HAL Says ‘We Are Alaska’ – 133 Cruises & 15 Land+Sea Journeys For 2019
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Travelers looking to explore Alaska’s natural wonders in 2019 will have 133 cruises and 15 different Land+Sea Journey configurations to choose from aboard Holland America Line’s mid-sized ships. The premium line just introduced its “We Are Alaska” branding to emphasize its leadership, expertise and history in Alaska for more than seven decades — longer than Alaska has been a state.
In 2019 Holland America Line will offer a robust season of cruises on eight ships with more visits to Glacier Bay than any other line, the introduction of soft-adventure EXC In-Depth Alaska cruising and the continuation of the only cruise options that combine overland travel to the Yukon.
As the first tour operator in the region and the only cruise line offering Yukon explorations, Holland America Line says it leverages its relationships with the communities and locals to craft unique and memorable Alaska and Yukon adventures.
“ʽWe Are Alaska’ perfectly sums up our expertise, knowledge and robust cruise and land tour offerings and reinforces that anyone who wants the best trip to The Great Land and the Yukon should make Holland America Line their first choice,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president.
“Holland America Line has been in Alaska for more than seven decades — longer than Alaska has been a state — and we’re still the only cruise line going overland to the Yukon because of our experience; we know how to deliver it.”
From May through September, cruisers can select from seven-, 14- or 21-day itineraries aboard Amsterdam, Eurodam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Volendamand Westerdam.
New for the 2019 season, Oosterdam takes over the Sunday roundtrip Seattle, Washington, itineraries, adding more verandah staterooms to that route. Also new are three 21-day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer EXC In-Depth Voyages roundtrip from San Francisco, California, aboard Maasdam.
Those ships using Vancouver as a gateway — Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Westerdam, and Volendam— offer Holland America Line’s signature Alaska Land+Sea Journeys that combine a Holland America Line cruise with a stay at Denali National Park or journey to Denali and the Yukon. With six different Yukon+Denali itineraries and nine Denali options, departure dates offer a choice to cruise first or enjoy the land segment first.
HAL also has expanded the guest experience on the Alaska Land+Sea Journeys with the addition of new guest accommodations at its Denali operation that includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and Denali Square. The new 99-guest property features standard rooms and 54 junior suites, all with balconies so guests can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Alaska wilderness in private comfort. Junior suites showcase balconies, larger living areas and greater amenities for guests.
The new rooms are an extension of Holland America Line’s overland Alaska experience to Denali, which includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and Denali Square, a gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The addition will be located just west of Denali Square, with views of Mt. Healy and Denali National Park.
Additionally, Holland America Line’s hotel in Skagway has been remodeled with a new look, soft goods and public lounge updates.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.