Holland America Line Enters 2010 With Most Diverse Alaska CruiseTour Program Yet
Thirty-one CruiseTours are 10 to 20 days in length
For travelers wishing to see the beauty of Alaska and the Yukon, Holland America Line features 31 CruiseTour itineraries in 2010 exploring Southeast Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula, Arctic, Denali and the Yukon Territory. All CruiseTours combine an Inside Passage sailing with in-depth land tours, designed to show guests the best of Alaska's wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history.
Ranging from 10 to 20 days in length, the ever-popular Great Land and Glacier Discovery CruiseTours explore Alaska and the Yukon by land and sea. Twenty Holland America CruiseTours feature a Double Denali option - two nights at a classic wilderness lodge near the gates of Denali National Park. Many tours also feature Canada's Yukon Territory, with its Klondike Gold Rush heritage and pristine national parks.
"More than sixty years of experience in the region is wrapped up in each of our cruise tours," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. "These are comprehensive tours. Holland America has always sought to provide guests with in-depth wilderness experiences."
The new 2010 itineraries and optional excursions offer a choice of 14 national parks and wilderness areas including less visited gems such as Kluane National Park and Tombstone Park along with popular Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks.
Holland America's comprehensive CruiseTours combine a variety of transportation adventures to explore Alaska and the Yukon. Guests travel by five-star cruise ships; luxury, domed McKinley Explorer(R) railcars; intimate vessels such as the mv Yukon Queen II; and comfortable custom-built highway Explorer Coaches(TM) on Great Land itineraries.
Great Land CruiseTours
The core of the company's extensive Alaska tour program consists of 10 Great Land CruiseTours, combining a southeast Alaska cruise with an in-depth tour of the vast interior. The cruise sails for three or four days between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Skagway.
Great Land Klondike CruiseTours offer 11- to 15-day adventures to Denali National Park; Dawson City; Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Four Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours range from 10 to 13 days and provide a more affordable wilderness experience with travel along the most scenic stretch of the famed Alaska Highway.
Glacier Discovery CruiseTours
Guests who prefer a longer Inside Passage cruise with added glacier viewing can choose among 18 Glacier Discovery CruiseTours. Ranging from 11- to 20-days, these CruiseTours include a seven-day sailing and most offer two-night Double Denali stays and the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour.
New Expedition CruiseTours are designed to provide more off-the-beaten-track wilderness experiences. Three itineraries highlight uncrowded, authentic wilderness experiences in the Kenai, Denali and the Yukon. Two tours include accommodations at small, exclusive lodges in remote locations.
The leader in Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours
Holland America Line has been Alaska's leading tour operator for more than 60 years. The line has eight premium ships, offering 148 Alaska cruises in 2010. These include 60 sailings on four ships home-ported in Seattle and 88 cruises on four ships based in Vancouver.
CruiseTours start at $1,099 per person, double occupancy. To book an Alaska cruise or CruiseTour, contact Alaska Cruisetours Online 800.365.1445 or visit www.alaskacruisetoursonline.com
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL) (NYSE: CUK) ]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include 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. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
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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.