Sail to the Last Frontier

Explore the 49th state on a Holland America Alaska cruise.

Humpback whale breaching

Photo: Paul Souders / Accent Alaska

There’s no better way to visit Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier than by being dropped off by helicopter and stomping around in snow boots and slickers. Prefer to stay closer to the ground? See majestic bald eagles and their huge nests from a ride on an inflatable boat through the waters around the glacier. And when it comes to taking in the sights and sounds of humpback whales in scenic Stephens Passage, your best vantage point is from a teak deck chair, hot drink in hand, on Holland America Line’s elegant ms Amsterdam.

With departures from Seattle in 2018 from May through September, this seven-day cruise of the Inside Passage offers the best of all worlds. You’ll see beautiful coastlines, stately mountains and a host of wildlife and sea life, and you’ll experience Native American culture and onboard lectures by historians and naturalists.

Cruising Yakutat Bay

Photo: Holland America Line

Holland America Line, which pioneered Alaska cruising over 70 years ago, provides an immersive experience. On the ship, dinners featuring the chef’s favorite Alaskan flavors and the musical event Alaska in Concert, set against footage from BBC Earth, make it impossible to forget where you are—even when you’re luxuriating in spa treatments or taking computer classes.

There are more than 300 excursions to choose from on a Holland America Alaska cruise. Adrenaline junkies should note Juneau’s Ultimate Canopy and Zipline Expedition, an experience that pairs a glide above treetops with a hike along nature trails, and the opportunity in Ketchikan to see the magnificent misty fjords by floatplane. On a tour of Sitka, the island town’s colorful past is on display, from early Native American life to the Russian colonial period to Sitka’s role in World War II.

Before returning to Seattle, the ship stops briefly in Victoria, British Columbia, where highlights include an evening tour of the enchanting Butchart Gardens.

To learn more about your ideal Holland America Alaska cruise, check out the AAA Travel traveling show On Stage Alaska, coming soon.

Ask your AAA Travel Counselor about special benefits Members can receive on Holland America Line Alaska cruises. Call 877-396-7159 to talk to an expert or browse available sailings online.

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Heidi Kazemi, AAA Travel Counselor, Roseville, Calif.

Customization is always my top priority when planning a client's vacation. I ask about their family and where they've been before. Their preferences guide our planning so the vacation is perfectly tailored for them.

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