Tips for Glacier Bay Cruising as Nieuw Amsterdam Kicks Off Alaska Season
Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Glacier Bay is a highlight of Alaska cruises.
Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam arrived at the Port of Seattle Friday, April 29, marking the start of the city’s summer Alaska homeport cruise season. We’ve increased our Seattle calls this year to 55, and three Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrip Seattle routes in 2016: Westerdam arrives Saturday, May 7; Amsterdam arrives Sunday, May 22; and Maasdam arrives Monday, May 23, to begin their Alaska sailings from Seattle. New to Alaska cruising, Nieuw Amsterdam’s arrival at Seattle was the start of a one-day cruise to Vancouver to reposition to its summer homeport. In addition to the 48 roundtrip Seattle cruises to Alaska this season, three cruises to Australia/New Zealand or Hawaii/South Pacific will begin or end at Seattle, including Amsterdam’s 53-day Tales of the South Pacific voyage and Maasdam’s 23-day South Pacific Crossing. All of the options combined make a total of 55 calls by five ships — Zaandam makes one Seattle call — that will welcome more than 86,000 guests to Seattle. — Alaska cruising brings a lot of thrills for both first-time and repeat visitors. From jaw-dropping glaciers to unexpected tree-covered hills. From breaching humpback whales to bears grazing for a fresh catch. Local customs and history overflow at every port, and guests leave Alaska wanting more, ready to return again soon. Holland America Line produced a series of articles about Alaska and its wonders so travelers can get insight into The Last Frontier. Enjoy this installment on Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve of Alaska An area in a constant state of change, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve allows visitors the chance to see some of this planet’s most powerful and creative forces at work. Encompassing the past, present and future, this park is a true bucket-list-worthy experience. What is Glacier Bay? Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve of Alaska is part of a 24-million-acre World Heritage Site, which also includes Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park in British Columbia. The park is made up of more than the famous glaciers — rugged, high mountain peaks; fjords, inlets, […]