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Are you looking to chart a course to Alaska in 2022? With national parks the size of nations, and a coastline so spectacular it’s hard to believe, we can understand why America’s 49th state is atop many an Aussie’s bucket list. So, what shore excursions could you expect on a Holland America cruise along Alaska’s coastline? Here are some of our favourites that are sure to show you the best of Alaska and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Embark on an exhilarating adventure along the ruggedly beautiful Alaska coastline. Take a scenic cruise to a floating kayak base camp tucked away in a picturesque cove. Hop into your two-person kayak and cast off in a small group.
Follow your knowledgeable guide through tranquil waterways and learn about the spectacular marine environment that surrounds you. Paddle through mazes of reef and kelp forest filled with colourful marine life. Glide past lush, coastal rain forest to view the area’s abundant wildlife. You may spot playful sea lions, soaring eagles, brown bears or even Sitka black-tail deer.
Experience an unforgettable journey along the eastern side of White Pass aboard the world-famous narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, built more than 100 years ago. You’ll pass through some of the north’s most rugged terrain on board a comfortable, narrow-gauge railcar as you retrace the original route through breathtaking scenery beyond the summit of White Pass at 2,865 feet.
Upon reaching Fraser, British Columbia, board a motor coach for the journey down the west side of White Pass Canyon. Stop at historic Liarsville, a gold rush trail camp nestled beside a waterfall at the foot of White Pass. Liarsville is named for the journalists sent here to report on the Klondike Gold Rush, whose articles included tall tales of the prospectors’ exploits. Browse the authentic camp exhibits, including antiques and garments left behind by the prospectors and those who profited from them. You’ll also have a chance to try your hand at the art of gold panning in the Liarsville gold fields, where you are guaranteed to find some gold to keep.
Experience Juneau’s highlights on this ultimate combination tour. Start with a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to see Alaska’s best-known river of ice, talk with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, learn about the awesome force of glaciers.
Take a motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay and board a water-jet-powered catamaran specifically designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you ply the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage. Once whales have been sighted, your captain will gently manoeuvre the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photo opportunities as these graceful ocean giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. An on-board naturalist will explain the behaviour and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and Sitka black-tail deer.
Take a break from cruising to step ashore at Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island to enjoy a feast that includes fresh grilled wild Alaska salmon, chicken kebabs, vegetable medley, rice pilaf, coleslaw, fresh rolls and dessert. The lodge offers peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in a remote wilderness setting. Visit the marine life touch pool or take a stroll along the beach before the return cruise to Auke Bay.
Wildlife is everywhere in Alaska — crabs, eagles, whales, octopus, sea lions, porpoise, wolf eels, sharks and seals are all frequently spotted on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen tour. Come aboard the Aleutian Ballad for the adventure of a lifetime.
Set out in the calm, protected waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to witness firsthand the amazing way of life of commercial fishermen. Marvel at the scenic beauty that surrounds you from the comfort of the heated and sheltered stadium-style seating lower deck or the open-air top deck.
Watch as the skilled crew haul and set long lines, barrel pots and huge 700-pound king crab pots to reveal the catch of the day. The amazing marine life is placed in an on-deck aquarium so everyone can get up close with these unique creatures of the sea. This fascinating, educational and interactive experience is great for all ages and is packed with stories and adventures shared by the men and women who risk their lives fishing the Bering Sea.
Welcome to Holland America Line, recognised for nearly 150 years as a leader in premium cruising. Today, our fleet of 14 ships visit more than 470 ports of call in 98 countries connecting with all seven continents. Our guests are endlessly curious, looking to go beyond typical tourist experiences. They’re not looking for waterslides, go-karts or roller coasters when they cruise. They are explorers, foodies and music lovers who want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships with one-of-kind culinary experiences, the best in live music, and service that attends to every detail, every day. Come, savour the journey.