Announcing Holland America Line’s 2006 Alaska CruiseTour Lineup

Get Into the Heart of the Great Land

SEATTLE, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ — More of Alaska and the Yukon are offered with Holland America Line CruiseTours in 2006 than ever before. Offering 29 CruiseTours, Holland America Line offers the most geographically-diverse CruiseTours available, designed to showcase natural wonders by sea and land. With Holland America Line’s expanded narration and tour director program, Alaska comes to life historically and culturally through educational and scenic videos, daily handouts, props to accompany tour presentations and the addition of an onboard library provided by University of Alaska Press. New in 2006, “Homer and Kenai Peninsula Exploration” takes guests far off the beaten track featuring Kenai Fjords National Park, Homer and Cooper Landing on the Kenai River.

“CruiseTours and optional excursions feature visits to 11 National Parks — more than any other tour company. In addition to well known Denali, both Kluane National Park, with Mt. Logan, the second highest peak in North America, and Tombstone Park in the Yukon are stunning wilderness areas with exclusive programs to provide our guests unique and remote experiences,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “We can take guests above the Arctic Circle, to Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic Ocean, or to see the exciting marine wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park.”

Take Your Time in the Great Land

Most CruiseTours include world-renowned Denali National Park and travel aboard the McKinley Explorer(R) luxury dome railcars. There are exceptional optional excursions at every stop, ranging from easy to strenuous activities, panoramic tours, history and cultural tours. All excursions are designed to give in-depth perspective, and take advantage of the outstanding wilderness and wildlife that Alaska is known for. Shore excursions include hiking in sub arctic Tombstone Park or dramatic Kluane, a jeep tour through the Klondike Gold Fields, flightseeing to Fort Yukon above the Arctic Circle, a visit with Iditarod musher Mary Shields, fly-fishing on a remote wilderness stream, sea-kayaking in the Tatoosh Islands and more.

History buffs enjoy the Great Land Klondike CruiseTours that feature the Yukon as well as Alaska, ranging from 11- to 15-days or the 10-to 13-day Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours that follow the famous AL-CAN Highway scenic route. All Great Land Klondike and Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours include a three or four night Inside Passage cruise, visit to Fairbanks and Alaska’s premier gold mining attraction Gold Dredge No. 8 and Denali National Park by McKinley Explorer domed railcar. Depending on the CruiseTour, additional destinations may include Whitehorse and the boisterous Frantic Follies Show, UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Kluane National Park, historic Dawson City and unique sub arctic Tombstone Park in the Yukon, and a mv Yukon Queen cruise on the legendary Yukon River.

Cruise lovers enjoy Glacier Discovery CruiseTours, ranging from 11- to 20-days, commencing or ending with a seven-day cruise between Vancouver and Seward. Land options to choose on CruiseTours range from heading north of the Arctic Circle to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean, or to Anaktuvuk Pass, remote Coldfoot, located in the Brooks Range near Gates of the Arctic National Park. Other options include the new 13-day “off the beaten path” Homer & Kenai Peninsula Exploration that also visits charming Cooper Landing, and more comprehensive CruiseTours that include both Alaska and the Yukon.

Great values are another highlight of Holland America Line’s 2006 season. Early savings pricing starts at $1,449 double occupancy fare, for 11- to 20-day CruiseTours; and seven-day cruises start at just $849.

The Leader in Alaska Cruises and Tours

Celebrating its 58th year as the leader in Alaska travel, Holland America Line will have eight ships offering 159 cruises in 2006 with more cruise and CruiseTour departures featuring Glacier Bay National Park than any other company. CruiseTours also highlight more time in Denali National Park.

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With the introduction of the 1,848-passenger ms Noordam in early 2006, Holland America Line’s fleet grows to 13 ships, offering nearly 500 cruises from more than 25 home ports. Itineraries range from two to 108 days long and visit all seven continents, including new Australia/New Zealand and Asia sailings, a world cruise and popular sailings to several ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe. The ms Noordam also will offer Caribbean sailings in the winter from new homeport New York City.

Holland America Line’s $225 million, fleetwide Signature of Excellence enhancements feature new programs and amenities including the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts will provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new cabin amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush-top Mariner’s Dream Beds. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

World’s Leading Cruise Lines

The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World’s Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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