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Alaska’s Rich Culture Comes to Life in Ketchikan

Alaska’s Rich Culture Comes to Life in Ketchikan

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…   read more of “Alaska’s Rich…”

Alaska’s Beautiful Ketchikan: My Hometown

Alaska’s Beautiful Ketchikan: My Hometown

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…   read more of “Alaska’s…”

World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences

World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences

March 3 is designated World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. On any Holland America Line cruise, shore excursions showcase regional wildlife and flora in a variety of ways. From a natural encounter in the wild to visiting a sanctuary for rescued animals, guests seeking interactions can…   read more of “World Wildlife Day:…”

Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021

Six Holland America Line Ships Offer Award-Winning Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruises in 2021

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…   read more of “Six Holland America…”

Ports of Alaska: Ketchikan and Juneau

Ports of Alaska: Ketchikan and Juneau

It would be difficult to imagine a more quintessential Alaskan port town than Ketchikan, with the docks of its downtown hanging over the Tongass Narrows on one side and 3,001-foot Deer Mountain tucking it in on the other. Dense forest rises above the colorful architecture of the streets that sit behind Front Street. The buildings…   read more of “Ports of Alaska:…”