First cruise ship of the season docks at Anchorage’s Port of Alaska

Holland America’s ship Nieuw Amsterdam cruised into the Port of Alaska under sunny skies and calm seas on Thursday.

The ship is one of two that will visit Anchorage this season, with a different Holland America ship arriving in September.

Kimberly Wells, Cruise and Travel Director for Holland America, said the Nieuw Amsterdam can hold 2,300 passengers but 1,900 had signed up for the 14-day cruise. Wells said the company typically does 7-day cruises to Alaska, which are more popular among families than longer ones.

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