Coast Starlight with Alaska Cruise - ms Oosterdam - Explore Los Angeles, Seattle and Alaska on this 10-day rail-cruise holiday
Coast Starlight with Alaska Cruise to Glacier Bay
This 10-day rail-cruise adventure shows off the United States’ Pacific coast by land and sea with a well-planned itinerary to meet your every travel need. Your holiday begins in Los Angeles, where you will board the legendary Coast Starlight bound for Seattle, the Gateway to Alaska, where you will meet your Holland America cruise ship for your 7-day Inside Passage cruise.
Tour Inclusions & Scenic Highlights
One-way rail transportation aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight between Los Angeles and Seattle. Itinerary start from San Francisco or Sacramento is also available.
Roomette sleeping accommodations for one night aboard the Coast Starlight
All meals onboard the train and ship
Hotel accommodations for one night in Seattle
7-day Holland America Alaska cruise aboard the ms Oosterdam
Transfer between hotel and cruise terminal
Airport transfer for return flight home available for flights after 13:00
Scenic highlights of your rail-cruise vacation include:
St. Michael’s Cathedral
Misty Fjords National Monument Butchart Gardens
Day 1 – Los Angeles En Route to Seattle
Your journey begins at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station with a 10:15 departure on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train bound for Seattle. Settle into your roomette as the train travels north along the dazzling Pacific coastline. Take time today to get acquainted with this legendary train. Visit the Sightseer Lounge for panoramic views of the stunning scenery as well a presentation about the California coastal region given by volunteer park rangers participating in the Trails and Rails program. Enjoy delicious meals in the Dining Car and relax in the newly-refurbished Pacific Parlour Car, a private lounge exclusively for Sleeping Car passengers. Or, stop in the Arcade Coach and play a round of video games with your fellow travellers. Overnight train. (L, D)
Day 2 - Coast Starlight to Seattle
This morning the Coast Starlight passes through Klamath Falls, Oregon. Spend the day relaxing in the Pacific Parlour Car and marvelling at the Cascade Mountains. The train will make a short stop in Portland, where you can stretch your legs and get some fresh Pacific Northwest air. As you leave Portland, look to the left side of the train to catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood rising up in the distance. Dinner is served as you pass through Washington’s capital city of Olympia. Your scheduled arrival time into Seattle is 20:45. Transfer on your own to your hotel. Overnight Seattle. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Seattle and Alaska Cruise
The morning is yours to explore Seattle at your own pace. Visit historic Pioneer Square, browse the stalls and shops at Pike Place Market, and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city atop the Space Needle. This afternoon transfer to the cruise terminal and board Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam for the second leg of your amazing rail-cruise combination tour. The ship sets sail for Alaska at 16:00, giving you plenty of time to settle into your cabin before heading on deck to wave good-bye to the Emerald City. Overnight ship. (D)
Day 4 - ms Oosterdam at Sea
Today is spent at sea, so there is ample time to explore the ship’s many amenities. You may wish to indulge in some pampering spa services, brush up on your cooking skills at the Culinary Arts Centre, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, or lounge poolside. Dine and dance the night away—but ensure a good night’s sleep as your Alaska sightseeing begins tomorrow. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Glacier Bay
Your first port of call is Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southeastern Alaska and home to a protected ecosystem of plants and animals. Glacier Bay contains 16 glaciers, 12 of which reach shorelines and have calved to produce icebergs. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Listen for the thunderous sound and shoots of water hundreds of feet into the air, which signals icebergs in the making. Have your camera at the ready to capture this amazing sight! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Juneau, Alaska
Today’s excursion takes you to the city of Juneau, home to the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields as well as the lush Tongass National Forest, the largest U.S. national forest full of fjords, glaciers, and the peaks of the Coast Mountains. Explore these exciting natural attractions or you may wish to shop the city’s rustic stores or climb aboard the Mt. Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike and snap a souvenir photo. Because of the long daylight hours, there’s no end to the adventure! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Sitka, Alaska
The onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are a clue to Sitka’s past as a Russian settlement. In fact, the city was once the colonial headquarters of Count Baranof. You can uncover Sitka’s storied history at a performance by the New Archangel Dancers, or meet Tlingeit natives and stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867 for $7.2 million. Take a stroll through the Sitka National Historical Park, shop the downtown district, and visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a first-hand look at some of the city’s most prized art, crafts, and Russian relics. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Ketchikan, Alaska
Today finds you in Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” as well as for its popular attractions including Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park, and Saxman Village. But the most popular sight is undoubtedly Misty Fjords National Monument, a protected area in the south-eastern portion of Alaska that covers more than 928,348 hectares of Tongass National Forest in Alaska’s panhandle. Deep water fjords, towering granite cliffs, and countless waterfalls create a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A touch of England awaits you today as you dock in Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the city’s British ancestry is apparent in the city’s double-decker busses, horse-drawn carriages, tearooms, and some of the finest formal gardens in North America. The must-see attraction in Victoria is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, featuring 22 hectares of brilliant colours and blooms year-round. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Welcome Back to Seattle, Washington
Your Alaska cruise holiday comes to a close this morning as you enter the port of Seattle. Consider extending your stay in the Emerald City in order to fully explore the city, or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. All prices are subject to change without notice. Single prices also available, contact us for details.
*Bedroom upgrade prices are appoximate.
Holland America reserves the right to re-instate a fuel supplement for all guests at up to $9 per person, per day should the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX increase above $70 per barrel.
The Coast Starlight travels daily between Seattle and Los Angeles passing through Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area, and Santa Barbara. The scenery along this famed route is breathtaking, from snow-covered mountains and dense forests to kilometres and kilometres of Pacific coast shoreline, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for your journey. The train offers several unique features including the newly refurbished Pacific Parlour Car--including a library, onboard movie theatre, and coffee and bar service—and the Arcade Car with several high-tech video games.
The ms Oosterdam showcases an elegant décor of warm colors, crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, colorful flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques, and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs. Many activities, delightful features, and lovely amenities are available to meet every guest’s every need.
Warwick Hotel: This 230-room hotel is steps away from most Seattle attractions including the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Opera. Hotel rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors with magnificent views of the Space Needle or city skyline. The hotel has an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness room in addition to one restaurant and bar.
ms Oosterdam Ocean-view Stateroom: Ocean-view Staterooms include two lower beds which can be converted to one queen-size bed, bathtub and shower.
ms Oosterdam Deluxe Verandah Outside: Deluxe Verandah Outside rooms include two lower beds which can be converted to one queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, sitting area, private verandah and floor-to-ceiling windows.