HAL's Zaandam to sail Glacier Bay

SEATTLE -- Holland America Line said it will debut one of its newest ships, the Zaandam, in Alaska in 2001 and offer more sailings to Glacier Bay National Park than any other cruise line.

Holland America will offer a total of 121 Alaska cruises on six ships sailing two main itineraries: roundtrip, seven-day sailings from Vancouver and one-way, seven-day sailings between Vancouver and Seward.

Eighty-four percent of these sailings (101 cruises) will visit Glacier Bay.

"Glacier Bay captures the essence of wild Alaska, and we are proud to have been awarded the most permits by the National Park Service to cruise there," said David Giersdorf, Holland America senior vice president, marketing and sales.

The 1,440-passenger Zaandam joins the Volendam as Holland America's newest ships on Alaska's Inside Passage. Both ships offer 40% more veranda minisuites than their predecessors; an Internet center, and alternative dining in the Marco Polo restaurant.

All of the line's Alaska sailings offer programs that bring on board Alaska natives to give passengers an in-depth interpretation of the region's culture.

From May 5 to Sept. 23, Holland America offers 65 departures from Vancouver on its seven-day roundtrip Glacier Bay Inside Passage itinerary stopping in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Depending on the season, ships deployed for this itinerary are the Zaandam, Volendam, Westerdam, Veendam and Ryndam.

Cruise-only fares start at $999 per person, including port charges.

Seven-day Glacier Discovery cruises between Vancouver and Seward feature the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska itineraries from May 6 to Sept. 16 aboard the Veendam, Ryndam and Statendam. The ships visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka and Valdez.

Cruise-only fares start at $1,099 per person, including port charges.

For information or reservations, call (877) 724-5425 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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