2009 CruiseTours: Experience Alaska's Wilderness by Land and Sea With Holland America Line



    
    Choose from 29 CruiseTours from 10 to 20 days in length
    

    SEATTLE, June 23 /CNW/ -- Recognized as a leader in Alaska tourism for
more than 60 years, Holland America Line's diverse selection of CruiseTours
showcase the grandeur of the 49th state from the tip of the Kenai Peninsula,
to the fjords of the Inside Passage, across the Arctic Circle, and through the
rugged Yukon Territory. With 29 CruiseTours ranging from 10 to 20 days in
length, Holland America Line combines a cruise of the scenic Inside Passage
with land tours into the expansive wilderness of Alaska.
    Celebrating 50 years of statehood in 2009, Alaska's wilderness, wildlife,
native culture and eventful history are center stage on the CruiseTour
itineraries. Many tours also delve into Canada's Yukon Territory tracing the
history of the Klondike Gold Rush.
    "For many people, a cruise or CruiseTour to Alaska is the trip of a
lifetime," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing,
sales, and guest programs. "We have designed the CruiseTours to be a
comprehensive tour of the best there is to see and do in Alaska via land and
sea. The myriad natural wonders and vastness of the state calls for
exploration by many modes of transportation -- ship, train, motor coach, boat
-- and Holland America Line owns the infrastructure to smoothly combine all
these elements together into one unforgettable CruiseTour."
    Holland America's comprehensive CruiseTours indulge guests with a
relaxing cruise aboard five-star ships and exciting land travel via the
luxury, domed McKinley Explorer(R) railcars and comfortable coaches. Great
Land cruise tours 1-10 feature travel on custom-built, highway Explorer
Coaches(TM). The coaches have just 45 seats with extended legroom and
first-class amenities: leather seats, battery-charging stations for guests
traveling with electronic equipment, LCD monitors and a mini-galley serving
beverages and snacks. Every seat is equipped with a headset and eight-channel
audio.
    Itineraries and optional excursions encompass 14 national parks and
wilderness areas. In addition to Denali, Glacier Bay, Kluane and Tombstone,
they include the Kenai Fjords, Gates of the Arctic, Klondike (Skagway),
Wrangell-St. Elias and Sitka national parks, plus the Klondike Historic Site
(DawsonCity), Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Kenai National Wildlife
Refuge, Misty Fjords National Monument and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.
    A total of 20 Holland America CruiseTours feature "Double Denali" -- two
nights at a classic wilderness lodge near the gates of Denali National Park,
plus a guided Tundra Wilderness Tour offering the best wildlife and Mt.
McKinley viewpoints.
    "Wildlife sightings are at the top of most people's wish list in Alaska,"
said Meadows. "You'll have a good chance of spotting wildlife if you give
yourself enough time. Moose and bear aren't on the payroll. We encourage
people to give themselves time -- two days if they can -- in Denali so they
have plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife."
    
    Great Land CruiseTours
    
    Ten Great Land CruiseTours include three- or four-day Inside Passage
cruises between Vancouver and Skagway. New for 2008, northbound Great Land
Tours include a glacier cruise experience with a trip into Tracy Arm to see
the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Southbound CruiseTours visit Glacier Bay National
Park.
    Six Great Land Klondike CruiseTours offer 11- to 15-day adventures to
Denali National Park; Dawson City with optional excursions to Tombstone
Territorial Park; Fairbanks; an exciting Yukon River cruise aboard the mv
Yukon Queen II; and Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory. Some
CruiseTours also include Kluane National Park and the White Pass & Yukon
Railroad with Lake Bennett excursion.
    Four Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours range from 10 to 13 days and
provide a more affordable wilderness experience. They feature Denali,
Whitehorse, Kluane, the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Beaver Creek and
Fairbanks, with travel along the most scenic stretch of the Alaska Highway.
    
    Glacier Discovery CruiseTours
    
    Travelers wanting more time on the ship may choose a Glacier Discovery
CruiseTour which combines a seven-day cruise with a land tour. These
CruiseTours range from 11- to 20-days. In addition to a tidewater glacier
experience at either the Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay National Park, most
offer two-night "Double Denali" stays, the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour and
tour directors.
    Nineteen different itineraries include options to travel above the Arctic
Circle, cruise the Kenai Fjords National Monument, explore the Kenai Peninsula
or stay two nights at the Alyeska Resort near Anchorage.
    
    The leader in Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours
    
    Holland America Line has been leading tours in Alaska for 60+ years and
has eight premium ships offering a total of 156 cruises in 2009. These include
59 sailings on three ships home-ported in Seattle and 98 cruises on five ships
based in Vancouver, BC.
    CruiseTours start at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. For more
information about booking an Alaska cruise or CruiseTour, contact a travel
agent or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit
http://www.hollandamerica.com.
    
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    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 358
ports of call in over 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-
day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South
America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and
popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Europe and Panama Canal.
    
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

    
     CONTACT:  Rose Abello / Sarah Scoltock
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello or Sarah Scoltock, 1-800-637-5029, 
fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com


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