It simply may be essentially the most epic Alaska cruise ever.
Holland America on Tuesday unveiled plans for an unusually lengthy voyage to The Final Frontier that may embrace calls in distant areas that the majority cruise ships by no means go to.
The Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice voyage, as Holland America calls it, might be 28 nights lengthy — 4 instances the size of the standard Alaska crusing — and consists of stops in additional than a dozen ports.
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Kicking off in Seattle on June 9, 2024, it can additionally embrace a passage via the Bering Strait into the Arctic Ocean that might be timed for the summer time solstice — the longest day of the 12 months.
The timing will end in 24 hours of daylight, because the ship might be crusing above the Arctic Circle.
The journey is in contrast to something the road has ever achieved earlier than. It’s going to happen on the 1,964-passenger Westerdam, one among six ships that Holland America plans to deploy to the Alaska marketplace for the summer time of 2024. It will be a departure from Westerdam’s regular schedule of seven-night Alaska sailings out of Seattle.
Along with a passage via the Bering Strait to the Arctic Circle, the 28-night voyage will embrace a uncommon name at Nome, one of many northernmost settlements in the USA. Dwelling to fewer than 4,000 individuals, it is maybe greatest referred to as the end line for the 1,049-mile Iditarod Path Sled Canine Race. It is also recognized for its proximity to Russia, which is only a few hundred miles to the west.
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Different uncommon stops embrace the distant settlement of Dutch Harbor within the Aleutian Islands. Generally known as the biggest fisheries port within the U.S. by quantity of fish caught, it has been made well-known lately because the setting for the Discovery Channel actuality tv collection “Deadliest Catch.”
As well as, Westerdam will sail into Cook dinner Inlet for an in a single day name at Anchorage, Alaska’s greatest city. Few ships on Alaska cruises ever go to Anchorage as a result of distance of journey required to succeed in it via Cook dinner Inlet.
The distant city of Kodiak, Alaska, on Kodiak Island, can be on the itinerary. The island is especially recognized for its massive inhabitants of Kodiak bears — the biggest subspecies of brown bears.
Different stops in Alaska will embrace Skagway, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, Sitka, Valdez and Wrangell. The voyage additionally will convey a go to to Prince Rupert in Canada.
The crusing will embrace scenic cruising in Glacier Bay Nationwide Park in addition to at Tracy Arm, School Fjord, Prince William Sound and Hubbard Glacier — all recognized for his or her spectacular Alaskan surroundings together with glaciers.
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Holland America introduced the brand new itinerary Tuesday to coincide with Alaska statehood day celebrations.
The itinerary announcement comes as Holland America is within the midst of including extra lengthy itineraries to its schedule. All the time recognized for a wider mixture of longer, extra destination-intensive itineraries than a lot of its opponents, Holland America is doubling down on longer itineraries as a spotlight for the approaching 12 months and past.
Along with the brand new 28-night cruise to Alaska, the road introduced it could supply two 14-night sailings to the state in 2024 — its first such sailings in 5 years.
Just like the 28-night itinerary, the sailings will convey uncommon visits to Anchorage in addition to Kodiak, Homer, Valdez and a mixture of different extra conventional Alaska ports similar to Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
In an unique interview with The Factors Man prematurely of the announcement, Holland America chief business officer Beth Bodensteiner stated the brand new 28-night Alaska itinerary was one thing she hoped the road might do yearly sooner or later.
“It is a good way to supply one thing distinctive and have us … sort of step out of the mainstream for just a few weeks,” Bodensteiner stated, including that the itinerary provided the prospect to “cross one thing off your bucket record.”
Bodensteiner stated Holland America’s itinerary planning workforce labored exhausting to construct the itinerary round getting passengers into the Arctic Circle proper on the summer time solstice, providing a uncommon probability to see a day with out a sundown.
“That timing is a good instance [of] how proficient our itinerary planning workforce is, that they consider that sort of factor,” she stated. “That is form of what they began on. They [said] would not it’s nice to be this far north for summer time solstice? After which they again into it.”
Fares for the brand new 28-night itinerary begin at $4,259 per particular person, not together with taxes and charges of as much as $645.
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