Celebrating 50

HAL Celebrates Alaska Statehood with 50 percent off and $50 upgrades

By: By Marilyn Green

In recognition of Alaska’s 50th anniversary of statehood, Holland America Lin (HAL) is offering 50 percent off on many CruiseTour itineraries and stateroom upgrades from $50. Shipboard culinary events also are planned to further commemorate the state’s anniversary.

In 2009, guests can travel on select Alaska CruiseTours for 50 percent off the original price, with deposits also reduced by 50 percent. When booking an inside stateroom, guests can upgrade to an outside stateroom from $50, and third and fourth guests in a stateroom pay 50 percent off the regular CruiseTour fare. In Vancouver B.C., travelers can add a deluxe downtown hotel room night onto their tours for as little as $50.

With 29 different itineraries varying in length from 10 to 20 days, CruiseTours include a scenic cruise of the Inside Passage and land tours to a wide range of places throughout Alaska and the Yukon, including major cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, wilderness areas in the Yukon, Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula, Alyeska, the Arctic and Homer.

Rates now start at $949 per person, based on double occupancy, for a 12-day Discovery Cruise and Denali Adventure.

The line also is bringing back its Salmon 50 Ways event on its ships in Alaska. Over the course of a seven-day cruise, wild Alaskan salmon will be prepared 50 different ways, each a unique recipe.

On one night during each cruise, a special Alaska Celebration Menu will be served in the main dining room. Created especially for the occasion by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, the menu showcases the foods and culinary traditions enjoyed throughout Alaska’s history. Entrees include items such as Sitka razor neck clams with noodles, braised caribou steak with wild mushrooms and Alaskan king crab Cobb salad.