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.