Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour

From $1499 (was $1749)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

12 Days

Includes all meals on cruise
Passport Required
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Introduction

It's time to travel to Alaska and experience all that our 49th state has to offer! The Grand Alaska cruise and tour is an adventurer's dream vacation that explores Anchorage and the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley en route to Talkeetna. You'll visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters and learn about “The Last Great Race,” considered to be the most challenging of its kind anywhere in the world. Discover Denali National Park by coach, or by optional train ride which allows you to experience the magnificent Alaskan wilderness from a new perspective.

You'll also enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard Holland America Cruise Line's ms Westerdam. While at sea you will pass through Glacier Bay National Park, where glaciers routinely calve off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings. Dock for a day in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, also known as “Little San Francisco,” for its multicolored houses that hug the hillside. Then spend a day in Ketchikan, home of the world's largest totem pole collection. Back out at sea, cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage – one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world - and the west coast of Vancouver Island. Stop in Vancouver, Canada for a highlights tour of the city, and Seattle where you can soak up the incredible view from the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle, by joining an optional excursion – a perfect memory to add to your unforgettable Alaska tour! 

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour!

Trip includes
  • 7-Night Alaska Cruise: Aboard Holland America Cruise Line's ms Westerdam. All meals onboard the ship are included. 

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double accommodations in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed on land portion.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Service: A professionally trained Tour Director on the Alaska land tour who is knowledgeable on the local area will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience

Activity Level

Easy going activity level

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Please note: although all these sites are featured on all departures for this vacation, some departure dates operate in the reverse order.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit one of the world's great frontiers for wilderness adventure during a Denali National Park Tour
  • Learn about the famous sledding race at the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters
  • Enjoy a tour of historic Anchorage
  • See bears, elk, bison and eagles at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • View awe-inspiring scenery like Glacier Bay
  • Cruise the world-famous Inside Passage
  • Take a memorable tour of vibrant Vancouver

Set sail offers free onboard credit

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Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour (Northbound - ms Westerdam)

Tours Starts: Seattle

Tours Ends: Anchorage

Day 1

Arrive in Seattle

Today your Alaskan Cruise Tour adventure begins in Seattle. If you booked your flight with YMT, a representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport or similar

Day 2

Seattle to Vancouver and Embarkation

We drive north and across the Canadian border to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area. After a brief city tour and lunch on your own, you will board the ms Westerdam, your floating hotel for the next week, with time to settle into your stateroom before dinner.

Day 3

Scenic Inside Passage Cruising

Cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage and the west coast of Vancouver Island. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea lanes in the world. The scenery is breathtaking with forests in a hundred shades of green, turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns.

Day 4

Ketchikan (7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

This distinctive and eye-catching city is built on stilts over the water, with a boardwalk and weathered stairways that cling to the granite cliffs. Stroll Creek Street, the former “Red Light” district with its gold shops, gift boutiques, and restaurants or visit the Totem Pole Park at Saxman Native Village.

Day 5

Juneau (10:00 AM–10:00 PM)

Today’s port-of-call is Alaska’s state capital city, nicknamed “Little San Francisco” because of its narrow streets and multicolored houses that hug the hillside. Sitting at the foot of snowcapped Mt. Juneau and next to the massive Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau Icefields, this remote yet developed city offers a variety of activities like the Mt. Roberts Tramway, ascending 1800 feet for incredible panoramic views.

Day 6

Skagway (7:00 AM–9:00 PM)

Where the Gold Rush began, Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors hellbent on getting to the Klondike gold fields; even in modern day, Skagway's well-preserved history and culture brings to life the 1898 gold rush atmosphere like no other Alaskan port of call. Go ashore to stroll the weathered boardwalks and drop in at old-time saloons or shop for gold nuggets.

Day 7

Scenic Cruising Glacier Bay National Park

The overwhelming grandeur of glaciers, exotic wildlife, and pristine environment combine to offer a breathtaking view of raw nature. Spend the entire day cruising a 60-mile passage, passing glaciers galore, abundant wildlife and scenic beauty unique in all the world. Experience the spectacle of glacier calving, where great chunks of ice are continually falling into the bay with a deafening roar, which enhances the fascinating scene.

Day 8

At Sea

Cruise through the Gulf of Alaska and enjoy a relaxing day at sea as the ms Westerdam sails from the Alaska Panhandle to South Central Alaska and Seward. Take full advantage of your last night aboard the ship; the daily newsletter outlines a variety of shipboard activities and the experienced crew will be happy to help with suggestions.

Day 9

Seward to Anchorage and Tour

We disembark this morning in Seward where the land portion of your Alaskan cruise tour begins. Meet your tour director for a brief tour of this popular fishing village surrounded by the unrivaled beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Then, travel north on your comfortable motor coach to Anchorage and en route visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaska's wildlife up close.

Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown or similar

Day 10

Denali via Talkeetna and Wasilla

We leave Anchorage in the morning, traveling north toward Talkeetna. We'll visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters near Wasilla where you can learn about the “Last Great Race.”

Grand Alaska Cruise & Tour Option Alaska Railroad UpgradeOPTION: ALASKA RAILROAD UPGRADE:

Upgrade to a scenic 4-hour train ride along the famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali Park. Enjoy 360° views in upper-level seats on Deluxe Dome Railcars for $185 p/p. Alaska Railroad upgrade must be prebooked.


Rail and coach travelers meet up in Denali and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or participate in an optional tour.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Day 11

Denali National Park to Anchorage

This morning embark on a Denali National Park Tour. Travel 30 miles into the Park aboard an exclusive park bus to explore one of the world’s largest frontiers for wilderness adventure. Your dedicated naturalist will provide a great introduction to the conservation efforts and history of the park. In the afternoon depart for Anchorage.

Crowne Plaza Anchorage - Midtown or similar

Day 12

Depart Anchorage for Home

Today, bid farewell to Alaska, taking home a suitcase full of memories and stories to share from your YMT Alaskan vacation! Transfers to Anchorage airport are included for guests who purchased their air arrangements from YMT.

Note: Most flights from Anchorage are non-direct with at least one or two connections. Departure flights from Anchorage to most cities are overnight and arrive the following day; some flights depart Anchorage after midnight.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

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Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour (Southbound - ms Westerdam)

Tours Starts: Anchorage

Tours Ends: Seattle

Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage

Today your Alaskan adventure begins upon arrival in Anchorage. If you booked your flight with YMT you will meet a YMT representative at the airport for transfer to your hotel.

Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown or similar

Note: Most flights to Anchorage are non-direct with at least one or two connections.

Day 2

Denali via Talkeetna and Wasilla

We leave Anchorage in the morning, traveling north toward Talkeetna. We'll visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters near Wasilla where you can learn about the “Last Great Race.”

Grand Alaska Cruise & Tour Option Alaska Railroad UpgradeOPTION: ALASKA RAILROAD UPGRADE:

Upgrade to a scenic 4-hour train ride along the famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali Park. Enjoy 360° views in upper-level seats on Deluxe Dome Railcars for $185 p/p. Alaska Railroad upgrade must be prebooked.


Rail and coach travelers meet up in Denali and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or participate in an optional tour.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Day 3

Denali National Park to Anchorage

This morning embark on a Denali National Park Tour. Travel 30 miles into Denali National Park aboard an exclusive park bus to explore one of the world’s largest frontiers for wilderness adventure. Your dedicated naturalist will provide a great introduction to the conservation efforts and history of the park. In the afternoon we depart Denali for Anchorage.

Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown or similar

Day 4

Seward and Embarkation

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Anchorage. This afternoon we travel south along the scenic Seward Highway. En route we visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaska’s wildlife up close. The land portion of your Alaska cruise-tour ends in the port community of Seward with a brief city tour. Board your cruise ship ms Westerdam with time to settle into your stateroom before dinner.

Day 5

At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea to reflect on all the exciting things you have seen during your Alaska land tour as you sail across the Gulf of Alaska. The daily newsletter outlines various shipboard activities and the ship’s experienced crew is at your disposal to help with suggestions.

Day 6

Scenic Cruising Glacier Bay National Park

The overwhelming grandeur of glaciers, exotic wildlife, and pristine environment combine to offer a breathtaking view of raw nature. One of Alaska’s noblest and most impressive natural beauties awaits you today. Witness large chunks of glacier ice “calve” (break off) and fall into the bay with a deafening roar as you spend the entire day cruising a 60-mile passage.

Day 7

Haines (6:30 AM-9:00 PM)

Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines sits in a spectacular setting and is home to an incredible array of more than 100 indigenous Alaskan animals, most notably the American Bald Eagle. Site of Fort William Seward, the first permanent US Army post in Alaska, Haines played an important role in US expansion north. You have the day to explore the town, with its native art galleries, local shops, and the historic Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

Day 8

Juneau (8:00 AM-6:00 PM)

Nicknamed “Little San Francisco” because of its narrow streets and multicolored houses that hug the hillside, Juneau is Alaska’s state capital. Inaccessible by roads from the rest of North America, visitors and goods are brought to Juneau by either sea or air. A Mendenhall Glacier tour and the Mt. Roberts Tramway are amongst the most popular activities here.

Day 9

Ketchikan (11:00 AM–7:00 PM)

This distinctive and eye-catching city is built on stilts over the water, with a boardwalk and weathered stairways that cling to the granite cliffs. Stroll Creek Street, the former “Red Light” district with its gold shops, gift boutiques, and restaurants or visit the Totem Pole Park at Saxman Native Village.

Day 10

Scenic Inside Passage Cruising

Cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage and the west coast of Vancouver Island. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea lanes in the world. The scenery is breathtaking with forests in a hundred shades of green, turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns.

Day 11

Disembarkation in Vancouver and Seattle

After disembarking, your driver-guide will take you on a brief city tour before you’ll continue south across the U.S. border to Seattle.

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport or similar

Day 12

Depart for Home

Bid farewell to Seattle, taking home a suitcase full of memories and stories to share from your Alaska vacation. Transfers to Seattle Tacoma airport are included for guests who have booked their air with YMT.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Inside Stateroom

Inside Stateroom

  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels Premium massage showerheads
  • 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

Oceanview Stateroom

  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

Balcony

Verandah Stateroom

  • Our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens
  • Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
  • Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
  • 100% Egyptian cotton towels
  • Premium massage showerheads
  • 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
  • Complimentary fresh fruit on request
  • Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
  • Flat-panel TV and DVD player
  • Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

Holland America Line ms Westerdam Deck Plans

Click here to view the ms Westerdam deck plans on the Holland America Cruise Line website. Content that you may read on Holland America's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

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