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Setting sail from Vancouver
Cosmopolitan Vancouver is a city that rewards exploration, an eminently liveable place and an easy gateway to the natural beauty of British Columbia. The culinary scene here is a particular draw, with seafood galore and some fantastic Asian restaurants, and the city has also been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. Verdant Stanley Park is a favourite of locals and visitors alike, while Kitsilano's beaches and wooden houses are wonderfully picturesque. Cultural attractions tend to be on a smaller scale than you'd expect from a city of this size, but the thrill of stumbling across one of Vancouver's quirky little galleries is all part of the city's appeal.
Grouse Mountain – just minutes from the centre, and reached via the Grouse Mountain Skyride, a one-mile aerial journey for amazing panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains.
United States: Juneau
Alaska's state capital is isolated and remote, accessible only by plane or by boat thanks to its dramatic hillside location. The wild hinterland is thick with forest, sculpted by the glaciers of the Juneau Ice Field, while down at the water's edge the harbour bustles with fishing boats and seaplanes.
United States: Tracy Arm Fjord
The spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord, south of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most awe-inspring sights, where waterfalls tumble down the sides of the twin Sawyer Glaciers and huge chunks of ice break off and float out across the water. It’s also a wildlife hotspot, with the chance to spot whales, dolphins, eagles, sea lions and bears.
United States: Skagway
Situated at the northern end of the Inside Passage, Skagway is an impressively well preserved former gold rush town, with a charming historic centre that’s easy to explore on foot. Popular activities include hiking to the pristine Lower Dewey Lake and the scenic train ride along the old gold rush route.
United States: Glacier Bay
United States: Ketchikan
Ketchikan is a great introduction to Alaska’s natural attractions, situated at the foot of towering Deer Mountain and within easy reach of the Misty Fjords. The colourful wooden buildings of Creek Street, the old red light district, are a reminder of Ketchikan’s former status as a rough and ready frontier town; these days, things are rather more civilised!
Arriving in Vancouver
Canadians call their one-dollar coins “loonies” (because it bears the image of a loon) and their two-dollar coins “toonies” so sort out your vocabulary and talk like a local!
Your home from home
One of the newer Holland America ships, and with a guest count of just over 2,000, this, the fourth Nieuw Amsterdam in the company’s long history, reflects the glamour and liveliness of New York City, formerly known as Nieuw Amsterdam.
What we love
In true Holland America style, Nieuw Amsterdam features an amazing art collection with works ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to renowned contemporary masterpieces. All are distinctive and eye-catching, making this ship unlike any other.
|Crew||929 International Staff|
|Style||Choice is everything, with excellent dining options, a choice of inviting bars and lounges, great entertainment and lots to do on board. This is a great family ship too, with multi-generational groups loving the facilities during school holidays.|
|Cruising Speed||24 knots|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Vancouver
If you’re not committed to the waterfront where the ships come in, we love the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
Stay a little longer in Canada
If you’ve time, set aside a couple of days to travel to Knight Inlet Lodge for bear viewing.