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About Our Destination

Currency
The local currency is the U.S. dollar. In Victoria, BC, it is the Canadian dollar, but U.S. currency is also accepted.
Climate
The temperatures in Alaska during the time of our cruise will range from high 40s to mid 60s.
Itinerary
  • Monday, July 1 — Seattle, Washington (depart: 4 pm)
  • Tuesday, July 2 — At Sea
  • Wednesday, July 3 — Ketchikan, Alaska (8 am – 4 pm)
  • Thursday, July 4 — Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm/Juneau, Alaska (8 am – 11 pm)
  • Friday, July 5 — Skagway, Alaska (8 am – 5 pm)
  • Saturday, July 6 — At Sea
  • Sunday, July 7 — Victoria, BC, Canada (6 pm – 11:30 pm)
  • Monday, July 8 — Seattle, Washington (arrive: 4 pm)

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the ms Amsterdam
  • All meals on board, including room service (specialty restaurants have a nominal charge)
  • Coffee, tea, and juices during all meals
  • Gratuities to ship’s staff (covered in NDA fees)
  • Olivia signature programming, entertainment and personalized Olivia staffing throughout
What’s not included?
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos, and bingo
  • Internet access, phone, fax, and other incidentals
  • Medical attention
  • Optional excursions
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees, and alcohol such as wine, beer, and cocktails
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Other incidentals
Travel documentation and identification
Passport/Visa
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the Canadian consulate to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.

2019 ULTIMATE ALASKAN SUMMER CRUISE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 7/1/2019    
Cancellation Fee 180 days or more prior to trip date   1/2/2019 $250 per person
Cancellation Fee 90-179 days prior to trip date 1/3/2019 4/2/2019 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 60-89 days prior to trip date 4/3/2019 5/2/2019 75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-59 days prior to trip date (NON-REFUNDABLE) 5/3/2019   100% of trip cost

Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial trip deposit date to be eligible for certain coverages. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Ultimate Alaskan Summer Cruise Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Ultimate Alaskan Summer Cruise 2019 Group on Facebook.
Special occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!

Travel and arrival

Air Travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Sea-Tac, Seattle International Airport (SEA), approx. 40 minutes away from the cruise ship terminal, Smith Cove at Pier 91 (2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98119), which is located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront. We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. If you plan to arrive on embarkation day (July 1), we suggest you arrive in Seattle no later than 11 am. Return flights from Seattle on disembarkation day (July 8) should be booked after 12 pm.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
You can take a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft from the airport to the port for approximately $40, or a taxi for approximately $60. The ride will take approximately 30–40 minutes depending on traffic.
You will be able to book a one-way airport to ship transfer through Holland America approximately 30 days prior to sailing. Stay tuned for more information.
Port address
Smith Cove at Pier 91
2001 W. Garfield St.
Seattle, WA 98119
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in begins at 11:30 am and all aboard is 3 pm. We sail at 4 pm.
Host Hotel
For guests needing prior accommodations, Olivia is proud to offer a special group rate at our host hotel in Seattle. Rates applicable Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30.
The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
To book by phone, call: (206) 728-1000 or (888) 627-8513
Mention code: "The Olivia Company Room Block"
To book online: 
OLIVIA ROOM BLOCK WESTIN SEATTLE
Rates: $234/night
Rates include complimentary standard internet access

During your trip

Holland America's ms Amsterdam
Holland America's ms Amsterdam is an intimate 1,380-passenger ship with the following amenities:
Ship Amenities
  • La Fontaine Dining Room
  • Pinnacle Grill Specialty Restaurant*
  • Canaletto Restaurant*
  • Lido Market
  • Dive-In Grill
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Boutique
  • Casino
  • Digital Workshop
  • Explorations Internet Café, powered by The New York Times
  • The Mainstage Theater
  • America’s Test Kitchen Culinary Center / Wajang Theater Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Launderette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pools & jacuzzis

    *nominal charge
Room amenities
All rooms comfortably appointed with:
  • 24-hour room service
  • Euro-top mattresses & finely woven cotton linens
  • Elemis Aromapure “Time to Spa” bath amenities
  • Deluxe bathrobes
  • Salon-quality hair dryer
  • Vanity with magnifying mirrors
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Massage showerheads
  • Flat-screen television
  • Individual thermostats
  • Equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet
  • Personal safe
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • International direct dial phones (extra charge)
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning (extra charge)
  • Cell phone service (extra charge)
Dining
Onboard dining experience
If eating incredible meals is one of your favorite activities, rest assured that you will be more than satisfied. There are plenty of food and dining options available, and most are included in the cost of your cruise*.
You will be assigned a set dining time for dinner, but you have the flexibility to dine at a different table each night within your assigned dining time. Guests in 1st seating will have dinner at 5:30 pm and guests in 2nd seating dinner will have dinner at 8 pm. If you do not have a medical reason to dine early, our recommendation is to select 2nd seating where you can attend your evening show and then enjoy a relaxed dinner. Guests in 1st seating sometimes hurry their dinner to line up for the show because seating in the show lounge is limited.
24-Hour Room Service
If you would like to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack in the comfort of your cabin, a room service menu is available 24 hours a day.
La Fontaine Dining Room
The Fontaine dining room features five-course menus offering classic preparations, regionally-inspired cuisine and vegetarian/vegan options. This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch on our at-sea days, and is the main restaurant for dinner nightly.
The Lido Market
The Lido Market is a full-service buffet featuring cuisine from around the world. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack.
The Dive-In Grill
The Dive-In Grill offers pizza, nachos, grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs.
Canaletto Restaurant* (Specialty restaurant for dinner only)
Serving classic Italian fare with tableside service. Reservations required and a nominal per-person charge will be applied to your onboard account.
The Pinnacle Grill* (Specialty restaurant for dinner only)
Spoil yourself with exquisite menus and a fine dining experience at the Pinnacle Grill. Reservations are required and a nominal per-person charge will be applied to your onboard account.
Electricity
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110- and European 220-volt outlet.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maitre'd and other-behind-the-scenes crew members.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone. Cost is available on board.
Internet
There is an onboard Internet Café, or you may use your own device by purchasing a minute plan. Satellite-powered wireless access is available in most public areas and all cabins. WiFi Pricing will be posted on board.
The Amsterdam is cell phone friendly, and thanks to an agreement with Wireless Maritime Service, you can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, and access emails and surf the web with your phone. Phones must be activated for international calling with your home provider, but no special codes or software are needed. Roaming fees apply.
Letters and postcards may be mailed from the ship while in ports of call. You may buy stamps in port or purchase them through your onboard account.
Laundry services
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service are available onboard for an extra charge. There is also a self-service launderette. Pricing is available on board.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Spa services
Enjoy the luxurious Greenhouse Spa complete with massage, facials and a myriad of other spa treatments. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in.
Smoking policy
Please take note of Holland America’s new smoking policy on board. All staterooms (cabins) including stateroom verandahs, showrooms and all other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on certain designated, outside decks. The designated smoking areas will be noted on board. Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices may only be used in designated smoking areas.
Solo travelers
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinators who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including special designated solos excursions in each port of call. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia’s Ultimate Alaskan Summer Cruise 2019 Facebook Group.
Sisters at Sea & Friends
Olivia’s Sisters at Sea & Friends program is dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity on our trips. Meet your Sisters at Sea coordinators on board so that you can find out about the special events we have planned for you during the week. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
Excursions
Exploring our ports of call will be the highlight of your cruise. Holland America takes pride in offering the best shore excursion options for our guests. Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. We will notify you via email when excursions are available for online booking.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the Seattle Airport, you can take a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft to the airport from the port for approximately $40, or a taxi for approximately $60. Airport transfers will also be available to book via the Shore Excursion office onboard.

Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check out our Olivia travel FAQ, email us at guestservices@olivia.com, or call us at 800-631-6277 (inside the U.S. & Canada) or 415-962-5700 (Outside the U.S. & Canada) and select option 2.

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