Cruise NewsHolland America Line Adds 7th Cruise Ship in Alaska for 2017

Holland America Line Adds 7th Cruise Ship in Alaska for 2017

Holland America Line is adding a 7th cruise ship in Alaska in 2017 to meet the increasing demand for Alaska summer cruises.

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Holland America will redeploy ms Oosterdam from Europe to Alaska giving the cruise line 135 Alaska departures for 2017.  In addition to ms Oosterdam, ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam complete Holland America’s fleet of ships sailing to Alaska.

Seven is a lucky number for the cruise line in 2017 as Holland America celebrates its 70th year of exploring Alaska. New in 2017, Eurodam will replace ms Westerdam sailing from Seattle. The addition of another Signature Class ship means more new restaurants and venues will be available for guests to enjoy on Alaska sailings.

Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line, gave the following statement: “Our award-winning Alaska cruises are at the heart of our global itineraries, and adding Oosterdam to the region in 2017 will allow even more guests to join in celebrating the exciting milestone of our 70th year in Alaska. As Seattle’s hometown cruise line, we’re thrilled to be sailing three ships from our local home port for the next Alaska season.”

Holland America Line will now offer 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day “Great Alaskan Explorer” sailings that begin in late April and run through late September. Highlights include 46 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Noordam and Zaandam. In addition, Noordam and Zaandam each will sail 18 one-way alternating north-south seven-day cruises between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.

Highlights of the 2017 Alaska cruise season include:

  • Great Alaskan Explorer Cruises Offer Unique Alaska Ports of Call
  • Guests Departing from Seattle Have a Choice of Glaciers
  • Holland America Line to Add Seventh Ship to 2017 Alaska Season
  • Land+Sea Journeys Combine an Alaska Cruise with Overland Exploration

The Land+Sea Journeys combine 3, 4, and 7 day cruise with in-depth land tours to the Yukon and Alaska’s interior.  Land visits include Denali National Park and Dawson City that is located in the heart of Klondike Gold Rush Country.

Oosterdam is slated to sail 21 seven-day cruises round trip from Seattle, Washington, from April through September. Eurodam will depart Seattle on 22 round trip seven-day cruises, while Amsterdam is scheduled to sail one seven-day itinerary from Seattle followed by nine 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer voyages.

Oosterdam’s seven-day roundtrip Seattle itineraries will call at Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Guests on board will enjoy scenic cruising in Puget Sound upon departing Seattle, as well as in Stephens Passage and Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Every itinerary is highlighted by scenic cruising of Alaska’s Inside Passage and one or more of Alaska’s famous glaciers and fjords. Whether it’s from a private verandah or out on deck, guests are in for a memorable view of Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and/or the twin Sawyer Glaciers.

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