Use this helpful Question & Answer section for guidance during your vacation planning. We included answers to our most frequently asked questions and helpful hints and sound advice on what to keep in mind when choosing your ideal cruisetour.
1. There are so many cruisetours. How do I sort them out?
What do you want to see? How much time do you have? What kinds of experiences and activities do you crave? Look at the following highlights before planning your Alaska vacation. There are really only four major cruisetour collections from which to choose.
Yukon & Denali CruiseTours #1-6 Denali National Park, Dawson City and Yukon River cruising or Yukon wilderness and sights along the Alaskan Highway, 3 or 4 days of Inside Passage cruising. Learn More.
Yukon & Denali CruiseTours #7-10 These 10-13 day CruiseTour itineraries feature 3- or 4-day Inside Passage cruises and highlights the vast wild interior of the Great Land along the route of the historic Alaska Highway. Learn More.
Denali CruiseTours 11 – 28 Denali National Park, 7 days of Inside Passage and glacier cruising, with choices that include the Arctic and the Yukon. Learn More.
Expedition CruiseTours E1 – E3 If you prefer a premium, small-group adventure that offers a more remote wilderness experience, look at our Expedition Series in Denali, the Kenai Peninsula and remote fly-in lodges. Learn More.
Tours 1-28 are presented in pairs.
Odd-numbered tours travel northbound from Vancouver, B.C. Even-numbered tours are the corresponding, or reverse, itinerary. These travel southbound from Anchorage or Fairbanks.
2. How do I maximize my chances of seeing wildlife?
In a landscape this immense, marine and land mammals don’t always appear on cue. To increase your chances, visit as many stunning wilderness parks as possible. Then, while you are in these legendary places, be sure to include a special wildlife tour. The Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour, for example, takes you into moose, caribou, grizzly, dall sheep and wolf habitat. Our Expedition series of cruisetours also feature great wildlife-viewing opportunities.
3. Travel in Alaska covers a lot of territory. How do I pace myself?
Look for cruisetours with two-night stays in important destinations. Consider traveling northbound from Vancouver, B.C. and easing into your vacation with a shorter air trip and a relaxing day at sea. As your adventure unfolds, you’ll have more energy to take advantage of the exciting range of activities.
4. I'm always looking for a great value. Any suggestions?
Choose a longer tour for greater value. Compare costs and you'll see that extra days deliver more enjoyment for little expense. And the budget-conscious traveler can save money by opting for a northbound cruisetour. Also, check out our CruiseTour special offers.
5. Who can help me if I need assistance on my cruisetour?
Most of our cruisetours include the services of a Tour Concierge. And the Holland America team – hotel staff, hosts, driver/guides and railcar managers – are always on hand.
6. There are over 150 cruises. What are the important differences?
Let us help by outlining our three 7-day cruise categories and pointing you to an exciting 14-day cruise opportunity.
7-Day Explorer from Seattle Cruise roundtrip from Seattle to Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier or Tracy Arm. Plus the port of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. Learn More.
14-Day Explorer from Seattle Cruise sailing roundtrip from Seattle to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. Visits Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak and Victoria. Learn More.
7-Day Inside Passage from Vancouver Sail roundtrip from Vancouver to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Learn More.
7-Day Glacier Discovery from Vancouver or Seward (Anchorage) Cruise one-way between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) to Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Visit ports like Skagway/Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan. Learn More.
7. How do I choose a stateroom?
Our interior and ocean-view staterooms are among the largest and most handsomely appointed in Alaska. So you can rest assured that any stateroom you choose will accommodate you in elegance and style. All our ships offer a choice of private verandah suites. Learn More.
8. Which scenic glacier experience should I choose?
Each glacier landscape is inspiring. Each one has its own appeal.
Glacier Bay National Park Our Glacier Discovery sailings offer a more diverse experience. The full-day Glacier Bay experience is available on all three cruise routes.
Hubbard Glacier No single glacier offers a better glimpse of nature’s power. A half day of cruising is included on Friday 14-Day Alaskan Explorer cruises.
Tracy Arm This long, narrow fjord capped by the Sawyer Glaciers is more intimate than other glacier sites. It is offered on 7- and 14-day Alaskan Explorer cruises.
A Holland America Line cruisetour is a complete land and sea vacation that allows you to travel further and effortlessly into Alaska and the Yukon. Go beyond the reach of your cruise itinerary and explore deeper into the heart of the Great Land. Only a cruisetour combines award-winning ship accommodations, sightseeing via luxury domed railcars, and a charming wilderness lodge as your base camp. Our cruisetour itineraries allow you to get up close and personal with the majestic wonders and hidden gems of this glorious region.
Let us be your host throughout the Great Land. From Glacier Bay and Denali to Tombstone, Kluane, the Klondike, the Arctic and more, our expert planning allows for the best of these natural wonders to unfold. We've shown Alaska to guests for more than 60 years – longer than it has been a state. When it comes to Great Land travel, experience counts. Plus, our superb service, gracious accommodations and luxurious modes of transportation set the standard for excellence.
ALASKA CRUISES We invite you to step aboard ships ideally suited to Alaska. Our choice of 7- and 14-day cruises and diverse glacier and port experiences provide interest for every kind of cruiser. It all adds up to a captivating vacation. Come aboard and discover the beauty of Alaska for yourself. Explore Alaska Cruise options.
Artful itineraries blending national parks and natural wonders
Glacier Bay on all 7-day itineraries
Many cruises with two different glacier-viewing experiences
Extra-long days in port and over 300 optional excursions from mild to wild
Elegant, mid-sized ships and ultra spacious staterooms
More space at the rail with our wrap-around Promenade Deck, open-bow glacier viewing and panoramic Crow’s Next Lounge
Deluxe stateroom amenities like a Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven lines
ALASKA & YUKON CRUISETOURS The Great Land is special, exciting and never predictable. Here, in Alaska & the Yukon, glaciers sculpt the landscape, whales breach, eagles soar, and pristine beauty can move you to tears. Holland America Line’s carefully crafted cruisetours bring out the best in each destination. See more of the Great Land with the experts. Explore Alaska & Yukon CruiseTour options.
Choose from 30 exclusive cruisetour itineraries
Enjoy two days in Denali National Park on most of our cruisetours for dramatic wildlife and thrilling wilderness adventure
Combine 18 different overnight destinations throughout Alaska & the Yukon, many acting as gateways to must-see national parks
All of our cruisetours include a top glacier attraction and some include glacier viewing by intimate dayboat
More time to explore off the beaten path and visit places only Holland America Line takes you like Kluane National Park