Overview

Break way from the traditional cruising to Alaska and instead, hop on to a cruise from Alaska. We promise you, the experience will be exceptional, as you get to visit Haines, an Alaskan city that has simply forgotten to move on in this fast-developing world.

Eat, drink and sleep nature in Haines; and revel in the simplicity of a city devoid of traffic, traffic signals or even chain stores. Kindle your love for adventure with a wide variety of adventure sports or wildlife experiences on your shore excursions.

While the rest of the Alaska cruise itinerary is the same as the Northbound Glacier Discovery Alaska Cruise, just the addition of Haines instead of Skagway, makes for a remarkable transformation to the experience.

Day to Day Itinerary:


Day 1: Set sail from Seward (Anchorage)

The Glacier Discovery Southbound Alaska Cruise sets sail today from Seward (Anchorage), Alaska. Enjoy the parting view of Seward before going to your cabins to change for dinner.

Time of Departure: 08:00 PM

Day 2: At Sea

We will be at sea the whole day, gradually making our way towards the Glacier Bay. Enjoy the views, relax and discover the pleasures of your cruise ship.

Day 3: Cruising through the Glacier Bay

Rise early and prepare yourself for a wonderful day on the deck. Be sure to wrap yourself up, don caps and gloves, for the air will be frosty and the scenic vistas, enthralling!

Today, the third day of the cruise, we get to see some real action. By 10:00 AM, subject to favourable conditions, we will enter the crown of the Alaskan landscape - Glacier Bay - the gateway to the Glacier Bay National Park and one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

Not only is this region thriving with Alaskan wildlife, it is the scene of calving as well - the calving of ice shelves into monumental ice bergs. Witness the breaking up of ice from glaciers, check out the sea for humpback whales, and train your binoculars for up-close views of Alaskan wildlife - such as bears and moose.

Time of Arrival: 10:00 AM
Time of Departure: 07:00 PM

Day 4: Arrive at Haines, Alaska

Day 4 dawns and marks the arrival of this Alaska cruise ship at Haines, one of the most pristine cities of Alaska. Time seems to have stopped at this city; it is way behind in terms of modernized fast-paced development, but that only adds to its charm.

Try finding one traffic signal here; you will not find any!

On docking at Haines, set out to enjoy shore excursions such as a serene Chilkoot Lake Scenic Cruise; enjoy a riverside picnic, followed by a peaceful float adventure past the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve; or join a Guide's Choice Photography Discovery expedition.

Explore the Takshanuk Mountain Trail by 4x4; visit the Kroschel Centre for Orphaned Animals and the Bald Eagle Preserve; or set out on a Glacier Point Wilderness Safari.

The Glacier Point Wilderness Safari is an expedition that includes a cruise through the deepest fjord of North America on a high-speed 26-passenger expedition boat, a short, adventurous drive along the forested glacial moraines from Glacier Point, a walk through a forest to the edge of a pristine lake and a a 31-foot voyager canoe ride to the face of the Davidson Glacier.

Time of Arrival: 06:30 AM
Time of Departure: 09:00 PM

Day 5: Arrive at Juneau, Alaska

Day 5 of this Alaska Cruise brings us to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, Juneau has much to offer its visitors. Diverse shore excursions are available to make the most of it.

Adventurous and thrill-seeking guests can opt for Alaska's Ultimate Canopy and Zip-Line Expedition, that includes zipping through 6,000 feet of dual-cable zip-lines; set out to explore Alaska's Glacier & Rainforest Trails, in addition to a whale watching experience; or let a helicopter whisk you off for a Dog Sledding Adventure.

Explore five glaciers of the Juneau Ice Field on a Five Glacier Seaplane Exploration; set out on a Grand Tour of Juneau, visiting Mendenhall Glacier, Hatchery & Glacier Gardens; or ride the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway through the Alaska rain forest to 1,800 feet above Juneau for exhilarating views.

Experiences such as a visit to a Musher's Camp for a Sled Dog Discovery experience; to the Mendenhall Glacier for a canoe adventure or photo safari; or a serene walk down the Salmon Creek for an all-you-can-eat salmon bake feast are also available.

Time of Arrival: 08:00 AM
Time of Departure: 06:00 PM

Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska

Like Juneau, Ketchikan offers a multitude of experiences. This will be the last port on call on this Alaska cruise, so make the most of it.

The most popular shore excursion from Ketchikan is the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour, which takes you through Alaska's Inner Passage for a first-hand experience of commercial fishing.

Set out on a guided nature hike through Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary, Raptor Centre & Totems Collections; skipper a custom-built motorized inflatable on a Back-Country Zodiac Expedition; or embark on a Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari through the Tongass National Forest and thereon across Lake Harriet Hunt.

Enjoy a Mountain Point Snorkelling Adventure; treat yourself to an action-packed fun time at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show; or experience the beauty of the Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane.

A more calmer, relaxing excursion is a tour of Ketchikan on the Duck/ DUKW amphibious vehicle; a Ketchikan's Cultural Discovery Tour; sightseeing on Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer; or an Exclusive Mountaintop Flightseeing & Crab Feast.

Time of Arrival: 11:00 AM
Time of Departure: 07:00 PM

Day 7: Scenic Cruising - The Inner Passage

Wind up this fantastic Alaska cruise with a whole day cruising the Inner Passage, a protected network of waterways stretching through stunning landscapes and providing a home to some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, including humpback whales, orca, brown bears and bald eagles.

Take up a good spot on the deck to see it all!

Day 8: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

The Glacier Discovery Southbound Alaska Cruise ends with the ship's arrival at Vancouver, Canada.

Time of Arrival: 07:00 AM

Prices :

Ship Name Departures Embark Port Disembark Port Starts @ (USD) Route
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MS Noordam 28 May - 17 Sep (alternate Sunday) Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US Vancouver, B.C., CA 899 1099 Cruising Glacier Bay; Haines, Alaska, US; Juneau, Alaska, US; Ketchikan, Alaska, US; Scenic cruising The Inside Passage
ms Zaandam 21 May - 10 Sep (alternate Sunday) Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US Vancouver, B.C., CA 899 1099 Cruising Glacier Bay; Haines, Alaska, US; Juneau, Alaska, US; Ketchikan, Alaska, US; Scenic cruising The Inside Passage

Dining & Onboard Activities

Dining onboard MS Noordam:

Guests on the MS Noordam Alaska Cruise (Glacier Discovery Southbound) have everything that they might require onboard. A whole day at sea, right at the start of the cruise, ensures that you have plenty of time to explore the many offerings on board the cruise ship, and relax and enjoy them.

Enjoy exemplary dining experiences on board; at the Vista Dining Room, where you dress for dinner and dine on multi-course meals prepared by some of the finest cooks; at the poolside buffet Lido, where you can relax and enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and lunches; or at the Explorations Café, which is always ready with an appetizing snack.

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:

Onboard the MS Zaandam, guests enjoy multiple culinary experiences.

Dine at the Main Dining Room, where 5-course dinners 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

Casino

Lido Pool

Mondriaan Show Lounge

Explorations Café

Club HAL

Club HAL Gameroom

The Loft

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Cancellation Policy:

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Cancellation Protection Plans

Holland America strongly recommends all guests to purchase CPP, though it is optional.

Holland America’s Cancellation Protection Plans (CPP) are designed to protect your cruise holiday investment from loss – no matter what. Unforeseen circumstances do arise, be it illness, family matters, work events, anything.

Buying a CPP gives you the assurance that if you need to cancel your cruise holiday due to any reason, you can easily cancel your cruise bookings for a refund.

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