Alaska Cruise 2024
Embark from Seattle, WA
July 28, 3pm Scenic Cruising Puget Sound

Come aboard the Holland America Westerdam in Seattle, WA, for a convenient roundtrip Seattle adventure. Puget Sound delivers incredible Pacific Northwest scenery, more than enough reason to choose Seattle as an Alaska departure port.

You will cruise the San Juan Islands from Seattle. The San Juan Islands are a wildlife-rich archipelago and popular vacation spot amongst locals. From the comfort of your cruise, watch for soaring eagles, harbor seals, and both humpback and orca whales. Both whale species appear to be making a comeback in recent years and scientists are cautiously optimistic. However, dwindling salmon populations remain a concern for the Puget Sound resident orcas. Cruises to San Juan Islands often lead to whale sightings, especially between March and October for the famous resident orcas of the J, K, and L pods.

At Sea
July 29 - Cruising

This will be a day to enjoy the ship at sea as the Westerdam makes her way north.

A fascinating destination in her own right, Westerdam has won multiple Best Cruise Ship awards and features superb bar, entertainment, and dining venues. During the day, rejuvenate with a spa treatment at the heavenly Greenhouse Spa & Salon®. Head to the upper decks for a friendly game of Pickleball at Sea with top-deck views. Catch a performance at the World Stage or spend your evening on the dance floor at Rolling Stone Lounge.

Stephens Passage & Juneau, Alaska
July 30 1pm - 10pm

Stephens Passage is a straight line through Southeast Alaska in a landscape that comes with very few straight lines. It’s not only people and ships that use the passage: Concentrated in and around its waters is a greatest hits of Alaskan wildlife, from humpback whales, the whoosh of their breath loud enough to be heard almost a kilometer away, to giant sea lions.

The southern reaches of Stephens Passage start at the edges of Frederick Sound, one of the best whale-watching areas in the state. The sound narrows and as you are funneled into the passage, the mountains come right down into the sea.

The water of the passage is very deep, well over 1,000 feet in places. But in this landscape cut by the last ice age, you really have to measure to the mountain peaks for true scale: They climb to summits at 5,000 feet, their slopes covered with forests and meadows.

Juneau is known for its outdoor recreation, fresh seafood and fine dining. The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay. Bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000, mostly fishermen and small-business owners, has a frontier town vibe and is Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Scenic Cruising Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier
July 31 8am - 1pm

Endicott Arm is a 30-mile fjord that snakes through the Tracy Arm-Fords Wilderness Area. At the head is the majestic Dawes Glacier. Find a good spot on our spacious decks or get cozy on your verandah and take in the views. Glide past waterfalls that spool like silver ribbons from soaring mountain peaks. As you go deeper into the narrow fjord, the water changes color from gray to jade, the temperatures dip and the ice chunks become larger and more plentiful.

The 600-foot-tall, mile-wide Dawes Glacier takes center stage just around a bend. The ship will sidle up to this brilliant blue giant for a chance to witness calving, when ice breaks off and plunges into the sea. Dawes Glacier regularly rumbles with white thunder - keep your camera ready! 

Wildlife sightings are common, so bring your binoculars. Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier are the breeding grounds of harbor seals, one of Alaska’s cutest critters. You might also spot mountain goats balancing on cliffs or humpback whales swimming with their pods. Scan the valleys for brown and black bears.

Sitka, Alaska, U.S.
Aug 1 8am - 4pm

A storied past mixed with jaw-dropping scenery sets Sitka, Alaska, apart from other ports. Located on Baranof Island surrounded by the Sitka Sound’s icy blue water, it not only boasts lush scenery and captivating wildlife, but offers a unique glimpse into Alaska history. Russia controlled Alaska from the mid-1700s until the United States purchased it in 1867.

On a Sitka shore excursion, stop by the visitor center of the Sitka National Historical park to peruse fascinating collections of Russian and Native Alaskan artifacts, and then join a ranger-led tour of the battlefield where Russia fought the native Tlingit people. 

Surrounded by the Tongass National rain forest, nature abounds in Sitka. A walk up Castle Hill offers the ideal vantage point to take in Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. Visits to the Fortress of the Bear and Alaska Raptor Center are in order for any animal-lover. Both provide the opportunity to see Alaska wildlife, such as bears or raptors up-close, but safely.

Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S.
Aug 2 7am - 1pm

Alaska's First City of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries. Visitors can try their luck on a sport fishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. Ketchikan is also one of the best spots to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park. Don't forget to leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon, and local art, while exploring gold rush-era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.

Victoria, BC, Canada
Aug 3 8pm - 11:30pm

A British-influenced city plunked in the rugged Pacific Northwest. Victoria ranks high for quality of life—you’re always a stone’s throw from a windswept beach or a pint at a convivial pub—and it’s the perfect swirl of city life and nature. The influence of the First Nations culture is also strong in Victoria, with totem poles taking a front-and-center position on the Inner Harbour and in Beacon Hill Park and extensive galleries devoted to the First People at the Royal Columbia Museum.

The Victoria, British Columbia cruise port is just a pleasant walk or cab ride away from the Inner Harbour. 

Disembark in Seattle, WA
Aug 4 7am

Welcome back to Seattle! You're welcome to extend your trip in this amazing city or head to another in this beautiful state.

Bounded by the Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east, and surrounded by forests and mountains, Seattle, Washington boasts a stunning location.

Explore the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is as much an homage to human ingenuity as it is to natural beauty. From logging to shipbuilding to aircraft manufacturing to modern-day software and biotech development, the Emerald City has worn a succession of industrial hats.

Iconic attractions, such as the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Pike Place Market along a stunning, steel-gray waterfront with ferries gliding back and forth. Tour local attractions, go sightseeing, and explore the city’s museums. "Local" and "sustainable" are words to live by in here, an ethos reflected in the profusion of fresh-seafood restaurants, independent coffee roasters and quirky boutiques nestled among sleek skyscrapers.

Details for this Holland America Cruise

Call me with questions or to reserve your spot: 818-643-1018

Cost based on double occupancy:

  • Front Ship Ocean Verandah With Balcony: $1856.00 per person (plus $112 per person gratuity)
  • Forward of the ship Ocean View With No Balcony: $1566 per person (plus $112 per person gratuity)

This fee includes $50-$100 onboard credit for each stateroom gifted by my Travel Agency.

For an additional fee of $55 per person per day we can add:

  • Premium Beverage Packages
  • WiFi for surfing
  • 1 Specialty Dining per person
  • $100 Shore Excursion credit per person

Payment in full is due April. 20, 2024.

Flights are not included, and I strongly recommend you fly into Seattle at least 1 day ahead of the scheduled cruise departure. This will give you cushion if your flight is delayed for any reason. We don't want you to miss your sailing!

I can help with pre- and post-cruise hotels or tours and excursions, if you'd like. If you need transfers to and from the airport or cruise ship, let me know.

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