Holland America's Westerdam ready for 28-day cruise to Alaska – Cruise industry news

Holland America Line's Westerdam departs Seattle on Sunday, June 9, for a 28-day cruise to Alaska and the Arctic Circle.

The unique itinerary is being offered by the company for the first time and includes a scenic cruise along various glaciers as well as visits to 12 ports.

According to Holland America, the cruise will allow guests to explore Alaska's most remote gems while celebrating the summer solstice in Nome.

After departing Seattle, the Westerdam will visit Ketchikan and Sitka on its way to Hubbard Glacier.

Built in 2004, the ship continues its journey north, sailing to Valdez and Seward before arriving in Dutch Harbor for a six-hour stopover.

After crossing the Arctic Circle, the month-long trip then includes a visit to Nome, one of the northernmost cities visited by traditional cruise ships in Alaska.

On the way back to Seattle, the Westerdam will visit other remote destinations in the region, including Kodiak, Homer and Prince Rupert.

Also included in the itinerary are stops in Juneau and Haines, as well as an overnight visit to Anchorage and a scenic cruise through Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm Fjord, the Inside Passage, Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Misty Fjords and Little Diomede Island.

As part of its summer program in Alaska, the Westerdam is offering seven-day cruises from Seattle for the remainder of the summer.

The ship's regular itinerary also visits Canada and includes visits to Victoria, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau, as well as a scenic cruise on Tracy Arm Fjord.

To conclude its 2024 summer program, the 1,900-guest ship will offer a 53-day trip to Japan in early September.

The cruise departs from Seattle and travels round-trip, visiting numerous destinations in this Asian country as well as Alaska, Canada and Hawaii, including Hakodate, Yokohama, Naha, Dutch Harbor, Victoria and Honolulu.

The Westerdam will be relocated to the South Pacific for the winter and will offer cruises from Australia and New Zealand.

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