Are you afraid of a little cold weather in Alaska & Canada? Don’t be!
It’s a misconception that Alaska and Canada are always below zero.
Vancouver actually has some pretty nice weather and is a perfect Canadian city to visit and play in.
Travel & Leisure notes that Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city and is considered a multicultural hub surrounded by epic mountains and lush green forests. T & L also states that Vancouver is a city proud of its diversity, its indigenous history, and its tolerance. Davie Village is a neighborhood in the city’s West End where a thriving LGBTQ+ community comes out to play, while the city also boasts the third-largest urban Indigenous population in all of Canada. It is all of these things that calls us to spend at least a night or two in this great Canadian city before embarking on a wonderful Alaskan adventure onboard the Holland American ship Noordam.
Holland America is recognized for having the most spacious and most comfortable ships at sea and they excel at award winning service, exquisite dining, extensive activities and immersive enrichment programs. No one does Alaska like Holland, whom was one of the first to offer itineraries to Alaska.
2BusyNot2Travel invites you to explore Vancouver Canada & then embark upon an amazing 7 Days of Alaskan wonder as we go on a glacier discovery.
It is said that Glaciers are best seen by sea and Holland America gives you the most opportunities to see them as we travel the inside passage. When we arrive in Glacier Bay, Holland will bring a National Park Service ranger and a local Huna tribe member onboard to help us all uncover the science, stories and significance behind every breathtaking view. Holland values culture and helping its guest become immersed in the culture of the destination, just like 2BusyNot2Travel™. I am truly excited about this adventure!
We will sail from Vancouver, glide under the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and enter the scenic wonders of the Inside Passage.
We will explore the beautiful unspoiled state of Alaska by visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Whittier.
If you’ve never visited the beautiful land of Alaska, you definitely don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to experience such a natural and unspoiled destination with your family, friends, and other world explorers. I took a land and rail tour of Alaska in August 2022 with Holland America and it was simply phenomenal!
Ketchikan, Alaska is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture.
Skagway, Alaska is the northernmost point in Alaska’s Inside Passage, at the far end of Lynn Canal. In its heyday, Skagway was the boomtown gateway to the Trail of ’98 and the Klondike gold fields. The population has dwindled from 20,000 feverish gold seekers to about 1000 year-round citizens. Skagway is home to the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, the “Scenic Railway of the World.” It is one of Alaska’s most popular visitor attractions and should not be missed!
The Culinary Capital of Canada, this vibrant city on the edge of nature, is exciting, welcoming and easy to get to. Spectacular scenery, unbeatable adventure, delicious dining and a thriving arts scene. Food + Wine magazine has gone as far as naming Vancouver one of the 10 best restaurant cities in the world. For visitors looking to keep the party going after dinner, the city’s nightlife has much to offer. From a burgeoning cocktail scene to classic “beer commercial” nightclubs, through to stylish live music venues, Vancouver keeps the rhythm of the night.
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Juneau is many things: a mountain town, a coastal community and the most scenic capital city in the U.S. A natural wonder, wildlife hotspot and cultural jewel, Juneau is rich in history, art, music and Native heritage. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, a shopper’s trove and a food lover’s dream - not just the state capital, but the beating heart of Southeast Alaska.
Whittier, Alaska the gateway to beautiful Prince William Sound, is only 63 miles from Anchorage on the Seward Highway. Whittier is famous for being a town where almost all of its residents reside in a single building. The population of Whittier is around 200 people, and almost all residents live in the Begich Towers, a former Army Barracks built in 1974. Whittier is also known for only being accessible by boat or a single-lane tunnel that is shared by cars and railroads on an alternating schedule.
Named for the Northern compass point, Noordam dazzles with museum-quality art and lavish staterooms. Guests of this Vista Class cruise ship will have their pick of onboard activities. Watch dramatic footage of natural wonders set to live music at BBC Earth In Concert. Listen to pianists play favorite hits at Billboard Onboard. Get moving with a pilates class at the fitness center. Or savor the delights of numerous specialty restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill serves the juiciest steak at sea and Canaletto beckons with tantalizing Italian dishes. These name just two of many dining options.