In honor of its favorite destination, Holland America Line has launched a “Love Letters to Alaska” contest, where entrants can win one of ten suites.
From today through March 15, 2022, entrants can visit loveletterstoalaska.com and tell Holland America why they love Alaska or why they’d like to visit someday. Participants can get creative and write a poem, a letter, or an inspiring note. Holland America’s own love letter to Alaska can be found on its website here.
This year, the cruise line is celebrating 75 years of sailing in Alaska.
“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 judges who have a connection to Alaska, Washington state, or the cruise line will select one grand prize winner who will receive a seven-night Alaska cruise for two in a Neptune Suite. The other nine first-prize winners will set sail on a seven-night Alaska cruise in a Vista or Signature Suite.
Winners will be selected in early April and will take their cruise during the 2022 season.
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
In 2022, six Holland America ships will explore Alaska, either roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver, or between Whittier and Vancouver. Every voyage includes a visit to one or more of Alaska’s iconic glacier destinations: Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier, and the Twin Sawyer Glaciers of Tracy Arm Fjord.
Those who want to further explore inland Alaska can take one of 16 different cruisetours, which combine a cruise with an exploration of Denali National Park or Canada’s Yukon Territory.