Holland America Line has been introducing travelers to the natural and cultural wonders of Alaska for over 70 years and to this day offers more than 100 cruises there each year. From its wildlife, glaciers, and fjords to historic sites and lively cities, Holland America Line has the state covered. Here AFAR contributors share their favorite places and activities in some of Holland America Line’s most popular stops in Alaska.
Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary, located on the northeast corner of Admiralty Island, is one of the best spots in the world to view brown bears in the wild. An excursion here offers the chance to see these powerful predators as they hunt for salmon and...
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There are no guarantees the northern lights will start dancing on the night you look skyward, but it's so worth taking the chance. One of the great rewards for hanging out in Alaska once the dark and cold settle over the state, the northern...
This ice field—named for the Baltimore university—numbers among Alaska’s most picturesque; it's also one of the planet’s few advancing tidewater glaciers. On a clear day, sunlight ignites the turquoise blue of its 76-meter-tall face (called “a...
Spend a day exploring by boat or seaplane the rugged landscapes of Misty Fjords National Monument, where more than 8,000 square kilometers (or 2 million acres) of protected wilderness encompass fog-shrouded, temperate rain forests; electric-blue...
Lasting vestiges of the era when Russia controlled Alaska can be seen at St. Michael’s Cathedral, topped by a classic onion dome in the Russian style. This National Historic Landmark was originally built in the 1840s, but fire ravaged it in the...
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