The incredible Alaska landscape is one of the few places in the world that is best seen by combining a cruise with an overland adventure, and Holland America Line’s signature Land+Sea Journeys offer guests more ways to see this remote and off-the-beaten path part of the world. The 13 Land+Sea Journeys options range from 10 to 20 days and are in two distinct series with cruise-first or land-first choices: Yukon and Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys.
New highlights for the 2016 season include a maiden visit to Talkeetna, Alaska, on the Double Denali and Alyeska Journey, allowing more time to view the majestic Denali mountain; ms Nieuw Amsterdam moves to the Inside Passage itinerary and ms Noordam moves to the Glacier Discovery itinerary, making more verandah and suite staterooms available for Land+Sea Journeys guests; and the Base Camp complex at the company’s McKinley Chalet Resort near the entrance to Denali National Park will be ready to welcome visitors, serving as a new gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment.
Each Land+Sea Journey combines a three- to seven-night Holland America Line cruise with a one-, two- or three-night stay at Denali National Park. Guests are immersed in Alaska history and culture with visits to places such as Dawson City, Yukon, in the heart of gold rush country; charming Seward, Alaska; the five-star Alyeska Resort; pristine Kluane and Tombstone parks; colorful Skagway, Alaska; and the historic narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Route railroad.
Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet, a magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River, offers Land+Sea Journeys guests their own elegant wilderness retreat featuring seamless hospitality and sustainable Alaskan cuisine. The hotel serves as the ideal base for all adventures at Denali National Park such as flightseeing, ATV adventures, hiking trails, river rafting and more.
The new Base Camp complex at McKinley Chalet Resort will be ready for the 2016 Alaska cruise season. The largest building will be a grand two-story, 7,800-square-foot restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring mountains. Other attractions include the Gold Nugget Saloon; an amphitheater where guests will enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations; cozy fire pits; outdoor seating; three retail shops offering local goods; and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists will display and discuss their works.
The Holland America Line Difference Ensures Unforgettable Experiences
The five Land+Sea Journeys that include Yukon and Denali range in length from 10 to 20 days and travel roundtrip Vancouver, British Columbia, or between Vancouver and Anchorage, Alaska. Fours ships offer the experience: ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam. During these trips guests will enjoy scenic cruising along the Inside Passage and/or Glacier Bay before calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines or Skagway, Alaska. In addition to Denali National Park, the overland portion includes Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon. The Yukon Land+Sea Journeys are among Holland America Line’s highest-rated itineraries worldwide.
The eight Denali Land+Sea Journeys offered on ms Noordam and ms Zaandam range in length from 10 to 15 days and travel between Vancouver and Fairbanks or Anchorage, Alaska. Included is Glacier Bay scenic cruising where guests can explore the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a park ranger narrates. Ports of call on the cruise portion include Haines or Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, while the overland portion features Denali and Fairbanks. The 15-day option also includes the maiden visit to Talkeetna and a night at Alyeska, Alaska.
Roundtrip Seattle, Washington, options are available on select Yukon/Denali and Denali Land+Sea Journeys.
Wilderness Tours, Cultural & Adventure Activities Bring the Great Land to Life
On double- and triple-night Yukon and Denali and Denali Journeys, the comprehensive six- to eight-hour Tundra Wilderness tour is included for the best way to see epic Denali National Park with its abundance of wildlife and Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. For adventure seekers there also are plenty of optional opportunities to go hiking, rafting, flightseeing and fishing.
Travel in Signature Style by Land and by Sea
Land+Sea Journeys feature luxurious glass-domed McKinley Explorer railcars with comfortable, forward-facing seats and expert commentary by guides between Denali and Anchorage. In addition, Holland America Line’s exclusive Explorer Coaches create a superior environment for traveling the highway between Skagway and Dawson City with roomy leather seats, lavish legroom and no more than 44 travelers.
Unique to the Holland America Line cruise experience, Alaska-inspired cuisine is featured throughout both cruise and land components. Optional meal plans include all Land+Sea Journeys and meals on days in Denali and Anchorage. Additionally, knowledgeable interpreters, Journey Hosts, Glacier Bay park rangers and Alaska travel guides are present on most Land+Sea tours and Alaska sailings.
December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!