Glacier Bay Discovery (Northbound)

Inside Passage cruise from Vancouver to Whittier provides many post-cruise land tour options.

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $599 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Sail from Vancouver, British Columbia aboard a modern Holland America Line ship, a perfect base for exploring Alaska. This one way cruise option allows for a wide selection of land tour options to customize an in-depth Alaska vacation experience. Ports of call include the picturesque towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, where you can add optional shore excursions from our list of day tours, plus a day of sailing into Glacier Bay National Park before crossing the Gulf of Alaska to College Fjord and ending in Whittier.

Tour Overview

Enjoy a one-way Inside Passage Cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whittier, Alaska including a day in Glacier Bay National Park aboard Holland America Line. You’ll sail with the finest premium fleet in Alaska and enjoy award-winning five-star service, spacious staterooms, sumptuous dining and first-rate entertainment while seeing some of the most beautiful coastline in the world! Cruise in luxury through inland waterways of Alaska with its awe-inspiring rugged mountain landscapes. Port stops along the way include visits in KetchikanJuneau and Skagway where there is time to enjoy unique Alaskan towns and perhaps take one of many optional tours while on shore.

Please note: Passengers must provide full legal names and dates of birth at the time of booking.

What's Included

  • 7-night Holland America cruise from Vancouver to Whittier with onboard accommodations, all meals, and port fees.

What's Not Included

Transfers to cruise terminal in Vancouver, transfer from Whittier cruise terminal to Anchorage, shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, any special onboard service, or taxes.  

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Tour Itinerary


Sunday: Depart Vancouver

Board your cruise ship today and begin your journey through the beautiful Inside Passage. Embarkation begins at 12:00 noon and all guests are required to be on board 1 hour prior to departure. The ship will depart at approximately 4:30 pm.


Monday: At Sea Cruising

You will be at sea the entire day today. Spend time enjoying the many amenities aboard the ship, such as the health spa, swimming pool, movie theater, casino, tennis and basketball courts, duty-free shops and library. Relax in the lounge or by the pool.


Tuesday: Ketchikan, Alaska

Located on Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is known as Alaska's Native Cultural Center and Sportfishing Capital. Native art and culture flourish here due to the large population of Native Alaskans, represented by the three indigenous tribes: the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The city is also home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world. Spend your time in port shopping, touring Misty Fjords by ship or plane, canoeing in a traditional native canoe, or touring the backcountry by jeep (not included in tour price). The ship will be in port from approximately 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Wednesday: Juneau, Alaska

Today you will visit Alaska's capital city, Juneau. Located in the Tongass Rainforest, the area is known for its lush terrain and vibrant wildflowers. There is something for everyone in Juneau - shopping, glacier dog sledding, sea kayaking, flight seeing tours, and glacier hiking (not included in tour price). The ship will arrive in Juneau at approximately 10:00 am and depart at approximately 10:00 pm.


Thursday: Skagway, Alaska

Enjoy a visit to historic Skagway today. The rich history and beautiful natural surroundings combine to create unparalleled sightseeing and recreation opportunities. The two most popular routes to the Klondike began here and tens of thousands of gold seekers poured through during the famous "Rush of '98". Spend the day enjoying a guided tour of Skagway, taking a narrow gauge rail journey over the famous White Pass Route, or touring into Canada's Yukon Territory (not included in tour price). The ship will be in Skagway from approximately 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.


Friday: Cruising Glacier Bay National Park

Enjoy your day as you cruise to Alaska through Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Marvel at this ice-age wonder as you cruise past tide-water glaciers, snow capped mountains and freshwater rivers. Keep watch for whales, sea lions, bears, and puffins, as well as glacier calving (when chunks of ice fall off the glacier).


Saturday: Cruising College Fjord

Sail across the Gulf of Alaska today. This evening, you will cruise through the pristine waters of College Fjord. Watch for otters, eagles, and seals while enjoying views of glaciers and waterfalls.


Sunday: Arrive Whittier

You will awake this morning in Whittier. Disembarkation begins at 7:00 am. Transfers 60 miles to Anchorage, the closest airport, are available (not included).

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Availability: May 15 - September 15, 2021
Starting at: $206 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

On this active Ketchikan day tour, explore the calm waters of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage aboard the Aleutian Ballad, an authentic commercial crabbing vessel, made famous by the show “Deadliest Catch”. Learn about the vessel and its colorful history while you cruise to the fishing grounds with...

Availability: Not operating in 2020
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Duration: 6.25 hours

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Availability: Not available in 2021
Starting at: $N/A / per person
Duration: 2.75 hours

This tour is not available in 2021! This Juneau day tour combines the excitement of a helicopter flightseeing tour with dog sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier! Enjoy spectacular scenery of lush rainforest, deep blue crevasses and glacier carved peaks as you fly to the dogsled...

Availability: May 8 - September 26, 2021 dependent on glacier conditions
Starting at: $339 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

This Skagway tour transports you on a scenic helicopter flight to explore one of Alaska's grand glaciers left over from the last Ice Age. As you ascend above Skagway, you will view the Taiya Inlet and the Gold Rush ghost town of Dyea. Once the...

Availability: May 9 - September 22, 2021
Starting at: $373 / per person
Duration: 5.5 hours

This Juneau day trip begins paddling across Mendenhall Lake in 6 or 12-person canoes. Take in the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier ahead as well as the blue icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Upon reaching the beach near the glacier's edge, trade in the paddles for...

Availability: May 18 - September 15, 2020
Starting at: $155 / per person
Duration: 4 hours

Start this Ketchikan tour with an exciting cruise along the Alaska shoreline in a motorized inflatable boat. Various sea mammals, bald eagles, and migrating seabirds may be spotted so don't forget your camera and binoculars! Upon reaching a remote island in the Tongass National Forest,...

Availability: May 18 - September 15, 2020
Starting at: $107 / per person
Duration: 3.5 hours

The Ketchikan tour and canoeing adventure begins with a scenic motorcoach tour to a secluded mountain lake, where you will board traditional Alaskan canoes which are stable and easy to maneuver. Paddle with an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife, and learn the unique...

Availability: April 27 - October 20, 2021 (except as noted)
Starting at: $130 / per person
Duration: 2.5 - 2.75 hours

Enjoy a Skagway day trip where you can re-live the Gold Rush with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway as it steams through its second century of history! This forty-mile round trip train ride climbs from tidewater at Skagway to the Summit of the...

Availability: May 12 - September 23, 2020 (no tours on July 4)
Starting at: $114 / per person
Duration: 6-6.5 hours

This tour is a favorite among those seeking a more complete Gold Rush experience. Travel 150 miles roundtrip on an awesome adventure into Canada's Yukon Territory! Experience the beauty of the Klondike Highway as you travel north in a comfortable mini-coach, paralleling much of the...

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