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 2015 and 2016 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 Noordam from Vancouver - Departs Saturdays

The ms Noordam is the newest member of Holland America Line’s renowned Vista-class ships. Named for the Northern compass point, the ms Noordam 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.

The ms Noordam will sail 7 night Inside Passage cruises to Glacier Bay on the same itinerary previously sailed by the ms Zuiderdam.

On board ms Noordam you will discover museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. One of the most valuable pieces of furniture on board the ship is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones. Enjoy an onboard iPod® self-guided tour of the complete ms Noordam art collection.

The ms Noordam exemplifies the classic style of ocean travel with contemporary amenities and modern enhancements. The ambiance of the elegant ms Noordam will provide a comfortable, spacious and relaxing backdrop as you sail up the Pacific Coast to picturesque Alaska.

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Cruise ship ms Westerdam from Seattle - Departs Saturdays

Officially christened in April 2004 by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk, the ms Westerdam is the third 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.

The theme of ms Westerdam’s art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Art ranges from paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson’s Half Moon, to a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway, a bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman’s head to a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador. Contemporary pieces include an original Andy Warhol portrait and signature sculptures by Sedona artist Susanna Holt.


Cruise ship ms Amsterdam from Seattle - Departs Sundays

The ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line’s over 135-year history.

Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the ms Amsterdam blends the very latest in shipbuilding technology with HAL’s signature artistry, personalized touches and superior service. At the heart of the ms Amsterdam is the Planeto Astrolabium, a commissioned signature sculpture soaring in a three-story atrium. The stunning Astrolabe tracks constellations, the planets, world time and ship time. Dutch heritage and tradition is clearly displayed throughout the ship in original Art Deco pieces that once graced the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938. For a contemporary touch, works of the noted maritime artist Stephen Card adorn public spaces.

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Alaska Cruise Itineraries

Alaska Cruise Itinerary from Vancouver onboard ms Noordam

B = Breakfast included, L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included

SAT - 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 Noordam. D.

SUN - Cruise the Inside Passage

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

MON - 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 Noordam. B, L, D.

TUE - 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 Noordam. B, L, D.

WED - 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 Noordam. B, L, D.

THU - 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 Noordam. B, L, D.

FRI - Cruise the Inside Passage

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

SAT - Vancouver

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

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Alaska Cruise Itinerary from Seattle onboard ms Westerdam

B = Breakfast included, L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included

SAT - 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 Westerdam. D.

SUN - 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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

MON - 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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

TUE - Scenic Cruise of Glacier Bay

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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

WED - 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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

THU - 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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

FRI - 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 Westerdam. B, L, D.

SAT - Seattle Departure

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

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Alaska Cruise Itinerary from Seattle onboard ms Amsterdam

B = Breakfast included, L = Lunch included, D = Dinner included

SUN - Board Alaskan Cruise in Seattle

Make your way early this afternoon to 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 Amsterdam. D.

MON - 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 Amsterdam. B, L, D.

TUE - Scenic Cruise of Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers

Stephens Passage takes a hard right turn into the sheer rock of the Boundary Ranges at Tracy Arm, a narrow, twisting, 30-mile-long fjord that ends at the twin Sawyer glaciers. Lush rain forest recedes to reveal bare rock, and verticality predominates: 7,000-foot peaks, sheer rock faces, waterfalls at every turn. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age – the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Overnight on Holland America’s ms Amsterdam. B, L, D.

WED - 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 Amsterdam. B, L, D.

THU - 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 Amsterdam. B, L, D.

FRI - 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 Amsterdam. B, L, D.

SAT - 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 Amsterdam. B, L, D.

SUN - Seattle Departure

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

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Alaska Cruise Videos

Cruise Glacier Bay Alaska Video

Holland America cruising Glacier Bay in Alaska.

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