Holland America Positions Seven Ships in Alaska for 2014

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Holland America Line recently announced their line up for their 2014 Alaska cruise season. Next year the line will have seven ships plying the Alaskan waters from Seattle and Vancouver.

Starting in May, Oosterdam and Statendam each sail 18 seven-day Glacier Discovery itineraries to the Gulf of Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia. Statendam and Oosterdam also will sail three seven-day Inside Passage routes along with ms Volendam, ms Zaandam and ms Zuiderdam.

14-day Alaskan Explorer Voyages Roundtrip from Seattle

When the 1,380-guest Amsterdam begins its Alaska season May 18, the ship will sail the first of four nonconsecutive 14-day Alaskan Explorer voyages. The round-trip Seattle, Wash., sailings feature calls at Icy Straight Point, Homer, Kodiak and a full-day call at Anchorage, all in Alaska. The longer voyages enable a double-glacier experience with scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Seven-day Alaskan Explorer Voyages Roundtrip from Seattle

Starting May 3 and June 1, respectively, the 1,916-guest Westerdam (21 Saturday departures) and Amsterdam (10 Sunday departures) will offer seven-day Alaskan Explorer voyages departing roundtrip from Seattle. The itinerary features calls at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; and a scenic cruising experience at Tracy Arm Fjord/Twin Sawyer Glaciers or Glacier Bay National Park.

Seven-day Inside Passage Voyages Roundtrip from Vancouver

Five Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrip from Vancouver on a series of seven-day Inside Passage voyages. In addition to the three Sunday departures offered by Oosterdam (two) and Statendam (one), the 1,432-guest Volendam (21 Wednesday departures), 1,432-guest Zaandam (20 Friday departures) and 1,916-guest Zuiderdam (20 Saturday departures) sail from April 30 to September 20. During those voyages guests will visit Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay National Park, while Zaandam’s itinerary highlights Tracy Arm Fjord and Twin Sawyer Glaciers.

Seven-day Glacier Discovery Voyages between Vancouver and Seward

With Oosterdam and Statendam sailing the Gulf of Alaska together, more guests will be able to enjoy a verandah, enabling them to take in the stunning scenery from the privacy of their stateroom. Glacier Discovery cruises between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) depart Sundays May 11 through September 14. The itinerary features calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway/Haines, a day at sea in the Gulf of Alaska and scenic cruising through the Inside Passage. Each ship will sail 18 voyages and include a visit to Glacier Bay National Park.

More information on Holland America’s website.

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