Celebrating its 75th Anniversary of Alaska exploration in 2022, Holland America Line is bringing the Great Land to Seattle with the Alaska Cruise and Travel Show Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center at Pier 66. The free, action-packed expo runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and invites locals to come learn, engage and see the best ways to experience Alaska.
Attendees will be able to meet the people who bring Alaska to life, taste local specialties, take part in gold panning (and keep what you find!) and axe throwing, and enjoy live presentations and demonstrations. A special appearance by the Seattle Mariners’ “Mariner Moose” mascot will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Those who register and attend will have a chance to win door prizes and one of four Alaska cruises for two, one Alaska Cruisetour or one of five $500 Holland America Line gift cards. Attendees who book a Holland America Line Alaska cruise or Cruisetour also will receive special promotional offers.
- Meet a friendly sled dog from Trail Breaker Kennel in Fairbanks, Alaska, and hear the incredible story about this family-run operation from Tekla Butcher-Monson, musher and daughter of renowned Iditarod winner Susan Butcher.
- Lumberjack Max Lloyd is a star in the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan, Alaska, and will demonstrate axe throwing, and attendees will have the opportunity to test their own skills.
- Just like the prospectors of the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s, attendees can pan for real gold at the Gold Dredge 8 booth and perhaps take home an authentic nugget.
- Denali Brewing Company will be serving craft beers, and attendees will feel like they are at McKinley Chalet Resort’s Denali Square as they roast marshmallows and make s’mores around a faux firepit.
Other Alaskan shore excursion operators also will share more about what to expect when traveling to Alaska.
In 2022, six Holland America Line ships will explore Alaska from Seattle or Vancouver. Every cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska’s iconic glacier destinations, including Glacier Bay National Park. For more in-depth exploration, Cruisetours offer guests options that weave must-see sites such as Denali National Park with the unspoiled reaches of Canada’s Yukon Territory.