Alaskan Inside Passage
Following a two night stay in beautiful Vancouver, join Holland America’s ms Neiuw Amsterdam for a 7 night cruise taking in some of the greatest scenery in North America. See majestic glaciers, cruise the Inside Passage, a spectacular labyrinth of islands, inlets, fjords and mountains wildlife and national parks; explore fascinating port cities including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan; and discover the cultures of the indigenous people who have inhabited the region for centuries.
Duration: 9 nights cruise & stay tour
Price from: £1599pp
Day 1 Fly to Vancouver: On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Vancouver: A day free to explore. Don't miss Gastown, Stanley Park and Robson Street.
Day 3 Vancouver/Cruise: Morning at leisure before making your way to the port for a 4.30pm sailing.
Day 4 Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Arguably one of the world's greatest cruising routes, the fabled Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Watch for iconic wildlife, such as humpback whales and orca alongside the ship, bald eagles soaring overhead or brown bears on the shoreline.
Day 5 Tracy Arm & Juneau, Alaska: Morning cruise through Tracy Arm Fjord which weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. With luck, you'll see bears, whales and mountain goats, not to mention baby seals resting on the ice floes. Arrive Juneau early afternoon which has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door, while the vast Tongass National Forest stretches away northeast. Optional shore excursions are available or, you can simply stroll around this sleepy city, with its frontier town vibe.
Day 6 Skagway, Alaska: At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields and quickly grew into Alaska's largest settlement. At every turn, you'll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the Red Onion Saloon to the White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway. Perhaps take a free walking tour around the historic district, home to a rich collection of galleries, shops and restaurants.
Day 7 Glacier Bay: This World Heritage Site is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska's natural wonders, with more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in and watch for vast chunks of ice y split off a glacier and thunder into the sea.
Day 8 Ketchikan, Alaska: Clutching the shores of the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan has long been an important hub for salmon fishing and is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Don’t miss historic Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bright State Park and Saxman Village.
Day 9 Scenic cruising the Inside Passage: Another chance to soak up the stunning scenery.
Day 10 Vancouver, British Columbia: Disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively why not extend your holiday in Vancouver.
Departures: 02 May 19. Other dates available.
Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise at BW Plus Sands by the Sea, Vancouver; 7nights in an L grade inside cabin aboard msNieuw Amsterdam
Meals: Room only in Vancouver. Full board on cruise.
Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights and accommodation as shown above. As this cruise goes into the USA, you will need to obtain either an ESTA or visa prior to departure.