As the cruise industry revival continues, Holland America Line has revealed that its full fleet will be back in service by late spring 2022. Today’s announcement wraps up the line’s restart plan, with news on 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.
These ships will join the rest of the ‘Dam’ fleet: Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Zuiderdam have already returned to service or are slated to restart cruising by December 2021. As previously announced, 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.”
Here are the full details:
Noordam Explores The Land of The Rising Sun
Holland America Line says it is working with Japanese authorities to offer four Noordam sailings next spring.
Beginning in March, the ship plans to offer three 14-day cruises that deeply explore Japan. Sailing round trip from Yokohama (Tokyo), the Noordam will make several calls around the island nation along 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 set sail for Vancouver, Canada, where it will offer a series of sailings to and from Whittier, Alaska.
Back to The Mediterranean For Oosterdam
Europe lovers can step aboard Oosterdam beginning May 1, for cruises between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice; and Barcelona and Venice; or roundtrip from Venice on seven- and 12-day itineraries. Along the way, the ship 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.
North to Alaska For Westerdam
Beginning May 8, Westerdam will embark on a season of seven-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle. In September, the ship will cross the Pacific to begin a season in the Far East offering a variety of 14-day itineraries from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Yokohama (Tokyo).
What This Means For Booked Guests on January-May 2022 Cruises
The new restart dates for Noordam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam means the cancellation of cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and South America and Antarctica from January 2022 through the return-to-service dates.
Holland America says that guests on Westerdam’s canceled 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 canceled Australia and New Zealand voyages will be moved to the same itinerary in 2023 aboard Noordam.
- Guests on Westerdam’s canceled South America and Antarctica Voyages will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Oosterdam in 2023.
- All impacted guests can also choose to receive a 100 percent refund of monies paid.