July 9 - 20, 2023
Holland America's Noordam
11-Day Alaska Cruise Tour
Where Are We Going?
Sunday, July 9 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Embarkation)
Sail from Vancouver, glide under the Lion's Gate Bridge and enter the scenic wonders of the Inside Passage.
Once a trading post and a rough-and-tumble sawmilling settlement, today Vancouver, Canada, is many things. This city is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking for active things to do in Vancouver, an ethnically diverse metropolis, and Hollywood of the North. Hemmed in by mountains and sea, Vancouver seduces visitors with its combination of urban sophistication and laid-back attitude against a backdrop of glass towers, modern sights, and plentiful green spaces.
Monday, July 10 - SCENIC CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and immerse yourself in Holland America Line elegance.
Alaska's Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to the famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.
Tuesday, July 11 - KETCHIKAN
Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords.
Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it's the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain.
Wednesday, July 12 - JUNEAU
Enjoy a full day of exploring Alaska's capital-choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to shop.
Cruise to Juneau, Alaska, and visit the most remote, most beautiful, and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest, and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.
Thursday, July 13 - SKAGWAY
Step back to the days of the last great gold rush-choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to shop.
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska's largest settlement It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons, and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway - but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska's colorful history, pristine wildlife and unrivaled natural beauty.
Friday, July 14 - GLACIER BAY
Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates.
On your cruise to Glacier Bay, close your eyes and take in the sounds - the creaks and groans of "living" ice, the shrill cries of gulls and soaring eagles, and the splash of a breaching humpback whale. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique.
Saturday, July 15 - COLLEGE FJORD
Enjoy a leisurely day highlighted by evening cruising through picturesque College Fjord.
An Alaska glacier cruise is the best way to see majestic, centuries-old rivers of ice cascading from the mountains to the sea. Glaciers have shaped many Alaska lakes, rivers, and valleys one slow centimeter at a time. They've fascinated scientists and inspired artists for a long time. Scenic cruising College Fjord will bring you close to many glaciers - there's even a spot where you can see eight at once. Your chances of watching ice thunder into the water are high, as the Prince William Sound is one of the most active areas for calving.
Sunday, July 16 - WHITTIER (Disembarkation) - ANCHORAGE
Disembark in Whittier and enjoy a scenic rail journey along Turnagain Arm aboard the cruisetrain en route to Anchorage.
Monday, July 17 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. Don't miss the chance to visit Denali Square and immerse yourself in the Denali experience.
Overnight Denali National Park
Tuesday, July 18 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Today features the unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour. This 5-6 hour, fully narrated sightseeing excursion takes you into the heart of Denali National Park. The tour will go to mile 43 because of road construction but will continue to offer the best opportunity to view Denali's iconic wildlife and North America's tallest peak. (snack included)
Overnight Denali National Park.
Wednesday, July 19 - FAIRBANKS
Today you'll head for Fairbanks, Alaska's Golden Heart City, and take a step back in time aboard the Riverboat Discover (lunch included).
Thursday, July 20 - FAIRBANKS
Your Alaska Cruisetour concludes this morning in Fairbanks.