Holland America has been in Alaska for seven decades (yes, that's longer than Alaska has actually been a state) so it's easy to see why the company claims it's the industry leader in these tours. Passengers get up to three days in Denali, staying at the line's own lodge — the recently renovated McKinley Chalet Resort — at the base of the park. New to the resort is Denali Square, which has a two-story restaurant, saloon that hosts dinner theater, and amphitheater where you can listen to stories about Alaskan history and culture.
During your tour, you can explore Denali by river rafting or backcountry Jeep excursions. Passengers can also visit Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Talkeetna on various itineraries, traveling by the McKinley Explorer train, coaches and a sternwheeler for a river cruise.
Striking Gold: Unlike other lines, Holland America offers land extensions to Inside Passage cruises that explore both Denali National Park (for up to three nights) and Canada's Yukon. Five of the line's itineraries include trips to the Yukon, with activities highlighting the gold-rush heritage of this rugged outpost. Destinations include Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, and Dawson City. Riding the narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad is a highlight.