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Alaska Cruises

Introduction & Map

This is a cruise we have now taken three times with Deborah's mother on the Ms Amsterdam, Holland America Line's flagship, in August of 2011, June of 2012 and June 2014.  We spent fourteen days cruising starting from, and finishing in, Seattle in Washington, visiting the places shown on the map below.  In some of the places where we stopped, we took tours to other locations, so I have separated the pictures over several pages.  Generally, you will find comments and descriptions of the pictures at the bottom of each picture; depending on your screen resolution you may have to scroll down to see the comments. 

In area, Alaska is the largest state in the United States, and is more than twice the size of Texas, much to their chagrin!  The US purchased Alaska from Russia
for $7.2 M in 1867, and it became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.  If Alaska were a country, it would be the 19th largest in the world.  In the South-East, where we journeyed, the main indigenous peoples we encountered were the Tlingit people who populated Southeast Alaska and parts of British Columbia and the Yukon.  We visited one of their villages, Saxman, while in Ketchikan, and there is more information about them on that page. 

The slideshows utilize images taken on all three voyages; in general, I do not identify on which trip a picture originated unless it is important.  Oh; I do realize that Victoria is in Canada, not Alaska.  We just visited it on the Alaska cruises.