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Holland America to increase Alaska-bound capacity in 2013

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

According to a press release issued July 25 via PR Newswire, Holland America Line plans to increase visitor capacity destined for Alaskan waters in 2013. The company is not planning to add to the number of ships sailing to north, only the number of trips and passengers.

For example, Holland America's MS Amsterdam, which sails out of Vancouver, Canada, will double its departure rate for the 2013 cruise season on new seven-day, round trips.

The new sailings will increase guest capacity over 2012 by an estimated 6 percent and increase Alaska departures by 8.5 percent.

"Increasing our capacity in Alaska means that Holland America Line will offer nearly 1.6 million passenger days in the 2013 season," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs. "These itineraries have always been among our most popular, and Amsterdam's new seven day departures will allow us to bring more guests to Alaska and show off the natural beauty of this part of the world. We also encourage travelers to book early and enjoy greater benefits with Early Advantage savings."

To read much the full announcement, including special Alaska fares and stateroom deals, here.