Alaska shows, cuisine, gifts and more highlight each Alaska
cruise and Land+Sea Journey in 2017
Seattle, Wash., April 20, 2017 —
In 2017 Holland America Line will celebrate its 70th year of Alaska
exploration, and to commemorate the milestone anniversary the cruise line has
planned special experiences and events that will take place on every Alaska
cruise and on the popular Land+Sea Journeys.
In addition to exclusive entertainment that was created especially for the
anniversary that falls in the same year as Denali National Park's centennial,
Holland America Line also will showcase a new Alaska-centric menu with dishes
created by the cruise line's esteemed Culinary Council, two anniversary Alaska
beers, commemorative gifts and more.
"Celebrating 70 years in Alaska — or any destination — is a milestone that
isn't often seen in our industry. We are especially proud to have been the
first tour company in Alaska back in 1947, showing the beauty and greatness of
this region to travelers, said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America
Line. "Going into 2017 we wanted to mark our anniversary in a memorable way
with special experiences that add an extra dimension to our robust Alaska
programming and bring even more of Alaska to our guests."
Alaska Comes to Life
with New Onboard Entertainment
Holland America Line has an exclusive partnership with BBC Earth to bring you
unforgettable new ways to experience the world's natural wonders, and for the
70th anniversary a new Alaska in Concert multimedia production will premiere.
Combining live music set against a backdrop of mesmerizing footage from the BBC
Earth television series, Wild Alaska, audiences will experience the cycle of
four seasons and see this place is as unforgiving as it is beautiful.
In addition, Holland America Line is proud to continue its long relationship
with the Huna indigenous people of Glacier Bay to showcase Native Voices, a
program of Huna cultural interpretation while cruising through Glacier Bay
Alaska Cuisine and
Culinary Shows Highlight Each Cruise
Culinary and beverage experiences are at the heart of every Alaska cruise, and
to celebrate the 70th anniversary Holland America Line plans a
variety of exclusive offerings. America's Test Kitchen turns up the heat with
its Every Salmon shipboard cooking show featuring top tips to select and
prepare the Alaska favorite. In addition, guests will be able to indulge in the
Midnight Sun cocktail created by Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff.
The main dining room will showcase special décor and customized menus that
celebrate the cruise line's Alaska heritage with new dishes created by Holland
America Line's Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and the company's Culinary Council
composed of renowned chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and
Jacques Torres. A 70th Anniversary Baked Alaska will be the
culmination of the celebratory meal.
Two New Alaska Brews
Celebrate the 70th
While brewing beer in Alaska might not be easy, it's certainly growing in
reputation and has become one of the more popular highlights on board. Holland
America Line currently features beers by Alaska Brewing Co., both on the menus
and during tastings. For the 70th celebration the company will expand its
selection by introducing a customized, exclusive Holland America Line Pale Ale.
Another exclusive anniversary beer by Denali Brewing Company will be available
at Denali for guests on Land+Sea Journeys.
Special Touches Make
the 70th Anniversary Memorable
Guests will find other special touches during their 2017 Alaska cruise or
Land+Sea Journey, such as a themed bon voyage party and 70th Anniversary
Champagne toast on every voyage. Before or after embarking their cruise,
Land+Sea Journey guests will enjoy special anniversary menu items and other
anniversary touches on the land portion of their adventure and will receive a
commemorative backpack with a special native-designed logo by Tlingit and
Athabascan artist Crystal Worl that will be presented at Denali.
HAL Brings Seven
Ships with 135 Alaska Departures in 2017
To make it possible for even more guests to cruise to Alaska with Holland
America Line in 2017, the company added a seventh ship to the region to fill
demand. Starting this spring, ms
Nieuw Amsterdam, ms
Volendam and ms
Zaandam will offer a total of 135 Alaska departures — more
than any other cruise line.
Holland America Line will feature 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day Great
Land Explorer sailings beginning in late April and running through late
September. A highlight of every Alaska adventure is scenic cruising, and guests
will have the opportunity to view Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm
and/or the twin Sawyer Glaciers.
Combine an Alaska Cruise with Overland Exploration
Holland America Line's award-winning Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four-
or seven-day Inside Passage or Glacier Discovery cruise with in-depth overland
tours to the Yukon and Alaska's interior. Holland America Line is the only
cruise company to weave must-see sites such as Denali National Park — the
centerpiece of every Land+Sea Journey — with seldom-seen ones such as Dawson
City, in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush country. Offering up to three days
at Denali National Park for wildlife viewing and spectacular scenery, Land+Sea
Journeys are designed to highlight the best of Alaska's wilderness, wildlife,
native culture and history.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)]
America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From
shorter getaways to 115-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven
continents with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America
circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four
annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently
has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms
Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle
Class ship, ms Nieuw
Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. A third Pinnacle
Class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.
The company recently announced $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its
position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge onboard at an America's Test Kitchen show; Explorations Café, powered
by The New York Times and Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous
chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.