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Hot deal: Sail on a posh cruise to Alaska round-trip from Vancouver for 50% off

Sail to the "Land of the Midnight Sun" on a 5-star ship for a steal.

Travellers looking for a round-trip Vancouver Alaskan cruise have a low-cost option departing this month.

While round-trip northbound cruises departing from Canada Place typically cost upwards of $2,000 per person, the last-minute sailing includes all of the popular ports of call, meals, accommodation, entertainment, and more for less than half the regular cost. 

The cruise visits the "Land of the Midnight Sun" during the season when the sun never seems to set; parts of the state experience 24 hours of daylight for over two months. In the winter, these places will experience near-total darkness. 

The ship departs from Canada Place in Vancouver on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. and sails up through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage en route to Juneau. The Alaskan capital is home to the sapphire Mendenhall Glacier, easily accessible from the city's downtown core. Visitors can also go on an excursion sailing through Glacier Bay National Park from the port. 

The next stop on the itinerary is Skagway, where passengers can try dogsledding or learn about the area's rich gold-mining history. 

The ship will spend two days cruising through the Endicott Arm and past the Dawes Glacier before stopping in Ketchikan on Friday, May 3. 

Ketchikan is the final stop on the itinerary and is considered the "salmon capital of the world," drawing thousands of massive bald eagles. It is also teeming with other wildlife, including carnivorous mammals like wolves and black bears.

The ship will sail back through the inside passage before arriving in Vancouver on Sunday, May 5. 

Date Port Arrive Depart
Sunday, April 28 Vancouver, B.C., Canada   4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 29 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)    
Tuesday, April 30 Juneau, AK 1:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1 Skagway, AK 6:30 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2 Endicott Arm, AK (Cruising)    
Thursday, May 2 Dawes Glacier, AK (Cruising)    
Friday, May 3 Ketchikan, AK 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)    
Sunday, May 5 Vancouver, B.C., Canada 7:00 a.m.

Round-trip Vancouver cruise to Alaska in April 2024

Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is a five-star vessel featuring 11 bars and lounges, three swimming pools, a basketball court, a tennis court, hot tubs, a movie theatre, renowned spa treatments, a showroom, a jogging track, and more amenities. 

Holland America Line is known for its mid-size vessels that can navigate trim terrain. Fans of the cruise line typically enjoy sailing on ships they can become well-acquainted with during the voyage and relish opportunities to speak with the captain and cruise director. 

The total cost for an interior cabin for two people is $1,977.36 or $988.68 per person. This price works out to a per person, per diem amount of $141.24 (see slide two for details). 

Not only does the price include transportation on a lavish five-star vessel, but it also includes meals, entertainment, accommodation, and more.