ms Westerdam

ms Westerdam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
1,916
817
82,348 grt
936 feet
24 knots
April 2004
Actress Renée Soutendijk

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22
Oct 2014

Alaska: The Ideal Destination for Everyone — Four Cruise Perspectives

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team

Flightseeing over Denali. Photo by Richard Varr.
Flightseeing over Denali. Photo by Richard Varr.

As the Alaska cruise season comes to an end, Holland America Line’s guests reflect on their journeys to “The Last Frontier.” From multigenerational family bonding to scenic solo cruising, plenty of travelers agreed that a trip to Alaska is an unforgettable experience. The company is the recognized leader in Alaska travel, celebrating 68 years exploring the state in 2015. Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time cruiser, or even if this is your first cruise with Holland America Line, travelers have been touring the “Great Land” with Holland America Line since 1947 and cruising the famous Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm and throughout Alaskan waters since 1975. There is something for everyone on an Alaska cruise. Enthusiastic mariners are the driving force behind this type of tourism, and guests like these make every journey a memorable one. As the season wraps up take a look at a four unique experiences from 2014 Alaska summer cruises! GRANDPARENTS AND TWIN TWEENS Linda and Don Bair decided to take a cruise to Alaska with their twin granddaughters, who are first-time cruisers. It was a fabulous opportunity for family bonding. Linda wrote: Thank you Holland America for creating a magnificent memory for us with our 13-year old twin granddaughters! We wanted to spend one-on-one time with these wonderful girls and because my husband and I had cruised to Alaska in the past — Statendam (1999), Veendam (2003) and the Volendam (2005) — we knew that an Alaska cruise would be just perfect for us to share together. The girls had never been on a cruise ship before and absolutely loved the Zuiderdam! They were thrilled with their signature suite (next door to ours). We always appreciate the excellent shore excursions HAL offers when we cruise with you — we took the girls on the Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glacier boat, the musher’s camp and sled dog experience in Skagway (they loved holding the puppies), we flew over the Misty Fjords in a floatplane, and we stomped our feet and cheered at the lumberjack show in Ketchikan. We saw glaciers calve in Glacier Bay (caught […]

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