around Sitka. The dramatic setting in the shadow of Mount Edgecumbe is one of the loveliest you will experience. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, or taking a sightseeing tour in order to experience the history and beauty of this quaint community. (B,L,D)

Thu, June 20: Discover Ketchikan, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Optional activities include a flightseeing trip to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s adventure, a sightseeing trip to explore Totem Bight State Park, or Saxman Native Village to see the world’s largest collection of totem poles. (B,L,D)

Fri, June 21: Scenic cruising around Vancouver Island with an evening visit to Victoria, British Columbia. Popular Victoria optional excursions include a visit to Butchart Gardens, Orca Whale Watching, or a Victoria Highlights tour. Butchart Gardens, a national historic site encompassing 55 beautiful acres, opened in 1904 and is still privately owned by family descendants. (B,L,D)

Sat, June 22: Disembark in Seattle and fly home. (B)

Note: Additional costs apply for optional excursions.

Ship

ms Eurodam

ms Eurodam
Holland America Line’s first Signature-class ship has recently received many exciting updates. It features museum-quality art-from 19th Century oils to contemporary photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. Enjoy cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Savor the sounds of Music Walk™ and the delights of specialty restaurants. Highlights: spacious staterooms • beds with plush Euro-top mattresses • 24-hour room service • three restaurants • eight bars/lounges • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • Internet center • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • two outdoor swimming pools (one with retractable roof) • two Jacuzzis • fitness center • basketball court • practice tennis court • more than 50 shipboard activities • casino • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style shows • Culinary Arts Center • library • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • teen-only Loft • duty-free shops • escorted shore excursions.

Map

Alaska Explorer Cruise Map

PRICING

  • Cat K
    Inside
  • Double P/P – $2,849
  • Single – $4,149
  • Cat F
    Ocean View
  • Double P/P – $3,149
  • Single – $4,749
  • Cat
    VD Verandah
  • Double P/P – $3,599
  • Single – $5,699
  • Cat SY
    Signature Suite
  • Double P/P – $4,199
  • Single – $6,899

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