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14-Day ~ Alaskan Explorer Knitting Cruise (May 2021)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


May 31, 2021


End Date:


June 14, 2021

Alaskan Explorer Knitting Cruise (May 2021) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day Great Alaskan Explorer Knitting Cruise w/ Sally Melville
May 31-June 14, 2021


We are repeating this fabulous Alaskan cruise itinerary in 2021 onboard the ms Maasdam with Sally Melville. The ms Maasdam is the only ship in the Holland America fleet devoted to Explorations Central In-depth Voyages. This means there will be comprehensive lectures on the places visited, special cultural performances, and the opportunity to explore parts of Alaska from zodiac boats right off the ship making your Alaska experience up close and personal. The ms Maasdam's smaller size makes it possible to visit out-of-the-way places, enhancing your chance to see Alaska at its scenic best. In addition, sailing early in the season means fewer crowds, a chance to see eagles and other migratory birds as they migrate to their Alaskan nesting grounds and possibly less rain since early June is considered one of the best times to visit this region of Alaska.



This itinerary sails from Vancouver, British Columbia up the heart of Canada's spectacular Inside Passage. Scenic cruising highlights include Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska, and the only one continuing to advance rather than retreat; Tracy Arm, a deep fjord known for its glaciers and wildlife sightings; the remote Inian Islands near Glacier Bay; and Misty Fjords. Holland America has two new stops on this voyage-Icy Strait Point, the only privately owned cruise ship destination in Alaska and one that gives passengers a chance to learn more about the Tlingit people, and Valdez, nicknamed the "Switzerland of Alaska" for its picturesque setting against the Chugach Mountains. This itinerary promises a great balance of interesting ports and plenty of scenic sea days where you'll see glaciers, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, whales, and eagles-everything that makes Alaska a perennially favorite cruise destination. You'll leave restored and awed by nature's magnificence.



Onboard the Maasdam, Sally Melville will teach some of her most popular classes including a fun project class designed especially for this Alaska knitting cruise. These classes will include Quick Top Project, Two Colors -Two Hands, First Choices - Basic Shapes, Knit to Flatter & Fit, Essential Skills, Border & Buttonholes and Emergency Measures.



2021 Great Alaskan Explorer Knitting Cruise Highlights



  • Arrive a day early to explore Vancouver on a yarn crawl featuring a visit to the top yarn shops and a visit to the dye studio of SweetGeorgia Artisan Hand-Dyed Luxury Yarns

  • Shop at Urban Yarns, a favorite yarn shop in Vancouver, full of Canadian produced yarn and samples from many popular local knitwear designers

  • Explore Stanley Park right on the harbor in Vancouver

  • Enjoy multiple sea days with exquisite scenery and knitting classes with expert Sally Melville

  • In Ketchikan, walk through the Saxman Totem Park and see the greatest number of totems in one place

  • Shop for Alaska-produced yarns in Haines, Anchorage, and Ketchikan

  • Visit the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer

  • See eagles soar at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines

  • Learn about traditional knitting with Qiviut, yarn from Arctic Musk Ox, at the Alaskan native-owned Oomingmak Cooperative in Anchorage

  • Learn why Homer, Alaska has become a "foodie" destination

  • Listen to glaciers calve off Hubbard Glacier

  • Savor Alaska's best crab at Tracy's Crab Shack right at the dock in Juneau

  • For incredible views of Gastineau Channel and beyond in Juneau, take the Mount Robert Tramway

  • Experience for yourself the grandeur of Misty Fjords