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Alaska: The Ideal Destination for Everyone — Four Cruise Perspectives

Alaska: The Ideal Destination for Everyone — Four Cruise Perspectives

As the Alaska cruise season comes to an end, Holland America Line’s guests reflect on their journeys to “The Last Frontier.” From multigenerational family bonding to scenic solo cruising, plenty of travelers agreed that a trip to Alaska is an unforgettable experience. The company is the recognized leader in Alaska travel, celebrating 68 years exploring…   read more of “Alaska: The Ideal…”

First ‘Dancing with the Stars: at Sea’ Theme Cruises Hit Alaska

First ‘Dancing with the Stars: at Sea’ Theme Cruises Hit Alaska

It’s hard to say what is more exciting, the beginning of the Alaska season or the first “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” theme cruise of 2014! Luckily we don’t have to choose as they came together onboard Zuiderdam.

Captain’s Log: Whale-Watching and More in Alaska

Captain’s Log: Whale-Watching and More in Alaska

A glorious week, the sun shone, the whales frolicked, the glaciers calved, what more can one ask for? A sunny day in Juneau, I did what I always try to do, at least once a season and that was the Juneau whale-watch tour. There was room on the evening one and what a lovely evening…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Our speed from Vancouver to the ‘Great Land’ and our first port, Juneau, is governed by the time of slack water at Seymour Narrows. The parameter for the transit of this narrow passage is dependent on the speed of the current. We have compulsory pilots with us, from the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and they have…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: A Return to Alaska

Captain’s Log: A Return to Alaska

It has been a week since I walked up the gangway, on a glorious Vancouver morning and, once again, was greeted by familiar faces and beaming smiles, it’s always nice to come back to my 2nd ‘home’. Making the transition from man of leisure to Captain of a cruise ship is always something of a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Cruise Diary: In Honor of HAL’s 140 Years of Exploring the Seven Seas

Cruise Diary: In Honor of HAL’s 140 Years of Exploring the Seven Seas

Adventure traveler and Dutch TV personality Charlotte Van Hoorn was on board Zaandam for an Alaska cruise and will be sharing her adventure with us. All aboard a smaller, but double-engined excursion vessel in Tracy Arm with a unique two-tiered viewing platform behind the wheelhouse above the spacious cabin. Luckily, no need to jockey for…   read more of “Cruise Diary: In…”

Postcards from Tracy Arm

Postcards from Tracy Arm

Thanks to HAL’s Web Content Project Manager Randy Oblich who continues to send photos from his Oosterdam cruise. The fog that shrouded the ship all day lifted just as we turned into the cut leading up to the Tracy Arm Fjord. Within a few minutes we were in bright sun, warm and beautiful. We made…   read more of “Postcards from…”