Pen a ‘Love Letter’ to Alaska for the Chance to Win a Cruise

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 Love Letters contest is a tribute to the beloved cruising region.

Launching on Valentine’s Day and running through March 15, 2022, entrants can visit and tell Holland America Line why they love Alaska or why they would like to visit Alaska. Participants can get creative and write a poem professing their love for Alaska, an emotional letter detailing the ways Alaska moves them or an inspiring note on why Alaska would be a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. Holland America Line’s own love letter can be seen on the company’s website.

“It’s no secret from our own love letter that we think Alaska is pretty special, and as we celebrate our 75th anniversary we want to hear from our fans what Alaska means to them,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “Those who have been to Alaska know how transformative it can be to see the glaciers and wildlife up close, to meet the locals and learn the history and culture. For many, Alaska is the ultimate aspirational travel experience. We can’t wait to read the Love Letter entries and learn the ways Alaska touches people’s hearts.”

A panel of notable judges who have a connection to Alaska, Washington state or the cruise line will select one grand prize winner who will receive a seven-day Alaska cruise for two in a Neptune Suite. The other nine first-prize winners will set sail on a seven-day Alaska cruise in a Vista or Signature Suite. Winners will be selected in early April and will take their Alaska cruise during the upcoming 2022 season.

Alaska whale

The judging panel includes Jim Dever, an Emmy Award-winning host and reporter on Seattle’s KING 5 Evening show who has traveled to Alaska numerous times professionally and personally; Dr. Pepper Schwartz, an acclaimed professor, author, researcher, and television personality furthering the field of intimacy, who currently is teaching at University of Washington; Tekla Butcher-Monson, daughter of acclaimed Alaskan musher Susan Butcher and a musher in her own right, as well as the owner of Trail Breaker Kennel in Fairbanks, Alaska; Russell Dick, president and CEO of Huna Totem Corporation, one of the most successful village corporations in Alaska, owned by more than 1,440 shareholders with ties to the Village of Hoonah in Southeast Alaska near Glacier Bay; and travel professional Danny Genung, owner and CEO of California-based agency Harr Travel.

Experience Alaska with the Experts
In 2022 six Holland America Line ships will explore Alaska, either roundtrip from Seattle, Washington; roundtrip from Vancouver, Canada; or between Whittier, Alaska, and Vancouver. The ships deliver a premium experience designed for immersive cruising with wraparound decks and an abundance of verandah staterooms that bring guests closer to Alaska’s natural wonders.

Every Alaska cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska’s iconic glacier destinations: Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier and Twin Sawyer Glaciers of Tracy Arm. Alaska ports of call include Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Skagway. Cruises that feature Glacier Bay take on a National Park Ranger and local Huna Tlingit guide.

Scenery of Glacier Bay in Alaska

For explorers who want to travel farther, 16 different Cruisetours combine an Alaska cruise with an inland exploration of Denali National Park or to the unspoiled reaches of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Holland America Line owns its motorcoaches, railcars and hotels, so schedules are preferential. Each Cruisetour gets a scenic ride on the luxury-domed McKinley Explorer, including select itineraries that offer Direct-to-Denali service, taking guests from their ship to their Denali hotel room on the same day.

Holland America Line Immerses Guests in Alaska and the Local Culture
Guests on Alaska cruises are deeply immersed in the local culture with authentic onboard programming, cruise activities and award-winning shore excursions. The exclusive experiences are delivered through experts leading workshops and lectures, EXC Talks exploring the stories of real Alaskans, tours highlighting the best of each destination, and Port to Table cooking demonstrations and fine dining events showcasing the culinary traditions of the region.

Voted Number-One Cruise Line in Alaska
No other cruise line has explored Alaska longer than Holland America Line, and through the years the brand has collected awards and accolades for Alaska cruising. Holland America Line was named the top pick for Alaska in the Porthole Cruise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Awards, AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards, Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards and TravelAge West Wave Awards Editor’s Pick, confirming its position as the number-one cruise line in Alaska by some of the world’s most discerning travelers and cruise experts.

Don’t forget to visit and tell Holland America Line why you love Alaska or why you would like to visit Alaska.


Join the Discussion


  1. Laurine Mitchell April 9, 2022 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Have the winners of the Alaska Love Letters been chosen and announced yet?

  2. Billy D Mars April 6, 2022 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Who WON ???? Who WON ????

    I’m still having dreams of Alaska !!

  3. Anne brook March 19, 2022 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    We have just arrived back home from a wonderful 10 Caribbean cruise with Holland America , always fond memories on their ships Alaska was amazing, we are going with our 14 yr old grandson for my birthday in August from Vancouver.
    I fell in love with Alaska , seeing the Ochra Wales passing in the distance , the Hubbard Glacier very close up , opened the bow of the ship to get so close to the glacier. You could hear a pin drop i remembered saying an out of this world experience.a vivid memory was being wrapped in a tartan blanket, & given a hot bowl of pea soup. Then the ship turned around so easily in such close quarters. Unbelievable….. Places to visit Juneau, multiple huge salmon in the river in Ketchican
    My husband Ernie then took our adult son. On a more adventurous Alaskan cruise & land tour.
    Going on a float plane over the glaciers , having a great lunch with beautiful scenery around at the Taku lodge , staying overnight. Saw a brown bear nearby. Took a dome car train Sward to Anchorage before flying back to Toronto ..So we can’t wait for our next adventure to Alaska coming up soon…We will be close to 200 days with Holland America by then , always having the best service &”thoughtfulness , compared to other cruise lines we’ve tried..kind regards Anne & Ernie

  4. Amy Powell February 28, 2022 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Do I send my entry in this space?

  5. Roberto b Ting February 20, 2022 at 3:41 pm - Reply


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