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2021 Oct 10; Koningsdam returns to service. Press Release.

Dear Readers,

Incase you missed it, please find below. Another company ship has returned to service.

 Koningsdam Marks Holland America Line’s Return to West Coast Cruising with First Sailing Departing Today from San Diego 

Click to Tweet: .HALcruises resumes #cruising from the West Coast. Koningsdam departs San Diego Oct. 10 and will sail roundtrip cruises to Mexico and the California Coast through April 2022. Three additional HAL ships also to cruise from San Diego in the coming months.


Seattle, Wash., Oct. 10, 2021 — Waving flags, cheering team members and a “Welcome Home” sign greeted guests as they joined Holland America Line’s Koningsdam at the Port of San Diego today for the cruise line’s first West Coast departure since the start of the industry-wide pause.

The Pinnacle Class vessel is the largest Holland America Line ship to be sailing from the West Coast, and Oct. 10 is the first in a series of 23 seven-day cruise to the California Coast or Mexico that run through April 3, 2022.

“We are thrilled to get back to cruising from San Diego and to supporting this wonderful city and the ports we visit along the West Coast — from Mexico to Washington,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Our guests are eager to be back on board and our team members look forward to reconnecting with them and providing a memorable vacation. We’re ready for a successful season of cruising.”

In addition to KoningsdamZuiderdam also will sail roundtrip cruises from San Diego on longer Mexico explorations, a grand monthlong voyage to Tahiti, and Panama Canal departures. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam each make one call in spring 2022.

Holland America Line Cruises from San Diego in 2021-2022:


  • 23 seven-day cruise departures to Mexico or the California Coast.


  • Four 9-, 10- or 14-day “Mexico and Sea of Cortez” cruises from December 2021 through April 2022.
  • Two 14-day Panama Cruises in January 2022.
  • A 35-Day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas voyage departing Feb. 27, 2022.
  • One five-day Pacific Coastal cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, departing April 22, 2022.


  • One four-day Pacific Coastal cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, departing April 25, 2022.

Nieuw Amsterdam

  • One five-day Pacific Coastal cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, departing
    April 26, 2022.

About Holland America Line in San Diego:

Holland America Line has been homeporting out of the Port of San Diego since the 1990s. For the upcoming 2021-2022 season, the cruise line will bring more than 81,000 guests to the city, which will result in more than $35 million in direct spending.

Operationally, each ship visit directly contributes $364,000 to the local economy in provisioning (fuel, food, flowers, piano tuning, supplies), port taxes, and spending. When Koningsdam and Zuiderdam call at San Diego, both ships will be using shore power, reducing the ships’ carbon footprint.

Throughout the years, Holland America Line has been actively involved with more than 30 nonprofits in San Diego County through giving, shipboard lunches and cruise donations, including La Jolla Playhouse, San Ysidro Health and Girl Scouts San Diego.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.


  1. Will the Konigsdam be sailing to Hawaii in February? I have reservations for February 2nd, 2022.

  2. Always such a pleasure to hear from you. Your words give us a sense that all is well, or will be soon.
    Konigsdam is my favorite HAL ship. I will be so excited to sail on her early next year on a route I have already sailed in the years past but happily will do again. Living in California makes it so easy so I may have do it more then once if the opportunity provides itself.

  3. Captain Albert

    Can you please update the current assignments of Captains?

    • Captain Albert

      October 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you for your comment.

      I have just updated the assignments, but it is extremely limited and in complete as HR planning has still deal with a lot of (Covid) travel restrictions and other limitations.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  4. Just came back from the Mexico trip on the Koningsdam, great ship, great crew, so glad that HAL is coming back. And Captain MacBeath was a fun and enjoyable host.

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