Holland America Details Six Ship Restart For Fall 2021

Holland America has announced more ship restarts for fall 2021, which will include two ships sailing from San Diego to Mexico, Hawaii, and the California coast, and four vessels sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.

West Coast Cruises

From September 18 to April 22, Zuiderdam will sail 17 cruises from San Diego: eight to Mexico, four along the California coast, three to Hawaii, and two through the Panama Canal.

From October 10 to April 3, Koningsdam will operate 23 cruises from San Diego: 15 to Mexico, six on the California coast, and two to Hawaii.

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Koningsdam in San Diego (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

Seven-night California coast cruises include a new itinerary that calls at Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, San Francisco for a late evening stay, and Ensenada, Mexico. Another “Classic California Coast” itinerary stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Avalon, and Ensenada.

A new 21-night Panama Canal cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale departs October 2 and calls at San Diego, Puerto Vallarta, Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Aruba, and Half Moon Cay.

All seven-night “Mexican Riviera” cruises feature three Mexican ports of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas.

“Mexico and Sea of Cortez” itineraries are between nine and 12 nights, and call at a combination of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas, Topolobampo, Pichilingue (La Paz) and Loreto, Mexico.

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Cabo San Lucas (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

“Circle Hawaii” cruises are 17 or 18 nights long, calling on Lahaina, Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, and Kona, Hawaii, as well as Ensenada, Mexico.

Two 14-night Panama Canal cruises from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on Zuiderdam depart January 2 and January 30, 2022.

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Caribbean Cruises

From October 23 to April 7, Nieuw Amsterdam will sail 24 cruises to the eastern, western, and southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven nights except for a special nine-night holiday cruise departing December 30.

From November 3 to April 10, Rotterdam will kick off her maiden season in the Caribbean with a series of 22 cruises, ranging from three to 11 nights.

From November 14 to April 10, Eurodam will operate 15 cruises, including twelve 10 and 11-night Panama Canal Sunfarer cruises featuring a partial Panama Canal exploration of Gatun Lake and 3 seven-night eastern Caribbean voyages.

From November 21 to March 27, Nieuw Statendam will sail 15 cruises to various parts of the Caribbean, ranging from seven to 11 nights.

All of these Caribbean itineraries will include a call at the line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.

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A Holland America ship anchored off the shore of Half Moon Cay (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

Health & Safety Information

The 2021 voyages are only available to passengers who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise.

As time goes on, Holland America will continue to monitor the latest CDC guidance, as well as local, state, and federal rules in the homeports and ports of call. Onboard protocols and vaccination requirements will be adjusted as necessary.

Canceled 2021 Sailings

A number of 2021 cruises have been canceled in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and South America, along with the Collectors’ Voyages (combined cruises) associated with those departures.

This affects itineraries on Noordam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam. 

Fall sailings through the end of the year on Volendam and Zaandam have also been canceled.

Those who were booked on these now-canceled cruises will be automatically moved to a comparable 2021 voyage or an equivalent 2022 departure at the same fare and stateroom category.

Other options include a 110 percent future cruise credit or a full refund.

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