2024 Alaska Cruise Season Kicks Off with Sailaway Events

View of University of Washington Alumni Band performing at Holland America Line's Alaska Sailaway event in Seattle.

At Holland America Line, we love Alaska, from its glorious glaciers and wildlife views to its magnificent landscapes. There are a lot of sights to soak up when cruising to the Great Land, which is why we get so excited when Alaska cruise season rolls around. To kick off our 2024 Alaska cruise season, we recently celebrated through special sailaway events on April 27 in Vancouver and May 4 in Seattle.

Festive Events Celebrate Alaska Cruise Season

Coinciding with King’s Day, a cherished holiday tradition in The Netherlands honoring the birthday of the reigning Dutch monarch, our Vancouver event was especially festive and fun. We announced our new Dutch Day activities at sea, which includes a Dutch Dinner experience, Stroopwafel delights before bedtime and our beloved Orange Party. In a nod to our Dutch heritage, Consul General of the Netherlands in Vancouver Sebastiaan Messerschmidt also joined us at the sailaway event to speak about the role Holland America Line had in bringing immigrants to Canada, especially those from The Netherlands.

In Seattle, guests were greeted with performances from members of the University of Washington Alumni Band. Holland America Line Captain Jeroen van Donselaar also presented a large model of Nieuw Amsterdam, one of our cruise ships, to the Port of Seattle in recognition of our longstanding partnership. This year alone, Seattle will experience 38 calls to port for cruisers embarking on journeys to Alaska, each contributing about $250,000 to the local economy.

View of Holland America Line crew presenting a model of cruise ship to Port of Seattle.

Our 2024 Alaska Cruise Season

We’ve been showcasing the breathtaking wonders of Alaska since 1947, marking 2024 as the 77th year Holland America Line has sailed to the Great Land. New this year is our Glacier Guarantee™. We know experiencing the icy giants of Alaska is as much a highlight for guests as it is for us. If we don’t visit a glacier during your Alaska journey, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to 15% of your cruise fare. Don’t sweat it though! We know Alaska glaciers very well.

You’ll also make memories during our Glacier Day activities, with scenic commentary, presentations, informational viewing stations, photo opportunities, Dutch Pea Soup on deck, Glacial Ice cocktails, insightful talks by Glacier Bay National Park Service Rangers, and an open bow for viewing.

In addition to glaciers, you’ll have more opportunities to experience Alaska wildlife with Holland America Line than with any other cruise line. We even carry a wildlife expert on board to help you witness the majestic animals found in Alaska, including whales, eagles, bears, moose, otters, seals, sea lions and more.

From our Alaska cruises to our incredible Alaska cruisetours, you’re sure to experience the amazing culture, cuisine and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Great Land.

Is Alaska calling you? Connect with one of our Personal Cruise Consultants to begin planning your unforgettable journey today.

Article by Kirk Baruth & Lesley McMillen


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  1. Sharon Harms May 17, 2024 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Returned from solar eclipse cruise, ended in Vancouver, stayed on board for Alaska, fabulous trip, glad to see some of the things are coming back…the dining staff , bar staff, and cabin stewards were fantastic……Cellar Master wine tasting superb….

    • Julie May 21, 2024 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Sharon, so glad to hear you had a wonderful time on your cruises. Thank you for sharing!

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