SEATTLE — Holland America Line’s entire fleet will be back in operation by late spring 2022, with its final three ships set to restart sailing in the coming months.
Noordam is set to return to the water with a March 14, 2022 cruise in Japan, while Oosterdam will begin cruising May 1 in the Mediterranean. Westerdam, meanwhile, will return to service May 8 in Alaska.
All three ships will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotteram and Zuierdam, which have already 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.”
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.
Here are additional highlights of voyages for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam:
When Noordam sets sail in March, it plans to offer three 14-day cruises sailing roundtrip from Yokohama, Japan with several calls around the country as well as a one- or two-day visit to South Korea, Taiwan or Russia. The 14-day journeys can be combined to form 28-day Collectors’ Voyages. In April, Noordam will then cross the Pacific and sail a season in Alaska with cruises between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Whittier.
Oosterdam will return to the Mediterranean with a May 1 departure, cruising between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice; Barcelona and Venice; or roundtrip from Venice on seven- and 12-day itineraries. 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.
When Westerdam returns on May 8, it will embark ona season of seven-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington. Come September, the ship will cross the Pacific and being a season in the Far East, offering a variety of 14-day itineraries from Singapore, Hong Kong and Yokohama (Tokyo).