Holland America to make its first calls in Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak

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Holland America Line's decision last month to cut deployment in Alaska next year by 10 sailings and close to 14,000 passengers will lead to first-time calls in Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak for the line.

Instead of doing the 20 seven-day sailings between Vancouver and Seward, as it is doing this year, HAL is redeploying the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam to a new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer itinerary roundtrip from Seattle from May 17 to Sept. 6, 2010.

The new itinerary also represents the first time a ship of a major line will make regular calls in Anchorage.

The Amsterdam will sail the Inside Passage and Yakutat Bay.

Port calls will include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria. Cruise-only fares will start at $1,899 per person, double.

Meanwhile, the cruise line launched a promotion that offers free roundtrip air from 11 western U.S. cities for its seven-day Alaska Explorer roundtrip sailings from Seattle.

The free air is available on cruises starting at $749 on flights from San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento in California and on cruises starting at $799 on flights from Los Angeles; Ontario, Calif.; Orange County, Calif.; San Diego; Las Vegas; Phoenix; and Denver.

The promotion applies to select sailings on the Zaandam, Amsterdam and Westerdam from May 8 to Sept. 25.

In addition, Holland America is offering customers on Alaskan Explorer cruises a complimentary one-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle for booking a Verandah Suite or higher category cabin.

Passengers who book an oceanview stateroom can stay one night at the Seattle Sheraton for $50 per person.

Call (877) 724-5425 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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