Set sail on this enriching Alaska cruise and discover the wonders of nature. The aptly-named Glacier Discovery Northbound Alaska Cruise by the Holland America cruise line, offers you 7 days of heavenly cruising - down a path of untouched glaciers, misty fjords and a whole new experience of oceanic wonders.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Set Sail from Vancouver, Canada

The Glacier Discovery Northbound Alaska Cruise begins. Set sail from Vancouver, Canada.

Time of Departure: 4:30 PM

Day 2: At Sea - Cruise the Inner Passage

Today, the entire day, we will be at sea. The sea route taken passes through the Inner Passage, one of the most happening routes on an Alaska cruise. Venture out on the decks and enjoy the scene unfold. See the Steller Sea lions basking in the sun, wild bald eagles soaring high above, and the humpback whales and ocras frolicking in the water, leaping high and landing back with a huge splash!

Day 3: Arrive at Ketchikan, Alaska

Today, we arrive at our first port of call - Ketchikan, the first city on the Northbound Inner Passage route. Opt for Shore excursions such as the Bering Sea Crab's Fisherman's Tour, a tour that lets you view the catch of the day on a commercial fishing vessel in an on-deck aquarium; or opt for an Exclusive Mountaintop Flightseeing & Crab Feast, that lets you combine the experience of the great views with a culinary experience of Alaska's seafood.

Adventure-inclined cruise passengers can sign up for a challenging Bear Creek Zip-line Adventure, right through an Alaskan rainforest; paddle a kayak through the Tongass National Forest; or take up this wonderful chance to see a Black Bear up-close with the Herring Cove Bear Adventure.

Alternatively, just enjoy a sightseeing session from aboard a Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer cruise vessel; enjoy the aerial sights of the Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane; or tour Ketchikan the old-fashioned way - on a motor coach. Either way, your day at Ketchikan will be one of the most important highlights of your Glacier Discovery Northbound Alaska Tour.

Time of Arrival: 07:00 AM
Time of Departure: 03:00 PM

Day 4: Arrive at Juneau, Alaska

Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, the second port of call, Juneau, offers a veritable treasure trove of ultimate experiences including some very interesting experiences of Alaskan wildlife.

The most popular shore excursion from Juneau takes you to see the Alaskan whales, explore the Mendenhall Glacier and hike through the Tongass National Forest trails. Embark on a Dog Sledding Adventure by Helicopter; enjoy a Five Glacier Exploration by Seaplane; embark on a Grand Tour of Juneau; or sign up for a Mendenhall Lake Native Canoe Adventure.

You can also ride the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway through the Alaska rain forest to 1,800 feet above Juneau; visit a Musher's Camp for a Sled Dog Discovery experience; or sign up for a Taku Glacier Lodge, Feast & Five Glacier Seaplane Discovery experience.

Relive Juneau's mining heritage with an Underground Mine & Gold Panning tour; cruise through the Tracy Arm Fjord for a up-close view of the Sawyer Glaciers; embark on a Taku & Norris Glacier Adventure by Helicopter With Landing; or seek the thrill of Alaska's Ultimate Canopy with a Zip-Line Expedition.

Whatever you do, Juneau will bring out the nature lover in you.

Time of Arrival: 10:00 AM
Time of Departure: 10:00 PM

Day 5: Arrive at Skagway, Alaska

Early in the morning, the cruise ship makes its way towards Skagway and docks at its port.

Sign up for shore excursions that let you soak up the Best of Skagway; hike the historic Chilkoot Trail, the centre-piece of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and float down the Taiya River; or set out on a Ghosts & Goodtime Girls Walking Tour.

The more adventurous can opt to climb the South Klondike Highway to the top of the White Pass -- 3,292 feet above sea level and proceed thereon to explore the unspoiled and untamed beauty of the Yukon Territory with the White Pass Rail & Yukon Expedition.

Other great Shore Excursions options include a Golden Glassblowing Experience, a Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, a Haines Eagle Preserve Float Adventure & Lynn Fjord Cruise, and a Grizzly Falls Zip-Line Expedition.

Time of Arrival: 07:00 AM
Time of Departure: 09:00 PM

Day 6: Arrive at Glacier Bay, Alaska

On the 6th day of this Alaska cruise, the cruise ship enters the Glacier Bay, the gateway to the Glacier Bay National Park and one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

Rise early and step on to the deck early in the morning for some of the greatest cruising vistas on this Alaska cruise. Pack a hat, gloves, wool or fleece layers, a warm coat and waterproof gear if you want to admire the landscape from the open deck of your ship.

Experience the calving or the splitting off glaciers into monumental ice chunks; keep a lookout for Alaskan wildlife, including humpback whales and puffins, brown bears and sea otters, sea lions and mountain goats; and simply revel in the stunning beauty of serene Alaska.

We will not dock at Glacier Bay. We will cruise the waterways.

Time of Arrival: 07:00 AM
Time of Departure: 04:00 PM

Day 7: At Sea

The next day, i.e. the 7th day of this Alaska cruise, we will be fully at sea making our way to Seward, Alaska, our port of disembarkation.

Day 8: Arrive at Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

Arrive and disembark at Seward (Anchorage) port with wonderful memories of the Glacier Discovery Northbound Alaska Cruise.

Time of Arrival: 06:00 AM

Prices :

Ship Name Departures Embark Port Disembark Port Starts @ (USD) Route
Interior Ocean-view
MS Noordam 21 May - 10Sep (alternate Sunday) Vancouver, B.C., CA Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US 899 1099 Scenic cruising The Inside Passage; Ketchikan, Alaska, US; Juneau, Alaska, US; Skagway, Alaska, US; Cruising Glacier Bay
MS Zaandam 14 May - 03 Sep (alternate Sunday) Vancouver, B.C., CA Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US 899 1099 Scenic cruising The Inside Passage; Ketchikan, Alaska, US; Juneau, Alaska, US; Skagway, Alaska, US; Cruising Glacier Bay

Dining & Onboard Activities

ining onboard MS Noordam:

Guests on the MS Noordam Alaska Cruise (Glacier Discovery Northbound) are in for a treat on board this Holland America cruise ship. Enjoy exemplary dining experiences as you cruise down the seas; there is no dearth of dining options. Numerous dining establishments and eateries are strategically placed throughout the ship, so you are never far off from refreshments.

Dine in-room or join the other guests at any of the dining establishments on the ship. Dress for dinner at the Vista Dining Room and dine on multi-course meals prepared by some of the finest cooks; enjoy a sumptuous breakfast by the poolside at Lido; or enjoy a snack and a beverage at the Explorations Café. MS Noordam features several other dining venues and lounges as well onboard.

Recreational Facilities onboard MS Noordam

B.K.King's Blue's Club

Greenhouse Spa & Salon

Thermal Suite

Hydro Pool

Fitness Centre

Culinary Arts Centre

Digital Workshop

Lido Pool

Vista Show Lounge

Luxury Boutique

Art Gallery

Dining onboard MS Zaandam:

MS Zaandam is a cruise ship designed to offer more space per passenger; its passenger capacity is less, and it dedicates the extra space and privileges to its guests.

In terms of dining, onboard the MS Zaandam, guests enjoy multiple culinary experiences, ranging from the down-right formal multi-cuisine dinners, which require a dress code for attendance, to the casual poolside barbecue lunches!

Dine at the Main Dining Room, where a 5-course dinner with delicacies from across the world await your sampling; head to Tamarind for a taste of Asian exotic flavours; go Italian at Canaletto; or enjoy casual poolside lunches at the Terrace Grill. In-room dining is available as well, and is just a call away.

In addition to these, guests can enjoy access to luxurious lounges across the ship, where they can mingle with other guests and enjoy pre-dinner cocktails.

Recreational Facilities onboard MS Zaandam

B.K.King's Blue's Club

Greenhouse Spa & Salon

Fitness Centre

Culinary Arts Centre


Lido Pool

Mondriaan Show Lounge

Explorations Café

Club HAL

Club HAL Gameroom

The Loft

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