Cruise & Land+Sea Journey FAQs

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Our Best Advice: Take Your Time and See It All

Use this helpful Question & Answer section for guidance during your vacation planning. We included answers to our most frequently asked questions and helpful hints and sound advice on what to keep in mind when choosing your ideal Land+Sea Journey.

1. There are so many Land+Sea Journeys. How do I sort them out?

What do you want to see? How much time do you have? What kinds of experiences and activities do you crave? Look at the following highlights before planning your Alaska vacation. There are really only four major Land+Sea Journey collections from which to choose.

  • Yukon & Denali Land+Sea Journeys #1-6
    Denali National Park, Dawson City and Yukon River cruising or Yukon wilderness and sights along the Alaskan Highway, 3 or 4 days of Inside Passage cruising. Learn More.

  • Yukon & Denali Land+Sea Journeys #7-10
    These 10-13 day Land+Sea Journey itineraries feature 3- or 4-day Inside Passage cruises and highlights the vast wild interior of the Great Land along the route of the historic Alaska Highway. Learn More.

  • Denali Land+Sea Journeys 11 – 28
    Denali National Park, 7 days of Inside Passage and glacier cruising, with choices that include the Arctic and the Yukon. Learn More.

  • Expedition Land+Sea Journeys E1 – E3
    If you prefer a premium, small-group adventure that offers a more remote wilderness experience, look at our Expedition Series in Denali, the Kenai Peninsula and remote fly-in lodges. Learn More.

Tours 1-28 are presented in pairs.

Odd-numbered tours travel northbound from Vancouver, B.C. Even-numbered tours are the corresponding, or reverse, itinerary. These travel southbound from Anchorage or Fairbanks.

2. How do I maximize my chances of seeing wildlife?

In a landscape this immense, marine and land mammals don’t always appear on cue. To increase your chances, visit as many stunning wilderness parks as possible. Then, while you are in these legendary places, be sure to include a special wildlife tour. The Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour, for example, takes you into moose, caribou, grizzly, dall sheep and wolf habitat. Our Expedition series of Land+Sea Journeys also feature great wildlife-viewing opportunities.

3. Travel in Alaska covers a lot of territory. How do I pace myself?

Look for Land+Sea Journeys with two-night stays in important destinations. Consider traveling northbound from Vancouver, B.C. and easing into your vacation with a shorter air trip and a relaxing day at sea. As your adventure unfolds, you’ll have more energy to take advantage of the exciting range of activities.

4. I'm always looking for a great value. Any suggestions?

Choose a longer tour for greater value. Compare costs and you'll see that extra days deliver more enjoyment for little expense. And the budget-conscious traveler can save money by opting for a northbound Land+Sea Journey. Also, check out our Land+Sea Journey special offers.

5. Who can help me if I need assistance on my Land+Sea Journey?

Most of our Land+Sea Journeys include the services of a Tour Concierge. And the Holland America team – hotel staff, hosts, driver/guides and railcar managers – are always on hand.

6. There are over 150 cruises. What are the important differences?

Let us help by outlining our three 7-day cruise categories and pointing you to an exciting 14-day cruise opportunity.

  • 7-Day Explorer from Seattle
    Cruise roundtrip from Seattle to Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier or Tracy Arm. Plus the port of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. Learn More.

  • 14-Day Explorer from Seattle
    Cruise sailing roundtrip from Seattle to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. Visits Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak and Victoria. Learn More.

  • 7-Day Inside Passage from Vancouver
    Sail roundtrip from Vancouver to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Learn More.

  • 7-Day Glacier Discovery from Vancouver or Seward (Anchorage)
    Cruise one-way between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) to Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Visit ports like Skagway/Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan. Learn More.

7. How do I choose a stateroom?

Our interior and ocean-view staterooms are among the largest and most handsomely appointed in Alaska. So you can rest assured that any stateroom you choose will accommodate you in elegance and style. All our ships offer a choice of private verandah suites. Learn More.

8. Which scenic glacier experience should I choose?

Each glacier landscape is inspiring. Each one has its own appeal.

  • Glacier Bay National Park
    Our Glacier Discovery sailings offer a more diverse experience. The full-day Glacier Bay experience is available on all three cruise routes.

  • Hubbard Glacier
    No single glacier offers a better glimpse of nature’s power. A half day of cruising is included on Friday 14-Day Alaskan Explorer cruises.

  • Tracy Arm
    This long, narrow fjord capped by the Sawyer Glaciers is more intimate than other glacier sites. It is offered on 7- and 14-day Alaskan Explorer cruises.

    What is a Land+Sea Journey

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    A Holland America Line Land+Sea Journey is a complete vacation that allows you to travel further and effortlessly into Alaska and the Yukon. Go beyond the reach of your cruise itinerary and explore deeper into the heart of the Great Land. Only a Land+Sea Journey combines award-winning ship accommodations, sightseeing via luxury domed railcars, and a charming wilderness lodge as your base camp. Our Land+Sea Journey itineraries allow you to get up close and personal with the majestic wonders and hidden gems of this glorious region.

    Learn more about our diverse Alaska & Yukon Land+Sea Journey – watch our video now

    Why See Alaska with Holland America Line?

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    Let us be your host throughout the Great Land. From Glacier Bay and Denali to Tombstone, Kluane, the Klondike, the Arctic and more, our expert planning allows for the best of these natural wonders to unfold. We've shown Alaska to guests for more than 60 years – longer than it has been a state. When it comes to Great Land travel, experience counts. Plus, our superb service, gracious accommodations and luxurious modes of transportation set the standard for excellence.

    We invite you to step aboard ships ideally suited to Alaska. Our choice of 7- and 14-day cruises and diverse glacier and port experiences provide interest for every kind of cruiser. It all adds up to a captivating vacation. Come aboard and discover the beauty of Alaska for yourself. Explore Alaska Cruise options.

    • Artful itineraries blending national parks and natural wonders
    • Glacier Bay on all 7-day itineraries
    • Many cruises with two different glacier-viewing experiences
    • Extra-long days in port and over 300 optional excursions from mild to wild
    • Elegant, mid-sized ships and ultra spacious staterooms
    • More space at the rail with our wrap-around Promenade Deck, open-bow glacier viewing and panoramic Crow’s Next Lounge
    • Deluxe stateroom amenities like a Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattress and finely woven lines

    The Great Land is special, exciting and never predictable. Here, in Alaska & the Yukon, glaciers sculpt the landscape, whales breach, eagles soar, and pristine beauty can move you to tears. Holland America Line’s carefully crafted Land+Sea Journeys bring out the best in each destination. See more of the Great Land with the experts. Explore Alaska & Yukon Land+Sea Journey options.

    • Choose from 30 exclusive Land+Sea Journey itineraries
    • Enjoy two days in Denali National Park on most of our Land+Sea Journeys for dramatic wildlife and thrilling wilderness adventure
    • Combine 18 different overnight destinations throughout Alaska & the Yukon, many acting as gateways to must-see national parks
    • All of our Land+Sea Journeys include a top glacier attraction and some include glacier viewing by intimate dayboat
    • More time to explore off the beaten path and visit places only Holland America Line takes you like Kluane National Park