New tours increase diversity of shore excursion program
SEATTLE, Jan. 28 /CNW/ -- With thousands of travelers choosing to explore
Alaska and the Yukon Territory with Holland America Line each year, the
company has added new shore excursions in Alaska to appeal to an increasingly
broad range of interests. Food lovers, adventure seekers and art enthusiasts
will all find not-to-be-missed experiences among the more than 250 excursions
offered in 2008.
"We have a long history of arranging tours in Alaska," said Richard D.
Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest relations.
"Our experienced staff actively searches for unique tours that offer a new
adventure or different perspective on a particular location. The variety lets
guests personalize their vacation experience each day."
In Haines, a new tour called Guides Choice Photo Discovery focuses on
photographing the wildlife and stunning scenery of the Chilkat Valley. A
professional photographer escorts a small group to a choice location and helps
guests set up the best shots. In Skagway, a new Golden Glassblowing Experience
takes guests to a glassblowing shop to blow their own glass art with Alaskan
gold incorporated into the design.
For a different view of Alaska, snorkeling is offered in Sitka and
Ketchikan. Typically a warm-water sport, a wetsuit or dry suit provides
protection from the elements while exploring the usually unseen underwater
wilderness of Southeast Alaska. A narrated tour in calm, clear waters teeming
with marine life lets guests observe and handle a variety of sea life.
Fans of the Discovery Channel's show Deadliest Catch, highlighting
Alaska's crab fishing industry, won't want to miss the Bering Sea Crab
Fisherman's Tour in Ketchikan. Guests set out on the f/v Aleutian Ballad-the
same vessel as seen on the show but modified for comfort and safety-with real
fisherman who will set and pull pots for an inside look into their life and
A new Ketchikan excursion called Exclusive Mountaintop Flightseeing and
Crab Feast combines a flight on a Beaver floatplane to the remote George Inlet
Lodge, a crab feast in the Oceanside dining room, and a narrated coastal drive
back to town.
Another new tour in Ketchikan sure to attract seafood lovers is An
Alaskan Chef's Table. A delectable five-course tasting menu highlighting
Alaska's sustainable bounty is served in a private club room overlooking the
harbor. The Chef will share stories, tips and secrets for successful brining,
grilling, roasting and smoking. Ketchikan is also a jumping off point for
exploring Misty Fjords National Monument by plane or boat.
Guests on CruiseTours have a variety of tour options available to further
customize their land tour. From hiking in Kluane Park to floating down the
Klondike River or halibut fishing, adventures await for every type of
The leader in Alaska tourism for 60 years, Holland America Line has eight
premium cruise ships and twenty-nine cruise tours offering a incredible
variety of vacation options in Alaska in 2008. Optional tours are available
in most ports or towns throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
To learn more about Holland America Line's entire shore excursions
program, visit http://www.hollandamerica.com and click the "book shore
excursions" button. Booked guests who already have a six-digit booking number
may pre-book excursions specific to their cruise or CruiseTour itinerary prior
to leaving home. Since many excursions are offered to a limited number of
guests, booking online ensures first choice.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to
more than 320 ports. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents,
including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.
In the 2006 Portrait of Affluent Travelers survey by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell, Holland America Line topped the list of cruise
lines sought after by affluent leisure travelers. Fleetwide, the company
features Signature of Excellence enhancements, totaling more than $225
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. For more information, consult a
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
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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
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