PUBLISHED: 3:11 PM on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
More cruise ships to visit Haines

Seattle, July 5, 2005 - Holland America Line has offered Haines, Alaska as a destination since 2003 initially making 11 port calls. In 2006 there will be 15 port calls to Haines on most Sunday southbound cruises onboard Ryndam and Veendam. Haines is one of seven Alaska ports that Holland America Line ships call on having a high guest satisfaction. Holland America line is pleased to offer guests more opportunity to enjoy this charming town and its magnificent surroundings. Located at the northern end of America's longest fjord, Lynn Canal, Haines borders on 20 million acres of protected wilderness offering easy accessibility into the wilderness.

"Holland America Line guests enjoy the friendly people and atmosphere of Haines as well as the opportunity to visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve," said Rick D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

Incorporated in 1920 with population of approximately 2,500 in the summer months, Haines offers a wide array of activities and excursions to choose from including cultural and historical tours, kayak and hiking, to an wildlife adventure by jet boat or float trip through the world famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, boasting the world's highest concentration of bald eagles. Independent exploration about town may include cultural heritage at Sheldon Museum and Alaska Indian Arts in historic Fort Seward, or learning about the area's natural history through taxidermy at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. There are also galleries offering exquisite artistry of the Chilkoot and Chilkat Tlingits and other resident artists.

2006 Alaska Cruises

The leader in Alaska cruises and CruiseTours, Holland America Line will sail eight ships on 159 cruises in 2006. The company's premium ships offer unmatched spaciousness, carry fewer passengers than any other major cruise line and offer the most entries into Glacier Bay National Park of all cruise lines. Itineraries include 7-day Alaska Explorer cruises roundtrip from Seattle; Glacier Bay Discovery journeys between Vancouver, B.C., and Seward, Alaska; and Glacier Bay Inside Passage sailings roundtrip from Vancouver. Prices start at $949 per person, double occupancy, for Southbound Sunday departures on the ms Veendam and Ryndam that stops at Haines. For more information or to book a Cruise or CruiseTour, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit