Holland America Line Showcases Alaska's Grandeur in Style With Eight Ships Sailing Three Itineraries in 2009



    
    Seven-day cruises depart from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward

    
    SEATTLE, July 9 /CNW/ -- Considered a leader in Alaska tourism with more
than 60 years experience in the region, Holland America Line's 2009 Alaska
cruise lineup includes eight ships sailing three different itineraries with
158 total departures. The premium line's three major cruising itineraries --
Glacier Bay Inside Passage, Glacier Discovery and Alaskan Explorer -- showcase
the highlights of Alaska gleaned from decades of experience.
    A longtime tour operator, Holland America has again been awarded the most
Glacier Bay permit entries of any cruise line. On many people's "must see"
list, Glacier Bay is a 65-mile long fjord with spectacular tidewater glaciers.
    "We've arranged our ships and itineraries for 2009 to ensure that
everyone who sails, even if they are on board for only three days as part of a
CruiseTour, will visit a tidewater glacier," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC,
executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. "Seeing a
glacier calve in front of you and hearing the thunderous cracking of ice is a
thrilling experience every traveler should have at least once in a lifetime."
    In addition to majestic Glacier Bay National Park, cruise itineraries
visit Alaska's immense Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay, as well as the 15
glaciers of College Fjord and the twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm.
    Through a partnership with Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native
guides will be on board the majority of Alaska cruises on ships cruising in
Glacier Bay. Alaska Native Travel Guides will bring their knowledge and
personal experience of local culture, history, art and flora and fauna to
guests on Alaskan cruises.
    
    Alaskan Explorer Cruises from Seattle
    
    Three ships home-ported in Seattle will sail 61 seven-day Alaskan
Explorer cruises roundtrip: 1,432-guest Zaandam departs Fridays, 1,380-guest
flagship ms Amsterdam departs Saturdays, 1,916-guest Westerdam departs
Sundays. Cruises depart from May 8 through September 25.
    The Amsterdam highlights Hubbard Glacier, the Zaandam showcases Glacier
Bay or Tracy Arm (with the twin Sawyer Glaciers), and the Westerdam cruises
spectacular Glacier Bay. All Alaskan Explorer cruises call at the historic
ports of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, plus Victoria, BC, and feature scenic
cruising of the Inside Passage and Vancouver Island.
    
    Glacier Bay Inside Passage
    
    The 1,432-guest Volendam (Wednesday departures) and 1,916-guest Zuiderdam
(Saturday departures) sail 38 voyages from May 9 through September 19
roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia visiting Juneau, Skagway,
Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park and Tracy Arm fjord. The seven-day
itinerary includes two days of glacier viewing with a visit to twin Sawyer
Glaciers at the head of the narrow 26-mile Tracy Arm fjord, in addition to
Glacier Bay.
    Five more sailings of the Inside Passage itinerary -- with port and
glacier variations -- will be offered on ms Ryndam May 8 and 15, ms Statendam
September 13 and 20, and ms Veendam September 20.
    
    Glacier Discovery
    
    The 1,258-guest Ryndam (Friday departures), Statendam and Veendam (both
Sunday departures) sail 54 seven-day cruises between Vancouver, B.C. and
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska and reverse from May 10 to September 18. The
Statendam and Veendam visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National
Park and College Fjord in Prince William Sound. College Fjord has numerous
dramatic tidewater glaciers named after Ivy League colleges which helped fund
the Harriman expedition in 1899. The Ryndam visits Ketchikan, Haines, Juneau,
Sitka and the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay.
    The Glacier Discovery and Inside Passage cruises are often combined with
a land tour to create a comprehensive CruiseTour. A diverse selection of 29
CruiseTours from 11 to 20 days may include visits to Denali National Park,
Fairbanks, the Kenai Peninsula, the Arctic and the Yukon Territory. Many
CruiseTours offer two-days at Denali -- "Double Denali" -- to maximize
wildlife and Mt. McKinley viewing.
    
    Shore Excursions
    
    With more than 250 optional excursions in 2009, shore excursions in
Alaska appeal to an increasingly broad range of interests and allow guests to
further customize their Alaskan experience. Food lovers, adventure seekers and
art enthusiasts will all find not-to-be-missed experiences. Guests can enjoy
active excursions ranging from sea kayaking and fly or sport fishing to dog
sledding and wildlife watching for eagles, sea otters and whales. Other
exciting excursions feature such attractions as the White Pass Summit Scenic
Railway from Skagway, Russian heritage in Sitka, a photography tour in Haines
and a five-course tasting meal featuring Alaska seafood prepared by a local
chef in Ketchikan.
    
    2009 Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours Brochure Is Now Available
    
    Cruise-only fares start at US $599, per person, double occupancy for a
seven-day cruise. For a copy of the 2009 Alaska Cruises & CruiseTours
brochure, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(1-877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com.

    
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    Editor's note: Photos available here:
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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 314
ports of more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day
itineraries visit all seven continents; highlights include 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. A 15th ship is scheduled to join the fleet
in 2010.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    
    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:  Sarah Scoltock / Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Scoltock, or Rose Abello both of Holland
America Line, 1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web
Site: http://www.hollandamerica.com


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