Spotlight on Alaska

Experience the glaciers, wildlife and history of Alaska with a cruise holiday that showcases the beautiful natural wonders of America’s largest state. 

This epic destination is home to some of the world’s best natural sights, glaciers bigger than US states, mountains with skyscraper peaks and all creatures great and small. Alaska is a place to pursue dreams, whether it be seeing a brown bear up-close, watching whales migrate for the spring or spotting the Northern Lights dance across the mountaintops. It’s the perfect place to include a rail experience aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, for a chance to see this part of the world from two perspectives: the coastlines of Alaska unlike any other, alongside the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies. 

Travelling throughout the seasons offers different experiences and, depending on what you’re planning, depends on the season that is best for you. Summer draws the most crowds as this is the warmest time for Alaska and offers the most daylight – perfect for wildlife viewing and seeing flowers in full bloom. 

If you’re looking to spot the northern lights, wintertime is prime viewing with longer days and dark skies to spot these incredible spectrums dance across the sky. Plus, you can enjoy dog sledding, snowmobiling and skiing as the snow conditions are ideal! 

Humpback whale in Alaska

Meanwhile, spring brings whales to the coastline of Anchorage, amongst other marine species, and you could also witness bears come out of their dens and moose calves being born. There’s also chance you can still spot the northern lights, as viewing is still possible in the evenings through until April. 

Holland America Line is one of the key cruise lines visiting this region, having won multiple awards for its itineraries, experiences and ships over the years. With the most cruises sailing from Glacier Bay and 75 years’ experience sailing to the region, choose Holland America Line for a glimpse of the true Alaska in all of its glory. 

This bucket-list destination is truly remarkable with options already limited for 2023 and demand high for 2024! Speak to our expert Cruise Concierge about your options for these packages and create a bespoke holiday tailored to you that you can start looking forward to! 

Our experiences! 

“When I shared news of my upcoming Alaska & Rocky Mountaineer holiday earlier this year, everyone told me GoldLeaf is the only way to experience Rocky Mountaineer and they were right! Panoramic views with full glass dome windows, superior food, drink and service all synonymous with the brand is a truly spectacular way to travel through the Canadian Rockies and witness the truly breath-taking scenery (which pictures do not do justice to)! It was a fabulous and unique experience, made all the more incredible alongside an Alaskan cruise from Vancouver. 

My highlights would have to include trying the crab and lobster at the Vancouver Fish Company, as well as staying at the Fairmont Hotel here for a great location in central downtown. Also, book your excursion to the Hubbard Glacier as soon as you can as this is the only way to get up close to this fascinating feat of nature that is even more incredible during this intimate experience. As for wildlife lovers, don’t miss whale watching and bear spotting in Ketchikan, perfect when visiting between May and September months.”  

Alison Earnshaw, Managing Director 

Discover the best of Alaska

Offering weekly Alaska cruises between May and September, Holland America Line offer plenty of choice for people seeking out cruises to this region. From seven-day round-trips from Seattle to weekend departures, choose your ideal sailing for the best experiences aboard Holland America. 

Sailings to this region with Holland America feature their Alaska Up Close experiences, exclusive to the cruise line and region. Offering innovative performances from BBC Earth, expert-led talks and port-to-table cooking demonstrations, alongside many more, you can enjoy the region on-board as much as ashore. 

Currently, seven mid-size Holland America Line ships visit the region, including Koningsdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam, and Volendam. 

Alaska Discovery 

Available throughout the months of May to September, Holland America Line’s Alaska Discovery itinerary features chances to visit ports steeped in history such as Skagway and Juneau, while sailing with one of the best cruise lines for the region. Port highlights include:

Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage 

Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. 

Panoramic view of Juneau's cruise terminal

Juneau, Alaska 

Cruise to Juneau, Alaska and visit the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. 

Skagway's inspiring natural landscape

Skagway Alaska 

In Skagway, at every turn you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind enroute to the Klondike, to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a classic narrow-gauge railway that traverses rugged mountains and passes cascading waterfalls and towering glaciers 

Glacier Bay 

Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique. 

Colourful buildings bordering the water in Ketchikan in Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska 

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries. Visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing or simply savour the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants on a cruise to Ketchikan excursion. 

To find out more about this amazing destination, explore itineraries here or speak to our expert concierge to tailor make your perfect Alaska cruise holiday on 0808 278 3940.

Mandi Webb

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