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  • Post: ‘Samantha Brown’s Places to Love’ on PBS Showcases Holland America Line in Alaska
    Published On: Dec 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 3223|

    Celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown doesn’t just know where to travel, she knows how to get there. Holland America Line is partnering with Samantha to show off the splendors of Alaska on her hit PBS show “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” and next summer she’s hosting a cruise to Norway aboard our newest ship, Rotterdam. Holland ...

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  • Post: New Canadian Procedures are a Win for Guests Cruising to Alaska and Canada
    Published On: Sep 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 606|
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    Holland America Line is pleased with the recent announcement of the lifting of Canadian pandemic border restrictions. Under the new guidelines, Canadian border vaccination and testing requirements are no longer necessary, which is an important step for the cruise industry in simplifying the travel process for itineraries to Alaska and Canada. Under the new procedures, there is no longer a ...

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  • Post: Holland America Becomes First Cruise Line Certified Sustainable for Alaska Seafood by Responsible Fisheries Management
    Published On: Sep 06, 2022|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 624|
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    Holland America Line has been awarded Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification—making it the first cruise line to achieve this distinguished credential by serving only fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood. RFM certified all six of the cruise line’s ships that sail to Alaska following an independent audit. “Holland America Line has shared Alaska adventures with our guests ...

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  • Post: The Best Alaska Fishing Trips
    Published On: Aug 12, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 376|

    Alaska’s pristine waters teem with tasty fish. Whether you want to reel in a king salmon or try your hand at crab fishing, the Last Frontier is the place. Alaska fishing trips make it easy by providing the gear, some sage advice, and the ability to buy a fishing license. On select adventures, you can have your catch prepared and ...

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  • Post: Three New Dishes By Chef Ethan Stowell Showcase Commitment to Wild, Sustainable Alaska Seafood
    Published On: Jul 07, 2022|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 559|
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    Holland America Line is debuting three new dishes from Culinary Council Member Chef Ethan Stowell that were developed in alliance with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The partnership between the two organizations is a shared commitment to serving sustainably sourced Alaska seafood on all six of our ships that sail to the Great Land. This is the first formal ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Sees a Surge in Demand for Alaska Cruising
    Published On: Jun 30, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 282|
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    With pent up demand and the U.S. Independence Day travel rush approaching, premium cruise line Holland America Line is reporting a surge in cruise interest for Alaska, experiencing the highest booking levels for Alaska cruises during the month of June since before the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are excited to travel again while reconnecting with family and friends in a meaningful ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Partners with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to Promote State’s Tastiest Natural Resource
    Published On: Jun 10, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 209|

    In celebration of 75 years exploring Alaska, Holland America Line is partnering with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to highlight the line’s leadership and commitment to sustainably sourced local seafood. The first formal partnership of its kind between ASMI, a partnership between the state of Alaska and Alaska’s fishing industry, and a major cruise line will highlight Holland America Line’s ...

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  • Post: Adventurous Alaska: Tours in Each Port to Get Your Adrenaline Going
    Published On: May 19, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 160|
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    On a Holland America Line excursion in Alaska, guests will have the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and serenity of Alaska’s wilderness. From pristine glaciers and awe-inspiring scenery to rich forests with abundant wildlife, you will be amazed by the wonders of Alaska. Read on to discover tours in each port and get ready to embark on an expedition ...

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  • Post: How Are We Celebrating 75 Years of Love for Alaska This Season?
    Published On: May 09, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 252|
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    This season in Alaska, Holland America Line is celebrating 75 years of exploring the Great Land. That is longer than it's been a state! We have an exciting season packed with special events, amazing programming and a strong focus on immersing our guests in Alaska culture, lifestyle and cuisine through authentic experiences on board and ashore. Guests won’t just cruise ...

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  • Post: TODAY Morning Show Gives 20 Deserving Moms a Holland America Line Alaska Cruise
    Published On: May 06, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 144|
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    TODAY celebrated deserving mothers this Friday, May 6 ahead of Mother’s Day, with an extra special surprise from Holland America Line. During the 8 a.m. hour, one of America’s favorite morning shows invited 20 amazing women to its iconic plaza at 30 Rockefeller to highlight and reward their many accomplishments. We’re surprising all the moms on our Plaza with a ...

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  • Post: Alaska’s Rich Culture Comes to Life in Ketchikan
    Published On: Apr 29, 2022|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 253|
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    Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. A highlight of every Alaska cruise, Ketchikan gives the perfect glimpse into the cultures ...

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  • Post: Meet the Nine Runners-Up of the ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest
    Published On: Apr 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 231|
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    Our "Love Letters to Alaska" contest had an incredible response, with more than 40,000 entries received from people hoping to win a cruise to Alaska. Deborah Thelwell was named the grand prize winner of a seven-day Holland America Line Alaska cruise for two in a Neptune Suite. But we also have nine runners-up who will each receive a seven-day Alaska ...

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  • Post: Winner Announced for ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest
    Published On: Apr 14, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1476|

    On Valentine’s Day we launched a “Love Letters to Alaska” contest in celebration of our upcoming 75th anniversary season in the Great Land. More than 40,000 hopefuls submitted a personal letter professing their love for Alaska or why they would like to visit. After narrowing down the entries to the top 10, Deborah Thelwell from Phoenix, Arizona, was named the ...

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  • Post: Meet our ‘Love Letters to Alaska’ Contest Judges
    Published On: Apr 04, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 146|
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    On Valentine's Day, Holland America Line launched a contest asking fans to pen love letters to Alaska. This year we celebrate 75 years of Alaska exploration, and the Love Letters contest is a tribute to the beloved cruising region. Thousands of people entered their thoughts on why they love Alaska or why they would like to visit Alaska. Holland America ...

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  • Post: ‘Alaska Up Close’ Programming Delivers Authentic Experiences
    Published On: Mar 14, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 220|
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    Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska since 1947, and the premium cruise line is putting 75 years of expertise into new “Alaska Up Close” programming — a 360° experience that immerses guests in The Great Land in a way that only Holland America Line can deliver. Through authentic experiences on board and ashore that focus on culture, cuisine and ...

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  • Post: Canadian Cruise Procedures Clear Way for Full Alaska and Canada/New England Seasons
    Published On: Mar 07, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 452|

    Publication of procedures for the safe resumption of cruises to Canadian ports allows Holland America Line to complete preparation for a full season of Alaska explorations and Canada/New England sailings. Holland America Line will sail itineraries as scheduled that include Canadian homeports and ports of call from late spring through fall. “The completion of this guidance by Transport Canada, Canada ...

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  • Post: Pen a ‘Love Letter’ to Alaska for the Chance to Win a Cruise
    Published On: Feb 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 347|

    Dear Alaska, you amaze me … Fans who declare their love for Alaska in a letter or poem can enter to win one of 10 suites, including a grand prize Neptune Suite, on a 2022 cruise to the Great Land in Holland America Line’s “Love Letters to Alaska” contest. This year, we're celebrating 75 years of Alaska exploration, and the ...

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  • Post: 75 Reason to Love Alaska
    Published On: Feb 11, 2022|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 212|
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    Oh, Alaska ... how we love you so! On Sunday, Feb. 13, Holland America Line marks 75 days until the start of our Alaska season! In 2022, we're getting ready to mark 75 years of exploring Alaska — longer than it’s been a state — so today we're honoring the Great Land with “75 Reasons to Love Alaska.” While there ...

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  • Post: Our Cruisers Offer Their Best Advice for Experiencing Alaska
    Published On: Jan 18, 2022|Categories: Preparations|Views: 1415|

    No one knows the ins and outs of Alaska better than our guests who have been there, done that ... many more than once! As we look to celebrate our 75th year exploring Alaska in 2022, we have an exciting season of cruises and Cruisetours that take you to the must-see places and hidden gems of this most gorgeous region. ...

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  • Post: Discover Alaska’s Denali on These 5 Memorable Shore Excursions
    Published On: Dec 17, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 261|

    A Holland America Line Cruisetour combines an Alaska cruise with an overland adventure to Denali and the Yukon. Ranging from nine to 18 days, Cruisetours delve deeper into the region with an unforgettable experience that includes a stay at our own McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park. The property is Holland America Line’s magnificent 68-acre hotel ...

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  • Post: Three Key Reasons to Choose Holland America Line for Your Alaska Adventure
    Published On: Dec 07, 2021|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 1049|
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    Alaska is on the bucket list of many travelers, and there are plenty of reasons why: incredible scenery, imposing landscapes, warm and welcoming locals, a step back in time to the days of the Gold Rush, elusive wildlife and endless adventure. You can explore Alaska many ways, but if you're looking to cruise to Alaska, Holland America Line is your ...

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  • Post: It’s Alaska Day! Facebook Fans Share Their Favorite Places in Alaska
    Published On: Oct 18, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 183|
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    Today is Alaska Day, and it's a day when we celebrate our deep love for the Last Frontier! Holland America Line has been exploring Alaska longer than any other major cruise line ... even longer than it's been a state. In fact, we're still the only way to see both Denali and the Yukon, combined with a cruise! Our Alaska ...

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  • Post: Take the Shore Excursion of Your Dreams with Our Alaska Exploration Sale
    Published On: Oct 06, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 146|
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    Are you looking to chart a course to Alaska in 2022? With our Alaska Exploration Sale there's no better time to Have It All! We're back with a full Alaska season and Cruisetours to Denali and the Yukon in 2022, and with this event you can splurge on the shore excursion of your dreams. Book a 2022 Alaska cruise or ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Sets Sail for Alaska on First Cruise from Seattle
    Published On: Jul 26, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 258|
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    This past weekend, after an 16-month pause of operations, Holland America Line returned to service! Nieuw Amsterdam arrived at Port of Seattle earlier in the week to get ready for a Saturday departure to Alaska. Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha, Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald and Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz all were on hand to mark ...

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  • Post: Alaska’s Beautiful Ketchikan: My Hometown
    Published On: Jun 16, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 570|
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    The one word that describes Alaska to me is “home.” I was born and raised in Ketchikan. In the early days of cruise ship visits, one of the pioneering lines was Alaska Cruise Lines, later to become Westours, Inc., which years later merged with Holland America Line. But that is another story. And all this is to say that Holland ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line is Restarting Alaska Cruising in July
    Published On: May 20, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 451|
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    The wait is over! Travelers looking to head to Alaska this summer will get the chance on a Holland America Line cruise starting in July. We are ready to set sail on roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, itineraries aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. The seven-day “Alaskan Explorer” itinerary calls at Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. Scenic cruising in Alaska’s iconic locales ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Pauses All Alaska Cruises Sailing Roundtrip from Seattle Scheduled to Depart in June 2021
    Published On: Mar 16, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 350|

    Holland America Line has announced it is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all June 2021 roundtrip sailings to Alaska from Seattle, Washington. This includes six cruises on Eurodam and Oosterdam with a call at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. At this time, Alaska cruises sailing roundtrip from Seattle departing in July and onward have not been canceled. ...

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  • Post: You Can Still Experience Alaska This Summer with Holland America Line Land Vacations
    Published On: Mar 04, 2021|Categories: Travel Inspiration, When to Travel|Views: 311|

    For those ready to travel again, there’s no better place to start than Alaska, offering opportunities for travelers to see glaciers up close, spot bucket-list wildlife, explore national parks and see Denali – North America’s tallest mountain. This summer, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer many ways for travelers to experience Alaska through Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Celebrates 75 Years in Alaska in 2022
    Published On: Jan 15, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1548|
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    In 2022 Holland America Line is celebrating 75 years of Alaska exploration — longer than any other cruise line — and bookings are now open for its award-winning cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. Throughout the decades, the premium brand has cultivated its knowledge to create perfectly crafted Alaska adventures that offer travelers preferred access, exclusive overland transportation and immersive onboard experiences ...

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  • Post: Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021
    Published On: Oct 21, 2020|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 849|

    If you're missing Alaska as much as we are, it's time to start planning your Alaska getaway for 2021. We're offering a full season of cruises and Land+Sea Journeys that showcase our more-than 70 years of experience, insider knowledge and preferred access. From April through September, six Holland America Line ships will take guests on authentic Alaska experiences throughout the ...

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  • Post: Dog Sledding on a Glacier is an Unforgettable Excursion in Alaska
    Published On: Jun 26, 2019|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 201|

    As experienced cruisers with hundreds of days on water, we often encounter want-to-be cruisers who ask where they should go. Alaska is our go-to answer. Though we’ve explored Alaska several times, every visit reveals something new. Before our voyage last year on the Westerdam, friends and colleagues offered some well-heeled advice: take a flight and go dog sledding. We were ...

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  • Post: Experience the Most Immersive Alaska Cruise on a 21-Day EXC In-Depth Voyage
    Published On: Apr 01, 2019|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1443|

    Are you a seasoned cruiser, eager to find new, immersive ways to explore our fascinating world? If you answered yes, then our EXC In-Depth Voyages were designed specifically with you in mind. These specially crafted itineraries offer an innovative and customized approach to cruising, allowing guests to explore the most fascinating corners of the globe through the prism of their ...

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  • Post: Denali: On Land Before My Alaska Cruise
    Published On: Mar 25, 2019|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 212|

    Midnight check-in in Anchorage: The world is quiet, yet I’m filled with anticipation for the start of my Alaska Land+Sea Journey. All I want is a good night’s sleep, and I get that before I head downstairs for the bus to whisk me and the other Holland America Line guests away to meet the McKinley Explorer. It’s early morning; still, ...

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  • Post: Looking to Cruise Alaska in 2019? We’re Featuring 133 Cruises & 15 Land+Sea Journey Options
    Published On: Feb 27, 2019|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 411|

    If you're thinking about cruising to Alaska in 2019, look no further than Holland America Line. Next season we will offer 133 cruises and 15 Land+Sea Journey options on eight ships with more visits to Glacier Bay than any other line, the introduction of soft-adventure EXC In-Depth Alaska cruising on Maasdam (stay tuned for a blog post exclusively on these ...

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  • Post: Moose, Bears & Caribou, Oh My! Getting to Know ‘The Big Five’ Animals of Alaska
    Published On: Oct 28, 2016|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1147|

    While the Alaska cruise season is coming to a close, we're sure you're already dreaming of booking your Alaska adventure for 2017. After all, Holland America Line is celebrating our 70th year in The Last Frontier next year so it's the perfect time to go. One of the highlights of every Alaska cruise is the wildlife. Not only can you ...

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  • Post: Make the Most of Your Alaska Cruise with a Tour Package in Vancouver
    Published On: Mar 03, 2016|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 486|

    During a Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, the sights and sounds of the Last Frontier are front and center during the seven-day voyage. From interesting ports like Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan to the spectacular scenery of Glacier Bay, the Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord, guests marvels at the beauty of the region. In 2016, Nieuw Amsterdam makes its ...

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  • Post: Alaska Season is Underway, So Let’s Get Packing
    Published On: May 13, 2014|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 605|

    The wait is over! Holland America Line ships are back in Alaska for a full season of cruising to some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the state. …

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  • Post: Cruise Diary: Teens’ Eye on Alaska
    Published On: Mar 07, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 304|

    Alaska is scenic, full of history, offers plenty of nature adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences … making it the perfect cruise destination for a family vacation. …

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  • Post: 12 New Shore Excursions Debut on Alaska Cruises
    Published On: Jan 30, 2014|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 187|

    Alaska is a land of possibilities when it comes to sightseeing. There’s something for history buffs, nature lovers, photo enthusiaists, thrill-seekers and those who simply want to have a look around town. …

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  • Post: ‘Dancing with the Stars: at Sea’ and an Alaska Cruise Review
    Published On: Aug 20, 2013|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 258|
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  • Post: Our Alaska CruiseTours are now Called Land+Sea Journeys
    Published On: May 13, 2013|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 239|

    HAL fans, if you’re thinking about taking one of of popular Alaska CruiseTours, we wanted to share with you that we rebranded them and they are now called Land+Sea Journeys! This change reflects substantial program updates designed to appeal to the desires of today’s travelers. Now our guests will have more opportunities than ever to explore and personalize Great Land ...

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  • Post: Kayaking in Sitka, Alaska
    Published On: Jul 29, 2009|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 141|

    Zaandam called at Sitka, Alaska yesterday. This year is an anomaly economically and weather-wise. It is July in Alaska and the weather we had in May was both brighter and warmer. I am guessing mid to high 50’s today with gray skies and drizzle. The touring goes on regardless of weather and we are in the Tongass National Rainforest, the ...

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  • Post: Anthony’s Alaska Adventure: Fairbanks
    Published On: May 26, 2009|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 253|

    Having left the country charm of Beaver Creek behind we find ourselves in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fairbanks is a moderately large city and has all the trappings of modern life. That being said, it’s a nice break from the countryside as it offers us a chance to stop for supplies and things we need for the trip. The Westmark Fairbanks towers ...

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  • Post: Guests Donate $450,000 to Ukraine Relief
    Published On: Feb 01, 2023|Categories: What's New|Views: 84|

    A fundraising effort by cruise line passengers, which took place on the high seas around six different continents, has resulted in a $450,000 donation for Ukraine relief. Funds were raised through Holland America Line's On Deck for a Cause campaign, and the check was presented on Jan. 31, 2023, to the global humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief. For 10 ...

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  • Post: Make the Most of Onboard Credit
    Published On: Feb 01, 2023|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 149|

    Whether it’s $100, $200, $300 or more, Onboard Credit can make a sweet vacation even sweeter. While some credits are designated for certain activities (e.g., shore excursions), others give you the opportunity to spend it in multiple ways. From rejuvenating at the spa while enjoying ocean views to making magical memories during once-in-a-lifetime excursions, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Strengthens Commitment to the Best Live Music at Sea
    Published On: Jan 13, 2023|Categories: Activities, What's New|Views: 2167|

    Holland America is making exciting enhancements to its entertainment lineup across the fleet as the premium cruise line continues to build on its reputation for featuring the best live music at sea. “A decade ago we committed to offering the premier collection of live music venues at sea, and the changes we are making over the next several months are ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Wins 29 Awards in 2022
    Published On: Jan 03, 2023|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 2233|

    From travel professionals and editors to the most discerning consumers and prestigious organizations, 2022 was a year of recognition for the Holland America Line team members who work hard to bring guests the best service at sea. Travel Weekly’s readers named Holland America Line the best world cruise itinerary, making it the 29th travel award received for the brand this ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Named Official Cruise Line of Professional Pickleball Association
    Published On: Dec 19, 2022|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 7112|

    Holland America Line is upping our game thanks to an exciting new partnership with the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Imagine a pickleball court where the vast ocean or an Alaskan glacier is the backdrop for your match. As the exclusive Official Cruise Line of the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), that’s what you can find on Holland America ...

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  • Post: Service Dog Sails into Elite Status with Holland America Line
    Published On: Oct 27, 2022|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 837|

    Holland America Line’s favorite four-legged friend, Joska the service dog, reached a milestone achievement of 700 cruise days on Rotterdam’s current 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing, making her eligible to receive the Platinum Medallion, the highest past-guest award for cruising days. Joska, a 10-year-old black Labrador retriever, is the ultimate globetrotter and spends most of her days cruising on Holland America ...

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  • Post: Westerdam Aids Students’ Literacy Project in Papua New Guinea
    Published On: Oct 03, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 185|
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    A middle school project to deliver books to a library halfway around the world is almost complete, thanks to some good timing and an alert travel advisor. Students from Odyssey Middle School in Bainbridge, Washington, brought over 400 books to Holland America Line’s ship Westerdam on Sunday for delivery to a new literacy library in Papua New Guinea. Students at ...

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