Holland America Cruisetour Destinations
Eight major cruise itineraries to Alaska and the Yukon - Holland America Line is the only Alaska vacation company to offer them all. They take you to the best places in the Great Land, so you can have the Alaska vacation of your dreams.
EXPLORE ALASKA WITH HOLLAND AMERICA
Alyeska, Alaska's premier year-round resort boasts the beautiful Aleyska Resort. Choose a
cruisetour featuring an overnight stay at this lavish hotel and take the aerial tram
to the top of Mt. Alyeska for an unforgettable meal at the four-diamond Seven Glaciers
Beautifully situated on Cook Inlet and surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is a hub
of activity with everything from fine restaurants and frontier saloons to museums
and art galleries. Popular excursions include Redoubt Bay bear viewing, fly fishing
and Knik Glacier flightseeing.
- Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, population 143, is one of two sites where Alaska Highway construction
crews working from opposite directions connected the highway. They met here in October
1942 at Milepost 1202. Beaver Creek is the home of the Westmark Inn, which provides a
welcome sight to travelers.
Watch for members of the famed Porcupine Caribou Herd as you travel to Coldfoot.
This tiny outpost sits at the mouth of Slate Creek on the east
bank of the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River at Mile 175 of the Dalton Highway, and
is home to a historic mining camp and a population or 13. Originally called Slate
Creek, the town got its name from miners who got cold
feet and departed.
- Cooper Landing
The world's most avid fishermen and women come to the Kenai River to angle for
trophy-sized salmon. History buffs and nature lovers will enjoy the visit to
Cooper Landing as well -
the area is rich with native heritage and tranquil scenery. An overnight stay
completes your unforgettable Kenai experience.
- Dawson City
When you think of the gold rush, think of this Klondike National Historic Site.
Dawson City is where more than 30,000 Stampeders transformed a fishing camp at
the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike rivers into the largest city west of
Winnipeg and north of Seattle. You'll find history along the creaky wooden
sidewalks, at the Dawson City Museum and Historical Society, and in the
authentic costumes the townsfolk wear. Every cruisetour featuring Dawson City
includes an extra day to explore the Heart of the Klondike.
- Denali National Park
This vast untamed wilderness is home to the continent's mightiest peak - a towering
massif that makes its own weather. Enjoy the extra day of unscheduled time Holland
America built into more cruisetours than ever so you can experience the park's
magnificent diversity. With any luck you'll see grizzly crossing braided streams,
Dall sheep traversing rugged cliffs and moose foraging in upland meadows. And don't
miss an amazing array of optional activities. Like flightseeing to Mt. Denali and
landing on a glacier, paddling class III and IV rapids through breathtaking Canyon
Run, or exploring on a wilderness horseback adventure. More About Alaska's National Parks
Eagle is located east of Fairbanks between Tok and the United States/Yukon
Territory border at Mile 160 along Highway 5. Set on the banks of the Yukon River,
it is the starting or ending point for Holland America's tour on the mv Yukon Queen
II between Dawson City and Eagle. Named after the nesting eagles on nearby Eagle
Bluff, the city was founded in 1987. It is home to 146 residents with a total of
234 people in the valley including the Han Indian village three miles up river.
A Historic District and National Landmark, it operated as a supply and trading
center before becoming the first city to incorporate in Interior Alaska.
Work up an appetite panning for your keepsake gold. Afterwards, savor a hearty miner's
stew at the authentic Gold Dredge No. 8, restored by Holland America Line and listed on
the Register of National Historic Sites. Then sail aboard the sternwheeler riverboat
Discovery to visit with a native beadwork artist and meet Susan Butcher, four-time
Iditarod Champion and her famous sled dogs. Fairbanks is also the starting point for
optional adventures that spotlight the native culture and rugged beauty of the Far North,
including flighseeing over the Arctic Circle.
- Gates of the Arctic National Park
Frigid Crags and Boreal Mountain give Alaska's ultimate wilderness its name. These dramatic
peaks mark the gateway from Alaska's central Brooks Range into the arctic regions of the Far
North . . . and a remarkable world of uncommon adventures. More About Alaska's National Parks
Travel the Sterling Highway as far as it will go just to stand in wonder on the shores
of Kachemak Bay. Here, at the tip of the narrow strip of land, dazzling scenery will
surround you. A rugged coastline creased with narrow fjords and a towering chain of
glacier-draped mountains reveal a thousand moods. Fishermen set off from the bustling
harbor to capture trophy-sized halibut. Clammers wade through the tial flats. And the
charming shops dotting the five-mile-long Homer Spit lend an inviting New England feel.
Homer, the gateway to the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge - the largest of its kind in
the world - is waiting to be discovered via hiking trail, kayak or fishing boat. And
don't miss the incomparable bear-viewing tours at world-famous Katmai National Park.
Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the
town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau
Icefields at its back door. This is the place to let your imagination run wild.
Explore the lush Tongass Rain Forest. Shop the rustic shops in town. Or get out
and kayak, dogsled, raft, bike, hike, heli-hike, flightsee, or fish.
- Kenai Fjords National Park
Sweeping from rocky coastline to glacier-crowned peaks, Kenai Fjords National
Park is one of Southcentral Alaska's most scenic attractions. A dayboat cruise
through the park's long, steep-sided, glacier-carved valleys gives you an
up-close look at abundant wildlife. Watch for bald eagles, listen to the sounds
of thousands of seabirds and share the waters with Stellar sea lions, harbor
seals, Dall's porpoises, sea otters and whales.
- Kenai Peninsula
The Athabascan Indians, among the first inhabitants of the borough, founded a land,
which offered a rich bounty of fish and game. Russian fur traders, in the 1700's,
settled along the shore of the Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska, amassing a harvest
of sea otters year after year. By the turn of the 19th Century, seekers of new wealth
flocked to Alaska, some settling on the Kenai Peninsula. Miners journeyed north in
search of gold and founded several borough communities. Fisherman settled near the
Cook Inlet to reap the harvest from the sea. Today's borough residents base their
livelihood on development of vast and diverse resources, which continue to bring
people to the area.
- Kluane National Park
Kluane National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is so wild and remote few
even know its name. Holland America has partnered with Parks Canada to bring you guided
explorations to help you appreciate the enormity of the land and the diversity
of the wildlife. And special presentations introduce you to wonders like
towering Mt. Logan, the continent's second-tallest peak. No one else offers this
unique combination of park-sponsored activities and optional excursions. Optional
activities range from wild to mild including rafting on the Tatshenshini River,
flightseeing to the "world's largest non-polar icefield", canoe fishing, and
various guided hikes.
- Prudhoe Bay
A trip to Prudhoe Bay spotlights the North Slope's famed oil fields, the
800-mile TransAlaska pipeline and much more. In fact, it's one of our premier
wildlife-viewing adventures. Here, at the end of the world, you can gaze across
the vast Arctic Ocean. Then sightsee south along the Dalton Highway "haul road,"
crossing the ancient Brooks Range mountains into caribou country.
The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is known for its stunning
waterfront. "Catch" a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space
Needle, sample a local microbrew in funky Fremont, or down a cup of java in the
coffee capital of the world.
Ice-free the year round, Seward was a natural choice as the ocean terminal and
supply center during the construction of the Alaska Railroad. Today, it is the
gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and home of the Annual Silver Salmon
Derby, the biggest fishing event in Alaska. Find out what lives beneath the
surface of Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound at the Sealife Center,
financed in part by the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement. Towering Mt.
Marathon provides a breathtaking backdrop for a historic downtown district filled
with quaint shops.
History never gets old in Skagway. This Klondike Gold Rush National
Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you
to take a stroll into the past. Take your time and poke into every little store
from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon,
with its honky tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of
memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie and other vintage
characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the
nostalgic Trail of '98 Museum.
- The Yukon
Sail past the Steamboat Graveyard where beached paddle-wheelers evoke the
rip-roaring days of the Yukon River. Stand on the bridge of the mv Yukon Queen
II, the only sightseeing vessel for cruisetour travelers, as the Captain
navigates the beautiful wilderness of the third-longest river in North America.
Look for moose wading in the shallows as you enjoy a hearty prospector's lunch.
Wave to rugged homesteaders as you pass their stakes. Your 102-mile journey
between Eagle and Dawson City is haunted by echoes of the gold rush and blessed
by magnificent scenery.
Tok is called the "Gateway to Alaska," as it is the first major community upon
entering Alaska from Canada. Tok (rhymes with poke) began as a road construction
camp on the Alaska Highway.
- Tombstone Territorial Park
Visitors driving out from Dawson City along the famous Dempster Highway
will pass through land merely 200 million years old - the Tintina Trench, a
massive fault line straddling the Yukon and parts of Alaska - and travel into
the sub-arctic tundra valleys of Tombstone Territorial Park. The vistas are endless,
the valleys broad and rugged. This land attracted
some of the first known settlements of man in the New World and remains the
ancestral home of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation. It is also the realm of a
full range of wildlife, from grizzlies and moose to peregrines and plovers.
This remote wonderland receives very few visitors. It is untamed in every
sense of the word. It is reassuring that these places still exist, and that
Holland America guests can visit them.
The Klondike Stampeders got to Whitehorse by foot over the Chilkoot Pass, then
by surviving the treacherous White Horse Rapids. A town grew at the head of
navigation on the Yukon River, and became the territorial headquarters for the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was name capital of the Yukon Territory in
1953. If you find yourself with time in Whitehorse, Holland America Line's
jumping off point for Kluane National Park, be sure to visit the ss Klondike
National Historic Site and enjoy a performance of the rollicking Frantic Follies