Holland America is the premiere cruise line for Alaskan adventures if you’re interested in land and sea adventure, great tours, whale watching, and some serious pampering. Holland America has been in business for many years in Alaska and their experience and expertise show. The company offers multiple cruise options including inland tours to Denali and the Yukon. Holland America offers exclusive entry into the Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park, near Dawson City. This region of staggering wilderness beauty, Native architecture and history, stunning vistas, and wildlife is a must see.
I chose Holland America above other cruise lines due to their extensive experience in Alaska and their unique itinerary which enabled access to remote parts of the Yukon.
My tour began on the shores of Vancouver and set sail under the Lion’s Gate Bridge and into the scenic wonders of the Inside Passage. From here we traveled north via ship to Juneau and Skagway before taking the White Pass train into Yukon Territory. Once in the Yukon, we stopped at White Horse and Dawson City. Then drove along the Top of the World Highway back into Alaska. Our last few days in Alaska were spent in Chicken, Tok, Fairbanks, Denali, and Anchorage.
Our ship, Holland America’s Zuiderdam, is a stunning vessel with comfortable staterooms and plenty of entertainment for the few days on board. I recommend spending some of the time at the Greenhouse Spa on board for a seaweed body scrub and facial.
When booking to tour, I opted for the food package. I highly recommend doing this as most of the places you visit there are not a lot of options for restaurants and food is expensive. The food package includes additional meals at local restaurants or hotels and is well worth it. You’ll end up saving money. Also, the restaurants that fall under the food plan are delicious!
Views from deck were breathtaking and most of our time at sea was spent outside soaking up the sun and scenery.
For more information on this tour and the destinations please refer to my post on Alaska and the Yukon.