3 Reasons Why to Cruise to Alaska On Holland America

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You most probably head to the Caribbean for the sandy beaches, you most likely cruise to Europe for the majestic architecture, and you might want to experience Asia for the colorful culture.

But why should you consider spending a week (or two) in Alaska? Why should you cruise to that destination on a Holland America ship?

If you’ve been trying to find the best reasons to cruise your way to fascinating Alaska onboard this elegant cruise line, here’s a quick list of four that should help you make a quick decision:

Reason #1: Holland America lets you enjoy the journey to Alaska in an elegant, luxurious way

If you’ve been reading up about Alaska as a cruise destination, you probably already know by now that it’s a great, big adventure. Think wondrous glaciers, snowy slopes, and wildlife-watching.

But how do you set off on this thrilling escape?

Holland America lets you go into that naturally fascinating realm with the trademark traditional grandeur that the cruise line is known for. Onboard a Holland America ship, you travel with Old World charm all around you – think brass accents and dark wood, original artwork, and intricate details. Put these air of opulence in expansive suites, staterooms and dining venues and you’ll feel transported to a world of undeniable luxury and sophistication.

Despite its Old World interiors though, Holland America’s Alaska-bound mid-sized ships are equipped with modern technological comforts. You’ll find interactive television systems in all cabins, game arcades, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, and so much more.

Reason #2: Holland America makes your journey to Alaska extra memorable

The Alaskan region promises a wide array of majestic sights and exciting excursions, and Holland America is sure to raise your anticipation with all the onboard activities it has to offer. Though catering to a more relaxed crowd, Holland America makes sure that its passengers never have a dull moment on the ship.

World-class musicians wow the crowd every night. Groove to your favorite beats at B.B. King’s Blues Club, watch a mesmerizing theater show on The Showroom, or just ease into some classic music and enjoy a nightcap at the Piano Bar. If you’re feeling lucky, don’t hesitate to drop by the Casino!

Another notable laid-back venue onboard a Holland America ship is The Explorations Cafe, one of the most extensive libraries at sea. It is cozily set up in a coffeehouse environment, and provides aromatic blends and delicious pastries by Torrefazione Italia. This nook also houses the ship’s internet stations.

Have a passion for the arts? You can sign up for a high-tech gallery walk. You can also make the journey a learning experience by signing up for a Digital Workshop by Windows.

Over and above these features though, the Holland America brand of an Alaskan cruise is made even more outstanding with activities related to the port of call. A naturalist will give themed talks, and a native artist shares artistic renditions of Alaska’s beauty. Local cuisine is also served onboard.

Holland America has also partnered with BBC Earth to offer passengers a more in-depth look at the amazing natural landscape and wildlife in Alaska via Q&A sessions as well as enrichment classes.

Reason #3: Holland America offers an all-out Alaskan experience

Holland America has been offering cruises to the Alaskan wonderland for almost 70 years, and through the decades, they have kept improving on what they offer.

If you’re aiming to marvel at Alaska’s best glacier sites, Holland America can take you on a 7-14 day journey to fully experience the beauty of places like Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier. Seeing the massive natural ice sculptures is indeed a breathtaking experience onboard a Holland America ship.

Aside from the enthralling glaciers, Alaska will also regale you with its rich wildlife. Witness it through a Holland America cruise by choosing a land and sea tour that will take you to the famous Denali National Park and Preserve. It is home to grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, and so much more. It spans an immense six million acres, and grants you entry to the foot of North America’s tallest peak, Mt. Denali.

Holland America offers accommodation in the area through its cozy and stylish McKinley Chalet Resort.

Want to go ‘deeper’ into what Alaska has to offer? Soak in more of the culture and meet the lovely people of the Great Land via land and sea journeys to the Yukon and Denali territories. Visit historic areas like Dawson City and Klondlike River.You can also see for yourself the ‘Gold Rush Town’ in famous Fairbanks.

Whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure, marvelous sights, an enriching journey, or all of the above.