Holland America Line Unveils 2024 Alaska Cruisetours

Holland America Line has opened bookings for its 2024 Alaska Cruisetours. New for next year, the line extends the land tour to the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush and Canada’s Yukon.

With 16 cruisetours in 2024, guests can choose whether to cruise to Alaska or go overland first, and then decide to include one, two or three nights at Denali National Park. Those who want to explore farther into Canada can add a trip to the remote landscapes of the Yukon with stops in Dawson City and Whitehorse.

Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam will offer “Denali Cruisetours” ranging from nine to 14 days between Vancouver, Canada, and Anchorage or Fairbanks, AK. All “Denali Cruisetours” include a seven-day “Glacier Discovery” cruise featuring Glacier Bay and the Alaskan ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway, plus either College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier (depending on the direction) and Inside Passage. The land side includes up to three nights at Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park, while all Double and Triple Denali itineraries include the “Tundra Wilderness Tour,” which provides the best wildlife viewing through Denali National Park.

Holland America Line owns its motorcoaches, railcars and hotels, so schedules are preferential. Each cruisetour offers a scenic ride on the luxury-domed McKinley Explorer, including select itineraries that offer direct-to-Denali service, taking guests from their ship to their Denali hotel room on the same day.

Yukon & Denali Cruisetours” range from nine to 18 days and include either a three- or four-day Inside Passage cruise on Koningsdam or Zaandam, or a seven-day “Glacier Discovery” cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam or Noordam; a two-or three-night stay at Denali; and a journey into the Yukon. Every “Yukon & Denali Cruisetour” includes the services of a tour director, who makes time on land easy, convenient and insightful. All “Yukon & Denali Cruisetours” include a ride on the McKinley Explorer full-dome railcars, and select itineraries add on the historic White Pass and Yukon Route railroad from Skagway.

Fairbanks Gold Rush tour, Alaska
Fairbanks Gold Rush tour, Alaska (Andy Newman/Holland America Line)

The “Yukon & Denali Cruisetours” itinerary include up to two nights in Dawson City, affording guests more time to relive Gold Rush history. Additional overnight experiences vary depending on the cruisetour. Nearly all “Yukon & Denali Cruisetours” include a “Gold Dredge 8” tour and many include a tour on the Klondike Spirit paddlewheeler that takes guests along the Yukon River past tall pines, historic towns and wildlife. Every “Yukon & Denali Cruisetour” includes the “Tundra Wilderness Tour” at Denali National Park.

Alaska Cruisetours include a stay at the McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park. The property is Holland America Line’s 68-acre hotel on the Nenana River. The resort offers dining facilities and guestrooms, including a 99-room complex with Denali Suites, each with balconies and larger living areas. Centrally located between the McKinley Chalet Resort and riverfront guestrooms, Denali Square is a gathering area with restaurants, an amphitheater, fire pits, outdoor seating, retail shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where local artists display and discuss their works.

The line’s “Alaska Up Close” program immerses guests in the local culture with onboard programming, cruise activities and shore excursions. The exclusive experiences are delivered through workshops and, EXC Talks exploring the stories of real Alaskans, tours highlighting the best of each destination, and fine dining events showcasing the culinary traditions of the region.

Tip: For a limited time, when guests book 2024 Alaska Cruisetours with the “Have It All” package, the standard package amenities of shore excursions, specialty dining, a “Signature Beverage Package” and “Surf Wi-Fi” are included, besides the added perk of free prepaid crew appreciation, along with free upgrades to the “Elite Beverage Package” and “Premium Wi-Fi."

For more information, visit hollandamerica.com.

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