Holland America Line's 2008 CruiseTours to Alaska & the Yukon Feature In-depth Experiences from Glacier Bay to the Arctic



    SEATTLE, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- From Alaska's incomparable Glacier Bay and
Denali National Parks to the Kenai Peninsula, Arctic and Yukon Territory,
Holland America Line's 2008 Alaska CruiseTours will explore natural wonders
and provide guests with in-depth wilderness experiences. With 29 CruiseTours
ranging from 10 to 20 days in length, Holland America Line combines an
exceptional Inside Passage cruise with land tours designed to show guests the
best of the North's wilderness, wildlife, native culture and eventful history.
    Holland America's comprehensive CruiseTours indulge guests with a
relaxing north or southbound cruise aboard five-star ships and exciting land
travel via the luxury, domed McKinley Explorer(R) railcars and custom-built,
highway Explorer Coaches(TM).  Introduced in 2007, the Explorer Coaches(TM)
with just 45 seats, provide 50 percent additional leg room over the 54-seat
version. The new coaches feature 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.
    "Holland America's CruiseTour itineraries let guests take their time to
have a personal wilderness experience in the areas of Alaska and the Yukon
that most intrigue them," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. "We take guests to scenic
national parks and recognized wilderness areas, and we design optional
excursions to let them fully experience the adventure while they are here.
"Guests can do a self-drive jeep tour, wilderness jet boat safari or
helicopter flight-seeing with a glacier landing in Denali National Park. They
can enjoy hiking in Tombstone Park, dog-sledding in Skagway, sport-fishing in
Ketchikan and river-rafting in Kluane National Park, a pristine UNESCO World
heritage site. Between our 29 CruiseTour itineraries and many optional
excursions, guests are sure to have memory-making experiences of a lifetime."
    Meadows noted that the 2008 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 (Dawson City), Yukon Charley National Preserve, Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge, Misty Fjords National Monument and Tetlin National
Wildlife Refuge.
    Most Holland America Line itineraries feature Denali National Park stays
that offer more time to experience this untamed wilderness. A total of 18
Holland America CruiseTours feature "Double Denali" -- two nights at a classic
wilderness lodge near the gates of Denali National Park to provide more time
there -- plus a guided Tundra Wilderness Tour offering the best wildlife and
Mt. McKinley viewpoints. Ten other CruiseTours include a one-night Denali stay
and either the Tundra Wilderness Tour or Denali Natural History Tour.  All
Double Denali tours include tour directors to ensure excellent guest
satisfaction.
    
    Great Land Klondike CruiseTours
    
    In 2008 Holland America Line offers six Great Land Klondike CruiseTours
highlighting Klondike heritage and wilderness. All include three- or four-day
Inside Passage cruises between Vancouver and Juneau or Skagway with southbound
cruisetours featuring Glacier Bay National Park.
    The Great Land Klondike CruiseTours offer 11- to 15-day adventures that
let guests experience 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.  All departures have tour
directors.
    
    Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours
    
    The 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.
These CruiseTours feature three new attractions: Uncommon Journeys, where sled
dogs demonstrate their skills during summer training near Whitehorse; a tour
of the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks; and a
natural history presentation at the entrance to Kluane National Park.  All
four itineraries feature tour directors.
    
    Glacier Discovery CruiseTours
    
    In 2008, all 19 Glacier Discovery CruiseTours treat guests to the
stunning icescape of Glacier Bay National Park or mammoth Hubbard Glaciers on
a seven-day cruise. Glacier Bay departures also include scenic cruising in
College Fjord. These CruiseTours range from 11- to 20-days. In addition, most
offer the two-night "Double Denali" stays, the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour
and tour directors.
    Guests who wish to travel above the Arctic Circle or cruise the Kenai
Fjords National Monument can do so on several of these CruiseTours. Another
tour explores the Kenai Peninsula -- a favorite vacation spot for Alaskans --
to visit Homer on Kachemak Bay and Cooper Landing on the Kenai River.  Guests
also can opt for a luxurious, two-night stay at the Alyeska Resort near
Anchorage, plus the Portage Glacier tour aboard the mv Ptarmigan.
    
    The leader in Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours
    
    This fall, Holland America Line celebrates its 60th anniversary as the
leader in Alaska travel with eight premium ships offering a total of 156
cruises in 2008. These include 59 sailings on three ships home-ported in
Seattle and 97 cruises on five ships based in Vancouver, BC.
    CruiseTours start at $1,249 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.
    
    - http://www.hollandamerica.com -
    
    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 314
ports of call in 97 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.
    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 CafC) 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:   Rose Abello / Sarah Scoltock
    PHONE:     800-637-5029
    FAX:       206-262-5934
    EMAIL:     pr@hollandamerica.com
    




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