With the resumption of operations for the Noordam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam in late spring 2022, Holland America Line will have a fully operational fleet. Noordam will resume service in Japan on March 14, 2022; Oosterdam will begin cruising in the Mediterranean on May 1; and Westerdam will resume service in Alaska on May 8.
Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Zuiderdam will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Zuiderdam, all of which have returned to service or are scheduled to do so by December 2021. In May 2022, Volendam and Zaandam will return.
Holland America Line’s president, Gus Antorcha, said:
“We’ve been working intensely to get all of our ships back into service, and to have final restart dates that will complete the fleet is rewarding for everyone who has put their all into making this happen. Our progressive rollout plan allows us to be back in full service over the next several months, and we look forward to welcoming guests on all 11 ships cruising in different regions around the world.”
The Noordam will resume operations in Japan.
Holland America Line is collaborating with Japanese authorities to launch Noordam cruising in Japan next spring, with four sailings planned.
When the Noordam takes sail in March, it will offer three 14-day voyages that will take passengers on a comprehensive tour of Japan. The ship makes multiple stops around the exotic country, including one- or two-day visits to South Korea, Taiwan, or Russia on each itinerary. The 14-day voyages can be joined to create a 28-day Collectors’ Voyage.
Noordam will cross the Pacific Ocean in April and spend a season sailing between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Whittier, Alaska.
Oosterdam is making a comeback to the Mediterranean.
Guests who want to cruise the Mediterranean next year can board the Oosterdam starting on May 1. The ship will spend the entire season in the region, travelling between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy; Barcelona, Spain, and Venice; and roundtrips from Venice. Ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, France, Malta, and Israel will be explored by the Oosterdam.
Following a transatlantic crossing in November 2022, the ship will traverse the Panama Canal and head south, offering 14 to 22-day South America and Antarctica expeditions between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Antonio (Santiago), Chile.
The Westerdam will depart for Alaska.
When Westerdam returns on May 8, it will begin a season of seven-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington. In September, the ship will sail the Pacific Ocean and begin a season in the Far East, providing a range of 14-day itineraries from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Yokohama, Japan (Tokyo).
Guests taking cruises from January to May 2022 will be rescheduled to 2023.
With these restart dates for Noordam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam, voyages through Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as South America and Antarctica, will be cancelled beginning in January 2022.
Guests who have booked the Westerdam’s cancelled transatlantic journey on April 18, 2022, will be transferred to a comparable crossing on the Nieuw Statendam on April 17.
Guests on affected Noordam Asia departures in 2022 will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Westerdam in 2023; guests on cancelled Oosterdam Australia and New Zealand voyages will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Noordam in 2023; and guests on cancelled Westerdam South America and Antarctica voyages will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Oosterdam in 2023. Guests may also opt to receive a full refund of the amount paid to Holland America Line.
– India’s new age travel digital media