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2021 Sep. 09; HAL press release. More ships to return to service.

Dear Readers,

I just found out that these releases – which are in  the public domain do not always reach the general public. so here a little help from my side. Good news. It might take awhile but more ships are coming back.

The following press release will go to North America consumer and trade media this morning.


Holland America Line Announces Spring 2022 Return-to-Service Dates for Final Three Ships in the Fleet

Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam to resume cruising with plans for Japan, the Mediterranean and Alaska, respectively

 Seattle, Wash., Sept. 8, 2021 — By late spring 2022, Holland America Line will have a complete fleet back to cruising with the restart of operations for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. Noordam will restart with a March 14, 2022, cruise in Japan; Oosterdam will begin cruising May 1 in the Mediterranean, and Westerdam will return to service May 8 in Alaska.

The ships will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam, which have returned to service or are slated to restart cruising by December 2021. Volendam and Zaandam will return in May 2022.

“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,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “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.”

Noordam Plans Return to Service in Japan

Holland America Line is working with Japanese authorities to begin cruising for Noordam next spring in Japan with four sailings scheduled.

When Noordam sets sail in March, the ship plans to offer three 14-day cruises that deeply explore Japan. Sailing roundtrip from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan, the ship makes several calls around the exotic country and with a one- or two-day visit on each itinerary to South Korea, Taiwan or Russia. The 14-day journeys can be combined to form 28-day Collectors’ Voyages.

In April, Noordam will cross the Pacific Ocean and sail a season in Alaska with cruises between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Whittier, Alaska.

Oosterdam Returns to the Mediterranean

Guests eager to visit the Med next year can embark Oosterdam beginning with the May 1 departure. The ship will sail the season in the region, cruising between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain, and Venice; or roundtrip from Venice on seven- and 12-day itineraries. Oosterdam will explore ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, France, Malta and Israel.

Following a transatlantic crossing in November 2022, the ship will transit the Panama Canal and take a southerly route to offer a series of South America and Antarctica expeditions ranging from 14 to 22 days between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Antonio (Santiago), Chile.

 Westerdam Sets Sail for Alaska

When Westerdam returns on May 8, the ship will embark on a season of seven-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington. Come September, the ship will cross the Pacific Ocean and begin a season in the Far East offering a variety of 14-day itineraries from Singapore; Hong Kong, China; and Yokohama (Tokyo).

Guests on January to May 2022 Cruises Will Move to 2023

With these restart dates for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam, cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and South America and Antarctica from January 2022 through the return-to-service departures will be cancelled.

Guests on Westerdam’s cancelled transatlantic crossing departing April 18, 2022, will be moved to a comparable crossing on Nieuw Statendam departing April 17.

Guests on Noordam’s affected Asia departures in 2022 will be moved to the same itinerary in 2023 aboard Westerdam; guests on Oosterdam’s cancelled Australia and New Zealand voyages will be moved to the same itinerary in 2023 aboard Noordam; and guests on Westerdam’s cancelled South America and Antarctica Voyages will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Oosterdam in 2023. Guests also may choose to receive a 100% refund of monies paid to Holland America Line.

The above options are not applicable to guests booked on a charter sailing. Other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply if the cruise was not booked through Holland America Line.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures to Alaska and the Yukon nearly 75 years ago. Its fleet of premium ships visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world, offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience. A third Pinnacle-class ship, Rotterdam, joined the fleet in July 2021.

The leader in premium cruising, Holland America Line’s ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination exploration and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council of world-famous chefs.

In light of COVID-19, Holland America Line is currently enhancing health and safety protocols and how they may impact future cruises. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed or described in marketing materials. Review our current Cruise Updates, Health & Safety Protocols and CDC Travel Advisories.







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  1. Captain Schoonderbeek, good news. Now we have to wait until we can travel to Fort Lauderdale. from there to cruise through the carebean again.
    Kind regards , Peter and Sylvia.

  2. We sailed with you a few years ago. Loved your lecture on the history of HAL. Thanks for the Blog! Keep up the good work.

    Requiring fully vaccinated passengers to be tested for Covid within 48 hours of departure is both difficult and excessive. Reservations for a test are not easy to obtain.

  3. Glad to hear all the ships getting back to sailing, hopefully. As I’m in the vulnerable category I’m waiting until next year to book a trip, when I will have had a third jab. Longest I haven’t cruised apart from family illness. Can’t wait. Keep safe.

  4. Thank you for posting these updates!!

  5. What is/will be the current occupancy level that HAL allows on the ships in 2021 & 2022?
    If a group of 7 friends/relatives books a HAL cruise (4 cabins) can they expect to be able to congregate together at meals and in bars? Are masks required in all venues?

    • Captain Albert

      September 12, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for reading my blog.

      It is the intention of the company to slowly increase the occupancy level on the ships. The nieuw Amsterdam to Alaska started with 50% and is now slowly going up. How this trend will go will depend on the review of the company in relation to Covid and local regulations.

      Best regards

      Capt. Albert

  6. Sarah louise edelson rodgers

    September 10, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Will the zaandam be sailing around africa in october 2022?

  7. John Sutherland

    October 15, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Any news on your return to a HAL ship yet?

    • Captain Albert

      October 15, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      thank you for your comment. Things are improving. Since a week I can now travel through Europe
      as Europe has lifted the quarantine ban for those living in the UK and not signing on as crewmembers.
      The challenge remains that the US embassy has not re-opened yet and I have validate my US visa. The embassy is only open for visa renewal for “national interest” persons and I do not count as one. So we have to wait until the US Consular Service deems it save enough to open up shop again.

      Best regards

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