Holland America Line Marks Its 70th Year in Alaska with Special Events

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This year Holland America Line celebrates its 70th year of Alaska exploration, and to commemorate the milestone anniversary the cruise line has planned special experiences and events that will take place on every Alaska cruise and on its popular Land+Sea Journeys.

In addition to exclusive entertainment that was created especially for the anniversary (that also falls in the same year as Denali National Park’s centennial), Holland America Line also will showcase a new Alaska-centric menu with dishes created by the cruise line’s esteemed Culinary Council. This will include two anniversary Alaska beers, commemorative gifts and more.

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Alaska Comes to Life with New Onboard Entertainment

Holland America Line has an exclusive partnership with BBC Earth to bring you unforgettable new ways to experience the world’s natural wonders, and for the 70th anniversary a new Alaska in Concert multimedia production will premiere. Combining live music set against a backdrop of mesmerizing footage from the BBC Earth television series, Wild Alaska, audiences will experience the cycle of four seasons and see the beautiful splendor of this locale.

Alaska Cuisine and Culinary Shows Highlight Each Cruise

Culinary and beverage experiences are at the heart of every Alaska cruise, and to celebrate the 70th anniversary Holland America Line plans a variety of exclusive offerings. America’s Test Kitchen turns up the heat with its Every Salmon shipboard cooking show featuring top tips to select and prepare the Alaska favorite.

The main dining room will showcase special décor and customized menus that celebrate the cruise line’s Alaska heritage. A 70th Anniversary Baked Alaska will be the culmination of the celebratory meal.

Two New Alaska Brews Celebrate the 70th

While brewing beer in Alaska might not be easy, it’s certainly growing in reputation and has become one of the more popular highlights on board. Holland America Line currently features beers by Alaska Brewing Co., both on the menus and during tastings. For the 70th celebration the company will expand its selection by introducing a customized, exclusive Holland America Line Pale Ale. Another exclusive anniversary beer by Denali Brewing Company will be available at Denali for guests on Land+Sea Journeys.

Special Touches Make the 70th Anniversary Memorable

Guests will find other special touches during their 2017 Alaska cruise or Land+Sea Journey, such as a themed bon voyage party and 70th Anniversary Champagne toast on every voyage. Before or after embarking their cruise, Land+Sea Journey guests will enjoy special anniversary menu items and other anniversary touches on the land portion of their adventure and will receive a commemorative backpack with a special native-designed logo by Tlingit and Athabascan artist Crystal Worl that will be presented at Denali.

HAL Brings Seven Ships with 135 Alaska Departures in 2017

To make it possible for even more guests to cruise to Alaska with Holland America Line in 2017, the company added a seventh ship to the region to fill demand. Since Spring, ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Oosterdam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam offer a total of 135 Alaska departures — more than any other cruise line.

Holland America Line will feature 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day Great Land Explorer sailings beginning in late April and running through late September. A highlight of every Alaska adventure is scenic cruising, and guests will have the opportunity to view Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and/or the twin Sawyer Glaciers.

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