HAL Debuts New 14 day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises in 2010


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Holland America Line Debuts New 14-Day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises in 2010

Flagship ms Amsterdam calls at Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak for the first time

Seattle, March 27, 2009  Holland America Line is introducing new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises on its flagship ms Amsterdam in 2010, which will sail roundtrip from Seattle and include a call at Anchorage for the first time. The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will be the first cruise ship of a major cruise line to call regularly in Anchorage, providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska’s major city. The Amsterdam will also call at Homer and Kodiak, two new and less frequented ports for guests to discover.

The new itinerary reduces the cruise line’s overall 2010 Alaska deployment by 10 sailings or about 11,000 guests. The 10 new 14-day sailings replace 20 7-day sailings between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.

“The new Alaskan Adventurer itinerary is a great new offering in Holland America’s Alaska cruise schedule,†said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “It provides a longer itinerary choice – one that lets guests experience far more of Alaska’s grandeur while enjoying the ease of a roundtrip cruise. We anticipate many guests will opt for a longer cruise that includes more glacier viewing and ports of call.â€Â

The 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises depart roundtrip from Seattle May 17 through September 6, 2010. The Amsterdam sails the scenic Inside Passage, highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord with its magnificent twin Sawyer Glaciers. The ship also cruises by Alaska’s mighty Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay – the largest glacier in North America. Historic ports of call include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.

“With the three new ports of Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak, guests will enjoy a unique Alaska cruising experience not available on other cruise itineraries,†said Meadows.

In Anchorage, guests can take a comprehensive city tour including the 25-acre Alaska Native Heritage Center, plus have time to enjoy the city’s museums, shopping and fine dining. In Homer, they experience its breathtaking location at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center and the famous Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay. Kodiak is truly off the beaten path, reflecting both 7,500 years of native Alutiiq heritage and Russian fur trading influence since 1792 as the first capital of Russian America.

Shore excursion options out of Anchorage include day trips to Talkeetna for views of Mt. McKinley, flightseeing of the mountain, rafting, sportfishing and more. There will be opportunities for bear viewing, a Turnagin Pass float trip or a day tour to Girdwood for a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska and lunch.

The Alaskan Adventurer increases the choice of Holland America itineraries to a total of four in 2010, joining the popular Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage itineraries. These seven-day cruises sail both roundtrip from Seattle and Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward. Holland America’s schedule features eight ships offering 149 total departures from May 3 through September 24, 2010.

Cruise-only fares start at US$1,899 per person, double occupancy for the Amsterdam’s 14-day Alaskan Adventurer sailings. Alaska cruises will be open for booking beginning April 10. For more information and to book a cruise, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

Editor’s note: Photos available here: http://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/Wrcb:ncf:bSw.


Now that's a cruise we will be booking! Yea, it'll be a bit costly, but for the ports and duration, coupled with the famtastic service HAL consistantly provides, it'll be a bargan!!!!

Krazy Kruizers

When we get on the Westerdam in a few weeks we are going to check into it as well.

Krazy Kruizers

While we were on the Westerdam, we did book this cruise!!!

Now to try and stay healthy and not have to cancel it.

Mr. Utley

I'm sure you'll love it. Like a back to back with no repeat stops- the best of both worlds!

Krazy Kruizers


Thank you.

We were getting ready to book our 2010 Alaskan cruise with another cruise line as HAL has given us so much trouble in the past when we wanted to book back-to-back cruises -- Vancouver to Seward and then back.
We booked the first one - May 17th. We are in Cat. E - didn't feel we could spend that much for a balcony, but couldn't pass up the itinerary!!

A 14 day cruise to Alaskan cruise is something I will be looking into.
it would be the ideal cruise for the first time to Alaska. I have done 17 cruises
in the Carribean. I think it time for a change.

I just came back on 8/1, from a week in Alaska on board the Amsterdam. It's a wonderful ship. We had late seating for dinner, and a wonderful dining room staff. Zul, Herman and the wine steward Alex were amazing and became like family to us. Also the "Mint Man & dinner bell ringer" Antonio, treated my mom wonderful. If anyone is taking the Amsterdam soon and see's the "Mint Man" tell him "Mama" (in the wheelchair) says "hello".

The 14 day Alaska cruise on board the Amsterdam next year sounds amazing. Maybe I'll go back in a few years and try it.

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
We love the Amsterdam -- did a 21 day repositioning cruise on her a few years ago and a 15 day Hawaiian cruise on her in 2006.

So far HAL is only offering this new 14 day Alaskan for the 2010 season -- they need to see if they will be able to fill the ship.

Krazy Kruizers

Holland America Specialist
While we were on the Westerdam in April/May we did book one of the 14 day Amstedam cruises.

There have been a couple of changes since I posted this months ago.

Tracy Arm has been dropped and replaced with Glacier Bay.

Also we now stay in Sitka until 5 and Skagway until 9.


Awaiting results of mental evaluation
We're getting hold of Mama Duck and booking this one on Monday for SunFlower and I and our oldest GD (will be her virgin cruise). Probably going to go with an obstructed view, outside. Just can't see the cost of a suite. Can usually do an upgrade if more funds come available. Not in the cabin that much anyway. Preferred dining will be First-Early (5:45-Upper Level).