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Rockies, hot springs & lush landscapes, discover Canada & Alaska with Holland America Line

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Holland America Line is offering a truly outstanding series of special cruise holidays across Alaska and Canada for summer 2023. Here's something extra you may wish to add.

Alaska or Canada, which destination should you cruise to?

Luckily you don’t have to choose; Holland America Line operates out of both awe-inspiring countries. And if you blend your cruise with onshore excursions, you'll gift yourself the best of both worlds.

So what sort of extracurricular onshore activity awaits during a stylish Holland America Line northern cruise?

We'd recommend looking into Rocky Mountaineer - a famously luxurious train company that will whisk you across the iconic and staggering Rocky Mountain range in North America.

If you are savvy, you can also secure hotel accommodation for the two-day journey, and upgrade your rail package from Silverleaf to Goldleaf as part of various special deals.

So, what are you waiting for? Find out all about the exciting destinations visited on your Alaska and Canada cruise as well as further details of your once-in-a-lifetime ride on the Rocky Mountaineer.

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Calgary offers plenty of shops for you to pick up souvenirs for friends. Credit: Shutterstock

Canada and Alaska Experience

Your incredible itinerary starts on land in Calgary. This Alberta city is also known as ‘The Heart of the New West’ so rock a cowboy hat and feel like a local!

For spectacular panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains as well as downtown Calgary, be sure to take a trip up the Calgary Tower or even stay for a bite to eat in one of the two restaurants.

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Thanks to an overnight stay in this dynamic city, you can navigate by foot and visit 8th Avenue, bristling with shops to pick up souvenirs, or stroll along the Peace Bridge which stretches across the Bow River and provides a stunning view of both downtown Calgary and the river.

Up next is the charming mountain town of Banff, where you can take in scenic Canadian views across a two-night stay. Boasting one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada, Banff features endless mountainous landscapes - be sure to take a breath of the freshest air while snapping a picture of flower meadows and crystal-clear lakes and rivers.

You can choose to relax in the steaming hot springs or for incredible views head up Sunshine Mountain via a gondola ride.

Admire the impressive Rocky Mountains on the Rocky Mountaineer. Credit: Holland America Line

A true highlight within Banff National Park is Lake Louise. Enjoy two nights exploring this magical turquoise lake with countless hiking trails to suit your level of mobility winding up towards Lake Agnes Tea House for panoramic views.

Now, the moment everyone has been waiting for, embarking on the Rocky Mountaineer to take in the best sights which western Canada has to offer.

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Admire impressive mountains, waterfalls and endless lush fields - every view offered on the Rocky Mountaineer belongs in a picture frame.

You will first travel to Kamloops for an overnight stay during your train ride, where you can admire what the area is famous for - its large cattle ranches and copper mines which played a key role in the Gold Rush.

Embarking on the Rocky Mountaineer the next day, and enjoying breakfast and lunch onboard, you will travel through stunning ranchlands belonging to British Columbia while heading towards Vancouver.

Holland America Line offers the best in Alaska cruising with stunning mid-sized ships. Credit: Holland America Line

Enjoy two days and nights in the diverse city of Vancouver, ensuring you see key sights such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you can take part in a nerve-wracking cliff walk or treetop adventure as well as visiting the history-filled Gas Town, dating back to 1867.

After this adventure, it’s time to finally get onboard a Holland America Line elegant mid-sized ship where you can delve into learning all there is to know about the wildlife and scenery with onboard experts and learning opportunities.

It comes as no surprise that Holland America Line offers an impressive experience of Alaska; with over 75 years of travel experience in the region, you are guaranteed to be in the best hands.

Soak up the once-in-a-lifetime experience of sailing the Inside Passage, where you can spot fascinating marine wildlife such as the mighty whale. Your itinerary onboard also includes visits to Alaska’s capital, Juneau where you can admire the Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive remnant of the previous ice age.

Ketchikan features rolling hills and lush greenery. Credit: Shutterstock

A standout of the Alaska portion of the cruise is certainly the UNESCO World Heritage site of Glacier Bay National Park. Enjoy impressive views of glaciers while picking up nuggets of knowledge from an onboard park naturalist.

You will certainly get your fix of wildlife viewing during the cruising portion of your holiday, with ample opportunities to spot the breeching of great humpback whales, bald eagles circling overhead as well as friendly seals relaxing on nearby icebergs.

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Your last port of call is Ketchikan, where you can embark on an excursion to the Misty Fjords and sail deep into the fjords – a truly magical moment.

To find out more about this exciting itinerary, call Canadian Affair on 0203 424 8478 or click here.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.