Holland America Line Rebrands Popular Alaska CruiseTour Program As Land+Sea
Twelve Alaska overland options highlight Denali and Yukon in 2014
SEATTLE, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Holland America Line is rebranding its popular
Alaska CruiseTour program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys. This change
reflects substantial program updates designed to appeal to the desires of
today's travelers. With more time in the marquee destinations and less
overland travel time, Holland America Line guests will have more opportunities
than ever to explore and personalize their Great Land vacations.
Land+Sea Journeys offer the benefit of combining the "must-see" of Denali
National Park with the "seldom seen" wonders of the Yukon, including one- or
two-night stays in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush Country. Holland
America Line will employ a refreshed approach to add to guests' leisure time
so they can further engage in their own personal discoveries and experience
more highlights en route.
Perhaps the most significant program enhancement for 2014 is a convenient
one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon closer
together — replacing up to two days of motorcoach travel and a hotel
overnight. Other notable elements include a new McKinley Explorer dome rail
schedule between Anchorage and Denali that departs later in the morning
northbound to Denali and arrives before dinnertime nearly three hours earlier
heading southbound to Anchorage.
Between Denali and Fairbanks, luxury motorcoaches will provide swifter service
that maximizes the guest experience in both destinations. At Westmark
Fairbanks, Anchorage and Skagway, Holland America Line has begun substantial
renovations that will include extensive room updates, soft goods, hotel decor
and some expansion in the Skagway property.
"The name Land+Sea Journeys clearly communicates what these tours are all
about, which is combining a premium Holland America Line Alaska cruise with an
equally exceptional overland adventure," said Richard Meadows, Holland America
Line's executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs.
"Land+Sea Journeys feature what we do best in Alaska and the Yukon and guests
get the most in-depth experiences and maximum time in beautiful and unique
In 2014, the Land+Sea Journeys run May through September and are simplified
with just 12 options ranging in total length from 10 to 20 days in two
distinct series: Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys.
All Land+Sea Journeys combine a three- to seven-night Holland America Line
cruise with an overland adventure that includes a one-, two- or three-night
stay at Denali National Park as a centerpiece of the Alaska experience.
Each Land+Sea Journey goes off the beaten path and showcases places such as
Dawson City in the heart of gold rush country, charming Seward, the five-star
Alyeska Resort, pristine Kluane and Tombstone Parks, colorful Skagway and the
historic narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route railroad.
The five Land+Sea Journeys in the Yukon+Denali series range in length from 10
to 20 days and travel roundtrip Vancouver, British Columbia, or between
Vancouver and Anchorage, Alaska. During these journeys, guests will enjoy
scenic cruising throughout the Inside Passage and/or Glacier Bay before
calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines or Skagway. In addition to Denali
National Park, the overland portion includes Whitehorse, Fairbanks and Dawson.
The seven Denali series journeys range in length from 11 to 14 days and travel
between Vancouver and Fairbanks or Anchorage. Included is Glacier Bay scenic
cruising where guests can explore the ice-studded fjords of this national
treasure for a full eight hours as a U.S. Park Service ranger narrates. Ports
of call on the cruise portion include Haines or Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
On all Triple and Double Denali Journeys and Denali Journeys in both series,
the guided six- to eight-hour Tundra Wilderness tour is included as a
comprehensive overview of Denali National Park with its abundance of wildlife
and the opportunity to see Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North
America. For adventure-seekers, there also are plenty of optional excursions
to go hiking, rafting, flightseeing and fishing.
In 2014, ms Oosterdam will bring more verandah stateroom availability for
Land+Sea Journeys that include a seven-day premium cruise element. Land+Sea
Journeys also feature luxurious glass-domed McKinley Explorer railcars with
comfortable, forward-facing seats and expert commentary by guides on the trip
between Denali and Anchorage.
Unique to the Holland America Line cruise experience, Alaska-inspired cuisine
is featured throughout both cruise and land components. Additionally,
knowledgeable interpreters, Journey Hosts and Alaska travel guides enhance the
guest experience on many Land+Sea Journeys and Alaska sailings.
Pricing for Land+Sea Journeys begins at $999 per person for an 11-day
itinerary. For more information about the new Land+Sea Journeys program and
Holland America Line, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com. A new Land+Sea Journeys
brochure and planner tool will be available on the website at the end of May
to help travelers explore all the options for their Alaska vacation.
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CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500
cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to
110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska,
Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a
new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase 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 provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and
all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
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