Maasdam, Great Alaskan Explorer ex Vancouver Return

Alaska & Canada West

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14 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver roundtrip aboard Maasdam.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver roundtrip aboard Maasdam.

The only ship in the Holland America Line fleet dedicated to EXC In-Depth™ Voyages, Maasdam showcases the world at its most engaging, authentic and personal. Each voyage features fascinating lectures, interactive workshops, cultural performances and memorable shore excursions to explore your destination through the lens of photography, culture, nature and port-to-table culinary experiences. Maasdam’s size also gives her access to many new and off-the-beaten-path ports of call, allowing you to delve deeper into the places and cultures you visit. And being the only Holland America Line ship outfitted with nimble, inflatable Zodiacs, on select port calls you can go further in depth to explore nature, history, culture and more with these agile boats.

Highlights of this cruise:

Vancouver
Once a trading post and a rough-and-tumble sawmilling settlement, today modern Vancouver, Canada is many things. It’s a bustling seaport, 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 and modern sights and plentiful green spaces.

Vancouver's culinary and cocktail scene is on the rise—and its excellent restaurants and hopping bars have a distinctively local stamp on them. If you are looking for where to go in Vancouver for music, theater and the arts, they are thriving in the city’s many museums, galleries and performance venues. Beyond the downtown attractions in Vancouver, days of exploration and sightseeing await among the colorful suburbs, unspoiled islands and the vast, rugged wilderness.

Ketchikan
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.

Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sportfishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offers the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era tourist attractions like Dolly’s House Museum.

Homer
This plucky little town sells End of the Road certificates to visitors who’ve motored here to the furthest reach of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s something worth celebrating: a drive down the world’s longest street that protrudes into the ocean! But walkers, bikers and in-line skaters can also experience the thrill, thanks to a 6.5-kilometer-long (four-mile-long) paved multiuse trail.

The rich fishing grounds here attracted Native Alaskans centuries before Captain James Cook claimed the Kenai Peninsula for Britain in 1778. After some Russian tyranny—fur traders forced Native Alaskans to hunt sea-otter pelts for them—Homer got a proper start as an English-settled coal-mining town in the 1890s.

Today the area’s known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, and it captivates audiences around the globe as the home of the Discovery Channel’s Kilcher family, made famous by Alaska: The Last Frontier. Homer’s port also anchors the F/V Time Bandit, which swashbuckled into TV viewers’ hearts via Deadliest Catch. Top Homer attractions include the Pratt Museum, the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and hikes at Grewingk Glacier Lake.

Juneau
Juneau, Alaska may well be 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.

The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.

The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe, but welcomes more than a million visitors each summer to its natural attractions, cementing Juneau as Alaska’s number-one tourist destination.

Pricing (per person)

  • All (29)
Quad Triple Twin Single

MM - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,039 Request

N - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,039 Request

M - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,059 Request

L - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,079 Request

K - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,099 Request

J - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,119 Request

I - Interior Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,139 Request

IQ - Interior Spa Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,159 Request

H - Large Oceanview Stateroom (Obstructed view)

Request Request AU$ 3,329 Request

HH - Large Oceanview Stateroom (Obstructed View)

Request Request AU$ 3,329 Request

G - Large Oceanview (Porthole) Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,369 Request

FF - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,629 Request

F - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,669 Request

EE - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,709 Request

E - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,749 Request

DD - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,789 Request

DA - DA- Large Oceanview Stateroom

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D - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,869 Request

C - Large Oceanview Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,909 Request

CQ - Large Oceanview Spa Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 3,949 Request

CA - Lanai Stateroom

Request Request AU$ 4,899 Request

BB - Vista Suite

Request Request AU$ 6,539 Request

BC - Vista Suite

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BA - Vista Suite

Request Request AU$ 6,679 Request

B - Vista Suite

Request Request AU$ 6,879 Request

BQ - Vista Spa Suite

Request Request AU$ 7,079 Request

A - Vista Suite

Request Request AU$ 7,279 Request

SB - Neptune Suite

Request Request AU$ 11,009 Request

SA - Neptune Suite

Request Request AU$ 11,409 Request

Please note, while prices and inclusions are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to changes in cruise line policies and pricing and due to currency fluctuations. Currency surcharges may apply. Please check details of price and inclusions at time of booking.

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