Alaska Cruise - Glacier Bay

Cruise Holidays to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, or Seattle

For an unforgettable experience, take a cruise to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, or Seattle, U.S.A.

We offer Holland America cruises in our 2014 and 2015 cruise and train holiday packages. These cruises start and finish in either Vancouver or Seattle from late April through to mid-September.

Sip on a cocktail and look out for bears, bald eagles, humpback whales, moose and killer whales. These cruises are exceptional add-ons to your Rocky Mountaineer Train Holiday Package.

To receive a quote for a Rocky Mountaineer® Train and cruise package, use our Rocky Mountaineer Package Quote form to contact us direct or search for packages online:

Alaska Cruise Information

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Alaska Cruise Ship Descriptions

Cruise ship ms Zuiderdam from Vancouver

The ms Zuiderdam, a Vista-class ship, offers 7 night Glacier Bay Cruises. She embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system.

Like all of Holland America’s ships, the ms Zuiderdam is graced with small touches like an abundance of fresh flowers and bold strokes like fine art, sculptures and antiques from around the world. A Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. Other notable pieces include a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist, and icon, Andy Warhol, medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship. The ms Zuiderdam is designed to carry fewer guests, offering more space in which to enjoy each voyage of discovery.

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Cruise ship ms Oosterdam from Seattle

Officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the ms Oosterdam is the second in Holland America’s series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.

Symbolic of Holland America Line’s more than 135-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece of the ms Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three- story atrium. First-time cruisers aboard this ship will quickly recognize the traditional touches that make Holland America cruisers regulars: a warm palette of colours accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.

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Alaska Cruise Itineraries

Alaska Cruise Itinerary from Vancouver onboard ms Zuiderdam

Day 1 - Embarkation

Embarkation commences after 12:00 noon. Sailing time is scheduled for 5:00 pm. Only guests who are sailing may board the ship. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. D.

Day 2 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 3 - Port of Call Juneau, Alaska

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, set out and whale watch, flightsee, hike, kayak, raft or fish. Due to the long daylight hours, there’s plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 4 - Port of Call Skagway, Alaska

Take your time and poke into every little store from the Trail Bench to Lynch and Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie and other vintage characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ‘98 Museum. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you to take a stroll into the past. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 5 - Glacier Bay Scenic Cruise

As Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. Bring out the camera and listen for the thunderous sound of a monumental chunk of ice that has split from a glacier as it crashes into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 6 - Port of Call Ketchikan, Alaska

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Take time to explore Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, Ketchikan’s main attractions. Deep water fjords created by retreating glaciers has left behind stunning granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 7 - Cruise the Inside Passage

Enjoy sailing through the dramatic Inside Passage. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. B, L, D.

Day 8 - Vancouver

After breakfast you will disembark the ms Zuiderdam in Vancouver where your holiday concludes.

To include this Vancouver cruise in a rail holiday package, contact us or view our Cruise and Train Holiday Package Downloads.

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Alaska Cruise Itinerary from Seattle onboard ms Oosterdam

Day 1 - Board Alaskan Cruise in Seattle

Arrive early this afternoon at the Port of Seattle cruise terminal where you board your ship for departure. Cruise up Puget Sound past the San Juan Islands and overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. D.

Day 2 - Cruise to Alaska

Sail up the west coast of Vancouver Island and past the east coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands as you approach the northern portion of the Inside Passage on your journey to the Alaskan Panhandle. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 3 - Scenic Cruise of Glacier Bay National Park

As Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. Bring out the camera and listen for the thunderous sound of a monumental chunk of ice that has split from a glacier as it crashes into the sea. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 4 - Port of Call Juneau, Alaska

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, set out and whale watch, flightsee, hike, kayak, raft or fish. Due to the long daylight hours, there’s plenty of time for your perfect Juneau adventure. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 5 - Port of Call Sitka, Alaska

The onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a Russian settlement – the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof, no less. Discover the echoes of its heyday at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers. Be greeted by Tlingit native people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million, less than two cents per acre. Take a stroll through old growth forest in Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and poke around the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a close-up look at some of the city’s most prized arts, crafts and Russian relics. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 6 - Port of Call Ketchikan, Alaska

Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Take time to explore Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, Ketchikan’s main attractions. Deep water fjords created by retreating glaciers have left behind stunning granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 7 - Port of Call Victoria, British Columbia

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria benefits from one of Canada’s mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all year round. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions for you to enjoy this evening. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam. B, L, D.

Day 8 - Seattle Departure

After breakfast you will disembark the ms Oosterdam in Seattle. B.

To include this Seattle cruise in a rail holiday package, contact us or view our Cruise and Train Holiday Package Downloads.

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Alaska Cruise Videos

Cruise Glacier Bay Alaska Video - ms Zuiderdam

Holland America's ship, the ms Zuiderdam, cruising Glacier Bay in Alaska.

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