Gold rush spurs record season on line

SEATTLE -- Interest in the Klondike Gold Rush centennial helped Holland America Line-Westours to achieve record passenger levels in the season just ended, according to figures released by the company.

The number of people carried reached new heights in both the cruise (112,000) and tour (84,000) segments of Holland America's operations. The multifaceted Seattle-based cruise-tour giant is more involved in Canada's Klondike than any other operator. Three of its six ships in Alaska service were in Inside Passage cruise patterns this year and will be again in 1999. They are used in conjunction with land tours through the Yukon and Alaska interior.

The company's cruise-tour brochure lists 35 different 10- to 18-day itineraries.

Besides its fleet of cruise ships, Holland America Line-Westours owns and operates 15 Westmark hotels and inns, 180 motorcoaches, including 17 Alaska-Yukon Explorer articulated vehicles, 13 McKinley Explorer domed rail cars and two large day excursion boats.
Holland America Line-Westours.
Phone: (800) 426-0327.

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