For years I have dreamed that one day cruise ships would focus on Southcentral Alaska. Looks like my dreams are coming true.
In 2010, Holland America’s flagship the Amsterdam will begin The Alaskan Adventurer itinerary, 14-day cruises round-trip from Seattle. The cruise will call upon Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak and Victoria B.C.!
In my opinion this cruise is great; it calls on the two best glaciers in the state - Sawyer and Hubbard; all the traditional ports - Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka plus Alaska’s largest city - Anchorage; Alaska’s most popular art’s community - Homer; Alaska’s largest island and home of the largest bears in the world - Kodiak; and Canada’s charming garden city of Victoria. As an added bonus - while cruising up Cook Inlet to Anchorage guests will see the most active chain of volcanoes in the state including Mt. Redoubt which most recently erupted March 2009.
I am very happy to see that Holland America believes there is a market for a 14 day cruise to Alaska. Seven days is not enough. Those travelers who enjoy cruising to new and different places will not be disappointed. By venturing beyond the Inside Passage, the Alaskan Adventurer highlights the “real Alaska” - a more authentic aspect of the state. And the convenience of on and off in Seattle makes this cruise near perfect. Detractors point out that this cruise does take away from hotels stays and pre and post cruise excursions to places like Denali National Park - but for the sheer delight of cruising to Homer and Kodiak in addition to all the sights of Southeast Alaska - I still think it’s great!