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Holland America Cruises in Alaska

For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking guests to exotic destinations around the world. Holland America cruises in Alaska are no exception.

If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling itineraries, this is the cruise line for you. Sailing on their Five-star fleet you can expect expansive sea views and uncrowded spaces. Their ships are smaller and the ambience is reflective of staying in a boutique hotel.

Take your senses and desire for adventure on a classic Alaska cruise. Savour fresh salmon or steak at the reservations-only Pinnacle Grill, relax with a massage in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon and learn new skills in the Culinary Arts Centre, presented by Food & Wine® magazine. You will find that the real star of the show is Mother Nature’s Alaska. From the thunderous roar of a calving glacier to the splash of a breaching whale, it’s the wonder that makes you feel completely alive. Get your camera ready to capture a monumental chunk of ice as it splits from the glacier and crashes into the sea with a thunderous sound.

Canada Travel Specialists are delighted to offer a selection of Alaska cruise itineraries on board Holland America in conjunction with some fantastic Canada land tour options.

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MS Niew Amsterdam

The MS Nieuw Amsterdam is a signature-class cruise ship of Holland America Line. The company took the option to build this sister ship for Eurodam for the cruising season in 2010, completing and letting it sail on her first set of sea trials on the 16th of May in the said year. It was christened by Netherland’s Princess Maxima in Venice, Italy on the 4th of July, before it embarked on its maiden voyage from the city on the nest day. The MS Nieuw Amsterdam is the 81st ship to enter Holland America’s service and the 2nd-largest ship of the company to date.



The Holland America MS Niew Amsterdam has 10 cabins with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows, where most of the cabins are located on the outside, with more than half of them have balconies. The cabins have queen-size beds that you can convert into twin beds, with great amenities, such as private bathrooms with showers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, multi-channel music players, safety deposit boxes, telephones, Euro-top mattresses and fine linens. It also has great complimentary offeringsotton towels massage showerheads fresh fruit ice service shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. Guests can choose from interior staterooms and ocean view rooms, with the former featuring full balconies, unlike those of the sister ship Eurodam.


Dining Facilities

New features on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam include an Italian specialty restaurant and a Pan-Asian restaurant. Specifically, there is the light and luscious Lido restaurant that offers open buffet with something for everyone. There is also the Manhattan Dining Room that is regarded for its extensive wine list and is offering an impeccable service. Here, you will find 5-course menus that include continental cuisine, low-carb options and vegetarian food. Moreover, there is the Pinnacle Grill, where guests can dine at an intimate and reservations-only setting, with a theme that reflects the Pacific Northwest.


Entertainment Facilities

This ship boasts of a redesigned atrium and show lounge, where guests can have a relaxing and entertaining experience. It has an art gallery, which is tended by a knowledgeable curator, where you can discover pieces of artwork that would play with your imagination. If you love gambling, then the ship also has a lively casino, where you can roll the dice, spin the wheel and do whatever you want with Lady Luck in the lively casino. If you want to just relax or enjoy libation, then you can go to the Crow’s Nest and the Explorer’s Lounge, where you can have an intimate seating with your friends or even meet new people while on board. The ship also has a kids’ area, where professionals can take care of your little ones, entertaining them and keeping them occupied, with art tables, games and a big-screen TV, as well as karaoke and internet access for older children.


Cruise Packages

Holland America cruises in Alaska have been showing guests the best of Alaska and the Yukon in Canada for almost 7 decades now, and they have made cruising experience even better with the MS Niew Amsterdam. The ship offers wonderful cruise packages, including brief excursions to 2-week explorations, for individuals, couples and groups to great places in these two destinations. By booking these packages, you will see wonders of nature, like shifting glaciers and breaching whales. You can also engage in fun activities on land, while this magnificent ship is docked, such as river rafting and camping.

MS Volendam

The Holland America Line cruise ship MS Volendam is known for its beautiful garden theme that reflects an artful floral motif throughout its elegant staterooms and spacious public rooms. On board, you will find flowers in abundance growing in huge vases of tropical floral arrangements, and even depicted on its tapestries and fabrics. Aside from this, the ship has also drawn on its collection of astonishing artwork that enhances its interior. Here, you will see everything from sculptures to fountains of different styles, which are placed in its hallway galleries, including an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi that is inspired by the myriad of colors and moods of a kaleidoscope, greeting guests in a high 3-story atrium.



Like other ships of Holland America, the MS Volendam is known for being a graceful mid-sized ship having a generous amount of personal space. It offers 5 main types of staterooms, namely the Interior, Vista Suites, Ocean-View, Neptune Suites and Lanai.


These rooms offer you a plethora of amenities that can make your journey more convenient and comfortable. These include luxurious beds that feature premium mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, flat panel TVs, DVD players, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes that you can use during the entire voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors, premium massage showerheads and salon-quality hair dryers. You will also not be disappointed with the toiletries it offers, as they are of top-quality. Complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice service for in-room beverages are also available.


Dining Facilities

As the company calls it, guests can experience “As You Wish” dining on the MS Volendam, as it gives you flexibility and freedom. You will find several restaurants throughout the ship to suit every mood, whether you want to have a casual lunch by the pool, an authentic dinner with Italian cuisine, or a sumptuous experience of having a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak. This ship would definitely let you savor a plethora of delicious menus inspired by the latest trends in fine restaurant settings.


And if you prefer a private dining experience, an in-room and 24-hour dining service is complimentary that you can have by just doing a simple phone call.


Entertainment Facilities

Every day during your cruise on MS Volendam will bring you a wealth of indulgences and activities that you can freely partake in. You will have opportunities to try something new that can surprise you in many ways. Particularly, the ship has lounges and entertainment facilities that brim with choices. Being such, you can enjoy a thrilling show in the lounge, sing a long in a piano bar, try your luck in the casino or just explore the many gathering places to suit your taste. You can also spend some time enjoying a refreshing drink by the pool or an exotic cocktail in a late-night lounge.


Cruise Packages

The MS Volendam offers an Alaska cruise through the Inside Passage that include 7-day round trips to and from Alaska, with ports of call including British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. Its cruise packages include several activities, such as a visit to the Glacier Bay National Park, nature exploration in Juneau and a visit to the Misty Fjords National Monument. While at sea, you can keep an eye out for majestic animals, such as whales, porpoises, sea otters and eagles.

MS Zaandam

Named after the city of Zaandam, Netherlands, MS Zaandam is a cruise ship operated by the Holland America Line. Its interior follows a musical theme, and features memorabilia and artifacts from different musical genres. Throughout the ship, you will find signed musical instruments, such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s saxophone and guitars from Queen. There are also objects from the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Iggy Pop.

She was christened in 2000 by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. During the summer, the ship sails out of Alaska.


This mid-size ship offers guests plush and spacious accommodations, many of which have private verandas. There are several types of staterooms to choose from: Pinnacle Suite, Neptune Suite, Vista Suites, Ocean View and Interior Staterooms.

The Pinnacle Suite is a one-bedroom stateroom with oversized whirlpool bath and shower, dressing room, living room, dining room and a private veranda. It has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a spectacular view.  It has all suite amenities with a few extras, such as in-suite coffee and espresso machine, and expanded line of Elemis bath amenities. Guests staying at the Pinnacle Suite will have exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge.

Interior staterooms are offered large or standard. These are equipped with two lower beds that can be converted into one Queen-size bed. In-room amenities include flat panel TV and DVD player, ice bucket and serving tray for in-suite beverages, and luxurious beds. Guests can also enjoy shoe shine service and nightly turndown service.


MS Zaandam offers guests “As You Wish” type of dining, where they can enjoy flexibility and freedom in the way they enjoy their meals. They can choose to dine casually or elegantly in a more sophisticated setting. There are different restaurants to suit different tastes, palate and mood. The Rotterdam Dining Room is the main dining venue aboard MS Zaandam.

  • The Pinnacle Grill offers exceptional dining experience with a choice of creative and innovative menus. A popular choice is the sustainability raised beef. At least one night per voyage, the restaurant transform into Le Cirque restaurant.
  • Canaletto Restaurant is popular for their authentic Italian cuisine meant to be shared and enjoyed with family and friends. Guests are advised to book their dinner reservations online.

Other restaurants to choose from are Lido Restaurant and the Terrace Grill.


Fun and excitement abound aboard MS Zaandam’s many lounges and bars.

  • Piano Bar
  • Explorer’s Bar
  • Crow’s Nest Lounge
  • Mondrian Show Lounge

At the Casino, guests can test their skills and luck with Craps, Blackjacks and Roulette.

For other entertainment options, guests can engage in various activities offered in different venues. These include the Greenhouse Spa & Saloon, Club Hal and Club Hal Gameroom for kids, teens and the young at heart, and The Loft.

Cruise Offers

Cruises to Alaska aboard the MS Zaandam include 13-Day Triple Denali, 13-Day Triple Denali with Alaska itinerary, and 7-Night Glacier Discovery Southbound. 

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We stumbled across the website by accident whilst searching Alaska deals, and could not be happier or more satisfied with the service of our agent Laura Robertson. We started planning this special birthday trip 7 months prior to our Alaska cruise with Holland America on Ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Prior to our confirming our booking, the options and prices were emailed over to us and any queries, questions and requests we later had were dealt with in a most efficient and professional manner. Laura listened, was not pushy and was not robotic. She certainly understood our needs and everything she expertly recommended went to plan and it's thanks to her that this special trip of a lifetime will never be forgotten. We would not hesitate to book through you again and have already recommended your company to our friends. Thank you very much for a memorable holiday.

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