Holland America Line Increases Seattle-to-Alaska Sailings With Addition of Third Ship in 2006

SEATTLE, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Seattle’s home town cruise line, Holland America Line, will nearly double its roundtrip sailings from Seattle to Alaska in 2006, adding a third ship to offer a total of 61 departures from May 5 through September 22. Last year, the line, the leader in Alaska Cruises and CruiseTours, featured 37 seven-day cruises on two ships from Seattle. Guests that book an Ocean-View Stateroom or higher by February 28, 2006, will receive free parking in Seattle on select cruises in May, June and July, a great convenience and a value of $70. Guests who book a suite on selected cruises receive a free pre-cruise night at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic.

Vista-class ship ms Oosterdam returns to sail another season of seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruises, joined in 2006 by sister ship ms Westerdam. Together the two 1,848-passenger liners will offer a total of 40 seven-day cruises from Seattle, most highlighting Alaska’s immense Hubbard Glacier and Yakutat Bay. However, nine sailings on the Westerdam will cruise to spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, boosting the total number of Holland America Line voyages to this renowned site in 2006. Glacier Bay departure dates are May 7, 14 and 28, July 16, 23 and 30, August 20, September 10 and 17. Also new to Seattle, the 1,432-passenger ms Zaandam completes the trio featuring 21 cruises which showcase Glacier Bay as well.

“The increasing demand for seven-day Alaska cruises, coupled with the convenience of departing from a U.S. port, is driving our expansion of cruises departing from Seattle,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. “The 61 sailings we’ll offer next summer make up 40 percent of our total deployment to Alaska in 2006, a total of 159 cruises on eight, five-star ships.”

All the Westerdam’s and Oosterdam’s cruises call at the ports of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C. The sailings to the Hubbard Glacier and Yakutat Bay spend a half-day cruising past the glacier’s massive face: five miles wide and 400 feet tall. Pristine Yakutat Bay offers excellent opportunities to view marine wildlife as well as icebergs calving. The scenic area is bordered by some of the tallest mountains in North America, including Mt. St. Elias, the third tallest mountain in North America. Cruise fares on start at $699 per person, double occupancy.

The ms Zaandam offers 21 Friday departures from Seattle May 5 through Sept. 22, sailing the Alaskan Explorer via Glacier Bay itinerary. The ship calls at Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C., and spends a full day cruising spectacular Glacier Bay National Park.

Park and Cruise Offer Provides Free Parking and Hotel

Purchase an Ocean-View Stateroom or higher by February 28, 2006 on select Alaskan Explorer Cruise, roundtrip Seattle, and receive free parking on 25 departure dates in May, June and July. Purchase a Superior or Deluxe Verandah Suite by February 28, 2006 on any Alaskan Explorer Cruise, roundtrip Seattle, and receive one free night at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Free parking and free hotel night are combinable. For a copy of the new 2006 Alaska Cruises brochure, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit online at www.hollandamerica.com.

Holland America Line offers the widest selection of Alaska cruise itineraries and departures in the industry. In addition to the Alaska Explorer itineraries, Holland America Line features seven-day, roundtrip cruises from Vancouver to Glacier Bay and one-way cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage that highlight either Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier. The company also offers 11- to 20-day CruiseTours that combine a seven-day cruise with a land tour including such extraordinary wilderness areas as Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley and the Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park.

The company’s five-star ships offer unmatched spaciousness, carry fewer passengers than any other major cruise line and offer the most entries into Glacier Bay National Park. Guests will experience the most popular Alaskan ports of call, most extensive shore excursion programs, exclusive enrichment programs and full Signature of Excellence amenities.


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With the introduction of the 1,918-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 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. Signature of Excellence enhancements will be completed on 10 ships at the start of 2006 and all 13 ships by the fall of 2006. For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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